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  • March 2014

    Aaron Amick along with Nancy Cross have recently had a paper titled “An Almost Paperless Organic Chemistry Course with the Use of iPads” accepted to the Journal of Chemical Education. This work was part of the iPad pilot program started in the fall of 2012.   Aaron also presented a poster on the research that he and his students have been working on here at Washington College at the Gordon Research Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry. The poster was titled ”A New Palladium Catalyzed Method for the Synthesis of Indenoannulated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Novel Aromatic Ketones.”

    Aaron is a competitive rifle shooter who has previously won the Smallbore Rifle Silhouette AA-Class National Championship. This past year Aaron competed in the 2013 NRA National Smallbore and High Power Rifle Silhouette Championships. Aaron finished 28th in AAA-Class nationally in Smallbore Rifle Silhouette. In High Power Rifle Silhouette Aaron won all three matches to become the B-Class National Champion for 2013. Aaron also competed in the Pennsylvania State High Power Rifle Championships winning both matches to become the A-Class Pennsylvania State High Power Rifle Silhouette Champion for 2013. 

    Stewart Bruce started several new projects this month that will engage our students in experiential learning opportunities at the GIS lab. 

    • Our new partnership with the Baltimore-based Poetry in Community group will provide a web mapping data interface allowing citizens to learn about, and find, local poetry resources within the City of Baltimore. Our GIS intern Brad Janocha is leading this effort.
    • With pass-through Homeland Security funding, GIS will teach five on-site workshops on Using ArcGIS for Analysis to Baltimore City law enforcement officers and emergency responders.
    • A contract was received to design a new STEM based, and GIS inspired, 12 week course for the Dover Area School District in Pennsylvania for their 7th grade students.  GIS interns will help develop the curricular materials which will be hosted in a blended learning environment within our Washington College Geoworkshops Moodle site. 
    • GIS interns will work with the National Park Service on a new funded project to update locational data contained within their Chesapeake Explorer mobile application. 
    • The GIS Weyr Media team was awarded a new contract by the Town of Galena to design a new multimedia web site for the town which will include a complete innovative web redesign, online web mapping, a social media marketing initiative, and student directed video clips to highlight the town and their local businesses.
    • The first high school GIS course, developed by GIS with funding from an earlier Maryland Higher Education Commission grant, will be submitted to the Quality Matters Program under a new agreement for an external faculty review and hopeful national certification of our high school curriculum.  During this process the high school course will be better aligned with the College’s Introduction to GIS course which is also being redone to a blended format with funds from CTL.  Dover Area School District, who is currently using our complete four semester high school curriculum, was also recently awarded the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Academic Achievement Award.  Some of their students are starting to enroll at Washington College and work at GIS as highly-qualified First Year interns.
    • A new agreement with the Kloudtrack Innovation Sandbox, whose other partners include Cisco and George Mason University, will have our main Silverlight web mapping API, originally developed with Federal Byrne Justice Assistance grant funds, installed in a federally-compliant scalable cloud server environment to market these services to a national audience.  Students at GIS will be responsible for management of these new web mapping applications which will include a new series of megacity apps for Lagos, Nigeria, and Dhaka, Bangladesh, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), researchers at the National Intelligence University, and the Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center.   A Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is in the works with NGA.  A secondary application, being developed specifically for Kloudtrack, will host geospatial data related to schools and healthcare facilities and will be geared towards local healthcare providers.

    Ryan Kelty advised a NATO research team identifying best practices for integrating civilian and military personnel in defense organizations (January 7-9, Brussels, Belgium).  He was asked to serve as a consultant to the NATO research team based on his ten years of research with American sailors and soldiers in the US, Korea, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq.  Ryan’s research is being used as a framework for NATO’s multi-national (11 nations) research effort to better understand the effects of integrating civilians in military organizations.  As a result, his work will inform NATO recommendations and national military manpower policy decisions among the participating countries.

    Ryan also gave an invited talk at the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Executive Panel’s plenary session on gender integration in the Navy (Jan. 29, Arlington, VA).  His talk, Building a Gender Neutral Navy, emphasized focusing on gender-neutral performance and assessment criteria, reviewing the relationship between gender and cohesion in military units (gender integrated units do not have lower cohesion), and made recommendations for moving forward to maximize success of full gender inclusion by the DoD mandated deadline of 2016.  The CNO Executive Panel is a discretionary Federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations on a broad array of issues. The CNO is a four star admiral and the highest-ranking officer in the US Navy, and sits on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Lastly, Ryan co-presented a paper with Kasey Baumann (’14) at the Eastern Sociological Society meeting, titled “The Symbolic Life Review: Exploring the False Dichotomy of Life and Death through Multi-Media Expression”, as part of a session organized by Ryan, “Active Learning from Both Sides of the Aisle: Faculty and Student Experiences with Active Learning Projects.”  Kasey’s multi-media project was her cumulative course assignment for his course Sociology of Death & Dying.  Also at the ESS meetings, Ryan organized and presided over a four session Military Sociology Mini-Conference, involving 15 papers and 20 authors (Feb. 20-22).

    Mike Kerchner recently served as a member of the external review team for the Neuroscience Major at Ursinus College and participated as a panelist for the 2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

    John Leupold presented a concert on Feburary 19, at Loyola University of Maryland.  He was invited to have three of his compositions performed as part of their “Open Ears, Open Minds” concert series.  This series features a question and answer session with the composer between each piece. The pieces being performed are Envisaging a Supercluster, Charismatic Thaumaturge, and A Luminaire of an Anomalous Symbiosis.

    Matthew McCabe’s essay, “Admirable Dishonesty in Medical Practice” has been published in Communication and Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Healthcare Ethics and Society.

    Hui-Ju Tsai published her article, “The Informational Efficiency of Bonds and Stocks: The Role of Institutional Sized Bond Trades,” in International Review of Economics and Finance.

    Susan Vowels has been invited to join the APICS Certification Committee as one of two academic volunteers on a six-member committee. APICS is a global professional association for supply chain and operations management, providing research, education and certification programs. Prof. Vowels has held the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation since 2007 and as a member of the Certification Committee will be responsible for a variety of tasks related to the CSCP program. 

    Carol Wilson’s book review of E. Fuller Torrey’s The Martyrdom of Abolitionist Charles Torrey (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013) appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Civil War Book Reviews.

  • February 2014

    Stewart Bruce and Erica McMaster, along with our GIS professional staff and GIS student interns, were accepted as one of five national technical assistance providers for the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Technical Training and Assistance Center for their new Crime Analysis on Demand program.  This program matches approved technical assistance providers with law enforcement agencies across America who are in need of technical support to reduce crime in their communities and further diversifies the funding stream for GIS activities related to crime mapping and analysis. 

    Additional GIS contracts were also approved with the Maryland Environmental Police to map facilities at their Lake Montebello Water Treatment Facility and with Green Earth Connections LLC with funding from the Maryland Department of Agriculture to improve training materials related to nutrient credit training.

    Erin Counihan published an article in the January 2014 issue of English Journal, published by the National Council of Teachers of English.  The article, co-authored by Amanda Silcox, a teacher in one of the Department’s Kent County partner schools, discusses using a variety of software platforms to engage students in showing mastery of writing, math, and technology skills.

    Melissa Deckman and Joseph Prud’homme are pleased to announce the publication of their edited volume, Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools, published by Peter Lang Publishers.

    Matthew McCabe’s essay, “Virtue in the Clinic” appears in the anthology The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, edited by Stan van Hooft, and published by Acumen.

    Andrew Oros published the article, “Does Abe’s Rightward Shift Threaten His Legacy?,” in PacNet, an on-line journal published by the Pacific Forum Center for Strategic and International Studies.  He also spoke on a panel on Japan’s foreign policy in 2014 at the annual symposium of the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC and delivered a lecture on contemporary Japanese politics at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department. 

    Courtney Rydel published her article, “A Discovery of the only Middle English Version of the Legenda Aurea Prologue in The Assembly of Gods,” in Notes and Queries 60.4(2013).  She also served as a co-organizer for The Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, “Thinking Outside the Codex,” on November 21-23 in Philadelphia, a major gathering of international leaders in digital humanities and manuscript work.  She also published a book review of Thomas Meyer’s translation of Beowulf in Jacket2.

    Susan Vowels was an invited speaker at the First Annual Meeting of the Chesapeake and Potomac Association Of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers on October 15, 2013 in Catonsville, Maryland.  Her presentation was entitled “Professional Development and Leadership.” 

    Lansing Williams had the pleasure of accompanying five WC Enactus team members on a six-day trip to the Reserva Playa Tortuga, Ojochal de Osa, Costa Rica to evaluate the feasibility of a potential international community environmental service project.  At the environmental research center the team studied a prototype bio-garden, which filters household wastewater, and conducted two seminars, one for adults demonstrating the garden-box project and building a combined “garden-box/bio-garden”.  The second seminar was for children, showing, then helping the 16 participants to build their own bio-garden type water filters, visiting a butterfly garden, and the center’s turtle camp where the children saw and held 12 hour old Olive Ridley turtle hatchings.  The team also participated in the midnight release of the approximately 90 hatchings into the Pacific Ocean.  As a special treat, the team was fortunate enough to witness a seldom seen atmospheric phenomenon known as the Green Flash.

    Carol Wilson’s review of To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker by Sydney Nathans (Harvard University Press, 2012) was published in the August 2013 volume of The Journal of Southern History.

  • December 2013

    Stewart Bruce and Erica McMaster received a new grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office entitled “Improving Accessibility and Completeness of Traffic Safety Data.”  The project has three main objectives as follows:

    1. Increase accessibility of traffic safety data (e.g., crash and citation data) to Maryland traffic safety partners

    2. Provide training to traffic safety professionals on the use of GIS analytical tools.

    3. Increase the completeness of the statewide crash data and locational accuracy of E-TIX data

    The grant, worth $97,720, will employ several student apprentices and journeymen in the GIS lab as well as one new professional staff position. 

    In November, Bridget Bunten presented a paper entitled: “Personal and Professional Networks and Divisions: How Teachers Make Sense of an English-only Policy” at the annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

    Tom Cousineau presented a paper entitled “‘Children still weaving budded aureoles’: Ancestral Hands in The Book of Disquiet”, at O III Congresso Internacional Fernando Pessoa hosted by the Casa Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon.

