Professional Notes

Students and faculty from the Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented their research at the 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, held March 27-31, in Anaheim, Calif. Student presenters, their projects and their research advisers were: Jacob Sundberg, “Characterization of an Active Photoproduct of Enrofloxacin” (student of Dr. Kristine Wammer); Jeremy Hrudka, “Synthesis of a Novel Yhianthrene-Containing Oxazolidinone,” Luke Kassekert, “Synthesis of a Naturally Occurring Antiviral Compound,” Nicholas Serratore, “Phthalimide-Promoted Reduction of Alkenes With Hydrazine,” and Sarah Hansen, “Synthesis of a Potentially Potent Antibacterial Compound” (students of Dr. J. Thomas Ippoliti); and Amy Howard, “Disorder in the Co-Crystallization of 4,5-Dichlorophthalic Anhydride With 5,6-Dichlorobenzofurazan Oxide” (student of Dr. William Ojala). Faculty presenting talks were Ippoliti (with UST chemistry faculty member and co-author Dr. Marites Guino-o), “Overcoming Problems Incorporating NMR Into the Undergraduate Curriculum”; Ippoliti (with UST student co-authors Serratore and Joshua Speros), “Synthesis of Novel Isoluminol Derivatives”; and Wammer (with UST student co-authors Aaron Gronseth and Jo Jo Nemec and fellow co-authors Dr. Dwight Stoll of Gustavus Adolphus College and Dr. Timothy LaPara of the University of Minnesota), “Selection of Resistant Environmental Bacteria in Response to Low-Level Exposure to Triclosan.”

Three UST history majors presented papers at the 2011 Missouri Valley History Conference, held March 3-5, in Omaha, Neb. Thomas Kreitzer presented “Mobilization for War in Arden Hills, Minnesota: The Twin Cities Ordinance Plant”; Paul Armstrong presented “The Failure of the November Insurrection [in Poland, 1830-1831]”; and Lauren Anthone presented “The Criticality of the Inferior: The Role of Women in Nazi Germany.” Dr. Joe Fitzharris, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, commented on the session “Confronting the Nazis: Broadcasts, Internments and the Search for Fugitives.”

On April 1-3, several staff members traveled to the regional National Orientation Directors Association conference in Moline, Ill. UST graduate students Sarah Churchill and Sarah Gallenberg, along with undergraduate interns Caitlyn Gomez and Jason Nygren, presented a workshop on using clicker technology to engage students throughout orientation. UST graduate student Jonathan Tischler presented a workshop on serving low-income, first-generation college students in orientation.

Dr. Mark DelCogliano, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of "The Literary Corpus of George of Laodicea," published in Vigiliae Christianae 65 (2011): 150-169.

Dr. Joe Fitzharris, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was selected to receive the 2011 Edwin H. Simmons Memorial Service Award for particularly outstanding service to the Society for Military History. He received the award June 10 at the society’s annual meeting and awards luncheon. Fitzharris serves as Great Plains Regional Coordinator and as SMH conference coordinator for the Northern Great Plains History Conference.

Dr. Kenneth Goodpaster, Koch Endowed Chair in Business Ethics, Opus College of Business, participated in the 2011 Mitchell Forum on Business Ethics Jan. 21-23 in Miami, Fla. On Feb. 2-3, Goodpaster traveled to Fargo, N.D., to facilitate a daylong seminar, “Ethics: Leadership Hazards and the Role of Conscience,” for physicians and administrators of the Sanford Health Group. On Feb. 16, Goodpaster and David Rodbourne, Center for Ethical Business Cultures, spoke on “The Board Role in Corporate Culture and Corporate Social Responsibility” to the Twin Cities chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. On March 16, Goodpaster (for the 17th year in a row) and Rodbourne facilitated the annual Eagan Rotary Ethics Workshop. Sixty-two high school juniors and seniors from Eagan High School were led through an interactive, one-day look at ethics. Goodpaster also visited The College of St. Scholastica on March 25 for a presentation on business ethics, "In Search of Goods That Are Truly Good and Services That Truly Serve.”

Sheikh Odeh Muhawesh, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed by Alalam TV (Global TV) in Arabic about the events in Bahrain. The program is watched by 300 million people around the world. Muhawesh was identified as a member of the UST faculty and as an expert on Middle East history.

Dr. Lalith Samarakoon, Finance Department, Opus College of Business, presented a paper, "Stock Market Interdependence, Contagion, and the U.S. Financial Crisis: The Case of Emerging and Frontier Markets," at the 18th annual Global Finance Conference, April 3-5 in Bangkok, Thailand 

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, School of Engineering, had her talk, “Hands-on Science With Squishy Circuits” posted on the TED: Ideas Worth Spreading website.

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented “Religious and Civil Capital: One Community’s Response to Migrant Women and Children” March 31 at the Oxford Round Table “The Other People: Nationality, Religion and Immigration” at Lincoln College, Oxford, England. Her participation was made possible in part by a Professional Development Grant from the Luann Dummer Center for Women.