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January 21, 2005


On Dec. 8 Martha Hale, dean of the School of Library and Information Science, was appointed to a Washington, D.C., commission designed to help revamp the city’s struggling public libraries.

Bronislaw Misztal, professor of sociology, was appointed on Oct. 15 to the National Electoral Council of Venezuela, an initiative by the Venezuelan government to bring in people from outside the country to help provide for transparency of its electoral process. Misztal previously served as an adviser to the democratic opposition movements of Venezuela.

On Dec. 3 Margaret O’Donnell, assistant general counsel, was appointed to the Policy and Legal Issues Working Group of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Computer and Network Security Task Force, a national group that advises higher education on computer security issues. The working group identifies current legal and policy issues in computer and network security and develops proposed institutional policies and procedures for the higher education community.

Awards and Honors

On Aug. 16 Noreen Kelly, a junior biology major, received a $4,000 undergraduate research fellowship from the American Society for Microbiology. She will give a presentation on her research at ASM’s 2005 general meeting in Atlanta. Kelly’s mentor is Venigalla Rao, professor of biology.

Anca Nemoianu, director of the Intensive English Program and assistant dean of Study Abroad Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, won first prize for her short story “Justice by Night” at the Oct. 23 F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, held at Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. Nemoianu’s story will be published in the Potomac Review in May 2005.

Eustratios Papaioannou, assistant professor of Greek and Latin, has been awarded a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation based on his research in late-antique and medieval Greek literature. The fellowship will allow Papaioannou to travel to Berlin for the 2005-2006 academic year to work on an edited edition of the letters of Michael Psellos, an 11th-century Byzantine author.

The CUA women’s soccer team received an academic award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2003-2004 academic year.

On the Road

Rev. Raymond Collins, the Warren-Blanding Professor of Religion, attended a series of November meetings in Rome and London on behalf of the Orientale Lumen conferences, a Roman Catholic/Eastern Orthodox ecumenical effort that is partly co-sponsored by the School of Theology and Religious Studies. During his visit Collins met with Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, and Cardinal Moussa Daoud, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches. He received a rosary from Pope John Paul II after presenting the pontiff with a medal related to the ecumenical effort and a copy of Father Collins’ latest book, The Many Faces of the Church: A Study in New Testament Ecclesiology. He also met with Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, at Lambeth Palace in London. Father Collins also gave a Dec. 2 lecture titled “The Gospel of John” at Washington, D.C.’s Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

Christina Mahony, acting director of CUA’s Center for Irish Studies, will be the convener of an Oct. 26-28, 2005, forum titled “The Future of Irish Studies” at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy. CUA and Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs are among the co-sponsors of the forum. Approximately 50 delegates from 20 countries are expected to attend.

Leopold May, professor emeritus of chemistry, presented a paper titled “Determination of the Firing Temperatures of American Indian Pottery Using Mössbauer Spectroscopy” at a seminar of the University of the District of Columbia's Department of Chemistry on Nov. 18.

On Feb. 23, 2005, Craig Parker, general counsel, Kathryn C. Bender, associate general counsel, and Bonnie McClellan, director of disability support services, will speak at the National Conference on Law and Higher Education’s post-conference seminar titled “The Current State of Disability Law” at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The conference itself will be held Feb. 20-22 at the Sheraton.


Vadim Knyazev, research associate professor of chemistry, co-authored with Alexander A. Shestovk, former senior research associate professor of chemistry, an article titled “Kinetics and Thermochemistry of the Reaction of 2-Chloraoallyl Radicals With Molecular Oxygen.” The article was published in volume 108 of The Journal of Physical Chemistry (2004).

Linda Perez, assistant director of faculty support services for the Columbus School of Law, wrote an article titled “The Filipino Woman’s Role in the Humanization of Social Life” that was published in volume 1 of the book Humanization of Social Life (2004), published by CUA’s Council for Research in Values and Philosophy. The article presents the multifaceted contributions of the Filipino woman as working mother and housewife.

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