Jay Austin, assistant professor,
Large Lakes Observatory, was an invited speaker at a workshop held by
the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources held in May and an
invited speaker for the Minnesota Lakes and Waters Conference in Rochester,
MN in May. Austin is the Keynote Speaker for the 2009 Lake Superior Youth
Symposium in May and a Plenary speaker at the 2009 North American Benthological
Society meeting in Grand Rapids, MI in May. All of the mentioned talks
are on the general subject of Climate change and Lake Superior. Austin
also received a grant from the Great Lakes Observing System in the amount
of $28,000 to support mooring operations and other observations in Lake
Superior during the 2009 field season.
Aydin Y. Durgunoglu, professor of psychology will present
a program, “The links between the two languages of bilinguals,”
at Växjö University, Växjö Sweden in May. Durgunoglu
conducts research on the literacy development of both adults and children
in different linguistic contexts, as well as on bilingual cognition. She
is part of a team developing and implementing the adult literacy program,
the Turkish Mother Child Education Foundation, which recently won a UNESCO
King Sejong Literacy Prize.
Thomas J. Farrell is retiring from the Department of
Writing Studies where he joined the faculty in 1987, being promoted to
Associate Professor in 1988 and Professor in 2004. Farrell’s scholarship
centers on the thought of the cultural historian Walter Ong regarding
the historical development of literacy. His most well-known work is his
book Walter Ong’s Contributions to Cultural Studies: The Phenomenology
of the Word and I-Thou Communication (2000).
Emily Gaarder, assistant professor of criminology, was
awarded the Arizona State University School of Justice Studies Outstanding
Graduate Alumni Award this year. Gaarder traveled to ASU in April to present
a scholarship, in her name, to a first generation graduate student.
Joe Gallian, professor, Department
of Mathematics and Statistics, was the keynote speaker at the Wisconsin
and Kansas sectional meetings of the Mathematical Association of America.
He gave two talks at each meeting. Gallian also received a grant from
the National Science Foundation to syndicate on America Public Television
a documentary film about the United States team in the International Mathematics
Olympiad, for which he was executive producer.
Gallian was also an invited participant in a three-day “Women in
Mathematics Symposium” in Baltimore sponsored by the National Security
From Stephanie Guildford, assistant professor, Department
of Biology. Although Lake Superior has excellent water quality relative
to the other North American Great Lakes, lake trout have surprisingly
high concentrations of PCBs. In this survey of 23 lakes, including Lake
Superior, extending from northwestern Canada to the southern extreme of
lake trout distribution, lake area and latitude accounted for most of
the variation in PCBs. Trout in smaller and more northerly lakes had greater
access to productive benthic littoral habitats for feeding and had lower
PCB concentrations compared to lake trout in larger more southerly lakes
where feeding was more restricted to the offshore, pelagic habitat. Guildford,
S.J., Muir, D.C.G., Houde, M., Evans, M.S., Kidd, K.A., Whittle, D.M.,
Drouillard, K., Wang, X., Anderson, M.R., Bronte, C.R., DeVault, D.S.,
Haffner, D., Payne, J., Kling, H.J. 2008. PCB concentrations in lake trout
(Salvelinus namaycush) are correlated to habitat use and lake characteristics.
Environmental Science and Technology 42: 8239-8244.
Tom Johnson, professor, Department
of Geological Sciences, gave an invited talk at the European Geosciences
Union Meeting in Vienna in April entitled, “IODP - ICDP Interactions:
Comparing and Contrasting the Drilled Paleoclimate Records on the African
Continent With the ODP Records Offshore.” In addition, another recent
publication: Late Quaternary vegetation history of southeast Africa: The
molecular isotopic record from Lake Malawi by Isla S. Castañeda,
Josef P. Werne, Thomas C. Johnson, Timothy R. Filley which appeared in
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology vol. 275 (2009) pp.
100-112. Isla was a Ph.D. student in LLO who is now a post-doc at the
Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.
Eun-Kyung Suh, Department of Art and Design, has a new
textile work, “We, Human Beings.” The work will be exhibited
at the Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA in the Focus on
Fiber II, National Exhibition from May through July 2009.
M.J. Leone, recently retired executive office and administrative
specialist in the Graduate School Office at UMD, has been selected as
a winner of the 2009 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to
the University of Minnesota.
