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Dr. Barbara Ganson, history, has been elected Secretary of the Borderlands/Frontiers committee of the Conference on Latin American History. She will become president next year. The conference meets in conjunction with the American Historical Association.

Dr. Philomena Marinaccio, Dr. Valerie J. Bristor, Dr. Susanne Lapp and Dr. Jane Matanzo, teacher education, presented a paper titled "There and Back Again: From Reading Retreats to Reading Advances Revisted" at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum on Sanibel Island, Florida.

Dr. Kay Means, accounting, will receive the State of Florida 2006 Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Educator Award later this month at the Institute's Atlantic chapter meeting.

Dr. Martha Mendoza, languages and linguistics, has a newly published book chapter titled "Polite Diminutives in Spanish" in the book Broadening the Horizon of Linguistic Politeness by Robin T. Lakoff and Sachiko Ide (Editors), John Benjamins, 2005.

Dr. William Miller, director of Libraries, was a featured lecturer on a one-hour live webcast titled "Shifting the Balance: Faculty-Led Information Literacy Instruction." Joining him were Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarian Online Learning Community. The tradition is for librarians to take over a class for information literacy instruction, while the faculty member fades into the background. In this session Miller and Bell promoted ideas that would change the balance by bringing the faculty member more to the forefront, while librarians provide essential support for user education.

Dr. Miller and Rita M. Pellen, associate director of Libraries, have co-edited a book, Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work, published by The Haworth Information Press, 2005. The book illustrates the remarkable range of cooperative activities in which libraries engage to provide the best possible service.

Dr. Robert Watson, political science, has had two chapters published in books: "First Ladies and Their Influence on Politics" in Women in Politics, 4th ed (Prentice Hall); and "On the Language of Bureaucracy" in Handbook of Organizational Theory and Management, 2nd ed (Marcel Dekker).





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