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July, 2019


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Carmen Ramirez, adjunct assistant professor, nursing, and director of the Latino Nursing Career Opportunity Program, was appointed by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to the University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees.

George P. Smith, professor, law, was named the first visiting fellow at Indiana University's new Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information. Smith will spend the month of July in Bloomington for the fellowship appointment. The center was created with a $4 million grant in 2010 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help address ethical, legal, and social issues involved in the growing use of health information to facilitate treatment and research, improve health outcomes for patients, and heighten accountability.

Rev. James Wiseman, O.S.B., professor, theology and religious studies, was elected abbot by the monks of St. Anselm Abbey (Washington, D.C.) on June 16.

Awards and Honors

The book Urban Catholic Education: Tales from Twelve American Cities won third place for best history book for 2010-11 by the Catholic Press Association at its annual awards banquet. Maria Mazzenga, education archivist, wrote the chapter "The Cradle of Catholicism: Catholic Education in Baltimore" for the book.


Murry Sidlin, professor, music, received the 2011 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award on June 4.


The Catholic University of America was ranked No. 15 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest list of the top 20 college and university green power purchasers.




Pamela Clark, physics research professor and research faculty member of the University's Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, has won $4.94 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop artificially intelligent, Web-based software for configuring multiple spacecraft into clusters capable of performing different jobs as needs evolve. In addition, the software could gauge options and determine the best approaches for future, possible space missions like the exploration of Mars. Clark is head of the research team.


Stephen Gorbos, assistant professor, music, received a Composer Assistance Project Grant from the American Music Center for his piece "Push" for 12 percussionists.

Assistant Professor of Physics Tanja Horn has won $9,800 from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory to help develop a subatomic particle detector for a future electron ion collider. The grant came through Brookhaven's "Generic Detector R&D for an Electron-Ion Collider" program, which is coalescing scientists from the U.S. and Germany to build a compact detector that can identify particles traveling at a wide range of speeds through the strong magnetic field of a collider. Under Horn's leadership, CUA graduate and undergraduate physics students will conduct simulations and possibly participate in hardware testing at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Germany.

As part of his ongoing research on suicide prevention, Psychology Professor David Jobes will work with soldiers with suicidal tendencies at Fort Stewart, a U.S. Army base in Georgia. Jobes' project, funded by a $3.4 million grant from the Army, will involve a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of his Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) approach to the prevention of suicide. The study began in March and runs through April 2015.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, has received a Mary Ann Remick Fellowship at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame for the 2011-2012 academic year. The fellowship sponsors a year of research and writing on ethical issues related to the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition. He also received a research fellowship grant from the Earhart Foundation for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Krister Nielsen, physics researcher at Catholic University, has won $13,782 from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for research into the Homunculus, a large cloud of gas and dust thrown out by the massive binary star system Eta Carinae. In a collaborative project with NASA, Nielsen will analyze and characterize spectral data on the star's gas and dust cloud using the Herschel Space Observatory, a large telescope that operates in space.


NASA has awarded Astrophysics Professor Leon Ofman a grant of $124,704 to develop a way to better predict which eruptions on the sun's surface will hit Earth. Ofman is principal investigator and supervisor of the project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Using data from several NASA spacecraft, Ofman and his research team will develop a more accurate model than is available now to forecast which solar eruptions will produce magnetized plasma clouds that will actually hit Earth.


Rev. James Wiseman, O.S.B., professor, theology and religious studies, and Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, are among the recipients of a $100,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation to the Washington Theological Consortium Religion and Scholars Group. The grant will fund "Adam + Eve: Using Science in Pastoral Ministry," a project that provides academic resources on issues of science and faith for those who are active in Roman Catholic pastoral ministry. The project includes four task forces, 16 essays, and four public conferences. Wiseman and Miller will make presentations at the first conference, "The Origin of the Universe," on Nov. 12, along with scientists Stephen Barr, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware, and Sten Odenwald, CUA research professor of physics and senior astronomer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The Catholic University of America won a grant of $82,163 from the National Science Foundation so undergraduate students can conduct solar physics research at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The award comes through the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. It is the first installment of a five-year grant supporting the Scientific and Engineering Student Internship program, a joint Catholic University-NASA project that enables undergraduates across the country to work alongside some of the world's leading scientists and engineers at Goddard during the summer.


