Tuesday, July 27, 2010 * Volume 27, Number 16 | PDF



faculty/staff NEWS

Jay Austin, professor of physics at the Large Lakes Observatory, was mentioned in The New York Times for his reseach on temperature change in Lake Superior. For the full article visit, http://nyti.ms/98rba3.

Steve Colman, director, Large Lakes Observatory and professor, Department of Geological Sciences, had a research study published in Science, the world's leading journal of scientific research. UMD postdoctoral researcher Dr. Shiyong Yu, who is now at Tulane University, conducted this significant research study under Colman's supervision. To find out more about the study, which is titled "Freshwater Outburst from Lake Superior as a Trigger for the Cold Event 9300 Years Ago," visit: http://www.d.umn.edu/news/2010/June/21.html.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk “Decompositions of Complete Bipartite Graphs into Generalized Prisms” at Fourth Pythagorean Conference, an advanced research workshop in geometry, combinatorial designs & cryptology, in Corfu, Greece. This was a joint work with Sylvia Cichacz from AGH-UST Krakow, Poland, who was a Fulbright Junior Scholar at UMD's Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2007–2008.

Ahmed Heikal, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Adjunct), was awarded a grant in aid of research, artistry, and scholarship in spring 2010. The objective of this grant is to understand the role of cholesterol in the structure-function relationship in the plasma membrane during the cell response to external stimulation. Heikal and his colleagues have also been awarded a grant from the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives, University of Minnesota, to establish an "Interdisciplinary Life Science Consortium" for promoting interaction/collaboration among UMD researchers from different disciplines. More information can be found at: http://www.grad.umn.edu/oii/Groups/current/IDLifeSciences.html.

John Hiller, professor, and research fellow Sophia Chabysheva, both of the Department of Physics, presented papers at the Light-Cone Workshop on Relativistic Hadronic and Particle Physics in Valencia, Spain, in June and at the QCD@Work workshop on QCD Theory and Experiment in Martina Franca, Italy, on June 20. Hiller spoke on "Pauli-Villars regularization of field theories on the light front" and Chabysheva on "Nonperturbative calculations in light-front QED".

Professor Ron Marchese and Professor Emeritus Thomas Hedin brought 22 students to Greece as part of the Office of International Programs "Classical Study Tour of Greece" last May. Marchese, along with his colleague Dr. Andreas Konency, published a featured article, "Plataiai: More than a Famous Battle." in the nationwide publication of The Hellenic View. The article dealt with their research on ancient Plataiai in central Greece. The research, which has taken over 10 years, has defined a previously unknown ancient city of some magnitude. Marchese also recently appeared in the the national publication of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity Our Community Leaders. Marchese is a faculty advisor for the Nu Mu chapter at UMD.

Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, presented a paper entitled "Information Content Measures of Semantic Similarity Perform Better Without Sense-Tagged Text" at Human Language Technologies: The 11th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, held in Los Angeles in June. Pedersen also co-organized the Young Investigators Workshop on Computational Approaches to Languages of the Americas, which was held in conjunction with Human Language Technologies: The 11th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. This workshop drew participants from all over the Americas, including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States.

Daniel N. Pope, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, along with Vasudevan Raghavan, and George Gogos, had their paper, “Gas-phase Entropy Generation During Transient Methanol Droplet Combustion." published in the International Journal of Thermal Sciences.

Eun-Kyung Suh, associate professor, Department of Art and Design, and Cecilia Ramon, instructor, Department of Art and Design, both have sculpture and installation pieces on display at the Hopkins Center for the Arts through Aug. 8. Both artists share an interest in using visual media to explore the relationship between body, mind, and object. This show is part of an ongoing series of free, public exhibitions at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. For more information, go to http://www.hopkinsartscenter.com.

Suh's exhibition titled "The Voided" is featured at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The installations, which are comprised of many pieces each containing a snippet of information, will be on display in the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program Gallery through Sept. 26.


Blair Benner was named Mining Professional of the Year at the Minnesota Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) annual conference in April in Duluth. Benner has over 40 years of research and development experience in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. His recent efforts are focused on the application of mineral processing techniques for environmental remediation.

Ron Moen, and his research on the Canada lynx was published as the cover story for the current July/August 2010 issue of Canadian Geographic. For the full article visit, http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/magazine/ja10/lynx-cross-border-cat.asp.

The Weber Stream Restoration Initiative received the 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Lake Superior Binational Forum on July 9. Cameron Davis, senior advisor on the Great Lakes to the U.S. EPA presented the award to Ron Weber whose private donation started the Initiative. The award recognizes the comprehensive stream protection and restoration activities of this partnership in the western arm of Lake Superior.

The Initiative was highly scored by the U.S. and Canada judging panel because it represents a partnership of scientists and resource managers from more than 25 different groups coordinated by UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute. UMD’s Minnesota Sea Grant program and the University of Minnesota Extension Service are also collaborators. Focusing on the impaired Amity Creek and Lester River watersheds in Duluth, the project partners provide financial, scientific and labor support. Over the past five years, this collaboration has culminated in at least 13 stream-related projects along the North Shore of Lake Superior.


Look for Minnesota Sea Grant's booth at Tall Ships® Duluth 2010. They will have a Sea Grant's Great Lakes interactive trivia quiz to be played with the individuals whom are waiting to get on board the ships. The MN Sea Grant exhibit will be in the "Green Village" area of Bayfront Park, and prizes will be given away for answering trivia questions correctly.

Jeff Gunderson, director, served on the symposium steering committee and presented a paper on "Great Lakes Invasive Species at the International Symposium on Genetic Control of Invasive Fish" held in Minneapolis in June.

Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, organized an exhibit at the 9th annual Mills Fleet Farm Kid's Fishing Day on July 10. The exhibit taught children how to recognize invasive species and how to prevent their spread. Other experts from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Forever, and lake associations were on hand to answer questions. Jensen and Mallory Anderson, program intern, helped staff the Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth at the Two Harbors Heritage Days, July 9-10. Co-hosted by Minnesota Sea Grant and the Minnesota DNR's Watercraft Inspection Program, visitors were taught about the threats aquatic invasive species pose to our waters and how to prevent their spread. Jensen also gave an invited presentation, "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! In Your Neck of the Woods," at a meeting of the Golden K Kiwanis Club, Cloquet, Minnesota, on July 20.

Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, and Dr. Valery Brady, research coordinator, conducted a Rain Garden class in Duluth's Lakeside neighborhood in June. A dozen residents helped build a rain garden that will reduce stormwater run-off and help protect area streams. The class is part of the Lakeside Stormwater Reduction Initiative, a partnership between Minnesota Sea Grant, the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and the City of Duluth. The next class will be held on August 11, and there is still room to sign up. To register call 218-726-8106.


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