The Magazine of the University of Minnesota Duluth
FAR AND WIDE
Curt L. Anderson,
professor, Department of Economics
Carol A. Bock, associate professor, Department of English
John Bower, assistant professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
Leif Brush, professor, Department of Art
Ron Caple, professor, Department of Chemistry
Bob Carlson, professor, Department of Chemistry
* Completed his service as U.S. Chair of the Lake Superior Binational Forum, the International Joint Commissions (ITC) Advisory Group for the demonstration "zero discharge" program for the Great Lakes.
Aydin Yucesan Durgunoglu, associate professor, Department of Psychology
* Edited a book with Ludo Verhoeven of Nijmegen University in the Netherlands on literacy development in multilingual contexts. It includes chapters by colleagues from Scotland, England, Sweden, Norway, Canada, Pakistan, Denmark, Spain.
Richard Green, professor, Department of Math and Statistics
* Visited the Mitrani Center for Desert Ecology at Sede Boqer -- a branch of Ben Gurion University in Israel and made presentations at the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Arun Goyal, assistant professor, Department of Biology
* Worked on biotechnology projects with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Thomas C. Johnson, professor and director, Large Lakes Observatory
*Served as director of the International Decade for the East African Lakes (IDEAL), an international, interdisciplinary study of the great lakes of the East African Rift Valley. Led two expeditions to Lake Malawi to recover sediment cores for a study of past climate change in the southern tropics of East Africa.
M. Reza-ul "Raj" Karim, professor, Department of Biology
* Is collaborating on research with Shahana Kazmi, professor of microbiology, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan, by tracking trends and analyzing new and emerging infectious diseases among people of differing socio-economic status in Pakistan.
Clayton Keller, associate professor, Department of Education
* Served as Fulbright Lecturer/Research Scholar at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Conducted a research project on Norway's policies and practices on the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Developed a project on the use of videoconferencing over the Internet to connect UMD and Norwegian faculty and students through live audio and video during education classes.
Michael Linn, professor, Department of Composition
*Is working on an international project with Pekka Hyrvonen, the professor of English linguistics at the University of Joensuu, on the language of bilingual Finns in Northern Minnesota as they switch from predominately Finnish to predominately English.
Joe Maiolo, professor, Department of English
* Wrote the novella, A Boy's Tale, which has been translated into Italian by Donatella Elisacci under the direction of Gaetano Prampolini, University of Florence. Prampolini is a professor of American literature and has translated works by Edith Wharton and Peter Taylor. The manuscript, Il racconto di un ragazzo, is being considered for publication by Passigli Publishers of Florence, Italy.
Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
* Collaborated research on survey in southern Turkey with the Austrian Institute.
Donald E. Maypole, professor, Department of Social Work
* Taught substance abuse courses to physicians, nurses, social workers and other human services personnel in Riga, Latvia's "Attistiba" (School of Social Development) which was founded in 1991.
William Miller, director, Glensheen Historic Estate; assistant professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
* With Russell Rothe, is mapping ancient caravan routes and examining economic exploitation of the eastern desert of Egypt from Edfu to Aswan between the Nile and the Red Sea. They are translating rock inscriptions left by ancient workmen for publication.
Linda Miller-Cleary, professor, Department of English
* Continues to conduct research on the literacy of indigenous people including groups in Belize, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Australia, and the Aleutian Islands.
Gerald Niemi , professor, Department of Biology
* Is collaborating on research with several scientists in Finland covering the areas of conservation biology, avian ecology, and the environmental effects of logging.
Merry Jo Oursler , assistant professor, Department of Biology
* Collaborated with Niels Foged and Bent Winding at the Center for Clinical and Basic Research, Ballerup, Denmark, on identification of paracrine factors involved in the progression of metastatic breast cancer in bone.
John Pastor , professor, Department of Biology and the Natural Resources Research Institute
* Applied diffusion theory to animal foraging strategies with Keith Farnsworth of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.
William Payne, assistant professor, Department of Theatre
* Will co-produce and direct the Jose Rivera play Cloud Tectonics in Mexico City in April, 1999. Payne and the American Theatre Company received an award for the production from the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture.
Jon L. Pierce, professor, Department of Management Studies
* Developed a theory of psychological ownership, its genesis, emergent processes, and consequences within the work and organizational context with Kurt T. Dirks, at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.
Alexis Pogorelskin, associate professor, Department of History
* Worked with two colleagues at Petrozavodsk University: Irina Takala and Alexander Pashkov. The areas of mutual interest include "Karelian Fever," the recruitment of North American Finns to the Soviet Union in the early 1930s, and problems in the political and cultural history of the Soviet Union.
Elizabeth Quintero and Mary Kay Rummel, associate professors,
* Jointly produced Global Culture and Community: Links to Classroom Practice, documentary films of exemplary teachers at work in their classrooms and interviews with teachers in New Zealand, Ireland and the U.S.
George "Rip" Rapp Jr., Regents' Professor of Geoarchaeology, Archaeometry Lab, Department of Geology
* Is working with UMD's Zhichun Jing and the Chinese Institute of Archaeology at Anyang, China, the most important Bronze Age site in all of east Asia. The project involves extensive archaeological survey (including core drilling), excavation, geoarchaeology, and various specialized studies in palynology, paleoethnobotany, paleopathology, ceramic petrography, and some exciting DNA studies.
Paul Sharp, professor and head, Department of Political Science, and director, Alworth Institute for International Studies
* Is conducting research for the book Diplomatic Representation and International Theory and the book Difficult Hands: resident embassies in tight spots which is part of the University of Leicester/Macmillan series. Is writing a chapter for the book U.K. Prime Ministers and Foreign Policy, edited by Thomas Otte, Bristol University U.K.
David Smith, professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology
* Was invited, in 1995, by the Northern Studies Association of Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, to present a paper at conference of the leading scholars on animism and shamanism in northern Eurasia and northern North America.
Larry Thompson, professor, Department of Chemistry
* Invited by Gilberto de Sa to visit the Federal University of Pernambuco in Racife, Brazil where he presented a short course on Rare Earth Spectroscopy.
David A. Wyrick, head and associate professor, Department of Industrial Engineering
* Is working with Ph.D. candidate Lena Rantakyrö to conduct research on organizational learning in small manufacturing companies as an extension of a course in Effective Management of Technology for Small and Medium Enterprises which Wyrick taught while he was at the Luleå University of Technology in northern Sweden. The UMD Industrial Engineering Department and the LUT Department of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering are in the second year of an exchange program for undergraduate engineering students.
Eileen Zeitz , professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
* Is working on the thematic and technical use of the musical blues in two Uruguayan short stories. She interviewed one of the writers, Hugo Burel, in Uruguay about his book.