Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Tuesday Tennis Update

It was cold this morning, but we dressed warmly and braved the 10 degree temperatures without difficulty. Armed with his restrung "A" tennis raquet, dormgrandpop managed to claw his way back into the win column.

The score
First Set Second Set
Dormgrandpop 1 6
The Dean 6 4

Not up to Australian Open standards, perhaps, but fiercely contested.

WAMU had an interesting and moving interview with Martin Luther King's eldest daughter last evening. In addition to discussing his carreer and a public person, she spoke of him as a father and family man, of father-daughter times they spent together and how he loved practical jokes. She also was candid about her feelings of inadequacy, for years, as she tried to live up to what she saw as public expectations about who she ought to be and how she ought to live her life. The complete interview should be available on the WAMU website.

One of my Anderson Hall neighbors, who is also an RA stopped me yesterday morning to ask "what do you actually do at AU". I realized that I need to do more to communicate that, perhaps. So here is a copy of my resume for anyone who might be interested. I am keeping to my practice of not using my name this this blog, but of course it is no secret to AU students and readily available to anyone else who seeks to find out.

Dormgrandpop’s One Page Resume

Dormgrandpop writes, lectures and consul­ts in the fields of applied systems analysis, and conflict/terrorism-international development linkages, with a particular emphasis on ethnic conflict. He is presently Director of American University’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Professor of International Development in the School of International Service. The Teaching Center provides both pedagogical and advanced technology support services to AU faculty and students. He recently completed a nine-year term as the School of International Service’s Director of Doctoral Studies. At American University, he also founded and directed the Social Science Computer Laboratory and served as Director of the Center for Technology and Administration, which offered degree programs in operations research, applied computer science and environmental management. In 1988 he was Visiting Professor of International Relations, Depart­ment of History and Political Science, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Previous­ly, he held teaching and/or research appoint­ments in the Departments of Systems Engineering, Systems Research Center and Department of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University and the System Dynam­ics Group, Sloan School of Management, M.I.T. As an active duty Naval Officer, he taught naval weapons and space technology at the University of Minnesota.

Dormgrandpop was an early contributor to field of global modeling, under the auspices of the Club of Rome, and played a major role in the global modeling "clearing house" activities organized by the Interna­tional Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. His publications on global modeling are widely regarded as definitive. In 1982, he was named by an internation­al committee of the Society for Computer Simula­tion as "one of the twenty most effective decision makers in the world."

Dormgrandpop is the author, co-author or editor of five books. Earlier works include Partners in Develop­ment (1969), Groping in the Dark: The First De­cade of Global Modeling (1982), Making it Happen: A Positive Guide to the Fu­ture (1982) and Ending Hunger: An Idea Whose Time has Come (1985). He was a contributor to the volume, Breakthrough: New Global Thinking (1988), published jointly in the United States and the U.S.S.R. His most recent book is Democratization in South Asia: The First Fifty Years (1998; co-edited with S.W.R.deA. Samarasinghe). He was an editorial board member for the Commemorative Volume, History and Politics – Millenial Perspectives: Essays in Honor of Kingsley de Silva (1999), to which he also contributed. He has also published numerous profession­al papers and research reports. He has served as referee for Futures, Futures Research Quarterly, World Development, International Studies Quarterly, International Negotiation and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. He is an editorial board member of Futures Research Quarterly, Ethnic Studies Report, The Journal of Peace Building and Development and also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Futures for many years.

His current work focuses on the causes of political conflict in Global South nations and non-violent strate­gies for development. Recent publications on this subject have appeared in Futures, Ethnic Studies Report and as chapters in several edited volumes. In 1990, he was selected to deliver the quadrennial G.C. Mendis Memorial Lecture, commemo­rating the father of modern Sri Lankan historical studies. A forthcom­ing book, Paradise Poisoned: Learning about Conflict Terrorism and Development from Sri Lanka’s Civil Wars will be published by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in early 2005.

Dormgrandpop is a member of professional associations concerned with futures research, political science, international development and ethnic conflict. He has held board or advisory council member­ships with several such organizations including The Hunger Project, Carrying Capacity and The US Association for the Club of Rome. He is a director of the Sri Lanka-based International Center for Ethnic Studies and an International Advisory Board member of the Colombo-based Center for Private Sector Development and the Pemberly International Study Center, also based in Sri Lanka. He has lectured, consulted and appeared on radio and televi­sion throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.


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