Department of Biology
College of Science and Engineering

Bio-Feedback Newsletter


Bio-Feedback 2003

Monday, December 1, 2003

Department Welcomes New Members

Christopher Kvaal will be teaching Genetics, Advanced DNA Techniques, Cell Function and Inheritance, and will mentor undergraduate student research projects. He received a Bachelor of Science from St. Olaf Collage, Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and post doc from Montana State University-Bozeman.

Marco Restani came from Montana. He will be teaching Mammalogy, Ornithology, Wildlife Management, and Wildlife Populations. He will also team-teach graduate courses in Ecology. He will advise students within the Wildlife Biology Emphasis of the Ecology major and will serve as academic advisor to the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana, M.S. from Montana State University, and Ph.D. from Utah State University.

Maureen Tubbiola taught at the University of Minnesota, Morris and at the University of Great Falls in Montana. She will be teaching Human Anatomy & Physiology, Human Anatomy, Medical Terminology. Future teaching will include Human Biology and Human Physiology. She will advise students majoring in Biomedical Sciences. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Humboldt State University, and M.S and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Denise McGuire Student Research Award

Dr. Denise McGuire died of a brain tumor on March 17, 2002. She taught genetics the preceding fall semester even though she had had surgery in June. She was as spirited and positive during her illness as she always had been. Denise came to St. Cloud State University after a Ph.D. and post doc in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. She had her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Catherine. Denise was hired in 1986 to develop the biotechnology major and the necessary courses, a job she tackled with the energy and enthusiasm that was her nature. She became a mentor and role model for many students, especially young women who wondered if they would be able to successfully have both a home life and a career. She is survived by her husband, Mike; daughter Lisa, who attends college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls; son Jim, in high school at St. Cloud Apollo; and son Kevin, in middle school. We miss her and her zest for life.

The purpose of the Denise M. McGuire Student Research Award is to recognize and honor students engaged in the college initiative of Student-Faculty Collaborative Research. Recipients of the award will present their research project at the April 15, 2003, SCSU Student Research Colloquium. They will also be honored at the SCSU Student Research Colloquium Undergraduate Research Award Ceremony.

Dean A. I. Musah Takes a New Job

Dr. A. I. Musah, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, will leave SCSU to start a new job in New York. He will start July 1 as vice president of academic affairs at State University of New York at Fredonia. He was a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences since 1990 and has been dean since 1997. Dr. Musah received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Ghana, his doctorate in physiology from Iowa State University, and is an expert in reproductive physiology.

Faculty Receive Grants

Jorge Arriagada and William Faber received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. The project is entitled “Surveying the Distribution and Abundance of Invasive Plant Species at Camp Ripley and the Arden Hills Training Site.”

Oladele Gazal received a Federal grant entitled, “Eisenhower Minorities in Science.” Richard Rothaus, Sponsored Programs and Matt Julius received $15,000 in grant monies to begin a field station at Mille Lacs Lake in cooperation with the DNR; people will be teaching courses that cross disciplines at this facility.

A grant that was awarded to Christopher Kvaal at Montana State University has been transferred to St. Cloud State University so that Dr. Kvaal can continue his work on the grant. It is administered by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. The title of the grant is “Development of Yeast Systems to Study Toxoplasma Cell Cycle.”

Heiko Schoenfuss, Matt Julius, and Richard Blob (Clemson University) received a $12,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources, State of Hawaii, to study the ecology of several species of climbing Hawaiian gobies this year. Heiko Schoenfuss and Peter Sorensen (University of Minnesota) received $113,000 and 2.5 graduate assistantship positions from the Minnesota Sea Grant College Program to study the effects of aquatic contamination on the reproductive anatomy and physiology of freshwater fishes.

Oladele Gazal, Mark Minger and Patricia Simpson were successful in getting an “Improving Teacher Quality Program” grant for a three-week institute and academic year follow-up. The title of the grant is I.D.E.A.--Inquiry into Diet, Exercise and Anatomy. The grant is funded for $37,000.

