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Faculty/Staff Notes

Nov. 19, 2010

An article by the late Thorpe Running, SJU professor emeritus and Regents professor of Spanish, was published prior to his death. The article, "La 'secreta complejidad" de la poesia de Jorge Luis Borges," appeared in Palabra y Persona (April 2010). Running died April 23, 2010.

Scott Richardson, CSB/SJU professor of classics, will have an essay, "The Case for the Defense," in the journal College Literature next spring, concerning the question of Penelope's recognition of Odysseus in the Odyssey.  He has recently published a short article on Scottish novelist Dorothy Dunnett in Whispering Gallery, the quarterly journal of the Dorothy Dunnett Readers' Association.

Nov. 5, 2010

Jim Forsting, CSB/SJU professor of education, received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health for his dedication and commitment to the chemical health and recovery communities.

Mary Jepperson, CSB/SJU assistant professor of accounting and finance, received the George Krull/Grant Thornton 2010 Teaching Innovation Award last summer for her presentation, "Use Technology to Enhance Auditing Classes," at the American Accounting Association Conference. 

 Oct. 25, 2010

Tagonei Mharapara, CSB/SJU Institutional Planning & Research, along with co-authors, published "Conflict and Abusive Workplace Behaviors: The Moderating Effects of Social Competencies" in Career Develop International 

Imad Rahal, assistant professor of computer science, and two other colleagues, published "Parallel Hierarchical Clustering Using Weighted Confidence Affinity" that will appear in the Feb. 2011 special issue of International Journal of Data Mining, Modeling, and Management.

Imad Rahal, CSB/SJU assistant professor of computer science, was awarded a plaque of recognition and appreciation for serving as a program co-chair for the peer-reviewed 19th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEDE 2010), June 16-18 in San Francisco. Rahal accompanied two SJU students, Jeremy Iverson and Sean Landman, who were pursuing honor theses under the supervision of Dr. James Schnepf and Rahal, respectively, to present their research at SEDE-2010.  Each student published a six page paper in the proceedings of the conference: Landman and Rahal, "Improving Start Codon Prediction Accuracy Using Naive Bayesian Classification," and Iverson, Schnepf and Rahal, "Using Metrics to Quantify Similarity in Source Code: An Empirical Study Using VOCS."

Iverson and Landman were the only undergraduates among Ph.D.s or Ph.D. candidates at SEDE-2010.  Numerous colleagues at the conference remarked that Iverson and Landman are truly top-quality students matching Ph.D. candidates in their caliber.

Oct. 20, 2010

Jean Keller, associate professor of philosophy, had her essay, "Rethinking Ruddick and the Ethnocentrism Critique of Maternal Thinking," published in  Feminist Legacies/Feminist Futures:  the 25th Anniversary Special Issue of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, fall 2010.

October 4, 2010

Luke Mancuso, CSB/SJU associate professor of English, has published his essay, "Brokeback Mountain and the History of the Future of the Normal," in Coming Out to the Mainstream: Queer Cinema in the 21st Century.  Eds. JoAnne Juett and David Jones (Cambridge S P, 2010).

September 16, 2010

Aric Putnam, CSB/SJU associate professor of communication, has signed a contract with the University of Massachusetts Press to publish his book, 'Black Belt Millennium' : Rhetorical Moments in Black Anti-colonialism During the Great Depression.  In May 2010, he presented the paper "Faithful Citizens and White Nationalism" as part of a spotlight panel at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Minneapolis.  Also at that conference, he was the invited respondent to a panel called "Rhetorical Criticism across Racial Lines: Pushing through the Divide." Putnam will present "Father Divine's Peace: A Rhetorical Utopia for Black America during the Great Depression" at the National Communication Association in San Francisco, November 2010. 

James Read, CSB/SJU professor of political science and Joseph P. Farry Professor of Public Policy, has been awarded the 2010 Wilson Carey McWilliams Best Paper Award by the Politics, Literature, and Film section of the American Political Science Association for his paper presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the APSA.  Read's paper was entitled, "The Limits of Self-Reliance: Emerson, Slavery, and Abolition."

Charles Bobertz, CSB/SJU professor of theology, was named to the editorial board of Acta Patristica et Byzantina, a journal published by the University of South Africa Press.

