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Pope's Visit to CUA

Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.
, was quoted in National Catholic Register articles on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 about Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to campus on April 17. He also was interviewed by Rai TV (Rome) on Dec. 6 about the visit.

The online Catholic news agency Zenit ran an article on Dec. 4 about the university’s Web site dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online and the National Catholic Register also have run announcements about the site.

Catholic News Service ran an article on Dec. 19 about the official logo designed for Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to the United States. CUA’s Director of Publications Donna Hobson, who designed the logo, was quoted in the article, as was Father O’Connell. Several news outlets picked up the CNS story.

Father O’Connell was interviewed for 20 minutes Dec. 20 on “As You Think,” a daily radio show on The Catholic Channel 159 on Sirius Satellite Radio. The topic was Catholic University and Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the United States and to the CUA campus. The Catholic Channel is part of the Archdiocese of New York and is broadcasted to listeners in the continental United States, Canada and around the globe online.

Pope Benedict XVI's visit to CUA was mentioned in a Jan. 8 Washington Post story about how security measures will affect the pope's profile during his upcoming visit to D.C.

Architecture and Planning

Travis Price
, adjunct professor, was quoted in the January issue of Architectural Record in a story about the School of Architecture and Planning's Spirit of Place program. The program takes students on field assignments ( in the past to Nepal, Machu Pichu and Ireland) to build projects they design in his class. Business Week picked up the story on Jan. 9.

Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences

Duilia de Mello
, research associate professor, was quoted in a National Geographic online article, MSNBC online article and a article on Jan. 8 about a newly discovered cluster of stars. De Mello was the lead author of the study that was presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 8. Her discovery also was noted in a Jan. 11 Associated Press article that was picked up by numerous media outlets.

De Mello was featured in a Q-and-A interview tn the “Palavra Final” (“Final Word”) section of the Dec. 3 issue of the Brazilian news magazine Epoca. She became well-known in Brazil 10 years ago after discovering a supernova. She is also an official blogger for science magazine Superinteressante (Very Interesting).


Helen Alvaré, associate professor, was quoted in a Nov. 10 Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) article about  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.”

Alvaré contributed to a Nov. 29 National Review Online article that featured remembrances of former Illinois congressman Henry Hyde, who died that same day.

Marshall Breger, professor, was quoted in a Dec. 6 Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia) article about the relationship between Jews and evangelical Christians.

Clifford Fishman, professor, took part in an E! Online Q-and-A forum on what celebrities can legally do to prevent paparazzi from crossing their paths.

Suzette Malveaux, associate professor, appeared on “Art Fennell Reports” on CN8 TV in Philadelphia on Dec. 12 to discuss consumer arbitration contracts.

Heidi Schooner, professor, was quoted in a Dec. 28 American Banker article about a proposed restructuring of government agencies that oversee financial services.

Life Cycle Institute

Barbara Brown Zikmund, associate fellow, was quoted in a Nov. 17 Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.) article about the Puritans and the Pilgrims.


Jody Gatwood
, associate professor, received a favorable review in the Nov. 19 Washington Post for his performance in Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” presented Nov. 17 by the National Philharmonic Chorale and Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Md. The review noted that “concertmaster Jody Gatwood was the eloquent violin soloist in the Benedictus.”

Gatwood was quoted in a Nov. 28 Gazette (Maryland) article about 14-year-old violinist Kenneth Liao, who performed at the same National Philharmonic concert. Gatwood is Liao’s private tutor.

Catholic University’s November production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera “Elixir of Love” was featured as a “Best Pick” several times over the weekend of Nov. 16 as part of Art Beat, a regular feature on WAMU-FM (Washington, D.C.). The opera was staged Nov. 16-18 at Ward Recital Hall by the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.

National Catholic School of Social Service

The Jan. 17 issue of the Washington Post noted a two-year, $200,000 grant awarded to Michael Sheridan, visiting scholar and director of research at the National Catholic School of Social Service's Center for Spirituality. The grant will fund Sheridan's research project, “Investigation of the Effects and Mechanisms of Religious Involvement on Physical and Mental Health among African-American Caregivers.”


Monsignor Robert Sokolowski
, professor, was quoted in a Nov. 29 Zenit news agency article about the theological virtue of hope, the subject of an encyclical released by Pope Benedict XVI the following day.

Micah Tillman, lecturer, was quoted in a Jan. 4 Los Angeles Daily News article about the role religion plays in the presidential primary elections.


Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor and Life Cycle Institute associate fellow, wrote a column for the Oct. 22 issue of America about the need for fair trade policies in the cocoa farming industry. Her Dec. 17 column detailed the meaning of Christmas in a time of war and conflict. Her column, “Morality Matters,” appears regularly in the magazine.

She was mentioned in a Nov. 16 Catholic News Service story about the U.S. bishops’ statement on Iraq. She participated in a meeting with representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and more than two dozen members of Congress in October as a consultant to the bishops’ international policy committee.

Wallace Thies, professor, was interviewed on Relevant Radio (Green Bay, Wis.) on Dec. 4 about the announcement that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago.

John Kenneth White, professor, was quoted in a Nov. 23 National Catholic Reporter article about the idea of a “Catholic vote.”

He was interviewed Dec. 19 for the Japanese Network NHK (public TV) about the 2008 presidential election.

White was interviewed Jan. 14 by The Washington Post about the significance of the Catholic vote in the upcoming presidential election.


William D’Antonio
, adjunct professor, was quoted in a Dec. 28 National Catholic Reporter article about the role of faith in the lives of young adults.

Excerpts from the book American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church, written by D'Antonio and Dean Hoge, professor, were quoted in a Jan. 12 Cleveland Plain Dealer article about ways the Catholic Church can attract young people to Mass.

Rev. Paul Sullins, associate professor, was interviewed by the Messenger Inquirer (Owensboro, Ky.) on Nov. 29 for an article about the attitudes of young people toward abortion.

Theological College

Rev. Anthony Pogorelc, S.S.
, formation adviser, was quoted in a Dec. 9 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article about the number of priests from Pittsburgh who go on to head dioceses.

Theology and Religious Studies

Rev. Regis J.
Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., professor, was quoted in a Jan. 6 News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) story about the Poor Clares monastery in Fort Myers.


Patrick Campbell, law student and veteran National Guard medic, was quoted in a Dec. 7 Medill Reports (Chicago) story about war veterans who return to college.

Montrella Cowan, a senior concentrating on social work at Metropolitan College, was featured in a Jan. 4 World Learning E-newsletter article about her study abroad experience in Morocco last spring.

Peter Donald, a junior politics major, was quoted in a Metro West Daily News (Framingham, Mass.) article about political campaign volunteers in New Hampshire.

Casey O’Connor, a junior philosophy major, was quoted in a Jan. 13 National Catholic Register article on the upcoming March for Life.

Stephen O’Malley, a freshman musical theater major, was quoted in a Dec. 9 National Catholic Register article about guides that help students and parents select a Catholic college or university.

CUA in General

The Nov. 22 Catholic Review (Baltimore) and the Nov. 25 National Catholic Register reported that Brother Constant Goetschalckx, F.C., was awarded the $1 million humanitarian Opus Prize on Nov. 8 at Catholic University.

The Dec. 6 issues of the Arlington Catholic Herald and the Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) detailed the 19th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 7. EWTN-TV filmed the concert and aired it on Dec. 20, 21 and 25.

Philippine News ran a story Dec. 19 about "Paskong Pinoy," the third annual holiday celebration of the Philippine embassy and local D.C. community, which was hosted by CUA's Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) at the university's Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Manila Mail also covered the event in its Jan. 5 issue.

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