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Rev. John Beal, professor, canon law, is acting as canonical consultant to the Archdiocese of Baltimore in reference to the reorganization of the Metropolitan Tribunal, which conducts ecclesiastical trials.

Nalini Jairath, dean, nursing, has been appointed to the board of directors of Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Patricia McMullen, associate provost for academic administration and associate professor of nursing, has been named dean of CUA’s School of Nursing, effective May 17, 2010.


Awards and Honors

Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, will receive an honorary doctoral degree at the May 9 commencement at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

Virgil Nemoianu, W.J. Byron Distinguished Professor of Literature and professor of philosophy, was awarded the national order “Steaua Romaniei” in the rank of commander in a decree signed by the Romanian president and prime minister on March 24. He also has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Jassy in Romania.

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, has received the 2010 Touchstone Award, given by the National Federation of Priests' Councils to a priest whose service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purpose and goals of the federation.


Claudia Bornholdt,
assistant professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, received a grant to participate in the 2010 TraiNDaF II program, the second trans-Atlantic program to support and train new leaders in the promotion of German as a foreign language. The 10 participants, selected from German programs at universities and high schools nationwide, will develop leadership skills, learn effective strategies to promote the study of German, and engage in discussions about professional issues facing German-language instruction on a local, regional and national level. The program’s goal is to develop a leadership cadre of younger colleagues who will inform and develop other colleagues in their region of the United States. The program is supported through a grant from the German government and pays for participants’ training at a three- or four-week seminar in Germany, a four-day intensive workshop in Chicago, and the national conference for teachers of foreign languages in Boston.

On the Road

Jon W. Anderson, chair and professor, anthropology, gave a March 22 lecture on "Networked Communication, the Public Sphere and the Social Dynamics of Blogging" at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies annual symposium on "Information Evolution in the Arab World." He also gave an April 1 lecture on "Anthropology's Middle East Prehistory" at a conference on "The State of the Art: Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa" at the Gustav von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Thomas Cohen, associate professor, history, and curator of the Oliveira Lima Library, presented a paper titled “Antonio Possevino on the Admission of New Christians to the Society of Jesus” at a conference on “The Jesuits and the Peoples of the Book: The Society of Jesus, Jews, and Muslims, 1540-1773,” at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College on March 24-25.

Larrie Ferreiro, adjunct professor, engineering management, served on the doctoral thesis committee for a candidate at the Spanish Polytechnic University for Naval Engineering in Madrid, Spain. The thesis was on the development of the professional naval engineering corps in Spain. Ferreiro is an expert on naval engineering. While at the university, he delivered a lecture on March 11 about the history of naval technology transfer in Spain and Chile from the 18th century to the present.

Jody Gatwood, associate professor of violin and adviser for the undergraduate program in orchestral instruments, performed April 1 as concertmaster with the National Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York City with world renowned singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone) and Sondra Radvanovsky (soprano) and Metropolitan Opera conductor Marco Armiliato.

Monsignor Thomas Green, professor, canon law, gave a talk titled “Canonical Implications of Various Ecumenical Issues” at an April 20 seminar held in conjunction with the Tampa, Fla., annual meeting of the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers.

Two English professors presented papers at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual meeting April 8-10 in Venice, Italy: Tobias Gregory, associate professor and director of graduate studies, “Milton, Ariosto, and Epic Geography;” and Sister Anne M. O’Donnell, S.N.D, professor emerita, “Charis in the New Testament: Translations of Erasmus, Tyndale, and More.”

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, delivered the annual Albert Cardinal Meyer lectures at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago on March 25 and 26. The focus of the lectures was the Liturgy Constitution of the Second Vatican Council. The titles of his lectures were “Evaluating Sacrosanctum Concilium: Context, Text and Unfinished Business” and “Implementing Sacrosanctum Concilium: Undertaken and Unfinished.”

