Faculty accomplishments and accolades

October 23, 2012

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

Greg Alles (Philosophy and Religious Studies) published “Tribal Chic: Crossing Borders in Eastern Gujarat” in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion in September 2012. He presented “Rudolf Otto and the Cognitive Science of Religion” at the University of Bergen, Norway, in May; “Ritual Space as Borderland:  Building and Breaching Borders in Rathva Rituals” at the Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions, Södertörn University, Sweden, in August; “Riten und Gottesbilder der Adivasis (Indien)” at the Workshop on “Gottes-Bilder und Rituale in den Weltreligionen” in Düsseldorf, Germany, in September; and “Writing and Reading Pithoras” at University College Cork, Ireland, in October.  He presided over a panel titled “Being in Borderlands” for the European Association for the Study of Religions, Södertörn University, Sweden, in August.

Tim Anderson (Music) was one of seven members from the Baltimore Local 40-543 who were hired for rehearsals and the filming of a Netflix series pilot titled “House of Cards” in April in downtown Baltimore.

Mary Bendel-Simso and LeRoy Panek (English) received external validation for The Westminster Detective Library: the University of California (Berkeley) Library lists them as resources for its online collections of English and American texts.

Sue Bloom (Art and Art History) is one of five digital artists featured in the new book, “Digital Photo Art: New Directions” by Theresa Airey, published by Pixiq, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., to be released this month.

Anouar Boukhars (Political Science and International Studies) published a Carnegie analysis paper titled “The Drivers of Insecurity in Mauritania” in April.

Tom Deveny (Foreign Languages) published an article titled “La mirada en El secreto de sus ojos” in Cine-lit VII: Essays on Hispanic Film and Fiction. He also published a book chapter titled “Los girasoles ciegos: la memoria de la represión” in “Teoría y práctica de la adaptación fílmica,” ed. Barbara Zecchi, Madrid (Editorial Complutense).

Robin Dewey (Academic and Government Grants) presented a session at the NCURA Region II Meeting in Gettysburg on “Research Administration at the Smallest of PUI's.” Dewey also sat on the plenary panel at the first Maryland Governor's Grants Office conference at Bowie State in May.

Ted Dix (Music) was part of the planning committee for Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza, a program designed to introduce youth to the pipe organ, held on campus in September. The event was co-sponsored by the McDaniel College Music Department and the Carroll County Music Teachers’ Association.
Skip Fennell (Education) served as co-chair of and one of the writers for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Middle Childhood Generalist Standards, which were recently released.  Fennell made the formal presentation to the NBPTS Board for approval. On Sept. 26 the journal Doing What Works in Action (an online publication) featured an article titled “Calling All Math Specialists: Using DWW to Prepare Teachers for the Common Core,” which highlighted the Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leader Project, now in its fifth year at McDaniel under Fennell’s direction.

Jessame Ferguson (Hoover Library), in her role as Vice President/President Elect of the Congress of Academic Library Directors of Maryland (CALD), was responsible for organizing an annual conference for the organization in April on the theme “Consortia: The Power of Partnerships and Sharing.”  More than 60 participants explored new directions for library consortia initiatives in Maryland. 

Molly Jacobs (Biology) had a paper published: Jacobs, M.W., H. Laufer, J. Stuart, M. Chen, & X. Pan, “Endocrine disrupting alkylphenols are widespread in the blood of lobsters from southern New England and adjacent offshore areas,” in the Journal of Shellfish Research (2012). Jacobs was re-appointed to two committees of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology: the Public Affairs Committee and the Dorothy M. Skinner Committee (which she chairs). She also served for eight weeks as an NSF/Blinks/Beacon REU mentor at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Laboratories, while conducting research with three McDaniel students (one of whom took part in that fellowship program).  A former student of Molly’s, Meredith Meyers (2012 Ridington Award recipient), wrote about her summer experiences on an oceanographic research cruise; her blog can be found at http://blog.mcdaniel.edu/biology/

Debbi Johnson-Ross and Christianna Leahy (Political Science and International Studies) and Linda Semu (Sociology), along with student Christian Hall, attended two events in July hosted by the White House: a Conversation on Obama Administration sub-Saharan Africa Policy and the second, hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on the topic of International Religious Freedom.

