Professional Notes St. Thomas Newsroom September 2, 2008 Dr. Michael Andregg, College of Arts and Sciences (Justice and Peace Studies Department), presented a paper, "1862 in Dakota Land, a Genocide Forgotten: How Civilizational Transformations Can Get Lost in the Fading Rate of History," June 27 at the 38th annual meeting of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations at the University of New Brunswick, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. His article will appear in the fall 2008 issue of Comparative Civilizations Review. He also was asked to write the chapter on intelligence ethics for the Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence to be published next year. Dr. Mel Gray, Opus College of Business (Finance Department), attended the biannual meeting of the Association for Cultural Economics International in June in Boston, where he presented a paper, "Scale, Scope, and ‘Crowding Out’ in the Nonprofit Lively Arts: Economic Analysis of Organizations in a Geographic Market." In addition, Gray was honored at the closing plenary session for his six years of service on the ACEI board as president-elect, president and past president. Father Jan Michael Joncas, Theology Department and Center for Catholic Studies, is the author of an article, "Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, New Guidelines for Liturgical Music in the USA," published in the journal of the Society of St. Gregory, Music and Liturgy, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Summer 2008), pages 14-15. Dr. Mark Neuzil, College of Arts and Sciences (Communication and Journalism Department), and director of the Office for Mission, is a finalist for a national environmental reporting award. Neuzil and co-author Ron Way are among three finalists in the online division for the Best Environmental Journalism of 2007-08 Awards to be presented by the Society of Environmental Journalists. The pair published a four-day series on ethanol in Minnesota in MinnPost, a Twin Cities-based online newspaper. Neuzil is an environmental columnist for MinnPost. Dr. Derrin Pinto, College of Arts and Sciences (Modern and Classical Languages Department), co-authored an article, "Agency, Responsibility and Silence in the Construction of History in Chile and Spain," with Dr. Teresa Oteiza from the Universidad de Concepción (Chile). The article appeared in the May issue of the journal Discourse & Society. Dr. Mary Ann Ryan, Division of Student Affairs (Campus and Residence Life), has been selected to serve on editorial board of the Journal of College and University Student Housing published by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. The journal publishes articles on current research and trends in the student housing profession. Dr. John Spry, Opus College of Business (Finance Department), presented the paper, "The Demand for Minnesota Lottery Games: Point of Sale vs. Place of Residence," with Dr. Kathryn L. Combs, Opus College of Business (Finance Department), at this summer’s 83rd annual meeting of the Western Economic Association International. Spry also chaired sessions on Healthcare and Insurance and The Economics of Gambling and served as a discussant for three papers at the WEAI conference. Dr. AnnMarie Thomas was named a new faculty fellow of the National Academy of Engineering Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education. This honor was given for her paper, "Brain-Machine Interfaces: A Team-Taught Seminar Bridging Disciplines and Fostering Discussions," co-authored by Dr. Roxanne Prichard, College of Arts and Sciences (Psychology Department). New faculty fellows are chosen based on "a rigorous peer review of each applicant’s conference paper, nomination letters and professional résumé." Thomas will present her paper this fall at the Frontiers in Engineering Education conference, where she also will be part of a special "Focus on NAE CASEE New Faculty Fellows" poster session.