Renxin Yang (Sociology and Social Work) presented "Between Traditionalism and Modernity: Changing Values on Dating Behavior and Mate Selection Criteria" at the 106th  annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Las Vegas. The paper is based on data collected from in-depth interviews of various age groups of women in China, a project supported by a 2009 NMU faculty research grant.

John Bruggink (Biology) and graduate student William Severud co-authored a presentation titled "Seasonal variation in assimilated diets of American beavers" with collaborators from Mississippi State University and the National Park Service. Severud gave the presentation last month at the fourth annual meeting of the Canadian section of The Wildlife Society in Thunder Bay, Ontario. American beavers forage on various aquatic and terrestrial plant species. Researchers used stable isotope analysis of C and N to estimate source contributions of seasonal assimilated beaver diets in Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. Mean annual beaver diets were estimated as 45.5 (± 11.4 percent) terrestrial and 55.5 percent aquatic vegetation (the latter composed of 22.0 ± 14.5 emergent and 33.5 ± 7.9 floating leaf). Percentages of floating leaf and terrestrial vegetation were similar between winter and summer assimilated diets, but emergent vegetation increased 45 percent in summer. Variation in total assimilated aquatic vegetation did not affect subadult and adult seasonal changes in body mass, tail thickness or tail area, but kit body condition was negatively related to total assimilated aquatic vegetation. Aquatic vegetation accounted for more assimilated diet during winter than previously reported.

Beverly Matherne (English) did 19 readings and poetry events this summer. In France, she performed blues poetry at Shakespeare & Company in Paris; did a workshop and reading as Invitée d’Honneur at Le Lycée François Mitterrand in Moissac; read in the poetry reading series at La Bibliothèque de Moissac; did two readings at the Éco-forum, held in Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, the native village of French explorer Antoine Lamothe-Cadillac, whom Matherne wrote a prose poetry book about; and did a half-hour interview and performance on Radio d’Oc. In Wales, in conjunction with its International Poetry Festival, she gave three readings in the Dylan Thomas Theatre: at “An Evening of American and Canadian Poets," at "An Evening of Bilingual Poetry" and at the launch of the festival chapbook. She also read in the parlor of the Dylan Thomas House in Swansea, at the Nick Holly Art Studio in Swansea in honor of the 40th anniversary celebration of publisher Cross-Cultural Communications and in “Poets from Abroad and UK Poets Living Outside of Wales” at the Boathouse in Laugharne. In the Upper Peninsula, she did readings and served on panels on writing and publishing at Peter White Public Library and Lighthouse Christian Bookstore in Marquette, Carnegie Public Library and Country Village Bookstore in Ishpeming, Portage Lake District Library in Houghton, Northwind Books in Hancock and L’Anse United Methodist Church Fellowship.

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