Faculty and Staff Notes

The following biology faculty and staff received service awards: 30 years—David Kramer, Elaine Thrune; 25 years—John Cronn, Judith Torrence; 20 years—Gordon Schrank.

Contrary to popular belief, Stan Lewis has not retired—he is still teaching General Zoology, Comparative Anatomy, Parasitology, and, of course, Paleiobiology/Minnesota Fossil. This past fall he taught entomology, thanks to Ralph Gundersen’s retirement. Stan only waited 34 years to teach his major in college! He is still actively involved in Vertebrate Paleobiology at the South Dakota and Nebraska sites. He has recruited several professor emeriti to help with the summer trips and weekly research sessions during the school year. Who says “old” professors need to be put out to pasture! Stan only has 10-15 years left at SCSU--so be sure you stop by and say “hello.” He’s still in Brown Hall 239--kind of like the Maytag man--lonely now that Ralph, Al, John, Max and others have left.

Matthew Julius attended an NSF-sponsored workshop new research initiative Ocean Science in Puerto Rico in early November. Heiko Schoenfuss is in the last stages of developing a collaborative research project with Sea Grant and USGS.

JoAnn Meershaert and Neal Voelz are proud parents of Calvin Meerschaert Voelz. He was born November 6, 2002.

Students Receive Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Biological Sciences awards several scholarships, thanks to contributions from former students, friends, faculty emeriti, faculty and staff of the department. The following were recipients of scholarships this past year:

DOROTHY BARKER SCHOLARSHIP: Sender Lkhagvadorj, Rachel Luthi, SuSien Ong, Hadley Powless, Amanda Virnig
PARTCH SCHOLARSHIP: Jill Babski, Jessica Paus, Laurie Tuohy

The College of Science and Engineering awarded three biology students the 2000-2001 COSE Undergraduate Research Award (URA). Yaiza Diaz-De-Durana Solan received the award for her research proposal, “Testicular and Brain Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS) Gene Expression in Aged, Immobilized Rats.” Her faculty research sponsor was Dr. Oladele Gazal. Melissa Olson and Brandie McCray received awards for their collaborative research project on The Effects of Declining Temperature Gradation on the Viability of Harmonia axyridis (Asian Lady Beetle). Their faculty research sponsor was Dr. Ralph Gundersen.

Students Accepted into Professional Schools

MEDICAL SCHOOL: Dan Fritz, Bari Reeve, Glen Rudolph

Graduate Notes

Michael Damyanovich (1970) is the Director of Curriculum of NCS Learn in Tucson, Arizona.

Lawrence Boerboom (1972) received his Ph.D. and is the Director of Research at LifeCell Corporation in Branchburg, New Jersey.

Susan Henning Knauss (1974) is a medical technologist at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She and her husband, Roger, have three sons.

Cindy Ash (1975) received a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota. Dean Hovey (1975) has written a second Minnesota mystery, Hooker. His first book is Where Evil Hides. Both books are published by j-Press Publishing, White Bear Lake, MN. William Matter (1975) is an Associate Professor at the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona. He is also the Assistant Director for Academic Programs.

Robert Nathanson (1976) received a Ph.D. in immunobiology from Iowa State University and then worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Mayo Clinic. He is now a family physician in Des Moines, Iowa. He and his wife have two children.

Dana Richter (1978, 1983) received the Manierre Award for Scientific Research by the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation in August 2001, for the study and paper, “White Pine Blister Rust in the Forests of the Huron Mountain Club, Marquette County, Michigan.” (Additional information can be found at He also co-authored a chapter in the book, The MYCOTA, A Comprehensive Treatise on Fungi as Experimental Systems for Basic and Applied Research.

Ron Schmid (1979) is vice-president for sales and marketing at Overseal Color, Inc. in Hudson, WI.

