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Awards and Honors

Brendan Rich, assistant professor, psychology, was named as one of the top 20 psychology professors in Maryland by the websites and

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor, theology and religious studies, was awarded the John Paul II Award on April 1 by the National Catholic Educational Association for outstanding service in priestly formation.



Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, received a $5,328 grant from Jefferson Science Associates LLC for a project titled “Exclusive Reactions.” She also received a $15,332 grant from Jefferson Science Associates LLC for a project titled “Factorization studies in hard exclusive reactions.” 


On the Road

Jennifer Davis, assistant professor, history, gave an April 25 lecture titled “Charlemagne’s Europe” at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Tanja Horn, assistant professor, physics, gave a lecture titled “Nucleon Structure — 3D” at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on April 8. She also gave a research presentation titled “Update on the Kaon Aerogel Cherenkov Detector” at the American Physical Society Meeting, held April 13 to 16 in Denver.

Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, presented the paper “Philip Roth’s Newark” at the Roth@80 Conference held March 18 and 19 in Newark, N.J. He also presented the paper “The Mystery of Lightnin’ Hopkins” at the annual conference of Critics, Writers and Literary Scholars held April 5 to 7 at the University of Georgia.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, gave the lecture “Social Justice and the Common Good in Thomistic-Aristotelian Political Philosophy” at the What is Social Justice? Conference held April 6 at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture titled “How to Be Bored: Thoughts from Literature, Philosophy, and Theology” at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., on April 15.

Jennifer Paxton, visiting assistant professor, history, and Caroline Sherman, assistant professor, history, attended the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference held March 23 in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Paxton provided commentary on a student panel at the conference. Sherman participated in the panel “Europe Since 1945.” Sixteen CUA students attended the conference.

Mark Rienzi, associate professor, law, participated in a panel discussion on “Religious Liberty Challenges in the 21st Century” at the conference Religious Liberty in an Age of Change, held April 9 and 10 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

John Rist, Father Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Chair in Philosophy, gave a lecture titled “Can Augustine’s ‘City of God’ Help Us Deconstruct Multi-Culturalism?” at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., on April 8.

Arpad von Klimo, associate professor, history, helped organize a workshop on the “Routledge History of East Central Europe Since 1700,” held March 22 and 23 at the Centre for Transnational History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Stephen A. West, associate professor, history, presented the paper “Reconstruction and the Rough Rider: Theodore Roosevelt on the History and Lessons of the Post-Civil War Years” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual meeting held March 27 to 30 in Washington, D.C.



Nelson Minnich, professor, theology and religious studies, wrote two articles published in the book Diccionario General de Derecho Canónico: “Concilio Lateranense V” and “Concilio de Trento.”

Karla Simon, research professor, law, wrote Civil Society in China through the Ages: What Impact Does the Past Have on Developments Today? (Oxford University Press).



The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation named Nathaniel Hlavin, a junior physics major, as a Goldwater Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year. Hlavin will receive a scholarship to cover a portion of the cost of his senior year at CUA. Sophomore physics major Patricia Yoritomo was awarded an honorable mention. 

Kelly Knight, a master’s student in the School of Library and Information Science, has been awarded the first annual Rovelstad Scholarship in International Librarianship by the Council on Library and Information Resources. The scholarship will enable her to travel to Singapore in August for the annual meeting of the World Library and Information Congress. The scholarship is endowed by and named for Mathilde Rovelstad, a former professor in CUA’s School of Library and Information Science, and her husband, Howard.

Mark Thomas, a sophomore media studies major, won a $1,000 prize as first runner up in photography from the Arts Club of Washington. His entry, titled “Down the Road,” was awarded for outstanding technical and artistic abilities. Lara Yaeger-Crasselt, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art, sponsored Thomas in this annual scholarship competition, which recognizes promising art students.