Monday, March 18, 2013
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2013 FACULTY AND STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
Each spring semester, the College of Arts & Sciences recognizes the excellent teaching and
mentoring contributions of our faculty, and the dedication and hard work of our staff. We are
very pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Excellence Awards.
- Jennifer A. Semsar: Staff Excellence Award
- Julia R. Lieberman: Helen I. Mandeville Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
in the Humanities
- Gretchen W. Arnold: Robert A. Johnston, S.J. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
Teaching in the Social Sciences
- Elena Bray Speth: William V. Stauder, S.J. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
Teaching in the Natural Sciences
- Daniel V. Kozlowski: Chauncey E. Finch Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
- Heidi L. Ardizzone: Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching
- Kenneth L. Parker: Donald G. Brennan Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring
The awards will be presented by Dean Michael Barber, S.J., at our annual Spring Faculty &
Staff Assembly which will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in
the Sinquefeld Room of DuBourg Hall. All faculty and staff are cordially invited to join in
recognizing these outstanding individuals for their contributions to the educational
mission of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Instructional Office Hours for Graduate Student Instructors with the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning
Are you a graduate student teaching a class or preparing to teach a class? Do you want to talk about it? Visit with the CTTL staff to discuss your teaching challenges ("why didn't this work?"), successes ("how do I get that to happen again?"), and any other teaching interests that come to mind.
Instructional Office hours just for graduate students are held every Monday of the semester from 1:00pm-3:00pm beginning Monday, March 18th. Consultations are confidential and neutral. If you have questions or would like to meet at a different time, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can submit material for the College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter to: Jeremy Nagle by Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. via email. Please be sure to include your department in your submission. Please do not re-submit information for the Newsletter.
The next CISL interdisciplinary faculty lunch is scheduled for
Tuesday, March 19. Sociology and Anthropology Professor J.S.
Onésimo Sandoval will present "Mapping the Spatial Hierarchy
of Risk in Saint Louis: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Advance
Social Environmental Synthesis"
census revealed that the city population was 319,294, which was the
lowest recorded population count for the city of St. Louis since 1870.
The depopulation of the city has contributed to rapid changes in land
use, shifting local and regional economies, and environmental degradation.
The socio-environmental changes have strained the capacities of the local
government to study and understand the complex relationship between the
social, economic, ecological, and environmental systems. The challenges
that face the city of St. Louis and the region require a new kind of scientific
synthesis research that privileges problem solving over academic inquiry.
This presentation will present results from a social-environmental synthesis
project that focuses on social, economic, ecological, and environmental risk.
More information about the project can be found at
The presentation will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th in the
dining room of Queen's Daughters Hall. All Saint Louis University faculty members
are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, please fill out
this registration form by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18th.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Refectory Hall (Dubourgh Hall 157) 5:00-7:00 PM
Abstract - In 1973 historian Dr. Marilyn W. Nickels interviewed Fr. Claude Heithaus, S.J., while conducting research for a doctoral dissertation. During the course of that taped interview, Fr. Heithaus asked that Nickels allow him to record his memories of the sermon he had delivered on February 11, 1944, which led to the opening of St. Louis University to black students. Dr. Nickels will recall that interview, Heithaus' sermon, and the events which both led up to and followed this historic moment at the university. The hope is to create a dialogue about this history and its contemporary implications for the university and the community.
Seats Still Available! Two events to attend next week:
Conversation: Why Foster a Globally Engaged Classroom Online and How to Best Use Learning Technologies at SLU to Bridge the Distance? Tuesday, March 19, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., BSC 253
This spring 2013 conversation series is sponsored by the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services at Saint Louis University and funded by a seminar grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Interested faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend. More information can be found at http://slu.edu/cttl/events/globally-engaged-conversation-series. Click here to register.
Using Research on Teaching & Learning to Inform Pedagogical Practice Wednesday, March 20, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Pius Library 101-C
In this 90-minute workshop, a faculty panel will discuss ways in which they use published scholarship on teaching and learning to inform their own classroom practice, and will assist participants in applying appropriate scholarly studies on teaching and learning from their own disciplines to their classrooms. Please register by clicking here.
Women's Studies Advisory Board Meetings
The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in Women's Studies and the programs' governance.
Spring Semester Dates:
Monday, March 25th, 10-11:30am
Monday, April 29th, 10-11:30am
All Located in MCG 144
Fine and Performing Arts
Dr. Kathryn Rudy, Lecturer, School of Art History, University of St Andrews
will speak about 'Relics, Hospitals, and Health Care around 1500'
on Tues. Mar. 26, at 4 pm, in Boileau Hall, 38 N. Vandeventer Blvd., St. Louis,
MO 63108on the Frost Campus of Saint Louis University. Limited free parking is
available in front of the building. This lecture is sponsored by the Art History Program
of the Fine and Performing Arts Departmentand the Center for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies at Saint Louis University and by the Department of Art History and Archaeology at
Washington University in St. Louis. For more information, contact Dr. Cathleen Fleck, email@example.com.