Kevin Bestgen (1981) received his Ph.D. in 1996 and is the Director of the Larval Fish Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Robert Heinzen (1983) and his wife, Shelly Robertson, have moved from being professors at the University of Wyoming-Laramie, to being staff scientists at the NIH Rocky Mountain Laboratories, Hamilton, Montana.

Three SCSU alumni, Randy Binder (1983), Al Schmidt (1992), and John Hoxmeier (1993) work at the same MN DNR Area Fisheries Station in Lake City, Minnesota.

John Schneider (1984) is a field representative for Dairy Farmers of America located at the Melrose Dairy Proteins Plant in Melrose, Minnesota. He and his wife, Jeanne, are parents of seven-year old identical twins, Kristin and Ashley. Katie Ostmoe Staska (1984), MT (ASCP), is a laboratory supervisor at Centracare Clinic-Heartland in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Douglas Carter (1985) received a D.D.S. from the University of Minnesota. He was with the U.S. Navy from 1989-1992 and is a Desert Storm veteran. He is now an oral and maxilloficial surgeon in Minnetonka and is Vice President of Affiliated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Kristie Klatt (1986) is an Experimental Pathology Research Technologist in Rochester, Minnesota. Christopher Kolbert (1986) recently took an advanced position to set up a microarray facility for the General Clinical Research Center in St. Mary’s Hospital (Mayo).

Lori Black Ng (1987) is employed at GenBank at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH. She and her husband, Tom, have three children: Justin, Kira and Jared.

Susan Carter Isaacson (1988) is employed as a micro supervisor by Midwest Research Institute, just outside of Washington, D.C. The company provides molecular biological, microbiological, and immunological testing to defend and protect the national capital region against chemical and biological attack. Dean Kirkeby (1988) was featured in an article in the January 27, 2002 edition of the St. Cloud Times. The article concerned his position as lab services manager at Gold’n Plump Poultry.

Lynn Heltemes (1990) is completing her third year as a post doc at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Jennifer Williams (1990) is living in Plymouth and is a research associate in the BioAssays Department at R&D Systems. Bingqing Zhang (1990) is a database application developer at Carter & Burgess in Arlington, Texas. She and her husband have a 12-year old son and a seven-year old daughter.

Danielle Baker Birkeland (1991) is a stay-at-home mother of two young children. She recently finished her Master’s thesis in Exercise Physiology at SCSU. Kyle Thompson (1991) assists and advises landowners, state agencies and private sportsmen’s clubs on land management techniques through his Glenwood-based Prairie Land Management (PLM) Company.

Bradley Onstad (1992) is a laboratory supervisor in Chemical Germicide Testing Services at ViroMed Laboratories, located in Minneapolis. Barton Slagter (1992) completed his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology this past summer at North Dakota State University.

Michael J. Smith (1993) received his Ph.D. from the University of Idaho and his post-doc at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Thomas Raymond (1993) and his wife, Lisa, welcomed the birth of their third son, Justin Paul, who was born on July 27, 2002.

Alan “Ty” Harrison (1994) has been working as a Family Practice Physician Assistant for almost five years and recently accepted a position in the Cardiology Department at The Park Nicollet Heart Center at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Paul Meyer (1994) and his wife moved from Omaha, NE to Shakopee, MN. Paul is a senior systems engineer at Beckman Coulter, Inc., working on the design of their immunodiagnostic analyzers. Dana Vouk Kloss (1994) was promoted to a Forensic Scientist III with the Minneapolis Police Department, Crime Lab, Firearms unit. She and her husband, Eric, have a son, Benjamin, who was born on September 22, 2001.

Joseph Stewig (1994) recently moved from Panama City, FL, where he was a fisheries biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. He now lives in Baudete, MN, up along the Canadian border on Lake of the Woods and is employed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Patty Freihammer Thul (1994) is a lab supervisor for Medtox Laboratories in St. Paul. She and her husband, Mark Thul, were married on June 19, 1999.

Robert Martin (1995) received an M.S. in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. He then went to Chicago and started a business that focused on providing exercise, nutrition, and stress management services to healthy people and those living with chronic disease. He is now back at Arizona State to pursue an M.S. in nutrition combined with a Ph.D. in exercise and wellness.

