Father James Burns, ABPP, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, served as chair for and presented a symposium, “Personality Variables in a Sample of Clergy: Relationships, Attachment Styles and Character Traits in Context,” March 25-28, at the American Psychological Association’s Division 36 Research Conference. Burns also presented research results from “An Examination of Relational and Attachment Styles to Personality Type in Clergy” and “An Intra-Group Comparison of Personality Aspects and Thriving in Clergy” with graduate students in professional psychology Molly King and Joshua Sabin.  

Dr. Mel Gray, Finance Department, Opus College of Business, and Dr. Robin King, School of Professional Psychology, co-presented, “Nudging Toward Better Health: Behavioral Economics and Choice Architecture,” to faculty, staff and clients of Duke University’s Diet and Fitness Center.

Dr. Joseph Fitzharris of the UST History Department (second from right), and UST history students (from the left) Caitlin Houlton, Kelly Ward, David Hird and Jesse Heitz participated in the Missouri Valley History Conference March 4-5 in Omaha.

Dr. Joseph Fitzharris of the UST History Department (second from right), and UST history students (from the left) Caitlin Houlton, Kelly Ward, David Hird and Jesse Heitz participated in the Missouri Valley History Conference March 4-5 in Omaha.

Four St. Thomas history majors presented scholarly papers at the Missouri Valley History Conference last month in Omaha. Caitlin Houlton won the Society for Military History Prize for the Best Undergraduate Student Paper in History and presented her prize-winning paper, “From Farmboys to Fancy Soldiers: The Tale of the 8th Regiment of Minnesota in the Dakota Uprising of 1862.” Jesse Heitz presented “The Fourth Amendment: Its Origins, Evolution and Ultimate Subversion by the USA Patriot Act.” David Hird presented “Confederate Espionage: The Southern Attempt to Disrupt the Union,” and Kelly Ward presented her paper on Robert E. Lee: “‘Saint’ Robert: The Man Behind the Marble Model.” Dr. Joe Fitzharris, seminar mentor for Hird and Houlton and Young Scholar mentor for Ward, presented comments in a session on Michigan and its role in America’s wars and chaired two other sessions.

Father Jan Michael Joncas, Catholic Studies Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of an article, “Sing to the Lord: A Theological Perspective,” published in Perspectives on Sing to the Lord: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Hovda, Series V, (NPM Publications, 2010).

Dr. Suzanne Wisniewski, Economics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper, “Health Expenditures and Externalities: Their Contribution to Economic Growth,” written with Terry Roe from the University of Minnesota, March 19-21, at the Midwest Economic Association’s annual meeting.  In this paper, they construct a theory on the relationship between health and economic growth in the developing-country context, integrating several individual pathways between health and growth that previous literature has treated in piecemeal fashion. The model ties together health expenditures, health externalities and the link between poverty and health through a neoclassical growth model.