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A.R. Desai, Jay Austin, associate professor, Department of Physics, V. Bennington and G.A. McKinley, had their paper, "Stronger winds over a large lake in response to a weakening air to lake temperature gradient" published in Nature-Geosciences. 15 November 2009, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO693, pp. 855-858.

Kent Brorson, faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, along with Kristine Meyer, graduate student, presented “Speech-Language Pathologists' Perceptions of Professional Public Policy Engagement” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in New Orleans in Nov. 2009

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Art and Design, has work in the CEPA Gallery annual exhibition in Buffalo, NY, from Feb. 6 - March 20. Brush is one of a number of photographers nationally whose work was invited for the annual CEPA auction to support the regional photography center.

Clay Carter, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, had a paper "Identification of differential gene expression in Brassica rapa nectaries through expressed sequence tag analysis" accepted at PLoS ONE. Carter's coauthors were Marshall Hampton, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Emily Chambers, Jerad Ehrnriter, Jonathan Gralewski, Teresa Joyal, Brian Kram, and Wayne Xu of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

Dana Collins, faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, presented “Job Satisfaction of Speech-Language Pathologists Working in Public Schools” with graduate student, Marcia Leddy, at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in New Orleans. Collins also presented “Challenging Case Studies in Velopharyngeal Management.”

Tim Craig, associate professor, Department of Biology, attended the symposium of Japanese Society of Promotion of Science Core-to-Core research project in Amsterdam in Dec. 2009. This is a cooperative research program with funding from the Japanese government for collaboration of researchers at Kyoto University with researchers at the University of Amsterdam, the Free University of Berlin, the Max Planck Institute, the University of Western Ontario, and UMD. The grant has sponsored research visits by Kyoto University faculty and students to the UMD during the last two summers, and it will support future research visits by UMD faculty and students to Kyoto, Japan. UMD was recently informed that the project had been recommended for a further three years of support.

David Doorn, assistant professor, Department of Economics, Susan Janssen, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, and Maureen O'Brien, professor, Department of Economics, had their article, "Student Attitudes and Approaches to Online Homework," published in the Jan. issue of The International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, an international, peer-reviewed publication.

Julie Ernst, associate professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, received the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) Meritorious Service Award for 2009. The award was presented at NAI’s national workshop in November in Hartford, Conn. The Meritorious Service Award honors members who have given their time and expertise to further the mission of NAI. Ernst served as associate editor for Legacy magazine from Jan. 1999 to Dec. 2003 and The Interpreter magazine from Jan. 2004 to Dec. 2008.

In 2009, Julie Etterson, associate professor, Department of Biology, received the American Society of Naturalist President's Award for the 'best' paper published in The American Naturalist in 2008 for the paper: Shaw, R.G., C.J. Geyer, S. Wagenius, H.H. Hangelbroek, and J.R. Etterson. 2008. "Unifying life history analyses for inference of fitness and population growth." American Naturalist 172:E35-E47.

Etterson has also recently published three articles: Richardson, D.M, J.J. Hellmann, J. McLachlan, D.F. Sax, M.W. Schwartz, D. Ashe, J.R. Etterson, P. Gonzalez, T. Root, O. Sala, S. Schneider, D. Ashe, J. Brennan, A. Camacho, J. Rappaport Clark, R. Early, D. Fielder, J. Gill, S. Polasky, H. Safford, A. Thompson, and M. Vellend. 2009. "Multidimensional evaluation of managed relocation." Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 106: 9721-9724. Galloway, L.F. and J.R. Etterson. 2009. "Plasticity to canopy shade in a monocarpic herb: within- and between-generation effects." New Phytologist 182:1003-1012 . Galloway, L.F., J.R. Etterson and J. W. McGlothlin. 2009. "Contribution of direct and maternal genetic effects to life-history evolution." New Phytologist 183: 826-838.

Etterson has also received the grant: 2009-2012, J. Cavender-Bares (PI), J.R. Etterson and J.D. Sparks (Co-PIs). National Science Foundation. "Collaborative Research: Adaptive differentiation, selection and water use of a seasonally dry tropical oak: implications for global change" for $565,529.

Joe Gallian, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, attended the annual joint meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in San Francisco in January. He was co-organizer of a panel discussion, co-presenter of a minicourse, presented a paper on Mathematics and Sports, and served as chair of the session on Mathematics and Sports. Two of his REU students were co-winners of the Alice Schafer Prize from the Association for Women in Mathematics for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate student. Another one of his REU students was runner up for the Morgan Prize for research by an undergraduate given jointly by the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematicians.

Shannon Godsey, faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, presented “Internationalizing curriculum: What we need to know“ at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in New Orleans.

