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Hazel Edwards, associate professor of architecture and planning, was appointed chair of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Special Committee on Diversity for a term of 2015–2017. The term began on Nov. 1. The purpose of the committee is to encourage planning schools to develop specific programs and incentives for increasing faculty and student diversity and expanding diversity in the curriculum.

Katherine Jansen, chair and professor of history, was appointed to the National Endowment for the Humanities review panel for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program in the Division of Preservation and Access, focusing on ancient and medieval world cultures.

Jennifer Paxton, clinical assistant professor of history, was appointed treasurer of the Haskins Society, an international scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history of the early and central Middle Ages.


Awards and Honors

Hazel Edwards, associate professor of architecture and planning, was the co-recipient of the 2015 Marcia M. Feld Leadership Award, which is given out by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and recognizes a member of the ACSP Faculty Women’s Interest Group for outstanding leadership within the organization.

Ian Pegg, Vitreous State Laboratory director and professor of physics, was part of a five-person team that won the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Grand Challenge. The team’s proposal, “High Level Waste Direct Vitrification,” if proven effective, could make nuclear waste vitrification missions more efficient and cost-effective.


On the Road

Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor of theology and religious studies, presented the paper “Anamnesis, Epiclesis and Mimesis in the Minor Hours of the Byzantine Rite” at the 2016 North American Academy of Liturgy Conference held Jan. 7 to 10 in Houston.

Thomas M. Cohen, associate professor of history and curator of the Oliveira Lima Library, was a panelist for a Nov. 5 webcast titled “Mind the Gap: Find and Fix the Mismatches Between Faculty and Academic Librarians.” The webcast was sponsored by the Library Journal and Gale Cengage Learning.

Eleanor Holdridge, head of the M.F.A. Directing Program, participated in a keynote panel at the Good to Go Theater Festival, which took place at the Theater Center in New York, N.Y., on Nov. 18. The festival features plays, musicals, and songs written by women.

Paulist Press hosted a reception at the North American Academy of Liturgy meeting in Houston on Jan. 8 to launch the new book SACRAMENTS: Historical Precedents and Liturgical Theology, written by Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, research professor of theology and religious studies.

Charles B. Jones, associate professor of theology and religious studies, presented the paper, “Western Pure Land, Mind-Only Pure Land, or Humanistic Pure Land: Intersections in Practice and Social Action” at the conference Humanistic Pure Land and Amitabha Pure Land held Jan. 9 and 10 at the Centre for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, presented the paper “Is the Common Good an Ensemble of Conditions?” at the Enrico Castelli Colloquium held Jan. 4 to 6 at the University of Rome.

Nelson Minnich, professor of history, attended a meeting in Rome of the Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences on Nov. 27 and 28. He attended the annual meeting of the American Historical Association/American Catholic Historical Association held Jan. 7 to 10 in Atlanta.

Jerry Muller, professor of history, delivered the 29th Annual Lecture of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 12. He spoke on “Capitalism and the Jews Revisited.” He presented the paper “The Perennial Dilemmas of Conservatism” at the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C., on Dec. 21.

Ken Pennington, Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History, gave a talk on Pope Innocent III and the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215 at the Catholic University of Murica, Spain, on Dec. 11. The talk commemorated the 800th anniversary of the Fourth Lateran Council and the pontificate of Pope Innocent III.

Árpád von Klimó, associate professor of history, presented the paper “The Decade of the Victims. Novi Sad, Holocaust Remembering, The Victims of 1956, and the End of the Communist Regime in 1989” at the National Convention of the American Society for Eastern European and Eurasian Studies held Nov. 19 in Philadelphia. He also gave a talk on “Cold Days. The 1942 Massacre at Novi Sad and the Transformation of Hungarian Society Until 1989” at a conference in remembrance of Zoltan Toth, held Nov. 27 at the University of Miskolc in Hungary.

Julia Young, assistant professor of history, participated in a panel discussion titled “Migration, Asylum, and the Role of the State: Defining Boundaries, Redefining Borders” held Nov. 12 at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.



Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor of theology and religious studies, wrote the article “The Office of the Royal Hours,” published in Ecclesia (Vol. 92).

Vadim D. Knyazev, professor of chemistry, co-wrote, with Konstantin Popov, “Initial Stages of the Pyrolysis of Polyethlene” for the Journal of Physical Chemistry A (Vol. 119).

In January, CUA Press published a new edition of A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist, and Church Unity by Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism. It features a new postscript that includes developments regarding primacy and Catholic-Orthodox relations during the pontificate of Pope Francis.

Nelson Minnich, professor of history, published a collection he edited titled Journeys in Church History: Essays from the Catholic Historical Review (CUA Press).

Timothy B. Noone, wrote two chapters/articles for the book The Newman-Scotus Reader: Contexts and Commonalities (Academy of the Immaculate): “John Duns Scotus on Intuitive Cognition, Scientific Knowledge, and Our Knowledge of God” and “Bl. Duns Scotus and Bl. Cardinal John Newman on Knowledge, Assent, and Faith.”

Jason Sharples, assistant professor of history, wrote “Discovering Slave Conspiracies: New Fears of Rebellion and Old Paradigms of Plotting in 17th-Century Barbados” in The American Historical Review (Vol. 120, No. 3).

W. J. Shepherd, associate archivist, wrote a review of Steve Albrecht’s book Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Environments for the December issue of Catholic Library World. He also reviewed Chris Mackowski’s book Grant’s Last Battle: The Story Behind the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant for the February issue of Civil War Times.

Victor Williams, clinical assistant professor of law, wrote the article “Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and a Disrupted Electoral College: High Unfavorable Ratings, Multi-Candidate General Election Ballots, and Pursuing the ‘Art of the Deal’ with Free-Agent Electors in December 2016,” published in the Syracuse Journal of Law and Civil Engagement. He was interviewed about the article on Dec. 9 on CUNY TV’s program POTUS 2016.



Students in the School of Architecture and Planning’s Real Estate Development Graduate Studio received $2,250 in prizes in a design challenge titled “Rethink the Traditional Shopping Center.” The challenge, funded by Kalis Holdings LLC, invited students to design buildings for the Warrenton Towne Center in Virginia. Alexander Collich and John Berrios won first prize; Dylan Beato won second prize; Daniel Hinchcliff, Pedro Gomide, and Luis Sotelo won third prize; and Andy Blackmore won an honorable mention.