    Lisa Daniels served as one of six mentors for 30 women in their first or second year in economics departments at liberal arts colleges in the U.S.  The workshop, funded by the American Economics Association, was held in Florida from November 21-22.  Lisa spoke on two panels related to teaching and balancing work and family while also guiding discussion for a smaller group of development economists during each break-out session.  

    Last month, Melissa Deckman presented a paper, “A New Civic Motherhood?  Placing Tea Party ‘Mothers’ in Historical Political Context,” at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association in Philadelphia.  Her review of Christopher Chapp’s book, Religious Rhetoric in American Politics: The Endurance of Civil Religion in Electoral Campaigns, was published recently by the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, volume 52(September 2013): 652-653. 

    Laura J. Eckelman toured to Juniata College with Asphalt Orchestra, a modern 12-piece street band for whom she is the Associate Lighting Designer. The group (a project of Brooklyn-based new music collective Bang on a Can) performed its “Unpack the Elephant” show–a mix of live music, choreography, and theatrical design.

    James Allen Hall’s poem “At the Table” was published in AGNI, volume 78 (Fall 2013).   

    Ryan Kelty (with Alex Bierman, University of Calgary) presented a paper entitled “Life Under the Gun: Threat of War and Psychological Distress in Civilians Working in Iraq and Afghanistan” at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society biennial meeting. Chicago, IL.

    Lauren Littlefield presented an invited workshop at the Columbia, Maryland location of Bowman Educational Services on November 6, 2013. “Working Memory and Verbal Retrieval Deficits in Dyslexia: Theory, Research and Practice” highlighted two decades of research using the Association Memory Test, developed by Klein & Littlefield. Findings inform standards of practice to be used when remediating dyslexia.

    Anne Marteel-Parrish and Larissa Check’12 published a peer-reviewed article entitled, “The fate and behavior of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals: Examining lead (Pb) as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic metal” in Reviews for Environmental Health, in November 2013.

    Pam Pears’s article “Delacroix, Djebar’s Interlocutor, par excellence” has been published in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Vol. 17, Issue 5 (December 2013).

    Shaun Ramsey earned the Extra Class amateur operator/primary station license permit. This is an amateur radio operator and station permit, which is an official Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radio service. The Extra Class license grants maximum amateur communication privileges in our region, including worldwide bands, data and video communications. This is the highest license available to U.S. citizens due to its privileges on worldwide bands, the need for safety and security, and other radio communication challenges. Using these new privileges, I hope to establish a Washington College radio presence in the community and beyond.

    In preparation for these new licenses, he led study groups over the previous three weekends (six 4 hour study sessions in total), which incorporated students and outside community members. From this group, he and three students (Ian Egland, Brian Zohorsky and Greg Lee) took radio license tests on Wednesday and passed every attempted test. He moved up two licenses by passing the General Class and Extra Class exams, while each student took and passed one test to move up a Class in licensing. Ian Egland passed the Extra Class, Brian Zohorsky passed the General Class, and Greg Lee passed the Technician Class exam.  Look for a FCC sanctioned radio club to start on campus soon!

    On October 30, Kenneth Schweitzer hosted a workshop for students in his WC Jazz Combo. Coordinated by the Music Department in partnership with the Mainstay Theater in Rock Hall, the workshop with four professional jazz artists was funded by a grant from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.  On November 7 and 8, Ken attended the conference “Lucumí Music: Singing, Dancing, and Drumming Black Divinity,” organized by the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAR) at Duke University in part to support his ongoing research for his book with Temple Press, Lucumí Music. Ken participated in several panels, which included a paper on “Lucumí Musical Genres and Concepts,” a presentation on “Lucumí Music Multi-Media: Photography, Audio, and Video,” and a roundtable discussion on “Lucumí Music as Art, Ritual, and Culture.” On November 15-17, Ken attended the 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) in Indianapolis, hosted by the Indiana University, Bloomington. He participated in a roundtable discussion entitled, “On the Orisha of the Drum: Tracking a Transatlantic God through Narrative.”

    Leslie Sherman presented the results of her sabbatical research at the International Annual Meeting of the Soil Science, Agronomy, and Crop Science Societies in Tampa Florida. The title of her presentation was “Soil Quality Changes in Response to Long-Term Pineapple Production in Costa Rica.”

    Rick Striner gave a lecture about his book “Lincoln and Race” at the annual Lincoln Forum at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 18th.  On the following day, he spoke about the Gettysburg Address on WYPR’s Mid-Day Show with Dan Rodricks.

    Hui-Ju Tsai presented her paper “Optimal Portfolio Choice for Investors with Heterogeneous Labor Income Risk across Industries” in the annual conference held by Southern Finance Association in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on November 23rd, 2013. She also served as a discussant in the conference. 

    Michele Volansky served as the dramaturg for the reading of Willy Holtzman’s play The First Mrs. Rochester on Tuesday, November 19th at New York’s New Dramatists.  The cast featured Laura Esterman and Janis Dardaris in the roles of Jean Rhys and Selma Vaz Dias, respectively.  Michele has been attached as dramaturg for the play since its inception.


  • November 2013

    Kevin Brien’s paper “A Meditation on Universal Dialogue” was published this summer in the quarterly Polish journal, Dialogue and Universalism. He was subsequently invited to be a member of the International Interdisciplinary Council of this journal, which is published by the Polish Academy of Sciences.  Furthermore, he has been serving for two years as a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Chinese journal, International Critical Thought, which is published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

    Stewart Bruce received several new projects in October.  All of these new projects combined will fund 10 student internships in the GIS Program. 

    • At their request, George Washington’s Mount Vernon has provided funding in the amount of $20,000 to assist them in developing a comprehensive geospatial database of places for their new Washington’s World web site project.  The places being researched are primarily based on locations found in the Library of Congress’s 1932 George Washington Bicentennial Atlas. 
    • The U.S. Navy is providing $11,607 in funding to further investigate historical survey data for San Clemente Island (off the coast of California) and convert this survey data into GIS data files to explore historic vegetation patterns prior to being denuded by goats and sheep in the late 1800’s.  This research is a continuation of Stew’s undergraduate honors thesis on the Historical Geography of San Clemente Island which was also funded by the U.S Navy and completed in 1994 at Cal State Long Beach.  (http://www.scribd.com/doc/131544429/A-Historical-Geography-of-San-Clemente-Island-1542-1935)
    • The Center for Environment and Society, through their new ShorePower grant, is providing $16,500 in funding to allow the Weyr Media team at GIS to provide GIS, web and social media support for this new and exciting project.  The Weyr Media team has also picked up two small web design projects for local companies. 

    Melissa Deckman published a book review of “Religious Rhetoric and American Politics: The Endurance of Civil Religion in Electoral Campaigns” by Christopher Chapp in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, September 2013 vol. 52(3): 652-653.

    Robert Lynch was informed that PlanetRead, the not-for-profit corporation dedicated to combating illiteracy for which he serves as treasurer, was the winner of the Library of Congress International Literacy Award for 2013. 

    During his leave in the spring 2013, Jon McCollum conducted fieldwork in Kyoto and Osaka, Japan as part of his research in Japanese Zen Buddhism. There, he performed in a variety of venues, including numerous Buddhist temples, on both shakuhachi and koto. In August, he presented and performed a recital on the Japanese shakuhachi for the Nordic Association for Japanese and Korean Studies, held in Bergen, Norway. In addition, his paper “New Theories and Methods for Historical Ethnomusicology,” was presented by co-author, David Hebert, at the International Scientific Conference on Musical Traditions of the Orient in the Context of Contemporary Culture, held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

    Anne Marteel-Parrish and co-author, Martin Abraham, published a textbook named “Green Chemistry and Engineering: A Path to Sustainability” by John Wiley & Sons. The textbook will be launched at the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Annual Meeting on November 4 in San Francisco, CA.  In September, the Green Chemistry Commitment, for which Anne is a member of the advisory board, was selected as a semi-finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award. In mid-October it was announced that this program has been selected as one of five finalists for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge (http://challenge.bfi.org/Winners/Finalists).

    Kate Moncrief presented a plenary session paper, “And are by child with me”:  The Performance of Pregnancy in Shakespeare’s All’s Well that Ends Well,” at the Blackfriars Conference, American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia, October 23-27, 2013.  

    Mindy Reynolds and Mike Kerchner have been awarded a contract with the Department Defense to assisting collaborators at the United States Military Research Institute for Chemical defense (USAMRICD).  The contract provides $25,000 in FY2014 to assist in the completion of pilot work necessary to develop a transgenic GFP-labeled neutrophil zebrafish model for  real-time assessment of brain injury progression and neuroprotectants following organophosphate poisoning. 

    Rick Striner has become a regular guest on WYPR’s “Week In Review,” and he has written two op-eds that were posted on History News Network.

    Hui-Ju Tsai presented her paper “Optimal Portfolio Choice for Investors with Heterogeneous Labor Income Risk across Industries” in the annual conference held by Financial Management Association in Chicago, Illinois on October 17th, 2013. 
    She also served as a discussant in the conference.

    Michele Volansky’s 1999 play, Whispering City, co-written with Jessica Thebus and originally produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, was revived as part of the Chicago Historical Museum’s 2013 annual fundraiser Boo! on October 31st.  The play, again directed by Thebus, explores the folklore and myths of Chicago.

    Lansing Williams attended a meeting of the Enactus United States Faculty Advisory Committee on October 28 and 29.  Held at the World Headquarters of Enterprise|Holdings (Enterprise Rent-a-Car) in St. Louis, MO. the FAC is working with Enactus senior staff to strengthen competition and improve the resources available to individual teams.

    Last month Carol Wilson gave a presentation at the Delaware State Archives entitled
    “Crossing the Line: Patty Cannon, Queen of the Kidnappers”. Professor Wilson also served as a consultant for the film “Twelve Years a Slave”, recently released by Fox-Searchlight Pictures.


  • October 2013

    Kevin Brien participated in an intensive month-long Confucian Studies program sponsored by the Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute and the associated Institute of ChineseCulture and Cross-Cultural Communication.  During this program, the participants met for eight hours every week-day in small seminar sessions led by prominent Confucian scholars.  The program was held in Beijing, China from July 6 to August 3, 2013; it was organized by the Center for East-West Relations, School of International Relations, Beijing Foreign Studies University.