September 13, 2010

Joseph Carr, SJU senior, won second prize for his plant-biology video, "Idioblasts in Action," in a competition organized by the ChloroFilms Project at Penn State University. Stephen Saupe, CSB/SJU professor of biology, was Carr's adviser on his individual research project. ChloroFilms is a nonprofit collaborative project started by Daniel Cosgrove, the Eberly Chair of Biology at Penn State University. ChloroFilms is working to combine video, Internet, and social-networking technologies to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of plant life and to make the best plant-biology videos.

See Carr's winning YouTube video below.

August 24, 2010

Charles A. Bobertz, professor, CSB/SJU department of theology and SOT, has published "Ritual Eucharist Within Narrative: A Comparison of Didache 9-10 with Mark 6:31-44; 8:1-9," Studia Patristica 44 (2010). He gave two lectures at a recent conference at the University of Notre Dame, "Unfolding the Mystery of Christ: Exploring Liturgical Time," sponsored by the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy (June 14-16). He also chaired a panel discussion on "Ancient Christianity in the Ancient Economy" at the annual meeting of the North American Patristic Society, Chicago (May 24-26).

Barbara Hein, director eCommunications for CSB/SJU, has been asked to serve on the advisory committee for the Minnesota Private College Council's website redesign. 

Nick Hayes, professor of history and University Chair in Critical Thinking, has given numerous readings and talks throughout the summer in conjunction with the publication of his memoir, And One Fine Morning (Nodin Press), which is a local best-seller. He also has been featured in broadcast interviews, including MPR's "Midday" with Gary Eichten, WCCO's "The Morning Show" with Charlie Boone, "The Stan Turner Show" on WMGT 1220 AM and KARE-11 "Showcase Minnesota," as well as dozens of book reviews and interviews in newspapers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. He has another round of appearances scheduled for the fall and holiday season. Profits from sales go to the Church of the Ascension in Minneapolis. 

Michael Hemmesch, SJU director of media relations, has been appointed to the St. John's Boys' Choir Board of Directors. He also has been appointed to the Advisory Panel for the Public Insight Network at Minnesota Public Radio. Public Insight Journalism is a way for Minnesota Public Radio journalists to find the best sources and the best information. The centerpiece of Public Insight Journalism is the Public Insight Network - a group of thousands of Minnesotans who have agreed to help Minnesota Public Radio cover the news. 

May 3, 2010

A poem by Betsy Johnson-Miller, CSB/SJU English instructor, was read May 2 by Garrison Keillor on "The Writer's Almanac" on Minnesota Public Radio. The poem, "Calvin's Theory of Predestination," is from her poetry book Rain When You Want Rain (Mayapple Press, 2010). On May 15, Keillor will read another poem from that volume, "What a Mouth Can Do." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/programs/writers_almanac/

 April 27, 2010

Jennifer Galovich, CSB/SJU associate professor and chair of mathematics, has been honored by the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America with its 17th annual certificate of Meritorious Service. Active in the section since 1971, she was recognized for her service, thoughtful participation and support, both in the section and nationally. She has served as section president from 2004-05, and as governor from 2007 to the present. Her citation noted her work as an organizing member and officer of BIOSIGMAA, a special interest group for mathematical biology, and her work as a scholar and as a dedicated and innovative teacher and mentor.

Brian Larkin, associate professor of history, published The Very Nature of God: Baroque Catholicism and Religious Reform in Bourbon Mexico City (University of New Mexico Press, May 2010).  Based on devotional literature and the last wills and testaments of the faithful, the book examines the changing nature of lay religious practice in New Spain's capital over the long eighteenth century.

 Three students in the CSB/SJU communication department have been selected to present at the St. Thomas Undergraduate Research conference. Natalie Bell will present "J.M. Smucker Company Battles Fears of Salmonella Outbreak," prepared in Terry Check's public address class. Papers by Angela Tate, "Plato's Phaedrus and Apology:  Illustrations of Socrates' Rhetorical Consistency," and Benjamin Schnert, "Ecclesia Gentilium? Metaphor and the Jerusalem Temple among the Early Christians," were prepared in Richard Ice's classical rhetoric class.

April 16, 2010

Manju Parikh, CSB/SJU professor of political science, has received a Fulbright Research Grant for a proposal to travel to Pakistan to interview women legislators about their successful passage of an anti-sexual harassment in the workplace bill in the Pakistan parliament recently.

Established by Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Approximately 7,500 grants are awarded annually.

Parikh gave a presentation titled "Shifting the Gaze: Public resistance to the official and media response to the Mumbai attacks of 26 Nov 2008" at the International Studies Association meeting in New Orleans on Feb 20. She was invited by the American Association of University Women in St. Paul to give a public lecture titled "Women Seeking Political Voice: Examples from South Asia" on March 9.

