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October, 2019


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Amanda Leiter
, associate professor, law, has been appointed by the Supreme Court to appear before it and argue in favor of the decision in Kucana v. Holder, a case on immigration issues that has been appealed to the highest court. The Aug. 17 issue of the National Law Journal ran an article about her appointment.

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, has been reappointed to a second five-year term on the Vatican’s International Theological Commission by Pope Benedict XVI. Monsignor McPartlan, who specializes in ecclesiology, eucharist, Vatican II and ecumenism, is one of several CUA faculty and administrators who serve the Vatican as consultors.

Awards and Honors

Hazel Ruth Edwards, associate professor, architecture and planning, recently received the Lankford+Giles+Vaughn Minority Architect Award for Professor of Architecture of the Year. The award was presented by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects on July 23.

An essay by Stephen Wright, professor, English, has been honored with the 2009 Martin Stevens Award by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society for the year's best essay in early drama studies. The award was given at the society’s International Congress on Medieval Studies on May 9. Wright’s essay, “Wrangling Livestock, Dragons, and Children: Practical Stagecraft and Its Thematic Consequences in the Augsburg St. George Play (ca. 1486),” was published in Research Opportunities in Medieval and Renaissance Drama.

Andrew Yeo, assistant professor, politics, has been nominated for the American Political Science Association’s Helen Dwight Reid Award, which honors the best dissertation in the field of international relations, law and politics. The winner of the award will be announced Sept. 4 at the association’s annual meeting in Toronto.


Janice Griffin Agazio, assistant professor, nursing, has been awarded a $102,815 grant by the TriService Nursing Research Program to study the deployment of military mothers. During the two-year study titled “Deployment of Military Mothers during Wartime,” Agazio will interview women with children under the age of 12 about being deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and how it affected them and their children.

Arthur Aikin, research associate, physics/Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $32,730 one-year grant from NASA to carry out a research program titled “Analysis of Pioneer Venus Nightside Ionospheric and Neutral Composition Data.”

Pamela Clark, research associate professor, physics/Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $50,809 three-year grant from NASA for her research program titled “Lunar and Planetary Surface Science Scenarios and Tools.”

Seiji Yashiro, research associate, physics/Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $46,012 one-year grant from Rice University for his research program titled “The Evolution of Prominence Mass and Its Relation to Coronal Mass Ejections.”

On the Road

Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.
, university president, delivered the baccalaureate homily at Carroll College in Helena, Mont., on May 16. He also received an honorary degree in humane letters from the school.

Father O’Connell delivered the 2009 commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Science degree at Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Taiwan on June 13. Approximately 3,000 students — bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree recipients — graduated at ceremonies on the Taiwan campus. Earlier in the day, the CUA delegation of Father O’Connell, Provost James Brennan, Dean of Engineering Charles Nguyen and Professor of Engineering Frank Pao met with administrators and faculty to discuss possible areas of collaboration between CUA and CYCU. Father O’Connell and CYCU President Wan-Lee Cheng signed a memorandum of understanding concerning such collaboration during formal ceremonies on the campus.

Maria Sophia Aguirre, associate professor of business and economics, presented three papers in May and June: “A Vision of Research on the Work of the Home” at the Home Renaissance Foundation International Seminar held at the University of Navarre, in Barcelona, May 18 to 19; “Family and Sustainable Development” at the Universidad del Itsmo, Guatemala, on May 29; and “Private Property, Liberalism, and Economic Sustainability” at the Summer Lehrman American Studies Center Summer Institute at Princeton University, June 25 and 26.

Rev. Christopher Begg, professor, theology and religious studies, gave an address titled "The Blessing of Isaac According to Josephus and Jubilees" July 3 at the Society of Biblical Literature 2009 International Meeting Celebrating the Centenary of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. His talk, which was part of a session on the Greco-Roman world, examined three roles adopted by the former priest Josephus: historian, exegete and arbitrator of cultural identity.

Marshall Breger, professor, law, participated in a June 3 discussion of “The Status of Jerusalem” at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Phillip Brown, S.S., assistant professor, canon law, hosted the Board of Governors of the Canon Law Society of America for a lecture titled “Lincoln and the Constitution — His Views of Liberty,” held April 28 at the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Father Brown serves as senior consultor for the board. The lecture, delivered by Professor Lucas Morel of Washington and Lee University, was introduced by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Theology and religious studies faculty members Rev. John Galvin, professor, Rev. Joseph Komonchak, retired professor, and Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, participated in a meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, N.Y., from June 1 through 3.

Assistant Professor of Music Stephen Gorbos’ piano compositions "surely some revelation...?" premiered at the Mansion at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md., on May 14. The compositions were performed by pianist Timothy Andres.

Sandra Hanson, center in the blue shirt, during her testimony at a U.S. House subcommittee


On July 21, Sandra Hanson
, professor of sociology, shared what she has learned over two decades studying the roadblocks women face in science education and careers with a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science and Technology. Inside Higher Ed summarized her testimony.

