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July, 2019


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Maryann Cusimano Love
, associate professor, politics, was selected as a fellow by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for the 2009-2010 academic year. She will work with U.S. foreign policy institutions to develop better appreciation of religious factors and leaders in world politics.

Donna Coleman Gregg, a visiting faculty member at the Columbus School of Law for the 2009-2010 academic year, has been appointed an adjunct senior fellow of the Free State Foundation, a non-profit, nonpartisan free market-oriented think tank based in Potomac, Md.

Awards and Honors

The book The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism by Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, history, was named a runner-up for the Debra Winthrop Mansfield Award, which is given for excellence in writing on political science. The book was published by the Harvard University Press.

The doctoral thesis of Tobias Nef, assistant professor, biomedical engineering, received the ABB Research Award for 2009 from ETH Zurich, a science and technology university. The thesis was titled “ARMin — Multimodal Robot for the Movement Therapy of the Upper Extremities.” Nef will receive the award and $10,000 at a Nov. 21 ceremony at ETH Zurich. The award is sponsored by ABB Group, a global engineering firm.

Travis Price, adjunct professor, architecture and planning, received the 2009 School of Architecture and Planning Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of New Mexico at a ceremony on Sept. 11. Price earned a Master of Architecture degree from the school in 1975.


Catholic University received $401,201 from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation grant program, which equals 70 percent of the purchase price of a scientific instrument called a Physical Property Measurement System. The instrument measures the electrical, thermal and magnetic properties of materials and nanoscale devices. It will be used by CUA professors in the physics, chemistry, biomedical engineering and other departments, particularly for nanotechnology-related research. The Vitreous State Laboratory, as required by the NSF program, contributed 30 percent of the cost of the scientific equipment being purchased. John Philip, assistant professor of physics/VSL, acted as principal investigator for this grant proposal, and co-principal investigators were Ian Pegg, director of VSL and professor of physics; Greg Brewer, professor and chair of chemistry; and Otto Wilson, assistant professor of biomedical engineering.

Gunther Kletetschka, research professor, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $168,000 one-year grant from NASA for his research program titled “Development of High-Performance Magnetic Materials for Fluxgate Magnetometers."

He received $63,530 for the first year of a four-year NASA grant for the research program “Flight Array Inspection Testing and Fabrication Support for Integration of the James Webb Space Telescope Microshutter System."

He received a $13,175 one-year grant from NASA for the research program “Magnetic Optimization of High-Performance Magnetic Materials for On-Chip Lateral Superconducting Transformer for Low-Temperature Readouts.”

Kletetschka also received $6,752 for the first year of a three-year NASA grant for the research program “Material Lifted From Anodize and Iridite Conversion Coating on Aluminum After Bakeout Thermal Cycling."

Maxim Kramar, post-doctoral research associate, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $25,323 one-year grant from the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii for a project titled “Tomographic Reconstruction of the 3-D Coronal Magnetic Field From Space and Ground-Based Intensity and Polarimet.”

Vladimir Osherovich, research associate, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received $24,152 for the first year of a four-year NASA grant for a project titled “Establishing Links Between Solar-Wind and Topside-Ionospheric Parameters.”

On the Road

Maria Sophia Aguirre
, associate professor, economics, gave a presentation titled “The Family: Human and Social Capital Investment” at the Third International Congress on “Innovation, Investment and Leadership: Challenges to Today’s Education” in Lima, Peru, Sept. 11-13. She also testified before the Peruvian Congress on family and economic policy on Sept. 11.

Law professors Margaret Martin Barry and Catherine Klein participated in the third annual Legal Education at the Crossroads Conference, held at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Sept. 11 to 13, 2009. Along with two colleagues from other law schools, Klein and Barry led a workshop titled “Encouraging Self-Assessment: The Essential Skill,” a topic that fit in with the theme of this year’s conference, “Assessment Demystified, Demonstrated, and Deployed: Driving Curriculum Reform at Your Law School.”

Ronald Calinger, professor, history, delivered the paper “Euler: the Last Decade in Berlin” at the annual Euler Society Meeting July 15 at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.

Mary Edsall Choquette, assistant professor, library and information science, attended the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions General Conference and Assembly Aug. 20-28 in Milan, Italy. There, she represented the American Library Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America at the Standing Committee of the Art Libraries Section. Choquette began a four-year appointment to the standing committee at the meeting. During the conference, she presented a paper titled “Building the Body of Cultural Heritage Literacy Within LIS Curricula: Challenges and Opportunities in an Evolving Global Knowledge Economy.”

Thomas Cohen, associate professor, history, gave a lecture on “The Missionary Church in the Portuguese Empire, 1450-1800” at “Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries: Pre- and Post-Encounter Arts of the Early Americas” June 22-29 during the University of Maryland Summer Institute for Maryland Teachers.

