Faculty/Staff News & Briefs
Friday, September 28, 2007
Professor Yi Zheng, electrical and computer engineering, and collaborators at the Mayo Clinic and Cornell University have received a National Institutes of Health grant of $2.3 million to develop technology that precisely measures human tissue stiffness using ultrasound. The measurement provides quantitative information valuable for early-stage disease diagnoses such as breast lesions, liver fibrosis and cirrhosis, and artery stiffness and calcifications.
For the third year in a row, Professor of English Steven Klepetar, who is also faculty director of advising, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. This year Poetry Midwest nominated "Rainbow Trout," which appeared in the spring/summer 2006 issue of the online literary arts journal. The Pushcart Prize, which limits small book press editors to six nominations, is one of the most honored literary projects in America. Writers first noticed when they received the Pushcart Prize include Raymond Carver, Tim O’Brien, Jayne Anne Phillips, Charles Baxter, John Irving, Philip Lopate and Philip Levine.
Professor Michael Vadnie, mass communications, has received the Al McIntosh Distinguished Service to Journalism Award presented by the Minnesota Newspaper Association.
A licensed attorney who practices solo and with a firm association, Vadnie is co-adviser of the Society of Professional Journalists student chapter, coordinator for the university’s news-editorial sequence, senior consultant for the First Amendment Forum and adviser for the University Chronicle newspaper.
Newsweek magazine featured research by Associate Professor Heiko Schoenfuss, biological sciences, in a "Project Green" story in the June 4 issue. "Rivers of Doubt" addressed work Schoenfuss has done on the effects upon fish of chemical contaminants in the nation’s waterways, and carried photos of him and the SCSU
students who’ve participated in the research. Find the story at www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18881799/site/newsweek.
Research by John Seifert, associate professor of health, physical education, recreation and sport science, was brought to the attention of National Geographic’s Adventure magazine readers in March and U.S. News and World Report readers in August. Adventure’s "Performance: Body and Mind" section referenced Seifert’s study showing that a sports drink with a four-to-one carbohydrate-to-protein ratio was 40 percent more effective than water at re-hydrating athletes and 15 percent more effective than a leading national brand sports drink. Seifert teaches courses in anatomy, kinesiology, human physiology, electrocardiography and the physiology of exercise.
Director of Student Health Services Corie Beckerman ’98 rsquo;02 has been elected to a second term on the North Central College Health Association (NCCHA) executive board. NCCHA promotes health education, preventative therapeutic medical care and environmental health and safety within campus communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Student Health Services provides general medical care, a pharmacy, alcohol and drug assessments and counseling, immunizations and educational programs for students.
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