The 53rd meeting of St. Louis' Dialogue Group of the World's Religions and Philosophies will be held on Wednesday, April 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wool Ballroom of the Busch Student Center (northeast corner of Grand and Laclede) at Saint Louis University. Representatives of different religions will discuss their views of God. Parking is available in the large parking garage on Laclede, just west of Grand.
Aquinas Institute of Theology's program "Where Faith Meets Life" will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, 7730 Bonhomme, in Clayton. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at noon. This program is a conversation with Sister Carla Mae Streeter, O.P. and Michael Tsichlis about the relationship of the Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church. Cost for the program and lunch is $23. Register by calling Diane Henderson at 314-256-8856.
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'The Logic of Markets and the Logic of Gift' Event Details: 3:00 p.m., April 04, DuBourg Hall, Sinquefield Stateroom
A panel of Saint Louis University experts will explore questions about money in business
ethics and social justice as one of the special events of the 2013 Greater St. Louis
Humanities Festival Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6.
"The Logic of Markets and the Logic of Gift" will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in
the Sinquefield Stateroom in DuBourg Hall. The event is free and open to the public
and all members of the SLU community.
Panel organizer Greg Beabout, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of
philosophy at the College of Arts and Sciences, stressed the importance of
dialogue on this topic, using Pope Benedict XVI's own words to describe the
central theme of this panel.
"The great challenge before us, accentuated by the problems of development
in this global era and made even more urgent by the economic and financial
crisis, is to demonstrate, in thinking and behavior, that in commercial relationships
the principle of gratuitousness and the logic of gift can and must find their place
within normal economic activity."
"This challenge was articulated by Pope Benedict XVI in his last encyclical,
Caritas in veritate." Beabout added.
The interdisciplinary panel of SLU scholars will bring the resources of their
individual disciplines to bear on the question of the relationship between the log
of gift and the logic of markets.
The panelists include:
- David Borgmeyer, Ph.D. (International Studies)
- Vince Casaregola, Ph.D. (English)
- Terry Dempsey, S.J. (Fine and Performing Arts)
- Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Ph.D. (Theological Studies)
- Beth Rath, Ph.D. (Philosophy)
- Bonnie Wilson, Ph.D. (Economics)
The theme for this year's St. Louis Humanities Festival is "Money, Money! Need, Greed and Generosity." The event, in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, includes a broad range of lectures, literary readings, film and theater productions, and discussions, hosted by SLU, Washington University, Webster University, the University of Missouri St. Louis, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Contemporary Art Museum.
Dr. Colleen McCluskey's chapter, "Thomism," has appeared in The Oxford Handbook
of the History of Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2013).
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Zhu, Lupei, $179,000; NSF; Seismic Experiments in the Wabash Valley, Collaborative Research.
Pasken, Robert $395,000; Ameren Missouri, Development of a Decision Support Tool for Managment of Weather-Related Utility Outages.
Herrmann, Robert: $327,000; USGS (United States Geological Survey), Operation of the Mid-America Integrated Seismic Network.
Warren, Linda; $247,000; NSF; Intermediate-Depth Earthquakes: Investigations of the Predominance and Cause of Subhorizontal Faults.
Pan, Zaitao; $214,000; NOAA (National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration); Central US Abnormality in Climate Change.
Fishman, Jack; $225,000; NASA; Relations Between Satellite-Derived Trace Gas Measurement and Surface Observations.
DeFoy, Ben; $211,000; University of Wisconsin (NSF primary agency); Improvements in Emission Inventories Using High Resolution Modeling.
MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCES
Erin Chambers has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science since receiving a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 2009. She holds a 5 year NSF CAREER grant, Generalizing Planar Algorithms (CCF#1054779). The total award amount is $165,815.
James Gill has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science since Fall 2012. He received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Washington University in 2009. He is in the last year of a three year NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (DMS#1004721). The total award amount was $135,000.
Kevin Scannell received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California in 1996. He joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science in 1998 and was promoted to full professor in 2009. He has an NSF grant, Web corpora and computational resources for endangered languages (BCS#1159174) with total award amount of $89,513.
Daniel Freeman has been an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science since Fall 2012. He received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Texas A&M in 2009. He is in the last year of a three year NSF grant, topics in the geometry of Banach spaces (DMS#1001929). The total award amount was $76,443.00.
Judith Ogilvie received a grant from the National Institute Of Child Health and Human Development in the amount of $221,250.
Richard Mayden received a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $712,254. He also received a grant from the National Science Foundation for $199,700.
Jason Knouft received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency in
the amount of $246,147. He also received a grant from the National
Science Foundation for $584,948.
Brian Downes received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $285,000.
Yuqi Wang received a grant from the National Institute Of Health - Academic Research Enhancement Award in the amount of $221,250.
Jonathan Fisher received a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in the amount of $388,238.
Susan Anne Spencer received a grant from the National Eye Institute in the amount of $225,000.
Daniel Warren received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $428,540. He also received a grant from the National Science Foundation for $903,942.
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