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Activities & Achievements
December 15, 1997

The Landscape Department has been recognized by the Mansfield Beautification Committee for its beautiful gardens and window boxes on campus. The department received one of four certificates of merit for 1997, awards that recognize special efforts to improve the landscaping and appearance of commercial and residential areas in Mansfield.

Xiusheng Yang, Natural Resources Management and Engineering, has been invited as a UPS Foundation visiting professor at Stanford University, for the period January through August 1998. The visiting professorship, funded by an endowment from the UPS Foundation, enables Stanford each year to invite a leading scholar in a field of civil and environmental engineering to be in residence. Yang's specialty is air pollution and the modeling of air circulation in inside structures.

David A. Yphantis, Molecular and Cell Biology, and staff member, National Ultracentrifugation Facility at UConn, received the Theodor Svedberg award and medal at the annual Beckman Symposium on Solution Interactions of Macromolecules for being "an established investigator for sustained and outstanding contributions to the field of Analytical Ultracentrifugation." John Toedt, Ph.D. student, Molecular and Cell Biology, and graduate assistant, Ultracentri-fugation Facility, was cited at the same symposium for his outstanding poster presentation describing his research on the biophysical study of the molecular basis for plant resistance to certain virus infections. Toedt received a travel award covering all expenses to attend the symposium.

Magaret Sekellick, Philip Marcus, Molecular and Cell Biology and Anthony Ferrandino, granted patent 5,641,656 for "Nucleic acids encoding avian interferon IFN proteins and recombinant methods using them."

David Corsini, emeritus, Family Studies, presented a seminar "A School Program to Screen and Monitor Infants/Toddlers and Support Parents: A Parent Center Model,"at the zero to three National Training Institute December 6 in Nashville, Tenn.

Ruth Millikan, Philosophy, will deliver the 1997 Romanell Lecture on the topic "How we get our ideas clear," at the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) in Philadelphia, Pa. December 30. The scholar selected to deliver the Romanell Lecture is chosen each year by the APA, the only national organization in the field of philosophy. Though given at the Eastern Division meeting, the lecture is a national event.

Professional Societies
Kent Newmyer, emeritus, History, has been made a member of the Connecticut Humanities Council's board. The Council, an independent public foundation funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the state, has 25 members, half of whom are affiliated with academic or cultural institutions.