Faculty Accomplishments

February 16, 2010

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

Greg Alles, Philosophy and Religious Studies, presented a paper titled “Encoding Infrequent Rituals in Semantic Memory: Observations from the Rathvistar” for the Cognitive Science of Religion Group at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Montreal in November. He presented a second paper titled “‘Tribal Chic:’ Crossing Borders in Eastern Gujarat” for the Arts of Interpretation Group (affiliated with the AAR), and was a panelist for a discussion on “Pluralisms and Secularisms” for the Critical Theory and Discourse on Religion Group & North American Association for the Study of Religion. He also published “Response: On Religion and Red Triangles” in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 39, 387–392 (2009).

Sue Bloom, Art and Art History, had a five-page article in the October/November issue of “After Capture” magazine.  She also launched a national tour of her exhibit of infrared art titled “Four Visions in a Different Light,” which opened Jan. 28 at Fahey Bodell Umbrella Arts Gallery as part of “... In a Different Light, Infrared Photography.” The exhibit runs until Feb. 27.

Margie Boudreaux and Robin Armstrong, Music, with Jim Lightner, professor of Mathematics emeritus, Justine Koontz ‘09, and several current McDaniel students sang a short program at the Xi’an Conservatory during their Jan Term trip to China.

Peter Bradley, Philosophy and Religious Studies, presented a paper titled “Philosophy as General Education: Critical Thinking” for the American Association for Philosophy Teachers session at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting in December in New York.

Holly Chalk, Psychology, has completed her licensure exam and is now a licensed psychologist. This professional milestone will enhance her ability to build connections and find placements for McDaniel students in clinical settings.

Jacqueline Couti, Foreign Languages, was invited to be editor of Aimé Césaire’s play “Une tempête” for a compilation of Césaire’s complete works by Marc Cheymol, who is directing a team of international scholars. The project is sponsored by Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and l’Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes (ITEM). In January, she was commissioned as an expert linguistic-cultural reader to edit and field issues regarding language and customs in a new translation of Aimé Césaire’s “Solar Throat Slashed/Soleil coucoupé,” to be published in a bilingual edition by Wesleyan University Press.

Kevin Bowman, a research student of Peter Craig, Chemistry, presented a poster on “Characterization and Quantification of Selective Heavy Metal Chelation” at the 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in October.

In November, Kyle Englar, Music, performed the role of the Mother in “Hansel and Gretel” with Opera on the James in Lynchburg, Va., and the role of Marthe in “Faust” with Washington Concert Opera. She also sang a solo recital with husband, Daniel Lau, at McDaniel featuring music by Webern, Berg, Hahn and Scriabinn.

Ted Evergates, History, has published a major edition of “The Cartulary of Countess Blanche of Champagne,” University of Toronto Press (2009). Ted’s edition (493 pages) of the Cartulary, a manuscript copy of 443 different documents, examines the Countess’ 21-year regency, and observes “the practices of a major French principality and its aristocracy in the first two decades of the 13th century.”

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) has invited Frances (Skip) Fennell, Education, to serve as a member of a special committee that will revise the Middle Childhood Generalist Standards. He was selected from a pool of more than 500 exemplary applicants to serve as part of this 15-person committee appointed by the Certification Council of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He was also awarded the 2010 Service Award from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. The award, the highest the organization gives each year, was presented at the 2010 Annual AMTE Conference in Irvine, Calif., in January.

Scott Hardy, Environmental Policy and Science, and Robert E. Holthause ’09 presented a paper “Climate Change and Water Policy” at the annual meeting on Technology, Innovation, and Management for Sustainable Development in November in Gwalior, India.

Andi Hoffman, Exercise Science and Physical Education, presided at the session “Incorporating Geometry and Other Math Skill into Tumbling and Gymnastics” at the Maryland Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance Convention in October. Presenters were the 10 interns in the Curricular Models in Elementary Physical Education (EDU 3349) class. She also conducted a workshop “Incorporating Active Warm-ups into Physical Education” for the Diocese of Harrisburg, held at Sacred Heart School, in Hanover in October for elementary school teachers.