    Erica McMaster presented at the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) Conference in the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) specialized research track in September at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The presentation was titled “A Linear Risk Terrain Analysis to Reduce Impaired Driving in Maryland.”

    Anne Marteel-Parrish attended the 17th Green Chemistry and Engineering conference in Bethesda, MD in June 2013. Anne was invited to give a talk on June 19th about “Putting green chemistry to work at Washington College, Chestertown, MD”.  Larissa Check’12 also participated in this conference and gave a poster presentation on “Fate and behavior of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals: Examining lead as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic metal.”

    Anne was also invited to participate in a panel discussion on the Green Chemistry Commitment for which she serves on its advisory board. On August 27th, the Green Chemistry Commitment was selected as a Semi-Finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The Buckminster Fuller Challenge is “an annual international design Challenge awarding $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems”.

    Anne also reviewed an article submitted to the Journal of Chemical Education and a book proposal for Wiley and Sons this summer as external reviewer.

    Tia Murphy’s article, “The Influence of Attachment Security on Preschool Children’s Empathic Responding,” was published in the International Journal of Behavioral Development, volume 37, issue 5.

    Andrew Oros presented a paper, “Lessons from Operation Tomodachi,” at a workshop organized by the National Bureau of Asian Research in Washington, DC and served as a discussant to a talk, “Alliance Adrift?,” at the East West Center Washington.  He also was appointed as an adjunct fellow (and provided an office) at the East West Center Washington for the period of his upcoming sabbatical leave (Spring 2014).

    Aileen Tsui presented a paper entitled “Whistler’s Japonisme and the Gold Standard of the Aesthetic” at the supernumerary conference sponsored jointly by the North American Victorian Studies Association, the British Association of Victorian Studies, and the Australasian Victorian Studies Association in June 2013 in Venice, Italy.

    Michele Volansky served as the dramaturg for James Ijames’s play “The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington” (formerly titled “A Thousand Kinds of Silence”) as part of the 2013 annual PlayPenn New Play Conference.  The play will be featured at the 2013 National New Play Network Showcase in San Diego in December.

  • September 2013

    Stewart Bruce presented at the Maryland Library Association Conference in May at Ocean City on Mapping the Way for Maryland Students: Getting Libraries Involved in GIS Education for Maryland’s K-12 Students.  The GIS Program also received the following grants or contracts over the summer break:

    • Maryland Highway Safety Office – Impaired Driving Analysis - $188,431
    • Upper Shore Regional Council – Youth Retention Survey - $10,000
    • Town of Easton – Stormwater Mapping - $20,000
    • Campbell Foundation – Places of Worship Mapping - $15,000
    • Community Health Resources Commission – Health Care Mapping - $5,000
    • Maryland Hospital Association – Health Care Mapping - $2,500
    • MapStory Foundation – Social Media Support - $2,500
    • Upper Shore Regional Council – Web Page Maintenance - $1,000
    • Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund - $19,600
    • Maryland State Police – Gang Intelligence Analysis - $44,693
    • Chesapeake Conservancy/NOAA – Choptank Watershed Ag Land Cover - $15,000

    These new GIS projects, with $323,724 in total funding, will employ an additional 39 student apprentices and journeymen this fall that will join the 33 students already employed on previously externally funded projects to provide them with unique experiential learning opportunities that complement their liberal arts education at Washington College and help prepare them for the careers of their future.

    On April 30, 2013, Bridget Bunten traveled to San Francisco to present a paper at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Youb Kim and was entitled: “Knowledge Poverty in ELL Teacher Education Assessment: Issues & Explorations.” 

    Tom Cousineau’s new book, An Unwritten Novel: Fernando Pessoa’s ‘The Book Of Disquiet,’ was published this summer by the Dalkey Archive Press.  The “Last Class” that he taught over Alumni Weekend – on “pla(y)giarism”in THE GREAT GATSBY – is available on YouTube.  Tom was also interviewed for a video currently being shown at the Dublin Airport to promote an upcoming production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

    Rich DeProspo delivered a paper, “American Nature after ‘The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn,’” at the College English Association 44th Annual Conference – “Nature” – in Savannah, GA.

    Ryan Kelty was recognized by the University of Maryland’s Department of Sociology, where he completed his graduate studies, with the 2013 Charles H. Coates Commemorative Award for “significant contributions to the field of military sociology.”  He received the award at the Department’s commencement ceremony on May 20, 2013.

    Alisha Knight participated in a roundtable discussion on new directions in Pauline Hopkins scholarship at the American Literature Association annual conference on May 25, 2013.  She was also re-elected to the office of Secretary of the Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins Society.

    Lauren Littlefield and Robert Siudzinski co-authored a chapter titled “Education Reform Strategies for Student Self-Regulation and Community Engagement” for Springer’s Issues in Clinical Child Psychology Series concerning child and family advocacy.  In the chapter, Lauren emphasizes how school children can be taught to gain better control of their cognitive processes and behavior. Robert focuses on place-based educational practices that use the community as a classroom.  Together, these lines of research share a common goal of effectively engaging students in the learning process. 

    Over the summer, Donald McColl directed, along with Adam Goodheart, “Picturing the Past,” a program in Washington, DC, educating Maryland middle-school teachers of history and social studies about American History through art and visual culture, with the aid of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Donald also taught art history to inmates at Jessup Correctional Institute, Jessup, Maryland; juried an exhibition of the Working Artists Forum in Easton, MD, which is now on view at the Academy of Art, Easton, MD; and served as a proctor for a Graduate Admissions Examination, Department of History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey.

    Kevin McKillop presented a co-authored paper at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Washington, DC, “A warm drink reduces the damaging effects of social exclusion.”

    Sean Meehan’s essay “Ecology and Imagination: Emerson, Thoreau, and the Nature of Metonymy” was published in Criticism: A Quarterly of Literature and the Arts (Spring 2013).  Sean Meehan attended the faculty seminar “Twenty-First Century Liberal Education: A Contested Concept” at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky in July.

    Kathryn Moncrief’s book, Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries has been published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.  She is co-editor, along with Dr. Kathryn McPherson (Professor at Utah Valley University) and Sarah Enloe (Director of Education, American Shakespeare Center).  She is co-author (with Dr. McPherson) of the essay “Shakespeare Embodied, Expressed, and Enacted” and the sole author of “Remembrances of yours’: Properties, Performance, and Memory in Shakespeare’s Hamlet 3.1.”

    Mindy Reynolds recently published a paper in the journal Toxicology Letters entitled, “Methylmercury impairs motor function in early development and induces oxidative stress in cerebellar granule cells,” which was co-written with Eshan Patel ’13.  Toxicology Letters is an international journal that reports on a range of aspects of toxicology but focuses heavily on mechanisms of toxicity.  In addition, Mindy, along with colleagues from the United States Coast Guard Academy and St. John’s University, started the Journal of Toxicological Education.   The purpose of the journal is to facilitate the distribution of quality, peer-reviewed materials for use in the teaching of Toxicology to students of all backgrounds.  Lastly, Mindy wrote the article entitled “A Toxicological Study using Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model,” for the premier issue of the journal.  

    Shawn Stein delivered his paper “Mujeres en campo: ficción futbolística escrita por y sobre mujeres latinoamericanas” at the XLIX Congreso de la Asociación Canadiense de Hispanistas at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada (1-4 June, 2013), and also participated as a fellow in Brazilian Literature: Twentieth-Century Urban Fiction, a National Endowment Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers that was held in São Paulo, Brazil (17 June-11 July, 2013).

    Michele Volansky served as a guest respondent at the 2013 Iowa Playwrights Conference in May, where she provided feedback to 6 student plays in 4 days along with 5 other noted theater artists.   She also participated in a panel entitled “What’s at the Heart of Our Teaching?  Big ideas/little steps” where she discussed strategies of engaging students using the WC mission statement as a springboard at the annual Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas conference in Vancouver in June.  

    In May, Phil Walsh was elected to serve as the fourth President of the Theta of Maryland, Washington College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, his book, Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes, is now under contract with Brill (Leiden/Boston). Phil will edit and contribute to a volume of twenty chapters on the ancient and modern reception of Aristophanes and his comic plays. The Companion will be published in 2016.

    Lansing Williams has been named to the Enactus United States Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC).  This committee of 25 Enactus advisors represent the diverse network of colleges and universities that make up the 535 Enactus teams in the United States.  The FAC serves as the primary liaison between Enactus United States and participating teams.


  • February 2013

    Stewart Bruce has received some new grant/contract funding as follows:


    • The Maryland Highway Safety Office has provided $188,331 to fund a detailed longitudinal study of factors related to impaired driving in Maryland and to support a special Maryland State Police DUI Detachment with weekly analysis reports.  Ten student interns will be employed on this project.  The project is expected to be funded for the next three fiscal years.


    • The Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention has increased our existing Maryland Crime Mapping and Analysis Program funding of $379,0000 by an additional $81,000 to implement the IBM i2 IntelliShare spider map linkage analysis program to connect multiple disparate criminal justice database as a tool to aid law enforcement in solving both violent and property crimes. Three additional student interns will be employed.


    • The MapStory Foundation has awarded two small contracts to GIS. The first contract will have us create a time series study of Alexandria from the first George Washington survey to modern aerial images with a timeline story to be developed on MapStory. Two students will be employed on this project. Another small contract was also awarded to have our student marketing team assist the MapStory Foundation utilize social media to market MapStory.  Four students will be employed on this project.  In addition the MapStory Foundation is providing assistance to help us secure funding for the George Washington Atlas and Letter project.


    • The Queen Anne’s Conservation Association has provided cost-basis funding approval to develop a unique time series to show the explosive growth in residential development in Queen Anne’s County.  Three students will work on this to develop the GIS time series, create a videography of change, and score the video with a music track.


    • As part of Dr. Levin’s MSDE funded project with the Queen Anne and Kent County School Districts, three students at GIS will be working with the Chesapeake Commons to upload various geospatial and environmental data from the Chester River.



