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May, 2018


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Awards and Honors

Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc
, professor, social work, was honored Nov. 9 as a recipient of the St. George National Award from the American Cancer Society. The award is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the society's goal of eliminating cancer.

Mona Shevlin, director of CUA’s Professional Development Workshops & Institutes (PDWI), was honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 25 at Roots Public Charter School in Northwest Washington, D.C. The award stemmed from PDWI’s collaboration in the D.C. State Education Office’s Teacher Quality Improvement grant. As part of the grant, 12 D.C. Public School teachers participated in the PDWI course Elementary and Middle School Algebra Utilizing NASA Activities last summer. This fall seven teachers are participating in the course Introduction to Educational Technology: Using Technology to Enhance Classroom Learning. PDWI is a program within CUA's Department of Education.

Leszek Sibilski, adjunct professor, sociology, was awarded the Rev. Leo Foley Outstanding Educator Award from the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Delta Gamma, a national fraternity, in October.


Scott Mathews
, assistant professor, and Mark Mirotznik, associate professor, electrical engineering and computer science, received a two-year, $2.7 million multi-university grant, with CUA as the prime recipient. As co-principal investigators, Mathews and Mirotznik will investigate the development of an enhanced resolution digital camera. The grant will be shared with Wake Forest University, the University of New Mexico and the University of Minnesota.

Norman Ness, research professor, physics, was awarded a one-year $100,000 grant from NASA on Sept. 29 to research a project titled “Analysis and Interpretation of Voyager 1 and 2 Magnetometer Data.”

On the Road

Maria Aguirre
, associate professor, economics, was the chair of a session titled “Engagement of Catholic Universities with Secular Culture” at the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-30. She also delivered a lecture titled “Determinants of Economic Growth: The Case of Guatemala” at the Universidad del Itsmo in Guatemala on Nov. 10. She delivered the same lecture at the Asociación Familia, Desarrollo y Población (Association of Family, Development and Population) in Guatemala on Nov. 11.

Helen Alvaré, associate professor, law, participated in a discussion involving about 40 professors, corporate leaders and politicians Nov. 8-11 in Williamsburg, Va., as part of a PBS special titled “By the People.” Hosted by PBS’ NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer, the special explored whether the founding fathers’ values still shape America. “By the People” is scheduled to air sometime during the presidential election year.

Mary Edsall Choquette, assistant professor, library and information science, presented a peer-reviewed paper titled "Towards Hybridism in Curricula-based Cultural Heritage Information Management Education" at the International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting 2007 held Oct. 24-26 in Toronto.

Janalyn C. Edmonds, clinical assistant professor, nursing, presented “The Relationship of Weight, Body Image, Self-Efficacy and Stress to Health-Promoting Behaviors: A Study of College Educated African-American Women,” at the 4th Annual Conference of the National Association of Bariatric Nurses on Oct. 27 in Charleston, S.C.

Lisa Gitelman, associate professor, media studies, presented a paper titled "Reading at Risk" Nov. 16 as part of the conference "From Books to Blogs and Back," at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Gitelman was serving as a panelist for a discussion titled "The Past and Future of the Book."

Suzette Malveaux, associate professor, law, participated in a symposium titled “Terror in Tulsa” held at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia on Oct. 22. The symposium focused on the Tulsa, Okla., race riots of 1921.

Virgil Nemoianu, W.J. Byron Distinguished Professor of Literature and professor of philosophy, presented a paper on “Josef Pieper, Hope, Imperfection and Literature” at the conference “Faith and Reason” at the Thomas Morus Academy in Koln, Germany, on Nov. 3 and 4.

Merylann J. Schuttloffel, chair and associate professor, education, spoke at an event at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome celebrating the publication of the first-ever International Handbook for Catholic Education. Schuttloffel contributed a chapter to the book titled "Contemporary Challenges to the Recruitment, Formation and Retention of Catholic School Leadership in the USA." At the event, she gave the U.S. response to the issuance of the handbook and the proposal that an international research network for Catholic education be formed.

