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  May 8, 2001

Activities & Achievements

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Articles & Chapters
Shelley Cudiner, Jeremy Richard Library, Stamford Campus, and Oskar Harmon, Economics, Stamford Campus, "Teaching Economics Students How to Research in an Electronic Library: An Active Learning Approach," in B. Dewey, ed., Library User Education: Powerful Learning, Powerful Partnerships (Scarecrow Press, 2000),; and "An Active Learning Approach to Teaching Effective Online Search Strategies: A Librarian/Faculty Collaboration," T.H.E. Journal - Technological Horizons in Education, (December 2000), pp. 52-7.

Oskar Harmon, Economics, Stamford Campus, "AMT: Why and How to Reform," Tax Notes (April 23, 2001).

Anita Walker and Edmund Dickerman, History, emeriti, "A Notorious Woman: Possession, Witchcraft and Sexuality in Seventeenth-Century Provence," Historical Reflections 27 (2001): pp. 1-26.

Awards & Honors
Tamika Brierley, School of Medicine, first-year student, has been selected by The Endocrine Society in a national competition as winner of a 2001 Summer Research Fellowship. The Society will provide a $4,000 stipend to support her participation in a research project on the molecular basis of endocrine gland tumors. Her faculty mentor is Andrew Arnold. The Endocrine Society is the world's leading organization for academic endocrinology.

The Pratt and Whitney-University of Connecticut Health Promotion Initiative received the Community Health Charities of Connecticut Workplace Wellness Silver Award in recognition of outstanding commitment to workplace health and wellness in the year 2000, on March 26. Linda Pescatello, Allied Health, is project director; collaborating investigators include George Allen, Psychology; David Camaione, Center for Health Fitness; Vicky Hubner, Allied Health; Edna Johnson, Nursing; and Nancy Rodriguez, Nutritional Sciences.

Carol Pilbeam, Center on Aging, divisions of endocrinology and geriatrics, is the 2001 recipient of the Fred F. Schudy Memorial Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation. The distinction is reserved for just one of 15 funded awards. The award will support the master's orthodontics research of Kristen Walters on the role of collagenase in migration of osteoblasts on collagen.

Robert Tilton, English and American Studies, has been chosen Connecticut's first George Washington Distinguished Scholar by the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati, the oldest military/historical society in the United States; a book Tilton co-authored with William Rasmussen, George Washington, The Man Behind the Myths, was nominated for a Virginia Book Award; and an exhibition of the same name has been nominated for the Award of Merit by the American Association of State and Local Historians.

Kristen Zarfos, Surgery, has been selected to receive the first Humanitarian Award given by the Rotary Club of Deep River. The award was presented at the Deep River Rotary's 50th anniversary dinner April 28 in Old Saybrook.

Edna Comer, Social Work, presented a paper with Vanessa Hodges, Margaret Spearman and Sabrina Williamson, titled "Go Tell it on the Mountain: Developing Faith-Based Child Welfare Programs for African-American Children," at the Fifteenth National Black Family Summit sponsored by the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 7-9.

Cornelia Hughes Dayton, History, presented "Traversing the Distance: Languages of Mental Illness Past & Present," at a Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences meeting at the Dodd Center on April 19.

Richard Langlois, Economics, presented "Capabilities and Governance: the Rebirth of Production in the Theory of Economic Organization" as one of four invited foreign keynote speakers at the Second Brazilian Seminar on the New Institutional Economics in Campinas, Brazil on March 21.

Richard Peterson, English, read an invited paper, "Editing a New Spenserian Poem: M.L.'s Envies Scourge, and Vertues Honour," at the Conference of the Society for Textual Scholarship at CUNY in New York, on April 19, and again at a Spenser session at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Mich., on May 4.

Joseph Renzulli, Educational Psychology & National Research Center on the Gifted & Talented, gave an invited keynote address on "Preparing Gifted Leaders for the Twenty-First Century," at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Association for the Gifted in Pittsburgh, Pa., on April 27.

Ron Wikholm, Chemistry, presented a poster on "ACS Organic Exams: More Treasure from the Trove," to the Division of Chemical Education at the 221st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego on April 1. The paper was chosen for inclusion in the "Sci-Mix" Program on April 2.

Professional Societies
Sandra Weller, Microbiology, has been elected a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. The group recognizes excellence, originality and creativity in all subspecialties of the microbiological sciences.

Other Activities
Louis Competiello, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, will head the advisory board of The Catholic Voice of America. Recently he and his wife received a special papal blessing and recognition by the Vatican for their outstanding work as physicians.

Stephen Grange, Purchasing, has been awarded the Lifetime C.P.M. Certification.

Marja Hurley, Endocrinology, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Orthopedics and Musculoskeletal Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, Department of Health and Human Services, at the National Institutes of Health. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific disciplines.

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