Mona Kerby (Library Science) was elected by the ALA/AASL Secretary of the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) for the coming year. She also has been appointed to the American Association of School Librarians NCATE Coordinating Committee and to the local Cranberry Station Elementary School Improvement Team.

Linda Kirkpatrick (Music) directed a summer Music Camp in July and Lynn Fleming (Music) directed an Orchestra/Piano Studies Camp in June, which together brought nearly 200 young people to campus for exceptional musical experiences. 

Jim Kunz (Social Work) participated in the 2012 Health Care Summit in September, organized by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, which brought together Speakers of the House, Senate Presidents, and other leaders from state legislatures with academics and policymakers to discuss the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. In September, Kunz facilitated a session at the Joint Collaborative Strategies Meeting organized by the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County, which drew upon the expertise of Carroll Hospital Center board members, executives, physicians, and other health professionals in Carroll County to identify priority areas based on the recently completed Carroll County Health Needs Assessment.

Sarah Lippy (Psychology) received a master’s degree (her second) in Forensic Studies from Stevenson University in May, as well as the Dean’s Award for Exceptional Scholarship.

Gretchen McKay (Art and Art History), as a member of the national Reacting Consortium Board, attended the annual Reacting to the Past conference at Barnard College in June. She convened the Second Crusade Game and presented a concurrent session titled “When the Reacting Class Flops.” McKay presented her new chapter-length game on Byzantine Iconoclasm at the first annual Game Designers Conference at Central Michigan University in July.

Jenny McKenzie (Exercise Science and Physical Education) was corresponding author for an article published in Metabolism that was among the highest-cited papers published that year: N.T. Jenkins, J.A. McKenzie, J.M. Hagberg, S. Witkowski, “Plasma fetuin-A concentrations in young and older high- and low-active men.”

Paul Miller (History) presented a paper titled "Yugoslav Eulogies:  Remembering the Sarajevo Assassination" at a conference on Interpersonal and Intergenerational Remembering of War, Conflict and Transition, at Aarhus University in Denmark in May.

Wendy Morris (Psychology) presented “How does sexual orientation affect stereotypes of singles?” as both a poster and a symposium at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science in Chicago with Gal Slonim from Israel and alumna Brittany Kemp ’11.  The poster won the RISE Research Award for outstanding student research on socially and economically under-represented populations.

Randy Morrison (Biology) spent a month doing field research on the population structure and
sexual dimorphism of Bahamian lizards during his spring sabbatical; was a visiting academic and a staff herpetologist at the Mahamavo, Madagascar, site of Operation Wallacea for six weeks during the summer; and attended the meetings of the PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research held in Park City, Utah, in September. 

Katya Mychajlyshyn (Art and Art History) was featured in Carroll Magazine in August in an article titled “Restoring the Artist's Voice,” which highlighted her work conserving and restoring works of art.  The article was written by Lisa Breslin (Academic Affairs), and Walter Calahan (Art and Art History) was photographer.

Pavel Naumov (Mathematics and Computer Science) gave two invited talks: "Independence in Game Theory, Concurrency, Information Flow, and Probability" at the International Workshop on Game Theory, Epistemic Logic, and Related Topics, in Tsukuba, Japan, in August; and "On interchangeability of Nash equilibria in multi-player zero-sum games" at The Constructive in Logic and Applications: A Conference in Honor of the 60th birthday of Sergei Artemov, in New York in May. He also gave several conference presentations with peer-reviewed proceedings: Naumov with Sarah Holbrook, a senior Mathematics and Computer Science major from Winchester, Va., “Fault Tolerance in Belief Formation Networks,” at the13th European Conference on Logics in Artificial Intelligence in September in Toulouse, France; Naumov and Italo Simonelli (Mathematics and Computer Science), “Strict Equilibria Interchangeability in Multi-Player Zero-Sum Games,” at the 10th Conference on Logic and the Foundations of Game and Decision Theory in June at the University of Sevilla, Spain; and Naumov with senior Brittany Nicholls, a Computer Science and Mathematics major from San Jose, Calif., “Rationally Functional Dependence,” at the 10th Conference on Logic and the Foundations of Game and Decision Theory in June at the University of Sevilla, Spain.

