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Faculty and staff from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering hosted the Environmental Engineering Conference on Feb. 6. Tom Mulinazzi, chair of the department, welcomed the attendees to the conference. Stephen J. Randtke, professor, was the general chair of the conference, as well as the morning moderator. He also presented "Enhanced Precursor Removal." Edward Peltier, assistant professor, presented a paper titled "Sustainable Approaches for Stormwater Treatment: A Bioretention Study," and Belinda McSwain, assistant professor, acted as an afternoon moderator for the conference.

Zhongyuan Zhou, research associate in chemistry; Shih-I Chu, the Watkins Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; and Siyuan Han, professor of physics and astronomy, recently co-authored and published a paper titled "Relaxation and decoherence in a resonantly drive qubit" in the Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.

Val Stella, University Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, gave a speech titled "Stella, Inc.: Not High Tech, Not Low Tech, But Just the Right Tech" on Feb. 21 at KansasBio's BIG Thinker Speaker Series at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

Barbara Barnett, assistant professor of journalism, has had an article titled "Framing Rape: An examination of public relations strategies in the Duke University lacrosse case" accepted for publication in Communication, Culture and Critique, a journal published by the International Communication Association.

Steven Green and Christine Winters, Facilities Operations, presented a session along with consultant David Wadsworth titled "Customer Billing, Markup, and Accounts Receivable Using MAXIMO" at the MAXIMO User's Group annual meeting held Feb. 10-13 in San Diego, Calif. Staff at Facilities Operations developed a custom application in MAXIMO, a Web-based work management system, for billing and tracking unpaid chargeback accounts. Technical assistance was provided by KU's Information Technology division and Wadsworth.

Diana Carlin, professor of communication studies, presented a lecture titled "Debates and the Electoral Cycle: Lessons from U.S. Experiences" for the administration and staff of IFES, a democracy development organization, Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C. Carlin also served as a debate expert on an IFES election project in December in the Republic of Georgia.

Jack Winerock, professor of piano, recently completed his second concert tour of Asia. He performed solo recitals and taught master classes in music conservatories and universities in Shanghai, Suzhou and Chengdu, China, as well as in Seoul, South Korea.

Steve Case, assistant research professor at the Center for Research on Learning, gave a presentation titled "Science Communication at the Local and Grass-Roots Level" at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting held Feb. 14-18 in Boston. His presentation was part of a panel titled "Communicating Science in a Religious America."

John Edgar Tidwell, associate professor of English, will speak March 14 at the New Deal Gathering at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the American Folklife Center, the public symposium is titled "Art, Culture and Government: The New Deal at 75." The symposium aims to refocus attention on the New Deal. The multifaceted social, cultural and fiscal recovery programs launched in 1933 were aimed to reform and reinvigorate national life in the wake of the Great Depression.

Tidwell will speak March 14, on "Negro Fictions, Fictitious Negroes and Sterling A. Brown's Quest for Authenticity on the Federal Writers' Project" during a panel discussion titled "The New Deal Legacy and Contemporary Scholarship."

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