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Awards and Honors

J. Steven Brown, associate professor and associate dean, engineering, was awarded Fellow status in the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) during the society’s January meeting in New York. Fellow ASHRAE status is a membership grade that recognizes members who have attained distinction and made substantial contributions in the field.

Sang Wook Lee, assistant professor, biomedical engineering, was awarded the 2013 Delsys Prize for his study “Impairment in task-specific modulation of muscle coordination correlates with the severity of hand impairment following stroke,” which explores a novel method to characterize post-stroke impairment in muscle coordination patterns. The Delsys Prize promotes innovation in the field of electromyography. 



Jandro L. Abot, associate professor, mechanical engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant as part of the Fulbright-Brazil Scientific Mobility Program in Nanotechnology and New Materials. His project is titled “Miniature Piezo-Impedance Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring Using Carbon Nanotube Yarn.” Abot will be hosted in Brazil for the next two summers by Emilio C. Nelli Silva, professor and chair of the Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Systems at the Universidade de São Paulo.

Sarah Spalding, undergraduate advisor, history, won a travel grant from the Medieval Academy of America to deliver a paper at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Mich., in May.


On the Road

Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, presented a talk titled "Inscriptions as a Liturgical Source: The Case of the Parthenon” at the North American Academy of Liturgy in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 3.

Katherine Jansen, professor, history, gave a Dec. 2 lecture on “The Problems of Peacemaking in Late Medieval Florence” at the Institute for Advanced Study in the School of Historical Studies in Princeton, N.J. She also led a seminar on “Notaries and Notarial Culture in Late Medieval Florence” on Dec. 10.

An exhibition featuring the work of Julie Ju-Youn Kim, associate professor, architecture and planning, opened Feb. 3 at the Kibel Gallery at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. The exhibit, titled “Unwrapping the Hanbok + Villa of Veils: Rendering the Body Present,” will run through May 15.

Maryann Cusimano Love, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow and associate professor of politics, participated in a panel discussion on “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Advancing the Insights of ‘Gaudium et Spes’” at the annual conference of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities held Feb. 1 to 3 in Washington, D.C.

Laura E. Nym Mayhall, associate professor, history, participated in a panel on “Reframing Reform: Transnational Women’s Rights Movements” and a roundtable on “The Feedback Loop: Historians Talk about the Links between Research and Teaching” at the American Historical Association annual meeting held Jan. 2 to 5 in Washington, D.C.

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, professor, theology and religious studies, gave a lecture on Jan. 29 at Georgetown University titled “Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Achievements and Issues.”

Jennifer Paxton, clinical assistant professor, history, gave a talk titled “Political Legitimacy in Medieval England” at the Renaissance Weekend held Dec. 28 to Jan. 1 in Charleston, S.C. Renaissance Weekends bring together leaders from diverse fields to participate in lectures, seminars, and discussions.

Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti, clinical associate professor, theology and religious studies, traveled to South Africa to speak with priests and bishops of the South African Catholic Bishops Conference from Jan. 15 to 29. He addressed the priests of the Diocese of Cape Town, led a sabbatical group in Durban, and led a day for the priests of Johannesburg. 



Andrew Earle Simpson, professor and head of theory and composition, music, guest conducted the National Gallery Orchestra in the premiere of a new orchestral score to accompany The General, a 1926 silent comedy starring Buster Keaton. The screening and performance took place Jan. 12 at the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium. 



Niki Akhavan, assistant professor, media studies, wrote the book Electronic Iran: The Cultural Politics of an Online Revolution.

Joshua Benson, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote “The Christology of the Breviloquium” in the reference work A Companion to Bonaventure.

Katherine Jansen, professor, history, wrote the foreword for the book Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture: Conflicted Roles.

Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, wrote a bibliographic essay on conservatism in American political thought for the February issue of Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. He also wrote “Goin’ to Dallas: The Art of Lightnin’ Hopkins” in the winter/spring issue of Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art

Laura E. Nym Mayhall, associate professor, history, wrote a review of Judy Walkowitz’s book Nights Out for the February issue of the American Historical Review.

Jerry Muller, chair and professor, history, co-wrote an obituary of historian David Landes for the January issue of Perspectives on History, the magazine of the American Historical Association.

W. John Shepherd, associate archivist, wrote about CUA’s World War I era National Catholic War Council Collection (the forerunner to today’s United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) in two articles in the winter 2014 issue of Potomac Catholic Heritage: “Americanizing the Church: John J. Burke” and “For God and Country.”

“The Hungarian Debate on 1989,” an article by Arpad von Klimo, associate professor, history, was published in German and English on the website of the Imre Kertesz Kolleg Jena (Friedrich Schiller University Jena), a German institute for the interdisciplinary and transnational study of the historical events of the 20th century in East Central and Southeastern Europe.



Two research papers written by biomedical engineering majors were awarded first prize in the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies’ (DCCEAS) student paper competition. The papers were tied for first place. Written as part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s two-semester Senior Design course, the papers concern different aspects of stroke rehabilitation for the hand and arm. “Hand Assistive Rehabilitation Pneumatic Exoskeleton (HARPE) for Stroke Patients,” was written by Alawiya Al Hashem, Wesley Conn, and Majid Jamialahmadi. “Forearm Rotation Device: Relearning Supination and Pronation Through Repetitive Motion Rehabilitation Training” was written by Kaitlyn Lafferty, Adissa Silue, and Ali Taylor.

A team of students — including electrical engineering majors Mohamed Aldesran, Andrew Bean, and Jose Maheda, and mechanical engineering student Ibrahim Makhadmi — was awarded $1,250 after participating in a design competition sponsored by Thomas House, an assisted living community in Washington, D.C., to design a solar-powered picnic table. The team tied with students from Howard University and split the $2,500 cash prize evenly.

Aldo Glean, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, won a Best Student Paper Award in Structural Acoustics and Vibration during the Acoustical Society of America Meeting, which was held in December in San Francisco. Glean’s paper, “Modification of the spectral response of a pipe resonator using a subordinate array of coupled Helmholtz resonators,” demonstrates how acoustic responses of a system can be altered in specific ways.

Vanessa Taylor, graduate student in history, won a Cosmos Grant to cover research at the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Architecture graduate and undergraduate students will have their work displayed in the exhibit “Professing Architecture: Connecting Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality” in the SIGAL Gallery in Washington, D.C., through March 25. The exhibit explores ideas of architectural design within the Sacred Space and Cultural Studies Studio at Catholic University.