Faculty accomplishments

December 08, 2008

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

Sue Bloom, Art and Art History, was one of several acclaimed photographers invited as a featured lecturer and exhibitor at the first "Foto Week" Nov. 15-22 in Washington, D.C. She lectured on “Digital Painting in Photoshop.”

Jacqueline Couti, Foreign Languages, presented a paper on nationalism and Creole identity in October at the 34th Annual International Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium at Vanderbilt University.  She also presented a paper in November on Martinican poet Aimé Césaire at the International Colloquium: Realism and Modernity in Caribbean and Pan-American Literature, organized by the GRECFAC (Groupe de Recherches, d'Etudes, de Communication, de Formation et d'Animation de la Caraïbe) in Martinique. The American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) awarded her a grant to organize a Martinican Dance Workshop for French Week in November at McDaniel.

Tom Deveny, Foreign Languages, published an article “Una nueva perspectiva sobre los maquis: Silencio roto y La guerrilla de la memoria” in the journal Quaderns del cine.

Kate Dobson, English, published an article titled "The Rhetoric of Comics" in The Responsibilities of Rhetoric, edited by Michelle Smith and Barbara Warnicks.

Mohamed Esa, Foreign Languages, won a grant of $2,000 from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in support of a concert by Simon Shaheen and his Near Eastern Ensemble in February 2009. He also gave a paper in November at this year's convention of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) titled "Deutschlandreise mit den Stars der neuen Musik-Szen"

Volker Franke, Political Science and International Studies, presented a paper titled “Performance, Persuasion, Perception: Key Items on the Next President’s Agenda” in October at the Conference on Globalization & Security: Foreign Policy in the New Administration at the  ISAC/ISSS joint meeting in Vail, Col.

Andi Hoffman, Exercise Science and Physical Education, co-presented at MAHPERD (Maryland's state organization for physical education) at Towson University in October on “The Use of Jingles & Rhymes to Teach Cues.” At the same conference, eight teacher candidates in Education Professor Debbie Miller’s class, Reading in the Content Areas, presented “Incorporating Reading Strategies in Active Warm-Ups,” which gave a wide variety of activities based on reading strategies they had learned from the class.

English faculty members Julia Jasken and Suzanne Seibert attended the "Who Owns Writing Conference" at Hofstra University in October, where they designed a template for McDaniel's Writing Fellows program.

Jeremy Kiene, English and MLA Coordinator, presented a paper in November titled "Imperfect 'moniment': Commemoration of Sidney in The Faerie Queene’s Garden of Adonis" at the Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies conference at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hali Kilbourne, Environmental Policy and Science, co-authored “Paleoclimate proxy perspective on Caribbean climate since the year 1751: Evidence of cooler temperatures and multidecadal variability” published in Paleoceanography.

Jim Kunz, Social Work, co-authored “Understanding Cost-Effectiveness Research Applied to Social Work” published in the most recent issue of Social Work in Public Health.

Stephanie Madsen, Psychology, gave an invited lecture in November at Colby College titled "Be Home By Midnight: Parents' Management of Adolescents' Romantic Relationships through Dating Rules."

Diane J. Martin, Center for Study of Aging and Psychology, presented a paper titled “Assessing the Use of Warning to Reduce False Memory in the Cognitively Impaired” in November at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in National Harbor, Md.

Paul Mazeroff, Psychology, and three of his students attended the Maryland Psychiatric Association’s program on “Bernstein: His Mind and Music” in October.

Debbie Miller, Education, presented two sessions at the College Reading Association conference in Sarasota, Fla., sponsored by the International Reading Association: "Developing Rubrics to Match IRA/NCATE Standards" and "Preparing Institutional IRA/NCATE Reports." McDaniel’s Reading Program is now "nationally recognized" and featured as a model program on both the IRA and NCATE websites. These sites are used by reading programs across the country as writers prepare for national recognition and accreditation.

Paul Miller, History, presented a paper in September at an international colloquium in Paris marking the 100th anniversary of the Bosnian annexation crisis titled  "From Annexation to Assassination:  The Sarajevo Murders in Bosnian and Austrian Minds.”  In October he presented a paper "Compromising Memory:  The Site of the Sarajevo Assassination” at the conference on Terrorism and Modernity: Global Perspectives on Political Violence in the Nineteenth Century at Tulane University.

