Margaret Martin Barry, professor, law, has been appointed acting associate dean for clinical and experiential programs and visiting professor of law for the 2011-2012 academic year at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vt. She will join the school on July 1.
Diane Bunce, professor, chemistry, has been appointed associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Education for 2011.
Robert Miller II, associate professor, theology and religious studies, has been appointed an affiliate of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at the George Washington University. He also has been appointed an affiliated faculty member of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland. The board of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Society of Biblical Literature (MAR-SBL) appointed Miller to a three-year term as the next MAR-SBL regional coordinator.
Awards and Honors
John Convey, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education and Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow, will receive the O’Neil D’Amour Award from the National Catholic Educational Association at its annual meeting in New Orleans on April 27. The award is given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding contribution of statewide, regional, national, or international significance in establishing and supporting collaborative leadership through boards of Catholic education.
John Golin, professor, biology, received a $164,741 grant from the National Science Foundation for a program titled “How a Yeast Multidrug Transporter Improves its Ability to Expel Xenobiotic Compounds from Cells.”
Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, was awarded a $14,700 grant from Jefferson Science Associates, LCC/Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va., for a project titled “Scaling Study of the L/T Separated Pion Electroproduction Cross Section.”
Alexander Kutepov, research associate, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received $10,000 from Johns Hopkins University for a program titled “The Role of Atomic Oxygen in the Energy Balance of the Mesopause Region.”
Krister Nielsen, research assistant professor, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $54,805 grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute for a project titled “Modeling of the H2 Fluorescence spectrum in Eta Car’s ejecta.”
Leon Ofman, research professor, Institute for Astronomy and Computational Sciences, received a $156,542 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Multi-ion Dynamics of the Slow Solar Wind in Coronal Streamers.” The grant is to study the slow solar wind which is one of the major components of solar activity that affects space weather.
Antti Pulkkinen, research associate, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a $30,051 grant from the Finnish Meteorological Institute for a project titled “European Risk from Geomagnetically Induced Currents.”
Tongjiang Wang, research associate, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received $38,427 as part of a subcontract from Montana State University for a project titled “An Observational Study of Loop Oscillations in Active Corona.”
The University Archives launched two finding aids with the help of a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources as part of a group project, along with Marquette University and St. Catherine University. With the grant, CUA’s Archives created two online finding aids: one for the collection of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and one for the collection of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
On the Road
Maria Sophia Aguirre, associate professor, business and economics, presented a paper titled “The Potential of Populations: How Investing in the Human Person can Lead to Economic Growth” at the International Solidarity Forum titled “Population and Economics: Investing in the Human Person” held March 23 at the United Nations in New York City.
Four professors from the Department of Media Studies participated in the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in New Orleans, March 10-13.
- Niki Akhavan presented a paper titled “Feeding into It: Social Media and Iran’s 2009 Election Campaign” on the “Iran’s New Media Landscape and Beyond” panel.
- Jennifer Fleeger presented a paper titled “Selling Jazz Short: Warner Bros. Makes Film Sound American” on the “Sound Studies” panel.
- Jennifer Horne presented a paper titled “The Boy Public: Rights of Performance in Edison’s Conquest Program (1917)” on the “Marketing to the Moviegoing Audience” panel.
- Alex Russo was part of a workshop called “Teaching Television Today” and was the respondent for a panel titled “Secrecy, Surveillance, and Media History.”
Lourdes Alvarez, chair and associate professor, modern languages and literatures, participated in a panel discussion on “History, Culture, Religion, & Arts” at a conference titled “East Meets West” held March 23-25 at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.
Joseph Capizzi, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “On the Structural Coherence of Just War Theory” at the symposium "War and Peace: An Orthodox-Catholic Conversation," held March 25-26 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Duilia de Mello, associate professor, physics, visited the Vatican Observatory in Tucson, Ariz., from Feb. 18 to 24, to meet with the observatory’s director, Rev. Jose Funes, S.J. She gave a series of talks titled “Stars Outside Galaxies” at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., on Feb. 11, at Sofia Science Center at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., on Feb. 15, and at the National Astronomical Observatory in Tucson on Feb. 22. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago, Chile.
John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture titled “Caught in a Bad Romance? Reexamining Allegations of Romanticization in the Theology of the Body’s Account of Sex and Gender” at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., on March 21. He also gave a lecture titled “The Luminous Excess of the Acting Person: Assessing Venerable Pope John Paul II’s Impact on American Catholic Moral Theology” at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio, on March 22.
Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, co-organized a workshop on “Probing the small-size configurations in high-t photo/electroproduction” held March 25 and 26 at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Va. At the workshop, she gave a talk titled “Nuclear transparency in A(e,e' pi/K)X — status and prospects.”
Suzette Malveaux, associate professor, law, gave a presentation titled “Current Challenges in Civil Procedure in the Pursuit of Justice” at the “Crisis in the Legal Profession” symposium held March 30 at the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
Rev. Raymond Studzinski, O.S.B., associate professor, theology and religious studies, spoke on “Witnessing to Hope” to the Sisters’ Council of the Diocese of Arlington at St. Agnes Parish Center in Arlington, Va., on Jan. 30.
Rev. Paul Sullins, associate professor of sociology and Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow, participated in a Feb. 23 panel discussion on “Children Raised by Same-Sex Couples” at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. He also spoke on a panel on parental and family rights, representing the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, at Langley High School in McLean, Va., on Feb. 28 as part of the school’s annual Case Day. The Society of Catholic Social Scientists has submitted an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case addressing that same issue.
Rev. John Paul Heil, professor, theology and religious studies, wrote The Letters of Paul as Rituals of Worship, published in March by Wipf and Stock in the Cascade Books series.
Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, was co-author of two articles that appeared in the High Energy Physics Literature Database in March: “The G0 Experiment: Apparatus for Parity-Violating Electron Scattering Measurements at Forward and Backward Angles” and “Semi-inclusive Charged-Pion Electroproduction off Protons and Deuterons: Cross Sections, Rations, and Access to the Quark-Parton Model at Low Energies.”
Mario Ortiz, assistant professor, modern languages and literatures, published a book titled La autobiagrafia espiritual de la Madre Maria de san José (1656-1719) (The Spiritual Autobiography of Mother Maria de San José), published by Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs.
Rev. Raymond Studzinski, O.S.B., associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an essay titled “Celibacy Across the Lifespan” published in Celibacy, Saint Meinrad Studies in Pastoral Ministry, no. 1.
Two doctoral candidates in the School of Theology and Religious Studies published essays in the spring 2011 issue of the Newman Studies Journal. Lawrence J. King wrote "Newman and Gasser on Infallibility: Vatican I and Vatican II" and Sister Chau Nguyen wrote "Encountering Truth: Newman's Theological Method in An Essay on the Development of Doctrine.”
Wolfgang Pisa, a licentiate in sacred theology candidate, was elected Provincial Minister of the Province of Tanzania.
Elizabeth Richmond, a sophomore nursing major, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the National Student Nursing Association. The scholarships are based on academic achievement and involvement in nursing student organizations and community activities related to health care. She will be awarded the scholarship at the NSNA Convention in Salt Lake City on April 6.