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Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.
, was quoted in a Dec. 3 Catholic Standard article about the historic ties between the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America.

Father O’Connell was quoted in a Dec. 9 ABC News story about how priests are altering Mass rituals because of the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus. His quotes were picked up from his Nov. 21 appearance on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer in which he discussed his brother’s battle with the H1N1 flu.

A Rembrandt etching discovered in CUA’s Nugent Hall by Father O’Connell was the subject of a Jan. 11 Chronicle of Higher Education online article. Father O’Connell and Paul Wesley Bush, a doctoral candidate in medieval history, were quoted in the article. Bush helped create an exhibit that included the etching, which is currently on display in the May Gallery in the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. Leslie Knoblauch, records management archivist, was quoted in a Jan. 13 Washington Post article about the piece. She also was interviewed in a Jan. 12 ABC-7 News segment about the exhibit. Father O’Connell was interviewed live Jan. 13 on WTOP Radio about how he discovered the artwork. On Jan. 22, he taped an interview with Voice of America on the same topic. In addition to these news outlets, the Associated Press, News Channel 4,,, U.S. News & World Report, Catholic News Agency, Catholic News Service and Arlington Catholic Herald also ran the story. The AP article was picked up by a number of newspapers across the country and in Canada.

Canon Law

Rev. Robert Kaslyn, S.J.
, dean, canon law, was quoted in a Dec. 13 Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) article about the canonical (Catholic Church) trial of a New York priest accused of sexual abuse and the differences between a canonical trial and a criminal trial. 

Center for the Study of Culture and Values

Rev. George McLean, O.M.I.
, president of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy and director of CUA’s Center for the Study of Culture and Values, was profiled in a Jan. 7 National Catholic Reporter article. Another article in the same edition detailed the Nov. 19 forum "Faith in a Secular Age," organized by Father McLean and held on campus. The Dec. 3 issue of the Catholic Standard ran a Catholic News Service article about the Nov. 19 public forum.


Professor Diane Bunce’s Dec. 7 Chemistry 125 class, in which students made marbled paper cards, ornaments, snow sticks and bouncing snowballs, was featured in a video segment on the American Chemistry Society’s “ByteSize Science” Web site on Dec. 17. The Washington Post also posted a link to the video on the paper’s Web site on Dec. 24.


John Convey
, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education, and James Youniss, James and Wylma R. Curtin Professor of Psychology, were quoted in a Dec. 27 Boston Globe story about the benefits of Catholic schools.

Convey was referenced in a Dec. 23 Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) article about the potential closing of Catholic schools in the Allentown area.


A Jan. 11 Inside Higher Ed article noted that CUA has introduced a Master of Science degree in materials science and engineering.


Margaret Martin Barry, associate professor, law, was quoted in a Jan. 7 New York Times article about the decrease in law school admissions among black and Mexican-American applicants. 

Robert Destro, professor, was quoted in a Dec. 6 New York Times article about a digital book device for textbooks that he is using on a trial basis in his classroom. His use of the device also was mentioned in a Jan. 7 Chronicle of Higher Education article. He also was quoted in a Dec. 14 Buffalo (N.Y.) News article about the role of U.S. Catholic bishops in the health-care reform debate.

Victor Williams, clinical assistant professor, law, co-wrote a Jan. 4 National Law Journal article about the immediate need for President Barack Obama to fill important federal government vacancies. He also co-wrote a Jan. 25 Huffington Post article that urges President Barack Obama to recess appoint Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve System. He wrote a similar article for the Jurist on Jan. 27.


Murry Sidlin
, dean, was quoted in a Dec. 30 Washington Examiner preview of the National Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The event marked his 15th year as conductor and master of ceremonies for the annual concert.


Maryann Cusimano Love
, associate professor, wrote a column for the Jan. 4 issue of America about the plight of environmental refugees: people whose lives are affected by global climate change. Her column appears regularly in the magazine.

