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Alison Aune, associate professor art education, Department of Art and Design, will have her exhibition “Dekorglädje: Minnesota-Swedish Paintings travel to Vaxjo and Lessebo, Sweden, from Aug. 7-Nov. 30, 2009, as part of the Duluth-Sister Cities International Exchange. The paintings were inspired by Swedish textile designs and created to honor her maternal Minnesota-Scandinavian ancestors and other “artists in aprons.” In this series, Aune honors women’s artistic contributions by reviving and reinterpreting traditional designs into a contemporary context.
See http://mnartists.org/work.do?rid=160211 and http://www.d.umn.edu/unirel/homepage/07/gallery.html
Aune has been named a finalist for a teaching/research Fulbright Scholar award to Sweden for Fall 2009.

Carolyn Crouch and Donald Crouch, both professors in the Department of Computer Science, had a paper published: Crouch, C., Crouch, D., Kamat, N., Malik, V. and Mone, A. Dynamic Element Retrieval in the Wikipedia Collection. Focused Access to XML Documents, Fuhr, et. al. (eds.) LNCS 4862, Springer (2008).

A digital photograph by Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Art and Design, appears in the new Third Edition of Robert Hirsch’s Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes by Robert Hirsch, Focal Press, 2009. In addition to the image, a description is included on how she uses digital processes in support of her photographic ideas about images and language.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, delivered an invited lecture “Spanning factors with a given diameter and their applications to ad-hoc networks” at The 2 International Conference on Mathematics and Computer Science at Loyola College in Chennai, India.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, participated in a panel on “Communicating Mathematics” at the annual joint meetings of the of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of American in Washington D.C. in Jan. At the same meeting one of Gallian’s REU students won the Alice Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate given by the Association for Women and another won the Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate given by the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of American, and the Society for Applied and Industrial Mathematics.

Karen Gran, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, recently received a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study “Decadal-scale channel evolution at Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.”

Marshall Hampton, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the organizer and PI of collaborations with seven other mathematicians from around the world on attempting to solve the 6th of Fields Medalist Stephen Smale’s “Problems for the 21st Century.” The collaboration is funded by the American Institute of Mathematics in Palo Alto, CA, for one week in 2009 and one week in 2010.

Robert Hecky, McKnight professor of Lake Ecology, Department of Geological Sciences, was featured in Discover magazine’s Jan 2009 issue. The issue announced Discover’s selection of the top 100 science stories of 2008. Hecky and co-author’s publication “Eutrophication of lakes cannot be controlled by reducing nitrogen inputs: Results of a 37 year whole-ecosystem experiment” was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last

Eil Kwon, director, Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratory (NATSRL) and professor, Department of Civil Engineering, presented the paper “Dynamic Management Process for Innovative Research Products at a State Department of Transportation” at the 2009 Transportation Research Board conference, January 11-15 2009 in Washington D.C.

Zhuangyi Liu, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was invited to visit Beijing Institute of Techology, China, during Jan. 2-10 2009 for research collaboration. He gave a colloquium talk on “Boundary Controllability of Weakly Coupled Wave Equations”. He also visited and gave a colloquium talk at Shanxi University at Taiyuan, China during Jan. 11-14.

Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Large Lakes Observatory, had two papers published recently. The first is work done by Minor and WRS master’s student Brandon Stephens: Minor, E. and B. Stephens (2008) Dissolved organic matter characteristics within the Lake Superior watershed. Org Geochem. 39(11) 1489-1501, doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2008.08.001. The second is work done by Minor and her postdoc (who has since left UMD to work at UMTC) along with collaborator Mopper from Old Dominion University: Dalzell, B.J., E.C. Minor and K.M. Mopper (2009). Photodegradation of estuarine dissolved organic matter: a multi-method assessment of DOM transformation. Org Geochem, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2008.10.003.

Ted Pedersen, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, was elected to a two year term on the Executive Board of the North American Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL). This four-member board governs the 1,000+ member North American Chapter of the ACL, which is the international scientific and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation.

George (Rip) Rapp, Regents Professor Emeritus of Geoarchaeology, Department of Geological Sciences, presented the opening plenary address at the International Conference on Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy held in Sofia, Bulgaria in Oct. The paper was titled, “Should Archaeomineralogy Now Follow Geoarchaeology Into The Family Of Organized Scholarly Fields?” This paper was published in Geoarchaeology and Archaeomineralogy, Proceedings of the International Conference, p.13-14, edited by R. Kostov, B. Gaydarska, and M. Gurova., published by St. Ivan Rilski, Sofia.

See the next issue of Currents.


Dale Bergeron, maritime transportation educator, presented “Minnesota’s Green Marina Opportunities” at the Minneapolis Boat Show in Jan.

Steve Bortone, director, presented “A Model for Testing the Efficacy of Artificial Habitats in Fisheries Management” at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ontario Chapters of the American Fisheries Society in Duluth in Feb.

Jeff Gunderson, associate director, became the chair elect of the Assembly of Sea Grant Extension Program Leaders, which facilitates interaction among the Sea Grant extension programs and beyond the Sea Grant network.

Bergeron, Bortone, and Gunderson, along with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, co-hosted a visit for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials introducing them to the people and issues associated with the Great Lakes shipping industry in Jan.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality educator, was nominated for a St. Louis River Alliance Stewardship Award in Jan.

Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, presented water quality and shoreline information during a meeting of the Healthy Lakes and Rivers Program in the Twin Cities in Jan.

See the next issue of Currents.


Mark Schneiderhan, associate professor, and Timothy Cernohous, graduate student, have been awarded 2009 Peters Institute of Pharmaceutical Care Research Awards for their proposals: “Point-of-Care Testing for Metabolic Syndrome Induced by Antipsychotics” (Schneiderhan) and “Delivery of Medication Therapy Management via Distance Based Technology- A Feasibility Study” (Cernohous).

Paul Ranelli, professor, will present “A U.S. Perspective on Pharmacists and Public Health in Practice and Education” at the 12 World Congress on Public Health in Istanbul, Turkey, in late April/early May 2009. The president of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, will participate in the opening ceremony of the Congress, along with Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization, and other key public health leaders and scientists from all over the world.

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