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Awards and Honors

Veryl Miles, dean, law, was honored at the 26th Annual Awards Dinner of the John Carroll Society held April 14 in Washington, D.C. The event presents awards to “distinguished Catholics in recognition of lifetime achievement, public service, outstanding leadership, and commitment to their faith.”



Mary Leary, associate professor, law, has received an award from Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit that will help to fund a new study titled “The Role of Technology in Human Trafficking.” The research project will focus upon the technology that supports child sex trafficking as well as the wide variety of state and federal judicial opinions over the last 10 years in cases involving such technology.


On the Road

Jandro Abot, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Roy Braine, director of international student/scholar services in the Center for Global Education; Duilia de Mello, associate professor of physics; and seven students from Brazil studying at Catholic University attended the April 9 event “U.S.-Brazil Partnership for the 21st Century” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Maria Sophia Aguirre, professor, economics, was one of the keynote speakers at the 41st Annual Heartbeat International Conference held March 27 to 29 in Los Angeles.

Niki Akhavan, assistant professor, media studies, gave a talk titled “The Simple Language of War: Women Writers and the ‘Literature of the Holy Defense’ ” April 15 at the Contemporary Persian Verbal Culture Symposium in St. John's College, University of Oxford, and another titled "Sites of War: State Power and Media in Post-Revolutionary Iran," March 1 at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California.

Diane Bunce, professor, chemistry, gave a presentation titled "Chemistry of Egg Dyeing and Other Seasonal Activities" at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, Md., on April 19. The presentation was part of the “Nifty Fifty (times two)” program, which sends top researchers as speakers to middle schools and high schools throughout the Washington, D.C., region to inspire students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “Marriage as Male and Female” at the Defense of Marriage Symposium on March 3 at St. John Neumann Church in Gaithersburg, Md.

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies, delivered the annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture at Providence College on April 12. The lecture was titled “Sacrament Speak: The Many Languages of Christian Sacraments.”

Vadim Knyazev, associate professor, chemistry, gave an April 5 talk titled “Kinetics of Unimolecular and Recombination Reactions of Radicals in the Gas Phase” at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture on “Emotion and Virtue in Thomas Aquinas” at the University of Chicago on March 2 and the University of Notre Dame on March 6. He also gave a lecture on “Boredom and Its Discontents" at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., on April 10.

Veryl Miles, dean, law, was the keynote speaker on March 30 for Women of Color and the Law: Gaining Access, Achieving Success, a two-day conference presented by American University Washington College of Law's Office of Diversity Services in Washington, D.C.

Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, delivered a seminar on “Israel’s Creed in Ancient Near Eastern Context” at the École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem on March 9.

Ken Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, gave a talk on March 2 at the UCLA Law School titled "Medieval and Early Modern Jurists' Definitions of Torture and its Use in the Courts." During the week of March 5, he gave three presentations at Harvard University and the Harvard Law School on the topic “Reading the Ius Commune: The Secrets of Roman and Canon Law Manuscripts.”

David Shumaker, clinical associate professor, library and information science, and library and information science students Christian Minter and Trevor Riley spoke on a panel titled “Fostering Innovation in the Library: Perspectives on Training, Engaging, and Harnessing the Energy of New Library School Graduates” at the spring meeting of the Health and Human Services Librarians Consortium held April 12 at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

Ella Sweigert, director of education abroad, served as a panelist April 11 in Washington, D.C., reviewing applications for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship sponsored by the Institute of International Education.

Andrew Weaver, associate professor, music, gave a March 28 talk titled “‘Da hab ich ihr gestanden’: Dichterliebe and the Telling of Narrative in Song” at the Musicology Colloquium of the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

Several professors from the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) presented papers at the 2012 annual conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors in Portland, Ore., in March. Lynn Milgram Mayer, assistant professor and chair of undergraduate social work, presented “The Challenges of Ethics Competency in BSW Education: Virtue Ethics.” Mayer and Barbara Early, associate professor and chair of doctoral studies, and Mary Jeanne Verdieck, a retired NCSSS faculty member, presented “Beyond Lip Service: Measuring the Effects of a Strengths-based Practice Course.” Mayer, Ellen Thursby, director of professional education and associate director of field education, and Aidan Bohlander, a doctoral candidate in NCSSS, presented “Integrating Research Knowledge and Field Practice Evaluation: Making Research Real to BSWs.”



Elizabeth Foxwell, staff editor for The Catholic Historical Review, edited Andrea Camilleri: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction, volume five in the McFarland Companions to Mystery Fiction series.

Trevor Lipscombe, director of CUA Press, co-wrote the article “The Physics of Shot Towers” for the journal The Physics Teacher (Vol. 50, No. 4).  He also served as editor of the novel Loss and Gain: The Story of a Convert (Ignatius Press, April 2012), which was Blessed John Henry Newman’s first book published after his conversion. The book is part of the series Ignatius Press Critical Editions. Lipscombe also co-wrote “Babylonian Resistor Networks” for the European Journal of Physics (Vol. 33, No. 3).

Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote Covenant and Grace in the Old Testament: Assyrian Propaganda and Israelite Faith, published by Gorgias Press in the Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Context series.

Gary Sloan, associate professor, drama, wrote the book In Rehearsal: In the World, in the Room, and on your Own, published by Routledge Press in February.



Joseph Boyne and Noah Jampol, master’s students in English, tied as winners of the Eleanor Clark Award from the Robert Penn Warren Circle for the best paper by a junior scholar. They received the award at the annual meeting of the Robert Penn Warren Circle held April 19 to 21 in Bowling Green, Ky. Boyne’s paper was titled “‘The Modifying Colors’ of Robert Penn Warren’s Dreams.” Jampol’s paper was titled “Pure and Impure History: Relational Onanism in Robert Penn Warren’s A Place to Come To.” Christopher Suarez, a junior English major, gave a presentation at the same meeting titled “All the King’s Men: Politician as Picaro.” Joan Romano-Shifflett, a master’s student in English, chaired the panel Suarez spoke on.

Two Columbus School of Law students finished in first place at the 14th Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of Buffalo Law School on March 31. Michael Ellement and Kevin Lowell competed against teams from 26 law schools from across the country.

Three Columbus School of Law students placed second among 28 teams in the 2012 Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition held March 23 to 25 at Fordham Law School in New York City. The CUA Law team included students Kevin Link, Bobby Rhatigan, and Sam Thomas. The Kaufman Moot Court Competition is the premier securities moot competition in the nation, offering teams the opportunity to test appellate advocacy skills before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners.

Sara Pecknold, a doctoral candidate in musicology, was awarded the Irene Alm Memorial Prize for the best student paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music held April 19 to 22 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The title of her winning paper was “‘On Lightest Leaves Do I Fly’: Natality and the Renewal of Identity in Barbara Strozzi’s Sacri musicali affetti (1655).”