Professional Notes

Dr. Bernard Armada, Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was presented with the Outstanding Book Chapter Award from the African American Communication and Culture Division of the National Communication Association. He won the award for his chapter, "(Dis)placing the Dissident Body," which appears in the book, Places of Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials, edited by Greg Dickinson, Brian L. Ott and Carole Blair (University of Alabama Press, 2010).  Armada received the award last November at the NCA annual conference in New Orleans, La.  

Dr. Mark DelCogliano, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of three articles: “Tradition and Polemic in Basil of Caesarea’s Homily on the Theophany,” published in Vigiliae Christianae 66 (2012): 30–55; “Origen and Basil of Caesarea on the Liar Paradox,” published in Augustinianum 51 (2011): 349–66; and  “The Quest for Evagrius of Pontus: A Historiographical Essay,” published in American Benedictine Review 62 (2011): 388–401.

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning, published by Paulist Press, New York/Mahwah, N.J., 2012.   

Dr. J. Thomas Ippoliti, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, gave an invited talk at Bayer Material Sciences on Jan. 18, in Pittsburgh, Penn. The talk presented the results of a collaborative research project that was performed over the summer of 2011 with undergraduate students Sam Fish and Vladamir Vinnik. The objective of the research was to determine the mechanism by which Bayer polyurethane paints cure so fast in humid weather.

Dr. Lorina Quartarone, Modern and Classical Languages Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of an article, “Quantity, Quality, Tension and Transition: The Dimensions of Vergil's ingens,” published in  Vergilius 57 (2012) 3-34.  Dr. Quartarone proposes that Vergil uses the adjective ingens, which occurs 199 times in the Georgics and Aeneid, to convey uniqueness, mystery, tension, an awe-inspiring quality or the notion of death.  She surveys the word’s etymology (through its Indo-European, Greek and Latin cognates), argues that it evokes the cycle of growth and death, and examines its multivalent potential, offering a detailed look at the adjective in various contexts and suggestions of how it may best be understood. She concludes that ingens conveys the importance of an individual character or moment in the text, recognizes heroism, enhances a sense of loss or grief, infers otherworldliness and suggests emergence into a new state of existence.

Dr. Lisa Rezac, Mathematics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was an invited alumni speaker for the 100th anniversary of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science on Jan. 20, at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.

Dr. Scott Wright, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of essays on “Jim Beckwourth,” "Floyd Patterson" and “David Walker” in Great Lives from History: African Americans (Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2011).