On the Road

Maria Sophia Aguirre, professor, economics, presented a paper titled "Liberty and Economic Development" at the James Madison Program at Princeton University in New Jersey on June 16. She also presented the paper "Integral Development: The Interplay of Family, Population, and Technology" at the Moscow Demographic Summit at Russian State Social University in Moscow on June 29 and 30.


Rev. Christopher Begg, Katharine Drexel Chair in Religious Studies, presented a paper titled "Josephus' Rewriting of Genesis 24 in Ant. 1. 242-255"  at the International Conference on the Phenomenon of "Rewritten Bible" held at the Theological Faculty of the Caspar Karol at the Reformed University in Budapest, Hungary, July 10-13.

Professors and students from The Catholic University of America joined colleagues from other Catholic universities and the Vatican Observatory at a conference in August in Brazil to discuss their research on the universe. Catholic University physics faculty members Duilia de Mello, associate professor and research associate with CUA's Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences (IACS), and Steve Kraemer, associate professor and assistant director of IACS, presented lectures at the event. CUA doctoral candidates Sandra Blevins, Rafael Eufrasio, and Jordan Guerra presented their research. The conference, "Exploring the Nature of the Evolving Universe," was held at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro Aug. 15-19.


Rev. John Ford, C.S.C., professor, theology and religious studies, presented a paper titled "Newman's Apologia as a Journal of his Conversions" at the convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America on June 10 in San Jose, Calif. He also presented a paper titled "Newman Spirituality for Today" during a series of workshops at St. Vincent Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., June 20-24. He attended the annual conference of the National Newman Association at St. Anselm's College in Manchester, N.H., July 28-30.

Stephen Gorbos, assistant professor, music, gave a master class at Middle Tennessee State University's School of Music in April. The class was held in conjunction with a performance of his new piece "8-bit Divertimento," for bassoon and electronics.


John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, attended the fourth annual Academy of Catholic Theology conference in Washington, D.C., May 24-26. He gave a presentation titled "Marriage: Covenant, Sacrament, Communion" at the 2011 Marriage-Building Construction Zone International Conference Aug. 3-6 at Marquette University in Milwaukee.


Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, gave a presentation titled "Global Analysis of Exclusive Pion and Kaon Electroproduction" at the American Physical Society's "100 Years of Subatomic Physics" meeting held April 30 to May 3 in Anaheim, Calif. She also joined sophomore physics major Nathaniel Hlavin in a presentation titled "Exclusive Kaon Electroproduction in Hall C at JLab" at the same meeting.


Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, participated in the semi-annual discussions by the Roman Catholic-United Methodist Dialogue on Eucharist and Ecology June 21- 23 at St. Paul's College in Washington, D.C.  The participants discussed the draft of a proposed final statement tentatively titled "Heaven And Earth Are Full of Your Glory." He spoke at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians convention held July 18-22 in Louisville, Ky. He delivered a lecture titled "A New Translation of the Missal of Paul VI"  and a plenary address on "A New Missal and a New Translation: How Did We Get Here?"


Vadim Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, gave a presentation titled "Modeling of Collisional Vibrational Excitation and Decomposition of Ions in Tandem Mass Spectrometers" at the Institute of Chemical Physics and the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow on May 20. He also gave a presentation titled "Structure and Practices of Higher Education in Physics, Chemistry, and Related Fields in the United States of America" at the Russian State Agricultural University in Moscow on May 26. He presented a paper titled "Monte Carlo/RRKM/Classical Trajectories Modeling of Collisional Excitation and Dissociation of Protonated AGA in Tandem Mass Spectrometer" at the 59th American Society for Mass Spectrometry's Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics held in Denver June 5-9.


Maryann Cusimano Love, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and associate professor of politics, participated in a June 30 conference in Rome titled "Future of Peacebuilding: Contributions from Catholic Theology, Ethics, Praxis."


