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Robert Miller, associate professor, theology and religious studies, has been appointed a research associate of the Department of Old Testament Studies at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.



The Integral Economic Development Management program in the School of Business and Economics received $92,000 from the MacArthur Foundation for a project that will seek ways to improve teacher training in Nigeria. Maria Sophia Aguirre, professor of economics, will serve as the principal investigator.

Juanita Aristizabal, assistant professor, modern languages and literatures; Jason Sharples, assistant professor, history; and Julia Young, assistant professor, history, received a $5,600 grant from the Kislak Family Foundation to fund the Early Americas Film and Lecture Series aimed at the CUA community. The first event in the series was a Nov. 14 screening of the film “Apocalypto,” with an introductory lecture by a Mayanist specialist from Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C.

The National Catholic School of Social Service has been awarded a two-year $48,000 grant from the New York Community Trust. Assistant Professor Melissa Grady, along with others from NCSSS, will document the use of proven practice and interventions by recent graduates of social work.

Ken Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung fellowship of $16,000 to conduct research on Roman law manuscripts in Germany for three months over the summer. He will be connected with the Monumenta Germaniae Historica in Munich. The grant enables Pennington to continue work on his book project, The Beginnings of the Ius commune: Legal Education and the Role of Jurists in Medieval Society.


On the Road

Thomas Cohen, associate professor, history, and curator of the Oliveira Lima Library, presented a paper titled “Reflections on the Changing Relationship Between Jews and Jesuits, 1540-1965” at Testemunho/Testimonio/Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics and Wisdom: Commemorating the 23rd Anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs held Nov. 15 and 16 at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago. He also presented a paper titled “Manoel de Oliveira Lima e Pernambuco” at the Biblioteca Central da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, on Dec. 5.

Jennifer Davis, assistant professor, history, gave a presentation titled “Reflections of an Early Medievalist” at a panel on the “Future of Medieval Studies” at the Medieval Studies Seminar held Oct. 18 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

Michael Gorman, associate professor, philosophy, spoke Jan. 31 on “Being, Goodness and a Place for Persons” for the annual St. Thomas Aquinas lecture at Providence (R.I.) College.

Dorle Hellmuth, assistant professor, politics, participated in a panel discussion titled “Security Challenges Facing the U.S.-European Partnership” as part of a U.S. Department of State program titled “U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges.” The panel was held Nov. 29 at the World Learning organization in Washington, D.C.

Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, gave a presentation titled “Meson physics opportunities with a neutral particle spectrometer” at the annual Jefferson Laboratory Hall C Winter Workshop held Jan. 24 and 25 in Newport News, Va. She also gave a presentation titled “Update on the Kaon Aerogel Cherenkov Detector” at the same workshop.

Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, gave a presentation titled “In History’s Grip” at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22. He gave a presentation on “An Enemy by Any Other Name: George Kennan, the Soviet Union and the Russians” at the conference Naming the Enemy held Nov. 30 at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, gave the keynote address “Truth, Rhetoric, and Politics: The Challenge of Plato’s Gorgias” at Glendale (Ariz.) Preparatory Academy’s Annual Upper School Symposium held Jan. 14.

Nelson Minnich, professor, theology and religious studies, participated in a variety of events at the American Historical Association /American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) annual meeting held Jan. 3 to 6 in New Orleans. He chaired the panel “Catholicism in the Sixteenth Century”; chaired the panel “The Politics of Papal Liturgy, Music, and Art during the Renaissance”; presented the paper “The Call for a Reform of Religious Orders and the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-17)”; gave a report at the ACHA’s executive council and business meetings; and held meetings of the Advisory Editorial Board of The Catholic Historical Review, of which he is editor.

Jerry Muller, chair and professor, history, presented a paper titled “Capitalism, Cultivation, and Inequality: The Good, the Bad and the (inevitable) Ugly” at the Paduano Seminar on Business Ethics held Oct. 12 at New York University.

Jennifer Paxton, visiting assistant professor, history, presented a paper on Nov. 3 titled “Excusing the Inexcusable: Abbots Who Diminish the Patrimony and the Monks Who Love Them Anyway” at the Charles Homer Haskins Society Conference held at Boston College.

Rev. Anthony J. Pogorelc, S.S., Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and director of pastoral formation at Theological College, gave a presentation on “Effective Strategies for Reaching Young Adults” in a Paulist Evangelization Ministries webinar on Oct. 4. He gave a presentation on “Translations of the Mass: Findings from a Comparison of Old and New” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion-Religious Research Association in Phoenix on Nov. 9. He gave a presentation marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council titled “Vatican II: New Embraces, Opportunities and You” for the Yale Graduate and Professional Students’ Association Theology on Tap Series at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., on Nov. 14.

Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, presented one of the readings at the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service held Jan. 22 at Washington National Cathedral. The interfaith service was attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and dignitaries and Americans of diverse faiths.

Jason Sharples, assistant professor, history, presented the paper “Imagining Violence and Race in Eighteenth-Century Communication” at the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association held Nov. 15 to 18 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

David Shumaker, clinical associate professor, library and information science, gave a presentation titled “Embedded Librarianship: A Breakout Strategy for Your Career” at the fall program meeting of the Special Libraries Association, Virginia Chapter, held Nov. 30 in Richmond, Va.

Matt Tapie, visiting assistant professor, philosophy, presented a paper on Jan. 4 titled “Thomas Aquinas as Resource for the New Black Theology” at the 2013 annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in Chicago.

Leslie Tentler, professor, history, participated in a roundtable session on "Writing the History of Vatican II: Archivists and Historians in Dialogue" at the American Historical Association annual meeting in New Orleans. She also was the commentator at a session on "Outgrowing Catholic Action? Transforming the Parochial Identity of American Lay Apostolates in the Vatican II Generation."

Árpád von Klimó, associate professor, history, gave a presentation titled “Communist Hungary and Vatican II” at the symposium The Second Vatican Council and Communism, held Dec. 1 at the University of Virginia. He also presented a paper on “The Cult of King Saint Stephen in Hungary since 1989: Political Functions and Cultural Context” at the workshop The Politics of History in Hungary since 1989 at Norwegian University of Science & Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

Michael G. Witczak, associate professor, theology and religious studies, delivered the Vice Presidential Address at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy held Jan. 3 to 6 in Albuquerque, N.M. His address was titled “The Liturgical Movement: A Personal Examen.” 

Julia Young, assistant professor, history, presented a paper at the meeting of the American Historical Association in New Orleans titled "The Unión Nacionalista Mexicana and Mexican Catholic Nationalism in Diaspora, 1926-1935." She also received the Peter Guilday Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association for her April 2012 article "Cristero Diaspora: Mexican Immigrants, the U.S. Catholic Church, and Mexico's Cristero War, 1926-1929."



Janice Agazio, associate professor, nursing, was principal author of an article titled “Mothers going to war: The role of nurse practitioners in the care of military mothers and families during deployment” published on the website of the Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Her co-authors include Annette Turner, a CUA doctoral candidate in nursing, and CUA nursing alumnae Diane Padden and Meryia Throop.

Joshua Benson, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the essay “Matthew of Aquasparta’s Sermons on Theology,” published in the book Franciscans and Preaching, edited by Timothy J. Johnson (Brill 2012).

Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, co-wrote several recent articles:

  • “Observation of the Helium 7 Lambda hypernucleus by the (e,e’K+) reaction” for Physical Review Letters (Vol. 110, Issue 1)
  • “First Measurement of the Neutral Current Excitation of the Delta Resonance on a Proton Target,” “Electron Ion Collider: The next QCD Frontier — Understanding the glue that binds us all,” and “Direct Measurements of the Lifetime of Heavy Hypernuclei” for the High Energy Physics Literature Database.

Christine Li, research analyst in the Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, wrote the article “Turning around low-performing private universities in China: A perspective of organizational ecology” for the Dec. 7 issue of the International Review of Education.

Trevor Lipscombe, director of The Catholic University of America Press, co-wrote “A Physics Model for Weight Loss by Dieting” for the Latin American Journal of Physics Education (Vol. 6, No. 3). His co-author was Carl Mungan, associate professor of physics at the United States Naval Academy.

Portions of the law review article “What’s Love Got to Do with it: Securing Access to Justice for Teens” by Lisa Martin, clinical associate, law, will be published in the forthcoming fourth edition of Lemon’s Domestic Violence Law. The article was originally published in the Catholic University Law Review last year.

William John Shepherd, associate archivist, co-wrote the article “Becoming a Capital City: The Photographs of Terence Powderly” in the December 2012 issue of Washington History. He wrote an article on Pennsylvania founding father Thomas McKean for the Winter 2012 issue of Newsletter of the Scotch Irish Society of the United States. He also wrote two book reviews in the fall: British Prime Ministers and Democracy, published in Finest Hour, and Displacing the States: Religion and Conflict in Neo-Liberal Africa, published in Catholic Library World.

Árpád von Klimó, associate professor, history, published an article in German (“The Brain Washed Cardinal”) in a Festschrift for Professor Emeritus Gernot Heiss, professor emeritus at the University of Vienna, focusing on the image of Cardinal Mindszenty in Cold War movies.

Stephen West, associate professor, history, wrote the essay “’A Hot Municipal Contest: Prohibition and Black Politics in Greenville, South Carolina, after Reconstruction” for the October issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.