Murry Sidlin, dean, music, gave a lecture titled “Verdi and the Jews of Terezin” at the Ice House Theater and Gallery in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., on Nov. 11.

Sidlin was a featured speaker on Nov. 18 at the annual meeting of the National Association of Schools of Music in Salt Lake City. His talk, titled “Educating and Developing the Young Conductor for the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra,” was his second address in three years at an association conference.


Maria Aguirre, associate professor, economics, published an article titled “Family and Economics” in the September issue of the Catholic Encyclopedia of Social Science.

Joanne Duffy, associate professor; Lois Hoskins, professor emirita; and Rita Seifert, adjunct assistant professor, nursing, published “Dimensions of Caring: Psychometric Properties of the Caring Assessment Tool (CAT)" in the September issue of Advances in Nursing.

Duffy was a co-author of “Using the Quality-Caring Modela to Organize Patient Care Delivery,” in the December issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

John Golin, professor, biology, and recent graduate Justin Martello published "Complete inhibition of the Pdr5p multidrag efflux pump ATPase activity by its transport substrate clotrimazole suggests that GTP as well as ATP may be used as an energy source," in the November issue of Biochemistry with these co-authors: CUA investigators Zachary Kon, Leanne Hanson and Sherry Supernavage, and NIH collaborators Chung-Pu Wu, Suresh Ambudkar and Zuben Sauna.

Jean-Michel Heimonet, professor, modern languages and literatures, has written the book La Raison démocratique dans les limites du religieux: Terreur intellectuelle à l’âge postmoderne (The Democratic Reason Within the Boundaries of Religiousness: Intellectual Terror in the Postmodern Age), published by Éditions Cécile Defaut of Nantes, France. The author assesses the process of deculturalization and self-destruction that he contends has been underway in the Western liberal societies in the technological age as a result of a loss of belief in sacred values and of the blurring of human limits. This is his 11th book in the past 19 years.

David Jobes, professor, psychology, and clinical psychology doctoral students Melinda Moore and Stephen O’Connor contributed an article titled “Working with Suicidal Clients Using the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)” to the October issue of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling.


Rocco Arizzi, doctoral candidate, engineering, has received the Department of the Navy Outstanding Employee with Disabilities Award for 2007, part of the department’s observance of National Disabilities Awareness Month. Arizzi was the only naval employee worldwide to receive the honor. He will be honored by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the Department of Defense Disability Forum on Dec. 4.

Architecture students Amy Boyek, a senior, and master's candidate Vinson Camacho served as jurors at the 2007 Solar Decathlon held Oct. 12-20 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Twenty colleges and universities participated in the Solar Decathlon, an international competition where teams compete to design, build and operate the most attractive energy-efficient solar-powered houses.

Third-year law students Cecilia Celeiro, Joseph Carlson, Megan Green and Justin Levenstein represented CUA’s Columbus School of Law at the University of Puerto Rico Invitational Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition, held Oct. 25-28. Pitted against seven other law school teams, the CUA group won the final round against Brooklyn Law School. Green was awarded the Best Overall Advocate award and Levenstein received an award for Best Closing Argument.

Law students Susan Gibson, Brian Luhman, Annie MacLean and Tyler Van Voorhees served on a team that represented Catholic University in the Eighth Annual Quinnipiac University Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 20-21. Van Vorhees was selected as the competition’s Best Overall Advocate.

Chase Nordengren, a sophomore politics major, earned a $10,000 prize from the Brookings Institution for "Rural Health Care: Training and Keeping the Next Generation of Providers," his proposal to train rural health care providers using video networks and the Internet. Nordengren won the undergraduate competition for the prize.

Stephen Spotswood, M.F.A. playwriting candidate, had a Nov. 5 reading of his play The Aaronsville Woman at Arena Stage as part of that theater’s Downstage Reading Series of new plays.

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