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, spoke about the priesthood at a day for the clergy in Loretto, Pa., on March 26. He gave two talks relating to the Year for Priests. That evening, he delivered a talk about the priesthood at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art on the campus of St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa. Monsignor McPartan attended the meeting of a subcommission of the International Theological Commission in Rome April 7-10.

Robin Pike, audio visual archivist, gave a presentation titled "Audio Preservation in a Reel Archive: A Case Study" at the Washington Research Library Consortium spring forum, "From Digitization to Digital Preservation," on April 15.

Mark Rienzi, assistant professor, law, gave a presentation titled “Legalized Abortion in the Medical Profession: Protecting the Conscience Rights of Health Care Providers” at a symposium titled "Looking Back, Looking Forward: Pro-life Strategy & Jurisprudence for the 21st Century" held April 9 in New York City.

Caroline Sherman, assistant professor, history, delivered a paper titled “Reactionaries Abroad: Laborde, Chateaubriand, and Godefroy Flee France” at the Northeast Modern Languages Association conference April 8 in Montreal. She also participated in the “Family Matters” panel at the Mid-Atlantic Phi Alpha Theta conference at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore on March 27.

Andrew Simpson, associate professor, music, provided the accompaniment for a series of silent films shown at the Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif., on April 10. The series was titled “The Ancient World in Silent Cinema.”

Binh Q. Tran, associate professor, biomedical engineering, and Pedro Gonzales, doctoral student in electrical engineering and computer science, presented a talk on "Benefits and Barriers to Adoption of Personal Health Records for Enhancing Health and Wellness of Seniors" at the American Society on Aging Conference March 17 in Chicago.

David Walsh, professor, politics, was a speaker at a symposium titled “God and Human Rights: Are Faith or Foundations Necessary?” held jointly at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University April 12-14.

Andrew H. Weaver, assistant professor, music, presented the paper “Putting Words in the Emperor’s Mouth: Representations of Emperor Ferdinand III in a Milanese Motet Anthology” at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music held at Rice University in Houston March 4-7.

John Kenneth White, professor, politics, delivered a luncheon address titled "Barack Obama's America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era" to the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C., on April 26.

Rev. James Wiseman, O.S.B., professor, theology and religious studies, gave two presentations on March 24 to the editorial board of the Institute of Carmelite Studies in Washington, D.C., during its semi-annual meeting. His presentations were titled "The Spirituality of St. Thomas Aquinas" and "Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer." Father Wiseman has been selected to participate in a program on "Writing Theology" to be held from June 20 through July 10 at the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton University. The program is being led by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and theologian Marilynne Robinson. Father Wiseman's project will deal with ways in which the world's spiritual traditions have been and are fostering peace.

Cathy Wood, vice president for finance and treasurer, participated in a luncheon panel titled “Universities Partnering with Developers” sponsored by the organization Commercial Real Estate Women and held in Washington, D.C., on April 21.



Arianna Zukerman, adjunct professor, music, sang the soprano solo in the Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the National Philharmonic at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md., on April 17 and 18. She will perform in a recital with pianist Navah Perlman at the Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., on May 12.



“Army Nursing Practice Challenges in Humanitarian and Wartime Missions” by Janice Agazio, associate professor, nursing, was published in the April issue of the International Journal of Nursing Practice.

The article “Development of a Valid and Reliable Student-Achievement and Process-Skills Instrument” by Diane Bunce, professor, chemistry, was published in the May/June edition of Journal of College Science Teaching. It was co-written by chemical education graduate students Kelly Neiles and Elizabeth Flens and CUA alumna Jessica VandenPlas, assistant professor, Northern Arizona University.

John Convey, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education, wrote the book What Do Our Children Know About Their Faith? Results from the ACRE Assessment, published by the National Catholic Educational Association.

John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the article: “Divorce and Remarriage in the NT: Clarifying the Bases for the Church’s Teaching” in the journal Family Perspectives, Vol. 28, no. 2 (Spring 2010).

