In the Spotlight: Jan. 28, 2009

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King of Soccer

Monica Brown, associate professor of English and award-winning author, produced a new bilingual picture book, Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, El rey del fútbol, published by Harper Collins and illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez.

Andrew Odell admires the Kuiper 61-inch telescope.

Andrew P. Odell, emeritus professor of physics and astronomy, is spending the week at the Kuiper 61-inch telescope on Mount Bigelow near Tucson. Odell is investigating why brown dwarf stars demonstrate brightness variations.

Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Donelle Ruwe, associate professor of English, published an essay on literary theory and Edgar Allen Poe in the book MLA Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry. Ruwe also published a chapter on 19th century women’s fantasy, gothic, mythic and other worldly poetry for a new multi-volume reference work, Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy, recently released by Greenwood Publishing Group.

An international group of paleoclimate scientists led by Darrell Kaufman, professor of geology and the Center for Sustainable Environments, has produced a collection of 14 papers, “Late Holocene climate and environmental change inferred from Arctic lake sediment,” published in the January special issue of the Journal of Paleolimnology.


Earlier this month, the Capacity Building for American Indians Project hosted a grant-writing workshop for vocational rehabilitation service projects for American Indians with disabilities. The workshop included 26 people representing 22 American native tribes from across the U.S. Held at the High Country Conference Center, the event was in collaboration with San Diego State University’s Interwork Institute and the Southern University Rehabilitation Capacity Building Project for Underserved Populations Participants.