Professional Notes

Neil Hamilton, School of Law, is the author of a new book, Academic Ethics: Problems and Materials on Professional Conduct and Shared Governance (American Council on Education/Oryx Press, December 2002). According to former University of Minnesota president Nils Hasselmo, now president of the American Association of Universities, the book "lays an excellent foundation for discussions of academic freedom and responsibility, and of shared governance. It's an ugent matter -- now as much as ever -- that we create an understanding of these essentials of the academy, and of the professions, among the new generations that are entering academic life."

Dr. Michael Hennessey, Programs in Engineering and Technology Management, and Dr. Cheri Shakiban and Mikhail Shvartsman, Mathematics Department, are the authors of a refereed journal article, "Characterizing Slop in Mechanical Assemblies Via Differential Geometry," published in the September 2002 issue of the Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering. The journal is affiliated with the American Society of Mechanical Engineerings and the Association for Computing Machinery. The article is based on applied research on craftsmanship (previously funded by the Ford Motor Co.) and related work done with the assistance of a summer 2001 Faculty Partnership Grant and a 3M grant for nontenured faculty. It also features a computer graphics figure created using SolidWorks by mathematics and mechanical engineering graduate Aaron Ames '01, who currently is a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley.

Father Jan Michael Joncas, Theology Department and Catholic Studies Program, has published a review of Larry Hurtado's At the Origins of Christian Worship: The Context and Character of Earliest Christian Devotion in the fall 2002 issue of Pro Ecclesia, Vol. 11, No. 4, pages 492-494. He also is the author of an article, "Some Thoughts on Liturgical Translation," published in the fall 2002 issue of The Liturgy Planner, pages 11-12.

Gerald Kaminski and Dr. Bob Raymond, Quantitative Methods and Computer Science Department, were noted in the December 2002 issue of Mathematics Magazine as solvers of the magazine's problem 1633. A problem in combinatorics, it is relevant to operations research and statistics.

Dr. Mitch Kusy, Organization Learning and Development Department, gave a keynote speech, "Mitch's Niches on Strategic Planning," at a December leadership conference sponsored by the Desert Chambers of Commerce in Palm Desert, Calif.

Dave Nimmer, retired from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, was named to the board of directors of CommonBond Communities, Minnesota's largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with services. CommonBond manages more than 44 communities with 3,300 rental units for 5,000 people in 30 cities in and around the Twin Cities. Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, who holds UST's Koch Chair in Business Ethics, also is a board member.

Dr. Nick Nissley, Organization Learning and Development Department, recently was invited to present a peer-reviewed paper at the Third International critical Management Studies Conference in Lancaster, England. Nissley collaborated with colleagues Dr. Andrea Casey, of George Washington University, and Dr. Michael Elmes, Worcestser Polytechnic Institute, to write "Organizational Song as an Organizational Discourse and Text of Organizational Memory: Tuning in to the Politics of the composition of Organizational Memory. The paper extends Nissley's research in organizational aesthetics to the study of organizational memory. In July, Nissley will travel to England to present his research.

Nissley also was recently invited by New York City's Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education to participate in its "Imagination Conversation." Its aim is "to bring together the voices of visionary thinkers from the arenas of arts and education as well as the sciences, public policy, business and the humanities, to share the wealth of their perspectives and experiences." Nissley is one of about 20 people who have been invited by the MacPhail Center for the Arts and the Perpich Center for Arts Education, who are sponsoring the conversation in the Upper Midwest.