• Professional Notes

    Dr. Shahid Alvi, Sociology Department, is co-author with Walter DeKeseredy, Martin Schwartz and E. Andreas Tomaszewski of a recently published book, Under Siege: Poverty and Crime in a Public Housing Community (Lexington Books, 2003).

    Dr. Douglas Bass, Graduate Programs in Software, is co-author with I. Hal Sudborough of a paper, “Pancake Problems With Restricted Prefix Reversals and Some Corresponding Cayley Networks,” published in the May issue of the Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing. Another of their papers, “Hamilton Decompositions and (n/2)-Factorizations of Hypercubes,” was published online in the Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications.

    Dr. Dave Brennan, Marketing Department and Institute for Retailing Excellence, gave a keynote address, “Retail Megatrends and Shopping Centers,” to the International Council of Shopping Centers Idea Exchange Sept. 9 in Minneapolis.

    Dr. Stephen Brookfield, School of Education, is the author of an article, “Putting the Critical Back Into Critical Pedagogy: A Commentary on MacLaren’s Path of Dissent,” published in the Journal of Transformative Education, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2003).

    Dr. Daya Dayananda and Dr. John Kemper, Mathematics Department, co-wrote a paper, “A Model for Executive Reload Option,” that Dayananda presented at the 2003 Stochastic Modeling Symposium Sept. 4-5 in Toronto, Ontario. The symposium was sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, the Actuarial Foundation and the Society of Actuaries and included participants from academia and from corporations in finance, investments and insurance.

    Joan Griffith, Music Department, has received an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. The annual ASCAP Awards reflect the organization’s continuing commitment to assist and encourage composers; winners are selected by an independent panel and are based on their compositions and performances. This year’s panelists included journalists, music educators and musicians.

    Dr. Mari Heltne, Quantitative Methods and Computer Science, received the 2002-2003 Student of Color Ally Award from the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Award winners are nominated by UST students of color.

    Dr. William Ojala and Dr. Tom Ippoliti, Chemistry Department, and students Jeffrey Caudill and Courtney Irwin were co-authors of a poster, “Conformations of C-Substituted Triazacyclohexanes,” presented at the annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, held in July in Cincinnati.

    Dr. Mitchell Kusy, Organization Learning and Development Department, reports that the book he co-wrote with Dr. Louellen Essex, Fast Forward Leadership, has been translated into Russian and is gaining international appeal. It is still a featured book in London bookstores as well.

    Susan Marsnik, Legal Studies in Business Department, gave a presentation, “A Delicate Balance Upset: A Preliminary Survey of Exceptions and Limitations in U.S. and European Union Digital Copyright Law,” at the annual conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Nashville. The paper was selected for publication in the conference proceedings and was runner-up for the Holmes/Cardzo Award for outstanding submitted paper. She also was on a panel about performance-based learning in legal studies education, chaired a panel on pedagogy and was elected secretary/treasurer of the ALSB International Section.

    Dr. Paul Ohmann and Dr. Paul Feng, Physics Department, are principal investigator and co-principal investigator respectively for the project, “Incorporating Computer Modeling Into the Upper-Division Physics Curriculum,” which has been awarded a $96,832 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable the development and implementation of computational modules in four upper-division physics courses: Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics. A major goal of the project will be the introduction of real-world problems into the curriculum along with the computational methods needed to solve them.

    Dr. Richard Raschio, Modern and Classical Languages Department, presented a paper, “Two Examples of Service-Learning in the Spanish Curriculum: The Ascension Parish Project and the Adams Spanish Immersion Experience,” at the annual conference of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Aug. 2 in Chicago. Raschio also was a participant in a round-table discussion of the reciprocal benefits of service-learning in Spanish courses, “Crossing the Border Through Service-Learning: From Practice to Theory.” He also was a member of the Minnesota New Visions Task Force for Foreign Languages, which met over the summer to draft a legislative proposal to include world languages as a required subject area in the new state graduation standards.

     

     

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