Faculty News and Notes

Ben Bates, professor of journalism and electronic media, gave a presentation titled “Usability, Utility, Value: How Use Shapes ICT’s Social Impact,” at the University of Salzburg’s Center for Advanced Studies and Research in Information and Communication Technologies & Society. Bates also presented “Measuring Comparative Value through Conjoint Analysis: A Look at Article Characteristics” at the 2nd Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference in Greece. The paper was co-authored by Suzie Allard, School of Information Science (SIS) associate professor, Carol Tenopir, SIS professor and director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies (CICS), William Birch, SIS graduate student and Regina Mays, program manager for CICS.

Hamparsum Bozdogan, Toby & Brenda McKenzie Professor in Business in Statistics, Operations, and Management Science, edited a special volume of the European Journal of Pure & Applied Mathematics (EJPAM) on “Granger Econometrics and Statistical Modeling” in honor of Nobel Laureate Economist and Statistician Professor Sir Clive Granger. The volume acknowledges Granger’s outstanding contributions in co-integration in econometric time series and in causality in economics, now known as Granger causality.

Heather Douglas, professor of philosophy, was one of two scholars invited to comment on “The Truth of Science for Justice and Peace,” a talk given recently at Arizona State University by Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the Vatican official in charge of science policy for the Holy See. For more information on Douglas’ comments and Sánchez Sorondo’s talk, visit the event’s website.

Greg Kaplan, professor of Spanish, has been awarded a Lindsay Young Professorship for 2010-2011. The award recognized Kaplan’s professional achievement in research and teaching.

Dan Roberts,  professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, has had a manuscript selected as “paper of the week” in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.  The paper, entitled “Interaction of cytosolic glutamine synthetase of soybean root nodules with the C-terminal domain of the symbiosome membrane nodulin 26 aquaglyceroporin,” reports work from Robert’s graduate student, Pintu Masalkar.  It was chosen by the journal as being in the top 1 percent of manuscripts reviewed in a year in significance and overall importance.  About 50 to 100 papers are selected from more than 6,600 published by the journal annually.