Faculty accomplishments and accolades

January 15, 2013

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

Greg Alles, Philosophy and Religious Studies, gave two talks: “Riten und Gottesbilder der Adivasis (Indien)," at Gottesbilder und Rituale in den Weltreligionen:  Orthodoxie und Adivasis, a seminar of the Pädagogische Akademie of the Gemeinschaft Evangelischer Erzieher e.V., Rheinland/Saar/ Westfalen, in Dusseldorf in September; and “Writing and Reading Pithora Paintings," at Religion in Indigenous India: Dialogues with the Divine – An International Workshop on an Emerging Topic in the Study of Religion, University College Cork, Ireland, in October. He delivered the opening keynote address,  “Rudolf Otto and the Cognitive Science of Religion,” at the International Rudolf Otto Congress, Philipps-Universität-Marburg, Germany, in October.  He was a participant in the panel “Religious and Cultural Impacts of Patient Care,” at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster in October. He presented a paper on “Ritual Space as Borderland: Building and Breaching Borders in Rathva Rituals” at the annual meeting of DANAM (Dharma Association of North America) in Chicago in November. Alles also taught a class via Skype in the course on methods and theories in the study of religions at Lafayette College in October.

Tim Anderson, Music, was a participant in the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in June. He also performed in a faculty recital in September as part of the Sunday Afternoon Concert Series at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md., titled “Chamber Music for Strings - Hammered and Bowed.” Anderson also wrote the program notes.

Mona Becker, Environmental Studies, served as McDaniel’s representative at the 2012 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Annual Conference in Los Angeles in October. She presented a research poster in the Environmental Geochemistry Section at the Annual Geological Society of America meeting in Charlotte, N.C., in November; the research poster was co–authored by student Matt Gill ’12 and titled “Quantifying E.Coli contamination of Stream Water in McDowell County, W.Va.”  Mona Becker, Melanie Nilsson, Chemistry, Susan Parrish, Biology, Madeline Rhodes, Psychology, and Steve Robertson, Chemistry, participated in the UMBC 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences in October. Becker’s two research students co-presented research posters at the symposium: Gesley Fisher ’13 and Mona Becker on “The Chemical Characteristics of Hydric Soils Analyzes in the King Park Wetland”; and Lindsey Blohm ’13 and Mona Becker on “The Effects of Biosludge on Soil in Carroll County.”

Sue Bloom, Art and Art History, was the speaker in November at the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, a group of over 250 talented photographers. Bloom drew an audience of over 100 people on election night.

Margie Boudreaux, Music, was named in a national survey conducted by the Adult Choral Interest Area of the United Methodist Fellowship as “the best choral clinician you have ever worked with.” The goal of the survey was to provide a resource list of clinicians for directors to use when planning a workshop, festival or conference.

Anouar Boukhars, Political Science and International Studies, was a panel member on the topic “Changing Politics in a New Era” at The Maghreb in Transition with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in October in Washington, D.C. He was also a participant in the Executive Analytic Exchange on Algeria in Arlington, Va., in October where he made a presentation on “Regional Foreign Policy and Regional Security Cooperation.”  Boukhars had an article published in The Carnegie Papers in October titled “The Paranoid Neighbor: Algeria and the Conflict in Mali.”

Jennifer Crusie, Graduate and Professional Studies, wrote an article spotlighting McDaniel College for The Romance Writers Report, a monthly newsletter published by the Romance Writers of America. Crusie, a best selling author, is teaching in the Romance Writing Program.

Tom Deveny's, Foreign Languages, article “Pa negre (Pan negro): bildungsroman/bildungsfilm de memoria histórica” appeared in  La nueva literatura hispánica, published by the University of Valladolid.

Kyle Engler, Music, was the featured mezzo-soprano at the GRACE (Grateful Responsible Artists for Community Endeavors) Concert in November at Grace United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

Mohamed Esa, Foreign Languages, hosted the 18th annual German American Day at McDaniel in October, the largest event of its kind in the U.S., with about 1,200 students, teachers and chaperones in attendance from 30 middle and high schools across Maryland, D.C. and Pennsylvania. In October, Esa gave the keynote address at the 25th Deutschlehrertage in Göteborg, Sweden, on the topic “Märchen der Brüder Grimm im Deutschunterricht.” In November he taught a workshop on the creative use of German music in Philadelphia at the ACTFL Convention.

Tom Falkner, Academic Affairs, presented a paper titled “The Rhapsode’s Tale: The Multiple Narratives of O’Hare and Peterson’s An Iliad at the Classical Association of the Atlantic States in New York City in October.

