Tuesday, October 20, 2009 * Volume 27, Number 4 | PDF



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Beth Koch, assistant professor of design, has a digital work inclusion for the International Digital Media and Art Association's 7th annual conference, "At the Digital Edge: Digital Innovations and Challenges." The conference is held at Ball State University Museum of Art in Muncie, Ind. during November 2009.

Seven images by Robert Repinski, associate professor of Art and Design, have been selected for inclusion in “Shout,” an international juried art project that is part of the Birmingham Queer Cultural Festival in Birmingham, England. The exhibition will take the form of a series of large-scale public projections on the outside of major buildings in and around the city during the month of November. The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of England and the Birmingham LGBT Community Trust.

Matt Andrews, professor and head, Department of Biology, received a two-year, $1.1 million Grand Opportunities award from the National Institutes of Health. The project, “Genetic Control of Heart Function in a Hibernating Mammal,” includes bioinformatic analysis by co-investigator Marshall Hampton, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The highly competitive Grand Opportunities program is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and supports research that has enables growth and investment in biomedical research and development, public health and health care delivery.

Steve Colman, professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Director, Large Lakes Observatory, gave an invited lecture on Oct. 6 at the 45th Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College entitled, “The Superior Sea: What about all that water?”

Hard Problems, a documentary film conceived and produced by Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, about the extraordinarily gifted students that represented the United States in 2006 at the world’s toughest math competition, the “International Mathematical Olympiad,” will be broadcast on PBS World five separate times on 40 channels nationwide on Oct. 22. The film is also scheduled to be broadcast on American Public Television stations 465 times during October and November.

Ahmed Heikal, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (adjunct), chaired a “Biomedical Imaging and Optics” track at the annual Biomedical Engineering Society meeting held Oct. 7 - 10 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Heikal also chaired a session on “Nonlinear and Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging” during the same BMES meeting, and he presented a poster entitled “Membrane Nanodomains Facilitate Immunoreceptor Signaling,” which was co-authored by Erin D. Sheets, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Precambrian Research Center (PRC) at UMD successfully conducted a six-day workshop on campus for 21 professional geoscientists from Oct. 5-10. The workshop was organized and managed by Jim Miller, associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and PRC co-director. In the addition, PRC recruited six prominent geoscientists from the U.S. and Canada to teach the lectures and labs. The field trips were organized and led by Miller and Mark Severson, a senior research associate at the NRRI.


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A new season started for Minnesota Sea Grant and KUMD radio as the first episode of "Catching Up With Aquatic Science" aired on Oct. 14. In it, Sweetwater Sue gabbed with a researcher about Archaea bacteria in Lake Superior. Sign up for the weekly podcast (also available through iTunes) or listen to the five-minute show at: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/radio/catchingup/.

The Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior celebrated World Maritime Day on Oct. 16 with a special screening of Mysteries of the Great Lakes, tours of the Coast Guard Cutter ALDER, and more. Minnesota Sea Grant partnered with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, the USCG, the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute, and the OMNIMAX Theatre. See http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/news/2009/10/16.

The new two-sided fact sheet, the Great Lakes Shipping: Great Lakes Vessels and Fuel Efficiency sheet, relays information about energy efficiency and transportation. It explains how carrying cargo on water is more energy efficient and generates less carbon dioxide than if the same cargo was transported over land. See http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/maritime/ for more information.

On Sept. 24, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the International Joint Commission co-hosted an information-sharing forum on ballast water issues in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. The forum was held in Detroit, Michigan, facilitated by representatives from the Minnesota Sea Grant and Great Lakes Commission and attended by some of the leading academic ballast water researchers from Canada and the United States. The goals of the meeting were to share new information among regulators, increase dialogue among the key stakeholders involved in this issue, and to discuss ways of further reducing the risk of introduction and spread of invasive species through ballast water.


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