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Cynthia Baker, religious studies, published an article on which she began working during her research leave last year. “Nationalist Narratives: Ancient Rabbis, Modern Zionists, and the Hebrew Bible” will be published by the journal Religion later this year. She also gave a talk at a Bay Area Academic Consortium for Jewish Studies in San Francisco in May.

Catherine Bell, religious studies, spoke at Claremont at the opening of a new Institute for Signifying Scriptures. She attended to a conference of archeologists at UCLA and presented a paper on the Falun Gong’s ritual/exercise at Harvard’s Fairbanks Center.

Jim Bennet, religious studies, has spent much of the past year finishing up his book manuscript, Religion and the Rise of Jim Crow in New Orleans, to be published by Princeton University Press. He also completed an essay, “Catholics, Creoles, and Race,” which will be part of a volume appearing this summer entitled Race, Religion and Nation in the Americas, edited by Goldschmidt and McAlister.

Diane Jonte-Pace, religious studies, will take a fall quarter sabbatical to edit the volume on Mourning Religion. 

Margaret R. McLean, religious studies, last quarter during her leave produced a number of articles, including a chapter for a volume entitled, Science, Religion, and Society: History, Culture, and Controversy to be published by M.E. Sharpe Inc. As an advisor to The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, she continued working to integrate ethics into the museum’s new genetics exhibit. Her interest in biotechnology has led to a number of media interviews including a recent one about the ethics of the advertising campaign for the movie “Godsend.”

J. David Pleins, religious studies, is working with a student assistant in the newly created “Faculty-Student Research Assistant Program” on research into Charles Darwin’s views on evolution and the problem of evil.

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Philip “Boo” Riley, religious studies, has spent much of his time this year working on his department’s Local Religion Project. He was awarded several internal grants to work with a team of undergraduate students on a Web site that will profile religious congregations and organizations across the South Bay.

David Jones, orradre library, gave a presentation at the 12th Annual Innovative Interfaces Users’ Group Meeting in Boston. His topic was outputting accounting vouchers to an accounts payable office.

Francisco Jimenez, modern languages and literatures,was the commencement speaker at the University of Connecticut Medical School on May 16.

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