George Baboila

George Baboila

George Baboila, School of Social Work; Virgil Wiebe, School of Law; and Jennifer Wright, School of Law, presented on “Teaching Interprofessional Ethics,” April 30, to a packed audience at the American Association of Law Schools annual clinical Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Hans Gustafson

Hans Gustafson

Dr. Hans Gustafson, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, and Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, wrote a chapter, titled “Place, Spiritual Anthropology, and Sacramentality in Merton’s Later Years,” for the forthcoming book The Merton Annual: Studies in Culture, Spirituality, and Social Concerns, Volume 25 (David Belcastro and Joseph Raab, eds. Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2013, pp. 74-90).

Mark Jensen, University Relations, has a solo exhibition of selected prints from his North Shore Portfolio, titled “Rocks, Trees, and Moss,” hanging this month at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, located on Lowry Hill in Minneapolis. This portfolio is comprised of color photographs taken with a large format view camera along the North Shore of Lake Superior. The original images were created using 4×5 color transparency film. This is the first exhibit of Jensen’s color work in Minneapolis. Jensen also will display a portrait from the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded “Minneapolis – Portrait of a  Lifestyle” and others commissioned by the Minnesota Historical Society for its “Minnesota 2000 Documentary Photography Project” at Art-a-Whirl the third week in May.

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is editor of The Other People: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Contributors include specialists in migration studies from anthopology, criminal justice, family studies, legal studies, nursing, political science, social welfare, sociology and women’s studies. The authors have lived experience in African, Australian, Canadian, German, Hmong, Korean, Middle Eastern and United Kingdom cultures. They hold positions at universities in Australia, Canada and across the United States, and include the deputy head of the University of Southern Queensland Law School, Australia, and the director of the Asylum and Refugee Law Clinic at Pepperdine University School of Law.

OtherPeople_Karraker wrote the introductory chapter “Global Migration in the Twenty-first Century.” Jennifer Blank (B.A. Sociology, Criminal Justice, University of St. Thomas; M.A. criminology, Middlesex University) is the author of “Human Trafficking, Migration, and Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” based on her interviews with men engaged in sex trafficking in London. Dr. Sue Smith-Cunnien, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, contributed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Nation): Zimbabweans in South Africa,” based on her work in those societies. Jan Orf, UST Libraries, and Mathew Vicknair, sociology and economics major, co-wrote an appendix, “Resources for Research on Global Migration.”

The cover, by award-winning Twin Cities photographer Wing Young Huie, depicts an emigrant from Sudan awaiting the bus to adult education classes on a snowy January morning in St. Paul, Minn. The book is dedicated to that person.

Dr. John Wendt

Dr. John Wendt

Dr. John Wendt, Department of Ethics and Business Law, Opus College of Business, co-presented “I Can Do This! Where is the Bottom?: An Analysis of Risk Management Plans for Swimmers in Triathlons” with Dean John Miller of Troy University and Professor Gina A. Pauline of Syracuse University at the 26th Annual Conference on Sport, Physical Activity, Recreation and Law.  Wendt and Miller also co-presented “Risk Communication Management of Concussions in High School Football, Who Knew?” at the conference.

Students and faculty from the Chemistry Department presented their research at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, held April 7-11 in New Orleans, La. Student presenters, their projects and their research advisers were: Cole Johnson, “Computational Analysis of Molecular Fluoroquinolone using GAMESS” (student of Dr. Joseph Brom); Wendy Consoer, “Characterization of Ozonation Products for the Macrolide Antibiotic Roxithromycin,” Sam Jensen, “Assessing Estrogenic and Androgenic Activity of UV Filter Photoproducts,” and Maia Moffatt, “Effects of Ozonation on the Antibacterial Activity of the Macrolide Roxithromycin” (students of Dr.  Kristine H. Wammer); Mark Schwerkoske, “Novel Antimalarial Compounds,” Tommy Gentle, “Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Isoluminol Derivatives,” Sam Fish, “Kinetics of Hindered Amine and Isocyanates Reactions,” Olga Zamulko, “Synthesis of a Topologically Designed Novel Antibiotic,” Mark Frommelt, “Synthesis of a Near Infrared Absorbing Photochrome,” Suzanne Mages, “Tunable Radiopaque Polymers,” Becca Kummer, “Synthesis of a Novel Antibacterial Compound,” Sarah Larson, “A Novel Route to N-Alkylated Benzimidazoles,” and Brooke Capelle, “Synthesis of Novel Thermochromic Compounds” (students of Dr.  J. Thomas Ippoliti); Jenna Johnson, “Intermolecular Contacts Involving Halogen Atoms in the Solid-State Structures of Some bis-Benzylideneanilines” (student of Dr. William Ojala); Bryan Haugen, “Synthetic Pathway of Symmetrical Triazole-based N-Heterocyclic Carbenes,” and Kayla Ryan, “Toward Group Two Metal Alkoxides and Aryloxides using Hydrothermal Synthesis” (students of Dr. Marites A. Guino-o); Amber R. Schoenecker, “Characterization of Glycosaminoglycans and Their Interactions with TAT Peptide to Increase Drug Specificity,” Kyle Chamberlain, ‪”Quantitative Determination of DNA Affinity for PEGylated PAMAM Dendrimer Gene Delivery Vehicles,” Danielle Francen, ‪”Tat Peptide-Mediated Gene Delivery: Complex Formation and Interaction with Cell-Surface Glycosaminoglycans,” and Kristin J. Braden, “Charge Density and Stereochemistry Affect the Interaction of PAMAM Dendrimer with Glycosaminoglycans” (students of Dr. Lisa E. Prevette); Christina Rozeske, “Hydroboration as a Route to Cyclic Boranes” (student of Dr.  Eric Fort); Zach Henseler, “Characterization of Cationic DNA Transfection Agents Binding to Supramolecular G-DNA” (student of Dr. Tom Marsh).

Faculty presenting talks were Dr.  J. Thomas Ippoliti, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, “Utilizing Undergraduate Research Results in Organic Spectroscopy,” and Dr. Eric Fort, Chemistry Department, “Improving Routes to Azaborine Containing Molecules.” Faculty presenting posters were Dr.  Joseph Brom, Chemistry Department, “Quantum Interference: How To Measure the Wavelength of a Particle,” and Dr. Lisa Prevette, Chemistry Department, “Quantifying the Interaction of Tat Peptide and Cell-Surface Glycosaminoglycans.”

Ten faculty and one library staff member presented various aspects of their work with the UST Writing Across the Curriculum program held April 4 and 5 at the Minnesota Writing and English Conference at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.

Supporting Student Writing Across the Curriculum 1: Teaching Revision, Scaffolding Assignments, and Revising ESL Assignment Design
Dr. Lon Otto (English)
Dr. Michael Degnan (Philosophy)
Dr. Juan Li (English)

Supporting Student Writing Across the Curriculum 2: Writing as a Means of Learning Course Content
Dr. Stephanie Grimm (Accounting)
Dr. Colin Martin (Biology)
Dr. Kevin Henderson (Management)

Supporting Student Writing Across the Curriculum 3: Using Technology and Partnering with Librarians to Enhance Student Learning
Ms. Talia Nadir (Research and Instruction Librarian)
Dr. Debra Petersen (Communication and Journalism)
Dr. Daniel Tight (Spanish)
Dr. Andrea Nesmith (School of Social Work)

“Transformation from Within: Creating a Culture of Writing at the University of St. Thomas”
Dr. Erika Scheurer (WAC director, English)