Professional Notes

Dr. Tom Hickson, Dr. Lisa Lamb, Geology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and senior geology major Jessica Kopp presented their research at the Geological Society of America national meeting in Denver, Colo. Kopp, with Hickson and Lamb, presented her research on isotopic studies of ancient lake deposits, "A Novel Approach to Isotope Stratigraphy: Using Lateral Variation in Stabile δ13C Isotopes to Determine Basin Position.” Hickson and Lamb, with co-authors Paul Umhoefer (Northern Arizona University) and Sue Beard (U.S. Geological Survey), presented research from their work in the Lake Mead region of southern Nevada, "Using Basin Analysis to Test Models of Transitional Faulting and the Inception of Extension in the Lake Mead Region."

Dr. J. Thomas Ippoliti, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, had a patent granted titled “Nanoparticle structures comprising silicon oxide-based polymer, and composite materials.” The U.S. patent number is 7,799,426. The patent is the result of a collaborative research project with Boston Scientific scientists to develop new organic/inorganic hybrid materials for use in medical devices.

Dr. Matthew Kent, Philosophy Department, College of Arts and Sciences, delivered a talk titled "Traditional Logic Versus Symbolic Logic: Who Do You Think You Are?" Oct. 16, at the annual meeting of the American Kinlein Association in Cable, Wis. This marked the fourth time Kent has accepted an invitation to address the Kinleiners' assembly.

Dr. Anne Klejment, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was elected to the executive council of the American Catholic Historical Association. Klejment previously served on the council in the early ’90s. 

Dr. Lorina Quartarone, Modern and Classical Languages Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of an article, "The Heroes of Ovid's Epic,” which appears in the volume Approaches to Teaching the Works of Ovid and the Ovidian Tradition, edited by Barbara Boyd and Cora Fox, and published by the Modern Language Association. In her article, Quartarone discusses teaching Ovid's Metamorphoses, a complex text that she teaches in her Classical Mythology course.

Dr. Thomas Redshaw, English Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Remains and Removals: The Cuala Press Revival, 1969-1989,” published in the fall South Carolina Review, a special number issue titled “Writing Modern Ireland.” Redshaw completed his research for his article on Liam Miller’s efforts to rejuvenate the best-known private press in Ireland while on sabbatical in Dublin and Limerick, Ireland, in March 2010.

Dr. Paul Schons, Modern and Classical Languages Department, College of Arts and Sciences, developed and chaired a new topic session at the convention of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association held in Albuquerque, N.M. The session was titled “The Intersection of German Literature and Philosophy.” Schons presented an introductory address titled “Germany: Dichter und Denker.”

Dr. Britain Scott, Psychology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of a peer-reviewed research paper, “Babes and the Woods: Women’s Objectification and the Feminine Beauty Ideal as Ecological Hazards” published in the journal Ecopsychology. This article appears in the first special issue of the journal, co-edited by Scott, which focuses on the theme of women and the natural environment.

Dr. Barbara Shank, School of Social Work, was a plenary speaker at the International Scientific Conference, "Social Work and the Fight Against Poverty and Social Exclusion – Professional Dedication to the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights," on Oct. 22, in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Shank addressed the delegates on “Social Work for Social Justice: A Comprehensive Framework of Teaching to Mission.”  In collaboration with Dr. Gordana Berc, University of Zagreb, social work faculty, she presented on the JFDP Visiting Scholars Program: A Well Kept Secret. The conference was attended by more than 150 international researchers and scholars. The UST/SCU School of Social Work, along with Newman University in Kansas, was a partner in organizing the conference.  

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, School of Engineering, was named Outstanding New Educator of the Year by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) North Midwest Section at its 2010 section conference. Thomas presented a paper at the conference on “Dance+Engineering: A Collaboration for Freshmen Engineering Design Students” about her work with the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.