Professional Notes

Sister M. Christine Athans, BVM, professor emerita, School of Divinity, is the author of an article titled "Courtesy, Confrontation, Cooperation: Jewish Christian/Catholic Relations in the United States," published in the spring issue of U. S. Catholic Historian. The article is an expansion of a paper given March 16 at the John Cardinal Cody Colloquium at Loyola University in Chicago. It also is posted in the Boston College’s electronic journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. Her article will be discussed at the Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan on Oct. 18 in Chicago, and also at a session of the Christian Scholars Group of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue meeting Nov. 13 at the Catholic Theological Union.

Dr. Kathryn Combs and Dr. John Spry, Finance Department, Opus College of Business, are co-authors of a paper, “Who Plays the Numbers Games in the Middle of the Day,” which was accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of Applied Economics.

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, edited a dossier about U.S. Catholicism that was published in the Italian Catholic magazine Il Regno. He also is the author of an essay, “Dall’America del common ground a quella del Tea Party. Andata e ritorno” (“Between Cardinal Bernardin's 'Common Ground' and the Tea Party”), published in that same dossier (Il Regno 1085 (16/2010), pp. 574-575).

Dr. Bruce Gleason, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the editor of the eighth annual issue of Research & Issues in Music Education. Gleason founded the journal in 2003.

Dr. Jan Hansen, Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education, has been appointed to the inaugural editorial boardof Purdue University’s Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research. She will serve with faculty from the Boston Museum of Science and Technology, the University of California − Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Queensland University of Technology in Australia, among others. The board encourages submission of manuscripts that focus on engineering-education-related topics. Hansen collaborates with Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, School of Engineering, to advance engineering for educator initiatives. They co-direct the Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering at the University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Terence Nichols and Dr. Adil Ozdemir, Theology Department and Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, College of Arts and Sciences, are co-authors of an article, “Can Catholics and Muslims Get Along?” published in the Sept. 23 issue of the Catholic Spirit. 

Father Erich Rutten, Campus Ministry, was a speaker, on behalf of Archbishop John Nienstedt, at “Minnesotans Standing Together: A Multi-Faith Prayer Service for Respect,” held Sept. 28 at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis.

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, School of Engineering, presented on the squishy circuits that she developed with undergraduate student Sam Johnson. Thomas gave the presentation Oct. 26, at the World Maker Faire in New York City. She also was an invited participant at the “Innovation, Education, and the Maker Movement” workshop held the next day and which was organized by representatives from the New York Hall of Science, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and O’Reilly Media.

Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, won a $2,500 grant from the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education to support the publication of the exhibit catalog to accompany “30 Years / 30 Lives: Documenting a Pandemic.” Vrudny spent much of last year in South Africa, Thailand and Mexico, taking portraits of 30 individuals to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the pandemic (1981-2011). Each participant’s life has been affected by HIV/AIDS either through loss or care of a loved one, involvement in humanitarian response, or directly by an infection. The traveling exhibit of the photographs, along with the journal entry each person wrote to amplify the participant’s voice in relation to the pandemic, will open this month at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and will travel from Washington, D.C., to Berkeley, Calif., before returning to Minnesota for an exhibit at the University of St. Thomas for World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2011.  

Dr. John Wendt, Ethics and Business Law Department, Opus College of Business, presented “Issues with Drugs and Sports” at the 13thannual Twin Cities Sports Medicine Conference held in conjunction with the Twin Cities Marathon. Co-presented by the University of Minnesota Medical School, Continuing Medical Education, and Fairview Sports and Orthopedic Care, the conference is the largest in the Upper Midwest and is designed to provide health care professionals with an update on the evolving field of sports medicine by providing expert talks, panel discussions and hands-on workshops on clinically important topics. Wendt also served on the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the FIFA World Cup 2010. The International Court of Arbitration for Sport is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, and has approximately 300 arbitrators from 87 countries, chosen for their specialist knowledge of arbitration and sports law.