Faculty members make marks in their fields

October 27, 2008

McDaniel professors have recently created original works, published books and articles, won grants and fellowships and presented papers at national conferences.

Greg Alles (Philosophy and Religious Studies) attended the Special Conference of the International Association for the European Association for Study of Religion in September in Brno, Czech Republic. Alles was respondent to a panel that was presented on the book, “Religious Studies: A Global View,” which he edited in 2007.

Margie Boudreaux (Music) was one of the composers whose work was performed at the Lehigh University Choral Composers’ Forum “Hot Off the Press!” in June.  The concert culminated a week-long seminar in choral composition with composer-in-residence Stephen Paulus and master teacher Steven Sametz.

Peter Bradley (Philosophy and Religious Studies) presented "Teaching Modeling in Critical Thinking" at the biennial conference of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers at the University of Guelph in August.  Peter also published "Constancy, Categories and Bayes: A New Approach to Representational Theories of Color Constancy" in Philosophical Psychology.

Daria Buese (Education) co-authored a new book: L. Valli, R.G. Croninger, M.J. Chambliss, A. O. Graeber,  and Daria Buese, “Test driven: High-stakes accountability in elementary schools.”  The book examines how three elementary schools responded to the challenges of high-stakes testing during the 2004-2005 school year.

Peter Craig (Chemistry) and four students – Teresa Tilyou, Gregory Trzcinski, Thao Tran and Kevin Bowman – presented posters on their research this summer at the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at UMBC on “Synthesis, Characterization, and Complexation of Dithiocarbamate” and “Xanthate Ligands, and Quantifying Selective Heavy Metal Chelation.”

Terry Dalton’s (English) piece "Tony Snow did not falter" was printed in the Harrisburg Patriot-News in July. Dalton also developed panels and programs for the AEJMC journalism educators’ convention in Chicago in August, including a panel on the 1968 Democratic National Convention that included Tom Hayden, Jeff Greenfield, Sam Brown, Bill Kurtis, and Paul McGrath.

The TNT and Field of Wings programs supervised by Lauren Dundes and Debra Lemke (Sociology) received the innovative student health programs award from The Maryland School Health Council.

Becky Davis (English) attended two conferences in July in the UK: "The Medieval Schoolroom and the Literary Arts" at Kings College, Cambridge, and the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds. At Leeds she presented a paper titled “The 'Kynde' Creator: God as Nature in Piers Plowman and Le Château d’amour.”

Nick DePinto (Theatre Arts) is playing Foustka in Vaclav Havel's “Temptation” at Source Theatre in Washington, D.C.  He workshopped a new play about Lincoln, “The Heavens are Hung in Black,” with Ford's Theatre in mid-September.

Tom Deveny (Foreign Languages) published “Once Upon A Time In Spain In 1944: The Morphology Of El Laberinto Del Fauno” in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies on Film in Spanish. He presented two papers in September: “Amenábar as Composer: Music in Mar adentro” at the European Film Conference, University of Texas at San Antonio; and “Israel Adrián Caetano: una carrera de compromiso en el cine argentino” at the 21st Annual Pennsylvania Foreign Language Conference, Duquesne University. He gave a public lecture on Dante’s “Inferno” at the Carroll County Public Library and was outside reviewer for tenure reviews at Mount Holyoke and Pennsylvania State University.

Kate Dobson (English) was a participant in the Wye Faculty Seminar this summer.

Mohamed Esa  (Foreign Languages) published "Musik im Deutschunterricht: Der gezielte Einsatz" in Die Unterrichtspraxis/ Teaching German. He also led two workshops on "Music in the Classroom" for German teachers in Canada and in Oklahoma.

Theodore Evergates’ (History) new book “The Aristocracy in the County of Champagne” (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007) was given a “rave review” by Ann Lester (University of Colorado) in The Medieval Review.

Francis M. "Skip" Fennell (Education) was interviewed by Education Week at the completion his term as president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article highlighted his participation on the National Math Advisory Panel, a White House-created group tasked with identifying the best ways to prepare younger students to take and succeed in algebra.

