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Activities and Achievements
(March 22, 1999)

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We invite faculty (including emeriti), staff and graduate students to submit entries for Activities and Accomplishments. Entries must be typed and e-mail submissions ( are strongly encouraged. Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, editor, compiles this section and questions may be directed to her at (860) 486-3530.

Entries typed in Advance style are welcome and will be published as space permits, in the order in which they are received.

Articles & Chapters
Oskar Harmon, Economics, "State Tax Policy Options: Unbalanced Portfolios and Win/Win Portfolios," in Nagel, Research in Public Policy Analysis and Management, 9, 1998, JAI Press, Greenwich, Conn.

Jeffrey Lefebvre, Political Science, "The United States, Ethiopia, and the 1963 Somalia-Soviet Arms Deal: Containment and the Balance of Power Dilemma in the Horn of Africa," Journal of Modern African Studies, 36.4, December 1998, pp. 611-43.

Robert Phillips, Philosophy, Hartford Campus, "Deconstructing the Mass: The Hidden Assault of the Liturgical Reform," The Latin Mass Quarterly, Winter 1999.

Sally Reis, Educational Psychology and Neag Center, "The Gifted Child," in M.D. Levine, W.B. Carey and A.C. Crocker, eds., Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, (1998) pp. 653-62.

Thomas F. Shea, English, "More Matter With More Art: Typescript Emendations in Patrick McGinley's Bogmail," The Canadian Journal of Irish Literature, 23.2 (1997), pp. 23-39.

Michael Young, Educational Psychology, "Multimedia in Education: Magic or Myth?" in Curriculum Administrator, March 1999.

Judy Preston, Greek Life, received two major awards at the annual meeting of the Association of Fraternity Advisors held in Dallas in December. She received the Outstanding Liaison Award for her service to the Association of Fraternity Advisors and the National Panhellenic Conference, and the Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding service to association and to the profession.

Mike Durkin, Campus Activities, received the 1998 Outstanding New Professional Award from the National Association of Campus Activities Region 1 at the annual fall conference on November 14, in Manchester, N.H. The award is given annually to a professional staff member in the field of student activities who has had three years of professional experience or less, has had significant impact on their campus community, and has participated as a NACA volunteer.

Chris Elphick, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, recently won the British Ecological Society's 1998 Southwood Award for the best paper by a young author in the Journal of Applied Ecology, for a paper coauthored with L.W. Oring, "Winter management of Californian rice fields for waterbirds," Journal of Applied Ecology, 35, 1998: pp. 95-108.

Clare Virginia Eby, English, Dreiser and Veblen, Saboteurs of the Status Quo (University of Missouri Press, 1999).

Carl Schlichting, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Massimo Pigliucci, former Ph.D. student, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Phenotypic Evolution: A Reaction Norm Perspective (Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Mass., 1998).

Richard Bass, Mathematics, became head editor of the Electronic Journal of Probability on March 15.

Debra Kendall, Molecular & Cell Biology, has been appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Richard Bass, Mathematics, gave invited lectures on "The Liouville Property and a Conjecture of DeGeorgi" at City University of New York on February 22 and on "Diffusions on Fractals" at Yale University on March 1.

Larry Goodheart, History, Hartford campus, lectured on "Spielberg's Amistad and the Abolitionists," on February 26 at the Connecticut Historical Society.

Rhonda Hoffman, Animal Science, was an invited speaker on the topic of horse nutrition for the 33rd University of Nottingham Feed Manufacturers Conference, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, U.K., January 2-6. Hoffman was the only speaker at the conference from the United States.

Maria-Luz D. Samper, Labor Education Center, presented a paper on "The Gendered Dimensions of Global Information Technology and the Deconstruction of Space" at the 69th annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston, Mass., on March 4.

Carl Schaefer, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, presented a plenary paper at the Brazilian Congress of Entomology in Rio de Januaryiro in August. The paper, "Phylogeny, systematics, and practical entomology: the Heteroptera (Hemiptera)," has since been published in the An. Soc. Entomol. Brasil, 27, pp. 499-511). Schaefer also chaired a workshop on "Biogeography and Biodiversity of Aquatic Insects," at the sixth European Congress of Entomology in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, in August.

David Walker, Political Science, presented "Devolution in America: 1969-1998," to the annual meeting of the American Politics group, Selwyn College, Cambridge University, U.K.

Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh, Political Science, presented "The Democratic Optimism of Hanna Pitkin," at an international colloquium series at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professional Societies
Nejat Olgac, Mechanical Engineering, has been named a Fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers International. The Fellow grade is conferred upon a member with at least 10 years' active engineering practice who has made significant contributions to the field. ASME International is a worldwide engineering society with 125,000 members that is focused on technical, educational and research issues.

Other Activities
Karlheinz Grochenig, Mathematics, served on a National Science Foundation grant review panel, the "Real, Complex, and Harmonic Analysis Panel," March 8-10, in Washington, D.C.

Venu Menon, Mathematics, Stamford Campus, received funding to run the conference "Topological Methods in Computer Science" on April 10 at the Stamford campus. The journal Theoretical Computer Science will publish the conference proceedings.