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MSUM archaeologist retires after 40 years in the trenches

Posted on May 18, 2015

INFORUM, By Tu-Uyen Tran

MOORHEAD—When Mike Michlovic arrived at Minnesota State University Moorhead to start a field anthropology program, he said he was told to not bother digging in the Red River Valley because there’s nothing here.

MikeMForty years and a dozen archaeological sites later, he and his students have discovered much about the life of the ancient American Indians who lived here thousands of years ago.

As Michlovic tells it, that was all by necessity. Read the rest of this entry →

Scott Buchholz recognized for outstanding poster at national meeting

Posted on April 22, 2015

At the 2105 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Cancer Theme was entitled “Cancer: The War at 44 and Warburg at 90.” Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major Scott Buchholz was honored as having one of four posters recognized as Outstanding Posters in cancer research. Scott’s project was entitled, “The Impact of Calcineurin B Homologous Protein Isoform 2 Expression on Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Cell Function under Hypoxic Conditions.” Scott’s research partner at MSUM is Biochemistry and Biotechnology major, Shelby Sieverding. The research was conducted in Dr. Mark Wallert’s laboratory.

Molly Strong inducted into ΧΩΛ honor society

Posted on April 22, 2015

At the 2015 national meeting of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, junior Biochemistry and Biotechnology major Molly Strong was inducted into ΧΩΛ, the ASBMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honors Society. Honor Society membership requires excellence in academics, undergraduate research, and scientific outreach. Molly is the first MSUM student to receive this honor. Molly does her research in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Wallert.

Wallert and students present at national meeting

Posted on April 22, 2015

Dr. Mark Wallert, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and six MSUM Biosciences and Chemistry & Biochemistry students, presented at the 2015 American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) March 28-April 1. Wallert served as a theme organizer for the ASBMB Education and Professional Development theme for the meeting and gave an invited talk entitled, “Diversifying training options for undergraduate and graduate students to support industry careers.” The students participating in the meeting and the titles of their presentations: Read the rest of this entry →

Vijay Antharam is Oxbridge OneStart semifinalist and awarded a provisional U.S. patent

Posted on April 14, 2015

On Feb. 21, 2015, Vijay C. Antharam was awarded a provisional United States patent Serial No. 62/118,848 Materials and Methods for Reducing Cholesterol. He was a semi-finalist at the OneStart OxBridge Biotech Start-up competition held on Feb. 20-21 in San Francisco, Cal. He presented his work to a panel of biotechnology representatives and venture capitalists. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Richard Lahti (Chemistry) and Isaac Skalsy (Chemistry Education Sophomore) to co-present Friday at MnCOSE

Posted on February 19, 2015

Dr. Lahti and his research student Isaac will make a series of three related presentations at the Minnesota Conference on Science Education on Friday, February 20th. Read the rest of this entry →

Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

Vijay Antharam to present at a disease therapeutics conference

Posted on December 02, 2014

Vijay Antharam from the MSUM Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will give a presentation at the Disease Therapeutics Symposium-2014 on Neuron to Synapse/Optogentics & Microbiome-2014 on Dec. 3-4, 2014 in Cambridge, MA, USA. His talk will be: “Can the gut microbiota reduce cholesterol? An integrative approach in determining cholesterol reducing gut microbiota.” http://www.expressgenes.com/dts12014/main.htm

MSUM chemistry major Connie Anderson selected as a Chemistry Ambassador

Posted on May 27, 2014

MSUM Chemistry major Connie Anderson was selected as a Chemistry Ambassador for her work on active chemical demonstration display cases. The Chemistry Ambassadors program is sponsored by the American Chemical Society. Connie was selected and interviewed at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Dallas, and her work is highlighted in a short video produced by the ACS.


Connie’s display case experiments have been in the Langseth Hall Atrium outside of LH118. Displays are on hiatus for the summer but will return next fall.

Physics in Life topic of March 28 seminar

Posted on March 27, 2014

Friday, March 28 | 3-3:50 p.m. | 325 Hagen Hall

MSUM Physics and Astronomy seminar series presents “Physics in Life, AFTER , A “lifetime” in Physics,” featuring Bruce Flaig
(1972, Physics & Chemistry).

Flaig writes about his presentation: Or, “How I’ve tried to use physics throughout a life that never quite went in the direction I planned.” I am currently mostly retired. I have degrees in physics, chemistry and meteorology. I’ve worked as an analytical chemist, biochemistry lab assistant, computer programmer, climatologist, meteorologist, physics instructor, aquatic weed harvester, and carpenter. I hope to give interesting answers to why I found and find physics both fascinating and useful no matter where I went or what I did. I may talk about the joy in F=ma, dropping calculators for profit, shining lights through cameras the wrong way or why Euclidean geometry gives me headaches.