The Under-told Stories Project (UTS) team, director Fred de Sam Lazaro and producer Nicole See, spent much of the new year overseas on assignment in Egypt, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia for PBS NewsHour and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. In January they covered the rising tensions between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt, and social entrepreneur Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the Acumen Fund, who has invested in social businesses that are transforming sanitation in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. In preparation for World Water Day on March 22, the team followed President Jimmy Carter to Southern Sudan where the Carter Center is working to stamp out the last pockets of Guinea Worm, an ancient disease transmitted through dirty water. They then reported on efforts to bring clean water to rural parts of Ethiopia, where many women walk several hours a day to collect water for their household. They also visited a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in rural Sudan to examine growing tensions and violence ahead of historic elections in April. They interviewed Zach Vertin from the International Crisis Group, an expert on Sudan and a former Johnnie. For updates on show times and behind the scenes information sign up for their story alerts at http://undertoldstories.org/contact-us

April 7, 2010

Clayton Gearhart of the CSB/SJU physics department published an article, "'Astonishing Successes' and 'Bitter Disappointment': The Specific Heat of Hydrogen in Quantum Theory" in the Archive for History of Exact Sciences, vol. 64 (2010), 113-202. He gave a talk on the same topic to the weekly colloquium of the History of Science and Technology Program at the University of Minnesota on Jan. 29.

Mike Killeen, CSB/SJU assistant director of media relations, and Michael Hemmesch, SJU director of media relations, served on the media relations staff for the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey West Regional on March 26-27 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Hemmesch served as news conference moderator for the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball First/Second Rounds on March 20-23 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Hemmesch was quoted in an article titled "An initiative with a transformative impact" in the Spring 2010 issue of the Murphy Reporter, published by the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.

James Read, CSB/SJU professor of political science and Joseph P. Farry Professor of Public Policy, delivered the Alpheus T. Mason Address to the James Madison Program at Princeton University on March 23. The title of the talk was "The Only True Sovereign of a Free People? The Problem of Majority Rule in Madison, Calhoun, and Lincoln." It described how in Lincoln's view, the Civil War was a test of the moral legitimacy of majority rule, in contrast to Calhoun who rejected majority rule in favor of state nullification of federal law. Both Calhoun and Lincoln claimed to be followers of Madison. A video recording of the address is posted at http://web.princeton.edu/sites/jmadison/calendar/flash/Read.html

K.R. Kasling, CSB/SJU professor of music, gave a lecture/demonstration March 12 to a class on liturgy at the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis: "Organ/Instruments in the Liturgy - Documents, History, Reality."

K.R. Kasling served as judge for the statewide Minn. Music Teachers Association final competition held Feb. 27 at Bethlehem Lutheran church, St. Cloud organ category.

Marina Martín, CSB/SJU associate professor of Spanish, published the following: (a) Essay and Interview: "El relato en los senderos de la psique: Entrevista a Myriam Bustos Arratia." La mujer en la literatura del mundo hispánico. Colección La mujer en la Literatura Hispánica. Vol. VIII. Editors Juana Alcira Arancibia & Rosa Tezanos-Pinto. Instituto literario y cultural hispánico (ILCH). Buenos Aires: ILCH, 2009. 329-341; (b) article: "Marginados y soñadores en Carlos Saura. Reflexiones sobre el impacto de Buñuel y Borges" Letras Peninsulares. 21.2. 21.3 (Fall/Winter 2008-2009). 381-392; (c) essay: "Juan Goytisolo's Count Julian: A Vindication of Muslim Spain." Studies in Honor of Juan Cano Ballesta. Editors Candelas Gala & Anne Hardcastle. Hispanic Monographs. Newark, Del: Juan de la Cuesta, 2009. 121-136.

Martín was invited to serve Bemidji State University as external evaluator of the Department of Modern Languages and Ethnic Studies (BSU). Martín visited BSU Feb. 3-5, and held discussions and interviews with faculty, students and administrators. She is currently writing an extensive report (Five-Year External Review) for Bemidji State University. She was glad to visit BSU and was impressed by the kindness she received during her visit.

Martín gave the following talk on the Chilean author Myriam Bustos Arratia: "Narrativa y exilio en Myriam Bustos Arratia," Memorias y Fronteras XIX Congreso de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica, AILCFH, Quito, Ecuador, Oct. 1-3. 2009.

