Spring 2006

College news

Faculty Notes

Mark Benvenuto, associate professor, Chemistry/Biochemistry and Matt Mio, assistant professor, Chemistry/Biochemistry, recently published an article about teaching chemistry in the post-9/11 era in the most recent issue of Thought & Action.

David J.R. Brook, associate professor, Chemistry, and UDM students Elizabeth Chacko and Manisha Dutta, Olga Radekovich and Kimberly Lenton participated in a research collaboration with a Nobel Prize winner, resulting in a paper published in the European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. The international team of co-authors includes Jean-Marie Lehn, 1987 Nobel laureate in chemistry. The paper, "Self-Assembly, Structure and Solution Dynamics of Tetranuclear Zn2+ Hydrazone [22] Grid-Type Complexes," is published in this month's journal.

Katherine Lanigan, assistant professor, Chemistry, Alexa Rihanna-Abdallah, assistant professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mary Tracy Bee, associate professor, Biology, have been awarded an NSF-CLI grant for the purchase of an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer to be used for metal analysis. The new instrument, which will be used in five laboratory courses spanning the three departments as well as for research projects, will facilitate an interdisciplinary collaboration focusing on analysis of environmental samples such as water, soil and aquatic life.

Robert Ross and Prasad Venugopal, associate professors, Physics, co-authored two papers, "Active Learning Exercises in Introductory Mechanics: Results of a Two-Year Study" and "An Assessment of Inquiry-Based Activities in a Second Semester Introductory Physics Laboratory," published in the Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 2005 Conference. Venugopal presented the papers at the conference, which was held in Indianapolis, Ind., in October. They also co-authored the paper, "On the problem of (dis)charging a capacitor through a lamp," for publication in the American Journal of Physics. In addition, Venugopal gave the presentation, "Local and Global Issues in Workplace Diversity" at the 8th Annual Diverse Voices Conference at Oakland University, March 18.

Alumni Updates

Kelli Kavanaugh '03, was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business in its April 17 publication on "20 in their 20's"—profiling young Detroiters who are making a difference in the city. Kavanaugh, a civil engineering graduate, was noted for her work with the Corktown Development Association.

For the past 10 years, Harold Bertrand '59, has been active in testing equipment for land mine removal and neutralization in the U.S. and Europe, with his minefield work focusing on the Balkans.

Recent graduate Katie Pidsosny '06, was the student recipient of the 2006 Magis Award for promoting UDM's mission, especially its Catholic identity.

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Save the dates!

Jesuit founders Loyola, Faber, and Xavier

Sept. 25 – Oct. 7: UDM will celebrate Founders Week and Jesuit Jubilee, including a visit from the Superior General of the Jesuit order, The Very Reverend Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
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