Francis (Skip) Fennell, Education, is co-author of MET II: Mathematical Education of Teachers II,published by the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS). Fennell served as one of the members of the writing team. He presented at mathematics education conferences in October and November for the Georgia, Florida and Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and also directed the work of NCATE’s Specialty Areas Studies Board and co-chaired the final Project Review, “Adult Education and Common Core Mathematics,” a report to all states, supported by the United States Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education.

Jessame Ferguson, Hoover Library, was elected vice-chair of the Maryland Digital Library (MDL), a state-wide consortium of academic libraries. She also served as an outside department reviewer for the Snowden Library at Lycoming College in November.

B. J. Gallagher, Curriculum and Instruction, was instrumental in planning and hosting McDaniel’s first annual Conference on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in October. More than 175 educators from around the state were in attendance. Others assisting in the project were Daria Buese, Leslie Dennis, Andrea Sellivan, and Randi Shamer.

Scott Hardy, Environmental Studies, was involved in collaborations with students Melissa Bollman ’11 and Edward Ezekial ’12: Bollman, Melissa and Scott D. Hardy, 2012, “Evaluating Institutional Performance: Payments for Environmental Services in Costa Rica” in Latin American Policy and Ezekiel, Edward and Scott D. Hardy, 2012, “Linking Government Processes to Ecological Outcomes: An Examination of Costa Rica’s Payments for Environmental Services (PES) Program,” a paper presented at the 4th International EcoSummit in Columbus, Ohio, in October. 

For the sixth consecutive year, Andi Hoffman, Exercise Science and Physical Education, and several physical education interns (Ben Eveler ’13, Tyler Jackow ’13, Alex McCoy ’13) presented a session at the Maryland Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference. The presentation title was “Teaching STEM Through Models, Metaphors and Analogies.” The session presider was Sherry Clower ’99, physical education teacher for Carroll County Public Schools.

Vera Jakoby, Philosophy and Religious Studies, presented a paper titled “Under the Cape of Religion: Herder on Shamanism in the Eighteenth Century” at the East-Central/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Baltimore in November.

Linda Kirkpatrick’s, Music, third flute choir arrangement, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier’s Concerto in G Major, has been published by flute.net.

Jill Krebs, Philosophy and Religious Studies, presented two papers: “I am not leaving:  Our Lady, Sacred Space, and Catholic Visionary Culture” at a Sacred Topographies Conference at Fordham in October and “This is not to cause fear, but to awaken souls and to protect them from destruction: Our Lady, Apocalypticism, and Religious Identity” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in November.

Jim Kunz, Social Work, co-presented “Advance Directives and Social Work Practice” with Delegate Dan Morhaim (Maryland General Assembly House Deputy Majority Leader) at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Washington, D.C., in November. He chaired and was a discussant for a session on International Child Support Policy Research at the Fall Research Conference of the Association for Policy and Management in Baltimore in November. As part of his sabbatical research project on youth homelessness in Baltimore, he attended the Interfaith Forum on Mental Health and Homelessness in Baltimore in October and presented preliminary findings from this research twice in November: as an invited speaker at the University of Maryland-Baltimore Forum on Youth Homelessness and as part of testimony given before the Baltimore City Council in support of the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Resolution.

Christianna Leahy, Political Science and International Studies, attended a two-day conference at Georgetown's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in association with Beijing University on “China and the Arab Spring.”

Diane Martin, Gerontology, and Maggie Fennelly ’13 presented a poster titled “Supporting Informal Care Providers Through Educational Conferences” at the 65th annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in San Diego in November. The poster resulted from the 2011 Caregiver’s Conference co-hosted by the CSA and the Carroll County Bureau of Aging & Disabilities, with Nancy Ensor from the Bureau as third author.  In October the Center for the Study of Aging and the Carroll County Bureau of Aging & Disabilities co-hosted the 2nd annual Caregivers Conference in Old Gill. The six-hour conference was coordinated by Gerontology Master’s Candidate, Jaclyn Gulack ’06, who also created an activity book related to the theme titled “Caregivers Need Care, Too.” Alva “Buzz” Baker, director of the CSA, provided the keynote address. Martin also presented on Understanding Challenging Behaviors and was an invited presenter on the topic “Communicating with Older Adults and Patients with Dementia” for two three-hour long CEU workshops hosted by Stella Maris, Inc,: the first in May at the Stella Maris Dulaney Valley (Towson) Nursing Home and the second at the Stella Maris hospice facility in Harford County, the Senator Bob Hooper House, in October. 

Steve McCole and Jennifer McKenzie, Exercise Science and Physical Education, with students Paige Messersmith ’13, Kristin Beil ’13, Kaitlin Mahoney ’13, and alumna Rachel Walega ’12, attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting in November in Harrisburg, Pa. They presented posters based on work from their student-faculty summer research experience and senior Capstone projects: Mahoney K, Beil K, Messersmith P, Parker A, Jones K, McCole SD, and McKenzie JA, “Metabolic responses to high intensity aerobic and anaerobic exercises”; Parker A, Messersmith P, Beil K, Mahoney K, Jones K, McKenzie JA, and McCole SD, “Cardiovascular responses to high intensity aerobic and anaerobic exercises” and Walega R, McKenzie JA, and McCole SD, “Examining hemoglobin and hematocrit levels in collegiate swimmers pre and post taper.”

