Tuesday, October 19, 2010 * Volume 28, Number 4 | PDF



faculty/staff NEWS

Richard E. Braun, professional business consultant and assistant director, UMD Center for Economic Development Center, was the 2010 State Star Award Recipient for the Minnesota Small Business Devleopment Centers (MnSBDC) Network in May 2010. A special awards reception honoring the ASBDC 2010 State Stars was held on Sept. 24, 2009 in San Antonio, Texa,s in conjunction with ASBDC’s 30th Annual Conference. Braun was chosen as the State Star for Minnesota by a committee of MnSBDC and SBA representatives for being an outstanding performer, making a major contribution to the Minnesota SBDC program, and showing a strong commitment to small business in Northeast Minnesota.

Dalibor Froncek, professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, presented results of his joint work with two students (Leah Tollefson and Ann Literski) in the talk "Graceful and rosy labelings of kayak paddles" at the 24th annual conference on combinatorics, cryptography, and computing in Normal, Ill.

John Goodge, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, had the papers "Composition and age of the East Antarctic shield in eastern Wilkes Land determined by proxy from Oligocene-Pleistocene glaciomarine sediment and Beacon Supergroup sandstones, Antarctica" published in Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 1135-1159, "Continuation of the Laurentian Grenville province in western East Antarctica" published in the Journal of Geology, v. 118, p. 601–619, "Glimpses of East Antarctica: Aeromagnetic and satellite magnetic view from the central Transantarctic Mountains of East Antarctica" published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B09103, doi:10.1029/2009JB006890; and "Extraordinary transport and mixing of sediment across Himalayan central Gondwanaland during the Cambrian–Ordovician" published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 1660-1670.

John Hiller, professor, Department of Physics, has been awarded $16,057 as a supplement to his Department of Energy grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment act. This will fund the purchase of a high-performance computing platform to support work in computational quantum field theory.

Robert Hofmann, development director, School of Fine Arts, recently taught the Minnesota Chapter of AFP's CFRE Review Course class "Building and Sustaining Relationships" for CFRE candidates. CFRE stands for Certified Fund Raising Executive, an internationally recognized professional organization.

Tom Hrabik, associate professor, Department of Biology, has recently had the papers "Empirical evaluation of predator-driven diel vertical migration in Lake Superior" published in Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. and "A synthesis of cisco (Coregonus artedi) in Lake Superior: implications for native fish recovery in the Great Lakes." published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. He received a 2010-2012 grant for Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, with PI's S. Guildford, T. Hrabik, D. Branstrator and B. Hecky. "Feeding the deep: Interdependencies between the vertically migrating deep water fauna and the deep chlorophyll layer in Lake Superior," a direct $94,287 with $120,000 additional funds in Graduate Research Assistantships. He also received a grant for 2009-2012, "Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. Cisco assessment, habitat use and behavior" for the amount of $100,000. That grant is part of a larger project: Sustaining Lakes In a Changing Environment (SLICE).

Elizabeth James, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, will have her collection "Borrowed Essence -The Ceramic Work of Elizabeth James" available for viewing till Dec. 5 in the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute at the Depot. An artist dialogue will be held on Thurs., Oct. 21 from 6-7 pm. An exhibit celebration will be held on Thurs., Nov. 4 from 5-7 pm.

Keith Lodge, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, has recently had a paper entitled "The measurement of porosity for an individual taconite pellet" published in Powder Technology 204 (2010), 167-172.

Ted Pederson, professor, Department of Computer Science, gave the invited talk "The Effect of Different Context Representations on Word Sense Discrimination in Biomedical Texts" at the University of Texas at Austin in their Forum for Artificial Intelligence on Oct. 8.

Josef Werne, associate professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, has had papers published, along with other authors: "Applicability and calibration of the TEX86 paleothermometer in lakes" was published in Organic Geochemistry, v. 41, pp. 404-413. The paper "Branched glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraethers in lake sediments: Can they be used as temperature and pH proxies?" was published in Organic Geochemistry. doi:10.1016/j.orggwwas as eochem.2010.07.002, and "Stable sulfur isotopes in the water column of the Cariaco Basin" was published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. doi:10.1016/j.gca.2010.08.020.

Xun Yu, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Eil Kwon, director, Department of Civil Engineering, recently had their article “A carbon nanotube/cement composite with piezoresistive properties,” selected as one of the 2009 highlights by the journal Smart Materials and Smart Structures.


Gerald Niemi gave an invited talk, co-authored by David Evans (Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory) and Matt Etterson (U.S. EPA-MED), titled “Thirty-eight Years of Raptor Banding at Hawk Ridge, Duluth, MN, USA” at the Raptor Research Foundation meeting in Fort Collins, Colo. on September 24.

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