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Jill Doerfler, assistant professor, American Indian Studies, received an IDEA Multicultural Research Award for her project “Processes, Promises, and Pitfalls of Constitutional Reform: A Case Study of the White Earth Anishinaabe.” The project will take place June-July.

Ahmed Heikal, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Adjunct), was an invited speaker at both the Department of Chemistry, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and the Department of Physics, North Dakota State University, Fargo. Heikal's talk in both departments was entitled, "Single-Molecule Diffusion and Conformation Studies of MHC Class I Proteins in Fibroblast Cells".

Elizabeth Minor, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: The Minor lab had 3 presentations (one talk and two posters) at the 2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR. Her presentations were entitled "Sources and Cycling of Carbon in Lake Superior: Insights from Delta-14C", "Using fluorescent dyes to characterize the light environment of a partially shaded stream," and "Seasonal and spatial changes in the chemical compositions of dissolved organic matter along an estuarine transect: A study using two-dimensional correlations of ^13 C-NMR and FTIR".

Xun Yu, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Eil Kwon, director of NATSRL and professor, Department of Civil Engineering, received a highly competitive research grant from The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the US Department of Transportation. In this 2-year project, Yu and Kwon will develop carbon nanotube based self-sensing concrete for pavement structural health monitoring. The MnROAD group of Minnesota Department of Transportation will also participate in this research during the road testing phase.

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MN SEA GRANT NEWS

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.

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


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