Professors publish, present and pursue scholarly work

June 30, 2009

Alva “Buzz” Baker, Center for the Study of Aging, is serving as chair of the Elder Care Workgroup that issued “The Face of Our Senior Community: Results of the 2008 Elder Health Needs Assessment,” a major study that analyzes the self-reported needs of the over-60 population in Carroll County.

Peter Bradley, Philosophy and Religious Studies, gave a response to Franklin Scott's "Representation and Whorian Category Effects" at the 105th annual meeting of the Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology in Savannah in April. Also, the Reacting to the Past Advisory Board endorsed Bradley’s new game: "Defining the Mind: The APA in the 1970s," which centers around the crisis in Psychology and Psychiatry following the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness in the early 1970s.

Annette Budzinski-Luftig, Foreign Languages, attended the annual American Comparative Literature Association conference "Global Languages, Local Cultures" at Harvard University in March. Budzinski-Luftig co-organized a three-day seminar "Beyond Jena – Literary History after Kant" where she presented the paper “(Not all) lost in translation: Ugolino in and outside Jena.”

Daria Buese, Education, with colleague Caroline Eick from Mt. St. Mary's University, presented a paper "What Does It Mean to Pursue Master's Level Degrees in Education? Teacher and Teacher Candidate Perspectives" at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego in April.

Holly Chalk, Psychology, presented a poster titled "Personality as a Protective Factor for Multiple Sclerosis Caregivers and Patients" at the Society for Behavioral Medicine meeting in Montreal in April.

Three students of Jacqueline Couti and Martine Motard-Noar, Foreign Languages, all French majors and graduating seniors, were recognized by the French Ministry of Education and awarded positions as English lecturers in French high schools for the coming academic year: Mary Beth Bounds, Strasbourg area; Laura Descher, Grenoble area; and Greg Dubicki, Lille area. Couti was a guest lecturer for the Department of French at Augustana College in Moline, Ill., where she presented two workshops for 4000-level classes.  She was also invited by the French Graduate Student Association at the University of Virginia to be the keynote speaker for an interdisciplinary colloquium on New World Studies, where she spoke on “Masquerade in Aimé Césaire’s ‘A Tempest’ and Jean Rhys’s ‘Wide Sargasso Sea.’”

Tom Deveny, Foreign Languages, presented a paper titled “Las lágrimas en el ‘Quijote’ y las teorías renacentistas” at the VIII Congreso Internacional de Literatura Hispánica in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, in March.

Donna Evergates and Steve Feeley, History, and nine students participated in the Annual Mid-Atlantic Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Conference, where two of the top three prizes were awarded to McDaniel students: Kim Staub, third prize, for “Real Top-Notch Germans: German Prisoners of War in Carroll County, Maryland, during World War II” and Laura Kurrle, second prize, for "Solemn Attestations and Ingenious Forgeries of Evidence: The Use of Prince Lichnowsky's Memoir as Wartime Propaganda in 1918.”

Francis “Skip” Fennell, Education, gave a panel presentation on the national outlook for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) at the Software and Information Industry Association Annual Conference, at the National Press Club in D.C. in March.  Fennell gave a panel presentation for the House and Senate’s STEM Education Caucus on the topic: “Teacher Preparation in Mathematics – What do we know? What must we improve?” on Capitol Hill in March.  He presented at the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Annual Conference in D.C. on “Mathematics Specialists, Teacher Specialists, and Coaches: Where is this going? What do we know?” in April.  And he delivered the Past President’s Address at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference in Washington on “Coherence, Connections, Communication and Fraction Sense” in April.

Volker Franke, Political Science and International Studies, presented "Making Sense of Chaos: Teaching Strategy using Case Studies" at the 20th Annual Strategy Conference at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., in April.

Scott Hardy, Hali Kilbourne, and Esther Iglich, Environmental Policy and Science, with the assistance of Gil Harootunian, Academic and Government Grants, won a major grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation for efforts on behalf of the conservation or protection of natural animal habitat.  The grant is a combination of $50,000 in cash and 10,000 shares of stock.

Vera Jakoby, Philosophy and Religious Studies, presented a paper titled “Hildegard von Bingen: The Power of Viriditas” at the March meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Baltimore.

