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  August 27, 2001

Activities and Achievements

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Marni Churchill has been appointed director of development for major gifts in the UConn Foundation, with responsibility for the Chancellor's priorities and for the Honors Program. She previously worked in the School of Engineering as director of alumni development.

Sherryll Margiotta has been named associate vice president of finance at the Health Center. She joins UConn from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

David Martel has joined University Communications as manager of marketing communications. He previously worked at the Roper Center.

Mary Rydingsward has been named manager, Grants and Contracts, at the Health Center. She joins UConn from the state's Judicial Branch, where she was responsible for grants management.

Robert Snyder has been appointed associate director for community relations at the Stamford campus, where he will be responsible for expanding community outreach and developing and coordinating internal and external communications. He joins UConn from the Archdiocese of Hartford, where he was director of migration and refugee services. He previously served in the U.S. Air Force.

Articles & Chapters
Cheryl Beck, Nursing, "Caring within Nursing Education: A Meta-Synthesis," in Journal of Nursing Education, 40, pp. 101-9; and, with Robert Gable,Educational Psychology, emeritus, "Further Validation of the Postpartum Depression Screening Scale," Nursing Research 50.3 (2001), pp. 155-64.

David Walker, Political Science, "New Federalism III: A Reformed System in the Making," International Journal of Public Administration, 24 (January 2001), pp 16-23.

Hongjie Wang, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, "Academic Mentorship: An Effective Professional Development Strategy for Medical Reference Librarians," inMedical Reference Services Quarterly, 20.2 (Summer 2001), pp. 23-31.

Awards & Honors
Robert Olah, Transportation Services, student bus driver/trainer, placed third in the 2001 Connecticut Statewide Transit "Roadeo" on June 10. The Roadeo, held annually in Manchester, is a competitive obstacle course for bus drivers. It is sponsored by the state Department of Transportation and Connecticut Transit.

David Papermaster, Neuroscience, received the 2001 Friedenwald Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology at its annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale. The award is the most prestigious the society offers and is given for exceptional contributions to vision research.

Cheryl Beck, Nursing, D.F. Polit, and B.P Hungler, Essentials of Nursing Research: Methods, Appraisal and Utilization; Study Guide to Accompany the Essentials of Nursing Research; and Instructor's Resource Manual and Testank to Accompany the Essentials of Nursing Research (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 2001).

Felix Bronner, Biostructure & Function, was one of four panelists at a symposium on Nutritional Aspects of Bone Metabolism - Past and Present, during the annual meeting of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, Orlando, Fla., in April. Dr. Bronner was also an invited participant in a symposium on Membrane Pumps in Health and Disease, at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in May.

Nick Bellantoni, Anthropology and State Archaeologist, presented "The Exhumation of Henry Opukahaia," at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut on April 28.

Eric Carlson, English, emeritus, read an invited paper on "The Frogpondian War: Poe and Emerson," at the American Literature Association conference in Cambridge, Mass., on May 26.

Amy Kenefick, Nursing, presented "Making Decisions About the Nursing Home Resident with Pain," at the annual scientific session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in Atlantic City, N.J., in April.

Robert Kozol, Health Center Chief of Staff, delivered the presidential address for the Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons meeting in Atlanta, Ga., in May. Dr. Kozol was elected president of the association in 2000.

Cathy Malley, Bethel Extension Center, presented a workshop on "Children and School Success: What Parents Should Know," at the 21st Century Families Conference in Little Rock, Ark., on May 1-3. At the same conference, Annette FitzGerald, Litchfield Extension Center, and Paul Kindall, Center for Parent Education, presented a seminar on "Co-Parenting and Divorce: A Model Parent Education Program"; FitzGerald and Rosemarie Syme, Tolland Extension Center, gave a presentation titled "LifeSmarts: Internet-Based Consumer Education"; and Cheryl Czuba, Middlesex Extension Center, gave a presentation on "Building Communities: The People Empowering People Program".

Patricia Neafsey, Nursing, and Z. Strickler, presented "Beyond Deconstruction: Addressing Conflicts Between Graphic Design Culture and the Needs of Older Adults," at an International conference on inclusive design and communications at the Royal College of Art, London, in April. Neafsey and Strickler also presented, with J. Shellman, "Delivery of Health Information to Active Older Adults via Touchscreen Equipped Laptops," at the annual scientific sessions of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in Atlantic City, N.J. in April.

Elizabeth Polifroni, Nursing, with M.L. Welch and S. LaCourrisierre, presented "Hearing Our Patients' Voices" at the annual scientific sessions of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in Atlantic City, N.J. on April 2.

Professional Societies
Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Management, graduate student, has been selected to serve as president of the Management Doctoral Students Association's Ph.D. Project for the year 2001-2002. The Ph.D. Project is a partnership of corporations, business schools, the AACSB, and the Graduate Management Admissions Council that seeks to increase the ranks of minority business school professors, by encouraging underrepresented minorities to earn a business Ph.D., preparing them for the doctoral admissions process, and connecting them with doctoral granting institutions.

Other Activities
Olga Church, Nursing, spent the spring semester with the World Health Organization in Geneva as a consultant working on health policy and behavioral health issues.

Paul Davern, Hospital Administration, has been elected vice president of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce for 2001-2002.

Nena Krechko, Dining Services, was one of nine members of the ACUHOI/NACUFS Food Service Management Internship Committee that met recently at UConn to review application for food service internships at host schools. To serve on the national committee, a person must be recommended, accepted, and voted on by ACUHOI.

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