Tuesday, December 8, 2009 * Volume 27, Number 7 | PDF



faculty/staff NEWS

Ahmed Heikal, associate professor, chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacy, gave a talk entitled “Structural Heterogeneity of GFP-Tagged, Major Histocompatibility Complex Class I Proteins in Mouse Fibroblast Cells” at the Third Boston Workshop on Advanced TCSPC Techniques: Applications and Instrumental Principles in Boston, Mass. on Oct. 15-16. This workshop was organized by Becker & Hickl GmbH (Germany), Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, and Boston Electronics Corp.

Tom Isbell, theatre department, had his play, Dear Finder, produced as part of the Middle Tennessee State University mainstage season from Oct. 22 - 24 as a performance in coordination with the 9th biennial International Holocaust Studies Conference. Dear Finder was written in 1997 in collaboration with seven UMD students and first performed at UMD in 1998. Isbell also has a work at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.: the world premiere musical production of Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe, starring the great political satirist, songwriter, and performer Mark Russell. The work will run from Dec. 5 - 30.

The "Elements" portfolio, a collaborative project produced by the Northern Printmakers Alliance with work by Robert Repinski, Art + Design, and his former students, alumni Joseph Shores and Robb Quisling, has been selected for exhibition at the Samlagrafik Gallery in Landovagen (Vaxjo) Sweden for December 2009.

Mary Ann Marchel, Ph.D., associate professor in unified early childhood studies, was selected by ZERO TO THREE, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, to take part in their two-year Fellowship program, Leaders for the 21st Century. ZERO TO THREE is recognized as a leader in infant mental health.

Work by Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Art + Design, was in the invitational 2009 Photo Review auction to benefit the magazine of the same name. The preview exhibition was in the Dorrance-Hamilton Building at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and the auction event was Nov. 21.

David A. McCarthy, professor in the Department of Education, will be conducting a three-hour pre-conference workshop entitled "Discover the Technology Skills Needed in the 21st Century Classroom" at the TIES regional technology conference in Minneapolis in December. McCarthy will also be attending and participating in the Invitational Summit - Redefining Teacher Education for Digital Age Learners at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas as one of three individuals representing technology in teacher education.

Jay Austin, assistant professor, Department of Physics, has recently published: "Desai, A, J. A. Austin, V. Bennington and G. McKinley: Stronger winds over a large lake in response to weakening air-to-lake temperature Gradient" in the Nature-Geoscience November 2009 issue.

Clay Carter, assistant professor, Department of Biology, and colleagues have recently published the following manuscripts: “Arabidopsis thaliana as a model for functional nectary analysis” in the journal Sexual Plant Reproduction, “Cell Wall Invertase 4 is Required for Nectar Production in Arabidopsis” in the Journal of Experimental Botany, and “Modified Vacuole Phenotype1 is an Arabidopsis Myrosinase-associated Protein Involved in Endomembrane Protein Trafficking” in Plant Physiology.

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, attended the Joint Meeting of the Nuclear Physics Divisions of the American Physical Society and the Physical Society of Japan, on Oct. 13-17, 2009 and gave a talk on “Reduced helicity amplitudes for deuteron photodisintegration.”

Tom Johnson, regents professor, Department of Geological Sciences, recently presented a seminar entitled, “Recent Results of the Lake Malawi Drilling Project: A 150,000 Year Record of Rainfall and Drought in Tropical East Africa” to the Department of Geography, Oxford University on Nov. 24, and to the Departments of Geology and Geography, Trinity College, Dublin on Nov. 27.

James P. Riehl, dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and professor, Department of Chemistry, presented a seminar entitled “Luminescence as a Probe of Chiral Molecular Structure” to the Department of Chemistry at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey on Oct. 30.

Matthew Etterson, Gerald Niemi and Nicholas Danz published a paper titled “Estimating the effects of detection heterogeneity and overdispersion on trends estimated from avian point counts” in Ecological Applications.


Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant’s aquatic invasive species program coordinator, presented information about the threats of aquatic invasive species in Minnesota in a program co-sponsored by the Sauk River Watershed District, Douglas County Lakes Association, and Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District in Alexandria, Minn, on Dec. 1.


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Haim Einat, associate professor, has been named associate editor of Frontiers in Psychopharmacology – a new Frontiers’ journal and publishing platform that is working to create a very novel way of interaction between editors, reviewers, and authors through open discussion to develop better manuscripts.

Meg Little, teaching specialist, has been selected to participate in UMD’s Tech Camp 13 scheduled for January 4-12. The camp focuses on designing and teaching courses using technological tools that lend themselves to online teaching and learning. 

Laura Traynor, assistant professor, and Debbie Sisson, assistant professor, participated in the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas in December. Traynor presented “Medicaid Programs: The Minnesota Experience” and led a roundtable at a session on “Building Ambulatory Services: Best Practices in Design, Reimbursement, and Outcomes.” Sisson and colleague co-presented “Experiential Education: You Can Do It and We Can Help!” Sisson also led a roundtable at the “Meaningful Pharmacy Practice Experiences: Challenges and Solutions General Networking Session” and facilitated “Managing Inconsistent Experiential Expectations from Various Colleges/Schools of Pharmacy.”

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor, is quoted in the Fall 2009 issue of ASHP Intersections in an article titled “Experiential Education Crunch” where she reflects on the importance of partnerships.  The article can be found at

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