Professional Notes

Dr. Dave Brennan and Dr. Lorman Lundsten, Marketing Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented “PetSmart: A Retail Repositioning” as an embryo case Oct. 28 at the North American Case Research Association conference in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Dr. Eric Fort, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is co-author of two recently published papers. “Carbon Nanotubes From Short Hydrocarbon Templates. Energy Analysis of the Diels–Alder Cycloaddition/Rearomatization Growth Strategy,” published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry, and “Gas-Phase Diels – Alder Cycloaddition of Benzyne to an Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Region: Groundwork for the Selective Solvent-Free Growth of Armchair Carbon Nanotubes,” published in Tetrahedron Letters. Both articles are published in conjunction with Dr. Lawrence T. Scott at Boston College. A third paper, “One-Step Conversion of Aromatic Hydrocarbon Bay Regions Into New Unsubstituted Benzene Rings. A Reagent for the Low-Temperature, Metal-Free Growth of Single-Chirality Carbon Nanotubes,” was published by Fort and Scott and was featured in Synfacts (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49), which highlights important papers in current chemistry literature.  

Breana Lucius, a senior majoring in sociology at St. Thomas, was accepted into the 2011 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Fellows Program, an intensive leadership-development program offered by the League of Women Voters Minnesota.

Dr. Mark Neuzil, Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was elected to the board of directors of the Collegium, the national organization affiliated with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities that is charged with the task of helping its members with the integration of faith and intellectual life on their campuses. The group sponsors a weeklong colloquy in the summer, produces publications, sponsors and gives talks and provides other means of support for Catholic colleges. Neuzil’s three-year term will begin on July 1. He replaces Joe Saliba, the University of Dayton provost, who has served two terms. The current board (and more information) is listed on the Collegium’s website. The organization is headquartered at Holy Cross.

Dr. Joan Piorkowski is the editor of an edition of Zwischen Bock und Pfahl, a Holocaust survivor narrative written by Dr. Erich Kohlhagen in 1946, and published in August by Metropol Verlag in Berlin. The edition was published in collaboration with the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum. Kohlhagen was a German Jew arrested in 1938 who remained a prisoner in six different concentration camps − Sachsenhausen, Gross Rosen, Auschwitz, Monowitz-Buna, Dora and Nordhausen − from 1938 until 1945. Piorkowski also wrote the critical afterword for the book. On Nov. 9, Piorkowski was the invited speaker on Kohlhagen's text at the Sachsenhausen Memorial's remembrance ceremony for Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass.” 

Dr. Shirley Polejewski, Accounting Department, Opus College of Business, presented a peer-reviewed paper on "Sustainability Accounting" Nov. 9, at the Asian Pacific Accounting Conference at the Gold Coast in Australia. She also served as moderator for a section of the “Auditing” panel. Prior the conference, she peer-reviewed four papers for the conference. More than 200 participants from 23 countries attended the conference.

Michelle Rovang Burke, director of the SAIP Institute, received recognition this fall as a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional. The CCEP is a professional with knowledge of relevant regulations and expertise in compliance and ethics processes sufficient to assist corporate industries to understand and address legal obligations, and promote organizational integrity through the operation of effective compliance and ethics programs. In addition to professional experience requirements and continuing education credits, the CCEP is achieved through a comprehensive exam. The Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics administers the certification. 

Dr. Scott Wright, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of three essays, “Disney Films,” “Jefferson Memorial” and “Tokyo Rose,” published in the reference work The Forties in America (Salem Press, 2010).

Dr. Peter Young and Dr. John Wendt, Opus College of Business, are the co-authors, with John Miller of Texas Tech University, of an article titled "Fourth Amendment Considerations and Application of Risk Management Principles for Pat-Down Searches at Professional Football Games,” which has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sports. JLAS is the official publication of the Sport and Recreation Law Association and is the premier journal of its kind presenting perspectives on legal issues in the sports law, management, business, recreation and physical education fields.

Two sociology majors, Breanna Alston and Sarah Zimmerman (a double major – with  elementary education), presented their research Nov. 12 at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium at Vitterbo University in LaCrosse, Wis. Alston's research, "Can We Be Friends? Social Distance Between Black and White Undergraduate Females," is supported by the McNair Scholars Program. Zimmerman's paper, "Assessing Social Networks at the Entrepreneurial Stage," is the product of a Partnership-in-Learning grant from Faculty Development. Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the faculty sponsor for both.

On Nov. 13, four English majors presented papers at the Streamlines Undergraduate Conference for Language Literature and Writing, held at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa. In the “Global Literature” session, Paul Blaschko presented “Flaubert’s Realism and the Structuralist Search for Meaning.” In the “Mid-19th to Early 20th-Century British Literature” session, Adam Lownik presented “Detective Fiction and the Victorian Epistemological Crisis,” and Jennifer Graffunder presented “Lady Bertram as Active Invalid.” In the "Shakespeare” session, Lorene Pioch presented “Antisemitism in The Merchant of Venice.”