Dr. Consuelo Cavalieri, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, and Dr. Artika Tyner, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, served as the keynote speakers at the Summit for Addressing Disproportionality in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of an essay, "When the Pope and Patriarchs Go Island Hopping: Cuba, Lesbos, and Crete," which was published on the blog Public Orthodoxy. The essay explored Pope Francis’s recent visit to the island of Lesbos and its implications for Catholic-Orthodox dialogue.
Dr. Hans Gustafson, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning, is the author of "Is Transreligious Theology Unavoidable in Interreligious Theology and Dialogue?" which was published in the journal Open Theology (2016), 2: 248-260.
Dr. William Kinney, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the co-author of a paper, “Continuity, Change, and Themes in Popculture Reinvention: An Examination of Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Continuing Impact," with St. Thomas alumna Jynette Larshus, who now attends Minot State University. They presented the paper at the annual meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society held in Chicago.
Dr. Donald LaMagdeleine, Leadership, Policy and Administration Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, is the author of The Leadership Imagination (Edward Elgar Press). The book blends sociology and history of religions scholarship to posit that leadership analysis – in its purest form – is grounded case research on “black swan” organizational disruptions. The book introduces the term “leadership imagination” to describe the resulting approach, which renders leadership as a highly contextual activity with moral overtones.
Dr. Chris Santiago, English Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded Milkweed Editions' 2016 Lindquist and Vennum Award for Poetry for his manuscript Tula. Santiago's manuscript was selected from among more than 200 entries from the Upper Midwest. He will receive $10,000 as well as publication by Milkweed.
Dr. Buffy Smith, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was invited to give a mentoring workshop to nursing faculty, chairs and deans at the Minnesota Association of Colleges of Nursing meeting April 22.
Dr. Artika Tyner, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Monica Yaa Habiaa, graduate student at St. Thomas, presented "Leadership as a Vehicle for Change" and gave a Powerpoint presentation, "Re-Imagining Education and Redefining Leadership," at the 2016 Spring Leadership Institute, held April 15 at St. Cloud State University.
Dr. John Wendt, Ethics and Business Law Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of "Looking Back at Sochi: Lessons From Putin's Games," which has been accepted for publication by Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the official publication of the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
The Chemistry Department hosted the ACTC Biophysics Club spring semiannual meeting April 21. Twenty-four chemistry and physics faculty and students from St. Thomas, Hamline University, St. Catherine University and Augsburg College gathered to network and discuss research presentations by St. Thomas students Chad Hewitt and Evan Kalb, students of Dr. Thomas Marsh, (“Tracking Supramolecular G-quadruplex DNA in vivo”) and Francesca Ippoliti, student of Dr. Lisa Prevette, (“Orthoester Micelles for Doxorubicin Delivery”). The next ACTC Biophysics Club meeting will take place in October at Augsburg College.
Students and faculty from the Geography and Environmental Studies departments attended the 12th annual Minnesota Undergraduate Geography Symposium, hosted by Macalester College April 23. The symposium was conceived in 2005 to fill the need to showcase local or broad-discipline undergraduate research in geography. This year, there were 107 participants from four Midwest colleges. Thirty-three St. Thomas students presented their original research to their colleagues.
Two students in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department presented their research at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society in March. Alexander Berryman presented two papers: “Critical Race and Critical Conflict Theory: Implications and Findings Regarding United States Educational Policies” and “What Can Be Said With a Hashtag: Technological Rationality, The Black Lives Matter Movement, and Understanding Social Movements from the Lens of Analytical Conflict and Critical Race Theories.” Amanda Keck presented, “Portrayals of Suicide in Film: A Qualitative Application of Durkheim’s Taxonomy.”