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July, 2019


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Awards and Honors

William Lantry
, director of academic technology services, CPIT, was a finalist in the XXIX Fernando Rielo Worldwide Prize for Mystical Poetry. His poem, “Chaplet for Our Lady,” was one of 12 booklength works selected from over 200 entries from 20 countries.

Telephone Triage for Obstetrics & Gynecology, second edition, by Patricia McMullen, associate professor of nursing and associate provost for administration, and Vicki Long, doctoral candidate, received the book of the year award from the American Journal of Nursing. It won in the category of maternal and child health.


Ian L. Pegg, professor of physics and director of the Vitreous State Laboratory, with VSL staff scientists Weiliang Gong and Werner Lutze, received a $19,084 two-month grant from the Battelle Memorial Institute to support independent testing of DuraLith, a cement-like material they invented for stabilizing certain types of radioactive wastes. The testing is being performed for the Department of Energy at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Binh Tran, associate dean, engineering, and chair, biomedical engineering, and Gonzalo Mendoza, biomedical engineer, received a $15,558 grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a two-month research program titled “Evaluation of MRI safety on implanted medical devices and computer modeling and analyses of ECG artifacts caused by MRI.”

The Better Way Foundation, part of the Opus Philanthropy Group, has awarded $50,000 to CUA to develop a model master's program in early childhood education and special education that prepares teachers to serve young children with special needs from low-income, multicultural families. The project also will increase interdisciplinary collaboration within CUA and create a comprehensive partnership with DC Bilingual Public Charter School and other programs at CentroNia, a community-based program that serves more than 3,000 families annually. The project will be led by Shavaun Wall, professor of education, and Carole Brown, research associate professor of education, with input from Sandra Barrueco, assistant professor of psychology, and Lynn Milgram Mayer, assistant professor of social work.

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives is one of four institutions that will share a $149,964 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. CUA will use its share to create an online finding aid for the records of Catholic Charities USA. The records include correspondence, account books, surveys, photographs and publications related to charitable activities in Washington, D.C.

On the Road

More than 10 CUA physics professors, research scientists and graduate students gave scientific presentations at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 14–18. The CUA scientists gave presentations on their discoveries relating to the physical mechanisms of solar wind and the interior structure of the sun, among other topics. They also presented theoretical models to explain why the surface temperature of the sun is 5,500 degrees Kelvin, but that a short distance above its surface the temperature increases to 2 million degrees Kelvin. CUA faculty who gave presentations included Research Professor Leon Ofman, Research Professor Richard Starr, Research Assistant Professor Vladimir Airapetian, Research Associate Sachiko Akiyama, Research Associate Artem Feofilov, Research Associate Hyewon Jung, Research Associate Maxim Kramar, Research Associate Alexander Kutepov, Research Associate Pertti Mäkelä, Research Associate Lutz Rastaetter, Research Associate Joachim Schmidt, Research Associate Hong Xie, and Research Associate Seiji Yashiro.

More than a dozen CUA physics professors, research scientists and graduate students gave scientific presentations or chaired multi-presentation sessions at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society, held in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3-7.  Associate Professor Duilia de Mello chaired a Jan. 7 special session of 10 presentations on the shapes of distant galaxies and what those shapes indicate about the evolution of galaxies. On the same day, Research Assistant Professor Ekaterina Verner chaired two sessions: a nine-presentation session on galaxy evolution and an eight-presentation session on scientific findings of Chile’s Atacama Cosmology Telescope, which is studying the cosmic microwave background that is considered to be the afterglow produced by the Big Bang. Additional scientific presentations were given by De Mello, Verner, Professor Fred Bruhweiler, Associate Professor Steve Kraemer, Research Assistant Professor Sergei I. Ipatov, Research Assistant Professor Rosina Iping, Research Assistant Professor Krister Nielsen and Research Professor Glenn Walgren. Six CUA doctoral students — Michael Dutka, Rafael Eufrasio, Javier Garcia, Ryan Norris, Cori Quirk and Ellyse Voyer  — and very recent CUA Ph.D. graduate Sara Petty also gave presentations of their research at the conference. Professors De Mello and Kraemer also met with both the director of the Vatican Observatory and astronomers working for other Catholic universities as part of CUA’s effort to bolster the International Network of Catholic Astronomical Institutions, an organization that CUA founded last year.

Six Catholic University law professors offered presentations and discussions before fellow legal educators at the annual conference of the Association of American Law Schools, held in New Orleans from Jan. 6 to 10. “Transformative Law” was the theme of this year’s gathering. The CUA law faculty members made the following presentations:

  • Margaret Barry, associate professor, participated in the AALS Executive Committee Forum with the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.
  • Barry; Catherine Klein, professor; and Lisa Martin, clinical associate, presented a poster titled “A Story of Collaboration and Atomizing Facts.”
  • Sarah Duggin, professor, spoke on “The Relationship of Faith and Corporate Law: The Example of Corporate Law.”
  • Suzette Malveaux, associate professor, spoke on “Revisiting Discovery.”
  • Caprice Roberts, visiting professor, spoke on “Remedies in Times of Economic Crisis and Financial Scandal.”

