Tuesday, September 7, 2010 * Volume 28, Number 1 | PDF



faculty/staff NEWS

Alison Aune, associate professor, Art and Design, and area chair art education/museum education, will have a solo exhibition at the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. from Sept. 14-Nov.14. The exhibit, "Dekorglädje: Minnesota-Swedish Paintings," is co-sponsored by an Imagine Grant from the University of Minnesota.

Jing Bai, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, gave a talk “Single-mode instability and multi-mode instability of quantum cascade lasers” at the 10th IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2010) held in Seoul, Korea on Aug. 17-20.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had work in the invitational "Postcards from the Edge" exhibition and AIDS benefit auction in Jan. 2010 at the ZieherSmith Gallery in New York.

Her work also was selected for the year-long D-Art web gallery for the 10th International Information Visualization Symposium (iV10) at the London South Bank University, London in July. Her work was selected by an 11 member international review committee, including individuals from RIT, the University of Kassel, UT-Sydney, and Rutgers.

Her work was also selected for the exhibition "Photos with Words," sponsored by the Vermont Photography Workshop in Middlebury, VT by juror Liz Lee, professor of Photography and New Media at SUNY-Fredonia. Brush's work began an online presence in June 2010 and was published in July in a book featuring the work of all photographers in the show.

Aydin Y. Durgunoglu, professor, Department of Psychology, published her edited book for Dec. 2010 entitled Language and Literacy Development in Bilingual Settings.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented a talk “Rectangular Table Negotiation Problem Revisited” at the conference Combinatorics 2010 in Verbania, Italy.

Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, was quoted as a source in Nature magazine in an article about the Venus crater debate.

John Hiller, professor, and Sophia Chabysheva, Research Fellow, Physics Department, recently published "Nonperturbative Pauli-Villars regularization of vacuum polarization in light-front QED" in volume 82 of Physical Review D. The grant from the Department of Energy that supported this work, with Hiller as PI, has been renewed for $135,000 over the next three years.

Keith Lodge, associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, presented a poster entitled "Evidence for Self-Association of Nonionic and Other Organic Solutes in Liquid Phases Comprising 1-Octanol and Water" at the 14th International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena & Related Equilibrium Phenomena at Montanuniversität, Leoben, Austria, July 25-30. The coauthor was Ebenezer Egyepong, a former graduate student in chemistry.

John Pastor, professor, Department of Biology, will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden in October 2010. As his commendation letter says, his research "focused on complex interactions in the boreal forest, especially studied through field experiments and modeling." And, "for more than ten years [Pastor] closely collaborated with the Faculty of Forest Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. [He] has published many highly cited papers in the area of soil ecology, but also on plant-animal interactions."

Yongcheng Qi, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, gave a talk “Empirical likelihood methods for heavy-tailed distributions” as a keynote speaker in the First Chinese Workshop on Heavy-tailed Models and Applications, June 26-27, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China. He also presented his research paper “A modified likelihood method for generalized Pareto distributions” in the Fourth International Forum on Statistics and Society, July 10-12, Renmin University of China, Beijing. In August, Qi received a grant from National Science Foundation (NSF). This NSF grant in Statistics was awarded to support a three-year project that aims to develop new empirical likelihood methods for statistical inferences with nonlinear constraints.

Andrea Schokker, head, Department of Civil Engineering, is a co-PI on a $1.2 million project recently awarded by the National Science Foundation. The project is a joint effort with Iowa State and the University of Minnesota TC and also includes collaboration with researchers in Japan and New Zealand. The title of the award is "Unbonded Post-Tensioned Rocking Walls for Seismic Resilient Structures," and the research will focus on development of innovative wall systems that are resilient under earthquake forces. Testing will begin in Dec. in the new Swenson Civil Engineering Building.

Viktor Zhdankin, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a national award of the American Chemical Society, the ACS Award for Creative Research and Applications of Iodine Chemistry, that is given to researchers who have performed outstanding and creative research related to iodine chemistry or its applications. He will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tues., March 29, 2011, in conjunction with the 241st ACS national meeting in Anaheim, CA.

