Professional Notes

Dr. Shersten Johnson, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper based on sabbatical research on the Metropolitan Opera’s "Live in HD” series, titled “When Offstage Becomes Onscreen: Contested Spaces in the Met’s Simulcasts,” at the Music and the Moving Image conference in May at New York University.

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented two papers in recent theological conferences:

  • “Inclusion and Exclusion in the Ecclesiology of the New Catholic Movements,” at the Fifth International Conference of Ecclesiological Investigations, University of Dayton, May 18-22 in Dayton, Ohio.
  • “From ‘All the Saints’ to ‘All the Pope Saints’” at the conference of the Catholic Theological Society of America, June 9-12 in San Jose, Calif.

Antonia Apolinário-Wilcoxon, a resident of Hopkins, recently completed a year as a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She was one of 34 individuals selected for the 2010-11 program, which concluded earlier this month.

Antonia Apolinário-Wilcoxon

Antonia Apolinário-Wilcoxon

Apolinário-Wilcoxon is a project manager at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, leading agencywide priorities to reduce disparities and serve at-risk adults. She has also worked in the childhood mental health field. A native of Brazil, she is a member of the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers and a governor-appointed public member of the Minnesota Board of Social Work. She has master’s degrees in economics and international business management, and is working toward a doctorate degree at the University of St. Thomas in educational leadership, policy and administration.

The Policy Fellows program prepares Minnesotans from all professional sectors to bring a greater understanding of public affairs into their leadership roles. Through a nine-month educational experience that includes workshops, seminars and group projects, Policy Fellows hone their leadership skills, build their professional networks, and define their unique roles in the policy process.

Professor Susan Marsnik, Department of Ethics and Business Law, Opus College of Business, recently had a paper, with Robert Thomas (University of Florida), “Drawing a Line in the Patent Subject-Matter Sands: Does Europe Prove a Solution to the Software and Business Method Patent Problem?” published as the lead article in the Boston College International and Comparative Law Review. In April they presented a continuation of their research, “Making Abstract Ideas Concrete,” at the Association of Law Teacher’s (ALT) Conference in Cardiff, U.K. Marsnik also served as a panelist for the ALT’s Keynote Plenary Session: “The Future for Universities Post Browne and CSR From Where I Sit.” She presented a U.S. perspective on recent changes to the funding of U.K. higher education. In November 2010 she traveled to the Dead Sea, Jordan, to participate in the World Arbitration Forum for Intellectual Property. The event, sponsored by the Arbitration Centre of the Arab Federation for the Protection of Intellectual Property, was attended by more than 150 professionals, including academics, judges, and practicing attorneys from around the world. Marsnik presented U.S. and common law approaches to intellectual property as part of a panel: “The Cultural Challenges: Is the Understanding and Protection of Intellectual Property Different Depending on the Legal Culture?”