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  May 12, 2003

Activities and Achievements

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Articles & Chapters
Clare Eby, English and Greater Hartford Campus, "Of Gold Molars and Golden Girls: Fitzgerald's Reading of Norris," American Literary Realism 35.2 (Winter 2003), pp. 130-58.

Awards & Honors
A book edited by Richard Bleiler, University Libraries, Supernatural Fiction Writers: Contemporary Fantasy and Horror (Charles Scribner's Sons, December 2002) two vols., has received a 2003 New York Public Library "Best of Reference" award. In addition to serving as editor of the book, Bleiler either wrote or co-wrote chapters on Stephen King, Robert McCammon, and Katherine Ptacek. "Best of Reference" is an annual list of books, websites, and electronic resources selected by a committee of New York Public librarians for their usefulness in local branch reference collections.

Beth Hooker, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student, has received a Philanthropic and Educational Organization (PEO) Scholar Award, which provides funds for tuition, fees, books and supplies, and other expenses for graduate study, such as room and board, transportation, and childcare. The organization offers awards to women in the U.S. and Canada, based on scholarly excellence, academic achievements, academic and career goals, and the potential to contribute significantly to the field. The award is the second national award Hooker has received this year: she recently won a fellowship from the EPA.

Diana Payne and Nancy Balcom, Sea Grant, Avery Point Campus, are getting the CT Secretary of State's 2003 Public Service Award, which honors individuals serving on state boards and commissions. Payne is being honored for her service on the Eastern Long Island Sound Advisory Council and Balcom is being honored for her service to the Connecticut Seafood Council. They received their awards at a ceremony on May 5 at Central Connecticut State University.

Margaret Gilbert, Philosophy and Humanities Institute, Marcher Ensemble: Essais sur Les Fondements des Phenomenes Collectifs (Presses Universitaires de France, 2003). The book is one of three chosen by the publisher to launch a new series linking philosophy and the social sciences.

Usha Palaniswamy, Allied Health and Asian American Studies, A Guide to Medicinal Plants of Asian Origin & Culture (Newbury, U.K.: CPL Press, 2003), 208 pp. The publication includes a CD-ROM.

Crawford Elder, Philosophy, gave a talk, "On the Place of Artifacts in Ontology," at the Central Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association, in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 24.

Bob Fisher, Social Work and Urban Studies, participated in a panel discussion at a forum, "Untangling the Web of Poverty in Hartford: Voices of the People," at the School of Social Work on April 10.

Margaret Gilbert, Philosophy and Humanities Institute, was the lead invited speaker at an international interdisciplinary roundtable on collective beliefs held at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, on April 4. She was also an invited speaker at an international, interdisciplinary, and multiprofessional conference on "Teamwork" held at Oxford University on April 9-10, presenting "Outline of a Framework for the Understanding of Teams."

Wm. Guthrie Sayen, History, presented "'No Harum Starum Ranting Fellow': George Washington's Temperament," at a meeting of the George Washington Distinguished Professors and Scholars, the Society of the Cincinnati, in Washington, D.C., April 25-26.

Other Activities
Richard D. Brown, History and Humanities Institute, served as the William E. Hewitt Distinguished Professor of History at University of Northern Colorado on April 8-10, where he gave two public lectures, met with six classes, and spoke to a faculty colloquium.

Margaret Gilbert, Philosophy and Humanities Institute, is profiled in the 2003 edition of Who's Who in America.