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  May 1, 2000

Activities & Achievements

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We invite faculty (including emeriti), staff and graduate students to submit entries for Activities and Achievements. Entries must be typed and e-mail submissions are strongly encouraged: Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, editor,

Articles & Chapters
Robert Phillips, Philosophy and War & Ethics Program, "Pius XII and the Holocaust," Latin Mass Quarterly, 9.2 (2000).

David Walker, Political Science, 'The Federal Grant System: How Much Change: 1980-1999? " in Grants and Assistance News (January 2000).

David Yalof, Political Science, "The Day After: Do We Need a Twenty-Eighth Amendment?" in Constitutional Commentary, 17.1 (Spring 2000), pp. 7-18.

Awards & Honors
David Leeming, English, emeritus, has been selected as the PNM Distinguished Visiting Professor in the University of New Mexico English department for the Spring 2000 term. While there, Leeming is teaching an undergraduate course on mythology and a graduate seminar on James Baldwin, and will give a public lecture on "Myth and the Art of Biography" on April 4.

Cameron Macdonald, Sociology, has been awarded the Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University. The Bunting Fellowship program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is a multi-disciplinary research center. Macdonald will spend a year in residence completing her book "Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Social Construction of Motherhood."

Freeman Meyer, History and Hartford Campus, emeritus, received the Homer D. Babbidge Jr. Award for lifetime contributions to Connecticut history, from the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, on Nov. 13.

Joseph Francese, Modern & Classical Languages, former graduate student, ed., The Craft and the Fury: Essays in Memory of Glauco Cambon (West Lafayette, Ind.: Bordighera Press). Cambon was a professor of Italian and comparative literature at UConn until his sudden death in 1988. This volume of essays on Italian literature includes essays by present and former UConn faculty: Joseph Cary, "Caro Glauco"; Robert Dombroski, "A Note on Jokes and Their Relation to the Perfect Courtier"; Mortimer Guiney, "The Birth of the Avant-Garde"; Franco Masciandaro, "Appunti sul paesaggio dantesco ['Inferno' V, XXVI e 'Paradiso' IX]"; and Giovanni Sinicropi, "Appunti sulle strutture isotopiche nei 'Sepolcri'."

Many Political Science faculty members and graduate students presented papers at the International Studies Association convention in Los Angeles during the week of March 13. These included Mark Boyer, "Contributions to International System Stability: Following the Public or Publicly Following?" Jennifer Sterling-Folker, "Competing Paradigms or Birds of a Feather? Constructivism and Neoliberal Institutionalism Compared;" and Richard Vengroff and doctoral student Michael Magala, "Modernization, Economic Development and Institutional Reform: The Case of Democratization in Senegal;" doctoral student Jiyoung Chin, "The Institutional Impact of Trade Policies in OECD Countries;" doctoral student Alejandro Corbacho, "Prenegotiation and Foreign Policy Change: The Anglo-Argentine Diplomacy after the Falkland/Malvinas War (1983-1989);" doctoral student Leslie Omoruyi, "Rethinking OECD Aid to Sub-Saharan Africa in the New Millennium: Enduring Threats and Opportunities for a New Partnership;" and doctoral student Marc O'Reilly, "Great Power Expansion: The Extension of U.S. Influence in the Persian Gulf, 1941-1947."

Marvin Cox, History, spoke on "Alexis de Tocqueville and the Notables: An Aristocratic Assessment of the Bourgeois Revolution," at the annual French Historical Studies Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 31.

Mack Crayton, Molecular & Cell Biology, graduate student, gave an oral presentation and poster presentation at the Minority Trainee Research Forum in San Diego, Calif., March 17-21. His abstract, "Implication of Drosophila Histone Gene Regulation by MutS Homolog Spellchecker1," was selected as a winner in a national competition among Ph.D./MD/post-doctoral trainee submissions.

Dipak Dey, Statistics, presented an invited paper at the Chilean Seminar of Bayesian Statistics at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, from Jan. 12-14. During his visit he also evaluated the Ph.D. program in statistics at Pontificia Universidad Catolica.

William C. Stwalley, Physics, gave an invited talk on "Photoassociation of Atoms to Diatomic Molecules at MicroKelvin Temperatures," at the 15th Interdisciplinary Laser Science Conference, in September; and gave an invited talk on "Making Molecules at MicroKelvin," at the University of Missouri-Rolla, in October.

Professional Societies
Patti Bostic, Recreational Services, has been elected president-elect of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), during the association' s 51st annual conference in Providence, R.I. on April 16. Bostic has been a member of the NIRSA for 16 years, served on the board of directors from 1995-1999, and was elected Region I vice president for two consecutive terms. In 1999, she was the recipient of Region I award of merit.

Herbert Spirer, Operations & Information Management, emeritus, has been elected to the International Statistical Institute, largely on the basis of his work in applying statistics to human rights. The institute has 2,000 elected members from more than 120 countries.

Other Activities
Barbara Proulx, Human Resources, has received a grant from the state Department of Administrative Services to conduct two workers' compensation training workshops for supervisory personnel on identifying and eliminating cumulative trauma injuries.