Suzette Malveaux, associate professor, law, offered her analysis of some of the major cases argued before the United States Supreme Court during its recently concluded term at the 2010-2011 Supreme Court Review sponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Held at the National Press Club on June 30, the event featured experts who discussed the direction of the court and offered interpretations of its decided cases.


Leopold May, professor emeritus, chemistry, presented a paper titled "Mössbauer effect of complexes of 151Eu with transition metal (2+) glutarates and nitrogen donors" at the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry's 43rd World Chemistry Congress held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 30 to Aug. 5.

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, was in Rethymno, Crete, June 13-18 for the meeting of a subcommission of the International Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue. Monsignor McPartlan gave a presentation on the Eucharist to the clergy of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in London on June 21.

Jennifer Paxton, lecturer, history, gave a presentation titled "The Rise of Europe" at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., on May 2.


Chad C. Pecknold, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, attended the annual Academy of Catholic Theology conference in Washington, D.C., May 24-26, where he was also elected as a member.

Venigalla Rao, chairman and professor, biology, delivered a July 18 plenary address titled "A Fast and Powerful DNA Packaging Machine from Bacteriophage T4" at the 30th annual meeting of the American Society of Virology in Minneapolis.

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor, theology and religious studies, and associate dean for ministerial and seminary students, gave the keynote address at the National Safe Environment & Victims Assistance Coordinators Leadership Conference held in Burlington, Vt., May 1-6. Monsignor Rossetti spoke about the progress he has observed on the issue of clergy sex abuse as well as what needs to be done to address the problem in the future. The talk was subsequently published in Origins on June 9.


Rev. Dominic Serra, associate professor, theology and religious studies, attended the biennial congress of the Societas Liturgica in Reims, France, Aug. 8-14 and delivered a paper titled "History and Theology of Baptismal Chrismation at Rome and Milan: Past Assumptions and New Directions." Rev. James Sabak, O.F.M., doctoral candidate in theology and religious studies, attended the same congress and presented the paper "Baptismal Mystagogy in Context: A Comparison of the Various Contexts Which Shaped Ambrose of Milan and Cyril of Jerusalem."


Murry Sidlin, professor, music, gave a June 4 lecture titled "The Echo of the Concert Hall" at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He also conducted a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Czech National Symphony and Orchestra and Choir on the grounds of the former concentration camp at Terezin, Czech Republic, on June 12.

Karla Simon, professor, law, was an invited speaker on July 25 for "China 101: An Introduction to Issues in the U.S.-China Relationship," a six-week seminar series that focuses on the People's Republic of China and the U.S.-China relationship. The seminar was held at the request of senior leadership and staff in Congress. The U.S.-Asia Institute, in conjunction with the House of Representatives U.S.-China Working Group, and the Congressional Research Service, developed the multi-week tutorial, which was held on Capitol Hill.

Andrew Simpson, associate professor, music, gave a presentation titled "The Silent Musician: How Silent Film Composers Gave Voice to Early Film" at Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, Md., on May 16.


Tarmo Toom, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented a paper titled "Was Augustine an Intentionalist? Augustine on Authorial Intention" at the 16th International Conference on Patristic Studies held Aug. 8-12 in Oxford, England.


Joseph M. White, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented a paper titled "Mary Immaculate as National Patroness: A New Perspective on the Decision of the Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore (1846)" at the Mariological Society of America annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 18.


Rev. Michael Witczak, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave a keynote address titled "Eucharistic Spirituality and the Ars Celebrandi" on June 9 at the Ministry Days convocation of the Diocese of Winona, Minn. He also addressed the priests of Winona later that day, speaking on "The Ars Celebrandi and the Spirituality of Priests."



Joshua Benson, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled "Bonaventure's De reductione artium ad theologiam and Its Early Reception as an Inaugural Sermon" published in American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (Vol. 85, No. 1).

Rev. John Ford, C.S.C., professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the article "Newman's Reasonable Approach to Faith" in the Spring 2011 issue of the Newman Studies Journal. He also wrote the article "John Henry Newman, Life" in the New Catholic Encyclopedia. His article "Blessed John Henry Newman" was published in the August "Monthly Reflection Series" of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers.