    • The Washington College Alumni Development Office has awarded a small contract to have two of our student interns map every donor plaque on college- owned property and develop an interactive database and map to show who the donors are and where their recognition plaques are located.  This has resulted in substantial savings to the College versus what outside vendors would have charged for similar services.


    • A small contract from the Town of Centreville was awarded to assist the Planning Commission complete their park and recreation planning effort.


    • Stewart was invited to be a guest blogger by the Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center.  The first blog on The Importance of Data and Training for Situational Awareness can be seen at https://ojpdiagnosticcenter.org/blog/importance-data-and-training-situational- awareness.


    • As part of the StartUp Maryland Pitch across Maryland contest, Stewart’s Pandion5D pitch was selected as one of the fan favorites and he gave a presentation pitch on the early stage spin-off idea at the Maryland Entrepreneur Awards ceremony in Howard County.  The elevator pitch can be seen here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md_kKObqIuA.


    Kevin Brien presented his paper on “Confucian and Humanistic Marxist Ethics: Convergences” at an International Conference of the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion held in Kolkata, India in January 2013; and he also chaired sessions of this conference In addition, he made a two-day formal visit to the Indo-International Culture School, a grammar school serving poor Indian children, located in Mahapura, Rajasthan.

    Cristina Casado Presa published her article “La bruja como paradigma de poder femenino en dos dramas españoles contemporáneos ” in Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica XXVII: Lo oculto en la literatura Hispánica.

    Jeff Chaffin has been invited by Jeremy Wilson, T.E. Lawrence’s authorized biographer, to moderate the T.E. Lawrence Studies online scholarly discussion group.  Jeff succeeds Mr. Wilson in this position.

    Ryan Kelty’s article (with Alex Bierman, Univ. Calgary) entitled “Ambivalence on the Front Lines: Perceptions of Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan” based on data collected from military and Dept. of Army civilians working in each theater of operation appears in the latest volume of the journal Armed Forces & Society.

    Upon being contacted by NASA, Anne Marteel-Parrish agreed to review a proposal submitted to the South Carolina NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

    This fall, Jon McCollum completed a set of arduous juried performance exams and was awarded the level of Jun Shihan (associate master performer and teacher’s license) of Kinko-ryu (in the Dokyoku/Chikushinkai style) for the shakuhachi, a Japanese Zen Buddhist flute. To this end, he was given the honorific performance name (natori), “Shinzen,” which means, “having an open spirit/heart for continued growth without preconceptions.” In December, Jon was invited by the Ambassador John Malott to perform for the Japan-America Society’s annual Dinner/Meeting in Washington, DC.  In January, Jon utilized Washington College enhancement funds to travel to Norway where he conducted research and did some intense writing for his forthcoming peer-reviewed book, Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology (Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books). In addition to working on the book, he was invited by Bergen University College Music to guest lecture for a graduate seminar in musicology and give a recital performance for the university.

    Kate Moncrief gave an invited paper,“‘Then let them anatomize Regan’: The Reproductive Body, Performance, and King Lear,” as part of the “‘A little world made cunningly’: Generative Bodies and Early Modern Natural Philosophy” roundtable special session (sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women) at the Modern Language Association conference, Boston, January 3-6, 2013.

    Andrew Oros contributed an essay, “Who’s the Most Charming in Asian Regional Diplomacy,” to a book review roundtable in the journal Asia Policy (January 2013); he also was an invited speaker at the Dokkyo University International Forum in Tokyo in December on a panel entitled, “Japan and International Society after 3/11”.

    Janet Sorrentino has been awarded a one-month research stipend from the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Byzantine Studies for January 28-February 23. The fellowship will allow her to maintain residence in Washington DC while using the Dumbarton Oaks library and museum collection for her sabbatical project, “Places, Prayers, People: Descriptions of Ritual in Pre-modern Muslim Travel Accounts.” She has also been asked to deliver a lecture for the Byzantine Studies fellows and staff during her tenure there.

  • December 2012

    Benjamin Bellas has presented his work in solo exhibitions in Chicago and Washington DC.  His exhibition at slow gallery in Chicago was recently reviewed in Newcity, while his exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery has been written about in the Washington CityPaper.  Benjamin has also recently lectured on his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Center, and been interviewed for a radio feature on WAMU regarding his exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery.  In September, he was named the recipient of a Franklin Furnace Fund award.


    John Boyd and Moriah Purdy offered a presentation titled “Shifting Focus: Addressing the Knowledge Domains of Writing Expertise in a Peer Tutoring Seminar” at the International Writing Centers Association conference in San Diego, California, on October 25. 


    Stewart Bruce gave two presentations in November at the Technology and Engineering Education Association of Pennsylvania (TEEAP) 60th annual conference.  The first was Trends in 3D Community Visualization and Virtual Worlds with Google Sketch-Up, 3DS Max, and Unity and the second was Utilizing an Online Moodle Environment to Teach Geospatial Technologies and Support STEM Education.  In addition, The City of Cambridge, in partnership with the Center for Environment and Society, was awarded a grant for $34,982 from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to do an urban tree canopy assessment and develop a community master forest plan as well as plant a lot of street trees.  The GIS portion of this grant is worth $16,321 and these funds will support five student apprentices and a part-time staff person in the lab over the next year.


    Bridget Bunten published an article: “Becoming ELL teachers: The learning trajectory of two preservice teachers and their implications for teacher education curriculum,” which appeared in the recent volume of The Curriculum and Pedagogy Series: Excursions and recursions through power, privilege, and praxis.


    Alex Castro has accepted a position on the board of the Maryland Council for the Humanities.


    Tom Cousineau was a moderator at the “René Girard, lecteur de Shakespeare,” colloquium organized by L’Association Recherches Mimétiques and hosted by the L’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3.


    Elena Deanda published the book chapter, “Percances de la memoria: Tensiones entre el sujeto y la colectividad en La versada de Arcadio Hidalgo” [“Memory Mishaps: Tensions Between the Subject and Colectivity in La versada de Arcadio Hidalgo”] in Literatura de tradición oral en México: formas líricas y narrativas. Xalapa: Universidad Veracruzana, 2012 [Mexico’s Folk Literature: Poetry and Narrative. Xalapa: UV, 2012]. She also presented the paper “La fatalidad del poder: La muerte como rey e inquisidor en Las Cortes de la Muerte de Lope de Vega y Micael de Carvajal” [Power’s Fatality: Death as King and Inquisitor in The Deathly Court by Lope de Vega and Micael de Carvajal”] in the 2nd Congress of Golden Age and Colonial Theater organized by Universidad Iberoamericana in México in October of 2012.


    Nicole Grewling gave a presentation on “Blood Brothers? Germans and Indians in Friedrich Gerstäcker’s Fiction” at the Symposium on ‘The Legacy of Friedrich Gerstäcker: Arkansas and the Wild West’ in Fayetteville (AR) in October 2012.


    Jon McCollum chaired the panel, “Cultural Authority and Music: Historical Questions from the Middle East and Central Asia,” sponsored by the Historical Ethnomusicology Section, at the American Musicological Society/Society for Ethnomusicology/Society of Music Theory Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in November 2012. He also presented the paper (with Hermann Hudde of Brandeis University), “Pan-Americanism in Action: Serge Koussevitzky, Aaron Copland, and Latin American Music and Composers at Tanglewood from 1941 to 1965.” During the meeting of sections, Jon was voted Chair-elect of the Historical Ethnomusicology Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology. On November 11, 2012, Jon, along with Ken Schweitzer, brought fifteen Washington College music students to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Myerhoff for a stunning performance of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and the east coast premier of Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 3.


    Sean Meehan has been invited to review books for a new digital publication of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society called “Life of the Mind.” He has published two reviews to date: “Debates in the Digital Humanities,” edited by Matthew Gold (University of Minnesota, 2012) and “Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing,” by Peter Elbow (Oxford, 2012). The reviews are available here: http://keyreporter.org/BookReviews/LifeOfTheMind/


    Robert Siudzinski presented at the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative’s Place-based Education Conference at Michigan State University. His interactive workshop and paper entitled A Canoe Trail to Every Classroom: Cultivating School Administrator Buy-In to Collaborative Place-based Service-Learning highlighted the potential for this pedagogical and curricular model, connected to Common Core State Standards, to alleviate the increasing disconnection of students and teachers from their cultural, historical, and natural environments.


    Piloted this semester in collaboration with the Sassafras Environmental Education Center and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, senior Washington College education interns used Captain John Smith’s historic expedition as the unifying theme to co-design and co-teach interdisciplinary language arts, social studies, science, and math lessons to 30 Radcliffe Creek School students and their teachers. In reaction to the successful collaboration, the National Park Service asked Robert to establish a partnership with Washington College and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail to encourage pre-service and in-service teacher use of the Trail as a multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary learning environment for K-16 students.


    Karen Smith attended the 33rd World Congress on Dance Research - Dance Therapy Panorama - in Athens, Greece, where she presented a lecture, Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger: Health Interventions & Alternative Therapies to Maximize a Dancer’s Career- and two workshops - Pilates: Prevention & Rehabilitation Therapy and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF): Practical Applications for Dance Therapy.


    Hui-Ju Tsai presented her paper “Optimal Consumption and Portfolio Choice for Long-Horizon Investors with Nontradable Labor Income When Asset Returns Are Predictable” in the annual conference held by the Southern Finance Association in Charleston, South Carolina in November 2012. She also served as a discussant in the conference.


    Susan Vowels was invited to an Item-writing Workshop held by APICS, The Association for Operations Management, in late October.  At this two-day event, she joined other certified APICS volunteers in creating draft items destined for the APICS Certified Supply Chain Practitioner (CSCP) exam.  The APICS CSCP designation is a globally recognized certification in operations and supply chain management.


    Peter Weigel presented a paper on “Conversations with the Dead: Why Study the History of Philosophy?,” at the (October) 2012 Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference at Villanova University.


    Lansing Williams has been appointed to a three-year term on the Kent County Ethics Commission by the Kent County Commissioners.  Lansing has also been elected to the Board of Directors of the Rock Hall Yacht Club Sailing School (RHYCSS).  Affiliated with the Rock Hall Yacht Club, the RHYCSS is an independent 501(c)(3) organization, which runs a summer sailing program for youth through adults, in addition to sponsoring a youth racing team.  In 2012, the RHYCSS had 110 youth sailors, as well as several adult classes.  The sailing team competed in regattas throughout the Chesapeake Bay region.

