Faculty accomplishments

October 12, 2010

McDaniel’s distinguished faculty members have presented and published their work nationally and internationally.

Greg Alles, Philosophy and Religious Studies, attended the 20th International Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) in Toronto in August and presented three papers: 1) “Kinds, Classes, and Clumps: A Preliminary Typology of Concepts and Some Implications for Thinking about Religion,” 2) “Ethnic Research as done within India: Observations from Editing Religious Studies: A Global View,” and 3) “Contesting Dharm and Samsk0ti in Indigenous India.” Alles also attended editorial board meetings for “Numen: International Review for the History of Religions” and “Religion,” presided on a panel on “Religious Issues in Cultural Context” and attended the meeting of the International Committee of the IAHR, where he is a member of both the Congress Organizing Committee and the Congress Program Committee.

Josh Baron, Philosophy and Religious Studies, received his Ph.D. from Temple University in August.

Mona Becker, Environmental Policy and Science, was named president of the Maryland Association of Science Teachers.  In November, MAST will co-host the National Science Teacher Association meeting in Baltimore, where Becker will present a curriculum project in preparation for the Maryland School Assessment in Science.  She co-authored the Carroll County Public Schools Earth Science Curriculum and benchmark assessments.

Sue Bloom, Art and Art History, delivered a two-hour “pay-for-view” online workshop in August with participants from as far as Germany, Italy and Russia. Her exhibit “Four Visions” opened in Septemberin Los Angeles at the Creative Center for Photography in Hollywood, and will open in Phoenix in November at the Tilt Gallery. The newly revised edition of Bloom’s “Digital Collage and Painting” will be published this month.

Margie Boudreaux, Music, has been appointed series editor for two choral music series to be published by Emerson Music Publishers, Inc. of Montclair, Calif.: Michael Praetorius Motets from the Polyhymnia Caduceatrix, a collection of 40 motets for diverse voices and instruments and Chinese Choral Music, starting with the music of Chen Dai Li, a colleague of Boudreaux’s from Xi’an.

Anouar Boukhars, Political Science and International Studies, had an online editorial titled “Western Sahara, the Maghreb's separator” in Lebanon’s The Daily Star in August.

Peter Bradley, Philosophy and Religious Studies, has been asked to be a panelist for this year's National Endowment for the Humanities “Enduring Questions” grant competition.  Bradley’s article “Teaching Modeling in Critical Thinking” was published in Teaching Philosophy.

Terry Dalton, English, was chosen by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication to select the “hot topic” at the annual conference held in Denver in August – the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Dalton's job included choosing, recruiting and introducing the five-person panel, which analyzed press coverage of the oil spill disaster.

Tom Deveny, Foreign Languages, published an article titled “Israel Adrián Caetano: una carrera de compromiso en el cine argentino” in Rondas literarias de Pittsburgh.

Kate Dobson, English, is co-editor of “FDCA Statutory Supplement 2010, 2nd Edition.”

Lauren Dundes, Sociology, co-authored an article with McDaniel graduate Isata Kallon ’09 titled “The cultural context of the Sierra Leonean Mende woman as patient” in the Journal of Transcultural Nursing (2010). The article was selected for “1000 Medicine,” a service that identifies important articles in medicine based on the recommendations of over 2,000 peer-nominated researchers and clinicians.

Dave Duree, Music, performed at the Maryland Clarinet Conference at Towson University in April with the McDaniel Clarinet Ensemble.

Kyle Engler, Music, sang in the famous ‘butterfly trio’ from “Madame Butterfly” with the Washington Opera Young Artists for the Open House at the Kennedy Center in September.

Mohamed Esa, Foreign Languages, taught a two-day workshop at Sweet Briar College in Virginia on “Märchen im Deutschunterricht.” He also gave an invited lecture at Northwestern University in Chicago on “Masters Reloaded: Goethe, the Grimms and Rammstein.”

Skip Fennell, Education, in August was the featured speaker at the Kennedy Krieger “A Very Special Summer Conference” in Baltimore where he spoke about issues in special needs for mathematics learners, led a professional development event for teachers regarding issues in mathematics teaching and learning in St. Johns County, Fla. and led professional development for all elementary, middle and high school mathematics teachers regarding the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics in Tulsa, Okla.  In September, he led professional development for middle and high school mathematics teachers in Howard County, Md.  For the past two years, Fennell has contributed to a publication released by the U.S. Department of Education in September titled “Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade.”

