Professional Notes St. Thomas Newsroom March 28, 2006 Professional notesRon James, Center for Ethical Business Cultures, has been selected to receive the second annual International Compliance Award from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics April 23 in Las Vegas. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the society is dedicated to enhancing the role of compliance professionals and advancing corporate governance, compliance and ethics on a global scale.Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, gave a presentation, "Globalization and Family Change," at the 32nd annual Third World Conference March 17 in Chicago.Dr. Leigh Lawton, College of Business, has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. Fulbright Senior Specialist projects are designed to provide U.S. faculty with opportunities to collaborate with professional counterparts at colleges and universities outside the United States on curriculum and faculty development and institutional planning. Senior Specialists spend between two and six weeks at an overseas university collaborating with top administrators and faculty. These appointments cover a five-year period and allow faculty with significant professional expertise to work with institutions in the developing world.David Rodbourne, Center for Ethical Business Cultures, was the keynote speaker at Wartburg College’s annual Corporation Day March 22 in Waverly, Iowa. Rodbourne talk was titled "Getting a Grip on Ethics: The Most Important Business Leadership Challenge." The audience included 150 Wartburg students and faculty and business leaders from the Cedar Valley region.Dr. Fred Zimmerman, retired School of Engineering faculty member, gave a keynote speech, "The Coming Meltdown in Pensions," March 21 at the St. Paul Suburban Kiwanis Club. Zimmerman writes that he "was the youngest person there, (so) there was a lot of interest." He also gave a talk about global sourcing to the American Society for Quality March 9 in Owatonna. "The evidence suggests that global sourcing is accelerating mostly because of the excessively large overhead burden we have in the United States," Zimmerman wrote. "Our paperclip-to-welding rod ratio is way out of whack."