Awards and Honors
A book written by a professor and a graduate student in Catholic University’s School of Nursing has been named a book of the year for 2009 by the American Journal of Nursing. Telephone Triage for Obstetrics & Gynecology, second edition, was written by Patricia McMullen, associate professor of nursing and associate provost for academic administration, and Vicki Long, a doctoral candidate.
Michael F. Noone Jr., research professor, law, was included in the second annual "Irish Legal 100," a compilation of the most distinguished and accomplished lawyers of Irish descent in America published by the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine.
Companion to Late Antiquity, edited by Philip Rousseau, director, Center for the Study of Early Christianity, received a 2009 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in the category of single volume reference/humanities and social sciences.
Gunther Kletetschka, research professor, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $158,913 one-year grant from NASA for his research program titled “Development and Testing of the Integrated Microelectronics Systems, MEMS, and Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP)-Based Sensors.”
Steven Kraemer, professor of physics, received a $14,000 six-month grant from NASA for his research on terrestrial gamma-ray flashes.
Frank Mantello, professor, Greek and Latin, received a $50,400 National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship. He will be on sabbatical for the 2010-2011 academic year to research a project titled “The Sermons of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln (1235−1253).”
Leon Ofman, research professor, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $364,000 four-year grant from NASA for his research program titled “Modeling the Heating and the Acceleration of Multi-Ion Solar Wind Plasma.”
Myron Smith, research associate, physics/Institute of Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received an $83,000 two-year grant from NASA for his research on a detailed far-ultraviolet spectral atlas of O stars.
On the Road
Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, spoke at the Feb. 13 inauguration ceremonies for Michael F. McLean, the new president of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.
Maria Sophia Aguirre, associate professor, business and economics, presented the paper “Family Wellbeing and Poverty Education” at the conference “Empowerment of the Family in the Modern World: Challenges and Promises Ahead” held Jan. 27-28 at the Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development in Doha, Qatar.
Peter Brown, doctoral candidate, theology and religious studies, delivered a Feb. 21 lecture at Trinity University in Washington, D.C., on how present-day Catholics can apply St. Paul's words in his letter to Timothy to finding new ways to evangelize the world in the third millennium. Rev. Frank Matera, Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, delivered remarks after Brown's presentation.
John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, and his wife Claire were among 20 member couples from around the world to attend the XIXth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome Feb. 8-10. The focus of the meeting was "The Rights of the Child." The session included a private audience for the council with Pope Benedict XVI.
Sidney Griffith, professor and chair, Semitic and Egyptian languages and literature, delivered a lecture titled “Christians and Muslims Together: Lessons from Yesterday for Today” on Feb. 22 at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
Tanja Horn, assistant professor of physics, gave a scientific presentation titled “Nucleon Structure Studies Through Exclusive Reactions With an Electron-Ion Collider,” at the Feb. 13-17 meeting of the American Physical Society in conjunction with the American Association of Physics Teachers in Washington, D.C. She also gave a presentation titled “Factorization in Charged Meson Production” at the same meeting.
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, attended the annual meeting of the National Organization for the Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy in San Mateo, Calif., Feb. 8-11. Monsignor Irwin gave an address titled "Priestly Sanctification and Ministerial Spirituality: Presiding and Preaching at the Sacred Liturgy in the Life of the Priest." He also led a workshop titled "The New Missal: lex orandi, lex credendi in Preaching and Catechesis."
Angela McKay Knobel, assistant professor, philosophy, delivered a lecture titled “Marriage as a Friendship of the Good” on Jan. 28 at Saint Mary‘s College in Notre Dame, Ind.
Jack R. Leibowitz, professor emeritus of physics and former chair of the art department, gave a Feb. 19 presentation titled “The Interconnected Worlds of Physics and Art” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Diego.
Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor, politics, and fellow at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, gave a lecture titled “Religion and Foreign Policy” at the Penn Fels Institute of Government in Philadelphia on Feb. 2. She also was the international issues plenary speaker at the 2010 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7-10. Love spoke about how the teachings of Pope Benedict XVI impact the international mission of the U.S. Catholic Church and both affirm and challenge U.S. foreign policy. She gave a lecture titled “The Challenge of Peace” at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Feb. 11.
Suzette Malveaux, associate professor, law, presented her paper “Front Loading and Heavy Lifting: The Evolving Role of Discovery in Contemporary Civil Rights Litigation” at the Texas Wesleyan School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 27.
Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, gave the annual Christian Unity Lecture at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Cleveland on Jan. 22. The title of his presentation was “Seeking an Exchange of Gifts: Catholic-Orthodox and Catholic-Methodist Dialogue.”
Veryl Miles, dean, law, spoke to colleagues about the possibility of a Uniform Bar Exam during a workshop for law school deans sponsored by the American Bar Association in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 4-6. A Uniform Bar Exam would qualify a lawyer to practice law in any state rather than passing bar exams in individual states.
Brigitte Paterson, graduate student in physics, presented a poster titled “Transport studies of CoFe204 nanostructures” at the International Magnetism Conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18-22. John Philip, assistant professor, physics, also assisted with a presentation titled “Embedding of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Polycaprolactone Nanofiber Scaffolds to Facilitate Bone Healing and Regeneration” at the same conference.
Rev. Anthony J. Pogorelc, S.S., adjunct assistant professor of sociology, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and faculty member at Theological College, gave a lecture titled "Spiritual Hungers of Young Adults: How Hungry are They?" at Tulane University in New Orleans on Feb. 18.
Caprice Roberts, visiting professor, law, was a panelist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Spring Contracts Conference, held Feb. 26-27. Her panel addressed “Morality and Contract Law.” Her presentation as part of the panel was titled “Opportunistic Breach of Contract, Restitutionary Disgorgement, Efficient Breach and Promise Keeping.”
Karla Simon, professor, law, spoke Feb. 19 at “Half a Century of Asian Law: A Celebration of Prof. Jerome Cohen,” a conference that marked the 80th birthday of the noted New York University Law School professor.
Geronimo Villanueva, research professor, physics, spoke about the discovery of methane on Mars at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., on Feb. 19.
Andrew Simpson, associate professor, music, provided piano accompaniment for the screening of the silent film “Stark Love” at the Mount Pony Theatre in Culpepper, Va., on Feb. 20.
Rev. Phillip J. Brown, S.S., assistant professor of canon law, wrote the short book Restructuring Catholic School Governance for a New Age: Creativity Meets Canon Law, published in February by the National Catholic Educational Association.
Diane Bunce, professor, chemistry, will serve as associate editor for chemical-education research of the Journal of Chemical Education for the calendar year 2010.
Rev. Mark Morozowich, associate dean for seminary and ministerial studies and assistant professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled “A Palm Sunday Procession in the Byzantine Tradition? A Study of the Jerusalem and Constantinopolitan Evidence” published in the journal Orientalia Christiana Periodica (2009).
Timothy Noone, professor, philosophy, contributed chapters to several recently published books:
- "Ascoli, Wylton, and Alnwick on Scotus's Formal Distinction: Taxonomy, Refinement, and Interaction" in Philosophical Debates at Paris in the Early Fourteenth Century (Leiden/Boston: Brill)
- "Truth, Creation, and Intelligibility in Anselm, Grossteste, and Bonaventure," in Truth: Studies of a Robust Presence (The Catholic University of America Press)
- "Divine Illumination," in the Cambridge History of Medieval Philosophy (Cambridge University Press)
Alexander Russo, associate professor, media studies, wrote the book Points on the Dial: Golden Age Radio beyond the Networks published in January by Duke University Press.
Lucia Silecchia, professor, law, wrote an essay titled “After Copenhagen, Some Lessons from Rome,” published online by the Catholic Conservation Center.