  • November 2012

    Aaron Amick along with faculty members at the University of Delaware contributed to, and received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant for the purchase of a new GCT Mass Spectrometer. This instrument will be housed at the University of Delaware, but will be open to Washington College students and faculty for use in research.
    Kevin Brien’s paper, “Free and Easy Wandering: After Zhuangzi” was published in Chinese translation in the fall 2012 issue of The Journal of Yibin University, Yibin University, Yibin, China.

    Stewart Bruce received a contract from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) for $9,995. In collaboration with Maryland State Archives, CBMM will undertake original research concerning impressment, slavery and African American experiences during and following the war. The Archives will document ten slave case studies highlighting individual agency and choice during the conflict. CBMM will also partner with the GIS Program at Washington College to generate 3D and 2D maps highlighting the cultural landscapes of the area. These will be designed so the viewer can interact with the maps and learn more details about given subjects. Stew also presented at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s GeoInt Symposium in Orlando on 3D Visualizations and Virtual Worlds. If curious, you can watch this presentation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p118DZiV3kA&feature=plcp. And the GIS Program was officially awarded the USGIF Academic Achievement Award for 2012 at the Symposium. Due to external funding raised by the GIS Program, along with financial assistance for one student from the Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows and the Dean’s Office, nine WAC students were also able to attend the GeoInt Symposium where in addition to attending various presentations, they also helped staff our exhibit booth.

    Leadership Studies: The Dialogue of Disciplines, co-edited by Michael Harvey and Ron Riggio (Edward Elgar, 2011) was honored at the 2012 annual conference of the International Leadership Association for its “significant contribution to the field of leadership.” The edited collection, for which Michael wrote the concluding chapter, was one of three books recognized at the event. The book competition and recognition is administered by the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. As one of the competition’s reviewers put it: “Harvey and Riggio have given us a book that reflects the true character of leadership. With scholarly chapters that honor the tradition of literature in the field, they have brought together a dialogue that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on how we can better understand leadership. What may be the true strength of this offering is how they manage to make the work both accessible and ambitious. It is easily a book that will be well received by the informed practitioners as well as students of leadership at all levels.”
    Mike Kerchner attended the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans where he presented a poster co-authored with Jean Hardwick (Ithaca College) and Jan Thornton (Oberlin College) entitled “Undergraduate Neuroscience “Core Competencies” and their Effective Use in Design and Assessment of Undergraduate Neuroscience Curricula”. A detailed summary of the results of their survey of undergraduate neuroscience faculty and programs has been published in the fall 2012 special issue of the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE) in their article Identifying and Using ‘Core Competencies’ to Help Design and Assess Undergraduate Neuroscience Curricula.

    Lauren M. Littlefield is the first author of, “An experimental evaluation of the effects of using training sentences to aide young children’s word recall” published in Effective Education. This manuscript is co-authored with Evelyn R. Klein of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Science at LaSalle University and Stephanie Coates, a Psychology major alumnus who helped assess elementary school students as part of her Washington College summer research experience. The article is available in print and at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19415532.2012.712840

    Donald McColl finished a limited edition of “Second Nature: Masterpieces of 19th- Century Landscape Painting,” a catalogue of the exhibition of the same name he organized in the fall of 2009 at Kohl Gallery. This past spring, Donald taught in “Picturing the Past,” a national program educating Maryland teachers about American History through art and visual culture, in Washington, DC, administered by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, and volunteered to provide a lecture for four at the Walters Art Museum, as part of “Art without Borders,” the recent Arts Dinner and Auction, held by St. Martin’s Ministries, Ridgely, Maryland, in support of homeless women and their children.

    Ken Miller’s article, “‘A Dangerous Set of People’: British Captives and the Making of Revolutionary Identity in the Mid-Atlantic Interior,” appears in the Journal of the Early Republic (Winter, 2012), 565-601. Produced by the University of Pennsylvania Press, the Journal of the Early Republic is “committed to publishing the best scholarship on the history and culture of the United States in the years of the early republic (1776-1861).”

    Elka Porter attended the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Meeting, October 11- 13, and her presented work, “Measuring valve gape using strain gauges attached to bivalves and gape responses of Crassostrea virginica to low oxygen conditions.”

    Gary Schiff’s new book, In Search of Poland: Chasing Jewish Ghosts in Today’s Poland, has been published by Peter Lang Publishing. It is part of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture, of which Joseph Prud’homme is the series editor. The book is based in part on Gary’s slide/lecture of the same name delivered at Washington College in 2009.

    Karen Smith was the Keynote Speaker for dance at the MD Assn. for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance annual convention in Baltimore; her topic was From the Studio to the Stage: Dancing Healthy & Healthy Dancing. She also presented a workshop for convention participants - Re-Educating & Reforming the Body Through Pilates. At the 22nd conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science, held in Singapore in October, she presented a workshop, Pilates: Adjunctive Training for Dancers.

    Michele Volansky served as a Visiting Artist at Washington University as part of the A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival from Sept 15-30th, where she dramaturged three plays written by student playwrights, one of which will be produced at Washington University in March 2013. In addition, she sat on a panel entitled, “Freelancing and Beyond” for the Philadelphia-area chapter of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas on Sunday, October 14 at the University of the Arts.

  • October 2012

    Kevin Brien presented his paper “Historical Materialism and Psychology” at an
    International and Interdisciplinary Marxism and Psychology Conference held in
    August 2012 at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, located in
    Morelia, Mexico.

    Stewart Bruce presented on Geographic Information Systems to the 7th grade classes
    at the Centreville Middle School in September. The GIS Program has also recently
    received the following grants/contracts in September:
    • Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment Phase Two 3D visualization for $50,000. This
    project is funded by the Somerset County 2012 Historic Preservation Grant
    Program and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities through the Friends
    of the Jacobus Vandeerveer House. Dr. John Seidel did his PhD research on
    this site and will be advising on the project.
    • Curriculum updates to the GT-301 Spatial Analyst and GT-302 3D Analyst
    Moodle-based courses by the Dover Area School District for $5,000. Both of
    our Washington College-developed courses have been accepted for
    undergraduate credit under an articulation agreement between the Dover Area
    School District and the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. All
    of our Moodle-based courses are now available to anyone under the Open
    Educational Resources Movement using Creative Commons licensing.
    • Two Phase One 3D visualization projects for the Cloister Development and the
    Four Seasons Development on Kent Island from the Queen Anne’s
    Conservation Association for $6,500.
    • Nutrient Trading Moodle-based curriculum development project funded by the
    Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Upper Shore Regional Council
    for $4,000.
    • GIS Development project for Andelot Farms in Kent County for $500 from Dr.
    Wayne Bell with funding from Mrs. Louisa Duemling.

    Tom Cousineau has submitted his commissioned book-manuscript, An Unwritten Novel:
    Fernando Pessoa’s “The Book of Disquiet”, to the Dalkey Archive Press. The expected date
    of publication is Spring 2013. This will be his fifth book of literary criticism, in
    addition to an edited volume entitled, Beckett in France. The web page related to his
    current research project entitled, The Daedalus Complex, is at

    Michael Harvey was interviewed on leadership, in in the September 17 edition of The
    Washington Post. The article, authored by Tom Fox and entitled, “Leadership is a Walk
    in the Dark,” can be seen here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/onleadership/

    Rebecca Jayne was selected as a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching)
    fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year. Project NExT is a professional development
    program of the Mathematical Association of America for new or recent Ph.D.s in the
    mathematical sciences who are interested in improving the teaching and learning of
    undergraduate mathematics. It addresses the full range of faculty responsibilities in
    teaching, research, and service. In August, she traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to
    participate in the first of three Project NExT workshops and to attend MathFest.

    Mike Kerchner participated on a team of external reviewers for the decennial review
    of the undergraduate neuroscience program at Smith College and also an external
    consultant for the program at Simpson College in Indianola, IA. This fall he was
    tapped by the Society for Neuroscience as one of their noteworthy scientific abstract
    evaluators for the upcoming annual conference. His contribution to the seven volume
    set Student Handbook to Psychology, Volume 1: Brain and Mind, has been published by
    Infobase Publishing: Facts On File.

    Anne Marteel-Parrish attended the 16th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering
    conference in Washington, DC on June 18 and 20. She also attended the 22nd Biennial
    Conference on Chemical Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University
    Park, PA, and presented two talks on August 1, 2012: “Transforming chemistry education through the Green Chemistry Commitment,” and “Teaching green and sustainable chemistry through a one-semester course: An exciting challenge.”
    Anne also reviewed an article submitted for publication in the Journal of Chemical
    Education and she reviewed a National Science Foundation proposal in the Major
    Research Instrumentation category.

    Matthew McCabe presented a paper titled “The Moral Education Theory of
    Punishment Revisited” at the 10th International Conference on New Directions in the
    Humanities in Montreal, Canada.

    Kate Moncrief was an invited speaker at a symposium, “Reading the Mother from
    Antiquity to Shakespeare,” at King’s College, Cambridge University, July 6-7
    2012. Her lecture was “‘Then let them anatomize Regan’: The Reproductive Body,
    Performance, and King Lear.” She was also invited to present a staging session, “Thou
    bearest a woman’s face”: Staging Lavinia in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus 3.2” for
    the Utah Valley University Honors Program, Orem, Utah, September 20, 2012.

    John Seidel recently completed five monographs in a series on archaeology at a
    Revolutionary War site that also served as the nation’s first military academy: The
    Continental Artillery at Pluckemin & Middlebrook, 1778-1779: History & Archaeology; Trash & Tea: Gleanings from a Revolutionary War Refuse Dump; Patterns on the Ground: Surface Archaeology at the 1778-1779 Pluckemin Cantonment; Barracks “on an Elegant Plan”: Excavations in the Artificers’ Quarters; and Arming the Troops: the Gunsmith’s Shop at Pluckemin, 1778-1779. John and Stewart Bruce were just awarded two grants in support of a 3-D virtual reconstruction of the Revolutionary War cantonment: $45,000 from the Somerset County (NJ) Cultural & Heritage Commission and $10,000 from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The project will involve students in the GIS and Archaeology Labs, as well as historians, archaeologists and other experts from MD, NJ, and Colonial Williamsburg. This project builds on a first-generation 3-D model completed during the summer.

