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Activities and Achievements
November 29, 1999

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We invite faculty (including emeriti), staff and graduate students to submit entries for Activities & Achievements. Entries must be typed and e-mail submissions are strongly encouraged: Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, editor,

Articles & Chapters
Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Educational Psychology, Rod Swenson, Steve Garrett & Robert Shaw, Psychology, Michael Young, Educational Psychology, and Sasha Barab, "Principles of Self-Organization: Learning as Participation in Autocatakinetic Systems," The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 8.3& 4 (1999), pp. 349-90.

J.W. Madaus, Pappanikou Center, "Screening College Students for Potential Learning Disabilities," in Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 9.1 (Winter 1998), pp. 13-16.

Sally Reis, Educational Psychology & Neag Center, "Women and Creativity," Encyclopedia of Creativity, 2 (1999), pp. 699 ff.

Ronald Taylor, Sociology, "Sociology and African American Studies," Contemporary Sociology, 28 (September 1999), pp. 517-21; and "Diversity Within African American Families," in David Demo et al. eds., Handbook of Family Diversity, (Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 232-51.

Awards & Honors
Dennis Chapron, Pharmacy, received the Paul G. Pierpoli Lecture Award from the Connecticut Society of Hospital Pharmacists on October 29. Chapron, whose specialty is geriatrics, is a UConn alum and has been active in the state in his field since 1974.

Lawrence Hightower, Molecular & Cell Biology, was given the "Spirit of Budapest" award of the Cell Stress Society International in recognition of his contributions to international scientific cooperation. The award was presented in Wuhan, People's Republic of China, during the Second International Workshop on Molecular Biology of Stress Responses.

Jennifer Lucia, Center for Students with Disabilities, has received the 1999 Outstanding New Professional Award of Region I of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Thomas Paterson, History, emeritus, and Dennis Merrill, eds., Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, two vols. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000).

John Abbott, English, served as the American representative at a symposium at the Royal Society of Arts in London on October 15 that was dedicated to Benjamin Franklin and the restoration of the home he occupied in London from 1757-1762 and 1764-1775. During the symposium Abbott presented an invited paper, "Benjamin Franklin and John Hawkesworth: A Transatlantic Friendship."

Richard Bass, Mathematics, spoke on "Fiber Brownian Motion and the Hot Spots Problem" at the Probability and Statistical Physics Seminar at the Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences, New York University, on November 5.

Carlos Elordi, Political Science, graduate student, and Frederick Turner, Political Science, emeritus, presented a paper "Mexico and the United States: Two Distinct Political Cultures?" at the Hewlett Foundation Conference on Political Culture in Latin America at the University of California-San Diego.

Ellen Embardo, University Libraries, gave a talk about the Dodd Center's Alternative Press Collection at a conference on "The '60s in Connecticut: Campus and Community Activism," during the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Connecticut History at Fairfield University on November 13.

Evarist Gine, Mathematics, gave a talk on "Recent Advances in the Asymptotic Theory of U-Statistics," at the Columbia University Probability Seminar on October 22.

Cynthia Jones and Laura Newbury, Career Services, presented "The Development of a Model to Advance Experiential Learning Opportunities and Participation for Students at the University of Connecticut Using Career Development Resources," at the National Society for Experiential Education national conference in San Diego, October 19-24. NSEE is a national organization for career development professionals and educators.

Julio Morales, Social Work, co-facilitated a live satellite teleconference on Latino child welfare, a day-long series of workshops and panel discussions held concurrently in six states and Puerto Rico, on October 15. He also chaired Connecticut's conference participation.

Amii Omara-Otunnu, History and UConn-ANC Partnership, gave the keynote address on "Africa, Globalization and the New Millennium," on October 22, during Africa Culture Week at Michigan State University, October 20-30.

Subhash Ray, Economics, presented a paper, co-authored with Stephen M. Miller and Kankana Mukherjee, both of Economics, titled "A Differential Decomposition of Profit Efficiency: An Application to U.S. Banks," at the Sixth European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis in Copenhagen on October 30.

Julianne Wayne, Social Work, presented a half-day field instructors' workshop on "Field Instruction with Group Work Assignments," at a conference, "Mining the Gold in Social Work With Groups," sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Social Work With Groups, October 21-24 in Denver, Colo. Also at that conference, Alex Gitterman, Social Work, visiting professor, presented a full-day institute, "Advanced Skills of Working With Groups: The Middle Phase of Practice"; Kasumi Hirayama, Social Work, presented a paper, "Empowerment-Based Group Work with Immigrants and Refugees: A Model"; and Edna Comer, Social Work, presented a paper, "Studying Innovations in Group Work Practice: Applications of the Intervention Research Paradigm" with co-authors Andrea Meier and Maeda Galinsky.

Feenie Ziner, English, emerita, spoke at the Donnell Branch of the New York Public Library at 53rd Street, Manhattan, on November 16 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of P.L. Travers, the author of "Mary Poppins".

Other Activities
Jason Jakubowski, Political Science, graduate student, was recently elected to the New Britain City Council. Jakubowski is a former editor of the Daily Campus.