Subhash Basak, Jose Luis Villaveces (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), and Guillermo Restrepo (Universidad de Pamplona, Colombia) chaired an eight day, two-part mathematical chemistry workshop titled, “The Second Mathematical Chemistry Workshop of the Americas,” held in Bogata and Pamplona, Columbia on August 19-27. Scientists and scholars from Asia, Europe, North America, and South America participated in the workshop.
Basak gave the following presentations and lectures at the workshop:
Welcome and description of the history and evolution of the three sets of mathematical chemistry workshops organized by NRRI in collaboration with various institutions worldwide, beginning with the First Indo-U.S. Workshop on Mathematical Chemistry, organized on the campus of Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India, in 1998.
“Predicting bioactivity and toxicity of chemicals from mathematical descriptors," “On the nature of mathematical chemistry” at a panel discussion titled “Chemomathematical core of Mathematical Chemistry," “Advancing frontiers and continuum of chemo-bioinformatics” at a panel discussion session titled “Mathematical Chemistry in touch with ‘Omics," “Mathematical Chemistry: A futuristic view," and “In silico approach to drug discovery using mathematical descriptors.”

Euan Reavie, Allegra Cangelosi (Northeast-Midwest Institute), and Lisa Allinger published a paper titled “Assessing ballast water treatments: Evaluation of viability methods for ambient freshwater microplankton assemblages,” in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, 2010.

Two NRRI staff members gave seminar talks at the 21st International Diatom Symposium in St. Paul, Minn., held August 29-September 3.
Euan Reavie, presented “An experimental ‘state of the lakes’ diatom indictor for the pelagic Great Lakes.” Amy Kireta, Euan Reavie and Gerald Sgro (John Carroll University, Ohio) presented “Diatom indicators of disturbance in U.S. Great Rivers.”

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Kendall B. Wallace, professor of biochemistry & molecular biology and director of the Toxicology Graduate Program has been appointed to the Medical Expert Panel of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Wallace has been appointed as a medical expert for mitochondrial disorders and metabolic disease.

Duluth medical student Anya Gybina, the first student to receive the Nancy I. English, M.D., Scholarship in 2010, ran in the Dr. Nancy English Memorial 5K Walk/Run – a memorial to UMD Medical School alumna Dr. Nancy I. English who died suddenly in 2008.

Forty Class of 2011 medical students have been elected by their peers to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and eight of them started their medical education in Duluth.

A workshop for medical educators called "Beyond Curricular Reform: Creating a Safe, Natural Critical Learning Environment" will be broadcast to room 146-8 Med Duluth on Wed., Sept. 8 from 7:30-9 am. The presenter, Jeanette Norden, is a professor and director of Medical Education in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Nationally recognized experts in indigenous health research will gather for the first Duluth Medical Research Institute Minnesota Indigenous Health Research Symposium on Mon., Sept. 27 from 8:30 am-5 pm. This all-day symposium will focus on community-based participatory health research with North American indigenous (e.g., American Indian/Alaska Native/First Nations) communities.

Bjoern Bauer, assistant professor, has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Paul Ranelli, professor, accepted an invitation to join the SMDC-Miller-Dwan Behavioral Health Visioning Committee as a community/parent member. Previously, he served on SMDC's patient and family-centered care group aligned with Duluth Children's. That group was helpful in a number of areas including encouraging the inclusion of pharmacists to be part of the healthcare home team.

Debbie Sisson, assistant professor, has been invited to serve as a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Section Advisory Group on Small and Rural Hospitals.

Marcia Worley, associate professor and associate department head, has been elected chair elect of the Economics, Social and Administrative Science (ESAS) Section of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).

Several College of Pharmacy faculty and colleagues have been asked to participate in the next season of the PBS eight television production “Doctors on Call.” The invitation is due, in part, to the success of interprofessional activities and MTM practice sites. The tentative schedule is as follows: Sept. 30-Heart Disease (Megan Undeberg, assistant professor); Oct.14-Infectious Disease/Immunizations (Keri Naglosky, assistant professor); Nov. 18-HTN (Mike Swanoski, assistant professor); Jan. 6-Diabetes (Audrey Imberg, SMDC-Duluth Clinic pharmacist); and Feb. 10-Allergies and Skin (Tim Cernohous, graduate student).

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