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Activities and Achievements
January 26, 1998

Entries Welcome

The Advance invites faculty, staff and graduate students to submit entries for this section, under the headings articles and chapters, awards, books, grants (other than those received through the Research Foundation, which are published elsewhere in the paper), journals, presentations, and professional societies.

Entries typed in Advance style are welcome and will be published as space permits, in the order in which they are received. Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, editor, compiles this section and questions may be directed to her at (860) 486-353.

Richard Akeroyd, a former Connecticut state librarian who also previously worked in special collections at UConn, has been appointed library programs director of the Gates Library Foundation in Redmond, Wash. Akeroyd holds a bachelor's degree from UConn and has taken advanced courses in educational media and instruction technology here. The Gates Library Foundation was founded in June 1997 by Bill and Melinda Gates to work with public libraries to offer access to computers and digital information to low-income communities in the U.S. and Canada.

Kathy Kalos joined Institutional Advancement January 21 as administrative assistant to Edward Allenby. Kalos was previously executive assistant to the regional general manager of Telecommunications Inc., TCI Cablevision of Central Connecticut.

John Murray, photographer, editor and publisher of The Waterbury Observer will offer a course on photojournalism at the Waterbury campus this semester. Murray, a graduate of UConn, has won first place awards from the New England Press Association for best serious columnist and for feature writing, and an Associated Press award for feature photography.

Cheryl Beck, Nursing, "Developing a Research Program Using Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches," Nursing Outlook, Vol. 45, 1997, pp. 265-9.

Cheryl Beck, Nursing, "Use of Meta-Analysis as a Teaching Strategy in Nursing Research Courses," Journal of Nursing Education, Vol. 36, 1997, pp. 87-90.

Cheryl Beck, Nursing, "Nursing Students' Experiences Caring for Dying Patients," Journal of Nursing Education, Vol. 36, 1997, pp. 408-1.

Robert G. Jensen, Nutritional Sciences, emeritus, is this year's recipient of the Supelco/Nicholas Research Award. The award, presented by the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS), is for individuals who have done "outstanding original research on fats, oils, lipid chemistry, or biochemistry, and published the results in technical papers of high quality." The award includes a plaque, cash award, and travel and expense allowances to attend the AOCS annual meeting in May, in Chicago, Ill.

John Toedt, Molecular and Cell Biology, Ph.D. student, was cited for the quality and originality of his poster presentation describing his graduate research on a biophysical study of the molecular basis for plant resistance to certain virus infections, at the Beckman Symposium on Solution Interactions of Macromolecules, at the University of Texas Health Sciences Campus, Galveston, Texas, November 14-16. He also received a travel award covering his expenses to attend the symposium.

Wendy Wood, Center for Instructional Media and Technology, received one of three top awards in the 1997 Connecticut Film and Video Competition, sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and Connecticut Public Television, for her documentary video, "Tiffany: Magician in Glass." The video was shot at the William Benton Museum of Art and other Connecticut locations. The award winners were featured on CPTV on November 28, 1997.

David Yphantis, Molecular and Cell Biology, received the Theodor Svedberg award and medal acknowledging an established investigator for sustained and outstanding contributions to the field of analytical ultracentrifugation at the Beckman Symposium on Solution Interactions of Macromolecules, at the University of Texas Health Sciences Campus, Galveston, Texas, November 14-16, 1997. The symposium was supported by the National Science Foundation and Beckman Instrument.

J.D. O'Hara, English, Samuel Beckett's Hidden Drives: Structural Uses of Depth Psychology (University Press of Florida, 1997.

Samuel Pickering, English, The Blue Caterpillar (University Press of Florida, 1997).

Samuel Pickering, English, Living to Prowl (University of Georgia Press, 1997).

Pieter Visscher, Marine Sciences, has been reappointed as an editorial board member for the American Society for Microbiology journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, for a three-year term, beginning January.

Allan B. Brown, Technical Services Center, presented a day-long seminar, "Quartz-Working Techniques," at the Fifth International Symposium of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society in Albuquerque, N.M., on June 17, 1997.

Edward Sembor, Institute of Public Service, Division of Extended and Continuing Education, presented a paper on "Study Circles and the Re-Emergence of Civic Discourse in American Communities: The Transformation of Local Public Policy," at National Sun Yat-sen University at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as part of the Second Annual Conference on Study Circles, January 1-5.

Professional Societies
Gregory Anderson, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has been elected president of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The 50-year old institute is an umbrella organization for whole-organism biology with more than 5,000 individual members, that represents nearly 75,000 biologists through its associated societies. Anderson is president of three other national or international societies: the Society for Economic Botany, the Botanical Society of America, and the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. Anderson also has been asked to chair the National Science Foundation panel selecting minority graduate fellowship recipients.