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  June 12, 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
Donald Baxter, Philosophy, "Hume's Puzzle about Identity," Philosophical Studies 98 (2000), pp. 187-201.

Norman Bender, Cooperative Extension, and Nini Davis, "Developing Agricultural and Nature-based Tourism in Eastern Connecticut" in Peter Schaeffer and Scott Loveridge, eds., Small Town and Rural Economic Development: A Case Study Approach (Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2000).

James Knox, Molecular & Cell Biology, "Vancomycin Resistance in enterococci: Reprogramming of the D-alanine:D-alanine Ligases in Bacterial Peptidoglycan Biosynthesis," in Chemistry & Biology 7 (May, 2000): R123-R126; and, with Tao Sun and Jodi Jorczak-Baillass, Molecular & Cell Biology, graduate students, "Enzymes of Vancomycin Resistance. The Structure of D-alanine:D-lactate Ligase of Naturally-Resistant Leuconostoc Mesenteroides," in Structure 8 (May, 2000): pp. 463-470.

Awards & Honors
Allan Brown, Technical Services Center, has received the J. Allan Alexander Award, given annually by the American Scientific Glassblowers Society in recognition of outstanding contributions in furthering the aims of the society. The award was presented June 3.

Estelle Feinstein, History, emerita, received the Homer D. Babbidge Jr. Award for lifetime contributions to Connecticut history by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History. The award was presented Nov. 13, 1999. In addition, Dannel Malloy, mayor of Stamford, proclaimed Nov. 13, 1999, "Dr. Estelle Feinstein Day." Feinstein, author of three books about Stamford's history, is the consulting historian for the Stamford Historical Society. She was a member of the Charter Revision Commission of the City of Stamford.

Beverly Mack, who holds a B.A. in English and anthropology from UConn, is among the first class of 12 Carnegie Scholars awarded grants to support innovative scholarship and policy-focused research in education, international development, democracy, and international peace and security. Mack, now an associate professor of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas, will study "Pre-Eighteenth Century Muslim Women's Scholarship and Social Activism in West and North Africa."

Ronald Coons, History, and Pascal James Imperato, eds., Ludwig Ritter von Höhnel, Over Land and Sea: Memoir of an Austrian Rear Admiral's Life in Europe and Africa, 1857-1909 (New York: Holmes & Meier, 2000).

Allan Brown, Technical Services Center, presented a workshop "Glass as a Science," at a meeting of the Northeast Section of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society on April 15. Brown is currently chair of the Northeast Section.

Robert Coughlin, Chemical Engineering, presented a lecture on "Bacteria, Surfaces of Materials and Medical Problems" at the Egyptian Academy of Science, Cairo, on March 27; he also gave a talk at the University of Palermo, Italy, on March 24.

Dipak Dey, Statistics, gave an invited talk on "Survival Analysis and Beyond," at the New England Statistics Symposium at Brown University in April.

Lawrence Goodheart, History, presented "The Hip-Hop Nation Confronts Corporate Capitalism," at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, on May 8 and at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey, on May 11.

Rae Beth Gordon, Modern & Classical Languages, gave an illustrated talk "Why the French Love Jerry Lewis," at the annual meeting of the Hartford Alliance Française in May. Video clips illustrating the talk were taken from a reboradcast of her work on French and German public television in the documentary, Le Roman du Music Hall.

Nina Rovinelli Heller, Social Work, was the invited speaker for a Social Work Luncheon sponsored by the Capitol Region Mental Health Center on April 25.

Travis Taylor, Economics, doctoral student, presented a paper, "A Transaction Cost Approach to Offsets in Government Procurement," to the Consortium on Competitiveness and Cooperation at Northwestern University on April 8.

Professional Societies
Julio Morales, Social Work, has been appointed First Vice President of the National Association of Social Workers, the largest social work association in the United States.

Other Activities
Seth Macinko, Geography and Avery Point Campus, has been appointed to the National Academy of Science-National Research Council committee that is charged with review of the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem monitoring program. The committee will examine the performance of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council and advise that council and the public concerning the design and implementation of a long-term research and monitoring strategy for Prince William Sound.