Professional Notes

Professional notes

Dr. Elise Amel, Dr. Christie Manning and Dr. Britain Scott, College of Arts and Sciences (Psychology Department), were interviewed for an article, “Changing Behaviors by Degrees,” which appeared in the Monitor on Psychology, Vol. 39. No. 3, a publication of the American Psychological Association.  Amelalso was quoted in the article, “Every Little Bit Helps,” in the same publication. 

Dr. María Chavarría, College of Arts and Sciences (Modern and Classical Languages Department), was awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2008-09. Chavarría will continue her work in Peru and Bolivia, collecting oral traditions from the Ese Eja people in order to develop literacy projects for bilingual indigenous schools. She obtained this fellowship as an independent scholar. Chavarría will present her latest findings during the conference, “Discursive Practices: The Formation of a Transnational Indigenous Poetics,” May 11-13 at the University of California-Davis. The conference brings together scholars and writers from Mexico, the United States, Canada, Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala, who engage and/or produce indigenous literary creations.

Dr. Vanessa Cornett-Murtada, College of Arts and Sciences (Music Department) presented a paper, “The Pedagogy of Consciousness and Optimal Musical Experience,” at the SuperRegional Conference (Great Lakes and Great Plains chapters) of the College Music Society March 29 at Illinois State University.

Father Andrew Cozzens successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, titled “ Imago Vivens Jesu Christi Sponsi Ecclesiae: The Priest as a Living Image of Jesus Christ the Bridegroom of the Church Through the Evangelical Counsels,” Jan. 15. He was then granted a doctorate in sacred theology by the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. His 380-page dissertation explored the reasons for the diocesan priest to live obedience, celibacy and poverty based on the fact that the priest is called to imitate the spousal love of Christ for his church. He hopes to have the dissertation published as a book next year. Cozzens also gave a major address at the Institute for Priestly Formation’s (IPF) annual symposium on the spirituality and identity of the diocesan priest. The symposium, which explored the priest as spiritual physician, was held at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas. Cozzens’ address was titled “The Priest as an Instrument of the Divine Physician: Healing Through Self-Emptying Love.”

Emily Geyer, a graduate student in the UST Evening MBA Program, has been selected by Rotary International District 5960 as a member of an elite team to participate in the 2008 Group Study Exchange trip to Brazil. Each year, the Rotary Foundation sponsors an all-expenses paid opportunity for outstanding local professionals to connect globally within their fields. During the one-month exchange, team members will participate in vocational experiences and serve as ambassadors, conducting presentations about life in Minnesota.

Dr. J. Thomas Ippoliti , College of Arts and Sciences (Chemistry Department), and Dr. Jayna Ditty, College of Arts and Sciences (Biology Department), had a paper, “Synthesis of Novel Oxazolidinone Antimicrobial Agents,” published in the journal Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, Vol. 16, No. 5.  Co-authors were undergraduate students David Ebner, Jeff Culhane, Tyler Winkelman and Mitchell Haustein. The paper was the result of a collaborative project between the chemistry and biology departments; Ippoliti’s students synthesized new antibiotics, and Ditty’s students measured their antimicrobial activity.

Chad Kluck, Career Development Center, gave a presentation, “Online Networking,” at the Northwest Chapter of Information Technology Professionals April 2 at the “Managing Your Career” event in Bloomington. Kluck also participated in a panel discussion about job searching in the information technology industry.

Father Peter Laird delivered the keynote address, on “Men of Integrity, Men of Virtue,” at the Diocese of St. Cloud Catholic Men’s Conference on “Men of Integrity, Men of Virtue,” Feb. 23. His presentation was titled “The Making of Men.” In addition, Laird wrote a chapter, titled “Filial Freedom: Co-Responding in the Spirit to the Love of the Father,” in the Italian-language fundamental moral theology textbook Figli nel Figlio: Una teologia morale fondamentale (EBD, 2008), a collaborative work of Hypsosis, an international research group of 10 moral theologians under the direction of Father Réal Tremblay, C.Ss.R., of Alphonsian Academy in Rome. Laird is the sole American member of the group.

Dr. Lisa Lamb and Dr. Tom Hickson, College of Arts and Sciences (Geology Department), and geology students Rachael Piotraschke and Cabin Ross presented results of their research at the Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section and Rocky Mountain Section Joint Meeting March 19-21 in Las Vegas. They presented their abstract, “Structural Analysis in the Bitter Spring Quadrangle, Lake Mead, Nevada: Unraveling a Complex Record of Extension,” in a technical poster session. Their work focuses on how the earth’s crust deforms when stretched, as currently is happening in the Basin and Range of Nevada.

Dr. Lisa Lamb , College of Arts and Sciences (Geology Department), geology students Tiffani Navratil and Rebeka Poier, and Dr. Gombosuren Badarch of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences wrote an article, “Structural and Geochronologic Data From the Shin Jinst Area, Eastern Gobi Altai, Mongolia: Implications for Phanerozoic Intracontinental Deformation in Asia,” published in the journal Tectonophysics. Navratil and Poier’s independent research projects, based on field work they did in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, were included in the article. The students mapped the geology, collected structural data and analyzed their data to contribute to the understanding of faulting in Asia. This information helps geologists understand the past history of Asia and how the earth responds when continents collide and is valuable to the mining and petroleum industry.

Father Thomas Margevicius, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, presented a workshop, “The Our Father as You’ve Never Seen it Before: A New ASL Translation of the Lord’s Prayer from the Latin Editio Typica,” at “See, I Make All Things New,” a conference sponsored by the National Catholic Office for the Deaf Jan. 18-23 in New Orleans. Margevicius is active in ministering to deaf and hard of hearing Catholics and is the sacramental minister at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Minneapolis.

Dr. Peter Parilla, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department), presented a paper, &ldquo
;Internship Field Placements: Issues in Selecting Appropriate Sites for Interns,” at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society in St. Louis, Mo. 

Dr. Lawrence Potter, Office of Institutional Diversity, was among nominees for the Facing Race Ambassador Award by the Facing Race initiative of the St. Paul Foundation for his community anti-racism work. Potter and his fellow nominees will be honored at event today.

Dr. Kenneth Snyder , St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, gave a public lecture, titled “Popes of the Late 20th Century: John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul II,” in January at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church in Brooklyn Park.

Dr. Philip Stoltzfus, College of Arts and Sciences (Justice and Peace Studies Program), presented the paper, “Karl Barth, The Magic Flute, and God: The Implications of the Duet ‘ Tamino Mein’ for Barth’s Theological Method,” at the Forum for Music and Christian Scholarship annual meeting March 1 at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.  He also presided over a session on “The Spirit, Form, and Temporality.”

Dr. Lisa K. Waldner, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department) was co-organizer of an undergraduate research poster session at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society. Several UST students presented their posters, including Scott Demuth, “Participation in the Minnehaha Free State: A Frame Analysis”; Lisa Brimmer, “The Invisible, Visible War”; and David Green, “The Effects of Family Structure and Attitudes on Incidence of Theft.” Waldner served as the faculty sponsor for Demuth and Brimmer; Dr. Peter Parilla was the faculty sponsor for Green.