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Kenneth, DeBono, the Gilbert R. Livingston Professor of Behavioral Science, recently presented two papers at a conference for the Eastern Psychological Association. The first, with Caitlin Silvia ’11, Chelsea Baptiste ’13 and Jillian DeBono ’13, was titled “On Terror Management, Religious Beliefs, and Self-monitoring,” and reported a study that demonstrated that the strength of people's religious beliefs increases after they think about their own mortality. The second, with Addie Kerner ’11, was titled “Self-monitoring and Ad Evaluation: The Role of Language Vividness,” and reported a study demonstrating that individuals with a high self-monitoring personality prefer ads that describe products in very vivid terms to a less descriptive narrative. 

Troy Grosenick ’14 was featured on CollegeHockeyNews.com for his role on the men’s hockey team. Grosenick also talked about the importance of academics and managing his course load in managerial economics. Click here to read the story. 

Lori Marso, professor of political science, published an article in Political Theory titled “Simone de Beauvoir and Hannah Arendt: Judgments in Dark Times.” Click here to access it. Marso will also present a paper, “What Richard Wright Learned in Paris,” at the Western Political Science Association’s conference in Portland, Ore. Both articles are taken from the book manuscript she is currently writing, “Simone de Beauvoir: Thing Politics in Situation.” 

Ian Drillinger '12 will compete later this month in the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis. He is the second diver in Union history to advance to the competition. He has won several titles throughout the season and has broken several Union diving records. 

Davide Cervone, professor of mathematics, will present the 19th annual Leonard C. Sulski Memorial Lecture in Mathematics at the College of the Holy Cross. His talk is titled "The Hypercube and Hypersphere: Breaking Them Down and Building Them Up." 

Compositions by Hilary Tann, the John Howard Payne Professor of Music, will be featured in upcoming performances. Soloist Susan Fancer will perform "Shakkei" for soprano saxophone and orchestra at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Arizona. Tann's set of stanzas by Poet Anne Bradstreet will premiere in Boston by Cappella Clausura. "Between Sunsets" for soprano and piano will have its debut by the Beaudette-Strempel Duo March 29 at the Eastman School of Music Women in Music Festival. That evening, a concert devoted entirely to her chamber music will be performed by Music After 1900. Tann was the 2011 composer in residence at the Eastman festival. 

The life of Daniel Butterfield, Class of 1849, will be the topic of an upcoming talk at the Schenectady County Historial Society on Saturday at 2 p.m. Frank Taormina will talk about Butterfield's military career. Butterfield is most well-known for composing the famous bugle call, "Taps."