Volume XXV No. 32 • Aug. 17, 2001

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • William Bland, building manager supervisor, facilities services

CSA positions open - Top

The following career service positions are open:

  • purchasing assistant, university support service

  • program assistant II, university support service

For additional information, review the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Anderson interviewed by Discovery Channel - Top

Dr. Steve Anderson, associate professor of geology at Black Hills State, was interviewed recently by writer Rosella Lorenzi with Discovery News regarding lava flows on Mount Etna, Italy. The article appeared in a news brief on the news channel Internet site.

Anderson and several other volcanologists were asked about a rare type of lava pouring out of the active Italian volcano. Lava containing amphibole, a complex group of hydrous silicate minerals that includes water, was of concern to scientists. It was flowing at a lower level than another lava streams (without amphibole) higher on the mountain. The presence of amphibole indicates the lava is coming from great depths and thus has the potential to be more explosive.     

Anderson told the news channel reporter, “Amphibole is more explosive lava type. The intense fountaining of Etna suggests that this magma is arriving at the surface with a lot of water still present. This indicates that the magma is either rising very quickly from the

magma chamber through the conduit, or that the conduit is not very permeable to gas flow, or a combination of both.”

Etna is one of the most studied volcanoes in the world. Records of the mountain’s volcanic history date back to 1500 BC. Since that time some 90 recorded eruptions have taken place. Typically two types of eruptions occur on Etna: persistent explosive eruptions with minor lava flows from one or more of its three major craters, and from mountain side or flank eruptions originating from fissures. Activity since 1995 has been at the summit crater level and more explosive.

Anderson, who has been working on the lava follow of Etna for the past three years, plans to return to Etna in the near future for further research. He has been a member of the science faculty at BHSU since 1991. The BHSU geologist completed a one-year teaching sabbatical at the University of Arizona during the 1998-99 academic year and served as chairman of the BHSU science department last year. Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology from Arizona State University in 1990.

Salomon presents at globalization, technology and culture think tank - Top

David A. Salomon, assistant professor of English at Black Hills State University, recently delivered a paper at the 2nd Annual Paideia Retreat held near Atikokan, Ontario, Canada. Salomon was invited to speak at the five-day “think tank” on globalization, technology, and culture because of his work in the humanities and technology.

Salomon’s paper, “The Technology of Space in Early Modern Printed Texts,” addressed issues of page layout and space in texts printed in England in the late-16th century. At the center of Salomon’s discussion was Robert Parsons’ 1582 The Christian Directory, often described as the most popular devotional work of the 

period. Using the theoretical constructs provided by Gerard Genette and Michel de Certeau, Salomon argued that Parsons employed the margins of his page as a site for debate–particularly for debate related to Catholic issues, virtually outlawed in the England at the time. Using the margins as “paratext,” Salomon explained the ways marginal references and notation act in much the same way that hypertext theory describes associative thinking. Page layout and manipulation are treated here as a new technology for the 16th century.

At the retreat, morning papers were delivered by literary scholars, philosophers, political philosophers, and scientists followed by daily discussions of the role of technology both in the various areas and in modern life in general.

Spirit of Excellence at Work Award - Top

Patty Clarkson, senior secretary, is being honored with the Spirit of Excellence at Work Award for her quiet efficiency and support of faculty in the College of Education.

This award recipient is chosen by a group which meets regularly to discuss ways to improve the campus working environment. This group feels that when they “catch” someone doing their job well, that performance should be recognized and encourages everyone to keep up the good work so they can “catch” you at it!

Grant opportunities announced - Top  

Below are the program materials received Aug.9-15 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • American Council of Learned Societies.  Fellowship and grant competitions to be held in 2001-2002. Various awards and deadlines.