Tuesday, September 8, 2009 * Volume 27, Number 1 | PDF
UMD scientist Matt Andrews, of UMD's Department of Biology and Les Drewes, of UMD's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the UM Medical School-Duluth, along with a colleague in the Twin Cities, have designed a fluid that may increase the survival rates of people who suffer from hemorrhagic shock during a trauma. For more information see http://www.d.umn.edu/news/2009/August/18.html.
John Brostrom, senior administrative director for UMD’s Auxiliary Services, has recently been appointed to the Duluth Transit Authority Board of Directors as an at large representative.
Leif Brush, professor emeritus, Art and Design, is the subject of the chapter “Windwitnessing: Sound Art and Nature Research by Leif Brush,” by Volker dust, in Jörn P. Hiekel’s 2009 book Vernetzungen: New Music in the Tension Between Science and Technology, from the series Publications of the Institute for New Music and Education, published by Schott Music, Darmstadt.
Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professsor, Art and Design, along with Gerald Guthrie and Elona Van Gent, are in the exhibition Dimensional Figures and Environments: Artists Engaging Technology, running from Aug. 25 - Oct. 10, at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum. The illustrated catalog includes essays by Jessica Gondek about the three artists.
Jill Doerfler, assistant professor,
American Indian Studies, published "An Anishinaabe Tribalography:
Investigating and Interweaving Conceptions of Identity during the 1910s
on the White Earth Reservation" in American Indian Quarterly
(Summer 2009) 33.3, pp. 295-324. She will present "You can go dig
him out of his grave: Anishinaabe Resistance to Racialization in the 1910s?"
at the annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture at the UM-Morris
campus on Oct. 12.
Jing Bai, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, published a paper “Intracavity nonlinearities in quantum-cascade lasers,” appearing as the cover article in the recent issue (vol. 106, no. 3, August 01, 2009) of Journal of Applied Physics, the most highly cited archival journal in Applied Physics. The paper is co-authored with David Citrin at Georgia Tech. This article surveys the theory and technology progression on various nonlinear performances of quantum cascade lasers. It also introduces a comprehensive simulation model developed by the authors. The model can be used to evaluate and further optimize the nonlinear performance of quantum cascade lasers. This article marked a milestone of Bai’s research on quantum optics and nonlinear optics based on quantum cascade devices. Currently, Bai advances her research to the area of dynamic instabilities of quantum cascade structures and the carrier transition mechanisms in nanostructured solar cell devices. See the journal cover and the article in this link: http://link.aip.org/link/?JAP/106/3/htmltoc.
Ron Caple, emeritus professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Caple graduated from St. Olaf in 1960. St. Olaf Alumni Awards are given for extraordinary contributions and lifetime achievement. A specialist in synthetic organic chemistry, Caple has been lauded for his research, teaching, and dedication to pharmacy students. He has published nearly 100 articles and the book Organic Synthesis: The Science Behind the Art. He helped establish Duluth’s “sister city” in Petrozavodsk, Russia and an exchange in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He earned the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Fund award and the Soviet Academy of Science Science Competition Prize. Caple has also established a scholarship to help students from third world countries pursue an undergraduate degree at UMD.
Sofia Chabysheva, research fellow, Department of Physics, successfully defended her thesis, “A Nonperturbative Calculation of the Electron’s Anomalous Magnetic Moment,” and earned her Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Southern Methodist University. At the conclusion of her defense, Chabysheva was presented with the first McCartor Memorial Award for the Outstanding Graduate Thesis in Theoretical Physics.
Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department
of Mathematics and Statistics, was appointed member of the program committee
of IWOCA 2010 (International Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms), which
will be held at King’s College, London, England, in July 2010.
Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, has been invited to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board for a new NSF-funded grant to Vassar College and Brandeis University, on “Sustainable Infrastructure for Linguistic Technology (SILT)." The goal of this project is to achieve interoperability in natural language processing standards and technologies.
Andrea Schokker, professor and head, Department of Civil
Engineering, received the Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) Ken Bondy Award
for Most Meritorious Technical Papers during the PTI summer conference
for her journal papers in the area of durability in post-tensioned bridges.
Subhash Basak and Guillermo Restrepo (Universidad
de Pamplona, Pamplona, Norte de Santander, Colombia) and José L.
Villaveces (Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia), were co-chairpersons
of the First Mathematical Chemistry Workshop of the Americas. The workshop
focused on applications to drug design, environmental protection, genomics
and proteomics, and was organized on the campus of Universidad de los
Andes, in August 2009 in Bogota, Colombia. Basak gave the following invited
lectures at the workshop: 1) Mathematical Chemodescriptors: Development
and Applications, 2) Development and use of biodescriptors in predictive
toxicology and drug discovery, and 3) Mathematical Chemistry: A futuristic
view. Basak also chaired a scientific session at the workshop.
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Timothy Stratton, professor, and
Marcia Worley, associate professor, have been awarded the American
Journal of Health-System Pharmacists (AJHP) Foundation Literature
Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice. Their article, “Implementing
After-Hours Pharmacy Coverage for Critical Access Hospitals in Northeast
Minnesota,” was published in the AJHP 2008; 65:1727-34. This was
a collaborative effort with colleagues at St. Luke’s Hospital Pharmacy
and SISU Medical Systems.
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