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9/2/2005 —

Dr. Michael Comiskey has had a busy summer talking to the news media about the pending Supreme Court appointment. He’s spoken to BBC Radio, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He also had an op-ed piece in the Baltimore Sun entitled "Keep the Politics in the Appointment Process" on National Public Radio.

Dr. Nathan Viswanathan is a recipient of a grant from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh towards the purchase of High Pressure Liquid Chromatography System (HPLC) used in the separation and identification of chemicals. He bought the instrument in June 2005 and is now using it in his research on organometallics as well as in the Forensic Science courses that were developed at Fayette.

Dr. Mona Counts was profiled in the recent edition of Penn State Nursing, a magazine for Alumni & Friends, talking about the services offered at the Mt. Morris Primary Care Center in Greene County. Dr. Counts, the Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing, has been elected president-elect of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and will serve a one-year term beginning September 2006.

Dr. James Crawford attended the Seventh International Confer-ence on Clifford Algebras and their Applications in Theoretical Physics,hosted by the Universite Paul Sabatier and SUPAERO,in Toulouse,France, May 19 through May 29, 2005. The title of Jim’s talk was: “The Principle of Equivalence and Spin Generated Gravitational Interactions.”

Dr. Joseph Shostell, Professor of Biology, participated in Fayette County Earth Day 2005. In an article in the Daily Courier Dr. Shostell was quoted as saying, “At Deer Lake, the Deer Lake Associationhas taken a creative approach to managing plant over growth. They have introduced triploid carp, which eat the plants. We’re seeing if they have an impact.” The biology department has also recently purchased a boat and will start research on the Youghiogheny River to determine what types of insects, fish and other species are staying and which are leaving, a good indication of a waterway’s health.

Congratulations to Dr. Jerrold Hoeg, who has been promoted to Full Professor! Jerry has signed a contract for his next book, Science and Technology in the Spanish-Speaking World with Palgrave-Macmillan. He also edited Articles in Refereed Journals: “Science and Society.” Dialog (2005): n.p. “La ciudad de los prodigios de Eduardo Mendoza frente a una visión latinoamericana de ciencia, cultura y tecnología.” Revista Iberoamericana (2005): forthcoming.
Book Chapters: "María Josefa García Granados: textos y contextos." Ilustres autores guatemaltecos del siglo XIX y XX. Eds. Oralia Preble-Niemi and Luis A. Jiménez. Guatemala: Artemis Edinter, 2004. 23-32. (actually out in 2005)
Book Reviews: Green Letters: Science and Literature. Ometeca 9 (2005): 242. “Review of Tower of Babel and six other books on science and literature.” Ometeca 9 (2005): 234-37. Jerry was also busy with service work, presented scholarly papers and provided consulting services.

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