Professional Notes St. Thomas Newsroom March 31, 2009 Left to right: Dr. Joseph Fitzharris with UST seniors Madison Bruber, Shaun Sticka and Danielle Scotti at the Missouri Valley History Conference earlier this month. Fitzharris called the students’ presentations "thoroughly professional and very well done."Professional notes Madison Bruber, Danielle Scottie and Shaun Sticka, seniors in the History Department, presented papers at the Missouri Valley History Conference, March 4-7 in Omaha, Neb. Bruber presented "War and Society: An Adriatic Island in Late Antiquity" in the session, "Politics, War, and Religion in the early Christian era." Scottie presented "The Female Army Nurse: Her Transformation Since WWII" in the session, "The Changing Military in the Cold War Era." Sticka presented "Sir Francis Walsingham: The English Machiavel" in the session, "Conflicting Politics and Religions Views of the Old and New Worlds." His paper won the History Department’s John Ireland History Research Paper Prize for best seminar paper in 2008. Sticka worked with Dr. Patricia Howe, College of Arts and Sciences (History Department), in the seminar. Both Scotti and Burber researched their papers while holding Young Scholar Grants for the summer of 2008. Bruber worked with Dr. Ivancica Schrunk, College of Arts and Sciences (History Department), and Scotti worked with Dr. Joseph Fitzharris, College of Arts and Sciences (History Department), who accompanied the students to the conference. Dr. Tom Hickson and Dr. Lisa Lamb, College of Arts and Sciences (Geology Department), received a $137,913 National Science Foundation grant for their work, "High-resolution Basin Analysis of a Large-offset Extensional System, Lake Mead Domain, East-Central Basin and Range Province." This grant will cover fieldwork and laboratory analyses and help support undergraduate research in Nevada for the next three years. Dr. Mark Neuzil , College of Arts and Sciences (Communication and Journalism Department) and director of the Office for Mission, was one of four professors selected by Yale University’s Forum on Climate Change and the Media to respond to a paper written by former Fortune magazine managing editor, Eric Pooley. His paper on media coverage of cap-and-trade legislation was written for the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard. Neuzil’s response and those from professors at the University of Missouri, Michigan State University and the University of Colorado can be read here .