    Rick Striner’s latest “Disunion” essay for the New York Times is now posted on-line,
    and it’s the feature article on the Emancipation Proclamation, issued 150 years ago, on
    September 22nd.

    Aileen Tsui gave invited lectures at Peking University in Beijing, China and at Sophia
    University in Tokyo, Japan this past summer. Her lecture at Peking University was
    entitled “Chinese Porcelain and Modern Painting in Nineteenth Century Britain: The
    Case of James McNeill Whistler’s Art.” At Sophia University, the subject of her
    lecture was “Whistler’s Golds: Classicism, Japanism, and Modernist Authority.”
    Michele Volansky served as the dramaturg for Jonathan Norton’s new play, My Tidy
    List of Terrors, inspired by the Atlanta child murders of 1980, as part of the 2012
    PlayPenn National New Play Conference in July. Kristen Hammond ‘14 served as a
    conference intern with Michele, thanks to the generosity of the family of Charlie
    Glowacki. In August, Michele participated in the Association of Theater in Higher
    Education’s Leadership Institute for department chairs, deans and provosts and
    presidents; she also presented a paper entitled “Kenneth Tynan: Activist Critic.”
    Christine Wade presented a paper entitled, “Non-alignment 2.0: FSLN Foreign Policy
    in a New Era,” at the 2012 International Congress of the Latin American Studies
    Association in San Francisco, California in May. She was the invited keynote speaker
    at Wake Forest University’s Project Nicaragua (Nicaragua Nexus) Symposium On
    September 13.

    Kate McCleary recently co-authored a chapter with Michael Paige and Tara Harvey
    entitled, “The maximizing study abroad project: Toward a pedagogy for culture and
    language learning,” was recently published in a new book – Student Learning Abroad:
    What Our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do About It. Please see the information below if you are interested in learning more about the publication: http://www.amazon.com/Student-Learning-Abroad-Students-Theyre/dp/1579227139 Michael Vande Berg (Editor), R. Michael Paige (Editor), Kris Hemming Lou (Editor).

  • September 2012

    Erin Anderson recently published a review of the book “Papa PhD: Essays on Fatherhood by Men in the Academy,” edited by M.R. Marotte, P. M. Martin, and R. J. Savarese. The book review appears in the most recent volume of the journal Men and Masculinities. 

    Kevin Brien presented a paper on “Internal Relations and Historical Materialism” at an International Congress on Historical Materialism held in May, at York University, Toronto, Canada. Also in July, he conducted two summer classes on Hinduism at Maryland’s Jessup Correctional Institution in association with the “Partners in Philosophy” program initiated by James Schelberg ’12. 

    Stewart Bruce presented at the Pennsylvania GIS Conference in Harrisburg in May, 2012, on Trends in 3D Community Visualization and Virtual Worlds. In addition, the GIS Program was awarded the 2012 Academic Achievement Award by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. The GIS Program has recently received the following grants or contracts:


    • Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Maryland Crime Mapping and Analysis Program and Maryland Offenders Management System, $379,810 in May 2012. 
    • Maryland State Police, Gang Intelligence Analysis Project, $46,000 in July 2012. 
    • Town of Easton, Stormwater Mapping, $20,000 in June 2012. 
    • Maryland Agriculture Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund, Upper Shore Harvest Directory, $19,000 in August 2012. 
    • Chester River Association, Switchgrass Predictive Modeling in the Chester River Watershed, $4,200 in June 2012. 
    • Upper Shore Regional Council, Web Redesign and Social Media Campaign, $1,900 in August 2012. 


    Melissa Deckman wrote a chapter in the edited volume, Steep, The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party, called “Of Mama Grizzlies and Politics: Women and the Tea Party.” 

    Ryan Kelty (with Darcy Schnack (U.S. Military Academy) published, “Attitudes on the Ground: What Soldiers Think About Civilian Contractors.” In Christopher Kinsley and Malcolm H. Patterson (Eds.), Contractors in War: The Transformation of US Expeditionary Operations. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Ryan also attended the American Sociolgical Association meeting Aug 17-20 (Denver) at which he organized the Peace, War & Social Conflict section roundtable session and presided over the session on “Utopias and Dystopias: Conflict and Resolution”. 

    Aaron Krochmal served as a North American delegate to the 7th World Congress on Herpetology (8-14 August, Vancouver BC). While at the congress, Aaron served on the resolutions committee of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and delivered a paper entitled “Habitat Familiarity Drives Successful Terrestrial Navigation in Eastern Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta picta).” 

    Kitty Maynard had an article published: “’Avec la terre on possède la guerre’: The Erasure of Place in Ronsard’s Franciade.” In Usher, Philip J. and Isabelle Fernbach, eds. Shield and Field: Virgilian Spaces as/and Early Modern Identities. Suffolk, UK: Boydell and Brewer, 2012. 237-256. Kitty also presented a paper: “’Feints souspirs’: Du Bartas and the Poetics of Love.” The Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America, Washington, D.C., March 23-25, 2012. 

    Mindy Reynolds along with faculty members from Loyola University, Towson University and Mount St. Mary’s University co-wrote and received a $273,698 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the acquisition of a laser scanning confocal microscope (LSCM). The microscope will be housed at Loyola University, however, faculty and students from Washington College will have direct access to the machine for teaching and research purposes. The new technology offers researchers and students the ability to image cells and tissues in 3D, and the ability to follow the movement and changes of molecules in cells in real time. Mindy, along with Eshan Patel ‘13, was invited to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, MD to give the talk entitled “Cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of co-exposure to cobalt and nickel chloride, an in vitro study.” Eshan was presenting work he completed during the Summer of 2011 in Mindy’s lab. Mindy also attended the 34th Annual Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE) conference at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

    Robert Siudzinski continues his research and leadership in place-based service learning through his ongoing involvement with the national Trail to Every Classroom (National Park Service and Appalachian Trail Conservancy) and Forest for Every Classroom (US Forestry Service) educational programs. These award-winning professional development models focus on providing educators with the tools and resources to create multi-disciplinary programs for K-12 students using experiential learning and sense of place development. As Advisory Council member and curriculum design consultant, Robert attended the Summer 2012 TTEC/FFEC Alumni Workshop at Crawford Notch, New Hampshire. While there, he collected qualitative data from among the 50 alumni (teachers, administrators, and center directors) who attended the workshop to share best practices and lessons learned over the last seven years. He has been invited to contribute to and revise the programs’ second edition of the Educator Training Manual (2013). 

    To date, these programs have prepared over 300 English, math, social studies, art, music, drama, and science teachers from 14 states in the innovative use of place-based education. This educational approach uses all aspects of the local environment, including cultural, historical, and socio-political situations and the natural and built environments as the integrated context for learning. Robert’s research pioneers ways this model can be accomplished earlier and more effectively with pre-service teachers through teacher education programs such as Washington College’s. Piloting this front-loaded approach on the Eastern Shore, WAC’s Secondary Education Program continues its second year of collaborative service learning with the Sassafras Environmental Center (Kent County, Maryland) by having our senior education students design multi-disciplinary curricula for veteran teachers who bring their classes to the Turner’s Creek site. 

    Coordinating the Education Department’s Global Teaching Experience (EDU 215), Robert led another successful teaching expedition to Tanzania, East Africa (May – June, 2012). Seven Washington College students lived and student-taught at two school sites while Robert and Education Department colleague, Michelle Johnson, conducted three faculty development workshops for teachers in the schools around Arusha. To gain a global perspective on comparative education, seven school sites were visited by students and faculty during the trip. Two new WAC student placement partnerships were established with schools in the region. 

    Last May, in recognition of his global education efforts, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Robert a Paul Harris Fellow, “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.” 

    Karen Smith presented a workshop on Core Concepts: strengthening & stretching with Pilates at the Southwest District convention of the American Assn for Health, PE, Rec, & Dance in Kahuku, Hawaii, in June and sessions on Nutrition for the Dancer and Pilates for Conditioning the Dancer at the National Dance Assn. Pedagogy conference in Norfolk, VA, in August. In July she presented a paper, Hula: the Heartbeat of the Hawai’ian People, in the Republic of San Marino for the 32nd World Congress on Dance Research as well as a Pilates workshop and two master classes of Dance for Musical Theater. 

    Shawn Stein delivered a paper entitled “Representações brasileiras da ficção futebolística” at the 30th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in San Francisco, California, May 23-26; and also delivered his paper entitled “La presencia de la sátira en la ficción futbolística contemporánea: el legado de Bustos Domecq” at the 10th Jornadas Andinas de Literatura Latinoamericana at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia, July 30-Aug 3. 

    Philip Walsh represented Washington College’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the Society’s 43rd Triennial Council in Palm Beach, Florida (August 2-5). At the conference he was elected to the PBK South Atlantic District Board. 

    Peter Weigel published an article on “Singular Cognition” in Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, Vol. 9 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing). A second article from the 2002 SMLM proceedings, “Simplicity and Explanation in Aquinas’ God,” was reprinted in Categories, and What is Beyond (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and a book review of Biblical Ethics and Social Change by S. Mott, in Politics and Religion (August, 2012). 

  • May 2012

    Rich De Prospo has recently published three articles. The first, “Before/Beyond Multiculturalism; the ‘less common idiom’ of Père Isaac Jogues’s Novum Belgium,” appears in When the French Were Here: Proceedings of the Samuel De Champlain Quadricentennial Symposium, edited by Nancy Nahra.  The second, “Designing the Early American Literature Component of the Undergraduate American Literature Survey Course,” appears in The CEA Forum, Vol. 39:2.  The third, “Whose/Who’s Ligeia”, appears in Poe Studies, Feb 2012.  Rich has also recently delivered two conference papers.  The first one, “Raising the Dead in the Precolonial Southwest: Alvar Núñez Cabeza De Vaca’s “Marvelous” Walk Across North America, 1528-1537,” was given at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Studies Conference, in Albuquerque, Feb 9-11, 2012.  The second one, “ ‘lighting out for the Territory ahead of the rest’: Beyond the Borders of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” was delivered at the College English Association Annual Conference, in Richmond, Mar. 28-30, 2012.

