Faculty accomplishments and accolades

October 11, 2011

Greg Alles, Philosophy and Religious Studies, received an alumni award from Valparaiso University, his undergraduate alma mater. He published “What (Kind of) Good is Religious Studies?” in Religion 41, no. 2 (June 2011) and gave a paper “A Tale of Two Mountains: Vagasthal and Babo Tundvo in Chhotaudepur Taluka, Gujarat” at the 4th Conference of the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion, in Thimphu, Bhutan, in June. He also attended “Spirituality and the Adivasis of Gujarat,” the 10th Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions, in Budapest in September.  Alles reviewed a research proposal titled “Spiritual Transformation in Higher Education” for the National Research Foundation, Government of South Africa.

Mary Bendel-Simso and LeRoy Panek, English, creators of the Westminster Detective Library, were mentioned in The Cleveland Dickens Fellowship e-newsletter.

Cathy Bodin, Foreign Languages, served on the doctoral dissertation committee for Lois Jarman of Shenandoah University, who successfully defended in June.

Margie Boudreaux, Music, has been contacted by Schott Music, a major European music publisher, for permission to include one of her Campion editions, "Come Cheerful Day," in their publication “Chorbuch: Singen ist klasse,” a collection of choral works from all around the world appropriate for use in schools.

Anouar Boukhars, Political Science and International Studies, was in Qatar in May to participate in the Doha Debates, chaired by former BBC correspondent and interviewer Tim Sebastian. Former participants have included Bill Clinton, Shimon Peres, Amr Moussa and Ayad Allawi.  Boukhars also published a number of pieces: “Mauritania Confronts Structural Problems as It Steps Up Counterterrorism Efforts,” Terrorism Monitor, Vol: 9 No. 31, Aug. 4, 2011; “Popular Upsurge and Political Pacts in Morocco”, Jadaliyya (produced by Arab Studies Institute), Aug. 3, 2011; “Prospects for Reform in Morocco,” (with Shadi Hamid, Director of research at Brookings Doha Center), The Brookings Institution, June 28, 2011, “The Monarchy Club”, Bitterlemons-International, June 23, 2011; “Does Morocco have a place in the GCC,” Carnegie Arab Reform Bulletin, May 25, 2011. He also gave several invited talks: “Prospects for Political Change in Morocco,” at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, Va., in June; “The Dignity Revolutions in the Arab World,” at The World Affairs Council in Pittsburgh in June; “The Way Forward: The Moroccan Model,” Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C. in June; and “This House believes resistance to the Arab Spring is futile,” Doha Debates, Qatar, in May.

Lisa Breslin, Academic Affairs, and Julia Jasken and Jen Walker, English, presented at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Conference in Bloomington, Ind., in June on the subject “Taking Care of the World House: A Summer Academic Enrichment Program for Underserved College-Bound Students.”  Individual presentations included: Lisa Breslin and Kevin Giffhorn, “Murky Grammar Swamps and Hurricane Happenings: Using an Ecojustice-Themed Curriculum to Enhance Math and Language Arts Proficiency”; Julia Jasken, “Flipping the Script: Using NewMedia for Environmental Exploration with At-Risk Populations”; Jen Walker, “Learning that the Environmental Movement Includes Me, Too: Ecojustice and Experiential Education for Underserved Minority Students.”

Tom Deveny, Foreign Languages, published "The Spanish Golden Age Revisited: Agustín Díaz Yañez’s ‘Alatriste’ (2006) and Antonio del Real’s ‘La conjura del Escorial’ (2008)” in The Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies. He also read two conference papers: “Pa negre (Pan negro): bildungsfilm de memoria histórica” at I Congreso Internacional de Historia, Literatura y Arte en el Cine Español y Portugués. Universidad de Salamanca, on June 29, and “Ekphrasis in the Work of Antonio Muñoz Molina" at the Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference on French, German, Italian and Hispanic Literatures at Duquesne University in September.

Kyle Engler, Music, performed a concert with the Jeraboam Vocal Quartet at St. Ann's Church in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 16. The Quartet performed "Night in a Persian Garden" based on the Rubyiat by Liza Lehmann, famous Victorian female composer, and works by Schubert, Brahms and Sullivan.

Mohamed Esa, Foreign Languages, was keynote speaker for this year's Symposium of the Council on Language Instruction at Northwestern University in Chicago. His topic was "The Creative Use of Technology in World Language Instruction." Esa was also on WYPR 88.1 FM for an interview with Sheilah Kast, which aired on Maryland Morning on Sept. 27.

Scott Hardy, Environmental Studies, attended a conference in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom in June on “Cultural Legitimacy and the International Law and Policy on Climate Change.” While there he presented a student-faculty research paper co-authored by recent EPS graduate Melissa Bollman titled "Institutional Rules in Action: A Multi-Level Analysis of Costa Rica’s PES Program." The paper was selected for publication in a forthcoming book on climate-change policy.

Andi Hoffman’s Exercise Science and Physical Education advisee, Hope Battista, was awarded the 2011 MAHPERD Undergraduate Scholarship. She will be honored at the annual convention awards banquet in October and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Julia Jasken’s, English, First Year Seminar, Exploring Digital Culture, was highlighted in The Advocate of Westminster and Finksburg on Aug. 9.  Jasken, along with Jeff Marx, Physics, and Peter Bradley, Philosophy, is replacing textbooks with iPad2s for course material for this fall semester.

