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May, 2018


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Awards and Honors

Tobias Hoffmann
, assistant professor, philosophy, was named a recipient of a one-year Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation. In July 2008 he will travel to Germany for a year where he will work on the book Reality, Reason and Affection: An Outline of Aquinas’s Ethics.

Emir Isakovic, building services manager for the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, was awarded the 2007 Edward J. Bellanger Jr. Staff Award for Excellence in Service on Jan. 9. He has been a CUA libraries employee for eight years. The library staff award was created by the family of Edward Belanger Jr., a long-time employee of the library who is now retired.

“Introduction to the Study of Religion,” a course taught by Charles Jones, associate professor, theology and religious studies, has been released by the Teaching Company as part of its “Great Courses” series. This course, which includes 24 lectures available on DVDs or CDs, explores the discipline of religious studies and shows how a succession of other fields — sociology, psychology, anthropology and phenomenology — has each tried to explain the complex relationship among individuals, cultures and faiths.

Pope Benedict XVI awarded to Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., chaplain and director of the Office of Campus Ministry, the prestigious Benemerenti Medal. The papal honors, given to individuals who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, were presented by Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., CUA president, at a special Advent/Christmas Mass held in Caldwell Hall Chapel on Dec. 20.

The Virginia Historical Society presented the C. Coleman McGehee Award to Owen Stanwood, assistant professor, history. This award recognizes the best article in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography wirtten by a graduate student. Stanwood's article "Captives and Slaves: Indian Labor, Cultural Conversion and the Plantation Revolution in Virginia" was written while he was a Ph.D. student at Northwestern University.

Rev. Michael G. Witczak, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, received the 2007 Sal Terrae Award Sept. 30 from the Salesianum Alumni Association of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee. The award noted that Father Witczak had served for 24 years as a member of the seminary faculty and for almost six years as rector.


Mike Crenshaw
, research assistant professor, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, was awarded a one-year $54,860 grant from the Space Telescope Science Institution on May 2 to research a project titled “Determining the Inclinations of AGN Using Narrow-Line Region Kinematics.”

Vadim D. Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, was awarded a one-year $55,264 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Collaborative Research: Engineering Virtual Organizations: Combustion Kinetics.”

Michael Sheridan, visiting scholar and director of research of the National Catholic School of Social Services' Center for Spirituality and Social Work, has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health. The grant will support her project, "Investigation of the Effects and Mechanisms of Religious Involvement on Physical and Mental Health among African-American Caregivers."

David Shumaker, clinical associate professor, library and information science, was a co-recipient of the $25,000 Special Libraries Association Research Grant. Shumaker and his colleague, Mary Talley, an independent consultant, will use their grant to research their project "Models of Embedded Librarianship."

On the Road

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.
, university president, addressed the administration of St. John's University in New York on the topics of "Catholic Identity Formation" and "The History of Catholic Higher Education in the United States" at a two-day workshop on January 9-10 at the New York campus. He also spoke on Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States at DePaul University in Chicago on Jan. 25.

Maria Aguirre, associate professor, economics, presented the lecture titled "The Family and Economic Development: Socioeconomic Relevance and Policy Design" on Dec. 13 at the University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig City, Philippines, and again the same day at Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.

James F. Brennan, provost, was the main speaker in Panama on Dec. 18 at the first commencement awarding baccalaureate degrees through a consortium of American universities (Florida International University, the University of Louisville, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and Towson University). The consortium is led by the Quality Leadership University, based in Panama and known for innovative programming, primarily in the area of business, throughout Central and South America.

Joseph Capizzi, associate professor, theology and religious studies, participated in a discussion titled “Just War and End Game Objectives in Iraq” on Dec. 13 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Jean DeGroot, associate professor, philosophy, gave a plenary address titled "Distinguishing Natural Philosophy and Science: the Case of Ancient Mechanics" at a meeting of the American Maritain Association at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 25-28.

DeGroot presented a paper titled "Dunamis and Mechanical Advantage in Aristotle" at a session of the History of Science Society in Arlington, Va., Nov. 1-4.

William Dinges, professor, theology and religious studies, gave a presentation Nov. 21 at the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., on the role of religion in American culture as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors program.

