Faculty achievements and accolades

March 23, 2009

Greg Alles, professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, gave a paper on “Joachim Wach’s Unfinished Program” to the Arts of Interpretation Group, affiliated with the American Academy of Religion, in November in Chicago. Last fall, he also spoke about Hinduism with a class at Boys' Latin School in Baltimore, gave an invited guest lecture on “Writing and Reading Pithoras: Reflections on Cross-Cultural Interpretation” at the University of Maine, and gave a paper titled “Is Religion Sometimes a Bad Bet? Observations on Religious Belief, Risk Seeking, and Loss Aversion” for an online conference for the Department of Religious Studies at Moscow State University.

Sue Bloom, professor of Art and Art History, published “Digital Painting in Photoshop,” her second book for Focal Press, which explores the fine art possibilities of painting in Photoshop.  Bloom was also featured in "Photography: Life Lessons Through the Lens" in the Feb. 15 Education supplement to the Sun.

Margaret Boudreaux, professor of Music, was guest conductor for the Connecticut Southern Regional High School Festival Honor Chorus in January.

Holly Chalk , assistant professor of Psychology, was faculty sponsor for “Easing the Transition: Protective Effects of Self Esteem and Group Cohesion on Psychological Adjustment to College.” Three of Chalk’s students – Lauren Hild, Bethany Grove, and Christie Morley – conducted the study focusing on 61 first-year students and presented their findings at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. At the same conference, senior Kate Maloney presented a poster from her capstone research titled "College students’ willingness to seek help: Social support, perceived public stigma, and the mediating role of personal attitudes toward counseling."

Jacqueline Couti, assistant Professor of French, wrote a chapter in “Emergent Perspectives on Ken Bugul” by Africa World Press. Couti was an invited guest lecturer at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta in February, where she presented a paper “Dreaming the Self and Dreaming the Other in Aimé Césaire’s ‘A Tempest’” and offered a workshop on Aimé Césaire for two 4000-level classes.

Lauren Dundes and Debra Lemke, Sociology professors, with Master Sgt. Jose Flores, chief instructor in Military Science, won a Maryland State School Health Council award for their programs, Field of Wings and Trust ‘N’ Teamwork (TNT), as outstanding programs that advance comprehensive health education in Maryland. This award recognizes the after-school mentoring program in which McDaniel undergraduates create activities on character building to help at-risk middle school students develop confidence and trust.

Mohamed Esa, professor of Foreign Languages, gave two lectures on "Multiculturalism and Diversity in Germany" and "Arab-German Literature" and taught a workshop on "Multicultural Music from Germany" at a joint meeting of the Wisconsin and Illinois chapters of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) at Camp Lake, Wis., in February.

Francis “Skip” Fennell, professor of Education, won a major grant from the Brookhill Foundation for a multi-year Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders project. EMS&TL also establishes the Elementary Mathematics Teacher Leadership program as a ‘stand alone’ program within the College’s graduate offerings.  The project was awarded a second grant by the CISCO Learning Institute for a combined value of $800,000.  Skip also participated in January in a Webinar on the findings of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, on which he served, for the Northwest Regional Laboratory, U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Center.  In February he participated in a meeting to plan a program for the Adult Numeracy Project supported by the U.S. Department of Education, and made a presentation at the annual conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) on “Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching—Pre-service Teachers and Elementary Mathematics Specialists” in Orlando.

Debora Johnson-Ross and Herb Smith, Political Science and International Studies professors, made a presentation titled “Is the Help America Vote Program an Effective Tool for Promoting Civic Engagement: An Emphatic Yes!” at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference in Baltimore in February.  The HAVA project at McDaniel was undertaken with the assistance of Julia Jasken, assistant professor of English, and Chaz Neal, professor of Political Science and International Studies.

Library Science Professor Mona Kerby’s celebrated book “Owney the Mail Pouch Pooch” has been added by three states to their reading lists for children, as a 2009-10 California Young Reader Medal nominee, a 2009-10 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards nominee and a 2009-10 Vermont Red Clover Picture Book Award nominee.

Hali Kilbourne, visiting assistant professor of Environmental Policy and Science, presented her research, “Tropical Cyclone Detection in Coral Oxygen Isotope Records,” at the American Geophysical Union Meeting in December.

Jim Kunz, associate professor of Social Work, was quoted in an article in the Sunday Sun Education section titled “Social Work, Assisting those with financial woes”; also quoted was George Kleb, a McDaniel alum who serves as a field instructor in our Social Work program.  Kunz was appointed to the government relations committee of Health Care for the Homeless, a non-profit organization that advocates for the health needs of the homeless in Maryland, and to the Advisory Council for the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute, which provides independent, nonpartisan research and analysis of Maryland state budget and tax policy issues.

