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  November 18, 2002

Activites & Achievements

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Dr. Philip. Jaffe has joined the Health Center's Division of Gastroenterology. Dr. Jaffe received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Arizona, and has held a faculty appointment at Cleveland Clinic in Naples, Florida. Dr. Jaffe has expertise in such procedures as endoscopic ultrasonography and gastrointestinal endoscopy

Articles & Chapters
Eric Carlson, English, emeritus, "The Transcendentalist Poe," Poe Studies, 34.1 and 2; "Edgar Allan Poe," Companion to Southern Literature (2000); and "Poe's Ten-Year Frogpondian War," Poe Review (fall 2002).

The research of Mike McDonough and Nick Silvaggi, Molecular & Cell Biology, graduate students working in the laboratory of Judy Kelly, is featured as the cover article in the Sept. 6 issue of the Journal of Molecular Biology: M.A. McDonough, J.W. Anderson, N.R. Silvaggi, R.F. Pratt, J.R. Knox, J.A. Kelly, "Structures of Two Kinetic Intermediates Reveal Species Specificity of Penicillin-Binding Proteins," Journal of Molecular Biology 322.1 (2002), pp. 111-22.

Awards & Honors
Philip E. Austin, President, received the first President's 21st Century Award from the Windham Region Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes economic development efforts building the future of the Windham Region for the 21st Century. The citation for the award notes that the University of Connecticut is the region's largest and fastest growing employer, and that the 21st Century UConn initiative, for which Austin secured the support of the Governor's office and a solid bipartisan majority of the General Assembly, will bring benefits to Windham and to northeast Connecticut well into the middle of the 21st century.

Karl Guillard, Plant Science, has been named one of two North East Region recipients of the USDA and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. He will be honored at NASULGC's 115th Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago on Nov. 10-12.

Trisha Shattuck, Center for Molecular Medicine, Health Center, M.D.-Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Andrew Arnold, has been named winner of a Women in Endocrinology 2002 Travel Award. She was recognized for her research into the molecular basis of parathyroid gland tumors. She was honored during the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Francisco.

C.S.P. Sung, Polymer Science, Institute of Materials Science, and Chemistry, won the 2002 BiChuMi Grand Award in Korea. This award, established in 2001 by Korea's Ministry of Women's Affairs and sponsored by Samsung Life Foundation, is the biggest award for women in Korea. It recognizes leading Korean women's contributions in public service, culture and arts, and science and education. Sung's award "Byul-Lee-Sang" (Star Prize) is for her achievements in science and education. The award includes a cash prize equivalent to $16000. The award ceremony will be held on Nov. 15 in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Paul Epstein, Health Center, Pharmacology, and Li Song, graduate student, Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, presented "Exisulind and its Derivatives Inhibit Jurkat Cell Proliferation by an Apparent Non-cGMP Dependent Mechanism," at the Gordon Research Conference at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. Epstein also chaired a session at the conference and served as one of the judges in selecting the 10 best posters from the meeting.

Jan E. Heckman, University Libraries, Avery Point Campus, gave a presentation titled "Round the Clock, Round the World: An Overview of Virtual Reference Service," at the 29th Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers, Mazatlan, Mexico, Oct. 6-11.

Stephen M. Miller, Economics, emeritus, presented "An 'Ideal' Decomposition of Industry Dynamics: An Application to the Nationwide and State Level U.S. Banking Industry" to the Financial Industry and Regulation Division at the Bank of England, London, July 30.

Jeff von Munkwitz-Smith, University Registrar, presented an invited talk, "FERPA for CIOs: What IT Staff Need to Know About Educational Records Privacy Regulations," at the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Atlanta in October.

Philip Yeagle, Molecular & Cell Biology, presented an invited lecture at an international symposium on Membrane Protein Structure, in Sydney, Australia.

Other Activities
Dr. Richard "Rick" Fortinsky, Gerontology, Health Center, is serving as chairman for the NIH Study Section Social Sciences, Nursing, Epidemiology and Methods through June 30, 2004.

Janice Mathews, Trecker Library, Greater Hartford Campus, is co-publisher of a new cultural heritage magazine that made its debut in Hartford in October, The Hog River Journal. The publication explores the region's history, culture and arts from the Colonial period through the mid-20th century.

Joan Seliger Sidney, English and Judaic Studies, received a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center from the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, to write non-fiction. She also read in the Cheney Hall Invitational Poetry Marathon for the second consecutive year, in May.

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