Tuesday, May 4, 2010 * Volume 27, Number 14 | PDF



faculty/staff NEWS

James Allert, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, made two presentations in April. The first was at the Rose Evaluation 2010 Conference at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN, in April. The topic of the presentation was "Automating the Evaluation Process for Large-Enrollment Courses". This presentation was funded by a professional development grant from the UMD Council for the Advancement of Student Learning (CASL). Allert was also an invited speaker at the ABET Symposium XII held in Las Vegas, NV, in April. He presented on the topic of "Automating Data Synthesis for Program Assessment".

Subhash Basak, Denise Mills, Douglas Hawkins (UMN-/TC campus) and Apurba Bhattacharjee (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Div. of Regulated Activities) published the paper, “Quantitative structure-activity relationship studies of anti-malarial compounds from their calculated mathematical descriptors” in the international journal SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, Vol. 21, 2010, pp. 103-125.

A. Gail Bier, director of the International Education Office, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Association of International Education Administrators. AIEA is a national organization comprised of senior international education administrators and which engages in advancing the international dimensions of higher education.

Brian Brashaw, with co-author Matthew Hemmila (St. Louis County) gave a presentation titled, “Minnesota Timber Bridge Construction: A County Perspective” at the SmallWood 2010 conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on April 21. The presentation highlighted the cooperation between St. Louis County and UMD-NRRI on timber bridge inspections, maintenance, repair, construction, and research.

A paper by Sophia Chabysheva, research fellow, and John Hiller, professor, both of the Department of Physics, "Nonperturbative calculation of the electron's magnetic moment with truncation extended to two photons," was recently published in Physical Review D.

Joe Gallian gave the 2009-2010 Evnin Lecture sponsored by the Princeton University Council on Science and Technology and the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science and the annual Chelluri mathematics lecture at Cornell University.

Ahmed Heikal, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (adjunct), authored an invited review on biomarkers in medicine entitled "Intracellular coenzymes as natural biomarkers for metabolic activities and mitochondrial anomalies," which was published in Biomarkers in Medicine by Future Medicine Ltd in the April Issues.

Heikal was an invited speaker at the "Making Single Molecule Fluorescence Lifetime Measurements Simple" workshop (April 26-28). This workshop was organized by PicoQuant GmbH and the Brookhaven National Laboratory. His talk was entitled, "Single-molecule diffusion studies of MHC Class I proteins in fibroblast cells."

Heikal was also an invited speaker at the "Advanced Imaging Methods in Cell Biology and Neuroscience" symposium (April 30), which is organized by the Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. His talk was entitled, "Intracellular Coenzymes as Natural Biomarkers for Metabolism and Mitochondrial Anomalies."

Tom Isbell, professor of theatre, had an international translation of his first novel published in April. The book, Der Letzte Kodex, was released by Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag in Germany. The novel focuses on one man's attempt to find the Mayan Fifth Codex in Mexico.

Dawn Johnson, executive office and administrative specialist, Medical School-Duluth, won one of the two best DGS assistant awards from the UM Council of Graduate Students.

Sergei Katsev, assistant professor, Department of Physics, has been awarded a three-year NSF Chemical Oceanography grant of $416,961 for the project "Transient Diagenesis in Organic Poor Sediments: Lake Superior.", with Joe Werne (LLO&Chemistry) and Robert Hecky (LLO&Biology).

Katsev is also University of Minnesota OIP for the project "Methane in Lake Kivu: towards a safe and environmentally responsible use of a unique geoenergy resource." with several colleagues: R. Hecky and S.Guildford (both LLO), S. Crowe (U. South Denmark), S. MacIntyre (UCSB), N. Pasche and D. Rwabuhungu (Rwanda), $30,000.

Keith Lodge, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, and Ebenezer Egyepong, former graduate student in chemistry, recently had their article entitled "Evidence for Self-Association of Nonionic and Other Organic Solutes in Liquid Phases Comprising 1-Octanol and Water " published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2010), 114(15), 5132-5140.

John Pastor, professor, Department of Biology, has been awarded an Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award by the Council of Graduate Students. He is one of 12 out of 65 nominations to receive one of these awards and the only one on the Duluth campus.

Alexis Pogorelskin has received a grant from the Finlandia Foundation to assist her in completing her documentary on the subject of Karelian Fever entitled, Show Me the Way to Go Home.

Pam Spencer, director of student records and advising, CLA, has received a 2010 Certificate of Merit from the National Academic Advising Association in the Academic Advising Administrator Category. This award recognizes "individuals who may provide direct academic advising services but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program."

Department of Art and Design Associate Professor Eun-Kyung Suh's "Whispering wishes" will be exhibited at the show "North of the 45th 2010" in the Devos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI from June 4 through July 25.

Janelle Wilson, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, has won a 2010 Award from the National Academic Advising Association in the Faculty Academic Advising Category. This award recognizes "individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students."

