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  April 7, 2003

Activities and Achievements

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Amvrossios Bagtzoglou, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and J. Atmadja, "The Marching-Jury Backward Beam Equation and Quasi-Reversibility Methods for Hydrologic Inversion: Application to Contaminant Plume Spatial Distribution Recovery," in Water Resources Research, 39.2 (2003), p. 1038. Also, with Cesano, D. and B. Olofsson, "Quantifying Fractured Rock Hydraulic Heterogeneity and Groundwater Inflow Prediction in Underground Excavations: The Heterogeneity Index," in Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, 18.1 (2003), pp. 19-34.

Edmund Dickerman and Anita Walker, History, emeriti, "Dans les coulisses: Bellièvre and the Struggle for the Seals, 1599-1607," in French History, 16 (2002), pp. 111-31.

Crawford Elder, Philosophy, "Destruction, Alteration, Simples and World- Stuff" appeared in Philosophical Quarterly 53 (January 2003), pp. 24-38.

Awards & Honors
Daniel Civco, Natural Resources Management & Engineering, James Hurd and Emily Wilson, Environmental Research Institute, and Chester Arnold and Michael Prisloe Cooperative Extension System, are the first-place recipients of the 2003 ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in Geographic Information Systems for their paper, "Quantifying and Describing Urbanizing Landscapes in the Northeast United States," Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 68-10, pp. 1083-90). The award will be presented during the annual conference of the American Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing in Anchorage, Alaska, May 5-9.

Marita McComiskey, Women's Studies, was awarded the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Memorial Award for Outstanding Women of Connecticut. The award was presented by the United Nations Association of Connecticut and UNIFEM-Connecticut on March 4, at a ceremony in Hartford. The Outstanding Women of Connecticut Award was started in 1976, and has been awarded only in 1976, 1987, and 2003. The United Nations decided to honor 100 outstanding women in Connecticut for their work in the fields of equality, peace and development.

Ronald Taylor, Multicultural and International Affairs and Sociology, was installed as Vice President of the Eastern Sociological Society at its annual meeting in Philadelphia in February. The Society represents all of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

The UConn Mentor Connection program has earned Editor's Choice Awards for Best Quality in early college programming from Robert Hydrisko, the editor of Early College Programs, a book on pre-college and college enrichment programs for high school students. Mentor Connection is a three-week residential program for high school students that provides students with opportunities to participate in creative projects and research under the supervision of University mentors.

Sarah Morehouse, Political Science, emerita, with Malcolm E. Jewell, State Politics, Parties and Policy, second edition (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003).

Margaret Gilbert, Philosophy and Humanities Institute, gave an invited lecture, "Shared Values, Social Unity, and Liberty" at Yale University in February and at the University of California-Berkeley on March 7.

Jennifer Sterling-Folker, Political Science, chaired a panel, "Making Sense of IR Theory," and presented on a roundtable, "Contending Perspectives on Global Governance," at the annual convention of the International Studies Association in Portland, Ore., Feb. 25 to March 1. At the same convention, Betty Hanson, Political Science, chaired a panel, "Information and Communication Industries in the Global Economy," and participated in a roundtable on "The Media's Roles in International relations: Accumulations and Gaps in Existing Research;" Tara Lavallee, Political Science, graduate student, presented "Globalizing the Iron Triangle: Is it Really DTSI?" and Patricia Triplett presented "Negotiating One-China: Territorial Disputes and Two-Level Games."

Ronald Taylor, Multicultural and International Affairs and Sociology, presented "W.E.B. DuBois: Timeless Legacy," at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in Philadelphia in February. He also gave the keynote address at the Sixth Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Conference and Banquet in Ames, Iowa, in January.

Professional Societies
Polly Fitz, Allied Health, emerita, was appointed to serve as a member of the Institute of Medicine's U.S. National Committee to the International Union of Nutritional Sciences as the representative for the American Dietetic Association.

Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Physics, has been elected by the Board of Directors of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) to represent SPIE-USA to the International Commission of Optics for a three year term, beginning in January. He previously served on the Board of Directors of SPIE for three years and of the Optical Society of America for two years, and on the Education Committees of both these organizations for decades.

Ronald Taylor, Multicultural and International Affairs and Sociology has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who in the World, 21st edition (2003) and Who's Who in American Education, 6th edition (2003).