Marietta Hedges, assistant professor, drama, performed in an adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood that used puppets, actors, pantomime and spoken text at the fifth annual Experimental Theater Expo in Shanghai, China, June 7-13. The adaptation focused attention on the plight of children in war zones and zones of conflict. Her troupe collaborated with actors from China and Iran.

Eleanor Holdridge, the new head of the M.F.A. directing program, drama, directed Hamlet for the Shakespeare & Company theater troupe in Lenox, Mass., from June 26 to Aug. 28. 

Katherine Jansen, associate professor, history, gave a lecture titled “Mary Magdalene, Superstar: Making the Medieval Saint” at John Cabot University in Rome on April 22.

Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, history, gave a lecture titled “The Conservative Turn,” based on his book of the same title, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on May 6.

Jon Klein, head of the M.F.A. playwriting program, drama, had his play The Einstein Project, (which he co-wrote with Paul D’Andrea) performed on the main stage of the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Mass., from July 6 to July 18.

Poul Lade, professor and chair, civil engineering, was the featured lecturer at the First International Symposium on Computational Geomechanics April 29-May 1 at Juan-les-Pins, Cote d’Azur, France, speaking about “Effects of Fines on Compressibility and Static Liquefaction of Granular Materials.” At the International Symposium on Prediction and Simulation Methods for Geohazard Mitigation May 25-27 in Kyoto, Japan, he spoke on the “Mechanistic Picture of Time Effects in Granular Materials.” Lade also taught a seven-day course, “Stress-Strain Behavior and Constitutive Modeling of Frictional Materials,” at the Institute of Geotechnical Engineering from June 3 to 9 at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.

Leopold May, professor emeritus, chemistry, and John J. Sczepanski, visiting scholar, chemistry, and Paul M. Andrusyszyn and Sumitra Mukhopadhyay, former graduate students at Boston College, presented a poster titled “Synthesis and Structure of Bis-(diphenylmethyl)imidazolium Bromide” at the 238th American Chemical Society national meeting Aug. 16 to 20 in Washington, D.C. The compound prepared by Sczepanski was a byproduct during the synthesis of a substrate for yeast efflux protein: Pdr5p (J. Golin., et al. (2003)).  It is possibly an ionic liquid, which is a new medium in which chemical reactions are run.

Maria Mazzenga, education archivist, participated in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies 2009 Jack and Anita Hess Seminar for Faculty and Professors of Religious Studies. Titled “Christianity and the Holocaust: History, Analysis, Implications,” the seminar was held June 15-19 at the museum in Washington, D.C. It traced the emergence of post-Holocaust Christian thought and analyzed its legacy.

George McLean, professor emeritus, philosophy, gave a lecture titled “Islamic Thought and the Making of Our Global Future: Challenges and Contributions” at the RUMI Forum in Washington, D.C., on June 16.

Timothy Meagher, university archivist and associate professor, history, delivered a conference paper titled “A Couple of Harps: True Confessions and the Brotherhood of Irish American Ethnicity” at the April 3 conference “Catholics in the Movies” at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

He also presented a conference paper titled “The Catholic Research Resources Alliance” at the spring meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association in Philadelphia April 17-18.

Timothy Noone, professor, philosophy, presented the paper “Scotus’ Teaching on Knowledge and Being in a Comparative Context” at the Albertus-Magnus Institutum on June 3 in Bonn, Germany. Noone also delivered a paper titled “From Divine Illumination to Transcendental Philosophy of Mind: Bonaventure, Aquinas, and Scotus in Comparative Perspective” on June 8 at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. 

Beverly Ress
, lecturer in sculpture and design, art, was one of 13 artists whose work was shown in an exhibition of works on paper titled “Summer Dock” from Aug. 8 to 29 at the Curator’s Office art gallery in Washington, D.C.

Murry Sidlin, dean, music, served as guest director of the Moores Symphony Orchestra and the combined Moores School choruses in a May 1 performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín” in Houston.

Andrew Simpson, associate professor, music, played the electric piano during a showing of silent films by W.K.L. Dickson at the Mount Pony Theater on May 2 in Culpeper, Va. He also provided music for the showing of the silent film “Safety Last” on May 9 and “Sparrows” on May 31 at the same theater.

Leslie Tentler, professor, history, served as a commentator on a panel on “Catholics and the Racial Apostolate” at the spring meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association in Philadelphia April 17-18. Tentler also chaired a session on teaching American Catholic history at the same meeting.

She also was a panelist at a symposium on “Catholic Social Teaching and the 111th Congress" at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on April 27.

David Walsh, professor, politics, received a $25,000 fellowship from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to provide support for his doctoral students.

Andrew H. Weaver, assistant professor of musicology, presented a paper at “La musica e il sacro,” the 15th international conference of American Musical Instrument Society – Como, held at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, on July 14-16. The title of his paper was “Giorgio Rolla’s Teatro Musicale (1649) as an (Unintentional) Contribution to the Public Image of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III.”  Weaver also spent six weeks in Vienna, Austria, conducting research for his book Representing the Counter-Reformation Monarch: Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III at the End of the Thirty Years’ War.

Chris Wheatley, professor, English, gave a lecture titled “Goldsmith’s Contribution to Irish and English Literature” at the 25th annual Oliver Goldsmith International Literary Festival in Ireland May 28-31. The festival celebrates Goldsmith, who was a poet, playwright and novelist. 

