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Sept. 25, 2003


UW-RF Professor Chosen as Inaugural Speaker at U of M

UW-River Falls chemistry Professor Michael Kahlow was chosen for the prestigious honor of being the inaugural speaker for a series of chemistry webcast seminars at the University of Minnesota.

Kahlow was selected as a result of his sabbatical at the University of Minnesota, where for a year he researched how oxygen is used in living organisms.

His lecture, delivered on Sept. 22, addressed his research and findings concerning oxygen and the enzyme reductase. This enzyme is involved in the production of DNA. Kahlow said his research has led to a greater understanding of how the enzyme works.

"I hope to continue with my research at UW-RF, while collaborating with my partner at the U of M," he said.

Kahlow received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1988. Before coming to UW-RF in 1992, he taught at the College of St. Catherine and was a researcher at the Oregon Graduate Institute.

The webcasts, titled "RSEC Internet Seminar Series," are chemistry seminars that are broadcast over the Internet, either in real time or as video on demand.

The Research Site for Educators in Chemistry is a National Science Foundation-funded initiative designed to foster new and meaningful scientific interactions between the University of Minnesota and other universities that are primarily undergraduate institutions. Besides UW-RF, 20 to 25 institutions take part in this program, including UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point.

The seminars are free and equipment required to watch them is minimal. The seminars, which began Sept. 22, are available for viewing for three weeks after their broadcast. There are eight lectures total.

For more information, go to http://www.chem.umn.edu/rsec.

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