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Jared Bates, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy, presented a paper entitled, “The Old Problem of Induction and the New Reflective Equilibrium” at the Central States Philosophy Association in Columbia, Missouri. He also commented on a paper on the nature of evil at the Minnesota Philosophical Association Meetings at the Twin Cities campus in September.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, is showing several photographs in DPI 2002 at the Kellogg Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona this fall. Brush also was invited to contribute work for the auction to benefit the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. Abelardo Morrell, Sheila Metzner, Nicholas Nixon, and Gilles Peress are among other photographers represented.

Stephen Chilton, associate professor, Department of Political Science, spent last June as a visiting scholar in Brazil, giving the keynote address to the workshop on Politics and Postmodernism at the Federal University of Santa Catarina. He also delivered two papers at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, and then a final address to the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The papers will appear in March 2003 in two Brazilian journals, one a philosophy journal and one (in Portuguese translation) in a sociology/political science journal. While visiting Porto Alegre, Chilton observed the participatory budgeting process, an invention by the PT (Workers Party) whereby stakeholders decide directly which projects will get a portion of the municipal budget funds.

David Cole, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, presented a paper, “Analytic A posteriori Truth,” at the Minnesota Philosophical Association Meetings at the Twin Cities campus in September.

Christine Eliason, early childhood studies teacher candidate, and Helen Carlson, professor of education, presented “Using Technology: Supporting Inquiry Learning among First Graders” at the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Minneapolis.

Robert Evans, associate professor, Department of Philosophy, presented a paper co-authored with Richard Hudelson, UWS entitled, “Joe McCarthy and the Rise of Analytic Philosophy,” at the Minnesota Philosophical Association Meetings at the Twin Cities campus in September.

Eve Browning, associate professor, commented on a paper on mercy, at the Minnesota Philosophical Association Meetings at the Twin Cities campus in September.

James H. Fetzer, McKnight Professor, Department of Philosophy, has guest edited a special double-issue of Syntheses, an international journal for epistemology, methodology, and philosophy of science, on the topic of propensities and probabilities. He contributed a memoriam for Wesley C. Salmon, a distinguished philosopher of science for whom he had written his dissertation, as well as an editor’s preface and a paper entitled, “Propensities and Frequencies: Inference to the Best,” which he originally presented as the keynote address to the British Society for the Philosophy of Science.

Hamid Fonooni-Fard, associate professor, and Dale Krageschmidt, assistant professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, co-investigated a grant by the Department of Health Human Services for $335,000 which recently awarded to the Master of Environmental Health & Safety (MEHS) Program. The grant will be disbursed at $67,000 per year for five years and is sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It provides $48,000 per year in scholarship funds for students in the MEHS program as well as funds for faculty and equipment necessary to administer the grant.

Stephen Hilyard, assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, included work in the annual benefit exhibition and auction at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago earlier this month. The exhibition, entitled “Water,” includes work by Gerhard Richter and Edward Burtynsky. The works can be viewed at www.renaissancesociety.org.

Tom Johnson, director of Large Lake Observatory, was invited to address the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy in Chicago, on “Rationale and Needs for Basic Research by Academic Institutions on the Laurentian Great Lakes and Other Large Lakes of the World.” The 16 members of the Commission, appointed by President Bush, is chaired by ADM James Watkins (USN ret.) and includes William D. Ruckelshaus, former head of the EPA, and ocean explorer, Robert Ballard. The Commission has met in nine locations around the country, taking testimony on ocean and coastal (including the Great Lakes) issues as it develops a report for Congress and the President. The report will include recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy. The last time such a comprehensive review of U.S. ocean policy occurred was in the late 1960’s, and resulted in the formation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Michelle Lang, visiting assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, will present a paper, “Kinship and Kingship: Henry VII and the Tudor Rose” at the 37th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May.

Lang will also present a paper, “The Problem of JIT ‘Inventory’ for the Art History Survey” and a panel discussion topic “Timeliness in Less Time: the Challenge of the First Part of the Art History Survey” at the 9th Biannual Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE) Conference at the Ringling School of Art and Design in April.

Susan Beasy Latto, UMD public relations director, recently completed the Advanced Emergency Communication Training course at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The training program includes preparation for large-scale emergency situations and training in legal issues, risk communication, media relations, effective crisis communication, and use of the joint information system.

David Smith, professor, Department of Anthropology, directed several North Shore Community School students in an ethnohistory project which served as the idea for the book, Roots in the Past, Seeds for the Future. Smith wrote the preface for the book which was cited several times during the awards ceremony when the North Shore Community School received the Eighth annual Touchstone Gold Award from the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation.

Steve Vanderheiden, assistant professor, Department of Philosophy/Political Science, presented a paper, “Knowledge, Uncertainty and Responsibility” at the Minnesota Philosophical Association Meeting at the Twin Cities Campus in September.


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Douglas Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center coordinator, was a guest speaker regarding aquatic nuisance species policy, research, and outreach at the “Great Waters Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources,” hosted by the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, held in September, in Duluth. Twenty-two environmental journalists were in attendent representing media outlets such as National Geographic, Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune, Great Lakes Radio Consortium, Duluth News Tribune, and Minnesota Public Radio.


Mustafa al’Absi,
associate professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Duluth, attended the World Congress of Psychophysiology which was held in Montreal, Canada. This year’s congress celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the International Organization of Psychophysiology Associated with the United Nations, New York. He presented a talk entitled “Interpersonal Stress Produces Homogeneous drenocortical and Sympathetic Responses in Hypertension-Prone Men and Women.” He also chaired a symposium titled “Allostatic Load, Chronic Stress and Physiological Responsivity.” al’Absi’s research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Lucia P. Barker, assistant professor, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, was an invited speaker at the 16th International Leprosy Congress in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The presentation was titled, “The trafficking of M. leprae through Schwann Cells — parallels with other mycobacteria.” During her stay in Brazil she also did collaborative work with colleagues at the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Louise Hawley, assistant professor, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, was selected to participate in the Lake Superior Medical Society’s Mini-internship Program, which offers a first-hand opportunity to experience the practice of medicine. In two days she observed four local physicians (including three former UMD School of Medicine graduates) involved in primary care, occupational medicine, rheumatology, and surgery.

Patrick C. J. Ward, professor and head, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, will be honored with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 2002 H.P. Smith Award for Distinguished Pathology Educator at the ASCP’s annual business meeting in Washington D.C.

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