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July, 2019


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Julius Levine, professor, architecture, has been appointed to serve on the 2011 American Planning Association National Planning Awards Jury, which consists of widely recognized members of the profession.


Hellen Mardaga, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, has been invited to become an external research collaborator of the research unit of the Faculty of Theology of the North-West University in South Africa. The appointment allows her to have access to research facilities and to participate in activities held by the university.



Awards and Honors

An innovative program that has improved clinical assignments at Washington, D.C., area hospitals for Catholic University nursing students will be honored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in November. The School of Nursing will receive the AACN Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award for its Bridge to Practice clinical model on Nov. 1 at the AACN Fall Semiannual Meeting in D.C.


Tanja Horn
, assistant professor, physics, received a $306,000 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Factorization and Quark Imaging in Exclusive Reactions.” She also received a $468,000 National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Award for a project titled “MRI Consortium: Development of a Complete Kaon Detection System for Hall C at 12 GeV JLab.”

Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla, a research associate in the Department of Physics, received a $17,208 grant from NASA for a project titled “Research and Development of Low Power Processors in FPGA for CUBESAT Missions.”

Geronimo Villanueva, a research professor in the Department of Physics, received a $25,409 grant from NASA for a project titled “Swift UVOT Observations of STARDT’s Comet 81P/WILD-2.”

On the Road

Two faculty members and a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing gave presentations during the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science’s 2010 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research held Sept. 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

  • Janice Griffin Agazio, associate professor, presented a poster titled “Deployment of Military Mothers During Wartime.” She also gave a presentation titled “Factors Impacting Spouses’ Well Being During Deployment.”
  • Carole Staley Collins, assistant professor, presented a poster titled “Exploring the Nearby Nature Gardens as Meditative Places of Healing.”
  • Meryia Throop, doctoral candidate, presented a poster titled “Introducing a Postpartum HPV Vaccination Program.”

Joshua Benson, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture titled "Fons sapientiae verbum Dei in excelsis: John Pecham's Lost Inaugural Lecture at Paris?" at the Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference held Oct. 22-24 at Villanova University in Pennsylvania.


Youngok Choi, assistant professor, library and information science, presented a paper titled “Investigating Variation in Querying Behavior for Image Searches on the Web” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology in Pittsburgh, Oct. 22-27.


Clifford Fishman, professor, law, gave the 2010 James Otis Lecture at the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law at the University of Mississippi on Oct. 5. The lecture series offers a forum to leading scholars to comment on search and seizure and other criminal procedure topics. Fishman spoke on Fourth Amendment rights in the workplace.


School of Theology and Religious Studies professors Rev. John Ford, C.S.C., and Christopher Ruddy represented the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at a biannual meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ held Oct. 14-15 at Santa Clara University in California. Father Ford gave a presentation at that meeting titled “Ecclesial Preferences and Ecumenical Approaches.”

Father Ford gave two presentations at the Newman-Scotus Symposium held at Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22-24. The titles of the presentations were “Newman’s Reasonable Approach to Faith” and “Newman’s Personalist Argument for Belief in God.”


John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “The Theology of the Body: A Tool for Evangelization and Catechesis” at the Archdiocese of Baltimore Permanent Diaconate Day of Enrichment at St. Louis Church in Clarksville, Md., on Oct. 2.


Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, gave a presentation titled “Factorization of Short- and Long-Range Effects in Exclusive Reactions” at the Invited Research Seminar at the University of Illinois on Sept. 24.


Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, delivered six lectures and engaged in discussions at the annual meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions held Oct. 6 and 7 in Alexandria, La. The theme of the convention was “Welcoming the Third Edition of The Roman Missal: A Gateway to Mystery.”


Sung Un Kim, assistant professor, library and information science, gave a presentation titled “Preparing Students from Immigrant Families for Postsecondary Education” at the Virginia Educational Media Association Conference in Hampton, Va., Oct. 28-30.


Bill Kules, assistant professor, library and information science, presented a poster titled “The Influence of Search Stage on Gaze Behavior in a Faceted Search Interface” at the annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology in Pittsburgh, Oct. 22-27.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, presented a paper titled “The Common Good and Legal Authority According to the Natural Law: On Jean Porter’s Ministers of the Law” at the Joseph T. McCullen Symposium on Catholic Social Thought and Law at the Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania on Oct. 22.

