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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, 152: 569-578.
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.


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. 15 pp.

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, Minn.

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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