Steve Pearson (Art and Art History) is exhibiting his work in nine places during the months of October and November. In addition to exhibiting in the Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition Oct. 23-Nov. 9 on campus in Peterson Hall, Pearson will have a solo art exhibition: “Information Overload” in November at the Visual Arts Gallery, Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, N.Y. He will also participate in group art exhibitions: “Emerge Art Fair” in October, represented by Honfleur Gallery, Washington, D.C.; “Method of Exchange” in October, Points North Gallery, Farmington, Maine; “Super Sized” in October, Tevis Gallery, Carroll Arts Center, Westminster, Md.; “Edges and Grids” in November, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, Va.; Horjus, Lister & Pearson, “Net Worked” in November, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, Va.; “STROKE: Gesture, Mark, Muscle” in November, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, Md.  In August, Pearson was interviewed about his work by Stacia Yeapanis for OtherPeoplesPixels blog: http://blog.otherpeoplespixels.com/otherpeoplespixels-interviews-steven-pearson

Sarah Raley (Sociology) was a 2012 recipient of the ASA/SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award.  This award supports a group of graduate students and pre-tenure faculty to attend the annual American Sociological Association pre-conference workshop on Preparing Future Faculty, hosted by the Section on Teaching and Learning in Sociology. Raley has also been asked to serve on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Marriage and Family, the top-tier journal for her sub-field of gender, work, and family.

Henry Reiff (Graduate and Professional Studies) was on Good Morning Washington, ABC Channel 7, in July in a segment with Sally Quinn and her son, Quinn Bradlee, on adults with learning difficulties.

Jon Seligman (Music) is a member of 3 Trees, an award-winning trio of seasoned musicians who released a CD in August: see https://3trees.bandcamp.com

Linda Semu (Sociology) attended a workshop funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation for a special issue of Feminist Economics on “Land, Gender, and Food Security” (LGFS) in Barcelona in June. She also won a grant from the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) based on a paper submission to attend the annual conference of IAFFE in June, the theme of which was “Human Well-Being for the 21st Century: Weaving Alliances from Feminist Economics.”  She published: Ezekiel Kalipeni, (2012) Linda L. Semu & Margaret Mbilizi, “The Brain Drain of Health Care Professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa: A Geographic Perspective,” in Progress in Development Studies.

Rick Smith (Chemistry) published Commissioner of Slave Statistics Record: Frederick County, Maryland 1864, a transcription of the original created by the Commissioner of Slaves Statistics for the County and lists the owner, name, sex, age, physical condition, and term of service (including military service) of over half the slaves held in Frederick County, Md., as of November 1, 1864, the date the new Maryland Constitution took effect.  He also published Manumission Deeds of Accomack County, Virginia, and Manumission Wills of Accomack County, Virginia.

Rhonda Stricklett (Hoover Library) was accepted into the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Immersion Assessment program. The program will train her to help design assessment methods for instruction classes and the information literacy program. 

Elizabeth van den Berg (Theatre Arts) worked as dialect coach on two productions at Totem Pole Playhouse in PA over the summer: “Travels With My Aunt” by Giles Havergal, which has seven different dialects; and “Chaps” by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner, integrating several different British dialects. Additionally, she participated in the Council of Independent Colleges/Center for Hellenic Studies seminar on the “Song Stylings of Athenian Drama,” led by Greg Nagy and Kenny Morrell.

Mary Wilson (Hoover Library) developed and presented a discussion webinar for the Maryland Library Association Technical Services Division (MLA TSD) titled “TSD Discussion: Competencies for Technical Services Staff – Staying Relevant in Times of Change” in August.