Tom Isbell, Department of Theatre,
has a new play Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe which
will be presented at the Kennedy Center as part of their 2009-2010 Young
Audiences Season. It will be performed Dec. 4-30, 2009 in the Family Theater,
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C. This play,
written by Tom Isbell, with music by Mark Russell, and directed by Gregg
Henry, is a sequel to Isbell’s earlier Teddy Roosevelt play.
Work by UMD ceramics faculty, Liz James, Holly
Jorde and Jim Klueg, along with juried student
work by David Engesser, Nicole Freeman, Abby Goodell, and Suzanne Wyss
will be exhibited in College Bowl I/09, March 13 - May 3 at the Northern
Clay Center, Minneapolis.
David McCarthy, professor in the
Department of Education recently spoke at the National Association of
Teacher Educator’s (ATE) conference in Dallas, Texas. He delivered
the pre-conference workshop for the conference which focused on the technology
skills for the 21st century classroom. Further, he made several other
technology presentations in a special 21st century classroom that his
committee set up especially for the conference. David serves on the ATE
National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education
and also serves as the ATE development specialist in technology.
Allen Mensinger, associate professor, Department of Biology
co-authored two recent articles with research colleagues:
Maruska, KP, Korzan, WJ, and Mensinger, AF. 2009. Individual, temporal,
and population-level variations in circulating 11-ketotestosterone and
17-estradiol concentrations in the oyster toadfish /Opsanus tau. Comparative
Biochemistry and Physiology -Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology,
Maruska, KP and Mensinger, AF. 2009. Acoustic characteristics and variations
in grunt vocalizations in the oyster toadfish /Opsanus tau/. Environmental
Biology of Fishes. 84:325-337/.
Lyle Shannon, instructor, has been named the 2009 Inspirational
Teacher of the Life Sciences (ITLS). Beginning in 2009 the ITLS is awarded
annually to a Department of Biology faculty member whose teaching has
inspired others to think critically about the biological sciences. This
is a person who has inspired students to do their best work and has helped
shape careers. The ITLS awardee is an innovative teacher that offers students
guidance, and inspires current and future teachers to pursue excellence
in the classroom.
Cindy Hale’s research
is the focus of an article in this month’s Scientific American
(March 2009, page 22). The article by Michael Tennesen is titled “Crawling
to Oblivion: Invasive earthworms denude Great Lakes forests.”
Subhash Basak, Denise Mills,
Ramanathan Natarajan and Brian Gute
published the chapter “Predicting chemical reactivity and bioactivity
of molecules from structure,” pp. 479-502, in the book Chemical
Reactivity Theory, edited by P. K. Chattaraj, CRC Press (Boca Raton,
London, New York), Taylor and Francis Group, 2009.
SEA GRANT NEWS
The Sea Grant Files have made their debut on KUMD. Minnesota Sea Grant
and KUMD are partnering to broadcast “fresh news about fresh water.”
The Sea Grant Files hosted by Steve Bortone, Sea Grant director, can be
heard on Northland Morning at 7:45 am every Wed. The series is available
through iTunes. Subscribe to The Sea Grant Files podcast or access audio
files of aired shows on the Minnesota Sea Grant Web site at: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/radio/sgf/.
New fisheries and aquaculture information has been posted on the Minnesota
Sea Grant Web site. Visit http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/
to view updated info about fish parasites, current rusty crayfish facts,
and a suite of new postings about raising baitfish.
Dale Bergeron, Maritime Extension Educator, participated
in the NOAA Great Lakes Shipping Stakeholder’s Forum working group
held in Cleveland, Ohio. The event, the first of its kind for senior NOAA
participants in the Great Lakes, solicited feedback on NOAA’s products
and services supporting navigation, maritime safety and Great Lakes commerce.
Steve Bortone, director, recently published:
R.L. Shipp and S.A Bortone. 2009. A perspective on the importance of artificial
habitat on the management of red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico. Reviews
in Fisheries Science 17(1): 41-47.
Mazzotti, F.J., L.G. Pearlstine, T. Barnes, S.A. Bortone, K. Chartier,
A.M.Weinstein, and D. DeAngelis. 2008. Stressor response model for the
spotted sea trout, Cynoscion nebulosus. Circular No. 1523. Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville.
Jeff Gunderson, associate director, presented an overview
of regional baitfish aquaculture research progress at the annual meeting
of the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator,
gave an invited presentation entitled, “Minnesota Aquatic Invasive
Species: Threats and Opportunities,” at the Tri-State Aerial Applicators
Association Convention, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Barb Liukkonen, water resource education coordinator,
gave an invited lecture entitled, “Minnesota Water Resources: Treasures
Worth Protecting” as part of the First Year Experience speaker series
to students and faculty at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall,
Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning
extension educator, presented “Green Building Outside the Building:
Smart Growth and Sustainable Development” at the Building Green
Conference in Duluth.
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