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  September 4, 2001

Activities and Achievements

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Pam Carlson has been named associate vice president of patient financial services at the Health Center. She will be responsible for patient registration and billing. She was previously director of UMG Patient Financial Services.

Brian Otis has been promoted to director of development for the School of Business. He was previously the school's associate director of development.

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.

Articles & Chapters
Cheryl Beck, Nursing, "Caring within Nursing Education: A Meta-Synthesis," in Journal of Nursing Education, 40, pp. 101-9.

Peggy Chinn, Nursing, "Toward a Theory of Nursing Art," in N. Chaska, ed., The Nursing Profession: Tomorrow and Beyond (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2001), pp. 287-97.

Crawford Elder, "The Problem of Harmonizing Laws," Philosophical Studies, 105 (2001), pp. 25-41.

Awards & Honors
Kristine Nowak, Communication Sciences, won the International Communication Association's Communication and Technology Division's Dordick Dissertation Award. The award was presented during the ICA convention in Washington, D.C., in May. The award is given every two years for the best dissertation in the field of communication and technology research.

Molly Onofrio, Renee Addy and Vivian Hary, Health Center, Nursing, won Neonatal Nursing Scholarship awards at the Health Center's Nursing Recognition Reception in May.

Maria-Luz Daza Samper, Labor Education, and Frank Emspak, edited a special issue of the Labor Studies Journal on "Unions and the Global Economy:" 26.1 (Spring 2001).

Lynn Allchin, J. McNulty and Carol Polifroni, Nursing, presented "How Math Competency Skills of Nursing Students and New Graduates in Educational and Service Settings are Validated," at a conference for Nurse Educators in Practice Settings and Schools of Nursing, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Saint Anselm College, Kennebunkport, Me., on May 21.

Preston Britner, Family Studies, presented "Can We Randomly Assign Them to Foster

Care? Ethical Issues on Social Service Research, Practice, and Evaluation," as part of the Lectures and Programs Series at Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Va.

Maria-Luz Daza Samper, Labor Education, presented "Challenges to Building Union Power through Labor Education in a Changing Economy" at the annual meeting of the United Association of Labor Education, in Boston on April 28.

Crawford Elder, Philosophy, presented "The Problem of Harmonizing Laws," at the Bled (Slovenia) Conference on Metaphysics, on June 8.

Arthur Engler, Nursing, presented "Infant Patients and Their Parents" at the National Institute of Nursing Research and the NIH Clinical Center Nursing Department Nurses Week event, Celebrate Nursing Research and Practice, in Washington, D.C., in May.

Kathryn Hegedus, Nursing, presented "Shared Intradisciplinary Learning: An International Dimension," at the annual scientific session of the Eastern Nursing Research Society in Atlantic City, N.J. in April. Hegedus also presented "Community Caring of Yesteryear: A Care Study" at the International Association of Human Caring Conference, Creating Communities of Caring: Global Initiatives, at he the University of Sterling, Scotland, in June.

P.J. McKenna, Mathematics, was an invited speaker at the June 8-9 meeting, held in Northfield Vermont, of the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America. His title was "Thought Experiments with Mechanical Systems: Fun and Games with Rubber Bands and Springs." He also gave a colloquium on "Mountain Passes, Theorems and Algorithms" at Haverford College on April 23.

Linda Pescatello, Allied Health, presented, "The Acute Effect of Exercise on Blood Pressure", as part of a symposium on the acute effect of exercise on cardiac risk factors at the American College of Sports Medicine Meeting in Baltimore, Md., on May 31. She also led a round table discussion on Chronic Disease and Disability at the American College of Sports Medicine Josephine L. Rathbone Memorial Breakfast.

Other Activities
Recent research by Arlene Albert and Philip Yeagle, Molecular & Cell Biology, on membrane protein structure was described in a commentary in the June 2001 issue of Current Drug Discovery.

Nena Krechko, Dining Services, was one of nine members of the ACUHOI/NACUFS Food Service Management Internship Committee that met 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.

The School of Nursing won a competitive proposal to host the Eastern Nursing Research Society central office. The office will be managed by Lisa Guerra.

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