Local scientist to deliver polymer seminar Friday

Posted on March 26, 2014

Effect of polymer structure on properties and their applications

Friday, March 28 | 2 p.m. | SL 102

Featuring: Neena Ravindran, Ph.D., Principal R&D Scientist, Tecton Products, Fargo, N.D.

This talk will focus on structure-property relationships in coating systems based on unsaturated polyester chemistry and their effect on end-use properties. Examples of applications will include laser ablatable coatings, coatings for electronic packaging applications, and low surface energy coatings. These applications will demonstrate how changes in the polymer backbone can significantly change properties of the coating system and therefore the end application. A brief overview of Tecton Products, the pultrusion process, and examples of the products we make will also be included.

Chemistry & Biochemistry students present at national ACS meeting

Posted on March 25, 2014

Eight student members of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Club presented their research and community involvement work at the 247th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Dallas, Texas. In addition to presenting posters, the students participated in a number of career preparation and networking workshops presented by the ACS, and got to meet ACS mascot “Professor Molenium.”

Brain scientist to speak on brain mapping

Posted on March 07, 2014

Explores way we receive and process media information and communicate emotions

Dr. Nelson Klahr, a computational neuroscientist currently teaching at Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa, Fla., will speak at Minnesota State University Moorhead Wednesday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. in Langseth Hall 102.

The title of his talk is “Investigation of the Common Patterns of Brain Activation in Response to Addiction and Media Events.”

Klahr uses functional MRI to study activation pathways in the human brain. His topic explores the changes in brain activation in response to the way we receive and process media information and communicate emotions. The focus of his research is on the influence of interactive stimuli and media on the neurobiology of addiction and emotion.

Klahr received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla.

Chemistry Club bake sale

Posted on February 28, 2014

Chemistry Club is hosting a bake sale outside of the Book store in MacLean Monday, March 3, Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.! Stop by for some treats and goodies!

Students present work at poster session in St. Paul

Posted on February 25, 2014

Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars, a consortium of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions that supports research, scholarly works and creative activity of undergraduates, is pleased to host the first Posters at St. Paul. The poster session will allow undergraduate students to share the results of their work with leaders in our state government and highlight the exciting work being done on MnSCU campuses throughout the state. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series

Posted on February 25, 2014

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Using Softchalk to Increase Immediacy by Embedding Pop-Ups in Student Handouts

By: Richard Lahti, Ed.D.
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Physics & Astronomy

Friday, Feb. 28
3-3:50 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall

Softchalk is a program that allows faculty to create interactive lessons and upload them to a learning management system (such as D2L). Read the rest of this entry →

Chemistry Club hosts discussion on graduate school and chemistry related careers

Posted on January 28, 2014

Chemistry Club is hosting speaker Dr. Seth Rasmussen, Inorganic/Organic Materials Chemist, Chemical Historian, & Materials Researcher from NDSU, Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in Science Lab 118. He will be discussing graduate school and chemistry related careers.

Science majors assist third graders with Planetarium field trip

Posted on December 13, 2013

On Wednesday, December 11, over 20 Bioscience and Chemistry students took time out of their study day to work with over 150 third grade students from Detroit Lakes, Minn. The third graders were on campus for an annual field trip to the Planetarium. Because the size of the group is larger than the Planetarium can hold at one seating, the College of Science, Health & the Environment provided additional science outreach activities for the group as they rotated between sessions. Strawberry DNR extraction and Chemistry demonstrations with hands-on activities complemented the Planetarium’s Astronomy program.

Science Night is tonight

Posted on November 15, 2013

SCIENCE NIGHT will be located in the Science Lab Friday, Nov. 15 from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Free food, prizes, tours, demonstrations, and other activities are brought to you by AfterDark, the Chemistry & Biochemistry club, Society of Physics, Pre-Health Professionals, Wild Life & Tri Beta.

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MSUM hosted URMS8 meeting

Posted on October 10, 2013

MSUM was host to the 8th Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences Meeting (URMS8) on Oct. 4 and 5. Approximately 30 undergraduates from the region presented their research to the 70+ attendees, with featured keynote talks from Dr. Robert Kane (Baylor University) and Rosa Miller (3M, retired) as well as breakout sessions on graduate school, professional school and getting a job in industry. Read the rest of this entry →

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