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Activities and Achievements
October 4, 1999

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Articles & Chapters
Crawford Elder, Philosophy, "Ontology and Realism About Modality," Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 77 (1999), pp. 292-302.

Bruce Larson, Agriculture & Resource Economics, et al., "The Economics of Air Pollution Health Risks in Russia: A Case Study of Volgograd," World Development, 27 (1999), pp. 1803-19.

A research article by Peter Turchin, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and colleagues from elsewhere, on the way predators control insect populations was featured in the August 13 issue of Science.

Nissim Yonash, Animal Science, et al., "Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci for Complex Binary Traits Using a Heterogeneous Residual Variance Model," Genetica, 104, pp. 171-8; Yonash et al., abstract, "Applying Differential Display on Recombinant Congenic Strains to Study Genetic Resistance to Marek's Disease in Chickens," Vision for Animal Breeding and Genetics (Ames, Iowa), p. 158; Yonash et al., abstract, "Development of Recombination Congenic Strains in Poultry: A Source to Fine-Map QTL and Identify Gene Function," Plant and Animal Genome VII (San Diego, Calif.), p. 154.

Awards & Honors
Truc Diep, Chemistry, undergraduate, and Vandana Purohit, Chemistry, graduate student, are the recipients of the Victor Rizza memorial scholarship in biological chemistry. The scholarship was established in memory of Rizza, a biochemist with strong ties to UConn. A tree-planting and award ceremony was held on September 16.

Richard Hiskes, Political Science, was honored at the American Political Science Association when his recent book, Democracy, Risk, and Community (Oxford University Press, 1998) was the focus of a panel discussion.

J. Garry Clifford, Political Science, Thomas Patterson, History, emeritus, and Kenneth Hagan, American Foreign Relations, Vol. 1, A History to 1920 (Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1999).

Bandana Purkayastha, Sociology and Asian American Studies, Asian Indians in Connecticut, research report (Asian American Studies Institute, 1999).

Herbert Van Kruinigen, Pathobiology, Health and Disease Management of Animals (Coventry, Conn., second edition) 269 pp.

David Yalof, Political Science, Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999).

Mark Boyer, Political Science, has been named by the Executive Council of the International Studies Association to be the inaugural editor of the ISA's new journal, International Studies Perspectives. Elizabeth Hanson, Political Science, will be an associate editor.

Margaret Gilbert, Philosophy, was an invited speaker at an international conference on Collective Intentionality, in Munich, Germany, in June. Her talk was titled "What Is It For Us To Intend?" She also was an invited speaker at an international conference on The Nature of Social and Insitutional Reality held at the University of Jyvaskala, Finland, June 17-19, where she gave a paper on the nature of social rules. On August 23, she presented an invited talk on "Philosophy and the Social Sciences," at the 11th International Conference on Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, in Cracow, Poland.

Debra Kendall, Molecular & cell Biology, gave an invited plenary lecture titled, "Model Signal Peptides: Probes of Molecular Interactions During Secretion," at an international conference on Self-Assembling Peptides in Biology, Medicine and Engineering, in Crete, Greece, in July.

John Morral, Metallurgy & Materials Engineering, presented "Characterizing Interdiffusion with Diffusion Paths," at a colloquium at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., in February.

Linda Pescatello and Kimberly Yeager, Allied Health, presented "Lower Intensity Physical Activity and Functional Ability in a Community Sample of Older Adults" at the American College of Sports Medicines annual meeting in Seattle, Wash., on June 5. Pescatello also presented "Take Wellness to Heart: The American Heart Association's Women's Heart Health Initiative" to the employees of Northeast Utilities, Berlin, Conn., on July 13.

Jennifer Sterling-Folker, Political Science, presented "Realism and Collective Identity Formation in Europe" and "Theories of International Relations and Evolutionary Biology: Parallels, Problems, and Prospects," at the American Political Science Association.

Richard Vengroff, Political Science, presented "Institutional Choice as a Nested Game in Emerging Democracies: Electoral System Reform in Senegal," at the American Political Science Association. Vengroff, Lucy Creevey and Henry Krisch, all Political Science, presented "Electoral System Effects on Gender Representation: The Case of Mixed and MMP Systems," also at the American Political Science Association.

Other Activities
David Maker, Music, successfully played a juried advancement recital at the 1999 Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America on June 20, advancing to the status of Full Carillonneur Member of the Guild. There are only about 150 people in the country with this status. He performed on the Stanton Memorial Carillon at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.