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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, India.

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 Istanbul.

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 lecture series:
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, 2009.

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.


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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