    Colin Dickson (Professor of French, Emeritus) delivered an invited, illustrated lecture titled “Michel de Montaigne’s Singular Essays:  The Man, The Book, The Legacy” at St. John’s College - Annapolis on February 24, 2012. Together with St. John’s Tutor Tom May, he mentored a follow-up discussion in that College’s Conversation Room.

    Adam Goodheart’s 1861 has been named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. The book has just been published as a Vintage paperback. In late March, Adam was awarded an honorary short-term Poynter Fellowship at Yale University, where he lectured, visited classes, and met with faculty and students. He has also lectured this semester at Harvard University, Franklin & Marshall College, the National Archives, the Hathaway-Brown School (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and the Hopkins School (New Haven, Conn.).  The History Book Club honored 1861 as the Book of the Year for 2011.

    Alisha Knight has published her first book, Pauline Hopkins and the American Dream:  An African American Writer’s (Re)Visionary Gospel of Success (Univ. of Tennessee Press).  Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins was the most prolific black female writer of her time.  Between 1900 and 1904, writing mainly for Colored American Magazine, she published four novels, at least seven short stories, and numerous articles that often addressed the injustices and challenges facing African Americans in post–Civil War America. In this book, Dr. Knight provides the first full-length critical analysis of Hopkins’s work.  Scholars have frequently situated Hopkins within the domestic, sentimental tradition of nineteenth-century women’s writing, with some critics observing that aspects of her writing, particularly its emphasis on the self-made man, seem out of place within the domestic tradition. Dr. Knight argues that Hopkins used this often-dismissed theme to critique American society’s ingrained racism and sexism. In her “Famous Men” and “Famous Women” series for Colored American Magazine, Hopkins constructed her own version of the success narrative by offering models of African American self-made men and women. Meanwhile, in her fiction, she depicted heroes who fail to achieve success or must leave the United States to do so.  This study will be of particular interest to literary scholars, historians of African American culture, and students of women’s studies.

    Aaron Krochmal delivered two invited seminars to the faculty and students of Kenyon College on 30 and 31 March. His first seminar, entitled “Overland Movements in The Eastern Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta picta): Behavioral, Ecological and Management Perspectives,” summarized the last 2.5 years of work on the landscape ecology of Eastern Painted turtles, and included contributions from research designed and conducted by undergraduate students Hannah O’Malley, ’12, Emily Broomell, ’12, Tyler Brice, ’13 and Brendyn Meisenger, ’13.  His second talk, “From Physics to Phylogenetics: An Integrative Look at the Facial Pits of Pitvipers” united physical, physiological and behavioral aspects of the unique infrared detection organ of pitvipers.

    At the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Lauren Littlefield presented five different posters with student co-authors. Nine of the co-authors were enrolled in her Fall, 2011 Honors Psychological Testing course and completed the projects as a course laboratory requirement. Two of the projects focused on visual working memory deficits experienced by college students after suffering concussions.  The other three examined the interplay of cognitive and personality factors, such as: how divergent thinking fluency relates to sensation seeking; how impulsivity plays a role in binge drinking; and how anxiety can be a motivating factor in math test performance.

    Donald McColl gave a paper entitled ”To See the Samaritan Woman in Early Modern Germany” as part of “Visual Acuity and the Arts of Communication in Early Modern Germany,” the most recent triennial conference of the Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär Conference, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. 

    Kevin McKillop presented two papers at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Pittsburgh, PA.  The first, “Apology vs. Non-apology: For serious transgressions, which elicits greater forgiveness?”, was co-authored by Sal Schittino, Robert Storck, Beilin Zia.  The second, “The effects of frustration on identifying potential enemies,” was co-authored by Catherine Petrick, Lisa Federowicz, Cowles Gaither, Ellen Huffman, Natalie Siciliano.

    Kate Moncrief presented a paper, “‘Then let them anatomize Regan’: Women, Bodies, and the Early Modern English Stage” for the “‘A little world made cunningly’: Generative Bodies and Scientific Discourses” panel, Renaissance Society of America Conference, Washington, D.C. March 22-25, 2012.

    Andrew Oros spoke about the recent Washington College student experience of service learning in the tsunami-affected region in Japan as a panelist at an event at American University entitled “the US-Japan Alliance after 3/11”, introduced by the Japanese ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki.

    Tia Panfile presented a poster, Predicting adolescents’ empathy and forgiveness, at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescents in Vancouver, BC.  In addition, Tia was a co-author on two paper presentations and an additional poster presentation.

    Juris Pupcenoks presented a paper and chaired a panel at the Middle East Dialogue conference in Washington DC. His paper was titled, “Democratic Islamization in Pakistan and Turkey: Lessons for the post-Arab Spring Middle East.” He served as the chair for a panel, “Advancing Peace and Conflict Studies in Transitioning Democracies: The Iraq Experience as a Model for the Region.”

    On February 18, Rick Striner delivered a lecture for Presidents Day at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY.  Rick’s latest book, Lincoln and Race, has just been published by Southern Illinois University Press.

    Hui-Ju Tsai presented her paper “Optimal Consumption and Portfolio Choice for Long-Horizon Investors with Nontradable Labor Income When Asset Returns Are Predictable” in the annual conference held by the National Business and Economics Society in Maui, Hawaii in March 2012. This paper was also presented at the annual conference held by the Midwest Finance Association in February and the conference held by the Southwestern Finance Association in March, both in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Michele Volansky’s dramaturgy work was recently seen at Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia; she worked with playwright Genne Murphy and director Kevin Glaccum for two years before the March 21st world premiere of Murphy’s play, Hope Street and Other Lonely Places.  The production runs through April 1, 2012.  In addition, Volansky served on the national selection panel for the 2012 PlayPenn new play development conference, selecting six works out of 600 for development at the event in July.

  • March 2012

    Ryan Kelty organized a mini-conference on military sociology at annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in New York City, Feb. 25–26. He presided over the five mini–conference sessions that showcased fifteen papers ranging in topics from assessment of American deaths in Vietnam by racial/ethnic group pre– and post–Tet Offensive, to the social-psychology of negotiating work & family life in a classified intelligence career field, to effect of contemporary warrior narratives in India on collective identity and geopolitics.

    Sean Meehan’s review of Randall Fuller’s book, From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature (Oxford 2011), was published in Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 34.1 2012.

    Kathryn Moncrief presented an invited lecture, “‘Then let them anatomize Regan’: Women, Bodies and the Early Modern English Stage” at Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, February 14, 2014.

    On July 16, Shawn Stein’s interview, “La ficción futbolera echa raíz en Ecuador: Una entrevista con José Hidalgo Pallares“, has been published in the February/March 2012 issue of Argus-a.

    Michele Volansky was featured on February 13 as part of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s 30th Anniversary Blog. You can find her entry online. In addition, Michele served on the national selection committee for the 2012 National Playwrights Conference, held annually at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT.


  • October 2011

    Kevin Brien presented his paper “Aesthetics and Spirituality: Taoism, Chan Buddhism, Humanistic Marxism” at a specially invited event held in June 2011 at the Beijing International Studies University in Beijing, China. Also, as a member the Editorial Board of a new journal of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, called International Critical Thought, he participated in Board meetings of the journal held at this Academy in June 2011 in Beijing, Chi

    Cristina Casado Presa’s book chapter, “Mother -Daughter Relationships in Contemporary Spanish Theater,” was published in Representations of Family in Contemporary Spain, by McFarland Press.

    Martin Connaughton presented a poster entitled “Effects of Exogenous Steroids on Seasonally Dimorphic Changes in the Sonic Muscle of the Atlantic Croaker, Micropogonias undulates” at the 2011 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Minneapolis Minnesota, July 7-12th. The poster represents collaborative work with two Washington College students, Jess Jamrogowicz ‘10 and Joe Yates ‘11.

    Melissa Deckman was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio about Rep. Michele Bachmann’s attitudes on faith and science. Read the story here.

    Rebecca Jayne presented a research poster at a mathematics conference given by the Association for Women in Mathematics. The conference was called “40 Years and Counting: AWM’s Celebration of Women in Mathematics” and was held at Brown University.

    Aaron Krochmal presented two papers and co-authored a third during the summer of 2011. The first paper, entitled “Burly and Bright! Rattlesnakes Appear to Exhibit One-Trial Learning” was presented at the 2011 Biology of the Rattlesnakes Symposium, 20-23 July 2011, Tucson, AZ. The paper included the first strong evidence for one-trial learning in a viper and was the first to interpret learning in snakes within a broad evolutionary context. . Aaron delivered the second paper, “Eastern Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta picta) Use Traditional Routes When Moving Between Aquatic Habitats” at 12th Annual Meeting of Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, 16-18 August 2011 in Millersville, MD. This paper was the manifestation of a two-year collaborative effort with Biology major Hannah O’Malley, class of 2012. A third paper, “Translocated Eastern Painted Turtles Do Not Successfully Navigate In Novel Habitats,” was presented by Ms. O’Malley at the same meeting and included the results of a related experiment designed and conducted by Ms. O’Malley as part of her Senior Capstone Experience in Biology.

    Aaron Lampman published an article titled, “How Folk Classification Interacts with Ethnoecological Knowledge: A Case Study from Chiapas, Mexico” in the Journal of Ecological Anthropology 14(1). The article explores how traditional ecological knowledge is influenced by the structure of folk classification systems.

    Jon McCollum presented a paper at the International Council for Traditional Music conference this past July titled “From Monophony to Polyphony: Historical Ethnomusicology and the Armenian Chant/Modal Tradition.” In addition, he just returned from Cleveland, where he took intensive shakuhachi (Japanese Zen Buddhist End-blown Flute) instruction from his sensei. After passing difficult performance exams, he attained an additional professional license.

    Kathryn Moncrief has published an article, “‘Obey and be attentive’: Gender and Household Instruction in Shakespeare’s The Tempest,” in Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood, edited by Naomi Miller and Naomi Yavheh (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011). Her review of Kaara L. Peterson’s Popular Medicine, Hysterical Disease and Social Controversy in Shakespeare’s England has also been published in Renaissance Quarterly. 64.3 (2011), 1010-1011.

    On July 16, Ken Schweitzer presented a paper at the International Conference on Traditional Music (ICTM) at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, entitled, “The Evolution of Improvisation in Ritual Batá Drumming.”

