A major volume on the results of a long term research
project on Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho was recently published by the Geological
Society of America. Steve Colman, director, Large Lakes
Observatory, once leader of this project while with the USGS, contributed
to three of the papers, including: Colman, S.M., Rosenbaum, J.G., Kaufman,
D.S., Dean, W.E., and McGeehin, J.P., 2009, “Radiocarbon ages and
age models for the last 30,000 years in Bear Lake, Utah-Idaho”,
in Rosenbaum, J.G., and Kaufman, D.S., eds., Paleoenvironments of
Bear Lake, Utah and Idaho, and Its Catchment, Geological Society
of America, Special Paper 450, p. 133-144.
Julie Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology,
is a co-PI on a new grant: 2009-2012, J. Cavender-Bares (PI), J.R. Etterson
and J.D. Sparks (Co-PIs), from the National Science Foundation. The Collaborative
Research grant: “Adaptive differentiation, selection and water use
of a seasonally dry tropical oak: implications for global change”
received $565,529. (funded 12/4/08).
Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics
and Statistics, delivered an invited lecture “Recent advances in
Rosa-type labelings of graphs” in January at the fifth International
Workshop on Graph Labelings 2009 at Kalasalingam University in Tamil Nadu,
professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was the keynote speaker
at a conference featuring research by undergraduates at St. John’s
University in April.
The research papers of two students of M. Imran Hayee,
associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
were presented at the Conference on Design of Medical Devices held in
Minneapolis in April. Both research papers are a result of collaboration
between the ECE department and the University of Minnesota Medical School.
The papers are: Z. Tridane, X. Yu, M. I. Hayee, G. Nordehn, J. Fitzakerley,
“Development of an Animal Model to Test an Active Noise Cancellation
System for Infant Incubators”, DMD Conference 2009, and W. Ahmad,
M. I. Hayee, J. Fitzakerley, S. Burns, and G. Nordehn, “Variable
Self-Optimizing Cochlear Model for Heart Murmur Detection/Classification.”
Last fall, research being conducted in the lab
of Randall Hicks, director, UMD Center for Freshwater
Research and Policy, and professor, Department of Biology, received attention
from the local and national press. The lab identified the cause of severe
corrosion of steel port structures in the Duluth-Superior Harbor. In October,
a short notice about this work appeared in USA Today, after an
article was published in the Duluth News Tribune. This research
has been supported by the UM Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, the
Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, Minnesota Sea Grant, and the
US Army Corps of Engineers.
Dennis Hansen, recent Biology MS graduate, Hicks, and colleagues at the
UM-St. Paul recently had a research article published: D. L. Hansen, S.
Ishii, M. J. Sadowsky, and R. E. Hicks, “Escherichia coli Populations in Great Lakes Waterfowl Exhibit Spatial Stability and Temporal
Shifting”, Appl. Environ. Microbiol. March 2009 75: 1546-1551.
professor, Department of Physics, gave invited talks on “Proton
Structure -- A Computational Challenge” at Eastern Kentucky University
in February and at the College of New Jersey in March and an invited talk
on “A Hamiltonian Approach to Bound-State Problems in Quantum Field
Theories” at New Mexico State University in April.
Tom Hrabik, associate professor, Department of Biology,
served on a “Blue Ribbon Research Panel” for the Department
of Interior’s National Park Service last summer that included the
following participants: William H. Schlesinger, Cary Institute of Ecosystem
Studies, Millbrook, NY (Chair), Viney Aneja, Department of Marine, Earth,
and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, F.S.
Chapin, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks,
Nicholas Comerford, Department of Soil Science, University of Florida,
Gainesville., James P. Gibbs, Environmental Sciences and Forestry, State
University of New York, Syracuse, Patrick Megonigal, Smithsonian Environmental
Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland, and Monica Turner, Department of
Zoology, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Service on this panel included
a site review of the NPS research program on Isle Royal and a substantial
writing assignment that produced a report describing the recommended future
directions of the science program on Isle Royale.
Hrabik also served on a review panel for the United States Geological
Survey- Lake Superior Biological Station’s lake wide integrated
sampling plan. He participated in an external review of their proposed
sampling plan for Lake Superior that included presenting new information
to be used in the development of their plan.
professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was appointed as
a member of the scientific committee of the Third International Congress
on Applied Mathematics, which was held in Lima, Peru, March 30-April 3.
Liu was also invited to visit the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
in Spain in March.
Jim Miller, associate professor, Department of Geological
Sciences, Carlos Caranza-Torres, associate professor, Department of Civil
Engineering, and Richard Davis, professor, Department of Chemical Engineering,
gave a joint presentation at the 2009 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and
Exploration (SME) meeting held April 14-15 in Duluth. This was the 82nd
annual meeting of the Minnesota section of SME. Their presentation was
entitled: “Educational Initiatives at the University of Minnesota
Duluth: Preparing Students for Future Jobs in the Mining and Minerals
The lab of Elizabeth Minor, associate
professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has recently had
two papers published: B.J. Dalzell, E.C. Minor and K.M. Mopper, 2009.
