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July, 2019


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J. Steven Brown, associate professor, mechanical engineering, was appointed an associate editor of the journal HVAC&R Research, effective July 1.


Awards and Honors

Michael J. Sheridan
, associate professor, social work, will be honored for writing the Best Quantitative Empirical Article of 2009 in the Journal of Social Work Education. The award is for her article “Understanding the Pathways of Factors Influencing the Use of Spirituality Based Interventions,” which appeared in the fall issue of the journal. Sheridan will be feted at the Council on Social Work Education 2010 annual program meeting in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 16.


Frank Portugal
, director of the M.S. in biotechnology program and clinical associate professor, received a $999 grant from the National Girls Collaborative Project titled “Introducing Eighth Grade Girls to Biotechnology.”

On the Road

Monsignor John Alesandro, lecturer, canon law, and former president of the Canon Law Society of America, delivered an address titled “The Formation of the Indissoluble Marriage Bond” at the annual meeting of the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland, held May 4 in Derry, Ireland.  He also will be presenting an address on the future revision of the canon law of marriage on Oct. 14 at the combined annual meetings of the Canon Law Society of America and the Canadian Canon Law Society in Buffalo, N.Y.


The Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, Calif., has accepted a 37-piece collection by Rob Barnard, lecturer, ceramic art. A major retrospective and catalog of his works are now being planned by the Crocker Museum.


During the summer, Ronald Calinger, professor, history, was a Dibner Scholar at the Smithsonian’s Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. Dibner Scholars are awarded stipends to research a topic relating to the history of science and technology. He also presented a paper titled “Euler: The Final Berlin Years” at the annual meeting of the Euler Society at Adelphi University in Long Island, N.Y., July 19-21.

Jennifer Davis, assistant professor, history, presented a paper titled “The Court of Charlemagne: Lay Participants in the Aula Renovata” at the International Congress on Medieval Studies held in Kalamazoo, Mich., May 13-16.


Cara Drinan, assistant professor, law, participated in a panel discussion titled “Access to Justice: Paths to Achieve Indigent Defense Reform” held at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8.

Lloyd Eby, lecturer, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, gave a presentation titled “Business Ethics: What Is It and How Can It Be Enhanced?” at the National Concierge Association’s national conference held in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 18.


Jody Gatwood, associate professor, music, led a workshop on Sept. 3 in Columbia, Md., for string teachers of the Howard County Public School System focusing upon string techniques and abstractions. He also delivered a presentation on Sept. 13 in Silver Spring, Md., for the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American String Teachers Association on the topic of “Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Motivation: A Conversation about String Teaching and Playing Provoked by Daniel Pink’s recent book: Drive.”


John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture on "The Theology of the Body and Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage" at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville, Md., on Aug. 29.


Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, gave several presentations and lectures over the last few months. She spoke on:

  • “Meson Electroproduction and Imaging with an EIC” at the XVIII International Workshop on Deep-Inelastic Scattering and Related Subjects” in Florence, Italy, on April 22.
  • “Factorization of Short and Long Range Effects in Mason Production” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., on May 11.
  • “Introduction to EIC/Detector Concept” at the 4th Workshop on Exclusive Reactions at High Momentum Transfer at the Jefferson Laboratory in Newport News, Va., on May 19. She gave a May 20 presentation titled “Exclusive Meson Production at High Q2 and Factorization” and organized the session on “Physics of Electron-Ion Colliders” at the same workshop.
  • “Timelike Compton Scatter — A First Look” at the 12th International Conference on Meson-Nucleon Physics and the Structure of the Nucleon at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., on June 2.

In addition, she organized the 8th Electron-Ion Collider Collaboration Meeting held at CUA July 29-31. She was assisted by graduate students Cori Quirk, Brigitte Paterson and Natalie Walford; undergraduate students Nathaniel Hlavin and Timothy McEvoy; and summer student Stephen Rowe. She also chaired a session titled “The Internal Spatial and Spin Structure of the Nucleon” at the Gordon Research Conference on Photonuclear Reactions, held Aug. 1-6 in Tilton, N.H.

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of theology and religious studies and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, was co-presenter at the biannual Clergy Convocation for the priests of the Archdiocese of Atlanta held Sept. 20-23. The theme of the convocation was “The Implementation of the Roman Missal — Liturgical Prayer, Church Belief and Pastoral Practice.”

Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, gave a lecture titled “An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer” at Amerika Haus in Munich, Germany, on May 4. He gave a lecture titled “The Authors’ America” at Koeppenhaus in Greifswald, Germany, on June 18. He also gave a lecture titled “Toward a Definition of American Conservatism” at the University of Bremen in Germany on June 30.

Vadim Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, gave an Aug. 3 presentation titled “Kinetics of the Self-Reaction of Cyclohexyl Radicals” at the 33rd International Symposium on Combustion held at Tsinghua University in Beijing from Aug. 1 to 6.


Leopold May, professor emeritus, chemistry, was one of several experts who presented a paper titled “Mössbauer Spectroscopy of 161Dy in Dysprosium Dicarboxylates” at the 82nd Annual National Technical Association Conference held Sept. 8–10 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, was in Vienna, Austria, Sept. 20 to 27 for the plenary meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The meeting will continue the work of recent years on the theme of “The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium.”

Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, has been invited to join the Meade Seminar, a scholarly colloquium of biblical scholars and theologians hosted by the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Va.