Volker Franke (Political Science and International Studies), with a colleague at the Bonn International Center for Conversion, was awarded a grant from the German Foundation for Peace Research to conduct a study examining the values, attitudes and professional self-conception of employees of private security firms in Iraq. Franke published “Performance, Persuasion, Perception: Key Items on the Next President’s Agenda” as an Occasional Paper, European Center for Excellence, Texas A&M University.

Gil Harootunian (Office of Academic and Government Grants) presented a paper at the international writing and rhetoric conference in Santa Barbara: “Traditions of Writing Research” will be included in the conference volume.

Kevin Harrison (Environmental Science and Policy) has been invited to participate in a series based on "Life After People,” the cable television show which featured Harrison and was the highest rated program ever on the History Channel.

Julia Jasken (English) collaborated with the Minnesota Department of Education to produce an interactive CDrom titled “Charting a Course: A Practitioner’s Guide to Quality Out-of-School Time Experiences,” to be used by teachers, administrators, community education staff, youth workers and program directors in community-based organizations throughout the state.

Debbi Johnson-Ross (Political Science and International Studies) and Christopher S. Molem of the U. of Buea in Cameroon have published "Reclaiming the Bakassi Kingdom: The Anglophone Cameroon-Nigeria Border" in Afrika Zamani, an annual Journal of African history published by CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa).

Robert Kachur’s (English) article "A Consuming Tradition: Candy and Socio-Religious Identity Formation in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" will be published in October in a collection titled “Food in Children's Literature: Critical Approaches” (Routledge, eds. K. Keeling and S. Pollard).

Mona Kerby’s (Education) book “Owney The Mail Pouch Pooch” received a 2008 Parents’ Choice Award and was also selected as one of the “Top Five Books in the Economic Role of Government” category by the Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children.

Jim Kunz (Social Work) co-authored (DePanfilis, D., Dubowitz, H., & Kunz, J.) “Assessing the Cost-Effectiveness of Family Connections” in Child Abuse & Neglect. Kunz was also appointed as chair of the Faculty-Student Committee of the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and will coordinate the NASW Student Advocacy Day in Annapolis, to be held during next year's General Assembly session.

Christianna Nichols Leahy (Political Science and International Studies) was again elected to the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA.

Stephanie Madsen (Psychology) published two articles: Padilla-Walker, L. M., Nelson, L. J., Madsen, S. D., & Barry, C. M., “The role of perceived parental knowledge on emerging adults' risk behaviors” in Journal of Youth and Adolescence; and “Parents' management of adolescents' romantic relationships through dating rules: Gender variations and correlates of relationship qualities” in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Kathy Mangan (English) was one of two poets who participated in a poetry reading in Chevy Chase in October as part of the Cafe Muse series.  Cafe Muse is a co-production of The Word Works, a nonprofit literary organization and poetry publisher, and the Friendship Heights Village Center.

Gretchen McKay (Art and Art History) was part of a panel presentation on Assessment of Reacting to participants at the Annual Reacting to the Past Conference at Barnard College in June. She led a team of faculty from McDaniel to the conference, where she and Debbi Johnson-Ross (Political Science and International Studies), Kathy Mangan (English), Chas Neal (Political Science and International Studies), Bill Spence (English), and Greg Szulgit (Biology) each participated in two "Reacting to the Past" games during the five-day conference.

Amy McNichols (Foreign Languages) presented a paper titled "Sor Juana's Muses" at the 2008 GEMELA (Grupo de Estudio sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas [pre-1800]) Conference in October at the California State University at Long Beach.

Janet Medina (Education) presented a three-day workshop/strand in June on “Understanding Learning Disability Evaluations” at the 20th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI) at the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut in Portland, Maine. She also presented a full-day pre-conference workshop in July in Reno for the Association on Higher Education and Disability titled “Interpreting Diagnostic Assessments: From Assessment to Accommodation.”

