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July, 2019


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Awards and Honors


Andrew Yeo, assistant professor, politics, has been awarded a fellowship from the East Asia Institute based in Seoul, South Korea, to participate in the Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia. Yeo was one of five recipients worldwide. The program provides up to $10,000 for each of the fellows to present seminars and lectures based on an unpublished manuscript. Yeo will present his research at Peking University in Beijing; Keio University in Tokyo; and the East Asia Institute in Seoul.




Andrew Weaver, assistant professor, music, received a subvention of $1,180 from the Margarita M. Hanson Fund of the American Musicological Society for his book Sacred Music as Public Image for Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III: Representing the Counter-Reformation Monarch at the End of the Thirty Years’ War, forthcoming from Ashgate.



On the Road

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of theology and religious studies and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, delivered two lectures for a study day on the Roman Missal for the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, on Feb. 5. The lectures were titled “From the Missale Romanum to the Sacramentary for Mass to The Roman Missal” and "What We Pray, What We Believe, How We Live."


Katherine Jansen, associate professor, history, gave a lecture titled “The Politics of Peacemaking in Late Medieval Florence” at Princeton University in New Jersey on Feb. 15.


Charles Jones, associate dean for graduate studies and associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented the concluding remarks at “The World of Matteo Ricci: an International Colloquium” on Jan. 15 at Penn State University (State College, Pa.).


Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, participated in a discussion about the book Age of Fracture by Daniel Rogers at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 12.


Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented a paper titled “What Are the Nations Doing in the Chaoskampf?” at the symposium, "Creation and Chaos: Reconsideration of Hermann Gunkel's Chaoskampf Hypothesis," held Feb. 11-13 at Olivet Nazarene University, in Bourbonnais, Ill.


Nelson Minnich, professor, history, gave a lecture titled “Luther, Cajetan, and ‘Pastor Aeternus’ (1516) of Lateran V on Conciliar Authority” on Feb. 17 at a conference titled “Luther in Rome” held at the German Historical Institute in Rome.


Charles Nguyen, dean, engineering, delivered a keynote address titled “The Impact of Globalized Education on College Students” at a Feb. 26 awards banquet in Silver Spring, Md., sponsored by the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies.


Karla Simon, professor, law, participated in the “Conference on Civil Society and Nonprofits in China” held by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University Jan. 21-23. Simon spoke as part of a panel that dealt with the regulation of nonprofits and policy evolution, addressing specifically the legal and policy environment for civil society in today's China with an emphasis on philanthropy.


James Zabora, dean, social work, was the moderator for a Feb. 16 panel titled “The Implications of Healthcare Reform for the Social Work Professional,” held in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The event was sponsored by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and the Congressional Social Work Caucus.


Twenty of CUA's faculty, students, and former students participated in the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy in San Francisco Jan. 7-9. Papers were presented by several members of the CUA community. Others participated in the discussion of scholarly papers. The Catholic Academy of Liturgy met the day before the annual meeting and Rev. Michael Witczak, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, served as respondent to three papers on various aspects of the new translation of the latest edition of the Missal of Vatican II. 



A chapter titled “The Catholic Church and the Pastoral Care of Black Africans in Renaissance Italy” written by Nelson Minnich, professor, history, originally published in the book Black Africans in Renaissance Europe was recently translated into French for the book Les Africains noirs en Europe à la Renaissance.

Venigalla Rao, chair and professor, biology; Zhihong Zhang, research assistant; and Li Dai and Vishal I. Kottadiel, graduate students, were co-authors of an article titled “A promiscuous DNA packaging machine from bacteriophage T4” published Feb. 15 in the journal PLOS Biology. Rao and post-doctoral research fellows Qin Li and Sathish B. Shivachandra were co-authors of an article titled “Highly effective generic adjuvant systems for orphan or poverty-related vaccines” published in the journal Vaccine (Vol. 29, Issue 5). Rao; Manjira Ghosh-Kumar, graduate student; and Tanfis Alam and Bonnie Draper, postdoctoral fellows, were co-authors of an article titled “Regulation by Interdomain Communication of a Headful Packaging Nuclease from Bacteriophage T4,” published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research. Rao and Song Gao, graduate student, were co-authors of an article titled “Specificity of interactions among the DNA packaging machine components of T4 related bacteriophages,” published Dec. 2, 2010, in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Tarmo Toom, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote a book titled Sest Sinu Silmale Pole Suletud Süda Kättesaamatu: Saateks Augustinuse Pihtimustele (The Closed Heart Does Not Shut Out Your Eye: A Companion to Augustine’s Confessions). Toom also wrote four articles as well as an essay titled “Orthodox Church in Estonia” for The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

David Walsh, professor, politics, wrote an obituary of political scientist and former CUA faculty member John Oh for the January issue of the journal PS.



Four Catholic University seniors will join the 2011 Teach for America program following graduation, and teach for two years at an urban or rural public school in the United States. The students are:

  • Andrea Baick, marketing major, Gaithersburg, Md. 
  • Veronica Diaz, Spanish for International Services major, Newington, Conn.
  • Rachael Staab, politics major, Norton, Mass.
  • Ryan Winn, politics major, North Attleborough, Mass.

A four-member team from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law won Best Brief (in a tie with the University of New Hampshire) at the Eastern Regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, held at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Feb. 12. The brief by the CUA team — Parul Gupta, Emi Ito, Derek Karchner, and John Zevitas — will be entered in competition at the national finals in Washington, D.C., in March.

Senior biomedical engineering major Andrew Hoffmaster has won a $500 award for a paper he wrote about designing robotic hands to help rehabilitate stroke patients. Hoffmaster was awarded first place in an annual academic paper competition of the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies.

Ken Stilwell, a doctoral candidate in music, has received a grant from the Cosmos Scholar Grant Program for work on an independent research project titled “Sacred Song: Jesuit Missionaries and the Huron, Mohawk, and Abenaki.”

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