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August 23, 1999



Joseph H. Hamilton, Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics, and A. V. Ramayya, professor of physics, were awarded Doctor Honoris Causa degrees by the faculty of the Physics Department of Bucharest University on July 5 for their outstanding contributions to the development of nuclear physics and their longstanding and fruitful scientific cooperation with Romanian scientists.

Michael Alec Rose, associate professor of composition, has been chosen as an ASCAP Award recipient. The cash award, made by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, was granted by an independent panel and was based on the unique value of Rose’s catalog of original compositions as well as recent performances of those works in areas not surveyed by the Society.

Steven Warren, professor of special education and psychology at Peabody and deputy director of the Kennedy Center, has received the 1999 Theodore D. Tjossem Research Award of the National Down Syndrome Congress, in recognition of Warren’s significant research in early intervention, especially language development and intervention. The Tjossem Research Award is presented annually to an individual whose research contributes to a greater understanding of Down syndrome and/or improves the lives of persons with Down syndrome. The award was presented Aug. 7 at the Congress’s annual convention, held this year in Pittsburgh.


Elise McMillan, senior lecturer in human and organizational development at Peabody College and director of development for the Kennedy Center, has been elected president of the Arc of Tennessee, effective July 1. The Arc is a family-based organization committed to securing for all people with mental retardation or other disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize theirs goals of how they live, learn, work and play.


Joseph H. Hamilton, Landon C. Garland Distinguished Professor of Physics, was co-chair of the 2nd International Conference on Fission and Neutron-Rich Nuclei, held June 28-July 2 in St. Andrews, Scotland. Hamilton also gave an invited talk on “Octupole Modes in Neutron Rich Nuclei and Evidence for Long Lived Nuclear Molecules.” A. V. Ramayya, professor of physics, presented an invited talk on “Cold Fission with Large Detector Arrays.”

Walburga von Raffler-Engel, professor of linguistics, emerita, and senior research associate at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, participated in the 7th International Conference on Cross-Cultural Communication, held in July at the University of Louisville where she presented a paper and chaired a panel. Her article “The Importance of the Synchronization of Body Rhythm during Inter-Cultural Communication: Suggestions for Field Training” was published in July in the book Psychologists Facing the Challenge of a Global Culture with Human Rights and Mental Health. Her article on “The Perception of the Unborn in Diverse Subcultures of the United States of America” appeared in a special issue of the journal Intercultural Communications.

Hans H. Strupp, distinguished professor of psychology, emeritus, presented an invited address on “A contemporary view of psychodynamic psychotherapy and its future” at a congress on “Psychotherapy in times of change,” held June 23-26 in Weimar, Germany.

John Monaghan, associate professor of anthropology, will have his book The Covenants with Earth and Rain: Exchange, Sacrifice, and Revelation in Mixtec Society published in a paperback edition this fall by University of Oklahoma Press.