Suzette Malveaux, associate professor, law, was the moderator for a briefing on AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in November.

William Mattison, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture titled “Imago Dei: Simultaneously Ineradicable Possession and Exalted Calling” at Columbia University School of Law in New York City on Oct. 19.


Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, participated in a panel discussion titled “The Church of Christ and Ecumenism 10 Years after Dominus Iesus: a Symposium on Christian Division and Reconciliation” held Oct. 15 at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. That evening, he gave a presentation titled "An Exchange of Gifts: Catholic-Orthodox and Catholic-Methodist Dialogue” at the same university.


Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented a lecture titled “Oral Tradition in the Hebrew Bible” on Oct. 20 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., as part of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies Fall Speakers’ Series.


Jerry Muller, chair and professor, history, spoke at a conference on "Teaching Capitalism on Campus" at the Manhattan Institute in New York City on Oct. 8. He presented a paper titled "The Long March through the Institutions and Back: Jacob Taubes and the Politics of the Free University of Berlin, 1965-1980" at a panel on "New Research on the German New Left" at the German Studies Association convention in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 10. Muller gave a lecture titled “Capitalism and the Jews" at the University of Connecticut-Stamford’s Center for Judaic & Middle Eastern Studies' Louis J. Kuriansky Annual Conference on Oct. 19.

John Kenneth White, professor, politics, gave a lecture titled "Living in Barack Obama's America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era" at the State University of New York at Geneseo on Oct. 20.



Gary Sloan, head of CUA’s Master of Fine Arts Acting program, was the narrator for an Oct. 2 performance of “Enoch Arden” by the Virginia Chamber Orchestra at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. “Enoch Arden” was originally a poem, which Richard Strauss set to music. Since much of the narrative is unaccompanied by music, it required a narrator.



Youngok Choi, assistant professor, library and information science, wrote “Effects of Contextual Factors on Image Searching on the Web” for the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Vol. 61, No. 10. Along with Ingrid Hseih-Yee, dean and professor, library and information science, Choi wrote “Finding Images in an Online Public Access Catalogue: Analysis of User Queries, Subject Headings, and Description Notes” in The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, Vol. 24, No. 3.


Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellows Sandra Hanson, who is also a professor of sociology, and John Zogby, wrote “The Polls — Trends: Attitudes About the American Dream” for the journal Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 3.


Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, was a co-author of an article titled “Scaling of the F_2 Structure Function in Nuclei and Quark Distributions at x>1” for the High Energy Physics Literature Database. She also co-wrote “Kaon, Pion, and Proton Associated Photofission of Bi Nuclei” for Physics of Atomic Nuclei, Vol. 73, No. 10.

The fall issue of the journal Chicago Studies contains two lectures by Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of theology and religious studies and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, delivered at the Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Ill.,  last March. They are “Evaluating Sacrosanctum Concilium: Context, Text and Unfinished Business” and “Implementing Sacrosanctum Concilium: Undertaken and Unfinished.” These lectures were the first in a series of four in the Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series on the documents of Vatican II. When the lectures have all been delivered, the Mundelein Seminary will publish them in a book.


Rev. Frank Matera, Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, wrote the book Romans, to be published in November by Baker Academic.


Students Joanna Hill, Lauren Maffeo and Ryan Winn attended a town hall meeting with President Barack Obama on Oct. 14. The event was sponsored by MTV, BET and CMT television stations.

Clare McGrath-Merkle, a doctoral candidate in theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled “Generativity and the U.S. Roman Catholic Bishops’ Responses to Priests’ Sexual Abuse of Minors” in the Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 49, No. 1. A second article, titled “Gregory the Great’s Metaphor of the Physician of the Heart as a Model for Pastoral Identity” will appear online in November for the same publication. She also presented a paper titled “Deritualization of the Roman Catholic Priesthood and Episcopacy in the Current Crises of Sexual Misconduct and Vocations” at the Religious Research Association’s annual meeting in Baltimore on Oct. 31. 

Robert Saley, a doctoral candidate in theology and religious studies, wrote the article "Two Models of Figural Historiography: Newman and de Lubac" published in the fall issue of the Newman Studies Journal.


Senior politics major Joe St. George is participating in the White House Internship Program this fall. The program is designed to mentor and cultivate young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

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