The SAIP Institute, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and the Katholische Akademie Schwerte, co-sponsored a conference titled “The Catholic Identity of Catholic Healthcare Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities Within Germany and the United States,” Oct. 28-30, in Schwerte, Germany. T. Dean Maines, SAIP Institute president, co-presented on the topic of institutionalizing Catholic identity with William Brinkmann, vice president, Mission Initiatives, Ascension Health, and Mark Taylor, president and CEO, Genesys Health System. Dr. Michael Naughton, director of the Ryan Institute, served with Maines on the event’s planning committee and moderated multiple sessions of the conference. The gathering attracted numerous participants and presenters from Catholic health care organizations and academic institutions in both the United States and Germany, including Caritas Germany, the Catholic Health Association of the United States, Catholic Healthcare Partners and the University of Santa Clara.

Dr. Jean Birbilis, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, has had a paper, “Disparities in Health and the Potential Impact of Increased Access to Healthcare,” accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of Psychotherapy Bulletin.

Father James Burns, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, College of Applied Professional Studies, presented a paper, “Examining Well-Being, Satisfaction and Burnout in a Variety of Catholic Clergy,” as a part of a symposium on Current Research On Catholic Priests, Oct. 30-31, at the annual convention of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious Research Association in Baltimore, Md.

Mark DelCogliano, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Basil of Caesarea, Didymus the Blind, and the Anti-Pneumatomachian Exegesis of Amos 4:13 and John 1:3,” published in Journal of Theological Studies, n.s. 61, (2010).

Philippe Gagnon, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “L’Exigence de l’Explication en Biologie au Regard d’Une Philosophie de la Morphogenèse” ["The Requirements of Explanation in Biology in Light of a Philosophy of Morphogenesis"], published in the November issue of Eikasia Revista de Filosofía (Vol. 6, No. 35).

Dr. Habiba Hadziavdic, Modern and Classical Languages Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a poster session at the October conference of W.I.G., the association of Women in German. The conference took place in Michigan. Hadziavdic presented a multimedia session on Sinti and Roma in early silent films.

Dr. William Ojala, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is co-author of a paper, “Intermolecular C—F· · ·H—C Contacts in the Molecular Packing of Three Isostructural N-(Fluorophenyl) Mannopyranosylamines,” to be published in the December issue of the journal Acta Crystallographica, Section C: Crystal Structure Communications. The paper describes the role of the fluorine atom in defining the crystal structures of three carbohydrates. Fellow co-authors are former UST Chemistry students Thomas Skrypek and Brianna MacQueen, and Ojala’s brother, Charles Ojala, a faculty member in the Chemistry Department of Normandale Community College.