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Faculty Activities M-Q

Cynthia Keppley Mahmood, associate professor of anthropology and senior fellow in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, lectured at Rice University, Houston, on Nov. 16 and at the Sikh Research Institute, San Antonio, on Nov. 14, 2009; presented “Women, Human Rights, and the Culture of Shame” as a public speaker at the University of California, Berkeley, in November; and, on Dec. 12, 2009, presented \ an invited public lecture at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta on “Justice to Peace: Moving Towards a Human Rights Culture.”

Richard P. McBrien, professor of theology, presented “Faculty and Administrators in the Age of the Laity” at “What We Hold In Trust: A Seminar for Catholic College and University Trustees” at the University of Notre Dame on April 18, 2009; presentede “The Church in the New Millennium” for the “Virginia and Bob Pascoe Lecture” at Carmel of Our Lady of the Mountains, Reno, Nev., on April 24, 2009; prensented “The Challenge of Leadership in Today’s Church,” for Voice of the Faithful, Southeastern Wisconsin at the First Congregational Church of Wauwatose, Wis., on Sept. 26, 2009; was interviewed on May 1, 2009, for NPR in Washington, D.C., on the program “Faith Matters” with M. Martin about President Obama’s speaking at Commencement at the University of Notre Dame and the political fall-out; was part of a panel of four to discuss Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land for NPR in Washington, D.C., on the program “To the Point” with W. Olney on May 12, 2009; was interviewed for “ABC World News Tonight” about President Obama at Notre Dame; and was interviewed “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” about President Obama at Notre Dame, aired May 17, 2009.

Mary Ann McDowell, associate professor of biological sciences, presented “Sand Fly Genome Project” at “Leishmania: Collaborative Research Opportunities in North Africa and Middle East,” held in Tunis, Tunisia, and hosted by NIH, June 22–26; presented a talk titled, "Development of broad spectrum insecticides using rational design approach and vector genomic data," at the Miami - Tri-Service Pest Management Meeting on February 8 - 10, 2010.

John P. Meier, professor of theology, presented “Surprises from Law and Love,” at the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, Aug. 2, 2009, at Creighton University, Omaha.

Juan Migliore, professor of mathematics, presented “Pure O-Sequences and Lefschetz Properties” at the “Algebra and Geometry Seminar” at the University of Genova (Italy) on July 9, 2009, and again at the “Algebra Seminar” at the University of Trento (Italy) on July 16, 2009; and the invited talk “Enumerating Pure O-Sequences” at the “Special Session on Graded Resolutions” at the 1053rd meeting of the American Mathematical Society at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, on Oct. 31, 2009.  Co-organized (together with Uwe Nagel, University of Kentucky) the Special Session on Combinatorial Algebra at the 1057th meeting of the American Mathematical Society in Lexington, KY, on March 27-28, 2010. "Minimal Links and a Result of Gaeta" (co-written with Uwe Nagel) in the volume "Liaison, Schottky Problem and Invariant Theory: Remembering Federico Gaeta," Progress in Mathematics, Vol. 280 (2010), 103-132, Birkhäuser. Organized the "Midwest Algebra, Geometry and their Interactions Conference (MAGIC'10)" on April 23-25, 2010, at the University of Notre Dame. There was an international audience of approximately 120 participants.

Marvin J. Miller, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, presented an invited seminar titled “Siderophore Mediated Drug Delivery” at Achillion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven, Conn., on Oct. 15, 2009.

Asokendu Mozumder, emeritus faculty for science, presented “Electron Localization and Mobility in Liquid Hydrocarbons” at the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Warsaw, May 24, 2010. Presented “Some Problems of Current Interest in Theoretical Radiation Chemistry” at Institute of Applied Radiation Chemistry, Technical University of Lodz, May 26, 2010; presented “Localization and Mobility of Electrons in Hydrocarbon Liquids” at Institute of Chemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, May 27, 2010.

John O’Callaghan, professor of philosophy and director of the Jacques Maritain Center, moderated the Jacques Maritain Center’s weeklong “Faith & Reason” conference on the “Catholic Intellectual Tradition,” July 5–11 at the University of Notre Dame, held in coordination with the Faith and Reason Institute, New York; presented “Philosophical Approaches to the Human Being as Image of God” at the Lumen Christi Institute “Imago Dei” conference on Oct. 10, 2009, at the University of Chicago; participated as a panelist on Nov. 3, 2009, at McKenna Hall’s “Darwinian Evolution: Are We beyond the Conflict Between Science and Faith?” panel discussion sponsored by the John J Reilly Center and others; and presented “Evolution and the Catholic Faith” at St. Pius X Church, Granger, Ind., on Nov. 11, 2009.

Joe O’Tousa, professor of biological sciences, presented a seminar titled “Retinophilin’s Role in Photoreceptor Cell Structure and Physiology” in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Oct. 19–20, 2009.

Michael Pfrender, associate professor, biological sciences, was the keynote speaker at the Daphnia Genomics Consortium Meeting in Leuven, Belgium on March 25-30, 2010.  The title of his keynote talk was: "A Functional Ecological Perspective on Genome by Environment Interactions."  Presented “A Functional Ecological Genomic Perspective on Genome by Environment Interaction”, “Genomic Basis for Evolved Metal Tolerance in Daphnia pulex” with Shaw JR, S Paland and JK Colbourne, “Predator-induced Defenses in Daphnia pulex: Selection and Evaluation of Internal Reference Genes for Gene Expression Studies with Real-time PCR” with Spanier KI, F Leese, JK Colbourne, D Gilbert, C Mayer, Weiss L, and R Tollrian, “Synteny Between Daphnia magna and D. Pulex Physical Maps” with Sung W, WK Thomas, D Ebert, JK Colbourne, and “Heterozygosity in the XINB31 X INB1 Cross: The Daphnia magna Mating Panel” with Sung W, J-H Choi, WK Thomas, D Ebert, JK Colbourne at Daphnia Genomics Consortium Meeting in Leuven, Belgium.

Claudia Polini, professor of mathematics, organized the "Midwest Algebra, Geometry and their Interactions Conference (MAGIC'10)" on April 23-25, 2010, at the University of Notre Dame.  There was an international audience of approximately 120 participants.

Morris Pollard, professor of biological sciences emeritus, presented a keynote address titled “Germfree Research in the Past and in the Future” at a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Karalinska Institut, June 8–14.

Joseph M. Powers, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, was in residence in the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Laboratory of Scientific and Engineering Computing in Beijing, China, May 25–June 25, 2009 teaching a short course titled “Combustion Modeling”; presented a seminar titled “Multiscale Combustion Modelling” to the Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, on June 15, 2009;  presented a seminar titled “Verification, Validation, and Scientific Computing: Successes, Failures, and Challenges,” to the Laboratory of Scientific and Engineering Computing, Chinese Academy of Sciences on June 18, 2009; and  presented the paper "A two-phase micromorphic model for compressible granular materisls" co-authored with Samuel Paolucci,professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, and Weiming Li, postdoctoral research associate, aerospace and mechanical engineering, at the American Physical Society 62nd Annual Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics, Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 22–24, 2009. Powers presented "AIAA CFD Code Verification Project:  Verification Test Cases and Reference Data for Code Verification" and  "Analysis of the Reaction-Advection-Diffusion Spectrum Oflaminar Premixed Flames" co-authored with A. Al-Khateeb, chaired one session, and atteneded two committee meetings at the 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences meeting, Orlando, Fla., Jan. 4–7, 2010.