Five New Members Inducted
The College of Science and Engineering held its fifth annual Academy
of Science and Engineering Ceremony in September 2006 and inducted five
new members. The Academy was established in 2002 to give public recognition
to distinguished alumni and special friends of the College of Science
and Engineering, who have brought distinction to themselves through their
participation, commitment, and leadership in their chosen profession.
Inducted this year were Dr. Edward Bersu, Dr. Howard Levine, Dr. Glenn
B. Morey, Mr. Gerald Ostroski, and Dr. Charles Taylor. Photo:
Front row (l-r) Edward Bersu, Glenn B. Morey, Gerald Ostroski, Howard
Levine, and CSE Dean James P. Riehl. Back row: Vice Chancellor Bruce Gildseth
and Charles Taylor.
Dr. Edward Bersu (BA UMD 1968, Ph.D. UWM 1976)
Bersu is currently a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Anatomy
and an affiliate professor in the UW-Madison School of Education’s
Department of Kinesiology. His major research interests have included
investigations of the morphology of human malformation syndromes associated
with verified chromosomal imbalances such as trisomy. Bersu served as
interim associate dean for students for the UW-Medical School in 2003
and 2004. He has chaired the UW-Madison Biological Sciences Executive
Division Curriculum Committee and for the past four years has chaired
the campus committee that facilitates policies associated with the American
Disabilities Act. Bersu is an advisor for the UW-Madison Biology program
and sits on the Biology Degree Executive Committee.
Dr. Howard Levine (BA UMD 1964, MA Cornell 1967, Ph.D. Cornell 1969),br>
Levine moved in 1978 to Iowa State University where he is currently Distinguished
Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Department of Mathematics.
He is on the editorial board of numerous journals and has been a department
head at Iowa State. Levine has published more than 100 referred works
and presented over 250 invited lectures, and he is listed in the ISI Web
of Knowledge among 300 highly-cited mathematicians. An expert in the field
of partial differential equations, one of his recent research interests
is mathematical modeling of tumor-driven angiogenesis.
Dr. Glenn B. Morey (BA UMD 1957, MA UMTC 1962, Ph.D. UMTC 1965)
Morey is presently Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, Winchell
School of Earth Sciences. He joined the professional staff of the Minnesota
Geological Survey as a geologist in 1965 and became principal geologist
and general supervisor of geologic activities in the Precambrian terrane
of Minnesota in 1973. He was named associate director of the survey in
1976 and in 1979 chief geologist was added to his title. From 1986 to
2001, the year of his retirement, Morey held the titles of professor in
the Department of Geology and Geophysics, where he was a member of the
graduate faculty in the areas of stratigraphy and sedimentology; and associate
director and chief geologist, Minnesota Geological Survey.
Mr. Gerald Ostroski
Ostroski began his Minnesota Power career in 1963 as an assistant system
planning engineer and steadily assumed positions of increasing responsibility.
He retired in July of 2002 after 39 years of service to Minnesota Power.
His career-long interest in new technology and computers and in how they
could transform the electric utility industry was legendary at Minnesota
Power. Also legendary is his leadership in the group of industrialists
and legislators that lobbied to establish engineering programs at UMD
in the early and mid 1980s. This leadership continued as he served as
the head of the Engineering Advisory Committee and Scholarship Committee
and continues to be active in supporting and promoting engineering education
at UMD. In addition to professional society memberships he is active in
many philanthropic organizations.
Dr. Charles Taylor (BA UMD 1952, Ph.D. UW 1956)
Shortly after completing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1956, Taylor
accepted a scientist position in the Central Research Laboratory at 3M.
His distinguished career at 3M spanned nearly four decades and included
a variety of projects focusing on organic chemistry, biochemistry and
medical devices. In addition to numerous records of invention, Taylor
holds a dozen patents on pressure sensitive adhesives, dental restoratives,
high performance polymers and biocompatible materials. When he retired
from 3M, he had achieved the highest level of scientist, namely 3M Corporate
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