Tuesday, June 15, 2010 * Volume 27, Number 15 | PDF



faculty/staff NEWS

David Bowen, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, opened his installation Tele-Present Wind on June 3 in Duluth and Moscow. Bowen's installation consists of a series of 21 x/y tilting devices connected to thin dried tansy plant stalks installed in the gallery in Moscow, Russia and a dried tansy plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting it in real-time to the grouping of devices in the gallery in Moscow.

The data collected by the sensor is sent in real-time via the internet to the installation in Moscow. Thus the individual components of this installation in Moscow move in unison as they mimic the direction and intensity of the wind in Minnesota. View the accelerometer via webcam at http://www.d.umn.edu/vdil/news/Wind-Cam.html.

Alexandra Luong, associate professor, Department of Psychology, received a Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP) award from the UM Center of Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, will exhibit her work Whispering Wishes at the show "North of the 45th 2010" in the Devos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI, June 4 - July 25. Eun-Kyung Suh's work Between is part of Minnesota Center for Book Art’s exhibition “Prints: Now in 3D.” The exhibition runs July 9 - Oct. 31.


Subhash Basak was an author on two of the top cited articles by the Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences:
1) “On 3-D Graphical Representation of DNA Primary Sequences and their Numerical Characterization” authored by M. Randic (National Institute of Chemistry, Slovania), M. Vracko (Iowa State University), A. Nandy, and Basak (both of UMD-NRRI).
2) “Assessing Model Fit by Cross-Validation” authored by Douglas Hawkins (University of Minnesota), Basak, and Denise Mills (both of UMD-NRRI).
Basak was also named one of the 50 most prolific authors by the journal.

Mike Cable and Sam Firoozi won first place in the Advanced Finishing category at the 3D Systems User Group annual conference in April with their model of a 1776 English dueling pistol. The model was made in the rapid prototyping center at UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute on the selective laser sintering machine. The 3D Systems User Group is a professional network of manufacturing engineers, industrial designers, product development specialists and rapid prototyping technicians. The annual conference provides a forum for the presentation of new technologies related to 3D Systems equipment.

Kurt Johnson published his final report on “Wetland Mitigation in Abandoned Gravel Pits” in the Minnesota Department of Transportation Research Services, March issue.

Lucinda Johnson was appointed a one-year term as President of the North American Benthological Society in June. NABS is an international scientific organization with approximately 1,700 members that promotes better understanding of the biotic communities of lake and stream bottoms and their role in aquatic ecosystems.

Euan Reavie gave a seminar titled “Using retrospective analyses to define restoration goals and confirm rehabilitation in Lake Superior,” at the Ecology of Lake Superior Conference held in May in Duluth. Reavie and co-authors Mary Balcer (University of Wisconsin-Superior) and Allegra Cangelosi (Northeast-Midwest Institute) gave a seminar titled “Testing ballast water treatments at the Great Ships Initiative Land-based Facility: Zooplankton and phytoplankton assessments,” at the 53rd Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research, held in Toronto, Ontario, in May. Reavie also gave a seminar in Thundar Bay, Ontario in June titled "Ballast water pathway" at the Lake Superior Binational Forum's Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Workshop.

The following NRRI staff members gave presentations at the international conference on “The Ecology of Lake Superior: Integrated Approaches and Challenges in the 21st Century” held May 3-5 in Duluth:
1) Tom Hollenhorst, Lucinda Johnson and Jan Ciborowski (University of Windsor) “Monitoring land cover change in the Lake Superior basin;”
2) Johnson, Ciborowski, Hollenhorst, Terry Brown, George Host, Jeremy Erickson, Euan Reavie, and Rich Axler “Using spatially-explicit land use and biophysical data to interpret in-stream responses;”
3) Host, Hollenhorst, Brown and Johnson “Multi-scale watershed delineations and stressor summaries for prioritized monitoring in the Lake Superior basin;”
4) Elaine Ruzycki, Axler, Jerry Henneck, Norm Will and Host “Estimating sediment and mercury concentrations and loads from four western Lake Superior watersheds using continuous in-stream turbidity monitoring;”
5) Gerald Niemi, Jack Kelly (EPA), Johnson, Valerie Brady, Robert Howe (University of Wisconsin Green Bay), Reavie, Axler, Host and Brown “An integrated approach to multiple stressors in Lake Superior," and
6) Brady, Dan Breneman, and Johnson presented a poster titled “Monitoring macroinvertebrates along rocky coasts using artificial substrates.”

NRRI staff participated in the following abstract/poster presentations at the 56th Institute on Lake Superior Geology annual meeting held in International Falls in May:
“Sedimentology of the Paleoproterozoic ejecta layer from the Sudbury impact event,” by Philip Fralick (Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ONT), Greg Brumpton (Thunder Bay, ONT), Mark Jirsa (UMN – TC), Stephen Kissin (Lakehead University), and Mark J. Severson;
“Taconite-derived mineral dust in population centers on the Mesabi Iron Range,” by George Hudak, Tamara Diedrich, Stephen Monson Geerts, Megan Schreiber, Lawrence Zanko, and Alana Schwanke; and
“Virginia Formation outcrop (New outcrops versus old concepts)” by Rich Patelke (PolyMet) and Mark Severson.


Jeff Gunderson facilitated a session at the Ecology of Lake Superior Conference held in May at the EPA Mid-continent Ecology Division Lab in Duluth. He also participated in the National Sea Grant review of Knauss Fellows in Silver Spring, Maryland in May. Gunderson also presented the session, "The risk of spreading AIS through the sale and distribution of live bait," at the Lake Superior Invasive Species Prevention Workshop held June 1 at the EPA Mid-continent Ecology Division Lab in Duluth.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, spoke at the Combating Aquatic Invaders Conference in the Flathead Watershed in Polson, Montana, in May, where he gave three presentations. He also co-hosted the Lake Superior Invasive Species Prevention Workshop held June 1 in Duluth, presenting two sessions. The workshop informed federal, state, provincial, and tribal agencies of the Lake Superior Aquatic Invasive Species Complete Prevention Plan and promoted the plan's recommendations. Jensen was interviewed by Boua Xiong, KBJR-TV, and the segment aired on the 6 p.m. news that day. Jensen was also elected chair of the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species' Information and Education Committee at the panel's spring meeting in Maumee, Ohio, in April, and participated in an Invasive Species Education Planning Committee Meeting, in April, in Andover, Minnesota. Jensen also earned a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota Duluth this spring.

Sharon Moen, science writer, won a Gold Award, the top prize for writing, at the University of Minnesota's annual Communicators Forum awards ceremony in May in the Twin Cities. Moen's article, "Voracious Vegetation," with collaboration by Doug Jensen, was published in Cabin Life magazine in June 2009.

Jesse Schomberg presented a rip currents session at the Northland Water Safety Workshop, co-sponsored by Minnesota Sea Grant. Schomberg also helped facilitate the annual truckload sale of Systern rain barrels and Earth Machine composters in May at Lake Superior College. The 660 barrels, 55-gallon in size, sold this spring bring the total barrels for three years to 1,760 barrels, accounting for a storm water storage capacity of 36,300 gallons. An interview with Schomberg aired on Northland News Source regarding the sale.

The Northland NEMO Watershed Game won a bronze award in graphic design from the Summit Creative Award program. John Bilotta, Jesse Schomberg and Cindy Hagley worked on the creation of the game as part of the Northland NEMO Program team.


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