Professional Notes St. Thomas Newsroom October 7, 2008 Professional Notes Dr. Sarah Armstrong, Personal Counseling, presented a workshop at the 30th annual Convention of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her presentation was titled "Becoming Competent Training Directors: Building our Knowledge." Armstrong is the organization’s listserv survey manager, a member of the ACCTA Research Committee and liaison to the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the largest of the psychology-credentialing programs. Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman, Academic Affairs and School of Social Work, gave presentations at the 34th Biennial Congress of the International Association of Schools of Social Work in July in Durban, South Africa. The first presentation, which summarized the findings from her 2005 membership survey, presented data on the structure, faculty and curricula of social work programs. The second presentation was a workshop with Dr. Henry Parada (Ryerson University, Canada) and Dr. Brian Littlechild (University of Hertfordshire, England) designed to engage participants in formulating questions for the IASSW World Census in 2010. Prior to the congress, Barretta-Herman presented a half-day workshop on social work supervision and field instruction to more than 85 faculty, staff and practitioners at the University of Johannesburg. Terri DeWalt, a predoctoral intern in the Personal Counseling and Testing Center, received one of the 2008 American Psychological Association Graduate Student Scholarships and Awards at the 116th annual APA convention in August in Boston. DeWalt was selected from among a large number of applicants and was one of only four graduate students in psychology to receive the prestigious Future Pioneers in Psychology award. Dr. Camille George, School of Engineering, was appointed to the Governor’s Clean Energy Technology Collaborative. This 15-member collaborative will identify promising research and development on clean energy technology that may be beneficial to Minnesota and identify primary issues related to effective current or future implementation of the technologies. Nekima Levy-Pounds, School of Law, was honored with the Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers Award Oct 3-4 at the fall meeting of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association. The award annually recognizes a lawyer who has broken barriers on the basis of gender, color, disabilities or sexual orientation. Dr. Debra Petersen , College of Arts and Sciences (Communication and Journalism Department), was a panelist at the Vice Presidential Debate Watch Oct. 2 at Macalester College. She also was a panelist for "Presidential Campaign 2008 and Millennials: Using Case Studies to Teach Presidential Campaign Rhetoric" Sept. 19 at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota annual conference in Alexandria, Minn. Undergraduate communication and journalism students Krista Griffith, Heather Lundberg and Kate Hattenberger also were panelists. Petersen also took part in a panel on enhancing relationships between communication educators in high schools, community colleges, and colleges and universities to improve student preparation and retention. Dr. Derrin Pinto, College of Arts and Sciences (Modern and Classical Languages Department), presented the paper, "La cortesía subtitulada: Un análisis intercultural de las peticiones en el cine español y los correspondientes subtítulos en inglés," Sept. 23-26 at the IV Coloquio Internacional del Programa EDICE (Estudios sobre el discurso de la cortesía). The conference, which focused on politeness and impoliteness in Spanish, took place in Rome, Italy. James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, is the author of a review of Making the Irish American: History and Heritage of the Irish in the United States (New York University Press, 2006) in the fall issue of the Journal of Social History. The review can be viewed via Project Muse. Rogers praises the volume’s presentation of both new scholarship and classic articles, but finds fault with what he believes is an overemphasis on New York City.Dr. Scott Wright, College of Arts and Sciences (History Department), has several essays, including one on the Meech Lake Accord and one on former House Speaker Jim Wright, in The Eighties in America (Salem Press, 2008).