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 October 12, 2004

Activities and Achievements

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Awards & Honors
Bernard Goffinet, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, received an honorable mention for best paper in the American Bryological and Lichenological Society's journal: The Bryologist: Bernard Goffinet, Jolanta Miadlikowska, and Trevor Goward, "Phylogenetic Inferences Based on nrDNA Sequences Support Five Morphospecies Within the Peltigera didactyla Complex (Lichenized Ascomycota), The Bryologist, 106.3 (2003), pp. 349-64 The honor represents recognition from the primary scientific society in Goffinet's field for a paper published in one of the leading journals in his area. It is the second time he has been so honored.

Claire Healy, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student in the lab of Janine Caira, was awarded one of two "Outstanding Student Paper" awards at the national meetings of the American Society of Parasitologists. Healy won the society's award in the category of organismal work.

The University's director of environmental policy position, held by Richard Miller, was cited as a "best management practice" in the federal EPA catalog of best management practices for colleges and universities in the leadership category.

Florian Reyda, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student in the lab of Janine Caira, has received Fulbright funding to work on the tapeworms of freshwater stingrays in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ronald Rohner, Family Studies and Anthropology, emeritus, received an award for distinguished contributions to the international advancement of psychology from the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Foundation. The award was presented on July 31, during the association's annual meeting in Honolulu.

Robynn Shannon, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student, has received an American Association of University Women Education Foundation 2004-05 American Dissertation Fellowship.

Paul Hallwood, Economics, Avery Point Campus, and Ronald MacDonald, Fiscal Federalism: The Economic Case for Fiscal Federalism in Scotland (Fraser of Allander Institute, 2004), 74 pp. The monograph is the eighth and last in the Allander series devoted to "promoting economic growth in Scotland."

Michael Lynch, Philosophy, True to Life: Why Truth Matters (MIT Press, 2004).

Presentations & Papers
Brinley Franklin, University Libraries, presented "The Shared Leadership Model in a Modern Academic Research Library" at the Fourth International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organisations" at the University of Greenwich, London, England on Aug. 6; he also presented "Managing the Electronic Collection With Cost Per Use Data" at the 70th World Library and Information Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Aug. 25.

Professional Societies
Waldo Klein, Social Work, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Social Workers, Connecticut chapter. He was elected as member at large (academic), representing the interests of social work faculty members and schools of social work on the board. He is a member of NASW's state committee on aging and a volunteer in the chapter's legislative activities and political action committee.

Other Activities
Earl MacDonald, Music, conducted the BMI / New York Jazz Orchestra in a performance of his recent composition "Bad Dream", at Merkin Hall in New York City on July 15. The concert featured new works for the jazz big band, which were created within the 2003-04 BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.

Stephen Sacks, Economics, has been selected to participate in the research agenda of the University of Southern California's Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, a "center of excellence" funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He will work with colleagues at MIT on the deployment of emergency response vehicles.