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  August 26, 2002

Activities & Achievements

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Gregory Gallo has joined the University's Center for Science and Technology Commercialization as a director of technology licensing. He previously worked at the Bayer Pharmaceutical Division in West Haven.

David King has been appointed scientific glassblower at the Technical Services Center. He previously worked at Brown University and the State University of New York.

Nancy Kotchko, '72, has been appointed director of alumni relations at the Health Center. She was previously manager of the Break Away Program at Hartford Life.

Articles & Chapters
Edward O'Connor, Music, emeritus, and Jack Heller, "Maintaining Quality in Research and Reporting," in R. Colwell and C. Richardson, eds., The New Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 1089-1107.

Awards & Honors
Susan Anderson, Philosophy, was one of two winners of the Best Op-Ed Article American Philosophical Association Centennial Prize for her article, "September 11: Valuable Lessons in Ethics Learned", published in the New Milford Times on Dec. 14, 2001.

The Connecticut Repertory Theatre was nominated for five Critics Circle Awards honoring outstanding achievement for the 2001-2002 season. CRT received four nominations for its 2001 production of Wings: The Musical: Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Director/Musical (Gary English, Dramatic Arts), Outstanding Actress/Musical (Florence Lacey), and Outstanding Sound Design (Nick Borisjuk, '01). Natasha Harper also received a nomination for Outstanding Actress/Musical for her performance in CRT's 2001 production of Carnival.

Dr. Sandra Hewett, Neuroscience, received the 2002 Jordi Folch-Pi Memorial Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry. The award, presented to one outstanding young researcher each year, recognized Hewett's research accomplishments advancing knowledge of the biochemistry of the nervous system.

Donald Les, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Water Lily and Water Gardening Society for his career of research, teaching and publishing in aquatic plant biology.

The Lodewick Visitors Center received an American Institute of Architects Wisconsin 2002 Merit Award.

The Homer Babbidge Library's Map and Geographic Information Center was honored for its innovative use of geographic information systems technology at an award ceremony at the 22nd Annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, Calif., on July 11. The Center, a digital and paper map library serving the scholarly needs of the University and the state, was one of 134 organizations honored, including 77 in the United States, chosen from more than 100,000.

Montgomery Shaw and Robert Weiss, both of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Materials Science, received two of the three top awards at the International Society of Plastic Engineers' annual technical conference in San Francisco, May 5-9. Shaw received the Society of Plastic Engineers International Award, the society's top award, in recognition of his fundamental contributions and outstanding achievements in the field of plastics. Weiss received the society's International Research Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of plastics.

Conferences & Presentations
Roger Celestin, Eliane DalMolin, and Lucy McNeece, Modern & Classical Languages, were members of the organizing committee for an International Colloquium on 20th-Century and Contemporary French Studies on April 4-7, in Hartford, that was hosted by the University.

Ilze Krisst, Research Foundation, served as a panelist at a session on Current Issues of Institutional Conflict of Interest at the Society of Research Administrators Northeast Section meeting in Stamford on May 7.

David Palmer, Management, was invited to facilitate a session on "Persuasion and Creative Decision Making" at the annual meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management in New Haven in May.

Stuart Sidney, Mathematics, spoke on "Uniform Algebras Generated by Unimodular Functions" at the Fourth Conference on Function Spaces at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, on May 16.

Thomas Suits, Modern & Classical Languages, emeritus, presented "Nightingales, Sausage-Sellers, Goddesses and Eel: Aristophanic Prosphonetika" at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of New England, held at the College of Holy Cross in March.

Sandy Worrell, Social Work, co-presented "Cultural Competence in Medicine" during the National Medical Association Conference in Honolulu, August 3-8.

Professional Associations
Carol Auer, Plant Science, has been awarded a Risk Policy Fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During the next year she will conduct studies in plant biotechnology in the USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis in Washington, D.C.

Nechama Tec, Sociology, and Stamford Campus, has been appointed to the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington, D.C.

Other Activities
John Herr, Dramatic Arts, emeritus, and Gary Cavello, '81, collaborated on a production of Dario Fo's Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas, performed at the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas June 24-26, at the Alchemy Café.

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