Andrew Yeo, assistant professor, politics, participated in a panel discussion titled “Making Methods: Writing and Publishing on Qualitative and Multi-Method Research” held at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University on June 1.

Five Catholic University clinical legal professors were featured prominently at the Association of American Law Schools Conference on “Clinical Legal Education: Emerging Lawyers: Clients, Complexity and Collaboration in a Cross-Disciplinary Lens,” held May 6 to 9 in Cleveland. Among the presentations given and workshops led by CUA faculty members:

  • Ellen Scully and Lisa Martin co-presented a session called “Love Thy Neighbor: Teaching Students to Grapple with Morality in Legal Practice.”

  • Catherine Klein co-facilitated a session titled “Working with the Global Alliance for Justice Education.”

  • Faith Mullen presented at a session for the 2009 Bellow Award winners.  She discussed her project “Access to Justice and Community Lawyering for the Teaching-Service Mission of Clinics.” In January 2009, Mullen was selected to be a Bellow Fellow, which is a two-year commitment.

  • Sandy Ogilvy co-presented a session called “Filmmaking as an Advocacy Tool in Clinical Education.”


Gail S. Beach
, associate professor, drama, is costume designer for the plays Artist Descending a Staircase by Tom Stoppard and The Oogatz Man by CUA drama department lecturer Kathleen Akerley, M.F.A. 1998. Both plays are being performed through Sept. 13 by Longacre Lea, a theater company that performs its plays in CUA’s Callan Theatre.


Diane Bunce, professor, chemistry, wrote the article “Teaching Is More Than Lecturing and Learning Is More Than Memorizing,” which was published in the June 2009 edition of the Journal of Chemical Education. The article was based on Bunce’s November 2007 remarks in accepting the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry of the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.

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), published in Turin, Italy, by Quaderni Ibero Americani. 
He has also published an article, “Conmemoración e Intercesión en La Galatea de Cervantes: Libro VI” (Commemoration and Intercession in La Galatea by Cervantes: Book VI), in the journal Alpha Revista de Artes, Letras y Filosofía (2008, No. 27, 51-61).

Katherine L. Jansen, associate professor, history, is the co-editor of a book titled Medieval Italy: Texts in Translation, published in July by University of Pennsylvania Press.

Maria Mazzenga, education archivist, edited a book titled American Religious Responses to Kristallnacht, published by Palgrave Macmillan in July. Her essay “Toward an American Catholic Response to the Holocaust: Catholic Americanism and Kristallnacht” appeared in the book. The chapter explores the significance of an anti-Nazi national radio broadcast organized by CUA in November 1938.

Virgil Nemoianu, William J. Byron Distinguished Professor of Literature and professor of philosophy, will have his book Postmodernism and Cultural Identities: Conflicts and Coexistence published by CUA Press in January 2010.

Rev. Kurt Pritzl, dean, philosophy, edited the book Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence, which is to be published in December by CUA Press.

This summer the Liturgical Press expanded and reissued “Actions and Words, Symbolic Language and the Liturgy” written by Antonio Donghi and translated from the Italian by Dominic Serra, associate professor, theology and religious studies.

Wallace Thies, professor, politics, wrote Why NATO Endures, published by Cambridge University Press in June.

Maria Amelia Viteri, visiting professor, anthropology, co-edited the book Shifting Positionalities: The Local and International Geo-Politics of Surveillance and Policing, published in February by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

John Kenneth White, professor, politics, wrote Barack Obama’s America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family and Religion Ended the Reagan Era, to be published by University of Michigan Press on Sept. 1.

James Youniss, research professor, co-edited the book Engaging Young People in Civic Life (Vanderbilt University Press). 


The Federal Communications Bar Association selected three Catholic University law students to receive 2009 summer stipends from the Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship Fund for law school interns in unpaid legal communications-related positions. Jeremy Berkowitz, Kevin Ryan and Rachel Sanford are all rising third-year law students in CUA’s Institute for Communications Law Studies.

Matt Even, heading into his final year at the Columbus School of Law, was among 420 law students nationwide selected to participate in the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program, which engages law students around the country to expand the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Even spent the summer working for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Atria Larson, a doctoral candidate in medieval and Byzantine studies, has been named the recipient of a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholarship. As a Fulbright Scholar, Larson will travel to Germany at the end of September to conduct 10 months of research for her dissertation on a 12th-century treatise on penance.

Todd Scribner, a doctoral candidate in theology and religious studies, participated in an April 13 panel discussion titled “The American Catholic Church and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.” The panel was hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Scribner participated in the West Coast Dialogue of Catholics and Muslims in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif., held May 20-21. He gave a presentation on issues related to immigration in a post-9/11 world.

Melanie Singh, senior nursing major, has been named a 2009 Janssen Student Scholar by the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. As a scholar, Singh will become a member of the association and attend its annual conference Oct. 7-10 in Charleston, S.C. The national scholarship is awarded annually to 15 undergraduate students and 15 graduate students who are interested in psychiatric mental health nursing.

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