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APRIL 27 - May 1, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Title:  “Navigating Lake Superior Through Changing Seas: Science Excellence Supporting Sustained use of Earth’s Greatest Lake” 

Speaker:  Dr. John Downing, professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, and Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

NOTE:  Dr. Downing is a candidate for Director of Sea Grant

Time/Place: 11:30 AM / KPlz 173

NOTE:  Also join the seminar online through WebEx by clicking this link:

Host:  Lucinda Johnson, Natural Resources Research Institute, 720-4251,


Title:  “Conditions for Pig Iron Nugget Production in a Laboratory Scale Furnace

Speaker:  Dr. Basak Anameric, coordinator, Natural Resources Research Institute, Coleraine, MN

NOTE: Dr. Anameric is a MN Drive Faculty Candidate in Chemical Engineering

Time/Place:  3:00 PM / LSBE 118

Host:  Richard Davis, SCSE Department of Chemical Engineering, 726-6162,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Title:  "Defining the Risk-Release Relationship of Daphnia magna, a Nonnative Aquatic Species in the Environment of Duluth-Superior Harbor"

Speaker:  Matt TenEyck, Ph.D. candidate, Water Resources Science, UMD

Time/Place:  1:15 PM / 200 Research Lab Building, Large Lakes Observatory

Host:  Randall Hicks, SCSE Department of Biology, 726-8438,


Title:  “Three Undergraduate Research Projects

Speakers:  Cassidy Hallaway, Xinsheng Zhang & O'Neill Kingston

Time/Place:  3:00 PM / Chem 150

Host:  Joseph Gallian, SCSE Department of Mathematics & Statistics, 726-7576,

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Title:  “Spacial Statistics

Speaker:  Dr. Yang Li, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, UMD

Time/Place:  12:00 PM / 290 Engineering Building

Host:  Ping Zhao, SCSE Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, 726-8802,


Title:  "Sulfur Oxidation Effects on Methionine-Aromatic Interactions"

Speaker:  Adam Jersett, MS student, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UMD

Time/Place:  3:00 p.m. / ABAH 225

Host:  Alessandro Cembran, SCSE Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 726-7794,


Title:  "Acute Stress Enhances Adult Rat Hippocampal Memory and Increases Neuron Production and Function Via Secreted Astrocytic FGF2"

Speaker:  Michael Stocke, BS student, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UMD

Time/Place:  3:00 PM / ABAH 225

Host:  Steven Berry, SCSE Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 726-7087,

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Title: “Current Health-System Policy Considerations

Speaker: John Pastor III, Pharm.D., Directory of Pharmacy, Fairview University Medical Center, Minneapolis

Time/Place: 3:30 – 5:00 PM / 160 Life Science & 7-193/195 Weaver Densford Hall

Host: Social and Administrative Pharmacy Graduate Program


Title:  “Old Refractory Mantle Peridotites at Mid-Ocean Ridges

Speaker:  Eric Hellebrand, associate specialist, Manager of the Electron Microprobe and X-Ray Fluorescence Facilities, Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Hawaii-Manoa

Time/Place:  4:00 PM / MWAH 191

Host:  Howard Mooers, SCSE Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 726-7899,

Friday, May 01, 2015

17th Annual Undergraduate Symposium:

Title:  "Designing Functional Metalloproteins and their Applications in Biocatalysis for Renewable Energies"

Speaker:  Dr. Yi Lu, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 

Time/Place:  3:00 PM / Kirby Ballroom

Host:  Steve Berry, SCSE Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 726-7087,


Title:  “Identifying Transcripts Involved in Neural Tube Closure Using RNA-Sequencing

Speaker:  Lexy Kindt, IBS Master's candidate

Time/Place:  3:15 PM / LSci 185

Host:  Jennifer Liang, SCSE Department of Biology, 726-7681,


FYI: Upcoming Event

Event: “Soudan Underground Laboratory Open House

Date: Saturday May 2, 2015

Time: First tour starts at 8:30 AM, last tour starts at 3:30 PM.

Who to Attend: Everyone is welcome (Open for all)

Attendance Fee: None (Free)

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Please Contact Sue Johnson 218-726-6397
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Toothpick Bridge Competition

(Highspeed Video)

Hundreds of students from high schools in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin recently gathered at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) to see how much weight a toothpick and glue structure could support. (read more)

Faculty within the University of Minnesota Duluthís Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) recently received three of the four grant awards to UMD for learning innovation from the University of Minnesota Provostís Office and their Center for Educational Innovation

Byron SteinmanByron Steinman Published in Science Magazine

A faculty member new to University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), Byron Steinman, has already distinguished himself as the lead author of a research paper published by Science Magazine. (read more)
The goal of the Pathways to Advanced Degrees in Life Sciences is to increase the number of students graduating and working in the fields of biomedical and behavioral science research. (read more)

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