Professional Notes

Professional notes

Dr. Ronald Bennett, School of Engineering dean, was the invited speaker at the Nov. 1 "Topics in Globalization" lecture series at the University of Minnesota's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He spoke on "Domestic Policy Responses to the Disruptions of Globalization."

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, School of Education, recently published "Undermining the Very Democracy We Seek to Create: Discussion Practices in Adult Education and the Dangers of Repressive Tolerance" in Studies in Continuing Education, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2005).

Dr. Camille George, School of Engineering, was the guest speaker Oct. 25 at the Engineers Without Borders, Upper Midwest Chapter. She presented her work, done with Ashley Shams of Modern and Classical Languages, on "Sustainability of Overseas Interdisciplinary Projects."

Dr. Mari Heltne, Quantitative Methods and Computer Science Department chair; Dr. Ellen Kennedy, professor and director of service learning; and Dave Bonko, Neighborhood Development Center; attended the recent conference of the National Society for Experiential Education. Heltne and Bonko presented a poster session outlining the partnership between St. Thomas and NDC, The Changing Faces of Minnesota Business, a collaboration in which nearly 50 UST computer science students serve as technology consultants to 22 immigrant entrepreneurs. Kennedy spoke about The Changing Faces of Minnesota – A Global Perspective, the extensive programmatic initiative that includes first-year paired courses, upper-level classes and overseas classes that all focus on our increasingly diverse population.

Dr. Tom Hickson and Dr. Melissa Lamb, Geology Department, co-led a three-day field workshop as part of the Geological Society of America national meeting in Salt Lake City at the end of October. With members of the U.S. Geological Survey, they took participants from across the country to field locations associated with their and their students' research in southern Nevada. This included presenting the work and results of students in the Geology 260 and 460 courses and student projects of Anders Ness, Angela Donatelle and Laura Eaton. A peer-reviewed field guide was published in conjunction with this workshop; Lamb was first author and Hickson was co-author.

Dr. Lily Hwa, History Department, co-organized a panel, "How to be an Emperor: Rulership in Imperial China," with professor Edward Farmer at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) at the International Convention of Asian Scholars Aug. 20-24 in Shanghai, China. She presented a paper with fellow panelists Patricia Ebrey (University of Washington), Farmer and Beatrice Barlett (Yale University). Her paper was titled "The Making of an Ideal Ruler: Kingship in the Words and Deeds of Tang Taizong." Taizong has been hailed as the model ruler in Chinese history. The panel addressed four famous emperors in four major dynasties. All the panelists have conducted research and published works relevant to their periods, but this was the first time they came together to explore the question of imperial Chinese rulership, using the words of the emperor and other primary and secondary sources.

Dr. Peter Parilla, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, and Dr. Garry Hesser of Augsburg College had a chapter published in the Internship Handbook (second edition), a publication of the American Sociological Association. The chapter title was "Internships in Sociology: How Students Benefit."

Dr. Thomas Dillon Redshaw, English Department and the Center for Irish Studies, recently published an article detailing the history and cultural significance of Dublin's short-lived literary magazine Arena, edited by the Bohemian poet James Liddy. This article complements Redshaw's descriptive checklist of Liddy's work in the inaugural issue of An Sionnach, published by Creighton University Press. "We Done Our Best When We Were Let': James Liddy's Arena, 1963-1965" appears in The South Carolina Review, 38, 1 (fall 2005), pp. 97-117.

Dr. Jeri Rockett, Personal Counseling and Testing, was part of the host committee for the 56th annual national conference of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors held Oct. 21-25 in Minneapolis. The committee included counseling center directors from Augsburg, Gustavus, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Catherine, St. John, St. Benedict, St. Mary's University of Minnesota Duluth, University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Winona State University. Rockett presented "Responding to After-Hours Emergencies: Strategies for Counseling Centers" with colleagues from the College of Charleston, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Stanford University. She also was reappointed as the AUCCCD coordinator of continuing education/liaison to the American Psychological Association.

Dr. John Wendt, Legal Studies in Business, recently presented "Legal Issues Regarding Current IOC and WADA Policies on Drugs in Sports" at the eighth annual Twin Cities Marathon Sports Medicine Conference. The conference, one of the largest in the Midwest, was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Medical School, Continuing Medical Education–Division of Sports Medicine, Minnesota Sports Medicine and the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.