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Math students present research at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s

Posted on April 15, 2014

Students Josiah Reiswig and Samuel Erickson presented their research on Aphid Sequences at the Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honor Society Conference at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s. Erickson’s and Reiswig’s research involves using the somewhat unusual reproduction behavior of aphids to determine Fibonacci like sequences and their growth rates.

The conference was also attended by students Katie Byer, Brittney Lind, and Holly Sullivan, and math faculty, Adam Goyt.

Students present research at Red River Psychology Conference

Posted on April 14, 2014

Psychology students presented research at the 28th Annual Red River Psychology Conference, hosted by Concordia College.

The following presentations were made:

Madhuri Tiwari and Katie Johnson (with Dr. C. Malone) “Competing Sound and Spelling Information Produce Memory Blocks in Word Fragment Completion”

Samantha Kallberg (with Dr. R. Bergstrom)”Appearance-related Social Norms: How the Thin-Ideal Impacts Opposite Sex Perceptions of Attractiveness” Read the rest of this entry →

Personality and genetics

Posted on April 14, 2014

Students research the effects of cortisol

By Meghan Feir

Hermella Alemneh and Mikaela Hanson are using zebra fish in a research project that could have a direct correlation in the way we understand how hormones play a vital role in human personality outcomes.

Alemneh and Hanson’s presentation title, “Does A Stressed Mothers’ Hormones Contribute to the Personality of Their Offspring?” encapsulates the main topic they are researching, which they will be presenting at this year’s Student Academic Conference on April 15, complete with a fish tank. Read the rest of this entry →

Psychology student accepted to Carlson School of Management and offered fellowship

Posted on April 10, 2014

Courtney Messinger, a senior Psychology major, has been accepted into the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and has been offered a fellowship. She will be attending the Human Resources and Industrial Relations program. Congratulations, Courtney!

Rinita Dalan is keynote speaker for Student Research Conference at Southeast Missouri State University

Posted on April 10, 2014

Rinita Dalan, Anthropology and Earth Science, will present the keynote address at the 22nd Annual Student Research Conference at Southeast Missouri State University on April 16. Her talk is entitled “Creating Opportunities through Collaborative Research.”

Community Health major to present at Sanford clinics

Posted on April 10, 2014

Pamela DeTienne, a Community Health major, will make two presentations titled “Alternative to Nicotine” at the Sanford clinic on Broadway and South Pointe respectively as part of her internship. The dates for the presentation are April 10 at 7 a.m. and April 18 at noon. She is doing her presentations as part of Millions Hearts Grant project from Chronic Disease Program of North Dakota Department of Health.

Brian Wisenden gave a seminar at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Posted on April 09, 2014

Brian Wisenden, Biosciences, gave an invited departmental seminar at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire on April 3. The talk, based on research conducted by undergraduate biology majors at MSUM, was entitled “Scents of Danger: Chemically mediated predator-prey interactions in aquatic ecosystems.”

Summer Session Benefits

Posted on April 08, 2014

Summer classes ensure students stay on track

Whether you take summer classes to get ahead, catch up or stay on track, Summer Session offers many benefits for current and new students.

“I take summer classes to keep me on track to graduate by 2016,” said Erika Keller, an English Education major who said summer classes lighten her load during the school year and allows her to focus intently on each class.

The sophomore isn’t a summer school newbie. She took summer classes during high school at her local technical college to prepare for the transition to MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

Anthropology and Earth Science research group visited Meskwaki Indian Settlement during spring break

Posted on April 08, 2014

During Spring Break, Dr. Erik Gooding, Anthropology and Earth Science, led his Meskwaki Ethnohistory Research Group to the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in East Central Iowa for four days of cultural and linguistic presentations. Students met with representatives from the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative, the Tribal Historic Preservation Director, the Tribal GIS Department, the Language Preservation Department, and the Tribal Museum. This experiential learning group undertakes archival and historic research under the guidance of Dr. Gooding during the school year and visits the Meskwaki community once a semester.

Sigma Pi Sigma inducts three new members

Posted on April 07, 2014

The MSUM chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honors Society, inducted three new members during a ceremony on April 5. The inductees were chosen based on academic excellence, research and service to the community. MSUM students Iwnetim Abate and Andrew Larson were inducted as way MSUM Physics alumnus John Harris, currently a graduate student at NDSU.