Dan Martin, Department of Sociology presented the paper
“Police, Protesters and Political Impression Management,”
which he co-authored with John Hamlin, at the Pacific Sociological Association
conference in San Diego, in April. The paper included the first wave of
findings from their project, “The State Suppression of Dissent,”
a project based upon data collected during protests at the Republican
National Convention in St. Paul, 2008. The project is supported by a VCAA
The Precambrian Research Center, a field mapping institute jointly managed
by the Natural Resources Research Institute and the Department of Geological
Sciences, will be hosting the 55th Annual Institute on Lake Superior Geology
in Ely, MN from May 5-10. The meeting, which will attract over 200 participants,
will include two days of technical sessions and seven field trips on the
geology and resources of the Ely area. Jim Miller, associate
professor, Department of Geological Sciences, is the principal chairman
of the meeting.
Ted Pedersen, associate professor,
Department of Computer Science, will give the invited keynote address
at a workshop on “Software Engineering, Testing, and Quality Assurance
for Natural Language Processing.” This will be held at the Annual
Meeting of the North American Chapter for the Association for Computational
Linguistics (NAACL) in Boulder, Colorado in June 2009. The title of his
address is “The Road from Good Software Engineering to Good
Science ... is a Two Way Street.” Pedersen and MS student Varada
Kolhatkar (also from the Department of Computer Science) will present
a demonstration of their software package WordNet::SenseRelate::AllWords
at the Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the Association
for Computational Linguistics (NAACL) in Boulder, Colorado in June 2009.
This system assigns meanings to all words in text, and is available as
free open-source software.
Two groups of students from the Chemical Engineering Senior Design class
taught by Mike Rother, assistant professor, and Carol
Horabik, instructor, both of the Department of Chemical Engineering,
won 1st and 2nd prize at the AIChE Upper Midwest 49th Annual Symposium
undergraduate poster contest on April 3rd in Bloomington, MN. The winning
posters were “Process Optimization at Arkema” by Brady Clavel,
Jack Keeney, Andrew Klym and Fernando Ramirez and “Taconite Harbor
Emissions Control” by Nate Bosquez, Jeremy Elbers, Jason George
and Stephanie Morrisette.
LeAne Rutherford of the Instructional Development Service
(IDS) presented “Do Ask, Do Tell: Weaving Students’ Opinions
into Optimal Teaching Practice” in April at the Academy of Distinguished
Teachers Conference on the Twin Cities Campus. This workshop, based on
Shelley Smith’s IDS research, modeled a process for gathering student
input and weaving student-stipulated patterns of good teaching practices
into issues of respect.
Shelley Smith, an associate professor and teaching consultant
with the Instructional Development Service, spent a week this spring in
South Africa as part of the system wide Curriculum Integration (Internationalizing
the Curriculum) project. She traveled with three other professionals Anthony
Albecker, assistant academic advisor, Scott Daby, associate program director,
Learning Abroad Center, and Laura Dammer Hess, coordinator, Career and
Community Learning Center, all from the UMTC campus, to universities and
service learning sites in and outside of Capetown and Durban.
Janelle L. Wilson,
Department of Sociology/Anthropology, presented the paper, “Nostalgia,
Olfaction, and the Self,” at the annual meetings of the Pacific
Sociological Association in San Diego in April.
A UMD student design team has been selected as one of three winners in
the North America Region (including USA and Canada) in the 3rd Collegiate
Student Safety Technology Design Competition. The team will represent
North America at the international competition in the 21st International
Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles in June 2009 in
Stuttgart, Germany. The team consists of Shan Hu, a master graduate student
originally from China, and Ryan Bowlds, a senior Mechanical Engineering
major undergraduate student from Eden Prairie, Minn. The team is advised
by Xun Yu, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering.
Subhash Basak, Denise Mills, Douglas Hawkins (University
of Minnesota, Department of Applied Statistics, TC Campus), and Jessica
Kraker (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) published a paper titled “Quantitative
structure-activity relationship (QSAR) modeling of human blood: Air partitioning
with proper statistical methods and validation” in the international
journal Chemistry and Biodiversity, vol. 6, pp. 487-502 (2009).
Brian Brashaw and Xiping Wang, along with nine
co-authors from around the world, published, “Nondestructive Testing
and Evaluation of Wood: A Worldwide Research Update” in the March
2009 Forest Products Journal, Vol. 59, No. 3, pp. 7-14.
SEA GRANT NEWS
See the nest issue of Currents.
Fifty students who started their medical education on the UMD
Campus graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in May.
The Center of American Indian and Minority Health on May 1 honored the
seven Native Americans graduating from medical school this year.
Bethany Nelson, a Ph.D. candidate in the Academic Health Center-Duluth
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biophysics program since 2005, has
been awarded the Annette Boman Women’s Fellowship for Cancer Research.
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