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Awards and Honors

Andrew Simpson, professor, music, was recognized by his undergraduate alma mater, Butler University in Indianapolis, with an Alumni Recognition Award. The award is given to an alumnus each year by the Jordan College of Arts.



Jonathan Monaghan, assistant professor, art, received a $10,000 artist grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to support his art work.

Arpad von Klimo, associate professor, history, received a $3,800 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation travel grant to do research at the Institute of East European and South East European Studies in Regensburg, Germany. 


On the Road

Maria Sophia Aguirre, professor, economics, presented the paper “Family and Sustainable Development” at the International Conference on Family and Sustainable Development held Sept. 24 at the International University of Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. She was the opening keynote speaker for the conference. That same day, she participated in a roundtable discussion on children and families organized by the Social Trends Institute in Barcelona. She also spoke on “The Impact of the Family on the Economy: A New Approach to Achieve Countries’ Development” on Oct. 31 in Washington, D.C. The event was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the Organization of American States and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Ian Boxall, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a Sept. 17 lecture on “God’s Battle with Satan in the Book of Revelation” at the Biblical Archaeology Forum at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md.

Charles B. Jones, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented on “Jesuit-Chinese Interactions in the Late Ming Dynasty: Lost in Translation?” at the conference Language, Culture and Reality: East and West, held Oct. 3 and 4 at the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies and Academic Exchange and the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Nelson Minnich, professor, history and theology and religious studies, presented the paper “The Conflict between the Teutonic Knights and the King of Poland at the Fifth Lateran Council” at the conference Konzil und Fuerst at the University of Vienna in Austria on Sept. 19.

Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology and religious studies, participated Sept. 27 and 28 in the Dulles Colloquium sponsored by the journal First Things. The Dulles Colloquium, which invites approximately 20 Christian thinkers a year to participate in a discussion of major topics, was named for Cardinal Avery Dulles. This year's topic, "Christian Witness in America," focused on the rapidly changing place of religion in the public square.

Ken Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, spoke Oct. 4 on “The Jurists' Defense of Indigenous Peoples in the New World" at the International School of the Ius Commune in Erice, Italy. He also spoke on “Law as a Source for the Social Historian: Possibilities and Pitfalls," at a conference titled Minorités et cohabitations religieuses au Moyen-Âge held Oct. 20 in Nantes, France.

L.R. Poos, professor, history, presented the paper “An Essex Case Study: Stebbing and its Late-Medieval and Tudor Manorial Documentation” at the conference Essex through the Ages: Tracing the Past Using Manorial Documents held July 12 in Chelmsford, England.

Julia Young, assistant professor, history, presented the paper “Knights and Caballeros: Mexico’s Knights of Columbus on Both Sides of the Border, 1920–2010” at the XIV Reunión Internacional de Historiadores de México in Chicago on Sept. 19.



John J. Convey, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education, wrote “Motivation and Job Satisfaction of Catholic School Teachers” for the September issue of the Journal of Catholic Education.

Kevin Gunn, librarian and lecturer, library and information science, co-edited the special issue “Scholarly Communication” for the journal College & Undergraduate Libraries (Vol. 21, No. 3–4). He also co-wrote the introduction for the issue.

Michael Kimmage, associate professor, history, wrote “The Decline of the West: An American Story” in the fall issue of Telos.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, philosophy, wrote “Aristotle: the Common Good, and Us,” published in the Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association (Vol. 87).

Trevor Lipscombe, director, The Catholic University of America Press, co-wrote “Double Fourier harmonic balance method for nonlinear oscillators by means of Bessel series,” published in the October issue of the International Journal of Mathematical Engineering and Science.

Ken Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, wrote “The Biography of Gratian: The Father of Canon Law,” published in the Villanova Law Review (Vol. 59). He also wrote “Moderamen inculpataetutelae: The Jurisprudence of a Justifiable Defense,” published in Rivista internazionale didiritto comune (Vol. 24).

Franklin H. Portugal, clinical associate professor, biology, wrote The Least Likely Man: Marshall Nirenberg and the Discovery of the Genetic Code, to be published by The MIT Press.

Jay W. Richards, assistant research professor, business and economics, wrote The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot (Ignatius Press).



Ryan Wilson, doctoral candidate, English, wrote the poem “The View on Waking,” which appeared in the October issue of First Things.