Dr. John Abraham, School of Engineering, gave the keynote address, “Global Warming: What Does Science Tell Us?” April 21, at the seventh annual Minnesota Environmental Institute in St. Paul. He also presented “The Science and Politics of Climate Change − Are We Headed Off a Cliff?” to the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers on March 31.

Dr. Sarah Armstrong, Counseling and Psychological Services, was recognized for her 12 years of service on the Minnesota Psychological Association’s Education and Training committee and for 14 years facilitating intern poster sessions at MPA annual conferences. She was honored April 1 at the 75th annual MPA conference in Minnetonka, Minn.

Dr. Mark DelCogliano, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is co-translator, with Dr. Andrew Radde-Gallwitz of Loyola University, of St. Basil of Caesarea: Against Eunomius, The Fathers of the Church, vol. 122 (The Catholic University of America Press, 2011).

Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal-Dale, Finance Department, Opus College of Business, is the author of a paper, “Facilitating Student Understanding of the Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis: Systematic Risk, CDO and Contagion,” which was accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of International Business Education.

sweatymamasLaurie Kocanda, a graduate student in counseling psychology, is the co-author of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom (Andrews McMeel, 2011). The book is available is all major bookstores and online.

David Rodbourne, Center for Ethical Business Cultures, Opus College of Business, participated in the annual Business History Conference, held in St. Louis, Mo., to award the 2011 CEBC Halloran Prize for best paper in the history of corporate responsibility. 

Three history majors presented papers March 3-5 at the 2011 Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Neb. Thomas Kreitzer presented “Mobilization for War in Arden Hills, Minnesota: The Twin Cities Ordinance Plant.” Paul Armstrong presented “The Failure of the November Insurrection [in Poland, 1830-1831].” Lauren Anthone presented “The Criticality of the Inferior: The Role of Women in Nazi Germany.” Dr. Joe Fitzharris, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, commented on the session, “Confronting the Nazis: Broadcasts, Internments, and the Search for Fugitives.”

Pre-doctoral interns from Counseling and Psychological Services presented posters of their dissertation research April 1 at the 75th annual Minnesota Psychological Association conference in Minnetonka, Minn. Sydney Felker presented her poster titled “The Impact of Spirituality and Wisdom on College Students’ Substance Use”;  Andy Katz presented “Assessing Multicultural Awareness Using Direct and Indirect Measures”; and Jocelyn Lebow presented “Development of an Internet-Based Early Intervention for Teenagers With Eating Disorder Symptoms.”

Breanna Alston

Breanna Alston

Adam Baker

Adam Baker

Jared Hendler

Jared Hendler

Faculty and undergraduate students in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented their research at the regional meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society March 24-27 in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Peter Parilla presented “Cell Phones and Driving: A Content Analysis Regarding an Emerging Social Problem.” Dr. Tanya Gladney and Dr. Buffy Smith (organizer) participated in a panel, “Thriving in College: Mentoring and Social Capital.” Smith was also a panel member for “Creating and Sustaining Supportive Climates: What Do We Do After Recruiting a Diverse Department?” Dr. Lisa Waldner organized the undergraduate research poster session. Participating St. Thomas students included Breanna Alston, “Can We Be Friends? Social Distance Between Black and White Undergraduate Females”; Jared Hendler,“Examining Drug Use among American Juveniles: A Logistic Regression Using Data From the National Youth Survey (Waldner, adviser); and Adam Baker, “The Role of Socioeconomic Status: Making Student Leadership Possible (Smith, adviser). Baker received an award for best student poster among all competing undergraduate students from 16 schools.

On Feb. 24-26, the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Ecophilos Foundation (Switzerland), co-sponsored a seminar titled “The Logic of Gift and the Meaning of Business: An Experiential, Scholarly and Pedagogical Examination of the Firm in Light of Caritas in Veritate.” View the papers here.

Several of the participants in the seminar were from St. Thomas:

  • Dr. Michael Naughton, John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, Center for Catholic Studies, co-organized the conference with Monsignor Anthony Frontiero from the Pontifical Council for Peace.
  • Dr. Robert Kennedy, Catholic Studies Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and co-director of the Terrence Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, presented a paper with co-authors Naughton and André Habisch proposing that  the Pontifical Council for Justice Peace issue a document on Catholic social principles for business.
  • Dr. Ken Goodpaster, Koch Chair of Business Ethics, Opus College of Business, presented a paper linking “the logic of gift or contribution” to having “goods that are truly good and services that truly serve.”
  • T. Dean Maines, SAIP Institute, served as a respondent at one of the sessions.
  • Mary Kay O’Rourke, John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, organized many of the logistics of the conference.
  • Jessica Zittlow, a graduate student in the Catholic Studies Department and an intern at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, assisted in the logistics of the seminar.