In the News
Roland Buresh (Natural Science, SJU '73) was awarded the 2007 International Soil Science Award on November 5 by the Soil Science Society of America at its annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. This prestigious award is given annually in recognition of outstanding achievement and service in the areas of international agricultural research, teaching, and extension. For Dr. Buresh, this achievement included his leadership in formulating and disseminating improved practices of site-specific nutrient management for rice (www.irri.org/irrc/ssnm) through partnerships with national research and extension organizations and the private sector in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Starting in 2006, SSNM principles have been incorporated into national extension initiatives in Indonesia and Vietnam. Before his return to IRRI in 2000, his work at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya was instrumental in developing a 'science-based' understanding of soil and nutrient management in tropical agroforestry, which helped to heighten awareness of soil fertility depletion in Africa and to provide realistic assessment of the potential of agroforestry in soil fertility management. Throughout his career, his dedication to training and mentoring students and young scientists has had an expanding influence on soil science research throughout rice-growing Asia and eastern and southern Africa.
Erin Saupe, CSB senior in Natural Science (Geology), will be presenting a paper at the Geological Society of America meetings in Lawrence, KS (University of Kansas) on 12 April. The title of her presentation is Test Morphology, Ontogenetic Morphometry and Phylogenetic Classification of the Planktonic Foraminiferal Genus Gublerina Iikoine, 1948 (Late Campanian-Maastrichtian). Erin will be presenting the results of her summer research in the Paleontology Department at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Carie Braun, assistant professor of nursing, has co-authored a textbook with Cindy Anderson, assistant professor of nursing at the University of North Dakota. The title is "Pathophysiology: Functional Alterations in Human Health" and it is published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
Lu Ann Reif, assistant professor of nursing, successfuly defended her dissertation "Perceptions of health and health promoting practices of Mexican-born men living in the United States" on September 8 at the University of Minnesota.
Update on the Summer Research Exchange Program with Southwest University in China.
Rachelle Parsons, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in June. In July Rachelle presented her doctoral research, "Improving Preceptor Self-efficacy Using an On-Line Educational Program," at the Sigma Theta Tau International Conference on Evidenced Based Practice in Montreal, Canada.
Clayton Gearhart of the Physics Department was invited to participate in a workshop on the history of early quantum theory in Berlin, sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 13-16 June 2006. Gearhart spoke on his current research into the history of the specific heat of hydrogen and molecular spectra in early quantum theory. Those of his colleagues who are acquainted with Professor Gearhart's proficiency in spoken German will be relieved to hear that the language of the workshop was English. Clayton's presentation can be found here.
The Summer Research Exchange with Southwest University in China is underway. Check out the website describing the program by clicking here.
Erin Saupe (Natural Science major with a concentration in Geology, CSB '07) has been selected to participate in the Smithsonian Institute's summer "Researcher in Training" program in paleontology. Erin was one of 15 applicants selected from a national pool of college juniors and seniors.
Erin Saupe has been selected for the Council on Undergraduate Research's Posters on the Hill Program to be held in Washington D. C. on April 25, 2006.