Dr. Mark DelCogliano, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Asterius in Athanasius’ Catalogues of Arian Views,” which was published in the Journal of Theological Studies n.s. 66 (2015): 625-650.
Dr. Shersten Johnson, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper titled “Writer’s Burnout to Writer’s Block: The Britten-Piper Adaptation of Mann’s Der Tod in Venedig“ at the national meeting of the Modern Language Association in Austin, Texas. The paper examines the conspicuous shift of dramatic locus toward writer’s block and speculates as to how this shift provides insights into Britten’s own understanding of the creative process.
Dr. Anne Klejment, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented her paper “’True Story Fictionalized’: Dorothy Day’s Imaginary Catholic Family and the Origin of the Catholic Worker Community” at the meeting of the American Historical Association and the American Catholic Historical Association in Atlanta. Klejment’s research is based on newly discovered writings by Day that date to the period after her conversion but before she founded the Catholic Worker movement. She also commented on papers prepared for the session on “Consequences of Vatican II.”
Dr. Mark Neuzil, Communication and Journalism Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the co-editor of a new book, Environmental Crises in Central Asia: From Steppes to Seas, From Deserts to Glaciers (London: Routledge). His co-editor is Eric Freedman of Michigan State University. The book is one of a series by the publisher in environmental communication and media. The book highlights major environmental challenges confronting the region’s former Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. They include threats to the Caspian and Aral seas, the impact of climate change on glaciers, desertification, deforestation, destruction of habitat and biodiversity, radioactive and hazardous wastes, water quality and supply, energy exploration and development, pesticides and food security, and environmental health. The ramifications of these challenges cross national borders and may affect economic, political and cultural relationships on a vast geographic scale. At the same time, the region’s five governments have demonstrated little resolve to address these complex challenges.
Dr. Jeri Rockett, Counseling and Psychological Services, and her colleague Jonathan Perry from the University of Arkansas, presented a program “Are You Nuts?: Microaggressions and Mental Illness” Oct. 21, 2015, at the Association of College and University Counseling Center Directors annual conference in Salt Lake City. To introduce the program, they presented a video compilation of print articles and ads using terms for the mentally ill that was produced by Pam Guarnera, Media Services.
Dr. Aaron Sackett, Marketing Department, Opus College of Business, has been named a finalist in the Knight Cities Challenge for his project, titled “I’m Going to Vote Today!” aimed at increasing voter turnout using behavioral marketing and influence techniques. There were more than 4,500 applicants and 158 finalists named for the 2016 award, with winners to be announced later this spring. Last year there were 32 winners across the country.
Dr. Deborah Savage, clinical faculty and director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Program, presented a paper, “Complementarity and the Mission of the Catholic University,” at the 2016 Conference of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars in St. Paul. The conference marked the 25th anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, St. John Paul II’s encyclical on the Catholic University. Conference papers will be published later this year. This fall, Savage gave a public talk titled “Woman and Man: Complementarity as Mission” at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Savage also traveled to Rome in early December to participate in the International Study Seminar “Women and Work.” Savage’s contribution to the proceedings will be published on the council’s website this spring.
Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., Ph.D., Endowed Chair for the Social Scientific Study of Religion, presented a webinar, titled “Resources for Ending Clergy Sexual Abuse: Grooming, Prevention, Deterrence, and Strategies for Dissemination of Educational Materials,” in October for the USCCB Committee for Child and Youth Protection. It was available to all chancery offices in the United States.
From Nov. 5-7, Schuth served as chaplain for the 2015 Conference for the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology, held in Pittsburgh, for which she composed prayers to begin each session.
In January, the Catholic Library Association named Schuth the recipient of the 2016 Jerome Award, which will be conferred in San Diego on March 29. Established in 1992, the Jerome Award is presented by the Academic Libraries, Archives, and Library Education Section through the Jerome Award Committee. Named after St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church (331-420), patron of librarians, it is awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution and commitment to excellence in scholarship that embody the ideals of the Catholic Library Association.
Dr. Mark Stansbury-O’Donnell, Dean’s Office and Art History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is co-editor of the book, The Consumers’ Choice. Uses of Greek Figure-Decorated Pottery (Boston: Archaeological Institute of America, 2016). The essays, by both emerging and established archeologists from Europe and the United States, grew out of a colloquium in January 2014 and explore how Greek pottery was selected and used in a range of periods and peoples across the Mediterranean. The volume was co-edited by Tom Carpenter (Ohio University) and Elizabeth Langridge-Noti (DEREE, the American College of Greece, Athens) and published in the series Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture, volume 2.
Dr. Robert Werner, professor emeritus, Geography Department, College of Arts and Sciences, wrote a successful grant proposal to the Prairie Island Indian Community for $500 to help fund the Dakota 38 ride from the Crow Creek reservation at Fort Thompson, South Dakota, to Mankato, Minnesota. The ride promotes healing and reconciliation from the U.S./Dakota War of 1862.
Dr. Kari Zimmerman, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented her collaborative research on the Brazilian Slave Database in January at the American Historical Association annual meeting as part of the multi-panel presentation on “Collaborative Work on Databases and Digital Preservation Projects.” The research is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored digital humanities project through MATRIX at Michigan State University and joins together scholars from multiple universities.