Faculty accomplishments and accolades

May 17, 2011

Greg Alles, Philosophy and Religious Studies, had a letter to the editor published in the Gujarati magazine Adilok, which is devoted to adivasis or indigenous people. Alles also taught a five-week course on religions at the Lay School of Theology in Hanover, Pa.

Mary Bendel-Simso and LeRoy Panek, English, presented "Extra, Extra, Read All about It: The Westminster Detective Library" at the 2011 National Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Conference in April in San Antonio.

Cathy Bodin, Foreign Languages, presented a paper on "French as an Identity Marker Among Louisiana’s Houma Indians" at Towson University in March for the conference “Forging Linguistic Identities: Language in the Nation, the Region, the World.”

Anouar Boukhars, Political Science and International Studies, was invited by Ambassador M. Bellamy, director of the African Center for Strategic Studies and academic dean of the National Defense University, to be a guest speaker at the Africa Center's seminar, funded by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, on “Preventing Terrorism: Developing Comprehensive Solutions to the Challenges of Radicalization” in Dakar, Senegal, in April. He spoke on the topic “Political and Cultural Drivers of Radicalization.”  Boukhars published an article “The Arab Revolutions for Dignity?” in American Foreign Policy Interest, March/April 2011. He has also been commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., to write a policy analysis paper on terrorism in Mauritania.

Tom Deveny, Foreign Languages, presented papers at two international conferences: “La mirada en ‘El secreto de sus ojos’” at Cine-lit VII, an International Conference on Hispanic Film and Literature, Portland State University, in February; and “’Los girasoles ciegos’: la memoria de la represión” at the X Congreso Internacional de literatura hispánica, San Juan, Puerto Rico, in March.

Mohamed Esa, Foreign Languages, led a German immersion workshop in March on “Musik im Deutschunterricht” at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL) in Indianapolis.  In April, he attended the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) and gave a multimedia talk on "Currywurst oder Dönner. Ist das eine deutsche Frage?"  He also read a paper at the annual meeting of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) at Rutgers University titled “The Healing Powers of Storytelling in Rafik Schami’s ‘Erzähler der Nacht'."  For the fourth year in a row, German students have received awards from the German Society of Maryland: Meagan Pilar and Rachel Tillinghast won awards in the amount of $750 each.

Steve Feeley’s, History, advisee, Nathan Wuertenburg, has been accepted into the SHEAR/Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program. This program is hosted by the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the nation’s premier colonial/early American research institutes, and brings a select group of undergraduates to Philadelphia for several weeks, where they engage in seminars with top scholars and conduct research at area archives.

Francis (Skip) Fennell, Education, edited a new book “Achieving Fluency: Special Education and Mathematics,” ed. Francis Fennell, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2011).  Fennell authored Chapter 1, titled “All Means All."  In April, he also made presentations at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, both in Indianapolis.

Jessame Ferguson, Hoover Library, is vice president/president elect of the Congress of Academic Library Directors of Maryland. She was also elected chair of the MICUA Library Directors Round Table for a two-year term. Both positions begin in July.

Mindy Hirt, Art and Art History, is currently showing at Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, Va., in SOLOS 2011 until June 5. Hirt has been named a Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize semi-finalist and will be showing at Artscape in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries of the Maryland Institute College of Art July 15 –31.

Vera Jakoby, Philosophy and Religious Studies, presented a paper titled "Eve in Sanders: Paradise Imagery in ‘I am Love’" at the American Academy of Religion in New Brunswick, N.J., in March.

Julia Jasken, English, and juniors Megan Franey, Sara Krome and Megan Robinson gave a panel presentation titled “Social Media Marketing: Reflections on Student-Led Workshops for Nonprofits” at the Service Learning and Civic Engagement Conference held in April at Stevenson University. At the same conference, Jasken was awarded the Maryland inaugural Service Learning and Civic Engagement Award for Outstanding Service Learning, which includes a $400 grant from the Brotman Financial Group to be used with the winner’s community partners.

Robert Kachur, English, and senior English major Kim Williams presented a paper in April titled "William Wilson's Queer and Deadly Climax: At the Threshold of Poe's Homoerotic Imagination" at the 2011 Queer Studies Conference at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Kachur was the keynote speaker at the National Endowment of the Arts’ Big Read 2011: Unmasking Poe project co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in April.

Jim Kunz, Social Work, was recognized as the 2011 Social Work Educator of the Year by the Maryland chapter of the National Association of Social Workers at their annual meeting in March. The award is given each year to a faculty member at one of the 11 Maryland schools that have an undergraduate or graduate social work program. Criteria for the award are: educating the public about the unique qualifications and diverse professional activities of social workers, supporting high standards for training in social work education and advancing the body of social work knowledge through research and publication.

Christianna Leahy, Political Science and International Studies, was a guest panelist on “Destination Casa Blanca,” the Latino voice in politics, in March to discuss the perception of the U.S. government in the Arab world after choosing military action in Libya while still supporting non-democratic regimes in other countries. She has also been chosen as a participant in the Institute on Infusing South Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum to be held in July in Honolulu. The conference will focus on the cultures, histories and contemporary dynamics of South Asia.

