Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department
of Mathematics and Statistics, delivered an invited lecture “Recent
advances in Rosa-type labelings of graphs” at the 5 International
Workshop on Graph Labelings 2009 at Kalasalingam University in Tamil Nadu,
Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Humanities and
Classics, presented a paper at the 39 annual Popular Culture Association/American
Culture Association entitled “A Sense of Community and the Glorification
of God” in April in New Orleans. Marchese also received a grant
from the Imagine Fund for the Arts, Design and Humanities. In May Marchese
and his colleague, professor Alexis Pogorelskin will be taking 24 students
to Greece for the Classical Study of Greece program. This is the seventh
time Marchese has brought students to Greece. Marchese also will have
a paper presented by his colleague, professor Emeritus Marlene Breu, Western
Michigan University, on “Treasures of the Armenian Patriarchate
of Constantinople” in New York at the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Foundation
- the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America special conference celebrating
the 100th anniversary of the Armenian newspaper in Istanbul - Jamanak.
The conference is international in nature and focuses on the Armenian
community of Constantinople. The invitation was based on Marchese’s
invited lecture in California in February. His lecture on the Armenian
community of Constantinople also genereated an ivited book chapter for
the forthcoming monograph on the subject peoples under Ottoman Turkish
rule as well as an international newspaper article on his research in
Eun-Kyung Suh, an associate professor, Department of
Art and Design, was invited as an installation artist by the Conrad Wilde
Gallery, Tucson, Ariz. One of her new textile sculpture works, ‘87, will be exhibited through the end of August at the main gallery.
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Subhash Basak was the co-chairman
of the Fourth Indo-U.S. Lecture Series on Discrete Mathematical Chemistry
(with applications to drug discovery, environmental protection, genomics,
and proteomics), organized jointly by NRRI and Nizam College, Osmania
University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, in January. This event was
sponsored by the University Grants Commission, Department of Biotechnology,
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India, New
Delhi; Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education, Hyderabad; Indo-U.S.
Science and Technology Forum, New Delhi; and the International Society
of Mathematical Chemistry.
Basak and collaborators gave the following invited presentations at the
1) At the inaugural session, Basak described the relevance of the advancing
frontiers of mathematical chemistry research in chemistry, drug discovery,
environmental protection and the impact of the Indo-U.S. series of workshops
and lecture series in advancing research in the particular area.
2) Basak presented, “Use of mathematical descriptors in drug discovery
and predictive toxicology: A hierarchical QSAR approach.”
3) Basak presented “Mathematical biodescriptors of proteomics maps:
Development and applications.”
4) Basak presented, “Realizing a balance via mathematical chemistry”
at the Valedictory session of the lecture series.
5) “The Application of Computational Descriptors in Public Health
Practice,” was presented by M. Moiz Mumtaz, (Agency for Toxic Substances
and Disease Registry, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta,
GA), and Basak.
Basak visited the research laboratory of Professor Pallu Reddanna (Hyderabad
Central University) to discuss collaborative research involving NRRI and
Reddanna’s group in the area of Nanotoxicity; a joint project in
this area has been submitted to the Asia Office of the U.S. Air Force.
Basak continued his trip to Kolkata where he gave the following invited
lecture at the conference “Modeling in Environmental, Earth, Mathematical
and Chemical Sciences,” in January, at Presidency College, Kolkata,
India: “Chemodescriptors and biodescriptors: Mathematical basis
and applications in drug discovery and environmental protection.”
Basak gave an invited presentation at “Chemodescriptors and biodescriptors:
Mathematical basis and applications” at the Department of Pharmaceutical
Technology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, in January, 2009.
He gave the following two lectures at the Heritage Institute of Technology,
Kolkata, in January, 2009:
1) “Structure: What is she?”
2) “Mathematics in practical drug design and protection of human
and environmental health.”
Basak gave an invited seminar on “What mathematics and computers
can do for drug discovery and environmental protection,” at the
Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search Institute, Kolkata, in January,
John Heine, Steve Hauck,
and Harvey Thorleifson (UM TC, Department of Geology) presented a poster
titled “Selected Indicator Mineral and Till Chemistry Results from
Multiple Till Surveys in Minnesota” (NRRI/EGG Poster 2009-1) at
the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada World Mining Conference
in Toronto, Canada, in March.
Lucinda Johnson was named interim director of UMD’s
Natural Resources Research Institute Center for Water and the Environment.
Previous CWE Director Gerald Niemi is continuing research and his role
as biology professor at UMD. Johnson was also elected president of the
North American Benthological Society for 2010. NABS is an international
professional society representing stream and aquatic ecologists with membership
of approximately 1,700.
SEA GRANT NEWS
Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator,
gave an invited presentation, “Treat Those Invaders: Strife, Rush
and Foil,” at the Minnesota Pesticide Information and Education
(PIE) Pesticide Applicator Recertification Workshop, in Grand Rapids,
Minn., April 7, 2009.
Barb Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator,
taught a rain garden workshop in LeCenter, Minn., sponsored by the LeSueur
County Environmental Services and Volney Lake Association in April, 2009.
See the next issue of Currents.
Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, presented “Utility
of Brain Capillaries for Drug Transport and Disposition” at the
American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) Drug Transporter
Workshop in Baltimore, Md., in April.
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