Richard Bartell (1997) is the QA/QC Manager at North Star Processing in Litchfield, MN. Tonya Faundeen (1997) received her master’s degree from Midwestern University. Tiffany Reiter (1997) received a Ph.D. at Mayo on October 21, 2002. She moved to Brookline, MA to do her post-doc at Harvard. Cathy Schlegel (1997) recently returned from a three-month stay in Namibia, Africa working with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. She is now back at work at the Minnesota Zoo as a zookeeper.

Chad Bouterse (1998) was accepted to the osteopathic medical school at Michigan State University. Edward Hinzman (1998) is at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the micro department. The lab works on VSV and RSV. Sherry Rotter Kollmann (1998) is a research scientist at Cargill, Inc. Eric Matson (1998) is a Ph.D. student at Iowa State University.

Tiffany Fixsen Klenken (1999) is employed at Protein Design Lab in Plymouth in the micro/tissue culture lab. Josh Lundorff (1999) is working at Cargill doing molecular biology work (PCR, transformations, preps, and screening).

Egon Ozer (2000) is in his second year in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa.

Bryan Meade (2001) has been living in San Diego for the past year and a half working in a cancer research laboratory at the University of California-San Diego. His recent project is working with a transducable version of the p53 tumor suppressor. Renee Samuelson Hein (2001) and John Hein (2001) recently moved to Blaine. John is an eighth grade earth science teacher at Roosevelt Middle School. Renee returned to work at R&D Systems after being on maternity leave. Their daughter, Anika, was born February 13, 2002.

Melissa Link (2002) is a production scientist in the allergy department at Beckman Coulter in Chaska, Minnesota.

David Kramer Retires

David KramerDavid C. Kramer joined the staff at St. Cloud State in the fall of 1971as an assistant professor. He was hired to teach Science Education and Biology.

Dr. Kramer received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biological sciences and a minor in general biology from Indiana University in 1965. He received an MS in 1968 and an Ed.D. in 1971 from Ball State University.

He also participated in several National Science Foundation courses. He attended the University of Louisville in Kentucky in 1966 and studied the Science of Inland Waters. In 1976-77 he attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison and studied College Teaching and the Development of Reasoning. In 1996 he took the National Science Foundation Chautauqua Course, Ecology of the Rocky Mountains, at the University of Denver in Colorado.

At St. Cloud State, Dr. Kramer taught Science Concepts and Teaching Strategies for Elementary Teachers, Biology for Elementary Teachers, Methods and Materials for Teaching Secondary Science, Environmental Education, Life and Environment (General Education), General Biology I, General Biology III (Zoology), Vertebrate Natural History, Limnology,Herpetology, Nature Study for Teachers, Winter Nature Study, and numerous courses and workshops in science, environmental education, science teaching and/or science curricula for inservice teachers. He has also taught off-campus nature study and environmental education courses and workshops at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, several Minnesota State parks, and many nature centers. Additionally, he has taught numerous workshops and courses in science, science education and science content in many schools throughout central Minnesota. He has helped plan spring break trips in 1993 and 1996-2000 to sites in Florida, Mexico and Arizona.

In addition to his teaching load, Dr. Kramer served in several capacities at SCSU, including member of the Science Education Committee, Curriculum Committee, Faculty Evaluation Committee, Program Review Committee, Graduate Committee, Scholarship Committee, and Policy Committee. He has been an advisor for freshmen, General Education, prospective secondary science teachers, undergraduate independent study projects, and graduate students in both Biology and Science Education.

He served as the Director of The Teaching Clinic: A St. Cloud State University Faculty Development Project from 1978-79. He served as acting associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at SCSU during1981-82. Since 1971, he has been the Student Teaching Consultant for the College of Education. He has consulted with numerous elementary schools in the selection of science curriculum materials and/or the development of teacher-developed curricula from 1971 to the present.

