Professional Notes for Oct. 3, 2016

Dr. Stephen Brookfield

Stephen Brookfield

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, Department of Leadership, Policy and Administration, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, announces that his new book, co-authored with Stephen Preskill, The Discussion Book: 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking, has been released by Wiley.

Dr. William Cavert, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, spoke about his book, The Smoke of London: Energy and Environment in the Early Modern City (Cambridge University Press, 2016), with the New Books Network. The interview is available for download on their website here and via podcast players such as iTunes.John Froula

Vanessa Cornett-Murtada and Karen Howard, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, represented the University of St. Thomas at the 32nd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education, July 24-29, 2016, in Glasgow, Scotland. Cornett-Murtada presented a workshop, "Teaching Strategies That Promote Healthy Practicing and Lifetime Music Making," and served on an international panel, "Portraits of Innovative Independent Music Teachers in North America." Howard presented a workshop, "Developing Children's Multicultural Sensitivity Using Music of the African Diaspora."

John Froula

John Froula

Dr. John Froula, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, published an essay titled “God’s Self-Gift and the Created Supernatural: Matthew Lamb’s Lonerganian Account” in the volume Wisdom and the Renewal of Catholic Theology: Essays in Honor of Matthew L. Lamb (Pickwick Publications).

Dr. John Martens, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, published The Word on the Street, Year A: Sunday Lectionary Reflections (Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2016). The Word on the Street, Year A is the first book in a three-volume series that presents scriptural, liturgical and preaching commentary for Sundays throughout the year.

Dr. Debbie Monson, Teacher Education Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, had an article, "Developing an Interview Module to Support Secondary PST's Noticing of Student Thinking," in the September issue of the journal Mathematics Teacher Educator. The article is the product of a collaboration among five universities, and highlights an interview assignment used with secondary mathematics preservice teachers.

Dr. Bill Ojala

William Ojala

Dr. William Ojala, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the principal author of a paper, “Molecular Packing Preferences in ‘Bridge-Flipped’ Isomeric Aryl-2-Pyridylhydrazones and 2-Pyridinecarboxaldehyde Arylhydrazones,” published in CrystEngComm, a journal of the British Royal Society of Chemistry focused on crystal engineering. He also presented a poster and a brief talk on this work at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association July 22-26 in Denver, Colorado. The research described is focused on aspects of crystal structure significant in the design and preparation of new solid materials. Co-authors of the published paper are St. Thomas chemistry research student Kara Kassekert; Normandale Community College chemistry instructor Charles Ojala (brother of William); and Normandale Community College chemistry student Lindsey Beard (student of Charles).

Dr. Buffy Smith, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, gave a keynote address titled “Unveiling the Hidden Curriculum on College Campuses” at Macalester College Fall Academic Issues Retreat in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Sept. 16, 2016.

Photo of Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Ph.D.

Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan

Dr. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Teacher Education Department, College of Education, Leadership and Counseling, has co-authored a chapter, "The Transition from High School to Higher Education: Inclusive Services and Supports" with Marc Ellison and Dedra Hafner, in Autism Spectrum Disorders Identification, Education, and Treatment, Fourth Edition (Routledge, 2017).

Dr. William Stevenson, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, presented a paper titled, “Ramanuja and the Limits of Advaita Vedanta” at the Classical Theism Project's Summer Workshop at the University of St. Thomas. In addition, he wrote on Genesis 37-50 for Catholic Rural Life’s study guide “The Joseph Story” being used by lay leaders in rural diocese in Minnesota and South Dakota. In July, Stevenson presented “The Cross and the Mercy of God” as the keynote speaker at the World Youth Day celebration in Des Moines.

Artika Tyner

Artika Tyner

Dr. Artika Tyner, Office of Diversity of Inclusion, co-presented with College of Education, Leadership and Counseling student Monica Habia on the topic of leadership and social justice advocacy at the Senchi Ferry Community Library Forum and Abrem Essiam Community Library. Tyner's publication, "The Leader’s Journey: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within” also was featured in the Ghana Business & Financial Times.

Dr. Lisa Waldner, Dean’s Office, and Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented two co-authored papers at the International Sociology Association meetings held in Vienna: "The Greek Social and Political Crisis as Shown in Street Art in Athens 2015" and “Rapport, Respect, and Dissonance: Studying the White Power Movement in the United States.”

Dr. Christian Washburn

Christian Washburn

Dr. Christian D. Washburn, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, recently published “The First Vatican Council, Cardinal Manning, and Papal Infallibility” in the Catholic Historical Review 102 (2016): 1-53.

Students from the Chemistry Department presented posters describing their research Aug. 11, 2016, at the Summer Undergraduate Research Expo held at the McNamara Alumni Center of the University of Minnesota and sponsored by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The participating students, the titles of their posters, and their advisers were: Kiersten Idzorek, “Toward Solid-State Reactions between Nitrile Oxides and Nitriles,” Ryan B. Johnson, “Solid-State Nitrile Oxide Dimerization: Crystal Structure of 2,3-Dichlorobenzonitrile Oxide,” Maria Neuzil, “Structures and Properties of Crystalline Benzonitrile Oxides,” Michael Stodolka, “Solid-State Dimerization of Nitrile Oxides: 3-Chorobenzonitrile Oxide” and Samantha Whitcomb, “Solid-State Chemistry of Reactive Nitrile Oxides,” students of Dr. William Ojala; and Anna Folska, “Analyzing the Different Membrane Interactions of Cell-Penetrating Peptides,” Francesca Ippoliti, “Synthesis and Characterization of Three Oleoyl-PEG Orthoester Micelles for Drug Delivery” and Thomas Wieser, “Decreased Cytotoxic Acetylated and Phosphoryl Cholinated G5 Poly(amidoamine) Dendrimer as Promising Gene Delivery Agent,” students of Dr. Lisa Prevette.


(From left) Dan Conrad, Chad Arnhold, Dr. Jeni McDermott, Claire Spangenberg and Jack Kellner

Four students from the Geology Department presented their research at the 112th Annual Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America Meeting in Ontario, California, on April 4-6, 2016. Student presenters and their projects were: Dan Conrad and Chad Arnhold, “A Comparison of Slope-Area Analysis and Chi-Plot Methods in a Geomorphic Analysis of the Norwegian ‘Passive’ Margin”; Jack Kellner, “Constraining the Timing of Incision of the Virgin River Gorge”; and Claire Spangenberg, “Investigation of Erosional Patterns Along Mississippi River Gorge Tributary Streams.” Dr. Jeni McDermott served as the research adviser for all four.

Students and faculty from the Department of Justice and Peace Studies attended the 2016 Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference in Nelson, British Columbia, on Aug. 22-25, 2016. Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer and students Laura Kvasnicka and Divine Zheng presented "Peace and Justice based Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy." Nelson-Pallmeyer also presented "Religion and Violence: Can we have an Honest Conversation without Islamophobia?" Dr. Mike Klein presented a workshop, "Creative Conflict in Democratizing Leadership."