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Campus Chronicles ........ and Newsmakers
June 20, 1997

Mark Drozdowski, assistant director of corporate and foundation relations for the UConn Foundation, is co-author of a new guide to graduate programs in education, published this spring by Allyn & Bacon, a division of Simon & Schuster.

The Insider's Guide to Graduate Programs in Education, the first of its kind in the field of education, is based on inquiries to more than 1,000 deans and faculty members across the country.

Intended for prospective students, faculty and administrators in education, the guide provides facts and figures on tuition and financial aid, courses and programs, faculty specialties, student demographics, and the career paths of graduates at nearly 300 of the nation's largest and most prestigious education programs, including UConn's.

Susan Bartlett, clinical supervisor at the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Department of Communication Sciences, received the Award for Clinical Achievement from the Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The award cites her role as co-director of the UConn Related Services Collaboration Project and for her commitment to excellence in the preparation of new professionals in the field.

Alvin M. Liberman, a professor emeritus of psychology, recently received the Yale Graduate School's highest honor. Liberman was awarded a Wilbur L. Cross medal for outstanding professional achievement. Liberman, who earned a Ph.D. from Yale in 1943, was awarded the medal during commencement exercises at Yale. The medals are named in memory of Wilbur L. Cross, who served as dean of Yale's graduate school and as governor of Connecticut.

Chancellor Mark Emmert was keynote speaker at the Connecticut Award for Excellence awards ceremony June 12, at The Hartford Insurance Co. CAFE is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the adoption of excellent management practices in government, education, business and health care.

Emmert also will help present a session on information technology at the Society for College and University Planning's 32nd conference in Chicago July 14.

Paul Chill, a clinical professor of law, is the author of The Law of Child Abuse and Neglect in Connecticut, a new handbook for lawyers who represent clients in child-protection matters, and other professionals who work with abused and neglected children and their families. It is published by the University of Connecticut Legal Clinic.

Paul Goodwin Jr., associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been appointed a member of the Advisory Committee on Accreditation for the state Department of Higher Education.

The committee monitors new degree programs, program modifications and accreditation to ensure they are in compliance with state regulations. When an institution wants to offer a degree that is already being offered elsewhere in the state, the committee is responsible for deciding whether it is needed.

Goodwin succeeds Peter Cheo, a professor of electrical and systems engineering, who served for three and a half years.

President Austin was featured in the New York Times' Connecticut Q&A. ... Nancy Balcom, extension educator at the Connecticut Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, discussed invasive species of marine life in a New Haven Register story about ballast water. ... Stephen Broderick, a Cooperative Extension System forester, spoke about Connecticut's timber industry in a Boston Globe article. ... Alan Brush, emeritus professor of physiology and neurobiology, was named in a New York Times article about a dinosaur fossil discovery in China. ... The pioneering work of Thomas Chen, director of the Biotechnology Center, was featured on CNN. ... Arnold Dashefsky, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor about the significance of emigration in the 21st century. ... Judith Farina, a psychology lecturer, was quoted in a Joyce Brothers column, distributed nationwide, about intuition. ... The Institute for Materials Science was featured in a New Haven Register story about uses for plastics. ... Bahram Javidi, professor of electrical and systems engineering, was featured in a profile on CNN's "Future Watch." The piece described Javidi's laser security system. ... An op-ed article written by Amii Omara-Otunnu, associate professor of history, about political strife in Zaire, appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Providence Journal, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Omara-Otunnu was also quoted in a New York Times article about recent political events in Africa. ... Richard Peterson, professor of English, published a 3,000 word article in the London Times Literary Supplement. The article detailed Peterson's discovery of an important letter that sheds light on the hardships 16th-century poet Sir Edmund Spenser endured for publishing a piece that satirized the English court. ... Jacqueline Sachs, professor of psychology and communication sciences, answered a query about infants uttering their first sounds in Child magazine. ... Clinton Sanders, a professor of sociology at the Hartford campus, discussed peoples' relationships with their pets in a Hartford Courant story. ... Robert Thorson, professor of geology and geophysics, was quoted in a Boston Globe story about the history of stone walls. ... Robert Vinopal, associate professor of molecular and cell biology, outlined his research on pyrithione, an anti-bacterial cleanser used in machinery, in a story in the Record-Journal of Meriden. ... Imanuel Wexler, professor emeritus of economics, was an academic advisor to the PBS program, The Marshall Plan: Against All Odds.