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Activities and Achievements
February 14, 2000

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

Articles & Chapters
Carol W. Lewis, Political Science, Morton Tenzer, Political Science, emeritus, and Tony Harrison, "The Heroic Response to Terror: The Case of Oklahoma City," Public Personnel Management, 28.4 (Winter 1999), pp. 617-35.

Howard Reiter, Brian Waddell, and Julie Walsh, former graduate student, all of Political Science, each have entries in M.E. Sharpe ed., The Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America.

Joseph Renzulli, Educational Psychology & Neag Center, "What Makes Giftedness?" Sources/Notable Selections: Educational Psychology (2000), pp. 374-84.

Awards & Honors
Richard Silvia, Pharmacy, received a gold prize from the Connecticut Society of Health-System Pharmacists for his poster presentation "Medication Utilization in Psychiatric Patients: Increasing Utilization or Medication Burden?" which he displayed at the society's annual meeting on Oct. 29.

Donald Les, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, received a Fulbright grant to teach and study at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Canberra, Australia, Sept. 1999-February 2000. He is conducting research on the biology and onservation of aquatic plants: genetic diversity and biogeography of Australian seagrasses (family Zosteraceae).

Sheila Molony, Nursing, graduate student, C. Waszynski, & Lyder, Gerontological Nursing: An Advanced Practice Approach (Stamford, Conn.: Appleton & Lange, 1999).

Richard Bass, Mathematics, spoke on "Local Times for Space-Time Brownian Motion," at the University of British Columbia on Jan. 19.

Stephen Joy, Psychology, graduate student, presented the following posters in 1999: "Age Differences in Qualitative Block Design Scores," presented before the Eastern Psychological Association; "Decoding Digit Symbol: Speed, Memory, and Visual Scanning," presented before the American Psychological Association; "Information and Similarities Multiple Choice: Validating the WAIS-R-NI," presented before the New England Psychological Association, all co-authored by Deborah Fein, Psychology. Joy also presented "Innovation Motivation Predicts Divergent Production: A Pilot Study," before the New England Psychological Association; and "Facilitated Communication Training: A Semi-Quantitative Review," before the American Psychological Association.

Jeffrey Lefebvre, Political Science and Stamford Campus, served as moderator of the Louis J. Kuriansky Annual Conference on Revisiting the Middle East in 1999. The conference was held at the Stamford campus.

Xue-Mei Li, Mathematics, gave invited talks on "The Stochastic Differential Equation and its Geometry" at Loughborough University, U.K., on Jan. 7, and on "The Ito map and a Hodge Laplacian for 1-forms" at the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K. on Jan. 21.

Usha Palaniswamy, Allied Health and Asian American Studies Institute, organized and chaired a workshop, "Interesting Case Studies in International Consulting of Horticulturalists" and presented "International Consultancy Experiences - Expect the Unexpected!" and "Omega-3 Fatty Acid Concentration of Purslane (Portulaca oleracea L.) Is Influenced by the Stage of Harvest and the Variety," co-authored by Richard McAvoy and Bernard Bible, Plant Science, at the 96th International Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science, in Minneapolis, Minn., in July. Palaniswamy also presented "The Effect of Nitrate to Ammonium Ratios on Essential Fatty Acid Concentrations in Portulaca oleracea L.," co-authored by Richard McAvoy and Bernard Bible, Plant Science, at the ninth Gatlinburg Symposium on Plants, Nutrition and Human Health, in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 10-13.

Jennifer Sterling-Folker, Politica Science, gave a talk "Evolutionary Tendencies in Realist and Liberal IR Theory," as part of the International Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University.

Richard Vengroff, Political Science, presented a paper, "Decentralization, Democratization and Development in Senegal," at Yale University, as part of a year-long colloquium series on decentralization and development.

Other Activities
Ronald Cotterrill, Agriculture & Resource Economics, is hosting Erkan Rehber of Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey, one of four Visiting Fulbright Scholars at UConn this year; the others are Nadica Ivosevic, of the Ruder Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia, hosted by Hans Dam, Marine Sciences; Alexandre Erdelevski, of the Moscow State Law Academy, Moscow, Russia, hosted by Mark Janis, Law; and Thomas Mavromoustakos of the Insitute of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Athens, Greece, hosted by Alexandros Makriyannis, Pharmacy.

Holger Hansen, Community Medicine and Health Care, has been appointed to the International Scientific Advisory Board of the German research project on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This nationwide multidisciplinary study aims to shed light on the largely unknown etiology of SIDS, a major cause of infant mortality in western societies.

A group of students from Farmington High School spent the day in laboratories in the Department of Microbiology at the Health Center, during Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2000, on Feb 2. The program was sponsored by Farmington High School.