Gené Fouché, Theatre Arts, directed a production of “Putnam County Spelling Bee” for Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, acclaimed in D.C. Theatre Scene as “... one of the best productions I’ve seen this year.”

Spencer Hamblen, Mathematics and Computer Science, took senior Math students Rob Kelvey and Stephen Hardy to the MD-DC-VA Mathematics Association of America Spring Conference.  Kelvey took home the second-place prize in the poster competition, and Hardy was one of four undergraduates to give a talk at the meeting. Kelvey and Hardy won the Math Jeopardy competition, beating out five other schools including St. Mary's College of Maryland and James Madison U.

Scott Hardy, Environmental Policy and Science, published “Governments, Group Membership, and Watershed Partnerships” in “Society and Natural Resources.”

Debbi Johnson-Ross (Political Science and International Studies), along with Christopher Molem, had a chapter published in the 2010 volume “Seeds Bearing Fruit: Pan African Peace Action for the Twenty-first Century,”edited by Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo, Matt Meyer, and Judith Atiri (Africa World Press, 2010). Also, Johnson-Ross addressed an Ambassadorial Seminar on Gabon and Cameroon in October at the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. The invitation was extended by the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the National Intelligence Council.

“Owney the Mailpouch Pooch” by Mona Kerby, Education, was voted favorite picture book by students in Vermont and California. This month Kerby will attend the California Reading Association's Professional Development Institute in Riverside, Calif., to receive an award. “Owney” was also nominated to state reading lists in Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee.

In May, Jim Kunz, Social Work, made presentations with Social Work students on three student-faculty research projects at the We’re on Our Way Conference held by the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County. The projects, which used data from the 2008 Elder Health Needs Assessment collected by Dr. Buzz Baker, were: “Older Adults and Prescription Drugs: Insurance Coverage and Affordability” by Julie Busch, Brittany Libernini, Maria Mackall, Olivia Sykes and James Kunz; “Marital Status and Social Isolation Among Older Adults in Carroll County” by Rachel Robin, Amanda Forbes, Sarah Pope, and James Kunz; and “Not By Bread Alone: Older Adults’ Living Arrangements and Eating Habits” by Hannah Elovich, Marissa Graff, Kim Schaub, Jaclyn Gulack and James Kunz.  Kunz was appointed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to a committee charged with reviewing the Code of Ethics for licensed social workers. He was also named chair of the 2011 Policy Practice Forum, a biennial event, which brings social work students to Washington, D.C., to learn about social policy issues, meet with their Congressional representatives and hone their policy advocacy skills.

Stephanie Madsen, Psychology, with C. M Barry, published “Friends and Friendships” in T. Clydesdale (ed.) “Who Are Emerging Adults?” The article, part of the “Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project,” is available online.

Jeff Maynes. Philosophy and Religious Studies, completed the American Philosophical Association Summer Seminar on Teaching and Learning at the American Association of Philosophy Teachers 2010 Conference.

Gretchen McKay, Art and Art History, attended the annual Reacting to the Past conference in June where her project, “Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89,” was a featured game.  She also attended a week-long seminar, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Kress Foundation, at the Birmingham Museum of Art in July that examined late medieval and early Renaissance workshop practices, with hands-on examination of the paintings in the Kress collection.

Jenny McKenzie,Exercise Science and Physical Education, attended the American College of Sports Medicine’s 57th Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine in June in Baltimore. Jenny and her colleagues presented a poster based on their recent publication, “Plasma fetuin-A concentrations in young and older high- and low-active men,” in “Metabolism.”

Debbie Miller, Education, had her New International Reading Association standards published in book form, her name prominently displayed on the front pages.

Susan Milstein, Economics and Business Administration, coordinated the fourth annual Interviewing Day in September for more than 40 students from Business Administration and Economics. Rep-resentatives from 22 companies (including Constellation Energy, Ripken Baseball, Carrollton Bank, Gross Mendelsohn) and eight accounting firms (including Aerotek, The Mergis Group, and Erickson Senior Communities) conducted 152 interviews in a three-hour period.

