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  October 6, 2003

Activities and Achievements

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Arthur Abramson, Linguistics, emeritus, "Acoustic Cues to Word-Initial Stop Length in Pattani Malay," Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Science, Barcelona, 3-9 August 2003, pp. 387-90 (Barcelona: The 15th ICPhS Organizing Committee).

Pat Neafsey, Nursing, Zoe Strickler, Psychology, Juliette Shellman, Nursing, and Virginia Chartier, Nursing Ph.D. student, "An Interactive Technology Approach to Educate Older Adults About Drug Interactions Arising from Over-The-Counter Self-Medication Practices," in Public Health Nursing, 19.4 (2002), pp. 255-262. The paper was selected by an international board appointed by the International Medical Informatics Association as one of the "best of medical informatics articles over the preceding year."

Clinton Sanders, Sociology, "Actions Speak Louder than Words: Close Relationships between Humans and Nonhuman Animals," Symbolic Interaction, 26.3 (2003), pp. 405-26.

Awards & Honors
Laura Robinson and Elizabeth Cryan, Law School, students, were each awarded first prize in the writing competition sponsored by the Computer Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.

Jacqueline Campbell, History, When Sherman Marched North from the Sea: Resistance on the Confederate Home Front (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).

Brinley Franklin, University Libraries, presented "Multidimensional Approaches to Organizational Assessment: An Academic Library Case Study" at the 5th Northumbria International Conference on Performance in Libraries and Information Services at Collingswood College, University of Durham, U.K., on July 29, and "Library Usage Patterns in the Electronic Information Environment" at the 2003 Conference on Users in the Electronic Information Environments held in Helsinki, Finland on September 8.

Larry Goodheart, History and Greater Hartford Campus, spoke on "Connecticut Doctors and the Origins of the Hartford Retreat for the Insane," at the Hartford Medical Society on September 15.

Olu Oguibe, Art & Art History and African-American Studies, was a panelist at the Bronx Museum of The Arts in New York during the museum's annual networking forum on September 7. The topic of the panel discussion was "Creative Multitasking, or the Art of Paying the Rent." Panelists explored how artists' multiple career interests intersect with and affect their artistic practice.

Other Activities
Arthur Abramson, Linguistics, emeritus, served on the Permanent Council for the Organization of International Congresses of Phonetic Sciences at the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Science, Barcelona, Aug. 3-9. He also chaired two sessions of the congress in Barcelona.

Andrei Alexandrescu, Molecular & Cell Biology, has recently had his work on protein folding commented on in The Scientist, 17.17 (September 8, 2003).

Dr. Peter Deckers, Health Center, was named to the governance committee of the newly-funded New England Regional Center of Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases. The New England center is funded through one of eight grants awarded nationally by the Department of Health and Human Services. The center's mission is to provide the nation with preventive and therapeutic interventions against infections caused by organisms that may be used as weapons of bioterrorism, or naturally occurring biological threats like SARS. The governance committee will establish the center's strategic direction and ensure the commitment of the academic institutions associated with it.

Barbara Pine, Social Work, has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Commission on the Role and Status of Women at the Council on Social Work Education.

Richard Rockwell, Sociology, Institute for Social Inquiry, and Roper Center, served as co-organizer and member of the faculty for the Advanced Institute on Urbanization, Emissions, and the Global Carbon Cycle, held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo., Aug. 4-22. The institute involved 18 junior natural and social scientists, engineers, and urban planners from developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas in intensive training on their emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases and short-lived polluting gases and particulates.

Judith Thorpe, Art & Art History, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the national accrediting organization for schools of art. Her photographic imagery, "Femme", about a woman's body and the process of aging, is featured in a solo exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art through September 28.