Professors and students in theology and religious studies participated in the meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy Jan. 7-10 in Milwaukee. Rev. Mark Morozowich, assistant professor of liturgy and associate dean for ministerial and seminary students, presented a study called “Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week in First Millennium Jerusalem.” Nicholas Denysenko, lecturer, presented a paper to the Initiation Group called “The Blessing of the Waters on Theophany and Baptism in the Byzantine Rite.” Rev. James Sabak, O.F.M., doctoral candidate, presented “Vigil Liturgies in Fourth to Eighth Century Roman Sacramentaries.”

Mary Frank, art department lecturer in sculpture and design, is exhibiting her sculpture in the group show titled “The Language of Objects” (curated by CUA sculpture and design instructor Beverly Ress) at the Maryland State Arts Council’s James Backas Gallery in Baltimore. The show opened Dec. 3 and will continue until March 24.

Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, gave a scientific presentation titled “Meson Electroproduction and Imaging With an Electron-Ion Collider” at the International Electron-Ion Collider Collaboration Meeting at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., on Jan. 11.

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, participated in the third session of the national Roman Catholic-United Methodist dialogue on "The Eucharist and Ecology" Dec. 15-17 at St. Paul's College in Washington, D.C.

Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, history, spoke about the film “Atomic Café” for a Cold War film series at the National Art Gallery of Lithuania in Vilnius on Nov. 5. He also spoke on the topic of “The Strange Disappearance of September 11” at the invitation of the political science and diplomacy faculty of the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, on Nov. 11. He presented a paper titled “America Present and America Anticipated in Tauben im Gras” at a Jan. 22 conference on “American Journeys” held at the Center for Advanced Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.  He also organized the conference.

Angela McKay Knobel, assistant professor, philosophy, delivered a lecture titled “Aquinas and Marriage as Friendship” at the 13th annual “Symposium on St. Thomas Aquinas” held Jan. 28 at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind.

Vadim D. Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, co-wrote the article “Thermal Decomposition of HN3” published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. It was co-written by Oleg P. Korobeinichev of the Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Laura Nym Mayhall, associate professor, history, presented a paper titled “A Positively Insane Passion for Newspaper Notoriety: Winston Churchill, the Media, and Aristocratic Celebrity (1920-1939)” at the annual meeting of the North American Conference on British Studies in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 5.

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, professor, theology and religious studies, participated in the annual plenary meeting of the International Theological Commission Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in Rome. During the meeting, he was reappointed to a five-year term on the commission.

Nelson Minnich, professor, history, attended a meeting of the Pontifical Commission of Historical Sciences Nov. 13 in Rome.

Jerry Muller, professor and chair, history, gave a lecture on “Usury, Anti-Semitism and Capitalism” at the Center for Jewish History in New York City, on Dec. 10.

Leonora Neville, associate professor, history, presented a paper on “Legal Performance and the Ordering of Provincial Society” at the symposium “Centre and Periphery in the Age of Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos” at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, on Nov. 13.

Chad Pecknold, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave the Catholic Studies Lecture at Loyola University in Maryland on Dec. 3. His lecture was titled "Reading Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate with Saint Augustine."

Beverly Ress, art department lecturer in sculpture and design, curated a group show of sculptures of CUA art department instructor Mary Frank and five other artists at the Maryland State Arts Council’s James Backas Gallery in Baltimore, which opened Dec. 3 and will continue until March 24. The show is titled “The Language of Objects.”

Ress is exhibiting her own artwork in a group show in Antwerp, Belgium, that opened on Dec. 12. The show includes the works of Ress and others whose art is featured in the newly published book Confronting Mortality With Art and Science: Scientific and Artistic Impressions on What the Certainty of Death Says About Life (ASP-VUB Press).

She also exhibited her art at Ink-N-Print 09, a December exhibition of prints at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at the Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C.

A multimedia installation titled “Al Locro Lado,” co-created by Maria-Amelia Viteri, visiting professor, anthropology, was featured in the Queens Museum of Art in New York City Jan. 16-31. The installation focuses on an Andean Ecuadorian dish made from potatoes and how it reminds the creators of their memories and experiences.


Gail Beach, associate professor of drama, designed the costumes for a production of Lee Blessing’s play Two Rooms at Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre. The play runs from Jan. 19 to Feb. 21.


