Professional notes

Dr. Jean Birbilis, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and Bill Monson, Opus College of Business (Center for Family Enterprise), presented a colloquium, "Creating Positive Therapeutic Outcomes While Building Business Acumen," April 14 on St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus.

Dr. J. Thomas Ippoliti, College of Arts and Sciences (Chemistry Department), gave a presentation, "Racemic and Entioselective Syntheses of Wine Lactone," at the 233rd American Chemical Society meeting March 28 in Chicago.

Ten of Ippoliti’s research students presented posters at the meeting: Josh Speros, Tyler Winkelman, Katie Robertson, Kyle Marchuk, Alexander Micek, Tina Nagel, Kathryn McGarry, Maureen O’Connor, Emily Korman and Melissa Altermatt. Eight more UST chemistry students presented results of their research in poster sessions at the meeting: Ashley Kramer, a student of Dr. Tony Borgerding; Nate Brandt, a student of Dr. Joseph Brom; Matthew Turner, a student of Dr. Tom Marsh; Katherine Ann Leehy, a student of Dr. Kathy Olson; Barjeta Balidemaj and Marika Kuspa, students of Dr. William Ojala; and Rachel Lundeen and Andrew Korte, students of Dr. Kris Wammer. The trip was paid for by a dissemination grant from the Bush Grant.

Dr. David Kelley, Dr. Catherine Hansen, Dr. Paul Lorah and Dr. Bob Werner, College of Arts and Sciences (Geography Department), attended the Midwestern Undergraduate Geography Symposium last week at Macalester College. Four students presented research: Mitchell Radtke, on "Las Maras: Gang Violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras"; Kevin Hoffman, "Streamlining Data Management With a Geodatabase"; Daniel Thiede, "Cultivating Neighborhoods: Mapping Lake Street Community Gardens"; and Vassilena Ouzounova, "The Evolution of Japanese Foreign Policy."

Dr. Shersten Johnson, College of Arts and Sciences (Music Department), recently gave a presentation, "Notational Systems and Conceptualizing Music: A Case Study of Print nd Braille Notation." The paper discussed how notational systems result from, as well as constrain, ways in which humans think and talk about music.

Dr. William Kinney, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department), presented a paper and served as presider and discussant in two sessions of the 70th annual meeting of the Southern Sociological Society April 13 in Atlanta. Kinney’s paper was titled "Self-Directed vs. Other-Directed Deviance in Sociological Field Exercises." The session over which he presented was titled "Resistance, Motive and Life Satisfaction in Later Life."

Dr. William Ojala, College of Arts and Sciences (Chemistry Department), is the principal author of a paper, "Isostructuralism Among ‘Bridge-Flipped’ Isomeric Benzylideneanilines and Phenylhydrazones," accepted for publication by the journal Acta Crystallographica, Section B: Structural Science. The paper describes structural relationships among selected crystalline compounds of potential interest in the preparation of new solid materials. Co-authors of the paper are current UST students Trina Arola and Marika Kuspa, chemistry alumni Jonathan Smieja, Nell Herrera and Jill Spude, and Ojala’s brother Charles Ojala, a member of the chemistry faculty of Normandale Community College.

Dr. David Penchansky, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department), read his paper, "The Meaning of the Book of Job," at the Upper Midwest regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, which met at Luter Seminary April 13-14. He will read a similar paper this summer in Vienna at the International Society of Biblical Literature meeting.