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  November 19, 2001

Activities & Achievements

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Beth Fletcher has been named financial assistant for the Office of International Affairs.

Elizabeth Mahan was named associate executive director of the Office of International Affairs on Sept. 1. She continues to serve as director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Articles & Chapters
Usha Palaniswamy, Allied Health and Asian American Studies, R.J. McAvoy, and B. Bible, "Omega-3-Fatty Acid Concentration in Portulaca oleracea L. is Altered by Photosynthetic Photon Flux," Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Scientists, 126.5 (September 2001), pp. 537-43.

Norman Stevens, University Libraries, emeritus, "The Last Librarian,"American Libraries, 32 (October 2000), pp. 60-4.

Richard Vengroff, Lucy Creevey and Henry Krisch, Political Science, "Electoral System Effects on Gender Representation: The Case of Mixed Systems," Japanese Journal of Political Science, 1.2 (Summer 2001), pp. 197-227.

Tom Wilsted, Dodd Center, "Looking Back: A New Zealand Sojourn," Archifacts, April 2001.

Awards & Honors
Robert Birge, Chemistry, and Bahram Javidi, Electrical & Computer Engineering, received first and second prizes respectively at the Connecticut Innovations Inc. Annual Technology Exhibition on Sept. 25. The exhibition featured seven faculty members whose research has resulted in technologies with the potential for commercialization. Birge was recognized for his display, "Volumetric Optical Memory-Based Bacteriorhodopsin," and Javidi for "Information Security, Authentication and Verification with Optical Technologies."

Arthur Dimmock, Chemistry, received the Dr. Sigmund Abeles Science Advocate Award from the Connecticut Science Association at the Association's annual awards dinner at the Peabody Museum in New Haven on Oct. 3. He was honored for his directorship of the Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium during the past decade

Amy Donahue, Political Science, received the 2001 National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Annual Dissertation Award during the Association's fall conference in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25. She was given the award, which recognizes significant research in the field of public administration and public affairs, for her dissertation, "Putting Out Fires in Local Government: Modeling and Measuring the Influence of Managers on Public Production, with an Application to Fire Protection."

William D'Antonio, Sociology, emeritus, James Davidson, Dean Hoge and Katherine Meyer, American Catholics: Gender, Generation and Commitment (Lanham, Md.: Altimira Press, 2001).

Judith Lee, Social Work, emerita, The Empowerment Approach to Social Work Practice: Building the Beloved Community (New York: Colombia University Press, 2001).

Russell Farnen, Political Science and Greater Hartford Campus, presented a report on his activities relating to occupational and environmental safety and health at the visiting scholars' annual retreat sponsored by the Occupational Health Program at Harvard University's School of Public Health. The program was held in Plymouth, Mass., July 29-31.

Michael Lubatkin, Management, was on a panel, "Conversations on Business and Competitive Strategy;" made a presentation, "Managing your Dissertation Workshop;" and presented three papers he co-authored, "Behavioral Dynamics in Top Management Teams," "Latest Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions," and "Social Capital, Social Networks, and Entrepreneurship" at the Academy of Management annual meetings in Washington, D.C., in August. Also at the meetings, Luis Martins, Management, served on a panel, "E-media Resources Management," was a discussant for, "Research Methods in Strategic Management," and presented a paper he co-authored, "The Relative Effects of Racioethnic and Value Diversity on Group Functioning in Two Organizational Contexts;" John Mathieu, Management, was a discussant for, "Team Boundary Management: New and Eclectic Models and Theories"

Lyle Scruggs, Political Science, and Erin Carriere, doctoral student, presented "A Cross-National Study of the Cultural Sources of Environmental Attitudes;" Scruggs and James Allan, doctoral student, presented "Political Parties and Welfare Regimes in Industrial Societies;" Richard Vengroff, Political Science, and Zsolt Nyiri and Melissa Fugiero, doctoral students, presented "Electoral System and Gender Representation in Meso-Level Legislatures: Is There a National-Subnational Gender Gap?" Vengroff also presented "Decentralization à la Carte: Municipal Reform, Municipal Consolidation and the Role of the MRCs in Quebec; " and Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh presented "How Social Movements Create their Political Identities: The Case of Poland's First Solidarity Congress," at the American Political Science Association conference in San Francisco, Aug. 27-Sept. 1.

Tom Wilsted, Dodd Center, presented "An Archivist's Conundrum: Preserving and Accessing Electronic Records," at the New Zealand Society of Archivists' Conference in Wellington, New Zealand on Aug. 23. He gave the keynote presentation at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Archives and Records Association of New Zealand in Wellington on Aug. 25, on "Forming Archival Associations: A Profession's Golden Age."

Professional Societies
Diane Burgess, Pharmacy, assumed the presidency of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Society in October.

Clinton Sanders, Sociology, has been elected president of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction for 2002-2003.

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