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series continues Friday

Posted on April 02, 2014

MSUM Physics and Astronomy Seminar Series Presents:

Driving to Root Cause
Using Scientific Training and Analytical Thinking to Solve Industrial Problems

By William Cooper, Technical Manager and Heather Jarski, Lab Manager
John Deere Electronic Solutions

Friday, April 4
3-3:50 p.m.
325 Hagen Hall Read the rest of this entry →

Gerontology Student Awarded Scholarship from the MN Gerontological Society

Posted on April 01, 2014

Katherine Johanson, a junior majoring in Gerontology and Psychology, has been awarded the Gerald Bloedow Scholarship from the Minnesota Gerontological Society. In 1994, MGS established the Bloedow Scholarship fund to honor the lifelong contributions of Gerald Bloedow to the field of aging and to provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students to further their education in gerontology.

Johanson will receive the scholarship at the 38th Annual MGS Conference on April 25 in Brooklyn Center.

Physics major to conduct research at University of Maine’s Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology

Posted on March 28, 2014

Kyle Salk, a sophomore Physics major, was offered and has accepted a position as a summer researcher at the University of Maine’s Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology. The goal of this summer research program is to get students “involved in fundamental and applied sensor research” using state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities at the University of Maine.

Physics student presents research at conferences; receives internship at IBM Research-Almaden

Posted on March 28, 2014

Iwnetim Abate, junior physics student, recently accepted an internship with IBM Reserach-Almaden located in Silicon Valley in San Jose, Calif. Abate will be working on increasing the energy densities of Li ion batteries for electric vehicles.

Abate recently presented research at the American Physical Society’s March meeting, which was held in Denver from March 3-7. There were around 10,000 physicists who attend the conference from all over the world.

“I made professional friendships and learned a lot from the conference and the people.” Read the rest of this entry →

Student accepted into MIT summer program

Posted on March 27, 2014

Tadesse to present at Student Academic Conference

By Danielle Rebel

Greatness is often born from wild, far-fetched ideas.

For Loza Tadesse, this was exactly the case.

The international student from Ethiopia is studying physics and biology at MSUM. Earlier this year, she was hired in the biosciences department – not as a researcher, but to clean the fish tank.

“That’s when I first got interested in the fish,” Tadesse said. “I’m really interested in cardiology-related research.”

Being around the zebra fish in the biosciences department each day sparked an idea in Tadesse. After doing some research, she further developed the idea, which she will be presenting at the Student Academic Conference April 15.

“I’m modifying an ECG (electrocardiogram) that is already here,” Tadesse said. “Zebra fish are now top in medical research because they resemble the various human body systems, including the heart. I am trying to make the heart ECG recoding procedure less invasive.” Read the rest of this entry →

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.

Roberts presented papers and participate in workshop

Posted on March 27, 2014

Bruce Roberts, Anthropology and Earth Science, presented a paper at the 74th Annual Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 22nd. His presentation, “Plastic Waste Management in Africa,”nwas part of a session on “International Perspectives on Business and Market Research.” Additionally, Dr. Roberts also participated in the half-day workshop “Orientation to Business Anthropology” as well as tours on Urban Gardening in Albuquerque (sponsored by the University of New Mexico’s Research Service Learning Program) and the Ohkay Owingeh Plaza Restoration ProjectThe Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA) was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems.

Psychology students to present research at Stanford

Posted on March 27, 2014

Three Psychology students have had their research abstracts accepted for a conference at Stanford University this spring. Kelsey Ihringer will present research on attachment and emotion discrimination; Madhuri Tiwari will present research on test anxiety; and Katherine Johanson will present research on perfectionism. These student research projects were mentored by Dr. Chris Malone and Dr. Lisa Nawrot in the Psychology Department.

Biosciences students’ research accepted for publication

Posted on March 27, 2014

Biosciences majors Emily Mammenga, Carissa Storseth and Noah Berglund have had their research accepted for publication in the international peer-reviewed journal Animal Behaviour. The title of their manuscript is “Odor-tracking by young convict cichlids and a mechanism for alloparental brood amalgamation.” The research was mentored by Brian Wisenden.


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.

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