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July, 2019


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Katherine L. Jansen, associate professor, history, will serve as a visiting professor at Princeton University for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Rev. Donald Paul Sullins, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and associate professor of sociology, was named a 2010 fellow at the Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education.


Awards and Honors

George J. Martin, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and associate professor of architecture and planning, has been awarded the Gabriel Prize by the Western European Architecture Foundation. As the winner of the national portfolio competition, Martin receives a crystal trophy and a $20,000 grant for three months of study in France.




Steven Kraemer, associate professor, physics, received an $11,073 three-month grant from NASA for his research program titled “Finding the Needle in the Haystack: Simulations of Exoearth Observations in the Presence of Exozodiacal Dust.”


On the Road

Andrew Abela, chair, business and economics, participated in a panel at the conference “Red Toryism and the Associative State” at the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., March 18-19.

Maria Sophia Aguirre, associate professor, business and economics, gave a lecture titled “Family Well-being and Poverty Eradication” at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston on March 17.

Robert Destro, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and professor of law, participated in a panel discussion titled “Terri Schiavo and a Culture of Life: Looking Forward on the 5th Anniversary of Terri’s Death” held at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., on March 29.

William Dinges, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and professor of theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “The Religious Situation in American Society: Contemporary Trends; Global Implications” on  March 20 at a meeting of the International Society for Intercultural Theology and Study of Religions, held at the Katholisch-Theologische Privatuniversitat in Linz, Austria. The title of the conference was “Religion and Society: On the Religious Situation Today.”

John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a presentation on “The Theology of the Body: Context, Content, Contributions” at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hagerstown, Md., on Feb. 21.

Rev. Sidney Griffith, S.T., professor and chair, Semitic and Egyptian languages, spoke about “The Qur`an in Christian Thought” in a Feb. 25 presentation at the University of Kentucky. On March 4, he gave a lecture on “St. Ephraem the Syrian, the Qur’an, and the Grapevines of Paradise: An Essay in Comparative Eschatology” for a meeting of the group Patristica Bostoniensia in the Harvard Divinity School Library. The following afternoon, he conducted a workshop at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions on the topic “The Christian Intellectuals of Baghdad: Philosophy in 9th- and 10th-Century Abbasid Times.”

Sandra Hanson, professor of sociology and Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow, spoke about the shortage of women in science in a presentation titled “Gender, Race and Science Education,” March 9 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. Her lecture was covered by the Beacon News (Aurora, Ill.).

Rev. John Paul Heil, professor, theology and religious studies, delivered the 17th Annual Monsignor George A. Denzer Lecture titled “Worship in Paul’s Letter to the Romans,” at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y., on March 7.

Tanja Horn, assistant professor of physics, gave a scientific presentation titled “Pion and Kaon Production With the 6 and 12 Giga-ElectronVolt Jefferson Lab and Electron-Ion Collider” at the Electron-Ion Collider Workshop: Electron-Nucleon Exclusive Reactions, which was held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., on March 14 and 15. She was on the organizing committee of the workshop.

David Jobes, professor, psychology, delivered the fifth annual Emily Schindler Lecture titled “The Meaning of Life: Lessons Learned from the Suicidal Patient” in Columbia, Md., on March 19.

Charles Jones, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave the lectures “Historical and Cultural Contexts for Interreligious Dialogue” and “Pushing Back: Chinese Responses to the Jesuits’ Proposition of a Primordial Chinese Monotheism” at St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, March 10 and 11.

Law professors Catherine Klein, Lisa Lerman and Leah Wortham were invited speakers at “Externships 5: Externships in Changing Times,” a conference hosted by the University of Miami School of Law March 4-6. Klein and Wortham jointly addressed “Realizing the Aspirations of Carnegie and Best Practices Through Externships.” Lerman spoke about grading issues in remarks titled “Grading versus Pass/fail in Externships: Pedagogical Implications.”

On Feb. 25, Lerman also participated in “Ethical Quandaries for Public Lawyers: Conflicts, Trial Publicity, Organization as a Client and More,” an ABA-sponsored teleconference and integrated visual webcast.

Vadim Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, gave a presentation titled “Kinetics of Unimolecular and Recombination Reactions of Radicals in the Gas Phase” at Florida International University in Miami on March 12.

Kate Kretz, visiting faculty member, art, is being featured in a solo exhibition of her multimedia works (ranging from drawings and paintings to embroidery and fabric works) titled “Purge/Deluge” at the Hillyer Art Center in Washington, D.C., from March 5 to April 30.  In conjunction with the show, she gave a PowerPoint lecture on her work on March 13. On March 20 she chaired a panel at the Hillyer Art Center that was related to a showing of a film on women artists.

