Dr. Tom Bushlack, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of a book, Politics for a Pilgrim Church: A Thomistic Theory of Civic Virtue (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015), that will be published Oct. 12.
Dr. Corrine Carvalho, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author, with Dalit Rom-Shiloni, of a themed volume of the academic journal (volume 45, 2015), Die Welt des Orients, which she co-edited. She also co-wrote the introduction. The theme of the volume is “Ezekiel in its Babylonian Context.”
Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship, is the author of “The Roman Curia at and After Vatican II: Legal-Rational or Theological Reform?” published in Theological Studies 2015 76(3), pp. 550-571. He also is the author of “The Ecclesiology of Vatican II as a New Framework for Consecrated Life,” published in the Sept. 10 issue of Origins, volume 45, number 15, pp. 255-262.
Dr. Jessica Hodge, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of a paper, “Assessing the Status of Gender-specific Programs Through the Lens of Juvenile Justice Staff,” published in the journal Women and Criminal Justice, 2015, volume 25, issue 3, pp. 184-200.
Dr. Anne Klejment, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded second prize by the Catholic Press Association in the academic review category for her review essay on two books about Catholic war resistance that appeared in American Catholic Studies 125.1 (spring 2014), pp. 71-75. The judges commented: “An excellent approach to a review, offering readers historical context before sliding carefully into the material, noting both the strengths and insights offered as well as suggesting where the accounts fall short of a complete approach to this troublesome time as well as of those caught up in the confusion.” Klejment also presented a talk on the history of the Cathedral of Saint Paul, which is celebrating its centennial Aug. 9 at the Irish Fair of Minnesota.
Dr. William Ojala, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a poster, “Anything But Isomorphism: Molecular Symmetry vs. Crystallographic Symmetry in Some Isomeric Trifluoromethyl-Substituted bis-Benzylideneanilines,” at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, held July 25-29 in Philadelphia. Co-authors of the work presented were St. Thomas alumni Sarah N. Larson, Anthony L. Gerten and Aaron P. Monson. The research is focused on aspects of crystal structure significant in the design and preparation of new solid materials.
Dr. Lisa Rezac, Mathematics Department, College of Arts and Sciences, was the visiting mathematician Sept. 1 at a new attraction, Math-on-a-Stick, at the Minnesota State Fair. Rezac encouraged fair attendees, especially kids and their parents, to think about the mathematics of circles with tennis balls and hula hoops. The attraction, created by Christopher Danielson of Normandale College, was supported by the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, The Math Forum and the State Fair Foundation.
Dr. Buffy Smith, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the co-editor of the Social Class and Education book series published by Lexington Books, a subsidiary of the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. In June, Smith was invited to present findings from her book, Mentoring At-Risk Students Through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education, to administrators and program directors of STEM fields from New York State colleges and universities at their annual conference in Albany, New York. Also, in August, Smith was invited to present a mentoring workshop to program managers and academic coaches of College Possible, St. Paul.
Dr. Daniel Tight, Modern and Classical Languages Department, College of Arts and Sciences, gave a presentation with Mary-Catherine Schmidt ’15 titled “Characteristics of Low-Stakes Spanish Writing in the Computer Classroom” on July 19 at the annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and Family Business Center Fellow, attended and participated in activities of Alpha Kappa Delta (the international sociology honor society, of which she is president emerita) and the American Sociological Association’s Department Resources Group, which assists sociology departments with program review, curricular development, assessment, department retreats and teaching workshops. Priscila Barron Sanchez, a senior sociology major also participated in the ASA’s Honors Program in Chicago in August. This highly selective program “provides (exceptional sociology students from throughout the country) a rich introduction to the professional life of the discipline.” Sanchez presented “Compromising Law: A Pilot Study of Attorney Attitudes on Immigration Legislation,” a paper based on her research as a University of St. Thomas Excel! Scholar. On a separate occasion, Wilkes Karraker presented “Caregiving for Children in the New Austerity on ‘Pleasant Avenue’: Findings from ‘Middle Class in Middle America: Families, Neighbors and a Good Society’” at the Austerity, Gender and Household Finances Conference held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England.
Father Kevin Zilverberg, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, gave a series of three lectures in Latin at the annual conference of the Family of St. Jerome, held July 27-Aug. 1 at Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California. The first two presentations treated the translation of Hebrew vocabulary and verbal sequences in the Neo-Vulgate edition of the Bible, while the third lecture presented the life of newly canonized St. Mary of Jesus Crucified. Zilverberg also served on the staff of the annual Latin immersion conference of the Veterum Sapientia Institute, held Aug. 2-8, in Washington, D.C. This conference for priests and seminarians was co-sponsored by the Department of Greek and Latin of Catholic University of America as well as Ivy Hall International Institute for Culture. Zilverberg lectured on the character of biblical Latin and spoke daily with small groups to help them understand ancient and modern Latin texts.