Robert Hecky, professor, and Stephanie Guildford, assistant professor, both of the Department of Biological Sciences; Thomas Johnson, Regents Professor, and Nigel Wattrus, both of the Department of Geological Sciences; and Sergei Katzev, assistant professor, Department of Physics, participated in an NSF-funded workshop on Lake Kivu in Gisenyi, Rwanda in January. The workshop hosted about 40 scientists from Africa, Europe and the United States to consider plans to harvest methane dissolved in the deep waters of the lake for electrical power generation in the region. This unique lake in the volcanic highlands between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo holds enough methane in its deep waters to generate 200 MW of power for the next several decades. Workshop participants discussed the lake's ecosystem, the volcanic and earthquake activity in the region, and the potential consequences of catastrophic release of methane and carbon dioxide if no steps are taken to remove the gas from the deep waters. Plans are underway for future research on the lake to optimize energy harvest, ecosystem protection, and safeguarding the people who live along the shore of this unique great lake in East Africa.

Liz James, faculty, Depart of Art and Design, has selected works included in "Functional Relationships", a national juried exhibition that will be on view Jan.11 – Feb. 4 at the Eugenia Summer Art Gallery, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi. Jurors Matt Long and Robert Long chose the work from over 200 submissions.

KUMD’s Northland Morning Show Host Lisa Johnson was awarded with the 2009 Environmental Stewardship Award for Media. Johnson, who has worked with KUMD since 1991, was nominated for the award for her significant contributions through KUMD’s Northland Morning Show in educating the public on local, regional and national environmental issues.

The UMD Library has dedicated a study room in memory of former UMD Library Director Rudolph (Rudy) Johnson, who served in that position from 1958 to 1975. Johnson was also head of reference from 1975 until his retirement in 1981. He established UMD's Voyageur and Special Collections. His efforts aided the growth of research into African American and Native American history. For more information, see http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/.

Faith Loven, faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, presented “The Effect of Literacy Skills on Phonological Discrimination,” with graduate student Magaret Mork, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in New Orleans.

Mark Mizuko and Jolene Hyppa-Martin, faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, along with Erin Rankin, graduate student, presented “Fixed Versus Animated Icons for Cortical Visual Impairmen” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in New Orleans. Mizuko and Hyppa-Martin along with Alison Norgard, graduate student, presented “The Influence of Layout & Text on Reading Comprehension” at the convention. Hyppa-Martin and Mizuko also presented “Effects of Real-Life Scene Familiarity When Using Visual Scene Displays” with students, Kelly Bernhardt & Holly Price. Hyppa-Martin along with graduate students, Emily Leitner, Bethany Larson, Danielle Visina and Courtney Bongard, presented “Low- to High-Tech Eye Gaze Group Therapy.” Mizuko also presented with graduate students, Angela Heacock, “Aphasia's Effects on Marital Satisfaction,” and with Danielle Visina, “Voice Output Devices & Peer Interactions: Formal Versus Informal Language.” Mizuko along with Robert Lloyd, faculty, Amanda Grantham and Krista Dierkhising , graduate students, presented “Physiological Effects of Therapy on Persons With Dementia.” Mizuko also presented “Education of SLPs in the United States,” at the Fourth Beijing International Rehabilitation Forum in Beijing, China, in October.

Ryuta Nakajima, assistant professor, Art and Design received an Honorable Mention Award Winner of "Drawing Discourse Exhibition" at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Richard Ojakangas, faculty, Department of Geological Sciences, was published in October by Mountain Press of Missoula, Mont., as part of its series on Roadside Geology. The book is entitled Roadside Geology of Minnesota and is written for the non-geologist who is interested in geology. It contains more than 300 illustrations, including 187 colored photographs, 20 multi-colored maps and 65 two-color illustrations. It is available at all bookstores.

Cindy Spillers, faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, along with Courtney Bongard, Kari Deplazes, Jennifer Gerard, & Rachel Narveson, graduate student, presented “Exploring the Role of Spirituality in Professional Practice,” at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in New Orleans. Spiller also presented “Perception of Stuttering in the Hospitality Industry” with Jana Smith, graduate student.

The work of Eun-Kyung Suh and Cecilia Ramon will be presented in an exhibition entitled, "Antipodal Encounters" at the Augsburg College Gage Family Art Gallery in Minneapolis from Jan. 22 – Feb. 26. The artists will speak about the work at 11 am and an artist reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Adeline M. Johnson Conference Center in the Oren Gateway Center and the Augsburg Campus. The pieces by Korean artist Suh and Argentinean artist Ramon feature 3D forms. Suh creates textile sculptures out of sheer materials to examine the meaning embedded in fabric and its relationship to human emotion and experience. She sculpts the cloth by folding and sewing it together to create a sacred vessel where both mundane objects and intimate memories can be kept. Ramon investigates the physical and emotional presence of tension in our life through her manipulation of wood forms. She carves, burns, binds, and suspends wood, viewing it similarly in character to the human body in both its frailty and strength.