Sister Rosemary Donley, S.C., professor, nursing, presented “Negotiating the Policy Web in Providing Care to the Immigrant Population” at the American Public Health Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3-7.

Tobias Hoffmann, assistant professor, philosophy, presented a paper titled “Loosening the Connection of the Virtues: Aquinas and Henry of Ghent” at the 12th International Congress of Medieval Philosophy, hosted by the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale in Palermo, Italy, Sept. 16-22.

Hoffmann gave a lecture titled “Thomas Aquinas and Duns Scotus on Angelic Sin” at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) in November.

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, delivered a speech titled “Always a New Event: Preaching in Liturgical Celebration” at the third annual Tschoepe Homiletics Seminar held Jan. 7-10 at the Holy Trinity Seminary on the University of Dallas’ campus in Irving, Texas.

Vadim D. Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, and Konstantin Popov, a graduate student in physics, presented a paper titled “Molecular Dynamics Study of C-C Bond Dissociation in Linear Alkanes and Polyethylene: Effects of Condensed Phase” at the Fall Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Oct. 21-25.

Knyazev gave a presentation titled "Virtual Organization of Combustion Kineticists" at a National Science Foundation workshop titled "Building Effective Virtual Organizations," held Jan. 14-16 in Washington, D.C. Hai Wang of the University of Southern California and Gregory P. Smith of SRI International were co-authors of the presentation.

Stefania Lucamante, associate professor, modern languages and literatures, presented a paper titled “In alto i cuori: Tiziano Scarpa e la scrittura come atto di responsabilità” (“Tiziano Scarpa and Writing as an Act of Responsibility”) at the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Italian in Washington, D.C., Oct. 12.

Lucamante gave a lecture at Yale University on Dec. 6 titled “Intentions and Effects, Symptoms and Remedies in the Writing of the Cannibali Authors 10 Years Later."

Rev. Mark Morozowich, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, presented a paper titled “East Meets West in Liturgy: Mutual Influence Through the Centuries” at the symposium “Liturgies in East and West: Ecumenical Relevance of Early Liturgical Development” held Nov. 17-20 in Vienna, Austria.

Leon Ofman, associate professor, physics, gave a talk titled "Propagating Alfvén waves in coronal loops observed by Hinode" Dec. 14 at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in San Francisco. The talk focused on his research involving observations of Alfven waves of magnetic energy on the sun by the Hinode mission’s solar optical telescope. Ofman’s work was done in collaboration with Tongjinag Wang, CUA postdoctoral researcher, physics.

Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean, philosophy, gave an address titled “The Priesthood at the Service of the Church in Washington” at the Archdiocese of Washington Convocation of Priests in Cambridge, Md., on Nov. 8. His talk was mentioned in a Catholic Standard story about the meeting.

Several philosophy professors gave lectures at the annual meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, Nov. 9-11, in Milwaukee. They include:

  • Tobias Hoffmann, assistant professor, presented the lecture, “Aquinas and his Contemporaries on Whether the Will Is Freer than the Intellect.”

  • Timothy Noone, professor, and outgoing president of the ACPA, delivered his presidential address, “Nature, Freedom and Will: Sources of Philosophical Reflection,” one of the four plenary lectures. He also presided at the meeting.

  • Rev. Kurt Pritzl, dean, spoke on “Aristotle on Mixture and the Relationship of the Soul to the Body in Sense Perception.”

  • Kevin White, associate professor, delivered the lecture “Aquinas on Purpose.”

Eight CUA professors participated in discussions and presented papers at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington, D.C., Jan 3-6. They include:

  • Thomas Cohen, associate professor, history, served as a commentator in the session “Managing Religious Diversity in Three Early Modern Empires: Ottoman, Habsburg and British Perspectives.”

  • Chrysi Kotsifou, visiting scholar, Semitics, presented a paper titled “Christianizing Texts: Theory and Practice in Egyptian Asceticism” at the session “Early Christianity and Material Textuality.”

  • Tim Meagher, associate professor, history, served as chair and commentator of a session titled “Ireland in Imperial and Transatlantic Contexts.”