Christianna Leahy, professor of Political Science and International Studies, gave a lecture at the University of Baltimore Law School in January on Humanitarian Law and the Law of War.  She and other members of the Department are lecturing for the "Great Decisions Series" of the Council on Foreign Affairs hosted at the College: Leahy on “Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect,” Scott Hardy, assistant professor of Environmental Policy and Science, on “The Environmental Crisis and the Arctic,” and Volker Franke, associate professor of Political Science, on National Security issues.

Adjunct lecturer in Music Mark Lortz’s arrangement of Philip Glass' Double Timpani Concerto was performed by the George Mason University Wind Ensemble in February.

Kathy Mangan, professor of English, gave an interview on "Maryland Morning" on WYPR-Baltimore that aired on January 20 titled "Inaugural Iambics" on presidential inauguration poets and poems.

Diane Martin and Alva “Buzz” Baker, academic director and director of the Center for the Study of Aging respectively, attended The Association of Gerontology in Higher Education's (AGHE) 35th Annual Meeting and Educational Conference in San Antonio where they offered two presentations, “Creating Gerontology Specialists: Programs to Improve Intergenerational Relationships” and a discussion of the Sophomore Interdisciplinary Studies course, “Natural and Social Sciences of Aging, the new Gerontology Club, and the "Your Future and Aging" event held during the spring of 2008.

Associate Professor of Art History Gretchen McKay’s proposal for a new “Reacting to the Past” game – an Art Game set in Paris in 1888 – was one of only six accepted by the Reacting Advisory Board, received a funding grant of $2,000, and has been fast-tracked for publication.  McKay also led a session for ACAD (American Conference of Academic Deans) with three associate deans titled "Learning How to Work 'In Between': Entering the Associate Deanship" at the AACU-ACAD Conference in Seattle in January.

Susan Milstein, professor of Economics and Business Administration, and VITA student coordinator Josh Smith were on WMAR’s “Good Morning Maryland” TV show in February talking about McDaniel’s VITA program.  VITA was also featured in the Carroll County Times and the Baltimore Sunday Sun in February.

With Emily Paull ‘08, Wendy Morris, assistant professor of Psychology, published “Stereotyping and Nonconformity: the Effects of Punk Music on Social Behavior” in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. She was lead among four authors of “Singlism - Another problem that has no name:  Prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination against singles” in “The Psychology of Modern Prejudice” edited by   T. G. Morrison & M. A. Morrison. Morris also gave a talk on "Stereotypes and Discrimination against Single Adults" at the University of Maryland College Park in the Psychology Department's colloquium series.

Priscilla Ord, adjunct lecturer of English, who has been first vice president of the American Name Society (ANS) and in charge of the annual meetings, begins a two-year term as president. At this year's meeting in San Francisco, she gave a presentation titled "Naming the Halls of Ivy," an outgrowth of a student assignment for English 1002.

Steve Pearson, associate professor of Art and Art History, was in an Invitational Group Exhibition titled “New Visions” at the American Contemporary Gallery in Annapolis in December. He was also invited to participate in a Works on Paper exhibition at the same gallery.

With a colleague from Harvard University, Susan Scott, associate professor of Art and Art History, has been asked to serve on the doctoral committee of Ms. Ying Zhu, who is finishing her Ph.D. in architectural history at Georgia Tech with a dissertation on "China and the Art and Architecture of Europe: New Evidence for Existing Connections in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries."

Herb Smith, professor of Political Science and International Studies, appeared on Dan Rodricks' show "Mid-Day" on WYPR on February 24 to discuss the Obama presidency.  Smith also led a delegation of six political science majors to Annapolis for MICUA Day on February 12.  Students met with Maryland General Assembly state senators and delegates to discuss the importance of state funding for independent colleges.

Elizabeth van den Berg, associate professor of Theatre Arts, is a cast member for Synetic Theater’s current production of “Dante’s Divine Comedy” and was moderator for the after-show discussion with the actors and artistic staff after the performance on February 12.

With art partner Robert J. Waddell, Linda Van Hart, lecturer in Art, participated in a two-person show at the Marjorie Rose Gallery in Cumberland, Md., titled “XYZ: Living at the End of The Alphabet.” The exhibit, which ran from November through February, was curated by Christina Collins Smith.  Van Hart is also one of 20 artists who is participating in Off Track Art, which opened Feb. 13 in Westminster, and has participated in six juried shows in Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina with her jewelry and metal-smithing.

Karen Violanti, assistant dean for first year students, and a colleague from Rochester Institute of Technology led a roundtable discussion titled “Balancing the Scale: Maintaining Wellness and Job Satisfaction as a First-Year Professional” at the 28th annual conference on The First-Year Experience in Orlando in February.