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December 22, 2001


Five UW-RF Faculty Sabbaticals Approved

Five UW-River Falls faculty members have been approved for sabbatical leaves for the school year 2002-03, to engage in intensive study in their fields of expertise.

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents in December approved the sabbaticals recommended by UW-RF.

Counseling and school psychology Professor Judith Emmett will be on leave during the spring semester to develop counseling skills in counselor supervision, including pre-service supervision and in-service training needs of school counselors.

Chemistry Associate Professor Michael Kahlow will be on leave for the entire school year to study the enzyme ribonucleotide reductase at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of the National Science Foundation Research Site for Educators in Chemistry. His studies may lead to further research opportunities with NSF for summer 2003.

Biology Professor Bradley Mogen will be on leave during the fall semester to develop an original, disease resistance gene-screening protocol to combat scab, a wheat and barley disease. His work will involve enhancing molecular and tissue culture skills and identifying collaborative projects for future grants involving student research.

Geography and mapping sciences Professor Donald Petzhold will be on leave for spring semester to assemble the materials and prepare a book-length manuscript on the unique physiological properties, geographical distribution, and environmental importance of subarctic woodland lichens of the Quebec-Labrador region of Canada.

Chemistry Professor David Rusterholz will be on leave for the entire school year to work with the research group of Professor Rodney Johnson at the University of Minnesota to perform laboratory work on a synthetic organic chemical project, seeking to gain further knowledge in the areas of pharmacogenomics, combinatorial chemistry and computer-assisted drug design and modeling.

To receive approval for a sabbatical, tenured faculty proposals are evaluated on their merit. Preference is given to candidates who have made significant academic contributions to the university, including quality teaching, scholarly activity, and service to the university and the community.

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