Fatma Ismail, Philosophy and Religious Studies, received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies on Dec. 30, 2009, from the Johns Hopkins University.

Debbi Johnson-Ross, Political Science and International Studies, delivered a presentation at Morgan State University in December titled “Cool: The Enduring Africanism.” She has also accepted an invitation to serve as a Fulbright Ambassador, a program that identifies, trains and engages a select group of Fulbright scholar alumni to serve as representatives for the Fulbright program at campus workshops and academic conferences across the United States.

The research of Stephanie Madsen, Psychology, and students Molly Barker, Kaitlin Cutter, Jessica Dunn, and Rebecca Tilyou, was featured by Sue Shellenbarger in the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 11, 2009.  With support from a student-faculty research grant, these students will travel to Philadelphia in March to present these findings at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Stephanie also has a new publication: Barry, C.M., Madsen, S.D., Nelson, L.J., Carroll, J.S. & Badger, S. (2009). “Friendship and Romantic Relationship Qualities in Emerging Adulthood: Differential Associations with Identity Development and Achieved Adulthood Criteria,” Journal of Adult Development, 16, 209-222.

Kathy Mangan, English, had a poem titled “The Whistle,” part of a six-sonnet sequence elegy for her father, featured poem on the website “American Life in Poetry” the week of Nov. 9.

Paul Mazeroff, Psychology, presented “Jungian Symbols in Wagner’s Das Rheingold” at the Baltimore Jungian Working Group in November.

Jennifer McKenzie, Exercise Science and Physical Education, attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting in November, and co-authored an article: Jenkins NT, McKenzie JA, Damcott CM, Witkowski S, and Hagberg JM. “Endurance exercise training effects on body fatness, VO_2 max, HDL-C subfractions, and glucose tolerance are influenced by a PLIN haplotype in older Caucasians,” Journal of Applied Physiology (Oct. 22, 2009).

Susan Milstein, Economics and Business Administration, had another enormously successful Interview Day on Oct. 6, with representatives from 18 companies and 124 students taking advantage of the opportunity to have a professional interview.

Sarah More and Pavel Naumov, Mathematics and Computer Science, co-authored an article titled “An Independence Relation for Sets of Secrets” published by Studia Logica, v.94(1): 95–107, 2010. The article (online at www.springerlink.com/content/b0776p381k3813t0/) was developed from a paper given at a conference in Japan last summer.

Peter Musser, Education, published: Musser, P.H., & Murphy, C.M. “Motivational Interviewing with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Abuse” in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, In Session, Vol 65 (11) 1-14 (2009).

Grace Kago, a research student of Susan Parrish, Biology, won first prize for her poster “The Mimivirus L375 Protein Possesses Intrinsic mRNA Decapping Activity” in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology session 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in October.

Sara Raley, Sociology, with Melissa Milkie and Suzanne Bianchi, published “Taking on the Second Shift: Time Allocation and Time Pressures of U.S. Parents with Preschoolers” in Social Forces 88(2): 487-515 (209). Also, Sara attended the seminar “Understanding Islam and the Middle East” at the American Institute of Oriental Studies in Jordan in January. Fewer than one in five applicants were selected for this seminar, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges.

Susan Clare Scott, Art and Art History, presented an invited paper at the International Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University, in January, titled “The Chinoiserie Garden Pavilion and the Chinese Bridge, Part I.” She has been invited to publish the paper in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Professor of English Emeritus Ray Stevens’ scholarly edition of Joseph Conrad, “Last Essays,” has been awarded the seal designating it as an MLA-approved Edition by the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions.

Robert Trader, Communication, had a book published in Japan in November: Kojima, K., & Trader, R. J., “400 Simple Expressions for Effective Business Conversations in English.” Tokyo, Japan: ZKai (2009).

Elizabeth van den Berg, Theater Arts, in her role as Vice Chair of Region II for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, assisted in organizing this year’s regional festival at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in January, which brought 1,200 students, faculty and guest artists to celebrate and participate in theatre, workshops, performances and scholarship opportunities.