Tuesday, October 28, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 5

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Tricia Bunten, senior development director, the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, presented an invited talk recently for the Association of Fundraising Professionals at their Certified Fundraising Executives Review Course. Her seminar was on the essential skills of Planned Giving.

Jane A.K. Carlson, assistant professor, Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER), is the recipient of the Minnesota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance 2008 Lou Keller Award. It is given to honor and recognize the outstanding services and contributions by a Minnesota college/university professor or other professional worker in the fields of health, physical education, recreation or dance as exemplified by Lou Keller, former professor at the U of M, Minneapolis.

In October, Clay Carter, assistant professor, Department of Biology, gave an invited talk to the Department of Horticulture at Texas A&M University entitled “Nectarines and nectar: a molecular functional analysis.” Carter also presented “Functional analysis of the Arabidopsis thaliana nectary transcriptome” at the Frontiers of Sexual Plant Reproduction meeting in Tucson, AZ in October.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, delivered an invited lecture “Magic-type labelings and tournament scheduling” at the Combinatorics Seminar of the Department of Mathematics, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

In October, the New York Times and the Boston Globe reported on an article coauthored by Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, that was published in the American Mathematical Society journal Notices. The article provides data that suggest that cultural attitudes put American leadership in the mathematical sciences and related fields at risk. The Times story appeared in hundreds of newspapers around the world and on many major media web sites. The article was also cited in an op ed piece in the New York Times, in an editorial in Orlando Sentinel, and will be cited in an opinion piece in the October 27 issue of Newsweek.

Ken Gilbertson, Amy Versnik Nowak, and Jim Knapp - faculty from the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation received a grant of $9,890 for a pilot study on the “Effects of incorporating outdoor education into 10th grade physical education curriculum in the Hermantown Schools.” The grant is funded through the UM Office of the Vice President for Research.

Karen Gran, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, gave a talk at the national Geological Society of America meeting in Houston, TX, in Oct. The talk was entitled “Sediment sources to the Le Sueur River, Minnesota, over multiple temporal and spatial scales.” Her co-authors were Patrick Belmont, Stephanie Day, Carrie Jennings, Andrea Johnson, Lesley Perg, and Peter Wilcock.

Jerry Pepper, associate dean, the College of Liberal Arts, recently published the following: Pepper, G. L. (2008). The physical organization as equivocal message. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 36/(3),318-338.

Dan Pope, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, presented “Shipboard Testing of B20,” at the GLMRI University Affiliates Meeting, in Duluth, MN, in Sept.

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