Professional Notes

UST student Michael Kleberer will present research done with Dr. Thomas Hickson, Geology Department, and and three researchers from the University of Minnesota at a joint meeting of the North-Central and Southeastern sections of the Geological Society of America April 3-5 in Lexington, Ky. Their paper, "the Effects of Variable Subsidence Rate and Geometry on River Avulsion: Some Experimental Results," focuses on how rivers abruptly or gradually shift their course ("avulsion") under conditions where the river basin is subsiding. Some ways that basins can subside include: faulting, loading by glacial ice, withdrawal of groundwater or loading due to the deposition of sidement. This research group worked at the st. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota, making use of a large tank, called "Jurassic Tank," that has a subsiding floor. Researchers fed sediment and water into the basin to simulate a river system, then could precisely control the speed and geomedtry of the subsidence. Overhead video analysis allowed them to analyze the river system and how it responded to changes in subsidence. The work has important implications for petroleum exploration, environmental geology of river systems and for the extraction of groundwater.

Dr. Anne Klement, History Department, is the author of an article, "Hard Times for the American Catholic Renaissance: Catholic Digest in the Fifties," in American Catholic Studies' spring-winter issue.

Dr. Michael Sullivan, College of Business and UST's chief investment officer, recently accepted a five-year extension to his appointment as a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He also serves on the leader's panel and as chair on selected accreditation teams.

Two marketing projects produced by St. Thomas University Relations staff have won awards in the 17th annual Admissions Advertising Awards sponsored by Admissions Marketing Report:

  • A postcard, "Passion, Courage, Engineering?" won an award in the Direct Mail Advertising category. Kristin Garcia was graphic designer, and Katharine Holden was writer. The card was produced for UST's Programs in Engineering and Technology Management.
  • A radio ad, "A Tradition of Intelligent Nightlife," for KTCZ-Cities 97 was an award in the Radio Advertising category. Holden was the writer of the ad for UST's School of Continuing Studies.