A special issue of the journal The Jurist (volume 69, No. 2 for 2009) was published in December. It contains articles deriving from the faculty presentations at the School of Canon Law-sponsored March 2009 conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Code of Canon Law. The CUA faculty and their articles include the following:

  • Rev. John Beal, professor, canon law: “Exploring Our Erroneous Zones: Developments in Jurisprudence on Determining Error Since 1983.”
  • Rev. Phillip Brown, S.S., assistant professor, canon law: “The 1983 Code and Vatican II Ecclesiology: The Principle of Subsidiarity in Book V.”
  • Rev. John Foster, assistant professor, canon law: “Sacramental Law: Selected Developments in 25 Years of Praxis.” In the same issue he also wrote a review of the book A Challenging Reform: Realizing the Vision of the Liturgical Renewal, by Archbishop Piero Marini (The Liturgical Press).
  • John J. Grabowski, associate professor of theology and religious studies, wrote a review of the book Moral Theology: New Directions and Fundamental Issues, edited by James Keating (Paulist Press).
  • Monsignor Thomas Green, Stephan Kuttner Distinguished Professor of Canon Law: “Selected Issues in Developing Structures of Diocesan Communion.”
  • Monsignor Ronny Jenkins, adjunct associate professor, canon law: “Nulla Lex Satis Commoda Omnibus Est: The Implementation of the Penal Law of the 1983 Codex Iuris Canonici in Light of Four Principles of Modern Legal Codification.”
  • Rev. Robert Kaslyn, S.J., dean and associate professor, canon law: “Presbyters and Canonical Developments Since the Promulgation of the Code of Canon Law.” He also wrote a review of the book El Domicilio Canónico Instituto by Miguel Delgado Galindo (EUNSA – Edicions Universidad de Navarra SA) in the issue.
  • Kurt Martens, associate professor, canon law: “Protection of Rights: Experiences With Hierarchical Recourse and Possibilities for the Future.”
  • Sister Rose McDermott, S.S.J., associate professor, canon law: “Governance in Religious Institutes: Structures of Participation and Representation Canons 631-633.” In the same issue she also wrote a review of the book Sponsorship in the United States Context: Theory and Praxis, edited by Rosemary Smith, S.C., Warren Brown, O.M.I., and Nancy Reynolds, S.P. (Canon Law Society of America).
  • Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, School of Theology and Religious Studies: “The Ravenna Agreed Statement and Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue.”

Lourdes Alvarez, director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies and associate professor of modern languages and literatures, wrote the book Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari: Songs of Love and Devotion (Classics of Western Spirituality), published by Paulist Press in November.

Pamela Clark, research professor, physics, co-wrote the book Remote Sensing Tools for Exploration, to be published by Springer in March. She also has been asked to work on a second edition of Dynamic Planet: Mercury in the Context of Its Environment. She was one of the co-authors of the original edition published by Springer in 2007.

Thérèse-Anne Druart, professor, philosophy, was the subeditor of Averroes (Ibn Rushd) of Cordoba, Long Commentary on the De anima of Aristotle, which was published in September by Yale University Press.

Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, co-wrote the article “Strange Quark Contributions to Parity-Violating Asymmetries in the Backward Angle G0 Electron Scattering Experiment,” published in the Jan. 8 issue of the journal Physics Review Letters (issue 1, volume 104). She co-wrote the paper “Cross Sections and Rosenbluth Separations in 1H(e,e’K+)Λ up to Q2=2.35 GeV2,” added in December 2009 to the High Energy Physics Literature Database in the archive for electronic preprints of scientific papers.

Katherine Jansen, associate professor, history, contributed a chapter titled “A Sermon on the Virtues of the Contemplative Life” to Medieval Christianity in Practice, which was published by Princeton University Press.

Rev. Joseph Jensen, O.S.B., executive secretary of the Catholic Biblical Association and distinguished lecturer in theology and religious studies, learned that his book Ethical Dimensions of the Prophets (Liturgical Press and Michael Glazier Books) has been translated into Portuguese and published in São Paulo by Edições Loyola.

Gonzalo Mendoza, biomedical engineer in the School of Engineering, was one of the co-authors of an article on the effects of MRI magnetic fields on patients with pacemakers. The article was published Dec. 15 on BioMedical Engineering Online.

Jerry Muller, professor and chair, history, wrote a book titled Capitalism and the Jews, which was published in January by Princeton University Press.

Lucinda Nolan, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, has published the article, “Men of Goodwill: J. Elliot Ross, The Religious Education Association and the National Conference of Jews and Christians,” in Religious Education 104 (Winter 2009).

W. John Shepherd, associate archivist, American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, wrote an article titled “Robert Lincoln O’Connell: A Connecticut Doughboy’s View of World War I” for the fall 2009 issue of Potomac Catholic Heritage. The article is based on CUA’s collection of correspondence and other items of an Irish Catholic soldier who served in the United States Army during World War I.


Teresa Richardson
, a doctoral candidate in nursing, attended the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy Nov. 5 and 6 in Atlanta. Richardson was a member of a working group on Cultural and Ethnic Minorities at the conference, which was titled “Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities for Behavioral Health Care.”

Kevin Rulo, a doctoral candidate in English, published the article "A Tale of Two Mimeses: Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities and René Girard" in the journal Christianity and Literature, Vol. 59, Issue 1 (Autumn 2009): 5-25.

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