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July, 2019


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Eileen A. Dombo
, assistant clinical professor, social work, has been appointed by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty to the District of Columbia Board of Social Work for a two-year term.

Kurt Martens, assistant professor, canon law, was appointed a consultant to the Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in January. He will serve a three-year, renewable term.

Awards and Honors

Margaret Martin Barry
, associate professor, law, has been awarded the 2009 William Pincus Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Clinical Legal Education from the Association of American Law Schools. The Pincus Award honors individuals or institutions involved in clinical legal education that have demonstrated excellence in service, scholarship, program design and implementation.

Lucy Cohen, professor, anthropology, received the 2008 Sol Tax award from the Society for Applied Anthropology for exceptional leadership and long-term service to the society and the profession of anthropology. Cohen has served the society as program chair, chair of the Sol Tax Award Committee and as a member of the government and legislation liaison persons committee.

Marilyn Merritt, lecturer, anthropology, was awarded the first prize in the American Anthropological Association ethnographic poetry competition for poems about her experiences in West Africa. Her poems were read at the 2008 annual meeting of the association Nov. 19-23 in San Francisco and were published in the December 2008 issue of Anthropology and Humanism.

Faith Mullen, clinical assistant professor, law, is one of five legal educators to be honored as a 2009 Bellow Scholar by the clinical legal education section of the Association of American Law Schools. The recipients were acknowledged at the AALS annual meeting, held Jan. 6-10 in San Diego. The Bellow Scholar program calls attention to innovative anti-poverty or access-to-justice projects that encourage collaboration and empirical analysis.


Duilia de Mello
, associate professor, physics, received a two-year $84,821 grant from NASA to research interacting galaxies and their environments.

Gunther Kletetschka, research professor, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $45,000 three-year grant from NASA to develop and test the integrated microelectronic systems for tuning of optical and electrical parameters of bolometric arrays.

Bill Kules, assistant professor, library and information science, received a $15,000 grant from the Online Computer Library Center and Association for Library and Information Science Education to conduct an eye-tracking study on how people look for information when they aren’t necessarily sure what they are looking for.

John Philip, assistant professor, physics, and research scientist at the university’s Vitreous State Laboratory, has been awarded a prestigious $400,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will help to fund his research in a new field called spin electronics, which has a strong potential to transform present-day computer technology.

Geronimo Villanueva, research professor, physics, received a $25,000 grant from NASA to do a comprehensive analysis of 11 years of Mars infrared data.

CUA's Vitreous State Laboratory (VSL) has received a $138,931 grant to aid the United Kingdom in its effort to treat and safely store its nuclear waste. The project, which started in January and continues through April of this year, involves research and development to evaluate "vitrification" (i.e., conversion to glass) as a potential treatment technology for certain types of low- and intermediate-level nuclear wastes from the Sellafield nuclear processing and former electricity-generating site on the northwest coast of England. VSL will develop waste simulants and suitable glass formulations that meet all of the requirements to turn the partly liquid nuclear waste into solid glass that can be stored for centuries without leaching into ground water.

On the Road

Maria Sophia Aguirre, associate professor, business and economics, gave a speech titled “The Family and Human Virtues: Economic Aspects” at the VI World Family Encounter in Mexico City, Mexico, Jan. 14-19. The event was organized by the Pontifical Council on the Family.

Jon Anderson, professor, anthropology, gave the keynote address at a conference titled “New Horizons: Obama and the Global Media” in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 23.

Physics professors Fred Bruhweiler and Duilia de Mello as well as CUA doctoral candidates Ciprian Berghea, Javier Garcia, Sara Petty, Cori Quirk and Elysse Voyer attended the 213th American Astronomical Society meeting, held in Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 4 through 8. Petty gave a thesis talk titled "Quantifying The Morphologies Of Galaxies At Z~1 To 4: A Multiwavelength Survey On The Progenitors Of Local Galaxies."

The others gave oral or poster presentations as follows: Berghea, "The First Detection Of [O IV] From An Ultraluminous X-ray Source With Spitzer: Evidence Of High Unbeamed Luminosity In Holmberg II ULX;" Garcia, "X-ray Reflected Spectra From Accretion Disc Models;" Quirk, "Confusion in Galaxy Counts Using the Galaxy Evolution Explorer;" and Voyer, "Probing Star Formation at Intermediate-z."

Sidney Griffith, professor, Semitics, gave a lecture titled “Doing Philosophy in Tenth-Century Baghdad: Faith and Reason in the Thought of the Christian Intellectual Yahya ibn Adi and his Circle” on Feb. 3 at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Rev. Donald Heet, O.S.F.S., assistant clinical professor and director of pastoral studies, theology and religious studies, participated in a discussion titled “Introduction to the Devout Life,” held Jan. 20 at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa.

Tobias Hoffman, associate professor, philosophy, gave a presentation titled “Indeterminism and the Will as Vis Collativa in Scotus’s Account of Angelic Sin” at the “Quadruple Congress: John Duns Scotus 1308-2008: Investigations in his Philosophy” at the University of Bonn, Germany, in November. Hoffman also gave a presentation titled “Peter Auriol on Angelic Sin” at the “Contingency and Freedom: Franciscan Theories in the Early 14th Century” conference at the University of Macerata, Italy, Dec. 12-13.

Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, participated in the seventh round of the national Methodist-Roman Catholic dialogue, held at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C., Dec. 16-18. Monsignor Irwin served as an official representative appointed to the dialogue by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mary Leary, associate professor, law, headed the official delegation of the Holy See to the World Congress III against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, which took place in Rio de Janeiro from Nov. 25 through 28.
Leary also participated in a discussion on the “Social Costs of Pornography” at the Witherspoon Institution in Princeton, N.J., Dec. 11-13.

Veryl Miles, dean, law, participated in a panel discussion about how to integrate Catholic social teaching into the law school experience at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio on Feb. 6.

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, delivered a paper titled “The Grace Given You in Christ” on Dec. 16 during the seventh round of the U.S. Methodist-Catholic Dialogue held at St. Paul’s College in Washington, D.C.

Timothy Noone, professor, philosophy, attended, as one of the three vice presidents, the meeting of the Societé pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Medieval held at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Oct. 6-13. He attended, as the immediate past president, the meeting of the American Catholic Philosophical Association in Omaha, Neb., Oct. 28-Nov. 3. Noone gave two lectures at the "International Congress: Johannes Duns Scotus  1308-2008: Die philosophischen Perskeptiven seines Werkes," held at the universities of Bonn and Koeln, Germany, Nov. 5-9.  One lecture was on "Scotus's Opera Philosophica and the On-Going Research of the Scotus Project.” The other lecture was titled "Will and Nature: Will and Nature Revisited." 
Noone delivered a lecture titled "Alnwick on Freedom and Scotus's Distinction between Nature and Will" in Macerata, Italy, at a conference titled “Contingency and Freedom: Franciscan Theories in the Early 14th Century" on Dec. 12.
Noone delivered a lecture titled “Nature and Will in Duns Scotus's Metaphysics” at the University of Freiburg, Germany, on Dec. 20.
He gave a lecture titled "Scotus's Distinction between Will and Nature within the Franciscan Tradition" in Rome, Italy, at the conference “The Actuality of Scotus's Thought" Jan. 15-16.

Murry Sidlin, dean, music, conducted the Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra at a concert on the university’s campus in Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. 23.

Maria Amelia Viteri, visiting assistant professor, anthropology, presented a paper titled “Negotiations Around Citizenship, Belonging and Nationhood: the Latino Population in the U.S.” at the “Immigration Policies & Development: New Perspectives” conference held Oct. 10, in Washington D.C.

James Youniss, professor, psychology, gave a lecture titled “Youth Political Engagement: Forging Healthy Identities” at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, on Feb. 6.


Maria Sophia Aguirre, associate professor, business and economics, co-wrote “Universal Versus Functional Banking Regimes: The Structural Performance Hypothesis Revisited” for the Journal of Banking Regulations, 10:1, 2009.

Elizabeth Foxwell, staff editor of CUA’s The Catholic Historical Review, edited the book John Buchan: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction (McFarland & Co.), written by Kate Macdonald.

Kiran Kondabagil, Bonnie Draper and Istiaq Alam, all CUA postdoctoral researchers, and CUA Professor of Biology Venigalla B. Rao, along with Purdue researchers, proposed a mechanism for how a powerful nanomotor that packages DNA into the “head” of some viruses during their assembly works in a paper published in the Dec. 26 issue of the journal Cell.

Vadim Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, co-wrote an article titled “The multiplexed chemical kinetic photoionization mass spectrometer: A new approach to isomer-resolved chemical kinetics” for the journal Review of Scientific Instruments (Vol. 79).

Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, had several articles published in academic journals. The articles included: “Israel’s Covenant in Ancient Near Eastern Context” in Biblische Notizen (2008, 139, 5-18); “When Pharaohs Ruled: On the Transition of Judges 5:2” in the Journal of Theological Studies (2008, 59, 650-54); “Gentiles in the Psalter: Universalism Without Mission” in the Stulos Theological Journal (May 2008, 16.1, 25-34); and “Samuel the Chief” in the Polish Journal of Biblical Research (2008, 7, 1-17).

The Red Cedar Trio has released a new compact disc recording of chamber music by Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music. Titled “Fireflies: Chamber Music by Andrew Earle Simpson,” the disc, on the Fleur de Son Classics label, includes three pieces for flute, viola and guitar, that Simpson composed on commission from Red Cedar.  Two of the works are for the full trio: “American Gothic Suite,” and “Tesserae: Six Mosaics of Ancient Rome.” They are inspired by visual art.  The third piece, “Fireflies: A Folk Set for Flute and Guitar,” is a six-movement suite for two players, based on different styles of American folk music. 

Geronimo Villanueva, research assistant professor, physics, co-wrote an article titled “Strong Release of Methane on Mars in Summer 2003” for the Jan. 15 issue of the journal Science.

James Youniss, professor, psychology, edited a book titled Engaging Young People in Civil Life, to be published later this year by Vanderbilt University Press.

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