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July, 2019


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James Battle
, assistant director of custodial services, and Chris Vetick, assistant director for grounds and fleet maintenance, both in the Department of Facilities Maintenance and Operations, received the Educational Facilities Professional credential from the APPA, an association dedicated to leadership in educational facilities. The new credential is a way to validate the unique knowledge and competence required of a professional in the educational facilities field.

Awards and Honors

The Catholic University of America was honored in October by the Professional Grounds Management Society with one of its annual Green Star Grounds Management Awards. The university was one of four to receive an award in the urban university grounds category, one of 15 categories that cover a variety of landscapes. The Green Star Award, a first for CUA, recognizes highly maintained landscapes as well as the work of the superintendent responsible for those grounds. Chris Vetick, assistant director for grounds and fleet maintenance, is the superintendent of CUA's grounds.


Vladimir Krasnopolsky
, research professor, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $285,000 three-year grant from NASA for his research program titled “Minor Atmospheric Constituents and Airglow on Venus and Mars.”

Richard Starr, research associate professor, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $114,862 15-month extension to an earlier NASA grant for his research program titled “Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Measurement Investigation/ Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector.” The device he is working on is designed to detect the presence of water on the moon.

On the Road

Andrew Abela, chair, business and economics, gave the keynote address “Consumerism and Catholic Social Teaching” at Cabrini Day on Nov. 10 at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa. Cabrini Day is part of an annual celebration of the school’s heritage and mission.

Joshua C. Benson, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture Oct. 5 titled "St. Francis of Assisi: A New Look at the Beloved Saint" at the Smithsonian Institution’s S. Dillon Ripley Center. In his presentation, he used the Virtual Basilica, a computer program that visually represents the space of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in real-time. Benson helped the Institute of Digital Theology, which created the program, to develop a multi-lingual database of texts by and about Francis and Clare of Assisi.

Claudia Bornholdt, assistant professor of modern languages and literatures, delivered her paper, “German Tales of Celibate Marriage at the Transition from Spiritual to Secular Narrative,” at an international symposium titled “To Have and To Hold: Marriage in Pre-modern Europe (1200-1700)” held Oct. 16–17 at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, at Victoria College of the University of Toronto, Canada.

Jennifer Fleeger, assistant professor, media studies, gave a talk titled "Archiving America: The Vitaphone, the DVD, and Warner Bros. (re) Store Jazz History" Nov. 17 at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities in College Park.

Joan Grimbert, professor, modern languages and literatures, delivered an illustrated talk, “Romantic (Mis)readings of the Medieval Legend of Tristan and Iseult: Richard Wagner, Joseph Bédier, and Denis de Rougemont,” on Nov. 5 at American University. She showed how society's conception of the medieval legend of Tristan and Iseult has been changed by the three 19th- and 20th-century figures, despite their claims to have captured the essence of the medieval legend.

Katherine Jansen, associate professor, history, spoke about her book, The Making of the Magdalen, to the graduate seminar of Rev. David Collins, S.J., at Georgetown University on Oct. 30.

David Jobes, professor, psychology, led a clinical suicidology workshop at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 20. 

Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, history, spoke about “The American Cold War” on Oct. 20 at Vilnius University’s Institute of International Relations and Political Science in Vilnius, Lithuania. He was also the featured speaker Oct. 22 for a film series as a part of the exhibit “Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970” at the National Art Gallery in Vilnius.

Vadim D. Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, spoke on Oct. 20 about “Thermal Decomposition of HN3” with Oleg P. Korobeinichev of the Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science, at the 2009 Fall Technical Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute Oct. 20 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Mary Leary, associate professor, law, led a training session on “sexting” at the Cyber Crime Initiative Quarterly Meeting, sponsored by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in Framingham, Mass., on Nov. 18. “Sexting” is the transmission of sexually explicit messages, videos and pictures through a cell phone.

Amanda Leiter, associate professor, law, appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10 after being asked by Justice John Paul Stevens to brief and argue Kucana v. Holder, (08-911). The case raises immigration and administrative law issues, specifically whether the 2005 REAL ID Act strips courts of jurisdiction over discretionary decisions made by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor, politics, delivered the 14th annual Eberhardt Lecture on Nov. 10 at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif. Her lecture was on “Religious and Catholic Peacebuilding: The Challenge of Peace Over 25 Years Later.” The Ventura County (Calif.) Star ran an article about her lecture.

Stefania Lucamante, associate professor, modern languages and literatures, was an invited speaker at the international conference Fiction, Faction, Reality: incontri, scambi, intrecci nella letteratura italiana dal 1990 ad oggi (Encounters, Exchanges, Emplotments in Italian Literature From 1990 to Today) held at the University of Warsaw, Nov. 9–10. She presented a paper titled “The Possession of Reality in the Recent Narrative of Simona Vinci, Melania Mazzucco and Valeria Parrella.”

On Oct. 28, she gave a lecture at the University of Virginia titled “A Democracy Women No Longer Understand: Italy’s Berlusconi and Global Rome in Melania Mazzucco’s A Perfect Day.”

She presented two books at the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. On Sept. 23, she spoke about autobiographism in the novel Album di famiglia: romanzo visuale by Anna Maltese. On Nov. 2, she presented the book The Jewish Husband by Lia Levi.

Lisa Martin, clinical associate, law, was the co-moderator of a Nov. 2 D.C. Bar Family Law Section program titled “Starting Strong: Critical Pretrial Preparation Strategies in Family Court." The event was held at the D.C. Bar Conference Center.

