Tuesday, April 6, 2010 * Volume 27, Number 12 | PDF



faculty/staff NEWS

Alison Aune, associate professor, Art and Design, and area chair art education/museum education, presented three solo exhibitions in Sweden in Fall 2009. While in Sweden as a Fulbright Scholar during fall semester, her art work, "Dekorgladje: Swedish Minnesota Painting," sponsored by the Duluth Sister Cities Commission, was shown at the Vaxjo Stadsbibliotek (August 7 to 24, 2009). The exhibit traveled to Samlargrafik, Fjallkinge (September 10 to October 31, 2009), and Lessebo Bibliotek (November 2 to 30, 2009).

Aune and Marian Colman, Department of Art and Design, along with Carla Stetson of Ithaca College, have been chosen to present at the 2010 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention in Baltimore, Maryland in April 14-18, 2010. Their presentation, "Contemporary Ojibwe Artists at the Tweed Museum of Art for Teacher Training and Community Outreach," will feature a museum-based collaboration that integrates traditional and contemporary Native Artists of the Great Lakes region. Works by UMD art education and education majors will be featured as examples of a cross-cultural and inclusive art curriculum that meets a new Minnesota legislative mandate to include native artists in K-12 art standards. Aune will also have her paintings included in the 2010 NAEA juried Women's Caucus Exhibition and exhibition catalog called Visualizing Social Justice.

Christine Dean, KUMD's music director and afternoon announcer was chosen as the Best Local Radio Personality in this year’s Reader Weekly Best of the Northland poll.

Linda Deneen, director of Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS), is writing a series of four columns for EDUCAUSE Quarterly on the topic of student engagement. The first column, titled "What IS Student Engagement, Anyway?" appeared in the March issue.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a conference talk "Factorizations of complete graphs into double brooms", at the Forty-first Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing, Boca Raton, Fla.

Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, and colleague Ivan López (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid) have a paper published in the April issue of Geology: "Venus records a rich early history".

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, spoke on March 4, 2010 at Appalachian State University to the Department of Physics and Astronomy on the topic "Proton structure - a computational challenge".

James Klueg, professor and department head of Art and Design has ceramic work in three exhibitions: "Clay Country" at the North End Arts Gallery, Superior, WI, Feb 8 - April 3; "Central Time Ceramics" at Bradley University, Peoria, IL, March 4 - April 2; and the "18th San Angelo National Ceramics Competition", San Angelo, TX, April 16 - June 20.

Alexis Pogorelskin, associate professor and head of the Department of History, shared the prize for best paper at the annual conference of The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945, held at Notre Dame in June 2009. That paper on the MGM film of 1940, The Mortal Storm, will be published in 2010 in the refereed journal, The Space Between. Pogorelskin is currently a Visiting Fulbright Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow. She gave a paper there in February entitled "Charles Lindbergh and the War on Hollywood, 1940-41," which will be published in the journal of the university's American Center. She has also been invited to lecture on American historiography of the Soviet period at Moscow State University in April. In June-July, she will participate in a program in Jewish and Israel Studies at the Schusterman Center at Brandeis University. As part of that program, she will travel to cultural and historical sites in Israel.

Cheryl Reitan, director of marketing and communication, University Relations and Development, received the Silver Medal from the American Advertising Federation of Duluth/Superior (AAF) for her "outstanding contributions to the community and to advertising." She’s been an AAF member since 1990 and has served as treasurer, vice president and president of the organization. Reitan also initiated the AAF education scholarship program in 1991, which continues today.

Jim Riehl, dean, Swenson College of Science and Engineering and professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has recently had a book published: Mirror-Image Asymmetry: An Introduction to the Origin and Consequences of Chirality.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Art and Design, and her exhibit "Purple on Thursday" have been invited to Fiber 2010, International Exhibition, which will be held in Yeiser Art Center, KY from April through May 2010.


Euan Reavie, T.M. Jicha, T.R. Angradi, D.W. Bolgrien, and B.H. Hill (last four from EPA Mid-continent Division Ecology Lab), published a paper titled "Algal assemblages for large river monitoring: comparison among biovolume, absolute and relative abundance metrics" in Ecological Indicators, 2010, 10:167-177. Reavie also held a seminar titled "Scientific aspects of the Great Ships Initiative" at the Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Continent Ecology Division on March 31.

Jennifer Olker received "Honorable Mention" for her poster titled, "Atrazine and accelerated pond-drying affect developmental rate and metamorphic size in wood frogs (Rana sylvatica)" at the Midwest Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry conference on March 27 in St. Paul, Minn.


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.

Minnesota Sea Grant's Extension Educators, John Bilotta, Jesse Schomberg, and Cindy Hagley provided training for local officials in cities throughout the Northland on NEMO's Watershed Game, designed to enhance their knowledge of basic watershed principals and the impact that local decisions have on water resources. The workshop was held at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth in February 2010.

Minnesota Sea Grant's Science Writer, Sharon Moen, made possible a new Regional Climate Change Portal going online at www.seagrant.umn.edu to bring local information to area researchers, educators, media representatives, and the public.

Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant's Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, together with Sea Grant partners, co-hosted a booth at the 44th Annual Duluth Boat, Sport, and Travel Show at the DECC, February 17-21. Nearly 2,000 people stopped by. He also participated as a member at a meeting of the Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council in St. Paul on March 4, and he will meet with the Advisory Council again on April 19. Jensen co-staffed a booth (with the DNR) on Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers at the Muskies, Inc. Show on April 1 at St. Thomas University. He will speak to the North Shore Rotarians about aquatic invasive species at Superior Shores on April 13.

Valerie Brady, Minnesota Sea Grant's Research Director, and Jesse Schomberg, Sea Grant's Coastal Communities Extension Educator, were interviewed by Matt Standal of the Northland News Center for the 6 pm newscast on Friday, March 26, 2010 about stormwater run-off and its effects on area streams. The interview took place at Lester River. A clip of the video will be posted on Sea Grant Web site at www.seagrant.umn.edu.

University of Minnesota Sea Grant Director, Jeff Gunderson, and partners Carl Richards and Paul Tucker, recently published a technical bulletin on the hornyhead chub (Nocomis biguttatus) as valuable baitfish. The bulletin, free at http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/publications/A24, describes how to spawn and grow hornyhead chubs produced in an outdoor spawning system and an indoor over-winter growout facility.

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Erin Sheets, associate professor, presented a poster at the Biophysical Society 54th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, in February. The poster, with K. Knutson, J.W. Gauer, K. Vats, and A. Hinderliter, was entitled "What is the effect of acyl-chain labeled NBD lipid analogs on the membrane binding affinity of annexin a5?" The paper, “Peripheral protein organization and its influence on lipid diffusion in biomimetic membranes,” by K. Vats, K. Knutson, A. Hinderliter, and E.D. Sheets, was accepted for publication in the March 2010 issue of ACS Chemical Biology.

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