“Photodegradation of estuarine organic matter: A multi-method assessment
of DOM transformation”, Organic Geochemistry, 40, 243-257,
and H.A.N. Abdulla, R.F. Dias, and E.C. Minor, “Understanding the
enhanced aqueous solubility of styrene by terrestrial dissolved organic
matter using stable isotope mass balance and FTIR”, Organic
Geochemistry, in press.
Minor presented an invited talk in Vienna, Austria at the April 19-24,
2009 European Geophysical Union session: Biogeochemistry of dissolved
organic matter: Characterization, distribution, and ecosystem roles. Minor,
E.C. and Stephens, B. presented “DOM along the continuum from river
to reservoir: a comparison of freshwater and saline transects.”
A poster co-authored by Minor, grad student Prosper Zigah and S.L. McCallister
was also presented: “Insights into the Lake Superior carbon cycle
from preliminary radiocarbon analyses or water column carbon pools”.
The presentation and poster are included in Geophysical Research Abstracts,
v. 11, EGU2009-0, 2009. EGU General Assembly 2009.
Ted Pedersen, associate professor, Department of Computer
Science, presented his paper “Improved Unsupervised Name Discrimination
with Very Wide Bigrams and Automatic Cluster Stopping” at the Tenth
International Conference on Intelligent Text Processing and Computational
Linguistics in March in Mexico City.
Susana Pelayo-Woodward, director
of the UMD Office of Cultural Diversity has been named the 2009 winner
of the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award for the
University of Minnesota system. Pelayo-Woodward has worked at UMD since
1992. She is the recipient of the City of Duluth, Peace Maker Award (1998),
UMD Outstanding Service Award (1999), University of Minnesota President’s
Award for Outstanding Service (2002), UMD College of Liberal Arts Teaching
Award (2004), and the UMD Commission on Women Linda M. Larson Women of
the Year Award (2004). In 2007, she received the YWCA Women of Distinction
Andrea Schokker, professor and head, Department of Civil
Engineering, was named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI)
at their spring convention in San Antonio, Texas. Schokker serves on the
ACI board of directors and is new chair of the Sustainability of Concrete
Hua Tang, assistant professor, Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering, presented a paper: P. Li, H. Tang, Q. Lian,
“Low Power Embedded Speech Recognition System Based on a MCU and
a Co-processor”, Proc. of 34th IEEE International Conference on
Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP09), Taipei, Taiwan, April
Don Fosnacht gave a presentation entitled “Clean
Energy Technology Research and Development at UMD’s Natural Resources
Research Institute” to state industrial, academic and governmental
representatives at the 3M Innovation Center in April.
SEA GRANT NEWS
Dale Bergeron, Maritime Extension Educator, initiated
and facilitated meetings between Captain Zdenka Willis, Director of NOAA’s
Integrated Oceans Observing Systems (IOOS), and maritime-related researchers,
agencies, and industries in the Duluth/Superior area on April 7 and 8.
Other Minnesota Sea Grant staff participated during Willis’s Twin
Ports visit. She traveled from Silver Springs, Maryland, to ascertain
how IOOS can best meet the needs of Great Lakes researchers and shippers.
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) involves 11 regional systems
providing data from US coasts (including the Great Lakes Observing System),
and the Global Ocean Observing System.
Bergeron, and Doug Jensen, Aquatic Invasive Species Program
Coordinator, delivered multiple presentations and served as session chairs
at the 16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, which
was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 18-23.
Jeff Gunderson, associate director, presented “the
mystery of the missing smelt” to the Two Harbors Rotary Club on
A dedication ceremony for the Medical Legends and Leaders Wall
of Honor will be held on June 5.
Faculty and students connected to UMD received top awards from the Minnesota
Academy of Family Physicians at the organization’s annual Spring
Refresher held in Minneapolis in April. Nicholas Vidor and Marie Lange
received the Medical Student Award for Contributions to Family Medicine,
Ruth Westra, DO, MPH received the Teacher of the Year Award, and Raymond
G. Christensen, MD received the President’s Award.
The University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement has named Daniel
Schlies the recipient of an Honorable Mention Award and $500 in the Outstanding
Community Service Award Staff Category. Schlies, a photographer and educational
resources staff person for 23 years, was among eight people receiving
Two medical students who started their education on the Duluth Campus
have been elected leaders of the Medical School Executive Student Council.
Thomas Maust, a third-year student, was elected president and Erik Scharrer,
a second year student, was elected vice president. Both Maust and Scharrer
were presidents of their respective classes when they were on the Duluth
Students and faculty spoke to 5404 elementary school students in 65 schools
in communities throughout the state during this year’s Brain Awareness
outreach event. The presentations were organized by Janet Fitzakerley,
Ph.D. and Luanne Petcoff.
Alaina Heltemes, a UMD pre-pharmacy student, has been named a 2009 Undergraduate
Research Fellow by the American Physiological Society (APS) and will work
with APS member Jeffrey S. Gilbert, Ph.D. this summer. Heltemes will be
involved in a research project that aims to improve women’s cardiovascular
health during and after pregnancy.
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