Research updates August 2010

Associate professor of political science Seth Masket has been awarded the Best Conference Paper Award from the American Political Science Association’s section on Political Organizations and Parties. The paper, co-written with David Dulio of Oakland University and Richard Skinner of Rollins College, is titled “527 Committees and Political Party Network.” The award will be presented in Washington D.C. on Sept. 3.

Eli Wald, Charles W. Delaney Jr. Associate Professor of Law, appeared on ABC 7 News in mid-July to talk about the disciplinary implications of recent plagiarism allegations concerning gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis. He also recently made a presentation at Stanford Law School.

An article written by Jeanne Abrams, professor at Penrose Library and the Center for Judaic Studies, has been accepted for publication in the Great Plains Quarterly. “On the Road Again: Consumptives Traveling for Health in the American West, 1840–1925” will be in the winter 2010 issue.

Joseph Hutchison, who teaches creative writing at University College, has three poems in the newly released anthology New Poets of the American West, a gathering of 250 poets from eleven western states. He also has new poems in Poets for Living Waters, Consequence Magazine and Xanadu.

Ray Kirelis, professor of music, has released a new CD, English Clarinet Quintets.

Don Bergh, a Daniels faculty member, published “New Theoretical Frontiers of the Reputation-Performance Relationship: A Multiple Theoretical Perspective” and “Reconsidering the Reputation-Performance Relationship: A Resource Based View,” both in the Journal of Management.

Shannon Murphy, assistant professor in the department of biological sciences, has been awarded a $800,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation with $400,000 to support her research at the University of Denver. Along with two other colleagues, she will be studying the effect of nitrogen runoff from agriculture and urban development on salt marshes along the Atlantic coast.

Along with the University of Minnesota, Richard Voyles, an associate professor in DU’s electrical and computer engineering department, is working to develop specialized robots for sensing “hot spots” in coastal areas of the Gulf for oil and other contaminants. He plans to take small teams to the Gulf over the coming year with robotic prototypes to test them. The funding comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Safety, Security and Rescue Research Center in the amount of $400,000. Additionally, Voyles has combined PINS funding with NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates ($30,000) to bring undergraduates to campus to build a new robot designs. Three students from Rose Hulman Polytechnic, one student from Wartburg College and three students from DU are working with other DU graduate students to create a new type of urban search and rescue robot.

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