Awards and Honors
Jennifer Davis, assistant professor of history, has been awarded two fellowships to conduct research for her book Charlemagne's Practice of Empire, using sources in Italy and Germany. One fellowship — the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome — will send Davis to the Italian capital for the 2011-2012 academic year. The second — an award from the German Academic Exchange Service or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) — will enable her to spend the summer conducting research in Munich, Germany.
The Columbus School of Law was recognized on April 13 by the Archdiocesan Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington for its volunteer efforts with the network, which serves close to 5,000 residents of the D.C. area with a wide variety of legal services. Catholic University law students and clinical faculty members assisted pro bono clients this past year by steering them to volunteer attorneys and law firms as well as educating them about their legal rights at seminars.
On the Road
William Barbieri, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and associate professor of theology and religious studies, participated in a panel discussion titled “Charles Taylor and the Hermeneutics of Intercultural Dialogue” at World Catholicism Week at DePaul University in Chicago, April 11-14.
Robert Destro, professor, law, and Mark Rienzi, assistant professor, law, participated in a panel discussion titled “New Conscience Regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services: Do They Strike the Right Balance between Conscience and the Medical Profession?” held April 14 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, gave a lecture titled “Detector and Interaction Region Overview” at the International Electron-Ion Collider advisory meeting held in Newport News, Va., on April 10. She also gave a presentation titled “Imaging Sea Quarks and Gluons at an Electron-Ion Collider” at the XIX International Workshop on Deep-Inelastic Scattering and Related Subjects held April 11-15 in Newport News, Va.
Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, participated in a roundtable discussion titled “Rethinking Anti-Communism” at the Organization of American Historians conference in Houston on March 20. He also gave a talk titled “Philip Roth’s Newark Trilogy” at Columbia University in New York City on March 30.
Mary Leary, associate professor, law, participated in a discussion on “Sexting: A Multi-Disciplinary Response to a 21st Century Phenomenon” at the conference “Predators, Porn and the Law: America’s Children in the Internet Era,” held April 9 at Syracuse University in New York.
Jennifer Paxton, lecturer, history, gave a presentation titled “‘Braveheart’: Myth and History” at Georgetown University on March 16.
Chad Pecknold, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, participated in a panel discussion on “Catholicity in the Fathers of the Church” at World Catholicism Week at DePaul University in Chicago, April 11-14.
Ken Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, Columbus School of Law, gave a lecture at the Columbia University in New York City on “The Evidence of Torture” on April 21. The lecture, given to the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, was part of a semester-long program on the topic of evidence.
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor, theology and religious studies, delivered the Rev. Vernon Robertson Annual Lecture at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., on March 31. The title of his lecture was "Truth vs. Love?: Yves Congar and Hans Küng on Reforming the Church." He also gave two presentations — on church reform and on the ordained priesthood — to the monastic community at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Ky., on April 1 and 2.
Caroline Sherman, assistant professor, history, participated in a panel discussion titled “The Holocaust and Jewish Studies” at the Mid-Atlantic Phi Alpha Theta Conference at Bowie State University in Maryland on April 2. Senior Agnes Burt won an award for “Best Undergraduate Paper” at the conference. Jared Vibbert, a graduate student in history, took second place in the “Best Graduate Paper” competition.
David Shumaker, clinical associate professor, library and information science, gave a presentation titled “Aligning with Embedded Librarianship” for the Indiana Chapter of the Special Libraries Association in Indianapolis, Ind., on March 10. He also gave a webcast presentation titled “Embedded Librarians: Breaking Out, Connecting Up” for Dow Jones & Co. on March 23.
Andrew Simpson, professor and chair of theory and composition, participated in Cinefest 31 — a festival featuring screenings of silent and early “talkie” films — held March 17-20 in Syracuse, N.Y. Simpson provided accompaniment to some of the silent films.
Leslie Tentler, professor, history, presented a paper titled “An Almost Chosen People: Will Herberg’s Catholics” at the Organization of American Historians conference in Houston on March 20. Her talk was published in a slightly modified form as “Beyond the Margins” in the Spring 2011 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter.
Stephen West, associate professor, history, gave a lecture on “‘The Stupendous Folly of the Fifteenth Amendment’: Agitating the Repeal of a Reconstruction Amendment in Virginia and the Nation, 1890-1910” at the Virginia Forum conference held March 24 to 26 in Lexington, Va.
Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, wrote an article titled “Nuclear Transparency and Effective Kaon-Nucleon Cross Section from the A(e,e’K+) Reaction” for the High Energy Physics Literature Database.
Nelson Minnich, professor, history, wrote an entry titled “Innocenzio VIII” in the Dizionario storico dell’ Inquisizione (Historical Dictionary of the Inquisition).
Rev. Mark Morozowich, assistant professor of theology and religious studies, and associate dean for ministerial and seminary students, wrote an article titled “Jerusalem Celebration of Great Week Evening Services from Monday to Wednesday in the First Millennium” for Studi sull’Oriente Cristiano (Vol. 14). He also wrote an article titled “The Mystery of the Resurrection: Lent – Easter – Pentecost” published in Assembly: A Journal of Liturgical Theology (Vol. 37, No. 3).
Rev. Raymond Studzinski, O.S.B., associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled “Being Trinitarian" published in the March issue of Pastoral Music.
Shavaun Wall, professor, education, co-wrote “Health Disparities in Low-Income Families with Infants and Toddlers: Needs and Challenges Related to Disability” in the March issue of the Journal of Child Health Care.
Susan Wessel, associate professor, theology and religious studies, translated the book The Greek Life of St. Leo Bishop of Catania, published by the Société des Bollandiste.
Ellen Berndtson, a second-year law student, was awarded a 10-week summer fellowship by the Peggy Browning fund. Berndtson will spend the summer working at the Federal Labor Relations Authority in Washington, D.C.
Katelyn Browher, a senior history and secondary education major, has been awarded an English teaching assistantship to Romania by the Fulbright program for the 2011 – 2012 academic year. She will be teaching at Ovidius University in Constanta, Romania, for nine months beginning in September.
Timothy J. Canney, a third-year law student at the Columbus School of Law, is among 15 law students nationwide selected to receive a 2011 Distinguished Legal Writing Award from the Burton Foundation. Canney’s winning submission, “Tax Gross-Ups: A Practical Guide to Arguing and Calculating Awards for Adverse Consequences in Discrimination Suits,” was published in the summer 2010 edition of the Catholic University Law Review, where he is a note and comment editor.
Jocelyn Grecko, a junior media studies major, was named “Intern of the Week” for the week of April 3 by Fox News Channel, where she interns in the Washington, D.C., bureau.
Angeline Smith, a doctoral candidate in music, won the Lowens Award for Student Research, given by the Capital Chapter of the American Musicological Society for the best student paper at its spring meeting, held at the Library of Congress on April 2. The title of the paper is “Wohin? Toward Rediscovering Forgotten Attributes of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin Through Well-Temperament Analysis.” Christopher Bowen, a master’s student in music, was also a finalist for the award.
Anastacia Wooden, a graduate student in theology and religious studies, wrote the article, "Eucharistic Ecclesiology of Nicolas Afanasiev and Its Ecumenical Significance," published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies (Vol. 45, No. 4).