Archive for March, 2010
Robert Stewart, editor of New Letters journal, will read his poems in a program with novelist, essayist, and short-fiction award winner Thomas E. Kennedy, who lives in Copenhagen.
|Date||Tuesday, April 20, 2010|
|Time||7:00 pm – 8:00 pm CDT|
|Where||Johnson County Library, 9875 W. 87th St, Overland Park, Kan.|
|Event Type||Arts & Culture|
|Event Sponsor||New Letters & The Writers Place|
|Event Contact||Ashley Kaine 235-1168 See also http://www.newletters.org/eventsReading.asp|
The UMKC Honors Program just completed its 30th year of activities. Established in the College of Arts and Sciences in 1979 with 12 students by its first director, Bruce Bubacz (Philosophy), the program now serves almost 90 students campus-wide. Forty-four percent are A&S students; 16 percent are in Biological Sciences; 11 percent in Education; 9 percent in the Bloch School; 9 percent in Pharmacy; 5 percent in Medicine and the rest in other schools with undergraduate enrollees.
Several A&S faculty have served as Honors Directors or Co-Directors: Joan Dean (English), Harris Mirkin (Political Science), and Dick Murphy (Physics). The current director is Gayle Levy (Foreign Languages and Literatures) and the associate director is John Herron (History).
Honors students come to UMKC with high expectations, high ACT scores (the average for those entering in 2009 was 30), and have the opportunity to be part of a living-learning community in Oak Street Hall. They leave with high achievements, often with double or triple majors. They have been active in the Southwest Early College Campus math and science program and publish their own journal of undergraduate research, LUCERNA.
For more, go to: http://cas.umkc.edu/honors
Fall 2010 applications for admission in A&S are up by 11.7 percent.
Fall Semester 2009 and Fall Semester 2010
|Type||Fall 2009||Fall 2010|
Bob Stewart of BkMK Press has written to tell us of the good word that a BkMk Press book of stories, Homicide Survivors Picnic, by Lorraine M. Lopez, is a finalist for the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The PEN/Faulkner Award is the largest peer-juried fiction prize in the country. The winner of this award — the “winner among equals” — will be announced on March 23. The other four finalist books were published by Grove Press, Harper, Knopf and Doubleday.
Beth Miller (Political Science) has been interviewed by media from several continents about the results of the research she and Jennifer Lundgren (Psychology) recently published on obesity and political candidate evaluations. For two of these interviews see:
Randy Wray (Economics), at the invitation of the President of the Dominican Republic, participated in program hosted by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development in San Domingo during the week of January 19, 2010.
- For more on the Foundation see: http://www.globalfoundationdd.org/gfdd/
- For a summary (in Spanish) of Randy’s talk see:
- Alicen Lundberg — Administrative Assistant
(Art and Art History)
- Rheneashion Atkinson — Office Support Staff II
Years of Service Awards
- 10 years: Sarah Ballew — Program Analyst Expert
- 15 years: Linda Smitka — I-Net Administrator
(A&S Dean’s Office)
Spring 2010 enrollment by student credit hour (SCH) in A&S is 71,851. In Spring 2009, the number was 64,842.
It is taking more time to compile the information for this special issue than we had been anticipated. As a result, the publication of the “special” issue on faculty and departmental accomplishment highlights in 2009 has been delayed. The Editor appreciates the efforts of faculty and others who will help make the issue as complete as possible. Thanks for your patience.
– Dale Neuman, Editor, A&S E-Zine
ORS has now made available all of the grant data for 2009 so we can again take note of the awards by faculty in A&S. Since we were reporting partial information as it came to us between August and now, these lists may include items that have been previously noted in earlier issues of the E-Zine. But to make sure we do not miss any, the complete listings from ORS are included in this issue.
|Buszek, Keith||Center of Excellence in Chemical …||Univ of Ks Ctr For Research Inc||Chemistry||$110,521|
|Stewart, Robert||New Letters||Mo Arts Council||New Letters||$29,700|
|Stewart, Robert||BkMk Press: Enhancing Literary Book Publishing in Missouri…||Mo Arts Council||New Letters||$18,142|
|Wrobel, Jerzy||Teacher Enhancement for Active Middle School Science in…||Mo Dept Of Higher Educ||Physics||$144,063|
|Murdock, Tamera||KC-AERC: Transition to Post-Sec …||Ks Univ Endowment Foundation||Psychology||$51,142|
|Lovelace, Christopher||Efficient, unobtrusive measurement …||Univ of Arizona||Psychology||$30,000|
|Mutti-Burke, Diane||Crossroads of Conflict: Contested Visions of Freedom …||Natl Endowment For the Humanities||History||$160,000|
|Delaware, Richard||Southwest Early College Campus Peer- Tutoring Project …||Prep-Kc||Mathematics||$18,000|
|Wrobel, Jerzy||MRI: Development of High Pressure …||NSF Div Materials Research||Physics||$260,511|
|Catley, Delwyn||Telemedicine For Smoking Cessation …||Univ of Ks Med Ctr Research||Psychology||$28,114|
|Greer, Jane||Inquiry-based Learning in Comm. Arts: English II-Honors||PREP-KC||English Language & Literature||$24,462|
|Catley,Delwyn||Can Motivational Interviewing Be Effective For Smoking …||NIH Natl Cancer Inst||Psychology||$538,614|
|Lovelace, Christopher||Efficient, unobtrusive measurement …||Univ of Az||Psychology||$30,000|
|Caruso, Anthony||Cm-244 Thermoelectric Demonstration||Research Triangle Inst||Physics||$15,000|
|Jean, Yanching||Free-Volume, Surface, and Interfacial …||Ohio State Univ||Chemistry||$50,000|
|Chen, Jie||Discovering the Etiology of Tetralogy …||Childrens Mercy Hosp||Mathematics||$13,728|
|Kruger, Michael||Non-Destructive Bridge Testing Study||Honeywell Fed Mfg and Tech||Physics||$59,999|
|Jean, Yanching||Free-volume and Glass Transition …||Ohio State Univ||Chemistry||$50,000|
|Eaton, Peter||GIZMO Project||Mid America Reg Council (MARC)||Economics||$185,000|
|Caruso, Anthony||High Efficiency Solid State Neutron …||Office of Naval Research||Physics||$293,722|
|Wagner,Jacob||Green Impact Zone in Kansas City, MO Urban Design Studio||Mid America Reg Council (MARC)||AUP+D||$15,000|
A&S faculty and staff were among those honored on February 15, 2010 during UMKC’s “Celebrating Excellence” ceremony. They are:
|Jara Stewart (A&S Continuing Education)
Staff Council Governing Board Award for 2010
|Todor Gounev (Chemistry)
Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
|Jerzy Wrobel (Physics) and James Falls (History)
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
|Tamera Murdock (Psychology)
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in
|Pellom McDaniels (History)
Chancellor’s Award for
Excellence in Diversity
Photos by Bob Greenspan
Since fiscal year 2010 began on July 1, 2009, faculty in A&S have been awarded $2,834,671 in external grants and contracts.