Kathy Mangan, English, addressed graduating students in the English and Humanities Department at York College of Pennsylvania in April. Her talk, "A Few Reasonable Words," was delivered at the annual spring awards ceremony, which honors senior English/Humanities students.

Paul Mazeroff, Psychology, and three students presented a lecture on archetypal analysis and the monomyth in film titled “Jung at the Movies” at the Baltimore Jungian Working Group in April.

Jennifer McKenzie, Exercise Science and Physical Education, published, with others, “AKT1 G205T genotype influences obesity-related metabolic phenotypes and their responses to aerobic exercise training in older Caucasians,” in Experimental Physiology 2011 March.

Amy McNichols, Foreign Languages, organized a workshop, “Journeys Through Service: Passport to Change,” for the 2011 Baltimore Collegetown Network’s Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Conference in April at Stevenson University. The presentation on Palabras 2 Words was with students Jenny Wallace and Betsy Warner and 2005 alumna Michelle Wolff. She also presented a paper, “Venus and Political Power in the Writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz,” and chaired the panel, The Encounter: Chroniclers and the Indigenous in the Spanish-American Colonies, at the Carolina Conference on Romance Literatures in March.

Janet Medina, Education, authored a new book, “Interpreting Diagnostic Assessments of Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities,” published by the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). This guide to diagnostic assessment explains the rationale and current state of learning-disability evaluation, introduces common evaluation tools and outlines the principles behind assessment.

Gretchen McKay, Art and Art History; Sara Raley, Sociology; and Bob Trader, Communication, were featured in a front-page article in the Baltimore Sun on April 4 titled “McDaniel students help design the classes they’re taking.”

Debbie Miller, Education, was a presenter in April at the 39th Annual Conference of the State of Maryland International Reading Association on “IRA Standards, 2010: Promises and Opportunities.”  She was chair and lead presenter for the IRA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla., on May 7 with a presentation “IRA/NCATE:  A partnership for reading professional quality and performance.” Miller was also reappointed co-chair of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee of the IRA for 2011-2012.

Paul Miller, History, gave a paper on “Austrian Ambivalence: The Contradictions of Memory” at the International Symposium Franz Ferdinand: From Belvedere to Sarajevo in Vienna in May.

Sara More, Mathematics and Computer Science, served as associate program chair at the Computing Machinery's annual Technical Symposium for the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) 2011 in Dallas in March.  She also chaired a paper session on Discrete Mathematics.

Randall Morrison, Biology, was awarded a Visiting Academic Grant from Operation Wallacea to visit their field site in Mahamavo, Madagascar, to explore development of a long-term summer research program.

Martine Motard-Noar, French, had a successful French Day on the McDaniel campus in March, with 200 high school students from Carroll and Washington counties, who were participating in a national competitive test as well as cultural and linguistic activities.

Susan Parrish, Biology, presented a poster on McDaniel alumna Grace Kago's '10 research project titled “The Mimivirus L375 protein possesses intrinsic mRNA decapping activity” at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting in April.  She was co-author on a second poster titled “Undergraduate research in the Genomics Education Partnership: a comparative genomics project exploring genome organization and chromatin structure in Drosophila.”

Steve Pearson, Art and Art History, was a guest speaker for Cara Ober's Professional Development class at Maryland Institute College of Art in March where he lectured on the importance of the artist residency to the practicing artist.

Qin Fang, History, presented “Tiehua in the Eighteenth Century” at a conference on History with Chinese Characteristics in February at the University of Minnesota. She also presented “Contemporary Use of Local Histories: A Case Study of Haining” for a panel. Who Writes Local Histories? Gazetteers and Government from Ming to Modern Times, at the annual conference of Association of Asian Studies (AAS) in Honolulu in April.

Pam Regis, English, presented “‘Pamela’ Crosses the Atlantic” for the seminar on Foreign Affairs: Romance at the Boundaries at World Literature, Comparative Literature, at the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in Vancouver in April. Her entry “Female Genre Fiction in the Twentieth Century” is chapter 51 in “The Cambridge History of the American Novel,” eds. Leonard Cassuto, Clare Virginia Eby, and Benjamin Reiss (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She was also an external examiner for a thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirement of the degree of Master of Philosophy to the faculty of Education and Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW, Australia.

Jamie DeAtley, Cindy Sordo, Karla Holland, and Jill Wooten, senior seminar students of Robert Trader, Communication, presented papers at the First Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference hosted by the Eastern Communication Association held in Arlington, Va., in April.

Margaret Trader, Education, served on the Maryland State Department of Education Accreditation team to St. Mary's College in April.

Mike Webster, Sociology, served as a subject-matter expert for The Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting (February 2011). This handbook, developed by the U.S. Department of Education, presents step-by-step procedures, examples and references for higher education institutions to follow in meeting the campus safety and security requirements of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

For the eighth year, McDaniel hosted the Great Decisions series, with over 100 registered guests. Faculty contributors included Paul Miller, History, on "Modern Insights about the Sarajevo Assassination that Sparked WWI"; Christianna Leahy, Political Science and International Studies,s on "Germany Ascendant" and Anouar Boukhars, Political Science and International Studies, on "National Security."