Duilia de Mello, associate professor, physics, received a $42,000 one-year grant from NASA for a project titled “Galaxies and Their Environments, Part II.”
Jennifer Horne, assistant professor of media studies, has won a $6,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend that will enable her to work for two months on a book about film and civic participation in the United States from 1905 to 1929. Her project received an additional honor as a selection for the NEH’s “We the People” initiative. Titled Civic Cinema: Spectatorship, Citizenship, and American Silent Film, Horne’s book is a study of American film culture in the early part of the 20th century, focusing on the use of educational film by social reformers, educators, cultural institutions, and clubs and civic associations.
Ian Pegg, professor, physics, and director of the Vitreous State Laboratory, received a $179,998 grant from Energy Solutions for nuclear-waste glass formation in support of the Japanese nuclear-waste treatment program.
Venigalla Rao, professor, biology, received a five-year $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a single vaccine against both anthrax and pneumonic plague — two deadly infectious pathogens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes as Category A threats for use in bioterrorism attacks on the U.S.
On the Road
Jon Anderson, professor, anthropology, gave a lecture titled "Cyberspace and Civil Society in the Middle East" at the 10th annual Focus Asia Conference, "Media Cultures and Politics in Asia," at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, on Feb. 27.
Ronald Calinger, professor, history, organized and was one of the speakers at a Feb. 15 symposium titled “From Enlightenment Lunar Theories to Euler Telescopes and the Discovery of ‘Extra Solar Planets,’ ” which was held in Chicago as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Physicist and Nobel laureate Leon Lederman served as the moderator. As part of the symposium, scholars from Switzerland, Russia and the United States spoke, some of them addressing the search for planets outside our solar system.
Charles Jones, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture titled “Modernization and Traditionalism in Buddhist Almsgiving in Taiwan” at the University of Buffalo in New York on March 3.
Bill Kules, assistant professor, library and information science, wrote a paper titled "What Do Exploratory Searchers Look at in a Faceted Search Interface," which was accepted for presentation at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries to be held June 15-19 in Austin, Texas.
Rev. Frank Matera, Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, gave a talk titled “Christ in the Theology of Saint Paul” Feb. 20 at St. Thomas University in Miami as part of the university’s Catholic Biblical Scholars series. On March 18, he gave a talk at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., titled “Living in Newness of Life: Saint Paul and the Moral Life.” His talks on the apostle Paul noted the Church’s ongoing celebration of the Year of St. Paul, which honors the 2,000th anniversary of the saint’s birth. The special year runs through June 29, 2009.
Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented the response to the book launch of Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah by Stephen L. Cook, at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va., on March 17.
Leslie Tentler, professor, history, gave a lecture titled "The Crisis of the Priesthood in the 1960s: What Happened and Why" at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., on March 25. The lecture was part of the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology's Archbishop Gerety Lecture Series.
David Bosworth, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, has published a new book titled The Story within a Story in Biblical Hebrew Narrative through the Catholic Biblical Association.
Bruno M. Damiani, professor, modern languages and literatures, has published a book titled Arte y Mensaje en la Prosa del Siglo de Oro (Art and Didacticism in the Prose of the Golden Age), Torino: Quaderni Ibero Americani, 2008. He also has published an article, “Conmemoración e Intercesión en La Galatea de Cervantes: Libro VI” ("Commemoration and Intercession in the Galatea of Cervantes: Book VI"), in the journal Alpha Revista de Atres, Letras y Filosofía, n. 27 (2008), 51-61.
Sandra Hanson, professor, sociology, wrote Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education, published by Temple University Press. The book examines the experiences of African American girls with science education using multiple methods of quantitative and qualitative research.
Andrew Simpson, associate professor, music, wrote an article titled "Against Whatever War: Mikis Theodorakis' Operatic 'Lysistrata' " for the journal Syllecta Classica (Vol. 19, 2008). The article examines the political aspects of the opera based on Aristophanes' comedy and the circumstances of its 2002 Athens premiere, which Simpson attended.
Lawrence Somer, professor, mathematics, will have a book titled Kouzlo Cisel (Magic of Numbers) published in 2009 by Academia Publishers in Prague, Czech Republic.
John Kenneth White, professor, politics, completed a book titled Barack Obama’s America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family and Religion Ended the Reagan Era. The book will be published by the University of Michigan Press later this year.