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faculty/staff NEWS

Evan Brier, assistant professor, Department of English, published his book A Novel Marketplace: Mass Culture, the Book Trade, and Postwar American Fiction which examines the impact of the emergence of television on the making, marketing, and reception of American novels in the 1950s. Analyzing a range of mid-century novels by writers such as Paul Bowles, Ray Bradbury, Sloan Wilson, Grace Metalious, and Norman Mailer, this book reveals the specific strategies used by novelists and publishers to carve out a cultural and economic space for the American novel just as it seemed most under threat.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant, RUI: “Measuring local adaptation to test the Geographic Mosaic of Coevolution Theory in a three trophic level interaction: a fly, a galler, and a parasitoid”, to Tim Craig, associate professor, and Joanne Itami, research associate, both from the Department of Biology

David A. McCarthy, professor, Department of Education, recently attended the National Association of Alternative Teacher Certification Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. McCarthy presented the workshop entitled "Technology Skills and Concepts for 21st Century Classrooms". He also presented "Incorporating WIKIS into the 21st Century Classroom" and "Incorporating Google Docs into the 21st Century Classroom". McCarthy will also be conducting a workshop for the National Association of Teacher Educators in February at their national meeting in Chicago. In addition, he will be presenting at the ATE National Conference regarding specific 21st century technology tools for PreK-16 classroom instruction.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science and Kang James, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, had their research with two UMD graduate students presented at The First Regional Celebration of Women in Computing in the Upper MidWest (MinneWIC) on February 12, 2010 in Minneapolis. Mugdha Choudhari presented a poster entitled "A Measure of Semantic Relatedness Using the Concept of Allowable Paths in the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS)" on her work with Pedersen. Yanbo Xu presented a poster entitled "Random Walks in WordNet to Measure Lexical Semantic Relatedness" on her work with James and Pedersen.

Paul Treuer, director, Knowledge Management Center, Julie Westlund, director, Career Services, and Shannon Godsey, formative assessment coordinator for Communication Sciences and Disorders, presented a poster on “UMD’s Framework for Student Learning Outcomes: An Integrated Academic and Student Life Assessment Model” at the 2010 UM Quality Fair in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2010. Their poster, a description of work being done at UMD by various groups, including the campus assessment coordinator, the Student Development Assessment Team, and the Council for the Assessment of Student Learning, received top honors for “best data driven project.”


Subhash Basak was the U.S. Chair of the Sixth Indo-U.S. Workshop on Mathematical Chemistry, Kolkata, India, January 2010. Basak gave the following presentations at the workshop:

“Mathematical descriptors of molecules and biomolecules: Development and practical applications.”

“Some thoughts on the formulation of Indo-Colombia Mathematical Chemistry project.”

“Strategies of combining chemodescriptors and biodescriptors for predicting bioactivity and toxicity of chemicals.”

“Mathematical Chemistry: A futuristic view,” at the valedictory session of the workshop.

Basak addressed the inaugural session of the workshop and discussed the history of the Indo-U.S. Workshop series beginning from its inception in 1998 with the organization of the first event at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India.

Basak also gave an invited lecture entitled “Mathematical chemistry in the protection of human and environmental health" in January 2010, at the Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) Institute, Kolkata, India.


The international conference, Ecology of Lake Superior: Integrated Approaches & Challenges in the 21st Century, will be held 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.

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