  • Nelson Minnich, professor, theology and religious studies, presented the paper “The Pontificate of Leo X: Success or Failure” at a session titled “Success and Failure in Three Renaissance Pontificates: Pius II (1458-64), Julius II (1503-13), Leo X (1513-21).”

  • James Riley, associate professor, history, served as chair and commentator at a session titled “Church and Society in a Transnational Context.”

  • Alexander Russo, assistant professor, media studies, served as chair of the session “New Approaches to Cold War Broadcasting: Institutions, Imagery and Insurrections, 1948-89.”

  • Leslie Tentler, professor, history, served as commentator at a session titled “U.S. Catholic Church Leadership, Anti-Semitism and the Nazis, 1933-50.” At this session, Maria Mazzenga, education archivist, presented a paper titled “To Condemn or Not to Condemn: Father Maurice Sheehy, the National Catholic Welfare Conference and the Nazis."


Sharon Christman, associate professor and vocal division chair, music, performed as a guest soloist Dec. 6 at the Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, Md., with the boys choir of The Heights School of Potomac, Md.

Jon Klein, assistant professor, drama, had a production of his play Bunnicula performed at Stage One Theatre in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 1-31.

Jeffrey Sichel, associate professor, drama, will direct William Shakespeare’s Cymberline for the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company March 22 through April 20.


An article by Jody Gatwood, associate professor, music, titled “A Few Insights on Teaching Memorization,” was published in Stringendo, Autumn 2007, Vol. XXIV, No. 1. Stringendo is a quarterly publication of the Maryland/Washington, D.C., chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Assistant professors of nursing Cynthia Grandjean and Barbara Moran published an article titled “The Impact of Diabetes Mellitus on Female Sexual Well-Being” in the December 2007 issue of Nursing Clinics of North America.

Chris Grech, associate professor, architecture and planning, co-edited Future Office: Design, Practice and Applied Research, a book published in the United States and the United Kingdom in December.

Joan Grimbert, professor, modern languages and literatures, wrote an essay titled “The ‘fin humour’ of Guillaume au faucon,” which appears in a collection of essays titled The Old French Fabliaux: Essays on Comedy and Context, edited by Kristin L. Burr, John F. Moran and Norris J. Lacy, and published by McFarland & Company.

Tobias Hoffmann, assistant professor, philosophy, contributed an article titled “Aquinas and Intellectual Determinism: The Case of Angelic Sin” for the Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. He also contributed “Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas on Magnanimity” to Virtue Ethics in the Middle Ages: Commentaries on Aristotle’s Ethics (1200-1500).

Vadim D. Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, wrote an article titled “Effects of Chain Length on the Rates of C-C Bond Dissociation in Linear Alkanes and Polyethylene” for the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Volume 111.

Knyazev co-wrote an article titled “Blister-colorimetric determination of phosphate ions in water, agricultural samples and biological samples” for the Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Volume 62. The co-authors were V.M. Ivanon of Moscow State University and A.V. Zhevnerov from Timiryazev Agricultural Academy in Moscow.

Stefania Lucamante, associate professor, modern languages and literatures, published an article titled “’Che pasta di donne’: Per una rivisitazione del Risorgimento in terra campana” (“’What a Dough of Women’: For a Revisitation of Risorgimento in Campania”) in the volume La forma del passato: Questioni di Identita` in opere letterarie e cinematografiche italiane a partire dagli ultimi anni ottanta (The Shape of the Past: Identity Issues in Italian literary and cinematic works from the late eighties).

Rev. Frank Matera, Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, published the book New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity (Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville) in August.

Andrew H. Weaver, assistant professor, music, published a scholarly edition of Giovanni Felice Sances, Motetti a 2, 3, 4, e cinque voci (1642), Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, vol. 148 (Middleton, Wis.: A-R Editions, 2008), a collection of 25 motets transcribed from the original 17th-century source together with an introduction explaining their historical and musical significance.

Rev. Michael G. Witczak, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, published an article with Rev. Daniel J. Merz in Ecclesia Orans 24 (2007), the journal of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome. The article is titled “St. Gall Mass Orders (III): Ms. Sangallensis 340 —  Searching for the Origins of the ‘Rhenish Mass Order.’”

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