On September 25, for the third year, Susan Milstein (Business Administration) organized a program of “speed interviews.” Fifty Accounting students engaged in 144 fifteen-minute interviews with 17 different companies in a three-hour period.

Martine Motard-Noar (Foreign Languages) won a second year of funding for her French Film Festival. The French American Cultural Exchange funds The Tournèes Festival that brings contemporary French films to U.S. colleges and universities.

Cathy Orzolek-Kronner (Social Work) took her class to a conference in September hosted by the Baltimore/Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. Cathy was recognized for her mentoring of the presenter, Lauren Scott, who was one of her students.

Katie Oxx (Philosophy and Religious Studies) has two publications: "'Sprung Forth As If By Magic:' Saint John the Evangelist Church as a Case Study for a Spatial Analysis of Early National Philadelphia" in American Catholic Studies; and "Why Do the Evangelicals have all the Good Christian Music? An Exploration of the Segregation of Catholics and Protestants in Popular, Young-Adult Oriented Contemporary Christian Music” in the Almanack: A Journal of the Popular and American Culture Association. Oxx is current president of the Mid-Atlantic American Academy of Religion.

Joel Plotkin (Theatre Arts) presented a session at Shepherd University's conference on Solar Energy entitled "Solar? A Village Takes It ... Building a Sustainable Housing Project," co-presenting with Rosina Bolen of Mt. St. Mary's (Md.) College. Joel is also a member of The Maryland Playback Ensemble, which presented performances at Common Ground on the Hill during July and will present at the Maryland Ensemble Theater in Frederick this month.

Uriel Quesada (Foreign Languages) has published his seventh book of fiction titled “Viajero que huye (The Fleeing Traveler),” a collection of six short stories and one novella. The book was presented at the Guatemala International Book Fair by prominent Costa Rican/Chilean novelist, Tatiana Lobo; in Mexico City by Antonio Marquet; and by McDaniel Professor Amy McNichols at the Washington Historical Society gathering to honor Latino Heritage Month in September.

Sara Raley (Sociology) had two publications in September: Vanessa Wight, Sara Raley, Suzanne Bianchi, “Time for Children, One’s Spouse and Oneself among Parents Who Work Nonstandard Hours” in Social Forces; and Sara Raley,  “Review of Contemporary Motherhood: The Impact of Children on Adult Time,” in Contemporary Sociology.

Henry Reiff (Office of Graduate and Professional Studies) presented for the Virginia College Quest Webinars on the topic, "Self-Advocacy: Making It Happen in College and Beyond," a session on how adults will disabilities can navigate postsecondary education, work and home to increase the likelihood of personal and professional success. Reiff is the co-author of numerous books about adults with learning disabilities, including "Exceeding Expectations: Successful Adults with Learning Disabilities," which was named a top LD resource by the American Library Association.

Susan Scott (Art and Art History) published "Chinoiserie and the Migration of the Chinese Garden Pavilion to the West" in Selected Papers of Chinese Landscape Architecture, a special bi-lingual issue of the Journal of Chinese Landscape Architecture published by the Chinese Society of Landscape Architecture.

Herb Smith (Political Science and International Studies) presented a lecture in September on the 2008 Presidential Election to a visiting delegation from the Political Journalists Association of Finland in Annapolis.

In June 2008, Margaret Trader (Education) completed service as a member of the Maryland Teacher Staffing Expert Panel for the Maryland State Department of Education.  The charge to this panel was "to review multiple sources of data to determine the state's critical shortage areas for 2008-10 for recommendation to the State Superintendent of Schools."

Reanna Ursin (English) participated in the Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminar at the National Humanities Center in June on "The Globalization of American Literary Studies.”

Elizabeth van den Berg (Theatre Arts) worked with Synetic Theatre as vocal coach on the production of “Host and Guest,” which opened in September at Roslyn Spectrum in D.C.

Michelle Young (Social Work) led a continuing education program this month for Carroll  Community College called “Unlocking the Mystery to Eating Disorders.”