Monday, February 17, 2014
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SLU researcher works to improve global food security
Dr. Prashant Rajan, an assistant professor at SLU (Communication)
recently completed pilot research on the design and implementation
of e-governance applications for the public distribution system in
He is studying how information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as
smart cards are improving the distribution for essential commodities including
rice, wheat, sugar, salt, cooking fuel through government-authorized 'fair price
shops' (FPSs). FPSs in Chhattisgarh provide essential commodities at subsidized
cost to more than 5.4 million households (approx. 20 million people)
Specifically, Dr. Rajan is working to understand the perceptions citizens have
as users of new technologies such as smart cards. He aims to reduce barriers
to technology adoption as smart cards and related technologies are expanded
and implemented over the entire state and throughout the country.
Dr. Rajan's collaborators include researchers from the Department of
Technology Leadership and Innovation at the College of Technology,
Purdue University, the National Informatics Center, Department of Science
and Technology, India and, the Government of Chhattisgarh.
India's Public Distribution System (PDS) is the largest program of
economic support to its citizens. It is similar to the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP) in the US but provides subsidized commodities
instead of direct cash subsidies. Dr. Rajan's research can provide ways to
compare the efficacy and efficiency of direct commodity transfers as conducted
through the Indian PDS against direct cash subsidies offered by US programs
such as SNAP.
Through the PDS, an estimated 160 million households (approx. 500 million
people) are entitled to monthly purchases of essential commodities at subsidized
costs from a nationwide network of more than 500,000 'fair price shops' (FPSs).
The efficacy of the PDS as an enabler of food security has long been criticized
for being hampered by 'leakages' particularly through diversion of commodities,
particularly food grains during distribution. Current estimates suggest that 58%
of just the grain allocation is lost during distribution every year. The government
of India spends more than 10 billion US dollars every year on procuring, processing,
storing and distributing essential commodities.
Information and Communication Technology-enabled solutions such as smart cards
that read, record and update accurate food balances for citizens have led to strong
gains in the efficiency of the PDS in Chhattisgarh in recent years.
commodities, particularly, food grains from "farm to table" while
eliminating corruption and waste through: (a) the effective design and
use of information and communication technologies and, (b) the design
of effective awareness campaigns targeting consumers and fair price
shops. He is translating this research in the classroom by working with
students on ways of using mobile phones and social media tools to track
and audit the flow of commodities in the public distribution system.
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Sociology and Anthropology Department Sponsored
Faculty Candidate Talk
Event Details: February 17, 3:15 - 4:30 PM, McGannon Hall,
Maura Finkelstein, Ph.D., from Mills College, will give a talk
titled, "Ghosts in the Gallery: Memory and Materiality in
Mumbai's Chawls "
Dr. Finkelstein is a candidate for the open position of Assistant
Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and
Maura Finkelstein is a sociocultural anthropologist who specializes
in the cultural and political dimensions of cities in the global south,
with a specific focus on India. Her teaching and research interests
include globalization and global urbanism, labor, housing, and embodiment.
The American Studies Department is sponsoring or co-sponsoring a pretty amazing line-up
of speakers this semester. We don't have all the information yet on times and places, but here
are the dates of the talks so you can block off the time in advance. Also note that at least one
speaker will be hosting a brown-bag lunch just for graduate students.
Senior Lecturer, American History
Amerika-Institut, University of Munich
"A Hot Debate over the Cold War: The Plan for a 'Cold War Center' at
Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin"
Monday, March 24th
*There may also be a brown-bag lunch for grad students with Prof.
Etges - stay tuned for further details.
Chair, Dept. of American Studies, and Associate Professor of American
Studies and International Affairs
George Washington University
"The Globalization of American Evangelicalism"
2014 BLIXEN LECTURE
Tuesday, April 8 (reception to follow)
*There will also be a brown-bag lunch for grad students with Prof. McAlister
at noon in Adorjan 142
Saint Louis University Invitational Exhibition • February 14-March
McNamee Gallery, Lower Level Cupples House
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 12:00-4:00 & Saturday
1:00-4:00 (gallery will be closed March 9-15)
For information: Rick Dunn 314.977.3105 or Denise Jones
This year's Saint Louis University Invitational Exhibition features
six artists working in a variety of media and exploring a diverse
range of themes. The exhibition includes work by Gina Alvarez,
Christopher Day, Dean Kessmann, Tom Lunt, Betsy Morris and
Ruth Ann Reese.
2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program
Education: Igniting the Flames of Change
March 31 - April 4, 2014
The Fourteenth Annual Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week program will
be held the week of March 31st - April 4th, 2014. One of the main goals
of the Atlas Program is to increase awareness of the global issues
that confront us today in an effort not only to promote discussion,
but also to inspire and inform action. It focuses on what we as global
citizens can do to contribute to a better life for all people now and in the
future. The Atlas Program is unique in that for one week of the year, it
brings together members of the University community to focus on the
global challenges that confront us in the 21st century.