Stephen Schneck, associate professor and director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was quoted in a Dec. 1 Washington Post story about the role of Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl in a dispute with the D.C. City Council over same-sex marriage. Schneck was quoted in a Dec. 17 U.S. News & World Report article about the influence of U.S. bishops on politics. He was quoted in a Dec. 18 National Catholic Reporter article about a proposal by Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Casey Jr. to prevent federal funding from being used to fund abortions. Schneck was quoted in a Dec. 19 Washington Post story about the same-sex marriage bill signed by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty on Dec. 18. Schneck was quoted in a Dec. 25 National Catholic Reporter article about how pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives have impacted the health care reform debate. Schneck was quoted in a Dec. 29 Canwest News Service article about whether President Barack Obama lived up to the expectations of Americans and Canadians during his first year in office. He was quoted in a Jan. 8 National Catholic Reporter article about how changes in presidential administrations affect the strategies of pro-life advocates. Schneck was quoted in a Jan. 15 MSN Latino online article about the first year of President Barack Obama’s administration and how he may fare in the future. The article was picked up by several Spanish news outlets. He was interviewed about the same topic on Minnesota Public Radio on Jan. 19. He was quoted in a Jan. 22 National Catholic Reporter article about how changes in politics affect the ways Catholic pro-lifers advocate on Capitol Hill. He was interviewed by Hungarian Public Radio on Jan. 27 about the ethics of charitable responses to Haiti and similar events. He was interviewed on XM Radio on Jan. 28 about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 27.

Wallace Thies, professor, was interviewed on the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio on Dec. 2 about President Barack Obama’s Dec. 1 speech in which he announced that more U.S. troops would be sent to Afghanistan.


James Youniss
, James and Wylma R. Curtin Professor of Psychology, was quoted in a Jan. 8 Daily Princetonian (Princeton, N.J.) article about recent research suggesting that Teach for America alumni exhibit lower levels of charitable giving, voting and civic engagement than those who dropped out of the program or declined offers to participate.


William D’Antonio
, adjunct professor, was quoted in a Jan. 11 Newsweek article about Americans who attend religious services in a home.

Theology and Religious Studies

Rev. Frank Matera, Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, was quoted in a Dec. 3 Associated Press article about conservative translations of the Bible.

Robert Miller, associate professor, was interviewed on Dec. 11 by the National Geographic Channel for a documentary on the plagues of the book of Exodus. The program will air close to Easter.


Lauren Morency
, a junior psychology major, was quoted in a Jan. 18 Washington Post article about a company that rents textbooks to students.

A Jan. 27 Washington Post online article noted that the CUA Republicans were hosting a special viewing party for the State of the Union address. Junior Alexandra Smith, chairman of the group, was quoted in the article.

CUA in General

The Dec. 3 issue of the Catholic Standard ran a preview of CUA’s Annual Christmas Concert for Charity on Dec. 4.

A Dec. 6 Our Sunday Visitor article detailed the October symposium “Ministerial Priesthood in the Third Millennium: Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests,” held at CUA. Father O’Connell, Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, and Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, were quoted in the article.

The Catholic University of America was named one of the top 10 value schools by the WiseChoice Web site, an online college guide, on Dec. 10.

The Dec. 16 issue of the Long Island Catholic noted that CUA had been praised by the Holy See in a letter Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, sent to Father O’Connell.

A Jan. 13 Catholic Standard article and a Jan. 20 Washington Post higher education blog posting detailed CUA’s preparations for the annual March for Life. Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., university chaplain, was quoted in the Catholic Standard article. The Jan. 21 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald noted CUA was expecting 1,800 pro-life pilgrims on the eve of the march. 

The Washington Examiner previewed the Jan. 14 Mass in honor of the Haiti earthquake victims. The Mass was the beginning of a novena for the victims. Victor Nakas, associate vice president for public affairs, discussed the novena live on Fox 5 TV on Jan. 14. Several media outlets, including Fox 5 TV, WTOP Radio, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Local News Service TV, Catholic Standard and Catholic News Service covered the event or reported on it.

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