Tuesday, November 11, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 6

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Tricia Bunten, development director for the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, was recently elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council.

Jane A. K. Carlson, assistant professor, Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation, will present “University/Schools Partnerships in Teacher Education Programs” at the 2008 Phi Delta Kappa Summit on High-Performing Educators. The summit, which will be held in Nov. in San Antonio, Texas, will convene international experts to discuss how to find and keep great teachers.
Tim Colburn and Gary Shute, both associate professors in the Department of Computer Science, have published their paper “Metaphor in Computer Science” in the Journal of Applied Logic 6 (2008), pp. 526--533.

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.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, made the presentation “Using Mathematics to Create Symmetry Patterns” at this year’s Halloween talk on October 31 at American University Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Washington, DC.

Alec Habig, associate professor, and Rik Gran, assistant professor, both of the Department of Physics, are co-authors of the paper ``The magnetized steel and scintillator calorimeters of the MINOS experiment’’, Michael, D.G. et al, The MINOS Collaboration, Nucl. Instr. & Meth. A 596, 190-228. (2008). UMD student Brian Bock and alum Jason Koskinen are also co-authors.

Lisa Johnson, KUMD announcer, was recently notified that her blog on the topic of depression, “We Must Not Think Too Much,” was named by beliefnet.com as one of the Top 10 Mental Health Blogs in the country (along with the Philadelphia Weekly).

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Humanities and Classics, recently published a monograph (2008) with four European scholars in the Center for Medieval Studies, Venice, Italy - Vivarium in Context. Marchese’s contribution was "Images of the Divine: Sacred Embroideries from the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul” pp. 77 - 140 with 32 color plates. The volume cover featured a tapestry from the Istanbul collections.

Marian S. Stachowicz, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, participated in the international conference related to the Anniversary 50th Jubilee of the East Kazakhstan State Technical D. Serikbayev University, Ust-Kamenogorsk, Republic of Kazakhstan on Sept. 22 and Oct. 1. Stachowicz delivered to Rector Dr. Galimkair Mutanov letters of congratulation from Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin, Dean James P. Riehl, Swenson College of Science and Engineering and Alice Gail Bier, Director of the International Education Office.
Stachowicz also presented lectures to graduate students and faculty, and presented the invited plenary lecture “Computing with Words for the Management of Uncertainty.”

Euan Reavie presented a seminar entitled “New Ballast Water Treatment Technologies: Killing Potentially Invasive Algae,” at the Minnesota Invasive Species Conference in Duluth in Oct., 2008.

Several Minnesota Sea Grant staff members were active in the Minnesota Invasive Species Conference 2008, which was held at the DECC in Oct. The conference attracted 430 participants.

Dale Bergeron, maritime transportation educator, moderated a Ballast Water Symposium that featured ten presentations by federal, state, and industrial ballast water experts.

Steve Bortone, director, gave the closing plenary presentation, “Bringing it all Back Home.”

Jeff Gunderson, associate director, gave an “Invasive Species-Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point” training workshop and the poster, “Invasive Species-HACCP: A Preventative System to Control the Spread of Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species,” which was co-authored by Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality educator, facilitated a Soil and Water Conservation Society business meeting.

Jensen co-chaired the conference, gave the conference welcome address, gave the workshop “Prevention and Treatment of Aquatic Invasive Species” with Chip Welling and Jay Rendall of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, gave a plenary session welcome address, and gave three presentations: “Habitattitude – Affecting Public Behavior to Prevent the Release of Aquatic Invasive Species,” “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers Threat Campaign: Prevent Introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species” with Douglas Grann of Wildlife Forever and Nick Schmal with the USDA Forest Service, and “Minnesota as a Success Story in Aquatic Invasive Species Boater and Angler Education.”

Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, was a member of the technical planning committee and gave the presentation, “Preventing the Spread of AIS from Water Gardening,” with Eleanor Burkett, UM Extension.

Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, and Sharon Moen, science writer, hosted a media briefing that garnered coverage by local media and the Associated Press.

Liukkonen was a member of the planning committee and moderated three sessions: “Flood Reduction and Riverine Habitat,” “Lakes,” and “Understanding Trout Streams” at the Minnesota Water Resources Conference held in Oct. in St. Paul. She also taught a post-conference workshop on surface water monitoring.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities educator, presented “Holy Charrette, they Actually Liked it?” at the National Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials Conference in Monterey, CA, during October. Schomberg also co-presented “NEMO on a Boat? Yes You Can, Sam I Am!” with Hagley.
Schomberg was on the planning team and facilitated an interfaith climate change workshop at First United Methodist Church in Duluth during Oct.

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