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  May 14, 2001

Activities & Achievements

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We invite faculty, staff and graduate students from all campuses to submit entries Activities and Achievements. Items must be typed in Advance style and email is strongly encouraged. Send to the Editor at advance@uconn.edu

Articles & Chapters
Joan Bothell, Environmental Research Institute, Maureen Mulroy, Family Studies, and Mary-Margaret Gaudio, Cooperative Extension, "Public Service and Public Health: A University/Government Collaboration to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning," Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 6 (2000), pp. 31-9.

Mark Boyer, Political Science, "Moving Targets: Understanding Diplomacy and Negotiation in a Globalizing World," International Studies Review, 4.3 (spring 2001).

Gene Kannenberg Jr., English, graduate student, "Graphic Text, Graphic Context: Interpreting Custom Fonts and Hands in Contemporary Comics," in Paul Gutjahr and Megan Benton eds., Illuminating Letters: Typography and Literary Interpretation (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), pp. 163-92; "'I Looked Just Like Rudolph Valentino': Identity and Authority in Maus," in Jan Baetens ed., The Graphic Novel (Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press, 2001), pp. 79-89; review of Comic Book Culture: Fanboys and True Believers by Mathew J. Pustz (University Press of Mississippi, 1999), in Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing News, 10.2 (Spring 2001), pp. 13-14.

Kankana Mukherjee, Subhash Ray, and Stephen Miller, Economics, "Productivity Growth in Large U.S. Commercial Banks: The Initial Post-Deregulation Experience," Journal of Banking and Finance, 25.5 (May 2001), pp. 913-39.

Joseph Renzulli, Educational Psychology and Neag Center, "Using Enrichment Clusters for Performance-Based Identification," Gifted Education International, 15 (2001), pp. 22-8.

Awards & Honors
Amy Donahue, Political Science, has won the Outstanding Dissertation Prize from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs for her study, "Putting Out Fires in Local Government: Modeling and Measuring the Contribution of Organizations and Management to Government Productivity, with an Application to the Fire Service."

Julio Morales, Social Work, received the Liberty Bell Award for Law Day 2001 for his dedication and service to the children of Connecticut from the Hartford County Bar Association on May 1.

Martha Stone, Law, received a 2001 Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Award. Stone was recognized for her development of the Hartford Public High School Drop Out Prevention Program and the making of the video "Who Will Speak for Me?" Stone, an adjunct professor, is executive director of the Center for Children's Advocacy Inc., located at the School of Law, a non-profit organization dedicated to the legal rights of poor children.

Nechama Tec, Sociology and Stamford Campus, received the first American Society for Yad Vashem Achievement Award for her contribution to Holocaust scholarship. Tec is the author of six books and many articles. She was presented with the award at the Jewish Museum in New York City on May 1 during a luncheon at which she was also the guest speaker. Her address was on "The Different Fate of Women and Men During the Holocaust."

Allen Ward, History, emeritus, received AbleMedia's Bronze Chalice award for his submission "The Movie "Gladiator" in Historical Perspective," published on Classics Technology Center on the Web (http://ablemedia.com/ctcweb). CTCWeb serves millions of educators and students in more than 75 countries. Ward's submission argued that the historical truths behind Hollywood's "Gladiator" may be stranger than the mostly fictitious portrait the movie paints of ancient Rome and its culture.

Stephen James Nelson, Educational Leadership, Ph.D. graduate, Leaders in the Crucible: The Moral Voice of College Presidents (Bergin & Garvey, 2000).

Carol Lewis, Political Science, has been named to the editorial board of the journal Public Integrity.

Gene Kannenberg Jr., English, graduate student, presented "The Comics of Chris Ware as Visual Literature" at the Popular Culture Association annual conference on April 12; he also was re-named chair of the Comic Art & Comics Area of PCA. He presented "Chips Off the Ol' Blockhead: Evidence of Influence in Peanuts Parody" at the Modern Language Association annual conference, on Dec.29; this panel was featured in an article in The New York Times, on March 24, pp. B1, B9.

Joel Kupperman, Philosophy, presented "Mencius and Hume: Philosophical Traditions and the Context of Inquiry," at Wesleyan University on April 10 and led a faculty seminar on Mencius on April 11. He also spoke on "The Ethics of Style and Attitude" at the 23rd annual Santa Clara Philosophy Conference on April 14.

Patrick McKenna gave a colloquium, "Mountain Passes, Theorems and Algorithms," at Haverford College on April 23.

Paul Plavcan, Political Science, doctoral student, resented "Attempting to Reconcile Religion and Democracy: The Political Thought of Pope John Paul II," at the Midwest Political Science Conference in Chicago, on April 19-21.

Joseph Renzulli, Educational Psychology and Neag Center, gave an invited keynote speech on "Developing the Gifts and Talents of All Students Through the Schoolwide Enrichment Model," at the Caribbean Regional Conference on the Gifted and Talented in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 9.

Professional Societies
B>Margaret Higonnet, English, has been elected vice president of the American Comparative Literature Association for 2001-2003. She will serve as president in 2003-2005.

Other Activities
Yung Choi, Changefeng Gui and Patrick McKenna, Mathematics, organized a special session on Singular and Degenerate Nonlinear Elliptic Boundary Value Problems at the regional meeting of the American Mathematical Society in Hoboken, N.J., on April 28-29.

Nena Krechko, Dining Services, was one of nine members of the ACUHOI/NACUFS Food Service Management Internship Committee that met recently at UConn to review application for food service internships at host schools. To serve on the national committee, a person must be recommended, accepted, and voted on by ACUHOI.

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