March 9, 2010

Dan Finn, Clemens Professor of Economics and professor of theology, delivered the presidential address at the annual meetings of the Society of Christian Ethics in early January. Entitled "The Promise of Interdisciplinary Engagement: The Case of Christian Ethics and Economics," the address summarized the contributions of orthodox economics to humanistic understanding and argued for a change in doctoral education in Christian ethics to encourage more students to take substantial coursework in the social sciences.

He published "Moral Values and the Rules of International Trade" in Economic Justice in a Flat World: Christian Perspectives on Globalization (Paternoster Press, 2009), and in September presented "Catholic Social Thought as Empirical Claim" at the British Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, in Cambridge, England. He presented "The Church, the Economy, and Social Justice: Reflections on Caritas in Veritate," at The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College, in October, and in September delivered a lecture, "Theology and Sustainable Economics," at Rockhurst University, Kansas City. In July, he delivered the annual Shults lecture, "Connecting Spirituality, Markets, and the Financial Crisis: The Moral Ecology of Markets," at St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, N.Y.

The English Department is pleased to announce that Megan Mills-Rittmann has won this year's Wagner-Berger Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing for her story "Ruins." Megan is a senior English major from Burnsville, Minn. The $1000 Wagner-Berger Prize is awarded annually for the best original work of fiction written by a College of Saint Benedict student. Look for Megan's story this spring in Studio One.

Michael Hemmesch, SJU director of media relations, and Diane Hageman, CSB director of media relations, served on a panel titled "Business Panel on Working with the Media" for the St. Cloud Area Chamber Leadership class media/business day on Feb. 11.

Heidi L. Everett, CSB executive director of advancement communications, co-authored the cover story for the next issue of Intercom (expected publication March 2010). The article, "Responding to accusations of wrongdoing: What technical communicators should know," offers strategies for technical communicators to prepare and execute crisis communication plans effectively.

January 15, 2010

Imad Rahal, CSB/SJU assistant professor of computer science, has published a paper, "An Automated Gene-Retrieval System for Biological Information Needs" in the Journal of Information & Knowledge Management.

Conducting a biological experiment can be very expensive due to the highly sophisticated and expensive equipment necessitated by the process. The ability to isolate and focus on a smaller set of imperative genes or gene products that are of high relevance to the experiment, pathway, or biological system under investigation could provide potential savings in experimental costs. Imad's work proposes an intelligent information system capable of generating a ranked list of genes and gene products that are most pertinent to a given biological pathway, experiment or system. Intelligent text-based analyses and mining are utilized for this purpose by using the published literature, in the form of publication abstracts downloaded from PubMed, with the intention of ranking genes and gene products having identified relationships to the specified description terms based on the gene ontology (GO) standard. For demonstration purposes, experimental results are reported on the molting regulation pathway in Drosophila Melanogaster (fruit fly).

He also recently co-authored the manuscript, "DAVYD: an iterative Density-based Approach for clusters with VarYing Densities."

Efficient data clustering methods are in great demand, as a result of the recent rapid size growth of data collections in various application areas. Clustering large data sets faces numerous challenges, and the authors explore an iterative density-based clustering method (DAVYD) to meet the challenges. Their manuscript will be published in the next issue of International Journal of Computers and Their Applications.

CSB senior Megan Kack and Sanford Moskowitz, CSB/SJU assistant professor of management, were awarded a Rooney Endowment Grant to further examine cultural and social issues that can hinder the diffusion of advanced oral health technologies in developing countries. Megan is a biology major and pre-dental student. In addition to being an E-Scholar, she was enrolled in Sanford's Global Entrepreneurship class last spring. The interdisciplinary project, which combines the social sciences with the biological sciences, is titled "The Promotion and Marketing of Oral Health in Rural China: Development of a Case Study for International Business." This project represents the first time in recent memory that a faculty-student joint research project brought together the department of management and the natural sciences in an interdisciplinary research program. The result of the project will be a case study on the diffusion and marketing of western dental skills and technologies in China.

Megan conducted extensive primary research in China for approximately seven weeks last summer. She returned to campus with Zhang Yiren, a Chinese exchange student, to help her and Sanford with the organization and analysis of the data and information. Since returning to campus, Megan has worked with Sanford to complete the research and prepare a draft of the case study. The final case study will be prepared for submission for publication by spring 2010.

