Professional Notes

Professional notes

Dr. Wendy Barger, Journalism and Mass Communication Department, was a guest on "The Don Shelby Show" Sept. 20 on WCCO Radio. Barger and John Hinderaker, a Minneapolis blogger, discussed CBS News' use of documents in a report about President Bush's military service. Hinderaker's Web log was among the first to claim that the documents were inauthentic.

Dr. Sharon Gibson, Organization Learning and Development Department, is co-author with Dr. Wendy Ruona of a peer-reviewed article, "The Making of 21st Century HR: An Analysis of the Convergence of Human Resource Management (HRM), Human Resource Development (HRD), and Organization Development (OD)," published in the spring issue of Human Resource Management Journal. They also received the Defining the Cutting Edge Top-Ten Paper Award at the 2004 Academy of Human Resource Development conference for a previous version of the paper.

Dr. Thomas Redshaw, English Department and Center for Irish Studies, was invited to address the Ulster Symposium Sept. 10 at the University of Ulster, Coleraine and Derry, Northern Ireland. The symposium focuses on cultural studies of the works of Northern Irish writers such as Louis MacNeice and Seamus Heaney. This year's series of seven lectures and seminars as devoted to poet John Montague. The title of Redshaw's lecture was "Undertow: The Unpublished Dolmen Edition of John Montague's Sea Changes (1981)." The lecture will become part of Redshaw's evolving artistic history of Liam Miller's Dolmen Press.

Dr. Mary Reichardt, Catholic Studies and English departments, recently gave the keynote address for the opening of the Albertus Magnus Institute, a new organization at Purdue University. Modeled on the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago, Purdue's institute promotes scholarship in the Catholic tradition and an integrated life of faith and academic life for faculty and graduate students. Reichardt spoke on the Catholic writer and Catholic literature in light of her recent publications in the area.

A specialist in early American literature, Reichardt was one of six scholars from universities around the nation invited to participate over the summer on an NEH panel that evaluated proposals for major grants in American literature and American studies. The screening process culminated in July in the evaluators' meeting in Washington, D.C.

Finally, Reichardt's restored urban bungalow appears in a new book, Bungalow Nation, edited by Diane Maddex and Alexander Vertikoff (Abrams Group, 2003). The book features photographs of homes from five areas, including the Twin Cities.

James Rogers, Center for Irish Studies, is the author of a review of Jerrold Casway's Ed Delehanty in the Emerald Age of Baseball (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004). Published in the fall issue of the Irish Literary Supplement, a biannual publication of Boston College Irish Studies, the review praises the biography for its contribution to Irish-American historiography.

Dr. Mark Neuzil, Journalism and Mass Communication Department, wrote a review of Ted Kerasote's new book, Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age. Neuzil's review, "Tuned in to an increasingly wired world," was published in the Sept. 19 Star Tribune.

Dr. Fred Zimmerman and Arnie Weimerskirch, School of Engineering, were featured speakers at the Minnesota Technology Awareness forum Sept. 22 at the 3M Center in St. Paul. Weimerskirch gave a speech, "Creating Value with the Baldrige Model," and Zimmerman spoke on "the Role of Product Development in Manufacturing Expansion and Company Property."