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June, 2019


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Jeffrey Giangiuli, director of engineering management in the School of Engineering, was appointed vice president of business development at CALIBRE, a management and technology services company in Alexandria, Va.

Nalini Jairath, dean, nursing, has been reappointed for the third consecutive term to the editorial board of Nursing Research, the top-ranked nursing journal.

Christina Mahony, acting director of the Center for Irish Studies, was named a member of the advisory board of the Irish American Arts Awards.

Catholic University is a lead institution in a new project known as the Catholic Research Resources Initiative, which serves as an online portal to rich library and archive collections of research materials and documents dealing with American Catholic history and culture. Three CUA administrators serve on the steering committee of the initiative: Martha Hale, dean of the School of Library and Information Science; Michael McLane, director of libraries, and Timothy Meagher, university archivist.

Awards and Honors

Aida Lopez, catalog maintenance supervisor for the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, was awarded the Edward J. Belanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service for 2006.  She has been an employee of the university libraries for more than 25 years. The staff award was created by the family of Edward Belanger Jr., a long-time employee of the library who is now retired.

Barbara Moran, assistant professor, nursing, received a citation from Congress’ Office of the Attending Physician for her role in implementing the first-ever lactation suite on Capitol Hill.


Four members of the faculty of the School of Engineering — Peter Lum, assistant professor of biomedical engineering; Phillip Regalia, professor of electrical engineering and computer science; Lu Sun, associate professor of civil engineering; and Otto Wilson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering — were awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service in excess of $1.5 million. The awards include two NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Awards.

On the Road

Maria Aguirre
, associate professor, economics, was a keynote speaker at the Innovative Corporate Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference held in El Salvador Feb. 1.

Helen Alvaré, associate professor, law, spoke at the eighth annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life held at Georgetown University Jan. 20-21. The conference attracted more than 500 high school and college students in advance of the annual March for Life.

Lisa Gitelman, associate professor, media studies, gave a presentation titled "Modes and Codes: Samuel F.B. Morse and the Visual Culture of Texts" on Jan. 25 as part of the History and Philosophy of Science Seminar Series at McGill University in Montreal.

Sandra Hanson, professor, sociology, and Life Cycle Institute fellow, gave a speech titled “Race, Gender and Science Education” at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29.

Tobias Hoffmann, assistant professor, philosophy, presented a paper titled “Univocity of Being in Duns Scotus’s Quaestiones De anima” at the “Soul & Mind: Ancient and Medieval Perspectives on the De anima” conference held at the De Wulf-Mansion Centre in Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Feb. 14-17.

Charles Jones, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture titled “The Bodhisattva Ideal: Buddhahood Reclaimed” at the S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, gave three lectures on the topics of legal philosophy and Gerhart Niemeyer at the Third Colloquium on Legal Philosophy held at Panamerican University campuses in Aguascalientes and in Mexico City, Mexico, from Jan. 19 to 22.

Beverly Ress, visiting professor of sculpture, exhibited her work in a group exhibition titled “Between the Lines” from Jan. 9 to Feb. 10 at the Maryland Art Place in Baltimore.

James Zabora, dean and professor, National Catholic School of Social Service, gave a lecture titled “Building Community Partnerships for Cancer Prevention and Control Initiatives" at Johns Hopkins University on Feb. 20.


Kathleen Buckley
, associate professor, nursing, wrote the instructor’s manual for Nutrition for Health and Health Care, 3rd edition, with Ellie Whitney, Kathryn Pinna, Sharon Rady Rolfes and Linda Kelly Debruyne. The book was published by Thompson Learning.

William D’Antonio, adjunct professor, sociology, and Life Cycle Institute fellow, and Dean Hoge, professor emeritus, sociology, and Life Cycle Institute fellow, wrote American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church. The book, co-written with James A. Davidson of Purdue University and Mary L. Gautier of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, analyzes survey results and reports that younger Catholics feel disconnected from the institutional Church. The book will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in late March.

Patricia McMullen, associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor, nursing, and Mary Paterson, assistant dean of undergraduate programs and associate professor, nursing, published an article titled “So You Want to be a Legal Nurse Consultant or an Expert Witness: Issues and Considerations” in the Journal of the Nurse Practitioner.


A two-person team representing CUA’s Columbus School of Law won the 13th annual National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition, held Feb. 2-3 on CUA’s campus. Jennifer Hanley and Tyler Van Voorhees defeated contestants from George Washington’s law school in the final round, and Van Voorhees was judged the Best Oral Advocate for the competition. Nearly a dozen law schools fielded teams, including the University of Baltimore, University of Colorado, Indiana University, Georgetown, George Washington, Northern Kentucky, Syracuse, University of Virginia and William and Mary.

Steven Spotswood, an M.F.A. playwriting candidate, received two honors for his play The Aaronsville Woman, which was written and developed in his playwriting classes in CUA’s Department of Drama. His was one of two full-length plays to be invited to receive a reading at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held at State University of New York at New Paltz in January. In April the play will receive a full production at Western Kentucky University, as winner of the university’s YES Festival competition. The latter honor includes a $1,000 cash prize.

Melissa Witcher, a student in the Graduate Library Preprofessional Program, administered by CUA Libraries with the cooperation of the School of Library and Information Science, was awarded a National Conference Library Support Staff scholarship to attend the Association of College and Research Libraries’ national conference in Baltimore March 29 to April 1.

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