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 September 20, 2004

Activities and Achievements

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Articles & Chapters
Brinley Franklin, University Libraries, and Terry Plum, "Library Usage Patterns in the Electronic Information Environment," Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, 9.4, (July 2004).

Awards & Honors
The Athletics Division received a "Spirit of Connecticut" award from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism at the 17th annual tourism unity dinner at the Windsor Marriott on June 3.

Cheryl Dziura-Duke, Dietetics, undergraduate, received the American Dietetic Association's 2004 "Outstanding Student" award for a State of Connecticut dietetics student from a Coordinated Program on May 17. Criteria for the award include academic excellence, potential for leadership in the field, and professionalism.

The University's director of environmental policy position, held by Richard Miller, was cited as a "best management practice" in the federal EPA catalog of best management practices for colleges and universities in the leadership category.

Bernard Goffinet, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, received an honorable mention for best paper in the American Bryological and Lichenological Society's journal: The Bryologist: Bernard Goffinet, Jolanta Miadlikowska, and Trevor Goward, "Phylogenetic Inferences Based on nrDNA Sequences Support Five Morphospecies Within the Peltigera didactyla Complex (Lichenized Ascomycota)", The Bryologist, 106.3 (2003), pp. 349-64 The honor represents recognition from the primary scientific society in Goffinet's field for a paper published in one of the leading journals in his area. It is the second time he has been so honored.

Claire Healy, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student in the lab of Janine Caira, was awarded one of two "Outstanding Student Paper" awards at the national meetings of the American Society of Parasitologists. Healy won the society's award in the category of organismal work.

Earl MacDonald, Music, won the Hartford Advocate readers' poll award for "Best Jazz Group" in the "2004 Grand Band Slam."

Florian Reyda, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student in the lab of Janine Caira, has received Fulbright funding to work on the tapeworms of freshwater stingrays in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ronald Rohner, Family Studies and Anthropology, emeritus, received an award for distinguished contributions to the international advancement of psychology from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Foundation. The award was presented on July 31, during the association's annual meeting in Honolulu.

Robynn Shannon, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student, has received an American Association of University Women Education Foundation 2004-05 American Dissertation Fellowship.

Michael White, Pharmacy, was named the 2004 Pharmacy Teacher of the Year by the Doctor of Pharmacy Class of 2004. He also was selected two years ago

Presentations and Conferences
Peter Barth, Economics, emeritus, was the co-chair of a conference for the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Social Security Administration on "The Interaction of Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance," which took place on June 24.

Brinley Franklin, University Libraries, presented "The Shared Leadership Model in a Modern Academic Research Library" at the Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organisations" at the University of Greenwich, London, England on August 6; he also presented "Managing the Electronic Collection With Cost Per Use Data" at the 70th World Library and Information Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 25.

Damon Williams, Multicultural & International Affairs, gave a presentation on the status of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant to the national directors of the National Science Foundation on July 7. He also was the keynote speaker at the 2004 Committee on Institutional Cooperation Summer Research Opportunities Program Conference, "The Breadth of Mentorship-Scholarly Engagement, Career Development and Personal Enrichment," at the University of Iowa, on July 10.

Professional Societies
Charles Caley, Pharmacy Practice, was recognized as the new president-elect of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists during its April 2004 meeting.

Waldo Klein, Social Work, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut chapter. He was elected as member at large (academic), representing the interests of social work faculty members and schools of social work on the board. He is a member of NASW's state committee on aging and a volunteer in the chapter's legislative activities and political action committee.

Other Activities
Peter Barth, Economics, emeritus, was appointed in July by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy to the Department's Advisory Committee on the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act of 2000. He also was appointed as a Visiting Scholar for the W.E. Upjohn Institute of Employment Research.

Earl MacDonald, Music, conducted the BMI / New York Jazz Orchestra in a performance of his recent composition "Bad Dream", at Merkin Hall in New York City on July 15. The concert featured new works for the jazz big band, which were created within the 2003-04 BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.

Stephen Sacks, Economics, has been selected to participate in the research agenda of the University of Southern California's Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, a "center of excellence" funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He will work with colleagues at MIT on the deployment of emergency response vehicles.