NRRI NEWS

Gerald Niemi (NRRI, Biology, UMD), Lucinda Johnson (NRRI, UMD), and Valerie Brady (NRRI, MN Sea Grant, UMD) are three of eight co-authors of the International Joint Commission’s white paper entitled “Ecosystem responses to regulation-based water level changes in the Upper Great Lakes.” This paper forms the basis for evaluation of ecosystem effects of the potential water level regulation plans in the Upper Great Lakes of Huron, Michigan, and Superior and their connecting channels. A digital copy of the paper may be obtained from mbell@d.umn.edu.

Gerald J. Niemi, Anna Peterson, and Meredith Cornett (The Nature Conservancy) received $38,110 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a study on Avian migration within the Lake Superior coastal region of Minnesota – 2011.

Cindy Hale was an invited speaker at the Ohio Biodiversity Alliance, in Sept. 2009, to discuss earthworm surveys, identification and host a soil symposium. Participants also attended an earthworm collection workshop.

Hale gave a seminar talk titled “The Current State of Research on the Impacts of Invasive Earthworms in Northern Temperate Forests” at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies in Millbrook, New York, held in Oct. 2009.

Hale held a seminar titled “Impacts of Invasive Earthworms on Northern Temperate Forest Soils and Implications for Forest Ecology in the Great Lakes Region” at the Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists in St. Cloud, Minn., on Dec. 2009.

Gerald Niemi’s book review of Wildlife-Habitat Relationships: Concepts and Applications, 3rd edition, by Michael Morrison, Bruce Marcot, and R. William Mannan (2006, Island Press, Washington, D.C.) was published in The Auk, Vol. 127 (1), pp. 239-242.

Matthew Etterson, Gerald Niemi, and Nick Danz published “Estimating the effects of detection heterogeneity and overdispersion on trends estimated from avian point counts” in Ecological Applications, Vol. 19 (8), pp. 2049-2066.

Lucinda Johnson has been named the Director of NRRI’s Center for Water and the Environment. She will manage the Center's research programs which include, Aquatic Ecosystems; Forest Ecosystems; Land/Water Interface, and Environmental Chemistry. Johnson’s recent research focus has included effects of climate change on aquatic systems; effects of multiple stressors on aquatic communities; testing indicators of coastal ecosystem integrity using fish and macroinvertebrates; and development of protocols for selecting classification systems and reference conditions.

MN SEA GRANT NEWS

Minnesota Sea Grant’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program coordinator, Doug Jensen, was interviewed by Boua Xiong of KBJR-TV on Jan. 13 as he hosted an information table on Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! during an AIS Prevention Open House at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Duluth. The event involved a discussion on aquatic invasive species prevention and looked at opportunities for local partnerships. The story and video can be viewed at http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/community/81405057.html.

Minnesota Sea Grant recently selected four research projects for funding. The award money, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant College Program and matched by the University of Minnesota, totals $753,257. Investigators Stephanie Guilford, Tom Hrabik, and Donn Branstrator will lead the project “Do Vertically Migrating Animals Fertilize the Deep Chlorophyll Layer of Lake Superior." Investigators Euan Reavie, Amy Kireta, and Terry Brown will lead the project “Sediment Analysis Shows How Humans Altered Lake Superior Over Time.” Investigators George Host, with Janet Silbernagel, UW-Madison will lead the project “Examining How Land Use Influences Aquatic Conditions in the St. Louis River Estuary.” Investigators Gary Dunny, Michael Sadowsky, Suzanne Grindle from the UM-TCs will lead the project “Examining the Ability of Enterococci Bacteria to Live in Soils and Sands of the Great Lakes.”

The Lake Superior Binational Forum will meet Fri., Jan. 29, from 1 – 4 pm at the EPA Lab on London Road in Duluth. The public is invited to attend this meeting with our Canadian neighbors which will focus on climate change. For more information go to: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/news/2010/01/29.

Minnesota Sea Grant and its partners will host a booth at the Boat, Sport & Travel Show on Feb. 17 – 21 at the DECC in Duluth. Check it out at: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/news/2010/02/17.

The international conference, Ecology of Lake Superior: Integrated Approaches & Challenges in the 21st Century, will be held on May 3 – 5 in Duluth. Sponsored by the Lake Superior Binational Program and the Great Lakes Research Information Network. The conference is open to the public. Those interested in presenting sessions at the conference may still apply. To obtain a flier or response form, log on to: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/news/2009/12/09.

The latest Seiche newsletter is available at: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/newsletter/.

MEDICAL SCHOOL-DULUTH NEWS

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PHARMACY NEWS

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor, was quoted in the Dec. 6, issue of ASHP News and Views in an article titled “A Big Boost for Small Hospitals," which highlighted her session on small and rural hospitals, at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting. The article can be found on page 3B at http://www.ashp.org/DocLibrary/MCM09/MCM09-News-Views-Sunday.aspx.

The College of Pharmacy, Duluth (CoPD), is a recipient of the 2009 Special Recognition Environmental Stewardship Award presented by the St. Louis River Alliance. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship in the St. Louis River area. The CoPD was nominated for its role in WLSSD’s Medication Cabinet Clean-Out Days in 2007 and 2008.

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