He has conducted a wide variety of continuing education workshops and courses in science, environmental education, science curricula and/or science teaching for inservice teachers. Some of the workshops include life science concepts and techniques for elementary teachers, dissemination and implementation of elementary science programs, activity-oriented science methods/content courses for elementary teachers, and the implementation of the Minnesota Environmental Education Program.

Dr, Kramer has been very active with the SCSU International Studies Programs in Denmark and England. He served as Director of the Internal Studies program in Aalborg, Denmark during the academic years 1979-80, 1983-84, and 1988-89. He was a faculty member during spring semester 1992 in Alnwick, England and was the resident director there on two occasions--fall semesters 1998 and 2001.

A sabbatical leave was granted to Dr. Kramer in winter, 1986 to prepare articles for publication by the National Science Teachers Association; and to evaluate, restructure and organize the goals, content and materials for BIOL 326, Biology for Elementary Teachers. He also took a sabbatical leave in winter 1995 to study winter ecology and winter nature study programs at several regional nature centers which included Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Audubon Center of the North Woods, and Long Lake Conservation Center. He spent at week at St. John’s Island observing tropical vegetation and coral reefs, and to investigate the possibility for a spring break field trip for biology students.

Dr. Kramer has been the recipient of many awards. He received the St. Cloud State University Burlington Outstanding Teaching Award in 1982. He received the St. Cloud State University Kappa Delta Pi Professor of the Year Award in 1992, 1996, 2001 and 2002. In 1994 he received the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Instructor Award. He was a six-time recipient of the SCSU Merit Award for Teaching and/or University Service.

In 1974-75 he was the co-recipient of an $8,000 grant from Rand McNally. The grant was to establish and operate a Science Curriculum Improvement Study Resource Center. In 1986 he was presented the Faculty Achievement Award for $1,500 through a grant from the Burlington Northern Foundation. He received a $510 short-term grant to attend and participate in a Northern States Power Chautaugua Short Course, “Ecology of the Rockies” at the University of Denver Field Station at Mt. Evans, Colorado, July 20-25, 1996.

Dr. Kramer has given numerous presentations. His presentations to the Minnesota Science Teachers Association include, “The Tomato Project” at the annual spring conference in 1992, “Plants, Science, and Kids” at the K-6 conference in 1988, “Terraria Construction and Study--K-6” at the fall conference in 1986, “Plant Activities for the Middle and elementary Schools at the spring conference in 1986, “Keeping Animals in the Classroom--K-6” at the K-6 conference in 1985, and “Selection and Care of Classroom Animals at the spring conference in 1985. His presentations to the National Science Teachers Association include, “The Tomato Project” at the convention in 1992, “Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Classroom Animals” at the national convention in 1986, and “Preservice Preparation of Elementary Teachers of Science at St. Cloud State University” at a symposium in 1984.

His presentation, “Biology for Elementary Teachers: A Model Course for the Preparation of Teachers of Elementary Life Science” was given to the National Biology Teachers Association National Convention in 1987. In 1981, he made a presentation to the NBTA entitled, “Interdisciplinary Doctoral Preparation for University Teachers in Sciences” and in 1978 the topic was, “An Activity-Oriented Life Science course for Prospective Elementary Teachers” at the NBTA National Convention. He gave the keynote address, “Living Materials in Hands-on Science Programs, Problems and Potentials” at the Science Supervisors Leadership Conference in 1992. He also gave the keynote address, “Teaching With, and Caring for, Animals in the Classroom, at the Miami University Council of Teachers of Science and Mathematics in 1991.

He gave a presentation entitled, “Planning and Conducting an Effective Presentation for Elementary Children” in 1986 to the Minnesota Wildlife Rehabilitation Symposium. In 1977 he presented “Science Attitude Change in Preservice Elementary Teachers During An Activity Oriented Biology Course” to the Minnesota Academy of Science at Hamline University.