Sara More and Pavel Naumov, Mathematics and Computer Science, co-authored a paper titled “Independence and Functional Dependence Relations on Secrets” with students Robert Kelvey ’10 and Ben Sapp ’11 that More presented at the International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning in Toronto in May. The paper, the Department’s first peer-reviewed joint research publication, appears in the conference proceedings. They also co-authored a paper titled “Hypergraphs of Multiparty Secrets,” presented by Naumov at the 11th International Workshop on Computational Logic in Multi-Agent Systems in Lisbon in August. The paper was published in peer-reviewed proceedings, and they have been invited to submit an extended version of the work for review and publication in “Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence.” Additionally, Computer Science students Rebecca Putnam ’12 and Elizabeth McCaslin ’12 won a major award from Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research in conjunction with the Coalition to Diversify Computing. This award, funded by the National Science Foundation, provides stipends for students involved in undergraduate research and money for students' conference travel.  McCaslin and Putnam will each receive a $3,000 annual research stipend and share $3,000 for travel to attend conferences.

Priscilla Ord, English, was a participant in the 20th Oxford Round Table at Harry Manchester College in July, where she presented “Reaching for the Ivy Ceiling: Women College Presidents on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century.” She also presented a paper at the 37th annual Children's Literature Association conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., in June titled “Children of the Holocaust: Accounts of Their Survival in Literature for Children and Young Adults.”

Susan Parrish, Biology, was an invited speaker for the NIH Career Symposium in May for a panel discussion on academic careers and the tenure process.  She also attended the Genomics Education Partnership Alumni meeting at Washington University in St. Louis in August.

Steve Pearson, Art and Art History, participated in Artist Speed Dating hosted by the Arlington Art Center and the Pink Line Project in July. The event allowed art patrons and enthusiasts three minutes to ask selected contemporary artists questions about their work. Pearson gave an Artist Lecture about his art, teaching, and establishing goals to Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann's Professional Practices Class at the Maryland Institute College of Art in September and was in the exhibition, Emerging Artists II with Lee Oliver ’08 and Chloe Watson ’07. The show was curated by Kelly Waterman ’08 at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in August-September. Pearson’s work will be in the exhibition, “Kaleidoscope” at The Galleries at CCBC in Catonsville Oct.12 – Nov. 19.

Joel Plotkin, Theatre Arts, and members of the Maryland Playback Ensemble performed at the Common Ground on the Hill festival in July 2010 and taught a workshop on Playback Theater.

Pam Regis, English, was quoted in USA Today Aug. 9 in “Romance novels set in Amish country pick up the pace.” She gave the keynote address, “What Do Critics Owe the Romance?” at the Second Annual International Conference on Popular Romance Studies in Brussels in August. Regis recently wrote “Everyone Says I Love You,” a review of Lisa Fletcher’s “Historical Romance Fiction:  Heterosexuality and Performativity” in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies.

Susan Clare Scott, Art History, presented a paper “The Chinoiserie Garden Pavilion and the Chinese Bridge, Part II” at the International Conference of the Asian Studies Development Program, held at the East West Foundation at the University of Hawaii in June-July:  She also chaired a session on a new film in progress on the Chinese Scholars' Garden in Portland, Oregon.

Jonathan Slade, Communication, continues to contribute on a regular basis to the regional Northern News as “Media Man.”

Rick Smith, Chemistry, received a grant of $800 for his proposal “Chincoteague Island African American Cemeteries” to the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The grant supports a traveling exhibit that reports on the ground-penetrating radar study of the cemeteries and seeks community information about individuals buried in the two cemeteries. The funds will also be used to provide travel to interview descendants of those buried in the cemeteries.

Margaret Trader, Education, has served on the Expert Panel for the Teacher Staffing Report for the Maryland State Department of Education, which recommends areas of teacher shortage and surplus.

Elizabeth van den Berg, Theatre Arts, served as dialect coach for “Travels with My Aunt” at Rep Stage in Columbia, teaching Italian, Sierra Leone, German, British, Cockney, Pakistani and Wolfhound dialects, of which the Washington Post noted:  “…prim British speech with bold attitude.” She also performed with Artistic Director Joy Zinoman on the Studio Theatre’s production of “American Buffalo,” which the Post called “a gleefully flinty slice of burnt out life: taut, funny and, in the end, surprisingly touching.”

Karen Violanti, Academic Affairs, passed the National Counselor Exam and is now a National Certified Counselor (NCC).