Nelson Minnich, professor, theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “The Fifth Lateran Council as a Theatre for Demonstrating Papal Power” at the conference “Monarchischer Papat oder kollegiale Kirchenleitung? Zeremoniell-Representation-Verfahren” on June 23 at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in Münster, Germany, and on June 24 at the Institut für Katholische Theologie and Historisches Seminar I at the Universität zu Köln in Köln, Germany. He presented a paper titled “The Implementation of Lateran V by the Councils of San Carlo Borromeo” at the conference “Quellen und Quellengattungen synodaler und konziliarer Versammlunger” at the Collegium Adalbertianum Conference Center in Esztergom, Hungary, Sept. 16-20. 

Jerry Muller, chair and professor, history, presented a paper titled “Leo Strauss: A Portrait of the Political Philosopher as a Young Zionist” at the conference “Culture and Catastrophe in Modern European History” at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, June 9. He presented a paper titled “Reflections on Capitalism and the Jews” at the conference “Jews, Commerce and Culture” at the University of Antwerp in Belgium on June 22. He spoke on “Economics and the Human Good” at the Tikvah Project Seminar on Jewish Thought at Princeton University in New Jersey on Aug. 9. He participated in a roundtable discussion on “Two New Books on Adam Smith” at the American Political Science Association convention in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 4.

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “Psychological & Spiritual Health of Priests Today and Living the Joy of Priesthood as a Vocation Director” on Sept. 13 in Milwaukee. The presentation was a pre-convention workshop for the annual convention of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.

Philip Rousseau, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, presented a paper titled “Articulating the Convert’s Goal in the Sixth-Century West: Psychological and Social Vocabulary” at the third Annual W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on “Conversion in Late Antiquity: Christianity, Islam and Beyond” at Oxford University in England on July 2.

Leslie Tentler, professor, history, participated in a panel discussion on Shaun Casey’s book The Making of a Catholic President: Kennedy vs. Nixon, 1960, at the annual meeting of The Historical Society in Washington, D.C., June 3-5. 

Rev. James Wiseman, O.S.B., professor, theology and religious studies, gave two talks on the ongoing relevance of monastic spirituality as part of the annual catechists' retreat at St. Patrick Parish, Rockville, Md., on Sept. 18.



Jody Gatwood, associate professor, music, performed a violin recital on Aug. 23 at The Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Md., with pianist Alison Matuskey for the Music Leadership Team of the Howard County Public School System.

Eleanor Holdridge, head of the M.F.A. directing program, is directing the production of “Something You Did” at Theater J in Washington, D.C. The play debuted Aug. 28 and runs through Oct. 3.



Jennifer Davis, assistant professor, history, wrote a review article titled “The Problem of King Louis IX of France: Biography, Sanctity and Kingship” for the Summer 2010 issue of the Journal of Interdisciplinary History.

John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, and Christopher Gross, doctoral candidate in theology and religious studies, co-wrote "Dignitatis personae and the Adoption of Frozen Embryos: A New Chill Factor?" in the journal National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (Vol. 10, No. 2).


Rev. John Paul Heil, S.S.D., professor, theology and religious studies, wrote Colossians: Encouragement to Walk in All Wisdom as Holy Ones in Christ, published by the Society of Biblical Literature as Vol. 4 in the Early Christianity and Its Literature series.


Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, co-wrote several recent journal publications, including:

  • “Recoil Polarization Measurements of the Proton Electromagnetic Form Factor Ratio to Q2=8.5 GeV2,” published in Physical Review Letters (Vol. 104, Issue 24)
  • “Cross Sections and Rosenbluth Separations in 1H(e, e’K+) Lambda up to Q2=2.35 GeV2,” published in Physical Review C (Vol. 81, Issue 5)
  • “Hypernuclear Spectroscopy at JLab Hall C,” published in Nuclear Physics A (Vol. 835, Issue 1)

Katherine Jansen, associate professor, history, co-edited Charisma and Religious Authority: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Preaching, published in July by Brepols. 

Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, wrote “America’s Germany and Germany’s America in Wolfgang Koeppen’s Tauben im Gras” in the Center for Advanced Studies’ E-Series publication (2010, No. 3). The center is part of Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.  

Todd Lidh, director of the First-Year Experience and clinical assistant professor of English, wrote “ ‘To know the author were some ease of grief’: Ben Johnson’s Lost Play,” published in May in The Ben Johnson Journal from Edinburgh University Press.


Nelson Minnich, professor, theology and religious studies, wrote “The Legitimacy of the Fifth Lateran Council,” published in the journal Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum (Vol. 40). He also wrote "The Fifth Lateran Council and Preventive Censorship of Printed Books,” published in Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore, Classe di Lettere e Filosofia (Series 5, No. 3).


Chad Pecknold, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the book Christianity and Politics: A Brief Guide to the History, published in the Cascade Companion series by Cascade Books in August.

Tarmo Toom, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the article “Augustine Becoming Articulate: Conf. 1.8.13,” published in the journal Studia Patristica.

Holger Zaborowski, assistant professor, philosophy, edited the book Natural Moral Law in Contemporary Society, published in September by The Catholic University of America Press. The book features contributions by three other CUA philosophy faculty members: Jean DeGroot, V. Bradley Lewis and Monsignor Robert Sokolowski.

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