Another accomplishment was the publication of his book, Animals in the Classroom. It is a sourcebook for elementary and middle schoolteachers who are interested in keeping a variety of small animals in the classroom. Addison-Wesley published it in 1989. He also wrote approximately 50 articles for Science and Children. In 1986, the National Science Teachers Association published a collection of the i articles under the title, “Classroom Creature Culture.” The second edition, written along with Carolyn Hampton, was published in 1994.

He has also written articles for American Biology Teacher, Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science, School Science and Mathematics, Science Scope, and the Journal of Herpetology.

Dr. Kramer expressed his feelings about his time at St. Cloud State University:

I am fortunate to have had a career in higher education and especially to do so at St. Cloud State University. Being here has provided many opportunities and experiences that have far exceeded my expectations when I came here 31 years ago. Overall, it has been great and I wish everyone and the University the best.

We wish David and Joan the best in their retirement years.

David Mork Retires

David MorkDavid Peter Sogn Mork joined the staff at St. Cloud State University in the fall of 1968 as an assistant professor. He was hired to teach human biology and endocrinology.

Dr. Mork received a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in biology and chemistry from Moorhead State University in 1964. He received an MS in 1966 in developmental biology and statistics and a Ph.D. in 1969 in bionucleonics from Purdue University.

While at St. Cloud State University, he took Virology, Medical and Legal Aspects of Athletic Injury, Immunology, Danish I and II, Intermediate German, and Life Drawing

At St. Cloud State, Dr. Mork taught Human Biology, General Biology I and III, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Cell Biology, Biology for Elementary Education, Human Anatomy, Radiation Biology, Comparative Physiology, Mammalian Physiology, Endocrinology, and Pathophysiology. In addition, he was a lecturer at St. Cloud School of Nursing in 1974-80 and 1984-85. From 1970 to 1974 he taught a University of Minnesota human biology course for Project Newgate at the St. Cloud Reformatory.

Dr. Mork has been the pre-nursing advisor, a general freshman advisor and a High Risk Special Advisor. He has also been the advisor for Pre-Dentistry, Bachelor of Elective Studies, and Allied Health. In 1979 he was a member of the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions. He was the Holes Hall Special Freshman advisor for three years.

During the 1979 Homecoming activities, students elected him “Favorite Professor.” It was the last year the award was presented. In 1995, the Student Representative Assembly presented Dr. Mork with the first “Excellence in Teaching at St. Cloud State University” award

Dr. Mork has been named in the Dictionary of International Biology, American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Notable Americans in the Bicentennial Era, Quast’s 1978 Who’s Who Distinguished Citizen of North America and American Education. His biographical profile was also considered for include in the 2nd Edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

During the fall term of 1983, he was the resident director for the Study Center in Denmark.

A sabbatical leave was granted to Dr. Mork for the 1986-87 academic school year. He went to the University of Oslo, Norway and took general biology, physiology and anatomy classes. At the Radium Hospital in Oslo he researched the effects of radiation on the murine urinary bladder. He also visited Sweden’s strip mine research facility on high-level nuclear waste. He volunteered once a week at the Oslo Museum of Science and Industry in the biology section. He was granted another sabbatical leave for the 1997-98 academic year in which he went to the Department of Anatomy at the Biological Medical Center (BMC) in Uppsala, Sweden. He attended an anatomy course with medical students, assisted in physiology and gave lectures in anatomy when asked. He spent most of his time doing research, which included doing x-ray SEM microanalysis of the mouse ileum crypt cells. He also designed and wrote the protocol for CRF/crf southern blot for the research mice. Since there was no English operating manual for the SEM and English was the common language, he wrote the operations manual in English. He was involved in the preservation of the Anatomical Museum, an exhibition that shows anatomical preparations accumulated during the 1800s and 1900s by the Department of Anatomy and Histology in Uppsala, Sweden. During his time as a visiting professor, Dr. Mork translated and examined the exhibition and its written material. He also traveled to Mannheim, Germany to tour the Korperwelten anatomical exhibit.

