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January 24, 2005

Activities & Achievements


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Articles & Chapters
Paul H. Meyer, Modern & Classical Languages, emeritus, and Janet Godden, “Voltaire’s Panegyric on Louis XV,” in The Complete Works of Voltaire, vol. 30C (Oxford, 2004), pp. 241-307.

Xaé Reyes, “Transnational Nomad in Academia: A Puerto Rican Perspective,” in M.V. Alfred and R. Seaminathan, eds., Immigrant Women in the Academy: Negotiating Borders, Crossing Boundaries in Higher Education (Nova Science Publisher, 2004); and “Dissonance and Dialogue in the Academy: Reflections of a Latina Professor,” Puerto Rican Studies Journal, 2004.

Diana Rios, “Latina Stereotyping and New Mestiza-Womanism in Rosie Perez Films,” in G.T. Meiss and A.A. Tait, eds., Ethnic Media in America: Images, Audiences, and Transforming Forces, (Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishers, 2004).

Blanca Silvestrini, “The Contemporary Caribbean,” in General History of the Caribbean, vol. 5 of the UNESCO Project (Macmillan Press, 2004).

Norman Stevens, University Libraries, emeritus, “Myeo: the First Library Cat,” in Ikoner (a Swedish library journal) vol. 7, no. 5.

Frank Andrews Stone, Education, emeritus, “Anatolia College and Sivas Teachers’ College: Armenian Education in American Schools,” in Richard Hovannisian, ed., Armenian Sebastia/Sivas and Lesser Armenia, vol. 5 in the UCLA Armenian History and Culture Series (Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda Publishers, 2004).

Awards & Honors
Hal Brody, Materials Science & Engineering, received a citation from the lieutenant-governor of Pennsylvania in August 2004 honoring his contributions to education. Also in August, a special symposium was held at the University of Pittsburgh to honor his work. Brody spent 25 years at Pitt, where he built the foundry and solidification processing program and was director of the metallurgy and materials engineering department, before coming to UConn. Now Distinguished Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Science at UConn, he is also a former dean of the School of Engineering.

Cathy Cocks, Residential Life, recently received the Outstanding Mid Manager award at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators regional conference in Mystic.

John Long, Philosophy and Torrington Campus, adjunct, has won a Golden Aurora award for a documentary he wrote, directed, and produced, “Pursuit of Precision.” The documentary aired on CPTV on Jan. 6.

Apresentation by Michael McAloon, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student, on “Leptotrombidium (Trombiculidae) and Scrub Typhus: A Taxonomic Review and Preliminary Phylogeny of Vector and Non-Vector Species,” won the Acarological Society of America Outstanding Student Paper Award and the Acarological Society of America Student Travel Award at the Entomological Society of America meeting in Salt Lake City. At the same meeting, Jadranka Rota, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student, won a President’s Prize (honorable mention) for her poster on the “Biosystematics of the genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae).”

Jeffrey Ogbonna Ogbar, History and Institute for African-American Studies, is named in the Jan. 13 issue of Black Issues in Higher Education as one of 10 scholars “poised for greatness.” Each year, the news magazine profiles 10 young scholars from around the nation “who are making their mark in the academy, both through their teaching and scholarship.”

Field hockey coach Nancy Stevens, Athletics, was named the 2004 Dita/ NFHCA Division I Mideast Region Coach of the Year. In October, Stevens became the fourth coach in NCAA field hockey history to win 400 games in a career. She has been recognized as Mideast Region Coach of the Year three times previously. She was also honored as the 2004 Big East Coach of the Year, the sixth time she has been honored by the conference.

Josef Gugler, Sociology, ed., World Cities beyond the West: Globalization, Development and Inequality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Jeffrey Ogbonna Ogbar, History and Institute for African-American Studies, Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004).

Lawrence Armstrong, Kinesiology, presented “Caffeine Effects on Fluid Balance,” for the Caffeine Technical Committee of the International Life Sciences Institute, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 26; “Control of Body Temperature During Exercise in Hot Environments,” at the annual conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, New England Chapter, in Providence, R.I., on Nov. 12; “Assessing Hydration Status,” at the Nestlé Hydration Research Symposium in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Nov. 16; and “Research Specific to Triathlon Competition,” at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., on Nov. 30.

Dick Reynolds, English, emeritus, presented a paper on Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, “Am Not I Consanguineous?” at St. Michael’s College, Vermont, on Nov. 9.

Frank Andrews Stone, Education, emeritus, presented “Applying Educational Reconstruction in 21st Century Schools” at a conference on Improving Primary Education at the University of Athens, Greece, Nov. 26-28.

Professional Societies
Alan Brush, Physiology & Neurobiology, emeritus, was elected vice-president of the American Ornithologists’ Union at its annual meeting in Quebec, Canada. He was also appointed an associate editor of The Auk. The American Ornithologists’ Union is one of the primary organizations for the scientific study of birds. Brush, who also serves on the Union’s Publication Committee, will manage the memorials section of the journal.

Kenneth Reifsnider, Mechanical Engineering and Global Fuel Cell Center, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The fellow grade, the highest elected grade of membership in the society, is conferred upon a member with at least 10 years of active engineering practice who has made significant contributions to the profession.

Other Activities
Christopher Martine, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, graduate student, has won a grant from the Sigma Xi Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research to support his research on “The Evolution of Separate Sexes: Using Chloroplast DNA to Unravel Dioecy in Flowering Plants.” The Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research program has a highly competitive application process: only about 1 in 5 applicants receives any level of funding.