Professional Notes

Professional notes

Dr. Michael Andregg, Justice and Peace Studies Department, was selected to write a chapter on "intelligence ethics" for a Handbook of Intelligence Studies, edited by Loch Johnson, forthcoming next year from Taylor and Francis Books, Oxfordshire, England. He also was recently acknowledged for substantive contributions to the first English-language Dictionary of Israeli Intelligence edited by Ephraim Kahana, Haifa University (Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).

Dr. Jean Birbilis, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, presented a workshop, "Pragmatic Aspects of Building a Private Practice," at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association last month in New Orleans.

Research by St. Thomas faculty and students will be presented at the 118th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America Oct. 22-25 in Philadelphia. Presentations include "A New Curriculum and a New Vision: My How We've Grown," by Dr. Thomas Hickson and Dr. Melissa Lamb, Geology Department; two papers about Miocene extensional tectonics recorded by the Horse Spring Formation in the Lake Mead area of Nevada: "Geochemical Ash Correlation Within the Thumb Member," by students Laura Eaton and William Miley, Lamb and Hickson; "Sedimentology and Isotope Geochemistry of the Bitter Ridge Limestone Member," by student Anders Ness, Hickson, Lamb and student Michelle Lucius; and "Method for Assembling a Delta-Basin Model for Classroom," by School of Education student Katherine Poulter.

Dr. John Holst, School of Education, presented a paper, "The Politics and Economics of Globalization and Social Change in Radical Adult Education: A Critical Review of Recent Literature," at the 47th Adult Education Research Conference May 18-21 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, is president-elect of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society.

Dr. William Ojala, Chemistry Department, presented a poster, "A Search for Isostructural 'Bridge-Flipped' Isomers," at the 2006 annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association July 22-27 in Honolulu. Co-authors of the work were current and former Chemistry Department students Jill Spude, Trina Arola, Marika Kuspa, Yeng Moua, Heather Sexe, Bejamin Sanders, Nell Herrera and Jonathan Smieja. Another co-author was Ojala's brother Charles Ojala, of the Normandale Community College Chemistry Department. The research described in the poster involved the analysis of a series of crystalline organic compounds for their suitability in the production of new, solid-state materials.

Dr. Thomas Redshaw, English Department and Center for Irish Studies, is the author of a poem published in a festschrift compiled for the 70th birthday of Irish poet and raconteur James Liddy, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Titled "White Ivy," the poem appears in Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice: A Tribute to James Liddy (Galway: Arlen House, 2006).

Jim Rogers, Center for Irish studies, is the author of a review of Daniel Tobin's poetry collection, The Narrows (Four Way Books, 2005), which Rogers finds an ambitious melding of Irish-American autobiography with family and immigration history. The review was published in the Irish Literary Supplement, a biannual review of Irish books sponsored by the Boston College Irish Studies Program.

Dr. Buffy Smith, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, has begun collecting data for a longitudinal project that examines the academic cultural capital of students of color and first-generation college students. Her research is funded by a UST Research Assistance Grant.

Dr. Susan Smith-Cunnien, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, gave a presentation, "Mass Prison Releases: Comparing South Africa and the United States," at the annual meetings of the International Sociological Association this past June in Durban, South Africa. Her work was profiled in a Durban newspaper, The Mercury.

Dr. Lisa Waldner, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, is the author of a chapter, "Sexual Politics in Intimate Relationships: Sexual Coercion and Harassment," in Handbook of the New Sexuality Studies (Routledge, August 2006) , edited by Steven Seidman, Nancy Fisher and Chet Meeks. Waldner also presented a paper, "Race, Gender and Family in the White Separatist Movement," with co-authors Betty Dobratz, Iowa State University, and Stephanie Shanks-Meile, Indiana University Northwest, at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association last month in Montreal, Canada.