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Accomplishments of Sciences and Social Sciences Faculty

KEENE, N.H. 6/16/04 - These are among accomplishments of Keene State College Sciences and Social Sciences faculty since the winter:

Al Rydant, professor of geography, and John P. Smith, associate dean at the University of Wolverhampton (UK), had their article “Where is the Top of Mount Monadnock?” published in Proceedings: New England-St. Lawrence Geographical Society, 2003. The article contains an analysis of lake sediment cores from Perkins Pond to determine if the soils formerly on the top of the mountain have eroded into the lake.

Beverly J. Ferrucci, professor of mathematics, presented the following papers: ” “Deciding Optimal Experiences in Coordinate Geometry for Pre-service Elementary School Teachers” at the International European Mathematics Conference in Brno, Czech Republic. ” “Using a Cognitive Taxonomy to Enhance Prospective Teachers’ Mathematical Website Constructions,” published in the winter issue of The Mathematics Educator. ” “Using Geometric Drawings to Represent Variations in Deductive Reasoning” published in the winter issue of Pythagoras.

Jo Beth Mullens, associate professor in geography and environmental studies, presented a paper at the International Water Resource Association’s World Water Congress in Madrid, Spain.

Timothy T. Allen, professor of geology and environmental studies, along with former students Michelle A. Comeau, Heather Carson, and Elizabeth Hurd had their paper “A Reconnaissance of the Heavy Metal Content of Ashuelot River Sediments” published in the series Studies in New England Geography (number 17). Allen was also elected to a two-year term as vice chair of the State of N.H. Board of Professional Geologists.

Peter Stevenson, assistant professor of sociology, presented “The Manchester Diocese’s Response to Sexually Abusive Priests: An Example of Organizational Crime” at the American Society of Criminology’s annual meeting held in Denver, Colo.

Brian Green, assistant professor of sociology, presented “Nature as a Battleground: Ethnicity, Race, Nationalism, and the Environment” at the meeting of the Association of Humanist Sociologists in Burlington, Vt. He also had his article “Explaining Cross-National Variation in Energy Consumption: The Effects of Development, Ecology, Politics, Technology, and Region” published in the International Journal of Sociology, Spring 2004 edition.

Marie Duggan, assistant professor of economics, presented “Negotiations between Franciscans and Indians in Spanish California: Economic Evidence for a New Paradigm” at the Boston Area Latin American History Seminar at Harvard’s Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. She also presented “Imports and Income from Three Missions in Early California” at the California Mission Studies Association conference in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Stephen Clark, assistant professor of psychology, presented the workshop “Diversity in Sexual Orientation: Implications for the Therapeutic Relationship” at the 2004 Mid-Winter Conference of the New Hampshire Psychological Association, in Franconia, N.H.

Jerry Jasinski, professor of chemistry, had the following papers published: ” “Telluranes: potential synthons for charge-transfer complexes (involving hypervalent Te-I bonds) and serendipitous synthesis of the first triphenyl methyl phosphonium salts containing [C4H8TeI4]2- and [TeI6]2-anions” published in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry (2004), 689(1), 194-202. ” “Synthesis and spectroscopic studies of diorganotin derivatives with 2-[(2,6-dimethylphenyl)amino]benzoic acid. Crystal and molecular structure of the first complexes of 2-[(2,6-dimethylphenyl)amino]benzoic acid. Crystal and molecular structures of 1,2:3,4-di-m2-2[(2,6-dimethylphenyl)amino]-benzoato-O,O-1,3-bis-2-[(2,6-dimethylphenyl)amino]benzoato-O-1,2,4:2,3,4-di-m3-oxo-tetrakis[di-butyltin(IV)] and bis-2-[(2,6-dimethylphenyl)amino] benzoato-di-n-butyltin(IV)” accepted for publication in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2004, 689, 317.

Ted Zerucha, assistant professor of biology, had his book Your Body, How It Works: Human Development published earlier this month by Chelsea House Publishers. Zerucha and student Chris Watts, a senior in biology, attended the second Canadian Developmental Biology Symposium in Banff, Alberta. Watts presented a poster he co-authored with Zerucha entitled “Galanthamine Induces Physical Malformations, Paralysis, and Death in Developing Zebrafish Embryos.”

Renate Gebauer, associate professor of biology/environmental studies, co-authored the review article “Resource Pulses, Species Interactions, and Diversity Maintenance in Arid and Semi-arid Environments,” which was recently accepted for publication in Oecologia. She also presented a poster entitled “Integration of stable isotopes into biology and environmental studies courses” at a conference sponsored by NSF-CCLI and AAAS in Washington, D.C.

The following geographers attended the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Philadelphia, Pa., March 14-19:

Al Rydant, professor of geography, presented “Searching for the Top of Mount Monadnock,” a paper he wrote with John P. Smith of the University of Wolverhampton, U.K. Klaus J. Bayr, professor of geography, presented “Problems in Determining the Boundaries of the Pasterze Glacier in Austria.”
Christopher Cusack, assistant professor of geography, presented “Megalopolis Unbound: The Response from Rural New England.”

Rosemary Gianno, associate professor of anthropology, had her article “‘Women Are Not Brave Enough’: Semelai Male Midwives in the Context of Southeast Asian Cultures,” was published in vol. 160 of the journal Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde.

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