Faculty News and Notes

Faculty News and Notes

Business dean chairs conference session
David W. Frantz, dean of the School of Business, served as chair of a session on “Critical Incidents in Business Ethics,” and as a discussant in a session on “Business Cases in Business Development” at the Society for Case Research at the International MBAA conference held in Chicago from March 18-20.

He also attended the Multi-Sector Forum where he was a co-presenter with Fredricka Joyner, clinical assistant professor for the Division of Business at IUPUC. The Multi-Sector Forum was sponsored by the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence on March 6. The presentation, “Emotional Intelligence and Technical Competencies in the Coaching Process,” focused on the ambidextrous coach and the development of both Socratic and directive approaches.

Psychology professor will have articles published in journal
Duane Lundy, assistant professor of psychology, has two articles ready for press, “A test of aesthetic consensus among professional modern music critics, in the process of publication by the journal of Empirical Studies of the Arts. The second, “How important is beauty to you? The development of the Desire for Aesthetics Scale”, is co-written and will also be included in Empirical Studies of the Arts. Both papers are due for publication in 2010.

This May, Lundy and two students, Cassie Oaks and Dion Hinze, will present a research poster, “Validity Tests of the Desire for Aesthetics Scale,” at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference to be held in Chicago.

Mathematics professor publishes article, invited to speak at conference
Mort Seddighin, professor of mathematics, recently had an article, “Antieigenvalue Techniques in Statistics” published by Elsevier. The printed form of this paper will soon be published in the Journal of Linear Algebra and Applications.

Seddighin has been named as the chief editor by Bentham Scientific Publishers for a book series titled, “Matrix Optimization and Matrix Inequalities in Statistics and Econometrics.” He will work with co-editors and authors around the globe to publish refereed papers in mathematics and econometrics in a series of monographs.
This summer, Seddighin plans to attend the third International Workshop on Matrix Analysis and Applications, being held at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, from July 9-13. He is attending at the invitation of the organizing committee. This winter he has been invited to present at the 2009 meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society on Matrix Theory and Statistics. This meeting will be held in Ontario Canada, December 5-7, 2009.

History professor’s book receives noted awards
Joanne Passet’s book, Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeannette Howard Foster, has received several awards and nominations.

The book has been included on the 2009 Rainbow List, a bibliography of current books recommended for young readers through age 18 dealing with the myriad of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning issues. The list was created by the Rainbow Project, a collaboration of the American Library Association (ALA) Social Responsibilities and GLBTQ round tables. The announcement was made at the American Library Association Mid-winter meeting in Denver in January.

The ALA additionally recognized Passet by naming it as a Stonewall Honor Book. The ALA’s Stonewall Book Committee announced the Stonewall Book Award Winner and Honor Books in fiction and non-fiction categories. She will be recognized  at the American Association Annual Conference to be held this summer in Chicago. According to the ALA, recommendations for nominations for the awards may be made by any individual not affiliated with the author or publisher of the book being nominated.

Passet also has been named as one of five finalists for an award presented by The Lambda Literary Foundation in the category of Lesbian Memoir/Biography. Winners will be announced on May 28 at a gala awards ceremony in New York City. The Lambda Literary Awards seek to recognize excellence in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender literature. Each year, over 80 judges – writers, booksellers, librarians, journalists – assess the entries in more than 20 categories.

A portion of her 1994 book, Cultural Crusaders: Women Librarians in the American West, 1900-17, also was selected for inclusion in the BCCWJ (Balanced Corpus of Contemporary Written Japanese) by the National Institute for Japanese Language. A Japanese-language translation of Passet’s book was previously published in 2003.

Faculty member receives Honorable Mention for story
Jean Harper, assistant professor of English, received an Honorable Mention Award for her story, “Total Loss,” in the New Millennium Writings competition. The award will be announced in the November 2009 issue of New Millennium Writings. Harper’s work was selected from about 1,400 total submissions in four categories.

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