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Compiled by Meredith Moriarty

Here's a look at recent accomplishments of Ohio University faculty and staff.

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JOHN KOPCHICK, molecular and cellular biology, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He was selected for his research contributions, specifically his work with growth hormone antagonist.

PAULA McMURRAY-SCHWARZ, early childhood education, was named regional representative of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. She received this recognition in New York, N.Y. in November 2002.

RAJINDAR KOSHAL retired from the Department of Economics in November 2002.

DANIEL J. MARAZON, College of Osteopathic Medicine, was named Osteopathic Family Practitioner of the Year 2002 by the Ohio State Society of American College of Osteopathic Family Practice. He received this award at the Ohio Osteopathic Association's Annual Convention in June 2002.

ANNE COOPER-CHEN, journalism, became research chair of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication's Entertainment Studies Interest Group in November 2002.

MARY ROGUS, journalism, was recently named the 2003 Coltrin Professor of the Year by the International Radio and Television Society Foundation.

MARK WEINBERG, Voinovich Center, was selected by the Appalachian Regional Commission to serve as its John D. Whisman Scholar for fiscal years 2003 and 2004. As ARC's John D. Whisman Scholar, WEINBERG will conduct research and provide executive development training on strategic management and performance issues for ARC and its partner organizations. WEINBERG will also advise the Commission on strategies to link institutions of higher education to the Region's economically distressed counties.

PATRICIA BAYER RICHARD, political science, was reelected to a second three-year term on the Executive Council of the Association of General and Liberal Studies in October 2002.


JOSEPH C. SHIELDS, physics and astronomy, and others, co-wrote "The Ionized Gas and Nuclear Environment in NGC 3783. I. Time-Averaged 900 Kilosecond Chandra Grating Spectroscopy" in The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 574, 2002.

BERNHARD DEBATIN, journalism, wrote "Between Theoretical Foundations and Practical Applications: Media Ethics On Its Way to Becoming a Subdiscipline of Communication Studies" in Publizistik, 2002.

BOJINKA BISHOP, journalism, wrote "Water Utility Communication Practices: What Contributes to Success?" in Journal AWWA, 2002.

DAVID A. DRABOLD, physics and astronomy, and MURAT DURANDURDU, graduate student, co-wrote "Pressure-Induced Structural Phase Transition of Paracrystalline Silicon" in Physical Review B, Vol. 66, 2002.

DAMIAN NANCE, geological sciences, and Brendan Murphy of St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, co-wrote "Sm-Nd Isotopic Systematics as Tectonic Tracers: An Example from West Avalonia in the Canadian Appalachians" in Earth-Science Review, Vol. 59, 2002.


SUSAN SARNOFF, social work, SHERRIE GRADIN, English, LONNIE WELCH, electrical engineering and computer science and KARIN SANDELL, Center for Teaching Excellence, co-wrote "Using a Faculty in Residence Model to Enhance Curricula in Computer Science and Social Work with Writing and Critical Thinking" which SARNOFF and GRADIN presented at a meeting of the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives in Pittsburgh, Pa. in October 2002.

LENA WRIGHT MYERS, sociology and anthropology, wrote and presented "Steps Forward: Careers in Applied Sociology" at a meeting of the Society for Applied Sociology in Sacramento, Calif. in October 2002.

ROBERT L. WILLIAMS, mechanical engineering, presented two papers at the 2002 American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Design Technical Conference and the 27th Biennial Mechanisms Conference in Montreal, Canada in September. WILLIAMS and BRIAN R. HOPKINS, graduate student, co-wrote "Modified 6-PSU Platform." WILLIAMS, BRIAN E. CARTER, graduate student, and Paolo Gallina and Guilio Rosatti of the University of Padova, Italy, co-wrote "Wheeled Omni-Directional Robot Dynamics Including Slip."

PAUL J. LONGO, Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development, wrote and presented "The Performance Blueprint, An Integrated Logic Model Developed to Enhance Performance Measurement Literacy: The Case of Performance-Based Contract Management" at a meeting of the American Evaluation Association in Washington, D.C. in November 2002.

BRIAN McNAMARA, physics and astronomy, wrote and presented "Cooling Flows Unveiled: A Crisp X-Ray View of Galaxy Cluster Cores" as a colloquium in the Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. in September 2002. McNAMARA wrote and presented "Magnetic Bubbles in Galaxy Clusters" as a colloquium in the Department of Physics at Miami University in Miami, Ohio in September 2002.

BOJINKA BISHOP, journalism, wrote and presented "Public Participation: The Inside Story" at the International Association for Public Participation annual international conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in September 2002.

MICHAEL BUGEJA, journalism, wrote and presented "The 7 Habits of Highly Mediated People" at a new colloquium series at Wittenberg College in September 2002.

BERNHARD DEBATIN, journalism, wrote and presented "The Terrorists Flew on Devils Wings" at a meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology in Berlin, Germany in July 2002. DEBATIN also wrote and presented "Internet and Creativity" at a symposium on "Creativity and Media" at the University of Stuttgart, Germany in November 2002.

JAN SLATER, journalism, wrote and presented "Louisiana Branding: Come As You Are; Leave Different" at a meeting of the National Communication Association Conference in New Orleans, La. in November 2002.

ANNE COOPER-CHEN, journalism, wrote and presented "Violence East and West: Prime-time TV Content in China, Japan and Satellite Asia" at a meeting of the Asssociation for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Palo Alto, Calif. in 2002.

SUSAN ISAAC and SARA BOYD, Institute for Local Government Administration and Rural Development; and ROY BOYD and KHOSROW DOROODIAN, economics, co-wrote "The Economic Impact of the Health Care Sector on Rural Ohio" which ISAAC and BOYD presented at the Ohio Rural Health Conference in Columbus, Ohio, in November 2002.
In Memoriam
A memorial service will be held for JOHN A. MCCOMB, associate professor emeritus in the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Galbreath Chapel. MCCOMB taught for 34 years and coached the first ice hockey team. He passed away in April 2002.

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