Professional Notes

Professional notes

Here's a weekly Bulletin Today column that runs on Tuesdays throughout the academic year, in which faculty and staff (and sometimes students) share news of professional activities. Submit your "professional notes" to Bulletin Today by 10 a.m. each Friday, and they'll run in the next Tuesday column. -- Editors

Dr. Eugene Audette, School of Education, recently gave a multimedia presentation, "Work in Art, Art in Work: Implications for the Development of Persons and Organizations," at the International Conference on Society and the Arts at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. While in the United Kingdom he also did research at Oxford University's Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe.

Dr. Dan Carey, Health and Human Performance Department, is a member of the American Heart Association's Twin Cities Advocacy Committee. Carey is an exercise physiologist who last month helped to promote the association's scientific statement, "Promoting Physical Activity in Children and Youth: A Leadership Role of Schools." To download it, click here.

Teresa Collett, School of Law, spoke at the annual meeting of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations June 14-18 in Irvine, Calif.

Dan Gjelten, director of libraries at St. Thomas, co-wrote an article with Terri Fishel, library director at Macalester College. The article, "Developing Leaders and transforming Libraries: Leadership Institutes for Librarians," was published in the July/August issue of College and Research Libraries News, pages 409-412.

Dr. Michael Hennessey, School of Engineering, and Luke Hacker '05, presented a paper, "Dynamic 3D Visualization of Stress Tensors," at the 2006 annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education June 18-21 in Chicago. Hacker works as a mechanical engineer at Remmele Engineering in Big Lake.

Mark Jensen, University Relations, created a silverprint portrait of the late artist Fritz Hirschberger that hangs with an exhibition of Hirschberger's paintings at the University of Minnesota's Katherine E. Nash Gallery. "The Sur-Rational Paintings," an exhibition from the collection of the Regis Foundation in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, opened Aug. 29 and runs through Oct. 5. An opening reception will be held at the gallery from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Marketing Department, and Dr. Charles Keffer, former provost of St. Thomas, recently received a $50,000 grant to support diagnosis, treatment and prevention of asthma in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The grant is a collaboration among the Edina Rotary Club, of which Kennedy is a board member; Rotary District 5950, which includes 60 Rotary clubs in the western metropolitan area; Rotary International; and the Rotary Club in Kingstown, St. Vincent. Keffer has a long association with St. Vincent and the Grenadines and initiated the grant with the Edina Rotary Club. Rotary is an international service organization with 1.2 million members in 166 countries.

Kennedy and Dr. Leigh Lawton, Decision Sciences Department, presented a paper at the International Conference on Business, Management and Economics sponsored by Yasar University in Cesme, Turkey. The paper, "Teaching Globalization Through Community Partnerships," addressed the need to prepare students to seek active solutions to global and local problems of poverty, disease, environmental degradation, illiteracy, etc., and ways that community partnerships can be used in classroom settings. The keynote speaker was economist and Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling. The conference drew nearly 1,000 attendees from more than 65 countries. Kennedy and Lawton also traveled to Israel and met with Dr. Peter Pezaro, director of Jordan Valley College in Tiberias, to discuss faculty workshops that they likely will teach next year – Kennedy in service-learning and Lawton in computer simulations for classroom teaching.

Dr. Sameer Kumar, College of Business, and Dr. Michael Hennessey, School of Engineering, are co-authors of an article, "Generalized Multiple Economy Cost-of-Living Ordinary Annuities From an Interest Theory Perspective," published in The Engineering Economist (Vol. 51, No. 1, pages 53-71). Hennessey presented the work at a College of Business seminar in 2005. For an abstract, click here.

Dr. Christopher Puto, College of Business, has been appointed to the first hospital board of Hennepin Healthcare System Inc., the county subsidiary corporation that will operate Hennepin County Medical System starting next year. Other new board members are Atum Azzahir, president and executive director of Powderhorn/Phillips Cultural Wellness Center; Mark Bernhardson, city manager of Bloomington; Dr. Donald Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Hennepin Faculty Associates; David B. M. Jones, retired chief financial officer of Allina Hospitals and Clinics; Jan Malcolm, Courage Center CEO and former Minnesota commissioner of health; Dr. Anita Pampusch, president of the Bush Foundation; Sharon Sayles Belton, senior fellow of the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and former Minneapolis mayor; Dr. Judith Shank, retired president of the Minnesota Medical Association; Ray Waldron, president of the Minnesota AFL-CIO; Mike Opat and Randy Johnson of the Hennepin County board; Lynn Abrahamsen, administrator of Hennepin County Medical Center. For the complete announcement, click here.

Dr. Lisa Rezac, Mathematics Department, and Dr. Lance Nielsen of Creighton University received a $16,625 grant from the National Science Foundation to organize a conference, "The Feynman Integral and Related Topics in Mathematics and Physics," held May 12-14 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The conference featured some of the world's leading researchers in the field of the Feynman Integral, named for Richard Feynman, who in 1948 developed the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics. Additional funding for the conference was provided by the Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Nebraska.

Anita Ryan, College of Business, was recognized at the third annual WOW Achievement Awards of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber o
f Commerce on June 12. Ryan, an adjunct faculty member who teaches in the Executive MBA program, is owner of the Family Business Success consulting firm and FBS Development Group. She was named an "Exemplary Woman of the Community" at this year's awards.