Dr. Mork wrote “Placental Transfer of Pentobarbital in the Rat” for the Journal of Pharmaceutical Science in June 1970. He was a co-author (with Dr. Vince Johnson) of Human Biology Lab Manual in 1972, and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab Manual in 1974. Both manuals are still being used. Dr. Mork also authored Radiation Biology Text Supplement and Lab Manual in 1974, and Human Anatomy Lab Manual in 1975.

Since 1977 he has reviewed over 20 anatomy and physiology texts. He was a reviewer for Conservational Biology by Gehring and Brette for Burgess, and reviewed a general biology manuscript for Burgess.

He did extensive research on the life span, population and sex ratio of hibernating big brown bats from 1970-1993. He was interviewed for WCCO Action News concerning bat problems. Since 1970 he has also helped the community by solving bat problems. In 1975-76 he reviewed two high school level monographs by EMC Corporation to stimulate the interest of underachievers, one on mammals and one on bats.

Dr. Mork has been involved with the Inter-Faculty Organization as delegate for eighteen years and in 1974 was the Chairman of Sub-committee on Information. He was on the Inter-Faculty Organization Salary Committee in 1975-77; the Organization Executive Council, 1975-2001; the Organization Benefits Committee, 1976-78; the Organization Liberal Arts and Sciences Nominating Committee, 1976-77; and the Organization University Nominating Committee in 1976. He was on the General Education Review Committee from 1992-97, and served as the Chair of the General Education Curriculum Committee from 1987-90. He has also been involved with other university and departmental committees such as the Health Related Science Committee, the Health Sciences Planning Committee, the College Health Committee, the Library Committee, the departmental APT Committee, the Building Radiation Committee, and the Building Safety Committee. He was part of the Nursing Committee of the Area Health Education Consortium, and served as the secretary-treasurer 1977-79. He was involved with
exploring possibilities for the Medical Records Program and the Nursing Program.

He was a judge for the Minnesota Regional Junior Academy of Science from 1969-75. He served as the advisor for the Lutheran Student Association for three years, and he assisted with the Pre-Professional Program Freshmen Days for four years

He has been involved with SCSU Athletics Department for many years. He served on the University Athletic Committee from 1977-84, 1995-97, and 1999-2002, and was the chair of the committee from 1972 to 1982. He was the computer programmer for the Athletic Message Center for three years. He was the scorer for men’s basketball for seven years, the timer for men’s basketball from 1981-85 and 1986-96, and the timer for men’s football from 1971-78 and 1983 to present. In March 2000 he was named the Honorary Coach of the women’s basketball team. In 1999, Shawn Kakuk, assistant football coach and program coordinator of Athletes for Success in the Classroom, sent Dr. Mork a letter thanking him for his assistance and support in the program, which is designed to provide support for student-athletes in their quest of a college degree.

Dr. Mork has been a national delegate for Sigma Xi in 1982, 1984-85, 1987, 1989 and 1991. He is a member of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Society of Zoologists, and Health Physics Society. He has attended the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society conferences for eight years. He was on the testing committee for eight years and was a presenter in Maui in 2001. He attended the Winona Symposium, the Equipment Symposium, and the Health Manpower Symposium. He has attended many NSP Institute courses, including Radiation and Society, Reproduction in Mammals, Sociology of Teaching, and Biological Clocks. He was also involved in the AEC Short Courses, i.e., Nuclear Reactors and the Environment, Detection of Radiation Damage to Mammalian Tissues, Radiation and Mammalian Tissues, Air Pollution, and Nuclear Power Plants: Safety and Surveillance.

David and Ellen Mork plan to have more time to visit with their granddaughter, Skyler, who was born to Peter and Jennie Mork on June 8, 2000. They live in Seattle, Washington.

We wish David and Ellen the best in their retirement years.

Job Hunting the Easy Way

The Career Services Office at SCSU has three job posting sites on the Internet. New positions are posted daily on EdPost (positions in education), JobPost (full-time positions excluding education) and InternPost (internships). Go to then click on job searching.


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