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  February 12, 2001

Activities & Achievements

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Ellen Ball has been appointed assistant vice president for corporate and foundation relations for the University of Connecticut Foundation. She joins the Foundation Feb. 19 from Tulane University Health Sciences Center.

Cathy Cuneo joined University Communications as administrative assistant in the marketing services and creative services units, on Jan. 2. She previously worked for the Foundation and the Roper Center.

Terry Gellin, formerly communications specialist, was promoted to campaign operations coordinator for the University of Connecticut Foundation, effective Dec. 12.

Articles & Chapters
David Markowitz, Physics, emeritus, "WebCT for Faculty and Students at the University of Connecticut," newsletter of the New England section of the American Physical Society, spring 2001.

Dennison Nash, Anthropology, emeritus, "Ethnographic Windows on Tourism," Tourism Recreation Research, 25.3 (2000), pp 1-6.

Sally Reis, Educational Psychology & Neag Center, "Choices and Compromises of Gifted and Taelnted Females," in Krishna Maitra ed., Toward Excellence: Developing and Nurturing Giftedness and Talent (2000), pp. 89-105.

Awards & Honors
Mary McCormick, Connecticut Poison Control Center, was awarded the Child Safety Leadership Award from Connecticut Safe Kids. She has been a member of its steering committee for a number of years and is involved with other members from key organizations on issues of child safety.

Kenneth Spaeth, School of Medicine, student, was awarded the 1999 Best Medical Student Paper in Preventive Medicine from the journal Preventive Medicine. His article was published in the December 2000 issue and highlighted in an article by medical reporter Jane Brody in The New York Times on Jan. 16.

Tom Terry, Molecular & Cell Biology, received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Visiting Professorship in the Microbiological Sciences. He presented keynote lectures and workshops on "Weaving the Web into College Teaching" and related topics at the University of Central Arkansas and at a regional meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Little Rock, Nov. 8-11.

Joel Kupperman, Philosophy, Classic Asian Philosophy: A Guide to the Essential Texts (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).

Brian Waddell, Political Science, War Against the New Deal: World War II and American Democracy (DeKalb, Ill.: Northern Illinos Univeresity Press, 2001).

Keith Barker, Undergraduate Education & Instruction and Institute for Teaching & Learning, and Dick Gorham, University Center for Instructional Media & Technology, "A Distributed Learning Model: Engaging Faculty Who Wish to Use Technology to Teach and Students Who Need Technology to Learn ... First Steps," at the fourth annual Ubiquitous Computing Conference, at Seton Hall University, on Jan. 4.

Evarist Giné, Mathematics, gave an invited talk, An Exponential Bound for Empirical Processes and its Application in Density Estimation," at the MIT Stochastic Seminar on Jan. 30.

Sarah Glaz, Mathematics, gave an invited talk, "Homological Characterizations of Gaussian Rings," at the annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society, Jan. 10-13.

Chanfeng Gui, Mathematics, gave an invited talk, "On Some Mathematical Problems in Phase Transition" at the Canadian math Society winter meeting in Vancouver on Dec. 10. He also gave invited talks titled "On Some Mathematical Problems in Phase Transition" and "On a Nonlinear Heat Equation in the Entire Space" at the American Mathematical Society-Hong Kong Math Society joint meeting in Hong Kong on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. He also presented the first of these talks at a colloquium at Tulane University on Jan. 25.

Donald Leu, Neag Chair in Literacy and Technology, Curriculum & Instruction/ Educational Psychology, gave three keynote addresses: "New Literacies for New Times: The Changing Nature of Literacy and Learning Within the Internet Classroom," at the New York State Computer and Technology Educators Conference, Syracuse, N.Y., in November; "Integrating the Internet into the K-12 Reading/Language Arts Classroom: New Opportunities, New Challenges, and New Literacies," at the California Computer Using Educators' fall conference in Sacramento, Calif., in November; and "New Literacies: Research on Reading with the Internet," at the research symposium of the California Reading Conference in San Jose, Calif.

Manuel Lerman, Mathematics, gave a talk on "Homomorphisms and Quotients of Degree Structures," and chaired on of the plenary lecture sessions at a Computability Theory meeting in Oberwolfach, Germany, on Jan. 22-26.

XueMei Li, Mathematics, gave an invited talk on "Stochastic Flows, Moment Exponents and Some Geometry," at the Third U.K.-Japan Winter School in Bury St. Edmunds, U.K., on Jan. 12.

Fred Ogden, Civil & Environmental Engineering, gave an invited presentation, "Issues Affecting Calibration of Two-Dimensional Hortonian Hydrologic Models," at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 17.

Benjamin Sachs, Psychology, gave invited plenary lectures at two international symposia: "The Artificial Organic-Psychogenic Distinction and Other Problems in the Classification of Erectile Dysfunction" at a symposium on "Taxonomy of Erectile Dysfunction," the ninth world meeting on impotence research, in Perth, Australia, Nov. 26-30; and "'The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind': Estrous Odors, Noncontact Erection, and the Classification of Pheromones," at a symposium on "Brain, Nose and Pituitary," at Waseda University, Tokyo, Dec. 6-9.

Samuel Wheeler, Philosophy, presented invited papers on: "Consumer Protection in Social Contracts," at the San Francisco meeting of the American Criminological Society on Nov. 18, and "Guns and Violence: Against Gun Control," at the American Philosophical Association meeting in New York on Dec. 29.

Professional Societies
Donald Leu, Neag Chair in Literacy and Technology, Curriculum & Instruction/ Educational Psychology, recently served on the Reading Research Quarterly, editor selection committee of the International Reading Association.