Duilia de Mello and Steve Kraemer, both associate professors of physics, and physics doctoral students Rafael Eufrasio, Sara Petty and Elysse Voyer attended the XXVII General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug. 3-14. De Mello was the keynote speaker at an Aug. 10 lunch organized by the union’s Working Group on Women in Astronomy and chaired an Aug. 12 session on “Complementary Insights from Mult-wavelength Coverage (UV-FIR)” at a symposium on “Star Clusters — Basic Galactic Building Blocks Throughout Time and Space.” Kraemer gave a talk on “Velocity Offsets Due to Mass Overflows in Active Galactic Nuclei” at a symposium on “Co-evolution of Central Black Holes and Galaxies.”

During the same trip, De Mello and Kraemer met with representatives of the Vatican Observatory, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Rio de Janeiro to discuss ongoing collaboration with the Vatican Observatory. The International Network of Catholic Astronomers has provided CUA physics graduate students with access to the Vatican Observatory in Arizona and, in the near future, will facilitate interactions between faculty and graduate students among the member universities.

Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, history, gave a talk titled “Jewish Intellectuals and the Cold War” at the World Congress of Jewish Studies Aug. 2-6 in Jerusalem.  In July, he spoke on “Vilnius to New York: Literary Voyages” at the Summer Literary Seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania. “The Idea of the West, 1920s to 1980s” was the subject of his May talk at the “The Transcultural Atlantic” conference at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany.

Barbara Moran, assistant professor, nursing, was among members of the American Nurses Association at a White House event Sept. 10 in which President Barack Obama spoke about his health care reform proposals. The event was broadcast on C-SPAN and covered by national media.

Jerry Muller, professor, history, spoke at the opening and closing sessions of a three-day conference on “Jews, Commerce and Culture” at the Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His topics for the April 27-29 event were “Jews in Commerce: Histories and Images” and “Assessing Jews, Commerce, and Culture.”

Rev. Anthony Pogorelc, S.S., Life Cycle Institute fellow and formation adviser and spiritual director at Theological College, participated in the Princeton Conference on Emerging Adulthood in Princeton, N.J., on May 14 and 15. Father Pogorelc and William D'Antonio, adjunct professor of sociology, made a presentation at the Young Adult Leadership Conference sponsored by the St. Thomas More Center on July 16 and 17 at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Father Pogorelc made a presentation on seminarians and their attitudes toward religious authority at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco held Aug. 8-12. From Oct. 21 to 25, he will participate in the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association in Denver where he will give a presentation and meet with researchers for the SEA Change project, a study of young adults and their interactions with churches. The project is sponsored by the Lilly Foundation.  

Stephen Schneck, associate professor, politics, and director of the Life Cycle Institute, gave a lecture titled “An American Perspective on the Plural Society: The Scylla of Sameness, the Charybdis of Difference” at an international conference titled “The Pluralist Society” held Sept. 5 in Venice, Italy. The conference was organized by the Studium Generale Marcianum under the patronage of the patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola.

Michael G. Witczak, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, participated in a Sept.19 conference on the sacremental theology of initiation as part of a conference series titled “Connecting the Pieces,” sponsored by the Archdiocese of Atlanta.


The article “My Favorite Element/Dressing for (Chemical) Success” by Diane Bunce, professor, chemistry, was published in the October 2009 edition of Journal of Chemical Education.

Duilia de Mello, associate professor, physics, wrote the book Vivendo com as estrelas (Living with Stars), published in August by Panda Books in Brazil.

Rosalind Flynn, adjunct professor of drama and head of the Master of Arts in Theatre Education program, wrote an article titled “Knowledge in Hand: Building Artistic and Academic Skills Through Curriculum-Based Readers Theatre” for the summer issue of the journal Teaching Theatre.

Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, history, provided a chapter titled “The Plight of Conservative Literature in America” in A New Literary History of America (2009), a collection published by Harvard University Press. The article “The Middle of the Journey and the Crisis of Liberalism” by Kimmage was published in The New England Review (Vol. 30, Number 1).

Vadim D. Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, co-wrote the article “Kinetics of the Gas-Phase Reaction of OH with Chlorobenzene,” published in September in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A.

Nelson Minnich, professor, history, wrote “The Official Edition of the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-17),” published in Proceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2008).

Philip Rousseau, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Early Christian Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity, contributed a paper titled “Jerome on Jeremiah: Exegesis and Recovery,” in Andrew Cain and Josef Lössl (eds.), Jerome of Stridon: His Life, Writings and Legacy (Ashgate, 2009).

Leslie Woodcock Tentler, professor, history, published a review essay titled “Who Are the Catholic Feminists?” in the September issue of Reviews in American History.

Barry Wagner, professor of psychology, wrote Suicidal Behavior in Children and Adolescents released on Sept. 21 by Yale Press.

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