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Tricia Bunten, senior development director, Swenson College of Science and Engineering was one of two delegates for the state of Minnesota at the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning annual meeting held in Indianapolis in July. Tricia serves as the secretary for the Minnesota Council on Planned Giving.

Clay Carter, assistant professor, and Brian Kram, assistant scientist, both of the Department of Biology, along with Wayne Xu from the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, UMTC, recently published “Uncovering the Arabidopsis thaliana nectary transcriptome: investigation of differential gene expression in floral nectariferous tissues” in the journal BMC Plant Biology, 9 (1): 92.

Tim Craig, Department of Biology, will be a plenary speaker at the Fifth International Symposium on Gall Inducing Arthropods at Serra do Cipo National Park in Brazil from August 9-14. The title of his talk will be “The evolution of tritrophic interactions involving gall-forming insects.” Craig will host Takayuki Ohgushi, Yoshino Ando, and Shunsuke Utsumi from Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Japan for two weeks in August. They will be working on an ongoing collaborative research project on plant-insect interactions.

Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, gave an invited talk, “How to Create Repeating Hyperbolic Patterns” at the East Coast Computer Algebra Day conference on May 2, at the University of Rhode Island. He also presented a two papers this summer: “Repeating Hyperbolic Pattern Algorithms -- Special Cases” at the DIMACS (center for DIscrete MAthematics and theoretical Computer Science) Workshop at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and “Transforming `Circle Limit III’ Patterns -- First Steps” at ISAMA (International Society of the Arts, Mathematics, and Architecture), at the State University at Albany, Albany, New York. The online version is at: http://www.isama.org/hyperseeing/09/09b.pdf.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk “Cyclic decomposition of complete graphs into complete multipartite graphs with one added edge” at the 44th Czech-Slovak Conference on Graph Theory in Terchova, Slovakia.

John Hiller, professor, and Sofia Chabysheva, research fellow, both of the Department of Physics, published “Restoration of the chiral limit in Pauli-Villars-regulated light-front QED” in Physical Review D, vol. 79, 114017 (2009).

Zhuangyi Liu, professor, Department of Mathematics, was an invited speaker at a workshop on Partial DifferentialEquations at Donghua University, Shanghai. He was also an invited speaker at a conference on Control Theory at the Institute of System Science, Chinese Science Academy in Beijing.

Debao Zhou, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, has published a journal paper. Along with Gary McMurray, "Design of a Bending Section Auto-Driven Mechanism for Colonoscope." Journal of Medical Devices. Volume 3, Issue 2, 027508, June 2009. He has had two conference papers accepted: Debao Zhou, with Wayne Daley and Gary McMurray, "Kinematics and Verification of a Deboning Device, "accepted by the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA 2009), Changchun, Jilin, China, August 9 - 12, 2009; and a paper with Matt Leines, Jiann-Shiou Yang, "LQR Control of a Five-Degree-of-Freedom Planar Biped Robot," accepted by the 2009 International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Methods (MSV’09).

NRRI NEWS

Euan Reavie has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Cited Authors 2006-2009 for his article “Diatom-based weighted-averaging transfer functions for Great Lakes coastal water quality: Relationships to watershed characteristics” from the Journal of Great Lakes Research published in Volume 32, Issue 2 (2006), pp. 321-347.

MN SEA GRANT NEWS

John Bilotta has joined Minnesota Sea Grant as a water resource management and policy extension educator. He works out of the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Center in Farmington, Minn. See www.seagrant.umn.edu/about/john.

Jeff Gunderson has been tapped as the program’s interim director while still serving as fisheries and aquaculture extension educator.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, facilitated Lake Superior Basin Watershed Hydrology: Sustainability of North Shore Streams Discussion on July 15 at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in Duluth, Minn.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, was an invited speaker at a conference in New Jersey, Invasive Species in Coastal Dunes and Maritime Forests in July. Jensen also participated in the a meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species in Grand Island, New York.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, presented Using Community Growth Scenarios to Evaluate Potential Water Quality Impacts, a presentation co-produced by Valerie Brady and Gerry Sjerven (with the Natural Resources Research Institute), at Coastal Zone 09 (CZ09) in Boston, Mass.

MEDICAL SCHOOL-DULUTH NEWS

On June 5 over 150 people packed the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth’s atrium for the dedication of the new Duluth Medical School Legends and Leaders Wall of Honor and sculpture. The 40-year milestone memorialized the 1969 legislation that started the School. The Wall of Honor recognizes donors who supported programs, buildings, research and scholarships with gifts of $10,000 or more or who specified a gift to the school in their wills; founding and charter faculty; founding physicians – a group of local physicians who became the first teachers and administrators; Duluth legislators who passed key bills in 1969 and 1974 to develop the curriculum, hire founding faculty and fund the building; community leaders who advocated for the school; and UMD administrators in the early 70s. Their names are on 182 nameplates on the Wall which also has open space to recognize those who will be honored in the future.

PHARMACY NEWS

Ayman Noreddin, associate professor, presented “Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Modeling of Brain Tumor Chemotherapy in a Three-Dimensional Glioblastoma Multfolium Culture” at the 1st Scientific Symposium of the Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt in Cairo in July.

Randall Seifert, senior associate dean and professor, was awarded the Harold R. Popp Award at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA). The Popp Award, established by MPhA in 1969 in honor of the late Senator Harold R. Popp, is the highest honor awarded by MPhA. Intended to recognize one pharmacist annually for outstanding services to the profession of pharmacy, Seifert received the award for his efforts to establish Medication Therapy Management (MTM) practices and benefits in the Duluth area.

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor, presented two posters at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting in Boston in July: “Survey and Implementation of Regional Education Hub Activities” with Meg Little and Dawn Carlson and “Rural Community Interprofessional Experience of Pharmacy and Medical Students” with Ruth Westra (Medical School - Duluth).

Timothy Stratton, professor, has been elected president of the Minnesota Rural Health Association for 2009-2010.

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