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November 29, 2004

Activies & Achievements

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Articles & Chapters

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Nutritional Sciences, et al., “The Longer You Stay, the Bigger You Get: Length of Time and Language Use in the U.S. are Associated with Obesity in Puerto Rican Women,” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 125.1 (2004), pp. 90-6; also, Perez-Escamilla et al., “Effectiveness of Breastfeeding Peer Counseling in a Low-Income, Predominantly Latina Population: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 158 (Sept. 2004), pp. 897-902; also, Perez-Escamilla et al., “Differential Response to Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Within a Low-Income, Predominantly Latina Population,” Journal of Human Lactation 20 (2004), pp. 389-96.

Awards & Honors

Anthony DeMaria, Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded the Connecticut Medal of Technology in recognition of his contributions to photonics. He received the medal, which recognizes extraordinary achievements by an individual from the academic or business community in fields crucial to Connecticut’s economic competitiveness, during the Alliance for Connecticut Technology: Innovation Day and Award Dinner at Mohegan Sun on Nov. 10. The award is presented by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education, with the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

Usha Palaniswamy, Allied Health and Asian American Studies, received this year’s Young Scientist Award from the Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin during the Association’s annual meeting in Seattle on Nov. 2. Palaniswamy specializes in research on Asian medicinal plants.

Deborah Shelton, Nursing, received an achievement award from the International Association of Forensic Nurses.


Edmund Dickerman and Anita Walker, History, emeriti, presented “Perspicacious Albion: An English Perspective on the Duke of Sully’s Decline and Fall, 1610-1617,” at the annual meetings of the Western Society for French History, Lubbock, Texas, Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Chris Dowd, English, presented “The Irish Scheherazade: Conquering Death in Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World,” at the New England American Conference for Irish Studies at Saint Anselm’s College on Oct. 16. At the same conference, Caroline Garner, English, presented “Irish Excavation and Performance in Paul Muldoon’s Moy Sand and Gravel;Meghan Haughey, English, chaired a panel “Performance/Poetry: Muldoon and Boland;” Jennifer Holley, English, presented “Turning Inward, Turning Out: Paul Muldoon’s Poetry of the Lost Child;” Molly Horan, English, presented “A Queer Fear: The Function of Superstition in The Playboy of the Western World and In the Shadow of the Glen;”Rachael Lynch, English, presented “An Irish Horse Show: Molly Keane and the Equestrian Sublime;” Thomas Shea, English, presented “Background Noise in Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane;” Emily Simmons, English, presented “Examining Synge’s ‘Double Feature’: The Playboy of the Western World and Riders to the Sea;” and Emily Wojcik, English, presented “‘Whole Continents Flicker’: Scripting the Future in Paul Muldoon’s Moy Sand and Gravel.”

Leanne Kennedy Harty, Museum of Natural History & Connecticut Archaeology Center, and David Ellis, Boston Museum of Science, presented a session titled “Who Wants to Be a Museum Director?” at the New England Museum Association’s Annual Meeting in Burlington, Vt., on Oct. 28.

Richard Miller, Environmental Policy, Greg Mella, SmithGroup, and R. Umashankar, JJR, gave a workshop on “Campus Development: Articulating a Sustainable Vision for Higher Education,” at the North Center Regional Conference 2004, in Minneapolis.

Jeremy Pressman, Political Science, gave a presentation on Arab-Israeli relations, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: The State of the Two-State Solution,” at Harvard University’s Center for Middle East Studies on Nov. 16.

Professional Societies

Lynne Healy, Social Work, has been elected secretary of the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

Kent Holsinger, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, has been elected president-elect of the American Institute of Biological Sciences for 2005. The AIBS is the largest umbrella organization in biological sciences, comprising 80 professional societies and organizations, with a combined membership of more than 240,000. In 2006, Holsinger will serve as president.

Other Activities

Ken Best, University Communications, served as co-anchor for the presidential election coverage on WPKN-FM in Bridgeport.

Richard Clark, Nutritional Sciences, has been elected to a two-year term as faculty representative to serve on the Standing Advisory Committee of the Board of Governors for Higher Education, beginning May 1, 2005.