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Activities and Achievements
(April 26, 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 
Frank Boruch, Student Health Services, "We Can Be Heroes," The Physician-Executive (March-April 1999), 44-50.

D.-M. Sun, M.L. Fernandez, Nutritional Sciences, E.C.K. Lin, and D.J. McNamara, "Regulation of Guinea Pig Hepatic acyl-CoA: Cholesterol Acyltransferase (ACAT) Activity by Dietary Fat Saturation and Cholesterol," Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 10 (1999), pp. 172-80.

M. Vergara-Jimenez, Harold Furr, and M.L. Fernandez, Nutritional Sciences, "Pectin and Psyllium Decrease the Susceptibility of LDL to Oxidation in Guinea Pigs," Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 10 (1999), pp. 118-24.

Piotr Naskrecki, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student, is mentioned in the February 1999 issue of National Geographic. Two of the pictures in the issue, which focuses on biodiversity, were inspired by the work of Naskrecki and his adviser, Robert Colwell, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

Marc O'Reilly, Political Science, doctoral student,"Oil Monarchies Without Oil: Omani and Bahrani Security in a Post-Oil Era," Middle East Policy, 6:3 (February 1999), 78-92.

Sadhana Puntambekar, Educational Psychology, and Janet Koldner, "Distributed Scaffolding: Helping Students Learn in a 'Learning by Design' Environment," and Puntambekar and Koldner, "The Design Diary: A Tool to Support Students in Learning Science by Design," in A.S. Bruckman, M. Guzdial, J.L. Koldner and A. Ram, eds., Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, 1998, pp. 35-41 and 230-6. Puntambekar also coauthored with Benedict duBoulay, "Design of MIST -- A System to Help Students Develop Metacognition," in P. Murphy, ed., Learnings, Learning and Assessment, 1998, pp. 245-57.

Sally Reis, Educational Psychology and Neag Center, "Overcoming Barriers," Parenting for High Potential (March 1999), 18-21.

Joseph Renzulli, Educational Psychology and Neag Center, "A Practical Approach for Developing the Gifts and Talents of All Students," in Teaching for Intelligence I: A Collection of Articles, Barbara Z. Presseisen, ed. From a presentation at the Fourth International Teaching for Intelligence Conference, April 25, 1998, New York.

Pamela Roberts, Allied Health, and Ruth Duval, "Aquatic Exercise Therapy: The Effects on an Adolescent with Waardenburg's Syndrome," in Physical Therapy Reports.

Lyle A. Scruggs, Political Science, "Institutions and Environmental Performance in Seventeen Western Democracies," British Journal of Political Science, 29 (January 1999), 1-32.

Donald Tepas, Psychology, "Work Shift Usability Testing," in The Occupational Economics Handbook, Waldemar Karwowski and William Marras, eds. (Baton Rouge etc.: CRC Press, 1999), pp. 1741-58.

Wei Li, Geography & Asian American Studies, received the J. Warren Nystrom Award of the Association of American Geographers in recognition of her outstanding doctoral dissertation on emerging ethnic communities in suburban areas. The award was present at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers held in March in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jeff Bellantoni, Art & Art History, co-authored and designed the book Type in Motion: Innovations in Digital Graphics, with Matt Woolman (London: Thames and Hudson, and New York: Rizzoli, 1999).

Martha Keagle, Allied Health, edited a textbook with Steven Gersen, The Principles of Clinical Cytogenetics (New Jersey: The Humana Press, 1999), 544 pp. The book is a reference for non-geneticist physicians and cytogenetics and medical students.

Everett C. Ladd, Political Science, The Ladd Report (New York: Free Press, 1999).

The Division of Public Safety has received a grant of $6,073 from the Office of Emergency Management to support radiological emergency preparedness.

Lynn Bloom, English & Aetna Chair, presented "Writing in Invisible Ink: What Textbooks Don't Tell Our Students About Writing Essays," and "Coming to Class: Teacher Autobiographies," at the CCCC conference in Atlanta, Ga., March 24-27.

Mark Boyer, Political Science, and Davis Bobrow presented "The Domestic Sources of International Systems Instability," at the International Studies Association meeting in Washington, D.C.

Neal Coates, Political Science, doctoral student, presented "United States Foreign Policy in East Africa After the Bombings at the Kenyan and Tanzanian Embassies," at the seventh annual Graduate Student Research Conference on African Studies at Boston University on March 27.

Elizabeth Hanson, Political Science, presented "Information, Power and the Distributional Effects of the Internet," at the International Studies Association meeting in Washington, D.C.

Ronnie Leavitt, Allied Health, chaired and participated in a session on "Developing Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy" at the combined sections meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Seattle, Wash., in February.

Herbert Lederer, Modern & Classical Languages, emeritus, presented "Last Waltz in Imperial Vienna: The End of an Era," at the Education Center of Longboat Key, Fla., on February 9.

Carol Lewis, Political Science, conducted a seminar on public service ethics and a symposium "Municipal Ethics Codes," at Northern Illinois University.

Joseph Renzulli, Educational Psychology & Neag Center, presented the Paul F. Brandwein Invited Lecture in Science, "Schools for Talent Development: A Comprehensive Plan for Integrating the Know-How of Gifted Education with Total School Improvement," at the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting in Boston, Mass., on March 27.

The UConn Libraries hosted the spring conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter, on March 19. Presenters included: Barbara Cervera; Francine DeFranco; Brinley Franklin; Richard Fyffe; Scott Kennedy; Paul Kobulnicky; Susan Martin; Terry Plum; Darlene Waller, all of Homer Babbidge Library; Etan Markus, Psychology; and Susan Spiggle, Marketing.

John Veiga, Steven Floyd, and Kathleen Dechant, Management, presented paper, "The Technology Acceptance Model: Toward a Cross-Cultural Perspective," at the Eighth Annual International Association for Management of Technology in Cairo, Egypt, on March 15. Floyd also chaired a session titled, "Issues in Management of Technology for Developing Nations."

Other Activities
Judy Preston, Greek Life, has been invited to participate in a Robert Wood Johnson think tank on binge drinking among Greeks, May 20-22.

Dwayne Proctor, Communication Sciences, graduate student, was featured on the cover of a brochure on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program 2000-2001, Grants for Graduate Study & Research Abroad, distributed by the Institute of International Education.