Janice Hinkle, associate professor, nursing, co-edited Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, which was published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, co-wrote the article “Hypernuclear Spectroscopy at JLab Hall C,” in the April 1 issue of Nuclear Physics A, Vol. 835, Issue 1.

Sister Margaret Mary Kelleher, O.S.U., associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the article: “Liturgy, Culture, and the Challenge of Catholicity” published in the journal Worship, 84:2 (March 2010).

Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, history, published an e-publication at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Munich titled “America's Germany and Germany's America in Wolfgang Koeppen's Tauben im Gras” and a review essay “Atomic Historiography” in Reviews in American History.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, wrote the essay “Gods for the City and Beyond: Civil Religion in Plato’s Laws,” in Civil Religion in Political Thought: Its Perennial Questions and Continuing Relevance in North America, edited by Ronald Weed and John von Heyking (Catholic University Press, 2010).

Leopold May, professor emeritus, chemistry, and George Eng, professor of chemistry at the University of the District of Columbia, wrote a chapter titled “Speciation of Triorganotin Compounds in Sediments using Mössbauer Spectroscopy” in the book River Sediments, (Nova Science Publishers, 2010). The chapter summarizes the research on the speciation of tributyltin and triphenyltin compounds in sediments of the waterways in the Washington area, inlcuding the Anacostia River, Baltimore Harbor, Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River. May also was the co-author of the paper “Synthesis and characterization of pentagonal bi-pyramidal organotin (IV) complexes of the 2,6-diacetylpyridine Schiff bases of S-alkyl- and aryldithiocarbazates” in the Journal of Coordination Chemistry, Volume 63.

Virgil Nemoianu, W.J. Byron Distinguished Professor of Literature and professor of philosophy, was the subject of special anniversary issues of the Romanian weekly publication Revista 22 and the monthly publications Convorbiri Literare and Vatra. Convorbiri Literare also awarded Nemoianu an honorary Opera Omnia prize for his life's work.

Chad C. Pecknold, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled "Migrations of the Host:  Fugitive Democracy and the Corpus Mysticum," in Political Theology, Vol.11, No. 1 (April 2010).

Brendan Rich, assistant professor, psychology, was one of the authors of the article "A preliminary study of the neural mechanisms of frustration in pediatric bipolar disorder using magnetoencephalography" in the March issue of the journal Depression and Anxiety.

An article titled "De La Ira a la Gratitud: Llegar a ser personas Eucharisticas” (“From Anger to Gratitude: Becoming Eucharistic People”) by Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, was published in the Argentinean journal Pastores. He wrote an article titled "Trials will Leave Priesthood, Church Stronger," in the April 2010 issue of Origins.

Patrick Tuite, associate professor, drama, wrote the book Theatre of Crisis: The Performance of Power in the Kingdom of Ireland, 1662-1692, published by Susquehanna University Press.

Rev. James Wiseman, O.S.B., professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled "Approaching the Eucharist: The Importance of Self-Giving," in Emmanuel (May/June 2010).



A team of Catholic University law students won the Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition sponsored by American University on March 19. The four-member CUA team consisted of third-year law students Eric Bacaj, Greg Bailey, Jenna Shapiro and Jennie Zohorsky.

Patrick Thomas Cragin, a senior musical theater major, was honored on April 12 by Arlington, Va.’s Signature Theatre with the 2010 Sondheim Award Gala Young Artist Citation at a black tie gala event at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. The award, which recognizes young people in musical theatre, was presented to Cragin by composer Stephen Sondheim.

Catholic University junior Jenna Graham of Columbia, Md., a biomedical engineering major, has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Graham was one of 278 scholars selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,111 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Alicia Kopfstein-Penk, doctoral candidate in musicology, won the Irving Lowens Award for Student Research at the spring meeting of the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society on April 17. The title of her winning paper was “Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts as Political and Social Activism.” Another finalist for the award was second-year M.A. student Matthew Wallace.

Christopher Rhodes, seminarian at Theological College from the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., was elected president of the National Black Catholic Seminarians Association.

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