The annual Interview Day program, sponsored by Susan Milstein, Economics and Business Administration, was featured Oct. 3 in Hanah Cho's column, "Downturn doesn't deter some business school student,” in the Baltimore Sun.

Wendy Morris, Psychology, gave a talk on "Stereotypes and Discrimination against Single Adults" at the Psychology Synergy Conference held in Westminster in October.  As adviser of McDaniel's chapter of Psi Chi, she co-planned this national undergraduate psychology conference with Laura Bittner from Carroll Community College.

Peter Musser (Counselor Education) has presented and co-presented “Motivational Interviewing and The Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model:  Theory, Technique, and Application,” at Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland and Heartley House of Frederick;  “Motivation and Readiness to Change:  Resistance, Denial, and Group Dynamics” at the Maryland Network on Domestic Violence conference, “Dual Trauma Couples:  The Interactive Effects of Complex Trauma” at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies convention; “Severity of Substance Abuse Diagnosis, IPV Behaviors, Relationship Problems, and Treatment Compliance in a Sample of Partner Violent Men Undergoing Brief Alcohol Treatment” at the Family Violence and Child Victimization Research conference; and “Anger, Readiness to Change, and Substance Abuse Problems as Moderators of Treatment Response in a Controlled Trial of Motivational Interviewing for Partner Violent Men” at the Association For Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies conference.  He also co-presented  “Motivational interviewing as a pregroup preparation for partner-violent men” in Violence & Victims.  Musser has also been appointed as the academic chairperson of the Maryland Abuser Intervention Collaborative, a state committee that meets monthly to coordinate research and practice to ensure high-quality abuser treatment in the state of Maryland.

Priscilla Ord, English, presented "Children of the Holocaust:  Common Games, Play, and Pastimes in Uncommon Times” at the annual conference of the American Folklore Society.

Susan Parrish, Biology, and her research student Megan Hurchalla won first place for "The g5R protein of African Swine Fever Virus possesses mRNA decapping activity," a poster presentation at the UMBC Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Session. Parrish also presented a poster at the 2008 NIH research festival on "The g5R protein of African Swine Fever Virus possesses mRNA decapping activity."

Steve Pearson, Art and Art History, has five new paintings in an exhibition titled “New Visions” that opened Dec. 5 at American Contemporary Gallery in Annapolis. He will be in a Works on Paper exhibit at the same gallery in January.

Pam Regis, English, co-presented “Romance Fiction in the Wake of Jane Austen” at a panel discussion at the general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America in October in Chicago.

Madeline Rhodes, Psychology, presented her research on the effects of anti-epileptic drugs on behavioral and neuroendocrine measures at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington D.C.

Art and Art History Professor Susan Scott’s latest publication, "Chinoiserie and the Migration of the Chinese Garden Pavilion to the West," was translated into Chinese by Chen Xiao-tong in Chinese Landscape Architecture.

Linda Semu, Sociology, authored two chapters for the book “Strong Women, Dangerous Times: Gender and HIV/AIDS in Africa”: "Globalization, Sexuality, and HIV/AIDS in Africa" with M. Mbilizi and "Itinerant Male, Marriage, Family and Gender Relations in Matrilineal Southern Malawi: Lessons and Challenges for HIV/AIDS Programming."

Since August, Jonathan Slade, Communication, has been a regular, semi-monthly contributor to the regional tabloid The Northern News. His "Media Man" column addresses issues of media literacy and information technology and attempts to connect fundamental communication ideas and theories to events reported in the popular press.

Herb Smith, Political Science and International Studies, served as "elections analyst" for WYPR  and WMAR-TV.

Sarah Stokely and Karen Violanti of Academic Affairs jointly presented a session on “Easing the Transition to College with Peer Mentors” at the Second Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference “Promoting Student Success: The First Year and Beyond” at the College of Southern Maryland in October.

Bob Trader, Communication, was interviewed by Matti Laitinen of the Finnish Broadcasting Company about media coverage of the U.S. presidential election.

Margaret Trader, Education, has been elected chair of the Professional Standards Board for the Maryland State Department of Education (MDSE) for a one-year term.