Kevin Gunn, CUA librarian and lecturer in library and information science, and Elizabeth Hammond, dean of University Libraries at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., co-edited the special issue "The New Normal: Leveraging Library Resources in a Brave New World of Fiscal Reality and Institutional Change" in the journal College & Undergraduate Libraries, Vol. 18, No. 2-3. They also co-wrote the introduction for the issue.

Rev. John Paul Heil, professor, theology and religious studies, wrote a chapter titled "Paul and the Believers of Western Asia" in The Blackwell Companion to Paul.

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, wrote an article titled "Toward a New Liturgical Movement" in the April 2011 issue of the journal Origins.

Charles Jones, associate professor of theology and religious studies and associate dean for graduate studies, wrote "Pì xiè jí: Collected Refutations of Heterodoxy by Ouyi Zhixu (1599-1655)" for the Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies (3rd series, no. 11).

Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, wrote a response essay to Daniel Rodgers' book Age of Fracture, which was published in the April issue of the journal Historically Speaking.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, wrote the article "The Common Good and Legal Authority According to the Natural Law: On Jean Porter's Ministers of the Law," published in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought (Vol. 8). 

Trevor Lipscombe, director of the CUA Press, has published three journal articles. His article "Self-Gravitating Clouds of Generalized Chaplygin and Modified Anti-Chaplygin Gases" was published in the April issue of Physica Scripta. The journal is published by Britain's Institute of Physics on behalf of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Lipscombe co-wrote "Swinging over the Water Hole," with Carl Mungan of the U.S. Naval Academy. The article was published in the June issue of the Latin American Journal of Physics Education. Lipscombe and Mungan also co-wrote "Traveling Along a Zipline" in the March issue of the same journal.

Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote an article titled "Once More: Minimalism, Maximalism, and Objectivity" for the May online edition of the journal Bible and Interpretation.

Jerry Muller, chair and professor, history, wrote "Kapitalismus, Rationalisierung und die Juden - Zu Simmel, Weber und Sombart" published in Kapitalismusdebatten um 1900. He also wrote a review essay on two books by Jacob Taubes in Association for Jewish Studies Review (Vol. 31, No. 1).

Chad C. Pecknold, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, wrote "Beyond our Intentions: An Augustinian Reading of Hannah's Child" published in Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology, Vol. 20, No. 3.  

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, associate clinical professor of theology and religious studies and associate dean for seminary and ministerial programs, wrote the article "The Psychological Health of Priests Today: Myths and Facts" published in the Seminary Journal (Vol. 15, No.3).

Leslie Tentler, professor, history, wrote an essay titled "Souls and Bodies: The Birth Control Controversy and the Collapse of Confession" published in April in the book The Crisis of Authority in Catholic Modernity.

Andrew H. Weaver, associate professor, music, wrote an article titled "The Rhetoric of Interruption in Giovanni Felice Sances's 'Motetti a voce sola' (1638)," published in the Schütz-Jahrbuch, Vol. 32.

James Youniss, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and Wylma R. & James R. Curtin Professor of Psychology, wrote the article "Service, Public Work, & Respectful Public Citizens" for the spring issue of Liberal Education, published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


John Osman, a doctoral candidate in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, gave a presentation at the Social Media's Place in the Evolution of Church Catechesis and Communications Conference. His presentation was given during the Clergy Development Day to priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on June 30 in Cincinnati. The lecture explored a brief history of communication theory and models as well as the way the Catholic Church adopted new forms of media for catechesis in the past. It also provided an overview of the Catholic Church's current teaching on media and ways to approach and best utilize new forms of social media for catechesis.

Stuart Squires, a doctoral candidate in historical theology, published the article "Contra Academicos as Autobiography: a Critique of the Historiography on Augustine's First Extant Dialogue" in the Scottish Journal of Theology (Vol. 63, No. 3).

In June, 10 Catholic University students completed a course on the Catholic Church's teachings on human love and sexuality at the Theology of the Body Institute. The institute is a national, nonprofit educational organization in Pennsylvania that trains clergy and laity on the teachings known as Theology of the Body as articulated by Blessed Pope John Paul II.

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