Debora Johnson-Ross, Political Science and International Studies, has been selected as a COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) Institute Fellow, as part of a two-year program at the COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities. She will be working in association with Fellows from Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Linda Kirkpatrick, Music, had her piece, “Concerto in D Major” by Boismortier, chosen from the more than 100 pieces that were submitted to the National Flute Association's 2011 Newly Published Music Competition, as an Honorable Mention. Winning submissions were performed at the Newly Published Music Concert at the 2011 NFA Convention in August.

Jim Kunz and Cathy Orzolek-Kronner, Social Work, guided the Social Work program through a successful reaccreditation with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Commission on Accreditation voted to reaffirm the program’s accreditation for an eight-year period ending in February 2019.

Eddy Laird, Education – ASL, gave the keynote address at the first statewide conference of the Willard American Sign Language Teachers Association (WASLTA) in Indianapolis in September on “ASL as a Problem, Right, or Resource?”

Robert Lemieux, Communication, has been awarded a $4,000 grant for his comic strip exhibit “Kings of the Pages” by the National Communication Association. The NCA recognized the relationship among three academic institutions – McDaniel College, Ohio State University, Corcoran College of Art + Design – and the cultural-historical emphasis of the exhibit, which opens in the Rice Gallery on Oct. 19.

Stephanie Madsen, Psychology, was awarded a $1,000 grant for a National Collegiate Honors Council consultant.

David Martin, ASL, was awarded the ASL Teacher of the Year Award at the ASLTA (ASL Teacher's Association) bi-annual conference in Seattle in June.

Diane Martin, Gerontology, reports that the minor in Gerontology has been approved as a nationally recognized Program of Merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, one of only 11 programs nationally, the highest award that the program could receive.

Kevin McIntyre, Economics and Business Administration, was interviewed on WBAL-AM's Ron Smith Show on Sept. 21.

Susan Milstein, Economics and Business Administration, coordinated the annual “Interviewing Day” on Oct. 4.  Twenty-three firms and businesses are coming to campus to help our students perfect their interview skills.

Sara Miner More and Pavel Naumov, Mathematics and Computer Science, published “Logic of secrets in collaboration networks,” Ann. Pure Appl. Logic 162(12): pp. 959-969 (2011).  They were also co-presenters and co-authors with McDaniel students (indicated by *): Michael S. Donders*, Sara Miner More, Pavel Naumov: “Information Flow on Directed Acyclic Graphs. Logic, Language, Information and Computation,” 18th International Workshop, WoLLIC 2011, Philadelphia, May 18-20, 2011 (Proceedings: pp. 95-109); Sara Miner More, Pavel Naumov,  Brittany Nicholls*, Andrew Yang*: “A ternary knowledge relation on secrets,” Proceedings of the 13th Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (TARK-2011), Groningen, The Netherlands, July 12-14, 2011: (Proceedings, pp. 46-54); Sara Miner More, Pavel Naumov, Benjamin Sapp*: “Concurrency Semantics for the Geiger-Paz-Pearl Axioms of Independence,” Computer Science Logic, 20th Annual Conference of the EACSL, CSL 2011, Sept. 12-15, 2011, Bergen, Norway (Proceedings, pp. 443-457).  Pavel Naumov was the faculty sponsor of a $17,000 Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates Award, Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), given to Sarah Holbrook* and Brittany Nicholls*.

Wendy Morris, Psychology, has published: Pastore, L., Patrie, J., Morris, W. L., Dalal, P., & Bray, M. (2011).  “Depression symptoms and body satisfaction association among polycystic ovary syndrome women,” Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 71, 270-276.

For the fourth year, Martine Motard-Noar, Foreign Languages, won a Tournées French Film Festival grant for McDaniel. She has also published an interview with a French novelist titled "Entretien avec Sylvie Gracia" in The French Review 81 (October 2011): 144-154.

Priscilla Ord, English, presented a paper at the Oxford Roundtable in July. The topic of the special session was “Traits of Women Heroes in History,” and Priscilla’s paper was titled “Ahead of Her Time: Mary Edwards Walker, MD.”

Steve Pearson, Art and Art History, has had solo exhibitions at several galleries: “Syzygy” in the Gallery at the Greenbelt Community Center, June in Greenbelt, Md.; “Piecing it Together” Sept. 9-Oct. 7 at Subtle Rebellion Gallery in Abingdon, Md.; “Amalgamations” opening Oct. 21 at the Studio H Gallery in Washington, D.C. He is also in several group exhibitions: “Feats of Monumentality,” at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport (reviewed by Al Zaruba, “ ‘Feats of Monumentality’ at BWI Airport”, Examiner, Aug. 12, 2011, Religion & Spirituality. http://www.examiner.com/faith-culture-in-baltimore/feats-of-monumentality-at-bwi-airport-review

Henry Reiff, Graduate and Professional Studies, received the Community Ambassador Award from the United Way of Central Maryland in June. He also accepted the Spirit of the Community Award on behalf of McDaniel College, which was named Best Business Partner for 2010.

Ricky Rose, Education – ASL, presented at the ASLTA (ASL Teacher's Association) Conference in June with a presentation titled “ASLab: Center for ASL Literature and Deaf Culture.”

Julie Routzhan, Economics and Business Administration, successfully defended her dissertation in August. The dissertation was titled "Gender Differences in Attitudes towards Credit, Terms of Trade, and the Household Balance Sheet."

Linda Van Hart, Art and Art History, was one of four panel members presenting “The Business of Metalsmithing” for the Metals Guild of Maryland in September at Towson Library. Her portion of the panel explored The Art of Doing Craft Shows. Linda is a board member of the MGM.