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Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, associate professor, assistant dean, doctoral chair, and director of data management and outcomes assessment, National Catholic School of Social Service, has been elected as a member of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors. Her two-year term begins on Nov. 16.

Jennifer Davis, assistant professor, history, has been appointed to an advisory board for a project titled “Charlemagne’s Europe,” funded by the U.K. Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project will result in a database of all known individuals from the reign of Charlemagne.


Awards and Honors

Jason Sharples, assistant professor, history, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year to conduct research at the Huntington Library in Los Angeles for his forthcoming book Mastering Fear: Imagination, Rebellion, and Race in Early America

The Catholic University of America was selected for the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list by GI Jobs magazine.



Boncho Bonev, research assistant professor, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for $177,719 to study comets and the history of volatile matter during planetary system formation.

Frederick Bruhweiler, professor, physics, and director, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a two-year $65,827 grant from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Shared Services Center, to conduct radio monitoring of the Southern Hemisphere Fermi active galactic nuclei. Bruhweiler, as principal investigator, was also awarded $300,000 from NASA for the five-year project “Task 15: Research for the Center for Research and Exploration in Solar-Heliospheric Science.”

Pamela Clark, research associate, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, received a three-year, $539,288 grant from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Shared Services Center, to study science applications, instruments, and systems design and standards supporting breakthrough low-cost deep space exploration in the coming decade.


On the Road

Joshua Benson, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave a series of talks to Capuchin Franciscans in Boston Aug. 20 to 24 titled "The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: The Challenge of the Sources."

Anita Cook, professor, anthropology, served as a consultant on the exhibit “Wari Lords of the Ancient Andes” at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She also wrote one of the main exhibit essays, titled “The Coming of the Staff Deity.”

Rev. John J. M. Foster, assistant professor, canon law, gave two keynote presentations and a workshop at the 46th annual conference of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand, held Sept. 10 to 13 in Auckland, New Zealand. His keynote presentations were on “Making the Case: Writing the In Facto for Judges, Defenders of the Bond, and Advocates” and “The Apostolic See and Conferences of Bishops: Developments in the Collaborative Process for the Translation of Liturgical Texts.” The workshop was on “Getting from Acts to Facts.”

Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, gave several presentations recently, including:

  • “Future Instrumentation for Jefferson Lab Hall C at 12 GeV” and “Transverse Spatial Imaging Through Exclusive Meson Production” at the Conference on the Intersections of Nuclear and Particle Physics held May 28 to June 3 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
  • “Measurement of the Ratio R in Exclusive and Semi-Inclusive Neutral Pion Production” at the annual Jefferson Laboratory Program Meeting held June 18 to 22 in Newport News, Va.
  • “Exclusive Pseudoscalar Meson Production” at the annual Jefferson Laboratory Hall C Summer Conference held June 22 and 23 in Newport News, Va. Horn and Nathaniel Hlavin, a junior physics major, gave a presentation on “Aerogel Status Update” at the same conference.
  • “Global Charged and Neutral Pion and Kaon Analysis and JLab 12 GeV and EIC Plans” at the Gordon Research Conference on Photonuclear Reactions held Aug. 5 to 10 in Holderness, N.H.

Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor, politics, participated in a panel discussion titled “Legacies of War and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Living Together in the Future” held Sept. 10 at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Kurt Martens, associate professor, canon law, gave two presentations at the Canon Law Conference for Canonists and Civil Attorneys held Aug. 1 and 2 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis. His presentations were titled “Render Unto God…The Old and New Continents in Dialogue on the Protection of Religious Liberty” and “To Be Or Not To Be: Recent Roman Pronouncements on the Suppression and Mergers of Parishes and Relegation of Churches to Profane Use.” The conference was hosted by Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, participated in the 44th International Jewish-Christian Bible Week held Aug. 5 to 12 in Osnabrück, Germany. Each year, Jewish and Christian biblical scholars from Germany, England, Holland, Israel, and the United States come together to study biblical texts against a background of the two religious traditions. He gave a presentation titled “Minimalism and Maximalism in Biblical Archaeology” at West Chester University in Pennsylvania on Sept. 10.

Antti Pulkkinen, associate professor, physics, and associate director, Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, participated in a discussion titled “Living in the Atmoshphere of the Sun” Sept. 19 at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Maryland Space Business Roundtable, the program introduced this year’s theme for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — heliophysics and space weather.



Nikita Fitenko, associate professor, music, performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major as part of the Lewisville Lake (Texas) Symphony Orchestra’s season kickoff on Sept. 21 and 23.



Kevin Gunn, librarian and lecturer, library and information science, co-edited the book Leveraging Library Resources in a World of Fiscal Restraint and Institutional Change with Elizabeth Hammond, dean of University Libraries at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. The book was published in August by Routledge. Gunn wrote the critical review “Ramon Llull Database” for the Journal of Religious and Theological Information (Vol. 11, Issue 1-2).

Janice Hinkle, associate professor, nursing, wrote a Sept. 5 review of the book The Nurse’s Grant Writing Advantage: How Grant Writing Can Advance Your Nursing Career for Advance for Nurses.

Tobias Hoffmann, associate professor, philosophy, wrote the book A Companion to Angels in Medieval Philosophy, published by Brill. He also translated from Latin to German Johannes Duns Scotus’ Freedom, Virtues, and Natural Law (Freiheit, Tugenden und Naturgesetz), published by Herder.

Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, wrote several articles recently, including:

  • “Science Requirements and Conceptual Design for a Polarized Medium Energy Electron-Ion Collider at Jefferson Lab” for the High Energy Physics Literature Database
  • “The Electron Ion Collider A Next QCD Frontier,” a white paper report for the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee Long Range Plan
  • “Observation of the Helium 7 Lambda Hypernucleus by the (e,e’K+) Reaction” for the High Energy Physics Literature Database
  • “Imaging Sea Quarks and Gluons at an EIC” for the American Physics Institute Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1441.
  • “The Lead-Glass Electromagnetic Calorimeters for the Magnetic Spectrometers in Hall C at Jefferson Lab” for the High Energy Physics Literature Database

Trevor Lipscombe, director of CUA Press, wrote the article “First Among Equals: Robert Recorde and Innovation in Sixteenth-Century Publishing” for the Journal of Scholarly Publishing (Vol. 43, No. 1).

Kurt Martens, associate professor, canon law, wrote an article about the historical roots of religious liberty in the United States and Europe published in Origins (Vol. 42, No. 15).

Jason Sharples, assistant professor, history, wrote “Hearing Whispers, Casting Shadows: Jailhouse Conversation and the Production of Knowledge during the Antigua Slave Conspiracy Investigation of 1736," published in Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America, published by the University of Georgia Press.

W. John Shepherd, associate archivist, wrote the article “Terence Powderly: Labor Leader, Civil Servant, Photographer” in the summer issue of Potomac Catholic Heritage. He wrote three book reviews over the summer:

  • Britain’s War Machine: Weapons, Resources, and Experts in the Second World War, published in the Journal of The Churchill Centre
  • Icons of the Middle Ages: Rulers, Writers, Rebels, and Saints, published in Catholic Library World
  • The Churchills in Love and War, published in The Historian

Caroline Sherman, assistant professor, history, wrote the children’s book A Dog’s Life, published by Amazon Children’s Publishing.