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William Klingshirn, professor, Greek and Latin, was appointed to the Pontificia Academia Latinitatis (Pontifical Academy for Latin) with the rank of academicus ordinarius. The aims of the academy are to encourage the knowledge and study of Latin and to promote the use of Latin in various contexts.


Awards and Honors

Nancy Adleman, assistant professor, psychology, will serve as a local science advisor for The Catholic University of America project titled “An Exploration of Catholic Theology and Scientific Engagement,” which is funded through the American Association for the Advancement of Science “Science for Seminaries” project. As a science advisor, Adleman will lend her expertise to the project leader and other participating faculty. The goal of the project is to integrate quality, forefront science into the core of seminary education.

Rebecca Rainof Mas, assistant professor, English, won a Curran Fellowship grant for 2015 to pursue a project on Vincent Van Gogh and the illustrated 19th-century British press. Curran fellowships are travel and research grants intended to aid scholars studying 19th century British magazines and newspapers to make use of primary print and archival sources.


On the Road

Monsignor Michael Clay, clinical assistant professor, theology and religious studies, presented a Jan. 17 lecture on "Emerging Catholicism in the Bible-Belt" to launch the 75th anniversary of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, NC.

Francisco J. Lara, visiting professor, business and economics, spoke on "Inflation, Employment and International Education” at Regent’s University London on Jan. 8.

Mary Leary, professor, law, participated in a panel discussion on “Pornography, Women, and Children” at the conference Pervasive Porn: The Personal and Social Costs of Pornography held Jan. 31 at the University of Notre Dame.

Robert Miller, O.F.S., associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented the paper “The Hebrew Bible's Concept of Life” at the conference What is Life? Evolutionary Perspectives, Philosophical Considerations and Theological Questions held Jan. 21 in Bern, Switzerland.



Sharyn L. Battersby, associate professor, music, co-wrote the article “The Culture of Professional Learning Communities and Connections to Improve Teacher Efficacy and Support Student Learning,” published in the January issue of Arts Education Policy Review.

John S. Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote "Understanding the 'New Human Ecology'," published Feb. 8 in Our Sunday Visitor.

Rev. John Paul Heil, professor, theology and religious studies, wrote the book 1-3 John: Worship by Loving God and One Another to Live Eternally, published by Cascade Books.

Sister Margaret Kelleher, O.S.U., associate professor, theology and religious studies, wrote two articles: “Anscar Chupungco and ICEL,” published in the Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy, and “Vatican II and the LWF Project: Points of Convergence,” published in Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland.

Three CUA philosophy professors contributed articles to Studia Gilsoniana 3, A Festschrift in Honor of Jude P. Dougherty (dean emeritus of the School of Philosophy).

  • V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor, wrote “Democracy and Catholic Social Teaching: Continuity, Development, and Challenge.”
  • Monsignor Robert Sokolowski, Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy, wrote “Honor, Anger, and Belittlement in Aristotle’s Ethics.”
  • Monsignor John F. Wippel, Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy, wrote “Maritain and Aquinas on Our Discovery of Being.”

Adnan Morshed, associate professor, architecture and planning, wrote the book Impossible Heights: Skyscraper, Flight, and the Master Builder (University of Minnesota Press).

Georges Nehmetallah, assistant professor, electrical engineering and computer science, co-wrote the article “Application of up-sampling and resolution scaling to Fresnel reconstruction of digital holograms,” published in Applied Optics (Vol. 54, No. 6).

Ian Pegg, professor of physics and director of the Vitreous State Laboratory, wrote “Turning nuclear waste into glass” for the February issue of Physics Today.




Quoc T. Hunyh, a graduate student in engineering, won in the graduate category of the 2015 DCCEAS (District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies) Paper Competition for the paper “Alogorithm for Fall Detection Based upon Power Spectral Analyses of 3-D Accelerometry Data.” Engineering students Albara Alsaywed, Nicholas Jarboe, and Brian Keith won in the undergraduate category in the same competition for their paper, “Design for a Wearable Controller with Dynamic Force Feedback for a Precision Gripping Robot.”