Maryann Cusimano Love, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and associate professor of politics, was a panel member at a discussion titled “God and the Bomb: Deterrence, Disarmament, and Human Society” hosted by the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on March 16. She also spoke about religion and peace building at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., on March 18.

Gunnar Lucko, assistant professor, civil engineering, led a seminar titled “Curious Research — Asking Structural Engineering Questions in Construction Management” at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on March 23.

On March 19, Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, gave two Feb. 21 presentations on the "The Church as Communion" at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, Pa. Monsignor McPartlan also was at Providence College in Rhode Island on March 19 to speak at two events related to the Year for Priests. In the morning, he took part in a dialogue with Rabbi Eugene Korn on the theme of priesthood. Later, he delivered the annual St. Joseph Lecture on “Priesthood, Priestliness and Priests.”

Veryl Miles, dean, law, was among a dozen invited panelists to participate in the Widener University School of Law Dean’s Leadership Forum on Diversity, held at the school’s Harrisburg, Pa., campus on March 22.

Mary Paterson, associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor, nursing, spoke about “The Regulatory Process: Health Reform, 2009 – Public Payer Perspective” at a conference of the American College of Nurse Practitioners’ Advanced Public Policy Institute for Health Professionals Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Ramella-Roman, assistant professor, biomedical engineering, co-chaired the Metropolitan Biophotonics Symposium 2010 held March 22 at the Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Md. The symposium was co-sponsored by CUA, with Baohong Yuan, assistant professor, biomedical engineering, serving on the organizing committee. Both also made presentations during symposium sessions.

Carmen Ramirez, adjunct assistant professor, nursing, and project director, Latino Nursing Career Program, attended a White House briefing on health-care reform for medical professionals on March 3. She is president of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and represented the group at the meeting in the East Room of the White House.

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, was a guest speaker at a March 8-10 gathering of Alaska’s priests titled “Priestly Ministry in Alaska: Serving God’s People in the Last Frontier.” Monsignor Rossetti presented statistics on priestly life in America.

Karla Simon, professor, law, spoke at the “Leading Developments in Chinese Law Conference,” held at UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles on March 5.

Stephen Wright, professor, English, gave the lecture "Medieval Elvis:  The Minstrel Becomes the King," at the annual Edgar P. Richardson Symposium March 26 at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The symposium was held in conjunction with the exhibition "One Life:  Echoes of Elvis" to mark the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth.

Arianna Zukerman, adjunct professor, voice, sang the soprano solo in the Mozart Requiem with the Washington Chorus on March 22 at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.




Jose Ramos-Santana, adjunct professor, music, participated in the 10th annual Homer Carhart Guest Pianist Recital at Hood College in Frederick, Md., on March 1.




Tanja Horn, assistant professor of physics, co-wrote the article “Timelike Compton Scattering: A First Look” that appeared in the American Institute of Physics Proceedings for the 10th Conference on the Intersections of Particle and Nuclear Physics on the Internet in March. She also co-wrote the article “Hypernuclear Spectroscopy With Electron Beam at Jefferson Lab Hall C” that appeared in a proceeding of the Sendai International Symposium on Strangeness in Nuclear and Hadronic Systems, held at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan.

Vadim D. Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, co-wrote the article “Classical Trajectories and RRKM Modeling of Collisional Excitation and Dissociation of Benzylammonium and tert-Butyl Benzylammonium Ions in a Quadrupole-Hexapole-Quadrupole Tandem Mass Spectrometer” published in the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. It was co-written by Stephen E. Stein of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Rev. Dominic Serra, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the article “The Scrutinies: Exorcisms That Make Lent a Joyful Season" in Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian Initiation.

Rev. Donald Paul Sullins, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and associate professor of sociology, co-wrote an article titled “God + Always Intact Marriage = Fewer Lifetime Sex Partners” for the Opposing Views Web site.

Thomas Tentler, adjunct professor, history, wrote the chapter titled “Contraception: Conflict and Estrangement in the Recent Catholic Past,” in Reclaiming Catholicism, which was edited by Thomas H. Groome and Michael J. Daley and published in February.

Tarmo Toom, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled: “Hilary of Poitiers’ De Trinitate and the Name(s) of God,” in the journal Vigiliae Christianae.

Rev. James Wiseman, O.S.B., professor, theology and religious studies, wrote a chapter titled "The World as Created, Fallen, and Redeemed," in Green Monasticism: A Buddhist-Catholic Response to an Environmental Calamity, edited by Donald Mitchell and William Skudlarek, O.S.B. (New York: Lantern Books, 2010). He also wrote an article titled "The Spirituality of Meister Eckhart and Its Implications for Christian Life Today" for the journal Spiritual Life.




Second-year law student Leah Branch won the Best Oralist award at the 2010 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., Feb.18 to 20.


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