Gretchen McKay, Art and Art History, presented a mini-workshop on Reacting to the Past at the AAC&U Diversity conference in October. Participants debated issues featured in the game “Frederick Douglass, Slavery, and the Constitution: 1845.”

Debbie Miller, Education, gave two presentations at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., in November, 2012: “Transforming the summer literacy program into a literacy camp:  Implications for teaching struggling readers” and  “Keys to preparing NCATE/IRA reports for national accreditation.” Also, Debbie Miller and Sharon Craig, Education, hosted the first annual fall meeting of the Literacy Educators of Maryland on the McDaniel campus. The group, which included literacy educators from 15 higher education institutions and several local school systems, incorporated many contemporary issues and launched the next steps for this special interest group – a part of the State of Maryland International Reading Association (SOMIRAC). Additionally, Debbie Miller, Margaret Trader, Education, and Brian Ault, Institutional Research, have been invited to serve on workgroups tasked with revising the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) statewide plan for postsecondary education, which will articulate State priorities and give direction to both the State and to institutions offering postsecondary education programs.

Paul Muhlhauser, English, and Andrea Campbell had an article on the online journal Harlot: a revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion titled “Like Me, Like Me Not.”

Katya Mychajlyshyn, Art and Art History, received the Carroll Art Center show Award of Artistic Excellence in October.

Pavel Naumov, Mathematics and Computer Science, produced a joint paper with Brittany Nicholls ’13  on “R.E. Axiomatization of Conditional Independence,” accepted for full presentation and subsequent publication at the 14th Conference on Theoretical Aspects of Rationality and Knowledge (TARK ’13) in Chennai, India, in January 2013. Also, a joint paper written with Jeffrey Kane ’14 on “Epistemic Logic for Communication Chains” has been accepted for full presentation and publication in proceedings at the same conference.

Susan Parrish, Biology, presented two posters with students C. O’Keefe ’13 and K. Bickford ’13 at the 15th  Annual Undergraduate Research symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore County: C. O’Keefe and S. Parrish (2012) “Creation of a genetic knock-out of the Dictyostelium discoideum DDB_G0278957 gene, encoding a putative mRNA Nudix decapping enzyme” and K. Bickford and S. Parrish (2012) “Transformation and gene knock-out of the putative mRNA decapping enzyme DDB_G0283315 in Dictyostelium discoideum.” 

Pam Regis, English, convened the master class for Romance Scholars in November for The Nora Roberts Center for American Romance at McDaniel, followed by a day of meetings to plan the Popular Romance Project, which recently won a grant of more than $600,000 from NEH. The master class included scholarly works-in-progress of seven national and international romance critics. Award-winning filmmaker and Popular Romance Project director Laurie Kahn led discussions among the major contributors to the PRP, including Susan Brandehoff from the American Library Association; John Cole, Director of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress; Kelly Schrum of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at GMU, and Humanities advisors Ron Walters (Johns Hopkins); Darlene Clark Hines (Northwestern), Bill Gleason (Princeton), Eric Selinger (DePaul), and Regis herself.

Mark Rust, ASL, and McDaniel’s ASL program were recognized in November at the Maryland ASL Teacher's Association State Conference at Towson University, where the program was recognized and awarded a plaque for its commitment to the advancement and expansion of the ASL program.

Rhonda Stricklett, Hoover Library, participated in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Immersion, the Assessment Track, in November, which supports Information Literacy assessment from a learning-centered perspective.

Margaret Trader, Education, was elected president-elect of the Maryland Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators (MACTE) for the 2012-14 biennium. MACTE, a state affiliate of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators, represents the interests of colleges with programs preparing educators for classrooms and school-based programs. Trader was also elected to a six-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Washington County Free Public Library beginning in January.

Karen Violanti, Academic Affairs, was a presenter at the 5th Annual Mentoring Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., in October on “Mentoring the Mentor to Build and Strengthen the Internal and External Mentor Structure and Community.”

Corey Wronski-Mayersak, English, mentored two students who are presenting papers at the 7th Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Moravian College in December: Zachery Brown ’14 on “Stripped of Masculinity: Chaucer's Treatment of Troilus in Troilus and Criseyde,” and a paper by Christie Debelius ’13 “When Worlds Collide: The Relationship Between Spiritual and Material Realms in Pearl,” originally written for her Medieval Visions and Visionaries course last year.