Jim Kunz, Social Work, was accepted into the Institute on Aging and Social Work, a yearlong program sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research, designed to generate proposals for NIH grants. Only 15 faculty members from all social work programs in the country were chosen. Kunz will work on a proposal titled “Assessing the Health and Social Service Needs of Older Ex-Offenders.” He also presented a paper "Using a Budget Simulation to Teach Federal Social Welfare Policy" at the 26th Annual Meeting of the Social Work Baccalaureate Program Directors Conference in Phoenix in March.

Christianna Leahy, Political Science and International Studies, was a guest on the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA (National Public Radio) on April 27 to talk about the recently released “torture memos” and the ethics of “harsh interrogation.”  The previous week Leahy appeared on WYPR and WEAA talking about President Obama’s trip to the Summit of the Americas and the potential for normalization of US relations with Cuba.

Stephanie Madsen, Psychology, co-authored with five colleagues, “Ready or not? Criteria for marriage readiness among emerging adults” in the Journal of Adolescent Research.

Janet Medina, Education, offered several workshops in April, including “Universal Design for Instruction and Learning: Reaching Out to Every Student” at Howard Community College and, at the University of Pennsylvania, Cool Ideas On Hot Topics, 8th Annual Disability Symposium “Interpreting Psychoeducational Evaluations: An Overview,” and “Psychoeducational Evaluations: Putting it Into Practice.”

Apollo Mian, Jeff Marx, and Bill Pagonis, Physics, published “Bringing the Two Cultures together through A World of Light and Color” in the Forum on Public Policy Online, Summer 2008 edition (January 2009).  The paper, which presented measurably effective pedagogical materials that were developed and used in their course, A World of Light and Color, was a follow up to a presentation Mian gave at the Oxford Round Table held at Oxford University last summer.

Wendy Morris, Psychology, co-authored “Singlehood” in Encyclopedia of Human Relationships.

Susan Parrish’s, Biology, co-authored a poster titled “The Genomics Education Partnership: Integration of DNA Sequence Finishing and Annotation Projects into Undergraduate Curriculum” at the RECOMB-BE Bioinformatics meeting in San Diego in March. Her student, Eric Lemmon, presented a poster on “Annotation of the Drosophila erecta dot chromosome” at the same meeting and received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute travel grant to help fund the trip. Parrish also presented a talk in March on “Poxviruses regulate mRNA turnover to promote virus replication” at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Students of Uriel Quesada, Foreign Languages, attended “Regional Identity and Diaspora in Times of Globalization" at Cornell University in April. Students Turner Hirsh and Jennifer Wallace presented a poster about the connections between Latin American ‘crónica’ and politics, and Paul Donoghue made a panel presentation about Mexican writer and political activist José Revueltas.

Herb Smith, Political Science and International Studies, delivered a paper titled "On Political Death and Dying: The Republicans and Kubler-Ross" at the Western Maryland Democratic Party Conference at Rocky Gap Conference Center in Flintstone in April. He was faculty sponsor for Sarah Martin’s successful application to become a Governor's summer intern in 2009.

Pam Regis, English, presented "Christian Liberty and the Romance Novel" at the Love as the Practice of Freedom, Romance Fiction and American Culture conference held at Princeton University in April.

Jonathan Slade, Communication, moderated "Making a Film on a Shoestring Budget," a 75-minute panel discussion at the Maryland Film Festival in May.

Margaret Trader. Education, received a gubernatorial appointment, confirmed by the Senate, for a three-year term (2009-2012) to the Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board, a Board she currently chairs.

Bob Trader’s, Communication, paper, “Instructional Communication Matters: Refinement of Measures of Perceived Cognitive Learning from a Knowledge Acquisition Theory Perspective” was the top paper in the instructional communication division at the 100th annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association held in Philadelphia. Senior Terri Dorsey's poster “The Identity Development of Biracial Adolescents: Does Race Matter?” was presented at the same conference.

Elizabeth van den Berg, Theatre Arts, completed a successful run of “Dante” with Synetic Theater; moderated a panel on “Retribution as seen in ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘The Inferno’” in conjunction with the production of “Dante”; and moderated a panel on “Women and War” in conjunction with Synetic Theater's production of “Lysistrata” in April.

This year’s Great Decisions 2009 program, a series of eight lectures given during the spring semester for the larger community, featured faculty members Volker Franke, Debbi Johnson-Ross, Christianna Leahy, Political Science and International Studies; Kevin McIntyre, Economics and Business Administration; Scott Hardy, Environmental Science and Policy; and Mohamed Esa, Foreign Languages.