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  February 5, 2001

Activities & Achievements

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Susan Fisher has been appointed director of network services and support in the Information Technology Services Department; Michael Kerntke, who joins the University from Oklahoma State University, has been appointed director of customer service and applications support in ITS. The appointments are part of a reorganization of the Information Technology Services department, formerly known as the University Computer Center.

Scott Ruchik has been appointed assistant professor of urology in the Department of Surgery. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein Medical School in New York City and completed his residency at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. He served as attending urologist and residency instructor at the Ochsner Clinic in Louisiana and was a faculty member at Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

Articles & Chapters
Arthur Engler, Nursing, co-authored "Working with Families of Suddenly and Critically Ill Children: Physician Experiences," Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 154, (November 2000), pp. 1127-33.

Linda Pescatello, Allied Health, "Managerial Perspectives on Health Care Service Delivery," Physiotherapy theory and Practice, 16 (2000), pp. 203-9.

Awards & Honors
Andrew Arnold, Center for Molecular Medicine, was named the Gerald D. Aurbach Lecture Award winner by the Endocrine Society. The Aurbach Award recognizes outstanding contributions to research in endocrinology. Arnold, a world leader in the molecular and genetic basis of endocrine gland tumors, discovered the cyclin D1 oncogene which is involved in numerous forms of human neoplasia, including breast cancer, lymphomas, and parathyroid tumors. The Endocrine Society is composed of more than 10,000 members from 80 countries.

Kay Davidson, Social Work, has been elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She was welcomed to the Academy during the annual meeting of the Academy's Voting Fellows on Dec. 15.

Gerald Dunne, Physics, was a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile for two weeks in November, giving research lectures in the physics department there, and a plenary lecture "Maxwell in Flatland: New Phenomena and New Gauge Theories," at the XII Simposio Chileno de Fisica.

Peggy Jablonski, Dean of Students Office, received the Continuous Service Award at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region I conference in Maine in November. At the same conference, Sally Sundquist, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, formerly Dean of Students Office, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Ellen Censky, Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, Arthur C. Hulse, and J.C. McCoy, Amphibians and Reptiles of Pennsylvania and the Northeast, (Cornell University Press, 2001).

Samuel Wheeler, Philosophy, Deconstruction as Analytic Philosophy (Stanford University Press, 2000), 293 pp.

Clyde Jones, Family Studies, emeritus, presented "Expanding the Art Curriculum in Early Childhood Programs" at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 10.

James Knox, Molecular & Cell Biology, presented a talk "Enzymes of Vancomycin and ß-lactam Resistance: A Stereo Slide Presentation of Crystallographic Structures," at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago on Oct. 17.

Rick Vitale, Statistics, lectured on "Intrinsic Volumes and Gaussian Processes" at the University of California-Berkeley on Nov. 7 and Stanford University on Nov. 8, and at three universities in Germany: the University of Karlsruhe, on Dec. 5, the University of Ulm on Dec. 6, and Albert-Ludwigs University on Dec. 8.

Two articles by Brenda Kurz, Social Work, were cited in the Dec. 11 issue of the Advance, Activities & Achievements section. Unfortunately, her first name was listed incorrectly.