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Good News: Faculty and Staff Achievements

Chemistry and Geology department


Department of Chemistry and Geology

The Department of Chemistry and Geology hosted Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH for the annual Ford Lectureship on November 9, 2015. Osterhom gave two talks, "Ebola Virus in Africa: A Harbinger of Things to Come" and "Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century: A New World Order." Osterhom is a Regents Professor, McKnight Presdiential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Brian Groh received the Flies Fellowship award, which enables him to apply real-world research in cooperation with indujstry. Groh used the award to lead a research project with CHS Inc., a global agribusiness cooperative. Erin Vespestad, undergraduate research intern, worked with Groh and CHS researching more sustainable, or greener, methods to extract oil seed.

Dr. Lyudmula (Ardanova) Stackpool's work "Abstract Synthesis and Study of Solid Electrolytes Nd5-XLnXMOo3O16 (Ln = Sm, Eu, Gd)," co-authored with K.A. Chebyshev and L.V. Pasechnik, has been included in the book of abstracts at the 20th International Conference on Solid State Ionics (SSI-20) in Keystone, Colorado on June 14 - 19, 2015.


Binder, B.P., Cornea, S., Moen, R.J., and Thomas, D.D. (2015). "High-resolution helix orientation in actin-bound myosin determined with a bifunctional spin label." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(26): 7972 - 7977.

Chebyvhev, K.A., Get'man, E.I., Paschenik, L.V., Stackpool (Ardanova), L.I., and Koratina, D.V. (2015). "Crystal structure and electrical conductivity of Nd5–xSmxMO3O16 solid solutions." Inorganic Materials, 112(26): 7972 - 7977.

Denniston, Katherine, Topping, Joseph, Quirk Dorr, Danae R., Caret, Robert L. (2016). General, Organic & Biochemistry, 9th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Denniston, Katherine J., Topping, Joseph J., Quirk Dorr, Danae R. (2016). Student Study Guide/Solutions Manual to Accompany General, Organic & Biochemistry, 9th Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Kotapati, Shrinkanth, Wickramaratne, Susith, Esades, Amanda, Boldry, Emily J., Quirk Dorr, Danae, Pence, Matthew G., Pence, Guengerich, Peter F., Tretyakova, Natalia Y. (2015). “Polymerase bypass of N6- deoxyadenosine adducts derived from epoxide metabolites of 1,3-Butadiene. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 28(7): 1496 – 1507.

Department of Computer and Information Sciences

Veltsos, Christophe. (2016). "Highlights from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016." SecurityIntelligence.com. IBM.
Veltsos's article can be found Here.

Electrical and computer engineering and technology department

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Technology

Zhang, Q., Hayee, M.I., Winstead, V., Wu, X., Huang, D., Lian, J., Phadke, S., and Khaliq, M. (2015). "A local error method for SSSF simulation of signal propogation in dispersion compensated optical links." Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Optical Communications and Networks, paper Sa1D.6, Nanjing, China, July 2015.

Integrated engineering program

Integrated Engineering

Elizabeth Pluskwik is now Six Sigma Green Belt certified after passing the American Society for Quality certification exam in December, 2015.

Mathematics and Statistics department

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Francis Hannick presented a workshop on "Hands-On Activities for the Elementary Mathematics Curriculum," at the fall meeting of the South Carolina Council of Teachers on Mathematics in Greenville, South Carolina on November 12, 2015.

Minnesota State Universtiy, Mankato's Math Club participated in the 19th Mathematical Association of America's NCS Math Team Competition on November 14, 2015, and ranked in the top 10 teams out of 82. The team was coached by Dr. Wook Kim.

Dr. Namyong Lee organized and presented a talk at the NIMS Mathematical Biology Workshop, May 12 - 13, 2015, National Institute for Mathematical Sciences; presented on Big Data Analysis at the Computational Science and Engineering Colloquium on May 21, 2015 at Younsei University; presented "Patterns of Multiallelic Polymorphism Maintained by Migration and Selection," on May 19, 2015 at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology; presented "Undergraduate Research in Experimental Mathematics," at the Department of Mathematics Colloquium on October 14, 2015 at St. Cloud State University; presented "Big Data Analysis Through the TDA Looking Glass" at the Mathematical Association of America NCS Fall Meeting on October 23 - 24, 2015 at Bemidji State University.

Dr. Ruijun Zhao was awarded the Landahl Travel Award from the Society of Mathematical Biology to present his research, "An age-structured mathematical model studying the imperfect vaccine of malaria," at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology in Atlanta on June 30 to July 5, 2015. He also presented "An age-structured mathematical model studying the imperfect vaccine of malaria, RTS, S," at the International Symposium on Application of Nonlinear Partial Equations in Life Science in Tianjin on August 4 07, 2015.


An Dayeong and Rahman, Mezbahur. (2015). "Maximum Likelihood Parameter Estimation or Beta Inverse Weibull Distribution." Far East Journal of Mathematical Sciences (FJMS), 97(2): 131 - 137.

Jin, Jianliang and Rahman, Mezbahur. (2015). "Some analysis on estimators of the population total in finite population sampling." Far East Journal of Probability Theory and Statistics.

Patwary, Mohammad Shaha Alam and Rahman, Mezbahur. (2016). "A Note on Unequal Probability Sampling." Advances and Applications in Statistics, 44(3): 137 - 191.

Rahman, Mezbahur, An, Dayeong, and Patwary, Mohammad Shaha Alam. (2016). "Coherent Form of the Non-Central Distribution." Far East Journal of Mathematical Sciences (FJMS), 97(2): 131 - 137.

Rahman, Mezbahur, and Zhang, Qichao. (2016). "Comparison among Pearson Correlation Coefficient Tests." Far East Journal of Mathematical Sciences, 99(2): 237 - 255.

Tsao, Y.L.. (2015). " Mathematics perceptions of pre-service" Elementary School Teachers, US-China Education Review B, 5(5): 299 - 308.

Tsao, Y.L.. (2016). "Preservice teachers' knowledge of difficulties in decimal numeration." The Journal of Mathematics Learning and Research. In Press.

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