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July, 2019


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Awards and Honors

Cathleen Gray
, associate professor, social work, received the Lifetime Achievement Award March 6 from the D.C. Metro chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

James Zabora, dean, social work, received the Ida M. Cannon Award April 22 from the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care. This award honors a national figure for outstanding contributions to the leadership of social work in a health-care setting and to the Society for Social Work Leadership in Heath Care.


Matthew Bobrowsky, research associate professor, physics/Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $51,930 one-year grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute to carry out a research program titled “Departures From Axisymmetry in Planetary Nebulae.”

Boncho Bonev, research associate, physics/Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $27,915 one-year grant from the National Science Foundation to team with another scientist in carrying out a research program titled “The History of Comets and Our Planetary System as Inferred From the Deuterium-to-Hydrogen Ratio, Spin Temperature and Native Volatile Composition.” Bonev is co-principal investigator with Erika Gibb, a University of Missouri assistant professor.

Sarah Ferrario
, assistant professor, Greek and Latin, has received a Center for Hellenic Studies Fellowship in Ancient Greek Studies that will allow her to devote full-time attention from September 2009 to May 2010 to finishing the book she is writing, Athens “the Great”? The Ascendancy of the Individual in Classical Greek Historical Thought. The fellowship includes a $26,000 stipend and free housing at the Washington, D.C., center. The center is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University. 

Lourdes Alvarez, associate professor, modern languages and literatures, has received a grant from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies to carry out two months of research in Morocco this summer on the enduring legacy of mystical poetry and song composed by Spanish Muslims. Her study is titled “Sufi Songs Across an Andalusian Sky.”

Krister Nielsen, research assistant professor, physics/Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $50,000 five-year grant from NASA to carry out a research program titled “Future Studies of [the Binary Star] Eta Carinae and Other Luminous Blue Variables.”

CUA's Vitreous State Laboratory received a $1,145,000 contract to help the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of River Protection treat and safely store nuclear waste created as a byproduct of 40 years of nuclear bomb production.

On the Road

Lourdes Maria Alvarez, associate professor, modern languages and literatures, and acting director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, spoke on the subject of "Tolerance’s End: Religious Minorities, Philosophers, Freethinkers and the Rise of Fundamentalism in 12th- and 13th-Century Islamic Spain” at the April 23 meeting of the interfaith Rumi Forum held in Washington, D.C.

Jude Dougherty
, dean emeritus, philosophy, will deliver the commencement address May 16 at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. The college will award him an honorary doctorate that day.

Sarah Duggin, associate professor, law, was part of a roundtable discussion on the connection between corporate law and faith sponsored by the University of St. Thomas’ Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions, St. Paul, Minn., on April 17.

Stefania Lucamante, associate professor, modern languages and literatures, gave a lecture titled “Assimilation, Marginalization: The Novel of Immigration” at Georgetown University on March 4.

She presented her 2008 book, A Multitude of Women: the Challenges of the Contemporary Italian Novel (University of Toronto Press) at Harvard University on April 8 as part of the De Bosis Colloquium in Italian Studies.

Rev. Frank Matera, Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, will deliver a lecture titled “Death Swallowed Up in Victory: Paul’s Teaching on the General Resurrection of the Dead” at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore on May 18.

Iris Miller, adjunct professor, architecture and planning, participated in a panel titled “Sustainable Communities: Water Knows No Boundaries” at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on March 31.

David Shumaker, clinical associate professor, library and information science, gave the keynote lecture “Who Let the Librarians Out? The Promise of Embedded Librarianship” at the Agriculture Network Information Center conference in Beltsville, Md., on April 22.

Monsignor Robert Sokolowski, professor, philosophy, gave a keynote presentation titled “Husserl and First Philosophy” at a conference commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edmund Husserl, founder of the philosophical movement known as phenomenology. The lecture was hosted April 1-4 by the Husserl Archives at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.


Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.
, university president, wrote an essay titled "Catholic Higher Education in the United States: A Modern Retrospective" for the book The Enduring Nature of the Catholic University, published by the Center for the Study of Catholic Education.

Stefania Lucamante, associate professor, modern languages and literatures, wrote the article “The Privilege of Memory Goes to the Women: Melania Mazzucco and the Narrative of the Italian Migration,” which appeared in the journal Modern Language Notes, Vol. 124, No. 1, January 2009 (Italian Issue). The journal is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.


Joan Romano, graduate student, English, won the Eleanor Clark Prize for best presentation by a junior scholar at the Robert Penn Warren Circle Annual Conference April 18 in Guthrie, Ky. Her paper was titled “Facing the Reality of America's Past: Robert Penn Warren's Later Poetry.” 

Todd Scribner, a doctoral candidate in theology and religious studies, was the moderator of and a participant in a panel titled “People on the Move: Causes and Responses to Global Migration” at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering Conference in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 24. He also gave a presentation titled “Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Education: How Diversity in the Church Affects Educational Strategies” at the Justice for Immigrants Conference in Mason, Ohio, on March 27.

Craig Toocheck, a senior architecture major, has been awarded a fellowship for the 2009-2010 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. Toocheck will spend a year in Germany: two months in an intensive German language course, four months studying at a German university or professional school and five months completing an internship in his career field with a German company.

Shu-Ting Yao, a doctor of musical arts candidate, won first prize April 5 in the 2009 Baltimore Music Club Competition. She received a cash prize of $1,250 in the professional age category.

From left:  Orotrope Omolabake, Margie Gray, Caitlin Olohan, Grace Fitzpatrick, Clinical Assistant Professor Mary Dooley, Bridget Nicholson, Jean-Clement Ishimwe and Adjunct Professor Rebecca Robert with posters presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference.
Two student teams from the School of Nursing participated in the Undergraduate Research Conference April 2 and 3 at Georgetown University. Students in the Community and Environmental Nursing: Clinical Applications course were among more than 50 students from four Washington-area colleges presenting research. Under the guidance of Mary Dooley, clinical assistant professor, and Rebecca Robert, adjunct professor, students presented research on “Intravenous Drug Users: Harm Reduction Strategies and Skin Care Challenges” and “Cardiovascular Disease and Nutrition: A Focus on D.C.’s Latino Community.”

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