Jerry Muller, professor and chair, history, was the commentator for a panel on “The Émigré Experience: Cultural and Intellectual Exchange Between Germany and the United States During and After World War II” at the German Studies Association convention in October in Arlington, Va.

Leonora Neville, associate professor, history, led a seminar for the Dumbarton Oaks Greek Reading Group on “Bryennios, Psellos and Medieval Rhetorical Intertexts” on Oct. 9. She gave a paper on “Community Consensus and Organic Civic Government” at an international symposium held by the University of Crete in Rethymnon, Greece, on Oct. 20.

Ian L. Pegg, professor of physics and director of the Vitreous State Laboratory, and Werner Lutze, VSL senior staff scientist, gave invited presentations on ongoing VSL activities at the National Academy of Sciences Workshop on Waste Form Technology and Performance on Nov. 4. The conference was held in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Tentler, adjunct professor, history, presented a paper, “Sex and Subculture: American Catholics Since 1945,” at a conference on "The Sixties and Beyond: Dechristianization as History in Britain, Canada, the United States, and Western Europe” sponsored by McMaster University Oct. 21-23 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Andrew H. Weaver, assistant professor, music, gave a paper at the conference Sacred Music in the Habsburg Empire 1619–1740 and Its Contexts held at the Roosevelt Academy at the University of Utrecht in Middelburg, Netherlands, Nov.  5-7. The title of his paper was “Representing the Emperor in Sound: Sacred Music as Public Image for Ferdinand III at the End of the Thirty Years’ War.”

James Zabora, dean, National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS), and Frederick Ahearn, professor and co-director, Center for International Social Development, spoke at the National Conference on Development of Social Work in Vietnam Nov. 3 and 4 in Da Nang. Ahearn helped UNICEF, the Atlantic Philanthropies and Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs plan the conference after NCSSS was invited by the Atlantic Philanthropies to assist in launching social work as a profession in Vietnam. Zabora contributed to a conference panel on “Development of Social Work Networks and Services in Health Sector,” and Ahearn appeared on the panel “Legal Framework for Social Work Development.” Ahearn also spoke about “Needs and Opportunity for International Cooperation for Social Work Education and Practices.”


Marietta Hedges
, assistant professor, drama, performed in Jack Gilhooley’s two-woman play The Warrior at the 23rd annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists in New York on Oct. 21–23. The title of the conference was “Visions of War: The Arts Represent Conflict.” Hedges played the role of a U.S. veteran of the Iraq War in the play. Conference organizer Maryhelen Hendricks said “The Warrior was the keynote address — art speaking in its own voice, rather than through the interpretation of an art historian or arts school.”


Education department faculty members John J. Convey, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education; Leonard DeFiore, Brother Patrick Ellis Professor of Education; and Merylann J. Schuttloffel, associate professor of educational administration and policy studies, wrote the book Weathering the Storm: Moving Catholic Schools Forward, published by the National Catholic Educational Association.

Tanja Horn, assistant professor of physics, co-wrote the article "Study of the A(e,e’π+) reaction on 1H, 2H, 12C, 27Al, 63Cu, and 197Au” added in November to the High Energy Physics Literature Database in the archive for electronic preprints of scientific papers.

She co-wrote the article “New Measurements of the EMC Effect in Very Light Nuclei,” published in the Nov. 13 issue of  Physical Review Letters, Vol.103, page 202301.

She presented the results from a paper she co-wrote, "Semi-Inclusive and Exclusive Measurements With EIC: The Advantage of Lower Energies," at the International Electron-Ion Collider Advisory Committee meeting at the Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, Va., on Nov. 2–3.

Katherine Jansen, associate professor, history, published a chapter titled “Preaching as Playwriting: A Semi-Dramatic Sermon of the Fifteenth Century” in Defenders and Critics of Franciscan Life: Essays in Honor of John V. Fleming published by Brill Academic Publishers.

Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, history, published an article on “Politics in the American Novel” in The Princeton Encyclopedia of United States Political History published by Princeton University Press.

The book Teaching What Really Happened: How To Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History by James Loewen, adjunct professor, sociology, was published by Teachers College Press. Loewen discussed his book at a Nov. 9 event at Busboys and Poets restaurant and bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Stefania Lucamante, associate professor, modern languages and literatures, recently published her edited collection of essays titled Italy and the Bourgeoisie: the Re-Thinking of a Class (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press), and her article “The ‘Daughter’s Construction,’ or What Happens to Italian Novels When the Daughter Tells the Story” in Forum Italicum 1 (2009): 97-115. Lucamante’s A Multitude of Women: The Challenges of the Contemporary Italian Novel (University of Toronto Press, 2008) has been short listed for the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies of the Modern Language Association.

Caroline Sherman, assistant professor, history, published “Gifts to the Sisters: Erudition and Material Culture in Family Donations to the Ursulines in Troyes” in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 4.

Andrew H. Weaver, assistant professor, music, published the article, “Poetry, Music and Fremdartigkeit in Robert Schumann’s Hans Christian Andersen Songs, op. 40,” in the journal Nineteenth-Century Music Review 6/2 (December 2009): 41–69.


Kimberly Henkel, doctoral candidate in moral theology and ethics, presented a paper titled "The Impact of the Real Distinction on the Interiority of Nature" at the Renewing the Face of the Earth: the Church and the Order of Creation Conference, which was held Oct. 29 through 31 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. While at St. Thomas, Henkel also served as a guest lecturer for the Catholic Studies Program, speaking on "The Fourfold Rupture of In vitro Fertilization (IVF)."

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