The Rooney Endowment Grant funds summer fellowships for students to work in collaboration with CSB/SJU faculty on multi-disciplinary projects with a health emphasis. It provides funding for both the student and faculty moderator.

Philip Welter, CSB/SJU professor emeritus of music, received a Partners in Education Award Dec. 5, 2009, from the St. Cloud School District. He was honored for his leadership, dedication and long hours of work with the LEAF program in the St. Cloud Schools. LEAF is a volunteer organization that raises funds to provide financial assistance for the school district's extracurricular activities such as the arts and athletics.


CSB/SJU music professors Carolyn Finley and Edward Turley have produced a new art song CD entitled, "The Pleasures of Nature and Youth" currently available in the CSB/SJU Bookstores. Featured repertoire includes Spanish art songs by Fernando Obradors, Enrique Granados, Carlos Guastavino, and Xavier Montsalvatge, as well as recent songs by Minnesota composer Wynn-Anne Rossi. This is Carolyn's third CD project and Edward's fifth. They are joined by Dr. Catherine Verrilli, associate professor of music at St. Cloud State University for two selections.

Diane Veale Jones, professor of environmental studies and a registered (RD) and licensed dietitian (LD), contributed the chapter on "Hmong American Food Practices" to the book, Cultural Food Practices, published by the American Dietetic Association. The book addresses the increasing incidence of diabetes in 15 ethnic or racial American populations. In addition, it makes a significant contribution to understanding the traditional foods, food practices and health beliefs of these groups. Current food practices are examined, as well as culturally appropriate counseling and communication techniques. This is a practical resource for health professionals.

Marina Martín, CSB/SJU associate professor in Hispanic studies, has published the following articles:

(a) "Entrevista a Myriam Bustos Arratia," with an introductory essay in La mujer en la literatura del mundo hispánico. Eds. Juana Alcira Arancibia & Rosa Tezanos Pinto. Vol. VIII. Westminster, CA: Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico, 2009, pp. 329-341. This work includes an essay on Chilean author Myriam Bustos Arratia (Chile, 1933) followed by an interview conducted in Costa Rica in March of 2009. Bustos talks about her political exile in San José and the manner in which she left the country after Salvador Allende was killed, in 1973. In the interview she also discusses her fiction with Marina Martín and her interest in women studies, centering on individual/social psychology.

(b) "Voz y morada en la lírica de Ana Maria Fagundo," in El Español, Baluarte del Humanismo. Literatura, Lengua y Cultura. Ensayos. Turlock, CA: Orbis Press, 2009. pp. 153-161. This study focuses on Spanish poet Ana María Fagundo (Canary Islands, 1939). Marina has several articles published on Ana María Fagundo, including an interview with the poet conducted in 2006.

Marina has recently delivered a talk in Ecuador on Myriam Bustos. The event took place at a conference devoted to the study of Hispanic women authors. The details of her talk are: "Myriam Bustos Arratia: La ficción en el exilio y los traumas de la vida moderna," MEMORIAS Y FRONTERAS, XIX Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica AILCFH, Quito, Oct. 1‐3, 2009.

Clayton Gearhart, CSB/SJU professor of physics recently gave a paper, "Fritz Reiche's 1921 quantum theory textbook," at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society in November. This paper was one of eight on early quantum theory textbooks given at two sessions at the meeting, as part of a longer term project organized by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Clayton was also recently elected to a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the Forum for the History of Physics, a unit of the American Physical Society.

Jean Keller, CSB/SJU associate professor of philosophy, was a panelist at two sessions at the recent National Women's Studies Association Meeting, Nov. 12-15, Atlanta, Georgia.

She discussed research related to institutionalizing family friendly policies at "Feminist Mothering, Family Friendly Work-places and the Role of Women's Centers: A Roundtable Discussion." She was also one of 5 contributors to the book Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice (Demeter Press, fall 2009) who participated in a panel discussion entitled "Sara Ruddick's 'Maternal Thinking': A 20th Anniversary Retrospective." Keller presented an overview of her recent research on Sara Ruddick and Transracial Adoption.

Steven W. Thomas, CSB/SJU assistant professor of English literature, has co-authored a review of Dinaw Mengestu's novel, The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears, in "Ogina: Oromo Arts in Diaspora," volume 2, issue 2 (fall 2009). http://www.ogina.org/.

Glenda Isaacs Burgeson, CSB/SJU director of editorial services and editor, e-Community, Communication and Marketing, has been appointed to the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.