The theme for the 2014 Atlas Program is "Education: Igniting the Flames
of Change". The Atlas Planning Committee is pleased to announce that
Shabana Basij-Rasikh will deliver the keynote address at the Atlas Week
Signature Symposium on Thursday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wool Ballrooms
of the Busch Student Center. She will be visiting SLU for two days (April 2nd
and 3rd) to share her advocacy efforts and her inside views on Afghanistan.
To learn more about Shabana, please click here.
We welcome and encourage all faculty, staff, and students to participate in
the program and share their international knowledge, scholarship, and service
with the wider university community. The deadline to submit an event is February
5, 2014 . To submit an event, please click here.
Annual Academic Portfolio Retreat for Faculty
Each year, the Office of Academic Affairs and the Reinert Center for Transformative
Teaching and Learning co-sponsor a two-day Academic Portfolio Retreat,
designed to assist faculty in the preparation of tenure or promotion dossiers.
The next Portfolio Retreat will be held on Friday, April 11 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.),
and Saturday, April 12 (8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.). All participants must commit to
full participation in both days of the retreat. Seating is limited to 25. There is
a $100 registration fee (typically covered by academic departments), which is
applied to the cost of materials and meals. All other costs are covered by the
Office of Faculty Affairs.
The retreat will be facilitated by Marilyn Miller, Ph.D., formerly the director of
the University of Missouri Program for Excellence in Teaching and an
educational consultant at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the
retreat, participants will write about, reflect on, and organize evidence of their
teaching, research, and service, in preparation for tenure or promotion review.
Participants leave with a preliminary draft of their academic portfolio.
Both tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty are eligible to participate.
Interested faculty may self-nominate or be nominated by their chairs.
Nomination forms and other information may be found here. [Link
portfolio-retreat.] Completed nomination forms must be received no
later than Friday, March 7, 2014.
For more information, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions, go
here. [Link to: http://www.slu.edu/academic-affairs/office-of-faculty
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Bryan Sokol, Ph.D. (Center for Service and Community Engagement)
was featured in a story on KSDK-TV Ch. 5 about the Readers2Leaders
Dr. Eddie Clark and graduate students Priscilla Fernandez and Katheryn
Votaw presented the following at the annual meetings of the Society for
Personality and Social Psychology.
Fernandez, P., & Clark, E. M. (2014, February). Is engaging in unfaithful
behavior relevant to normative perceptions? Examining the influence of
descriptive and injunctive norms in infidelity. Presented at the annual
meetings of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
does not predict relationship satisfaction: Misattributing unpleasant effort to
both real and parasocial partners. Presented at the annual meetings of the
Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
Shawn Nordell and Thomas Valone's text Animal Behavior: Concepts,
Methods and Applications, has been chosen by a 2014 panel of judges
as the recipient of the 2014 TAA "Most Promising New Textbook" Award.
The award will be presented during a special session, TAA Awards
Ceremony Luncheon: Standing out from the Competition, on Saturday,
June 21st , held during their Conference this year at Baltimore Marriot
Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland.
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
The following FPA Theatre Faculty were nominated for St. Louis Theatre
Gary Barker (chair)- Best Actor in a Drama
Tom Martin-- Best Director
Mark Wilson- Best Lighting Design
Nancy Bell-Best Actress in a Drama and Outstanding New Play
In addition, one of their recent grads was also nominated:
Julia Crump-Best Actress in a Comedy.
Nancy Bell (FPA) was recently named Playwright in Residence at
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.
MODERN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES
Dr. Jean-Louis Pautrot, Professor of French in the department of Modern
and Classical Languages, delivered a paper titled "L'Histoire naturelle de
Pascal Quignard" at the International Colloquium "Histoire naturelle des
animaux dans la littérature de langue française (XXe-XXIe siècles)" in Paris,
Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle-Paris 3, France (Feb 5-7, 2014)
Dr. Claudia Karagoz, Assistant Professor of Italian in the department of
Modern and Classical Languages, has published an article, "Motherhood
Revisited in Francesca Comencini's Lo spazio bianco." In Italian Women
Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen, edited by Maristella Cantini. 103-119.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Dr. Karagoz also published an article on which she collaborated with
Stephanie Malia Hom, Anthony Fragola, Ellen Nerenberg: "Contributions
by Colleagues Attending the Roundtable Panel." In Renga, Dana and Allison
Cooper "Italy's Other Mafias in Italian Film, and Television: A Roundtable."
The Italianist: Film Issue 33:2 (2013): 222-224.
On Monday, February 10, Vincent Casaregola, Professor of English and
Director of Film Studies, lectured at the Granite City Public Library on The
History of the American WW II Combat Film.
On Saturday, February 15, Film Studies students from all sections of Introduction
to Film Studies, along with students from Literature and Film of WW II, will attend
the St. Louis Symphony Performance of the music of Casablanca with a simultaneous
showing of the film.
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