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July, 2019


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Awards and Honors


Rev. Regis J. Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., John C. and Gertrude P. Hubbard Professor of Religious Studies, received an Honorary Doctorate for a Lifetime of Contributions to Franciscan Literature from Felician College in Lodi, N.J., on Jan. 27.

The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership, written by Matthew Green, assistant professor of politics and Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow, was named to the list of “Outstanding Academic Titles” for 2010 by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.


Katherine Jansen, associate professor, history, served as a juror for the John Gilmary Shea Book Prize, awarded by the American Catholic Historical Association. She also served as a juror for a fellowship competition by the School of Historical Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Veryl Miles, dean, law, has been elected to the American Law Institute.

Kenneth Pennington, professor of law and Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical History, received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Catholic Historical Association on Jan. 8 in Boston.

Murry Sidlin, professor, music, was awarded the Excellence in the Arts Award from the City Choir of Washington on Jan. 30.

Matthias Vorwerk, associate professor and associate dean, philosophy, received the Manifesting the Kingdom Award in recognition of outstanding service to the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Washington on Jan. 2 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The award was given to Vorwerk by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington.




Venigalla Rao, chairman and professor of the Department of Biology, has been awarded $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to design a new vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS.



On the Road

Rev. Regis J. Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., John C. and Gertrude P. Hubbard Professor of Religious Studies, gave a three-day presentation at St. Conrad Friary in Allison Park, Pa., on “The Contemplative Foundations of Franciscan Gospel Life” to the Capuchin novices from the United States, Canada, and Australia from Jan. 2 to 5.


Jennifer Davis, assistant professor, history, presented a paper titled “Charlemagne’s Empire: The Limits of Standardization” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting held Jan. 6-9 in Boston.


Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, and Nathaniel Hlavin, a freshman physics major, gave a presentation titled “SHMS Kaon Aerogel Detector” at the Thomas Jefferson Lab National Accelerator Facility Hall C Users Meeting held Jan. 14 and 15 in Newport News, Va. The presentation focused on their work on a particle detector for a research equipment grant Horn received from the National Science Foundation. Hlavin and other CUA students have been involved in the research.


Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, participated in the fifth round of the Roman Catholic-United Methodist dialogue on “Care for God's Creation from a Sacramental and Eucharistic Perspective” held at St. Paul's College, in Washington, D.C., Dec. 14-15.


Katherine Jansen, associate professor, history, participated in a dialogue on “Catholics and Evangelicals for the Common Good” at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9-11.


Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, participated in the plenary meeting of the International Theological Commission in Rome Nov. 29-Dec. 3.


Nelson Minnich, professor, history, gave a presentation titled “From the Editor’s Desk: What to Do and Not Do” at a panel discussion on publishing at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Boston. He also gave reports on the journal Catholic Historical Review to the executive council of the American Catholic Historical Society on Jan. 6 and to the business meeting of the society on Jan. 7.


Jerry Muller, chair and professor, history, spoke about his book Capitalism and the Jews at the University of Maryland in College Park on Nov. 18.


Jennifer Paxton, lecturer, history, presented a paper titled “Inside and Out: The Twelfth-Century Renaissance and the Growth of Professionalism in Monastic Administration” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Boston.


Chad Pecknold, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, served as the moderator for "Family, Common Good, and the Economic Order: A Symposium on Caritas in Veritate" at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3-4.


Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor, theology and religious studies, led an annual retreat of 19 Catholic bishops in Covington, La., Jan. 2-6. The retreat theme was “Developing A Closer Relationship with God.” Tapes of Monsignor Rosetti’s talks by Alba House Communications will be sold beginning this spring.


Leslie Tentler, professor, history, gave a talk titled “American Catholic History: The State of the Conversation” at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Boston.


Rev. Michael Witczak, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, spoke on “The Language of the Mass: Perspectives and Prospects” at St. Mark Catholic Church in Vienna, Va., on Nov. 21. He also participated in the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy held Jan. 6-9 in San Francisco. There he spoke as part of a panel on “The Implementation of the New Roman Missal.” He also presented a short paper updating his work on a forthcoming edition of the ordo missae in the Saint Gall manuscript 354.



Rev. John Ford, C.S.C., wrote an article titled “Hispanic Ecumenical Dialogue: Progress and Potential: A Review of Building Bridges, Doing Justice” published in the journal Ecumenical Trends (Vol. 39, No. 11).


John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote  the article “Formation in Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life” published in A Book of Readings on Marriage (USCCB 2010).


Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, was one of the authors of an article titled “Search for effects beyond the Born approximation in polarization transfer observables in ep elastic scattering” for the High Energy Physics Literature Database.


An address by Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of theology and religious studies and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, from an international symposium at his alma mater, Sant'Anselmo, Benedictine University and College in Rome, has been published under the title “Sacramentality: The Fundamental Language for Liturgy and the Sacraments” in Per Ritus et Praeces. Sacramentality della Liturgia (No. 150). 


Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, wrote an essay titled “Munich/Manhattan Transfer: The Proximity of America in Wolfgang Koeppen’s Tauben im Gras” published in the December issue of Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur. He also wrote an article titled “America and its Anticommunisms” published in the December issue of the Journal of the Historical Society.


Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled “Handmaid of the Lord; Slave of Yahweh” published in Theoforum (Vol. 40).


Rev. Mark Morozowich, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, and associate dean for ministerial and seminary students, wrote an article titled “Where the Spirit Leads: Two Eastern Liturgical Traditions and the Holy Spirit” published in Liturgical Ministry (Vol. 19).

Jennifer Paxton, lecturer, history, recorded a Teaching Company course titled “The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest.” The Teaching Company offers college-level non-credit courses taught in audio and video formats.



Junior Alexandra Fedosenko has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to help defray the cost of her spring 2011 semester studies in Rome. A theology major with a minor in philosophy, Fedosenko learned in December that she had been named a recipient of the $3,500 award. She is one of about 850 recipients among nearly 2,900 applicants nationwide for the scholarship.

Senior biomedical engineering major Justin Rice and freshman anthropology major Bridgette Reilly attended First Lady Michelle Obama’s discussion about the China state visit and Chinese study abroad programs at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19.

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