Monday, March 3, 2014
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FROM THE COLLEGE
Celebrating Mary Bruemmer's 94th Birthday
Mary Bruemmer, longtime Saint Louis University volunteer
and former dean of student affairs, celebrated her 94th birthday
on Wednesday, February 26.
Bruemmer graduated from SLU in 1942. She returned to SLU in 1956 as director
of women's housing and has remained ever since. She earned her master's
degree at SLU in 1960. In 1967, she became the University's dean of women
and assistant to the vice president for student affairs. In 1972, she was named
the dean of student affairs. And from 1985 to 1990, Bruemmer was the
assistant to the vice president for development. Since retiring from her
University position in 1990, she has been a full-time Saint Louis University
She has been named a SLU Woman of the Year by the Women's Commission,
received the University's Fleur de Lis Award, has been recognized with an
honorary doctor of humanities from SLU and received the College of Arts and
Sciences' William Barnaby Faherty, S.J., Alumni Merit Award.
In addition, in 1980 the Student Government Association established an
award in her name that recognizes one member of the faculty, staff or administration
who has made a lasting impact on the SLU community and has exemplified a
dedication to advancing the student experience.
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
Please do not re-submit information for the Newsletter.
All are welcome to attend a special Pro-Seminar on Medieval
Canon Law led by Atria Larson, PhD (Center for Medieval and
Renaissance Studies Visiting Scholar). Dr. Larson will give a
broad overview of canon law in the medieval period, provide a
helpful bibliography to resources and research guides, and show
some examples of how to incorporate canon law into some topics
of research into medieval religion and theology.
This event is sponsored by the Department of Theological Studies
and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
3:45pm-6:15pm. Tuesday, March 4. Xavier Hall G14.
Please contact Tomás O'Sullivan for further information.
EARTH AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES EVENTS
The department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is hosting a Brown Bag
Series this semester. The goal is to foster interdisciplinary awareness and
dialogue in a non-technical and informal setting. Talks can be given by faculty,
students, or staff from any department within Saint Louis University and the
series is open to everyone.
The meetings will be located in O'Neil Hall room 206 between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.
Feel free to bring your lunch. The first three speakers are listed below:
Wednesday March 5, John Encarnacion, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,
The Geology of Antarctica
Wednesday, March 19, Thomas Finan, History, Title: TBD
April 2, Kent Staley, Philosophy, Particle Physics, Statistics, and the Philosophy
POLITICAL SCIENCE EVENT
Please join us on Friday, March 7th for a visit by Dr. Chris Mooney. Christopher Z.
Mooney is the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the W.
Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics in the Department of Political Science
at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
Dr. Mooney will be giving two presentations in McGannon 144. At 9am, Dr. Mooney
will be discussing his work with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs-- a
public policy think tank organized by the University of Illinois system. This talk will
outline a current project the institute is working on titled "The Illinois Budget Policy
Toolbox." Below is a link to this application and brief description of the policy
options the Illinois Legislature could consider in it's long term budget planning.
At 10am, Dr. Mooney will be giving an academic talk titled "Cognitive Complexity
in US Statehouses." The abstract of the talk is below;
"Under what conditions is a lawmaker's understanding of a policy proposal he/she
faces cognitively complex, encompassing more than one potential causal connection
more or less thoroughly? While critics and certain positive models argue that political
leaders' thinking about policy is relatively shallow, the motivated tactician model
suggests that they may apply variable cognitive effort depending on the decision
context. To test this contextual hypothesis, I examine the differentiation of thought
displayed in 696 explanations of legislation by 145 members of five state legislatures
collected in personal interviews. I find that the major force motivating the complexity
of a lawmaker's thinking on a bill is his/her personal and institutional responsibility for it.
A bill's sponsor and cosponsors display significantly more differentiated thought on their
bills than do other members, as do the members and leaders of the committee(s) that
have heard the bill. In addition, lawmakers apply more cognitive effort to controversial
bills, for which they may anticipate being held to account. This example of "distributed
cognition" both supports the motivated tactician model and has positive and negative
implications for public policy."
Christopher Z. Mooney is the director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs
and the W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics in the Department of Political
Science at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He studies comparative U.S. state
politics, with special focus on state legislatures. From 2001 to 2007, Mooney was the
founding editor of the top academic journal in his field, State Politics and Policy
Quarterly, and he co-authors one of the leading undergraduate textbooks on the
subject. In honor of his scholarly contributions to the study of state politics, in 2010,
the State Politics and Policy organized section of the American Political Science
Association endowed the Christopher Z. Mooney Award, awarded annually for the
best Ph.D. dissertation in the field. In 2012, that section of the APSA bestowed its
Career Achievement Award on him. Mooney joined the Institute of Government and
Public Affairs in 2004.
Dr. Mooney directed the Institute for Legislative Studies at UIS from 1999 to 2004.
Prior to this, he served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of
Political Science at West Virginia University. He has also taught at the University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Essex in the UK. He received his
undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Master's
and Doctorate degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Before joining the faculty at UIS in 1999, Dr. Mooney served as the Director of
Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at West Virginia University.
He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University
of Essex in the UK. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Master's and Doctorate degrees at the University
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.
Monday, March 24, 4:00-5:00pm, Adorjan Hall Rm. 142
Senior Lecturer in 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"
Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 8, 4:30-6:00pm, Cook Hall Auditorium
Chair, Dept. of American Studies, and Associate Professor of
American Studies and International Affairs, George Washington University
"The Globalization of American Evangelicalism"
Third Annual Blixen Lecture: The Mary and John Blixen Lecture Series
Free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
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
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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President's Research Fund Announces April 15 Deadline
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 5pm
The President's Research Fund (PRF) is an internal award program
supporting promising projects that have strong potential to attract
The program fuels publications and patents, and, since 2010, it has
supported over 165 projects. It is a credit to the SLU research
community that the return on investment for the PRF has been
New awards will be distributed in fall 2014 to support sponsored
activity for standard grants of up to $25,000, as well as
Cross-School/College Collaborative grants of up to $50,000.
- Applications must be submitted through eRS.
- Guidelines and the current Application Package are available
on the ORDS Internal Awards web page.
- New for the April 2014 application cycle: The length of the
introduction for resubmission applications has been extended to
- Investigators with questions may contact Emily Beck in the Office
of Research Development & Services (ORDS), at 977-7742.
Paaige K. Turner Ph.D. (Department of Communication) presented
on three, competitively selected panels at the AIEA: Association
of International Education Administrators conference in Washington,
DC (February, 2014) "We've Been Global for 500 Years: How Jesuit
Universities Infuse Global Learning Throughout Their Campus",
"Managing the SIO Role: Self, Superiors, and Subordinates" and
"Practical Approaches to Managing and Supporting
Charlie Johnson, a chemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Brent
M. Znosko, was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research for his
proposal titled "Identifying the specific binding site of naphthalimide
derivatives to DNA using DNase I footprinting assays." The funds will
be used to buy the supplies necessary to carry out the proposed research.
EXTERNAL FUNDING, RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY
Liz Jolley, a chemistry graduate student in the lab of Dr. Brent
M. Znosko, was awarded a travel grant from the American
Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Biological Chemistry in
order to help pay travel expenses to attend the ACS National
Meeting in Dallas.
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