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Awards and Honors

Geronimo L. Villanueva, research assistant professor in the Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, won the Harold C. Urey Prize from the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences. The prize recognizes outstanding achievement in planetary research by a young scientist.

Catholic University’s Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing, received the Chapter Key Award. The chapter will accept the award for a record sixth time at the Chapter Awards Celebration on Nov. 9 during the society’s 43rd Biennial Convention in Las Vegas.



Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (on sabbatical), was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the president's third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.



Gregory Miller, associate professor of chemistry, received a $238,833 grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Integration of phosphatidylinositol and diphosphoinositol signals at the exocyst.”


On the Road

John Grabowski, associate professor of theology and religious studies, gave a keynote address titled “Forming Families for the New Evangelization: The Task of Catholic Education” at the Diocese of Harrisburg’s 2015 education conference held Sept. 16. He gave a Sept. 23 presentation titled “The Other Side of Sinai: Growing in Virtue” at the World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia.

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, research professor of theology and religious studies, participated in the biannual meeting of the Societas Liturgica, which met Aug. 10 to 16 in Quebec. Monsignor Irwin also attended the biannual Liturgical Congress held Aug. 19 to 21 for the dioceses of Florida. He delivered a presentation for clergy on “The Authority, Power and Responsibility of the Presider,” gave a keynote address titled “The Life of the Liturgy and The Liturgy of Life,” and preached the homily at the Congress Eucharist.

Ken Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, spoke on “The Origins of the Concept of Permissive Natural Law” at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association held Sept. 4 in San Francisco.



Rev. Dominic Ciriaco, formation faculty member at Theological College, wrote A Woman for All Seasons (Leonine Publishers).

John Grabowski, associate professor of theology and religious studies, wrote “Catechesis and Moral Theology: Toward a Renewed Understanding of Christian Experience” for the journal Nova et Vetera (Vol. 13, No. 2).

Dorle Hellmuth, assistant professor of politics, wrote Counterterrorism and the State: Western Responses to 9/11 (University of Pennsylvania Press).

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship published an address delivered by Monsignor Kevin Irwin, research professor of theology and religious studies, in Rome in February 2013 at the Lateran University. The talk was titled “The Theological Keys of Sacrosanct Concilium, Reflections and Proposals.”

W. J. Shepherd, associate archivist, wrote a review of Donald R. Hickey’s book Glorious Victory: Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans for the September issue of Military History. He also wrote a review of Phil Bradley’s book Social Media for Creative Libraries for the June issue of Catholic Library World.

Rev. Paul Sullins, research associate professor of sociology and Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies fellow, wrote Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests (Oxford University Press). He co-edited The Conjugal Family: An Irreplaceable Resource for Society (Libreria Editrice Vaticana). He also contributed the chapter “The Conjugal Family in America” to the book.

Pim Valkenberg, professor of theology and religious studies, wrote Renewing Islam by Service: A Christian View of Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet Movement (The Catholic University of America Press).



William Brown, a graduate student in politics, was chosen by the Bryce Harlow Foundation as a fellow. The fellowships are awarded annually to graduate students who aspire to careers in government relations and lobbying. Fellows attend graduate school part time while working full time. Brown was one of 24 fellows selected from more than 60 applicants.