Debao Zhou, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, made a recent conference presentation: Debao Zhou and Jing Bai, Infrared (IR) Thermal Imaging-Based Automatic Tumor Tracking During Breast Cancer Radiotherapy, Design of Medical Devices (DMD) Conference, Minneapolis, MN, in April.

Zhou is also an accepted presenter at a second conference: Debao Zhou and Kevin Jax, Design of a Pressure Sensor Array with Reduced Number of Wires, 2010 IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (ICIA 2010), Harbin, Heilongjiang, China, in June.


Rich Axler gave a presentation to three groups recently on LakeSuperiorStreams.org: Using interactive, on-line animation and graphing tools for visualizing real-time stream data to help improve public understanding of aquatic ecosystems and stormwater issues: Water Resources Science Seminar Series, UMN Twin Cities on April 9, Integrated Biosciences Graduate Colloquium, UMD on April 19, and Minnesota Sea Grant Advisory Board, April 21.

Valerie Brady recently gave the following talks: “The Impacts of Stormwater Runoff on North Shore Streams” to UMD’s University for Seniors in February and the North Shore Rotary Club in Two Harbors in March, and “Why Rural Residents Should Care about Stormwater Runoff” to the Duluth Town Board for their annual MS4 Stormwater Meeting in April.

June Kallestad gave an overview talk about NRRI, especially highlighting wildlife research, to Altrusa International of Duluth in March.

Euan Reavie, along with four researchers from the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory of the EPA’s Mid-Continent Ecology Division, published the article “Algal assemblages for large river monitoring: Comparison among biovolume, absolute and relative abundance metrics” in Ecological Indicators, V. 10, pp. 167-177.

Reavie also gave an invited talk titled “The Great Ships Initiative: Current efforts in the harbor to evaluate ballast water treatment systems” at the Mid-Continent Ecology Division Technical Seminar Series, at the Duluth EPA lab in March, 2010.

Patrick Schoff presented a poster about the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network project at the Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility (SENCER) Symposium 2010 held in Washington, D.C. on April 20.

Kathryn Lenz, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, George Host, Kyle Roskoski, Asko Noormets (Michigan Technological University), and David Karnosky (University of Tartu, Estonia) published an article titled “Analysis of a Farquhar-von Caemmerer-Berry leaf-level photosynthetic rate model for Populus tremuloides in the context of modeling and measurement limitations” in Environmental Pollution, V. 158, 4, pp. 1015-1022.

Eight NRRI staff members gave presentations to UMD’s University for Seniors groups about NRRI and its environmental research between February and April. The speakers and presentations were: Lucinda Johnson and June Kallestad “Tour and Overview of the Natural Resources Research Institute;” Dan Breneman “The Weber Stream Restoration Initiative;” George Host “Forest for the trees: Current issues in Minnesota’s forest ecosystems;” Valerie Brady “Effects of stormwater runoff on Duluth’s streams and their critters;” Pat Schoff “The effects of environmental stressors on amphibians;” Gerald Niemi “Are Minnesota breeding birds in decline?”and Richard Axler “Water quality 101: How do Minnesota’s lakes and streams ‘work’?”


Chris Benson, graphic designer and web developer, had his photograph of Duluth's Aerial Bridge in an ethereal fog chosen by Duluth's Chamber of Commerce for the front cover of their 2010 Community Guide. It will also be used on several other publications. Benson has his own web site at http://www.chrisjbenson.com/.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, gave an invited talk, "Flying Carp and VHS -- Are They Threats to Lake Superior?," at a meeting of the North Shore Rotarians, Superior Shores, Two Harbors, April 13. He also participated as an at-large member at a meeting of the Great Lakes Panel on ANS, Maumee State Park and Lodge, Maumee, OH on April 27-28. Jensen was a guest speaker at a meeting of the Arrowhead Fly Fishers where he presented "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers on the Fly" on April 20, 2010. He also attended the IGERT Ethics in Ecological Risk Assessment, North Star Ballroom, U of M, St. Paul campus on April 30.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities extension educator, was interviewed on KUMD's Northland Morning on the subject of Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels on April 28. His op-ed piece was in the Duluth News Tribune, Sunday, April 18.

NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and Minnesota Sea Grant are soliciting proposals in support of aquaculture development. Competition is nationwide, and Minnesota Sea Grant will endorse proposals from Minnesota applicants that meet the requirements. Projects will be funded up to $400,000 for up to two years. Matching funds are required. Except for federal agencies, all U.S. residents and entities are eligible to apply. For requirements, forms, eligibility and more information, go to: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/projects/noaa_grants.

Minnesota Sea Grant will participate as a partner in the 2010 River Quest on May 11- 13. St. Louis River Quest is an annual three day program for area sixth graders, with activities held on board the Vista Star designed to instill environmental stewardship and help them understand industrial, commercial, and recreational activities in the St. Louis Harbor.

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


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