    Karen Smith presented a research paper, “‘May I Have the Pleasure’: Dancing in Colonial America,” as well as a workshop on Pilates for Dancers, and a master class in Dance for Musical Theater at the 31st World Congress on Dance Research held in Didimotiho, Greece. Karen competed in the 2011 National Senior Olympic Games held in Houston, TX, and brought home a gold medal in golf.

    Janet Sorrentino gave a keynote address for the Civil War Medicine Museum conference in Frederick MD on Sunday, October 2, 2011. She presented a talk entitled: “Blood: Theory and Therapy from Medieval Bleeding through Modern Transfusion.” 


  • May 2011

    Kevin Brien presented his paper, “Rationality, Spirituality, and Morality: Buddha versus Immanuel Kant,” at a Congress of the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion held in April 2011 at Davis-Elkins College in Elkins West Virginia.

    Tom Cousineau was a guest speaker at the semi-annual meeting of the London Bi-Logic Group, an association that does research on the work of the Chilean psychoanalyst Ignacio Matte Blanco. The title of his talk was “Keeping Open Secrets in Oedipus the King and Hamlet.”

    Melissa Deckman attended the Midwest Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting where she organized a panel, “Curriculum and the Culture Wars,” and she presented a paper on the panel, “Religious Literacy in Public Schools: Teaching the Bible in America’s Classrooms.” She was also the discussant for a panel, “Religion and Political Participation in the United States.”

    Mike Kerchner served as an invited reviewer for the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program.

    Andrea Lange participated in the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, when she and others from the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force met Royal Mounted Canadian police representatives and federal government as well as non-government agency officials to discuss global anti-trafficking strategies.

    Andrea Lange and Stewart Bruce are pleased to report that Washington College has received renewal funding of $295,799 for a third year of funding to the Comprehensive Mapping and Analysis Project (CMAP). The award amount this year reflects a 37% increase over last year’s award, especially significant during tighter financial times. The new funding will allow more student interns to work with the project, and we will be taking on new initiatives including a 3-D correctional facilities activity. Last year, the project team produced over 400 maps for various state criminal justice agencies, conducted over 70 technical assistance engagements, and trained over 200 law enforcement agents on crime mapping. Andrea and Stew are also pleased to announce that the College has been awarded an additional $86,400 by the Maryland Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention for programming enhancements to the Maryland Offenders Management System grant, which was awarded to the College two months ago.

    Jon McCollum represented the Society for Ethnomusicology’s “Historical Ethnomusicology Special Interest Group” at the annual British Forum for Ethnomusicology Conference in Cornwall, England. His presentation entitled “Music, Technology, and Cultural Translation across Generations” dealt with issues of ethnomusicological fieldwork, methodology, and manuscript digitization. In addition, he chaired another panel at the conference on “Auto-ethnography, Mediation, and Writing.”

    Kevin McKillop attended the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Cambridge, MA. He presented two papers co-authored with students – the first was entitled, “Rejection of real vs. nonapologies: Does rejecting nonapologies make you look bad?” The second was entitled, “Effects of symbolic revenge and forgiveness on perceptions of a worst enemy.”

    Kate Moncrief’s “Home Schooling: The English Gentlewoman” was published in Masculinities, Childhood, Violence: Attending to Early Modern Women–and Men, edited by Amy E. Leonard and Karen L. Nelson (University of Delaware Press, 2011). Her review of Geraldo U.de Sousa’sAt Home in Shakespeare’s Tragedies was published in Renaissance Quarterly, volume 64.1 (spring 2011). She also presented “‘Then let them anatomize Regan’: Women, Bodies, and the Early Modern English Stage” as an invited speaker for the Distinguished Lectures in Renaissance Studies series at Appalachian State University.

    John Murray delivered a lecture, “Thoughtless Vigilantes: Media Violence and Brain Activation Patterns in Young Viewers,” at the ACCM Conference, “Scared, Sleepless and Hostile” in Sydney, Australia.

    Karen Smith received a Presidential Citation from the National Dance Association (NDA) for her work on behalf of the national dance honor society, Nu Delta Alpha, and for organizing the NDAOur World, Our Dance conference in February. Karen also presented two sessions at the National Dance Association convention in San Diego: Broadway Leaps to San Diego! andStrengthening the Dancer with Pilates.

    Janet Sorrentino gave a series of invited lectures to the Staff College of the Federal Drug Administration’s Medical Devices Division in Silver Springs, Maryland. April 21: History of Urological Devices; April 28: History of Prosthetic Limbs; May 5: History of Burn Care Devices; and May 12: History of Radiological Devices.


  • April 2011

    Ryan Kelty participated in the workshop Social Sciences and Chesapeake Bay Restorationhosted by the Chesapeake Research Consortium (March 10) focused on maximizing the use of social science to better address critical socio-environmental issues affecting the Bay.

    Mike Kerchner participated in the March, 24-26 AAC&U Network for Academic Renewalconference series: Engaging STEM Learning: From Promising to Pervasive Practices. He co-chaired the pre-conference workshop: Implementing Interdisciplinary STEM Programs: Connecting Leadership to Learning. During the weekend of April 1-3, Mike served as co-leader of the final roundtable meeting in the Keck/PKAL Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning Project. The summary report of the project has just been published by the AAC&U: http://www.aacu.org/blast/pubs/pkalworks.cfm

    Anne Marteel-Parrish was one of six recipients to receive the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI). Anne presented her work on developing a course on green and sustainable chemistry during the ACS-CEI Award Symposium in Anaheim, CA on March 27. On that day the ACS-Student Members chapter than Anne advised until last year received an honorable mention award for the fifth consecutive year for their activities during 2009-2010.

    Andrew Oros contributed a chapter on “the politics of national security” to the Handbook of Japanese Politics (Routledge, 2011) and was an invited participant at the 17th Annual Japan-US Security Seminar held in San Francisco in March.

    Mindy Reynolds, along two with student collaborators, attended the 50th annual Society of Toxicology meeting in Washington, DC. Ben Longwell ‘12 presented a poster entitled “Characterization of the Molecular Mechanisms of Cadmium and Nickel-Induced Toxicity,” and Christine Lynch ‘11 presented a poster entitled “Mechanisms of Cellular Toxicity for Dual Exposure to NiCl2 and CoCl2 in H460 Human Lung Epithelial Cells.” In addition, Mindy presented a lecture on the resources for the teaching of toxicology at the undergraduate level entitled “Collection Development of Web Resources for the Teaching of Toxicology.”

    Karen Smith’s article on “The Spirit of Dance” was published in the Nu Delta Alpha Journal, vol. 3, Feb. 2011

    Janet Sorrentino was invited to give the Third Annual Gilbertine Lecture in Sempringham, England on March 13: “The Order of Sempringham and the Medieval English Schools.” The lecture will be published in the proceedings later this year.

    Shawn Stein delivered a paper entitled, “Sun and Shadow: Tackling Masculinity in Football Fiction from Brazil and Mexico” at the annual meeting of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 11, 2011.

    Aileen Tsui presented a paper entitled “‘Little Games’ and Golden Guineas: Size, Price, and Value in Whistler’s Art” at the annual conference of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, held this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


  • March 2011

    Jin Xiu Guo presented a paper at the 2nd International Conference of Asian Special Libraries held in Tokyo, Japan in February 2011. The paper was titled “Faculty and the Library: A Survey of Research Behavior and Library Use at Wuhan University, China,” an international collaborative research on geomatics faculty.

    Charlie Kehm and Leslie Sherman received a program development award from Maryland Sea Grant of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The award funds an initial exploratory study of the distribution and sources of anthropogenic trace metals in bottom sediments of the Chester River, with use of an inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometer for metal analysis.

    Ryan Kelty organized a five-session mini-conference on military sociology at the Eastern Sociological Society meeting in Philadelphia (Feb. 26). He also presented a paper entitled, “Ambiguity on the Front Lines: Perceptions of Civilian Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Ryan’s article (with Ruth A. Kelty), “Human Dimensions of a Fishery at a Crossroads: Resource Valuation, Identity, and Way of Life in a Seasonal Fishing Community,” appears in the current issue of Society & Natural Resources.

    Juan Lin published a co-authored article: “Logic in a dynamic brain” by E. Mizraji and J. Lin.Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 73, 373-397 (2011). BMB is an international, peer reviewed journal published by Springer-Verlag.

    Sean Meehan has an essay published in the current issue of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching, Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture (Duke University Press), Winter 2011: “‘You are the Book’s Book’: Robert Richardson’s Emersonian Workshop.”

    During fall 2010, Ken Miller held two residential fellowships at the David Library of the American Revolution and Colonial Williamsburg’s John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Library to complete the research for his book manuscript, Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence, under contract with Cornell University Press.

    Rick Striner’s latest book – Supernatural Romance in Film: Tales of Love, Death, and the Afterlife– has just been published by McFarland & Co.

    Michele Volansky served as a member of the Artistic Advisory Board for the annual National Playwright’s Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. This role had her part of the selection team that will send 10 playwrights to the conference to have their work developed in July 2011.

    Phil Walsh gave a Tea & Talk lecture at the Rose O’Neill Literary House entitled “A Possession for All Time: Why Ancient Greek Drama Matters.”


  • February 2011

    Christopher Ames’s first book, The Life of the Party: Festive Vision in Modern Fiction has been reissued in paperback by the University of Georgia Press, 2010.

    Erin Anderson’s co-authored article, “Girlhood in the Girl Scouts” by Erin K. Anderson and Autumn Behringer, was published in the journal Girlhood Studies, Winter 2010.

    Kevin Brien’s paper, “Humanistic Marxism and Buddhism: Complementaries,” was published in Fall 2010 in the Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion.

    Tom Cousineau participated in the “Beckett and Theory” panel sponsored by the Samuel Beckett Society at the annual convention of the Modern Language Association in Los Angeles. The title of his paper was “Deleuze and Beckett: Disguising repetitions in Endgame. ”

    Lisa Daniels gave a presentation on “Careers in International Development and Graduate School Options” as part of a panel organized for Peace Corps volunteers completing their two years of service. The conference was held in Entebbe, Uganda on January 12, 2011.

    On January 26,Mike Kerchner co-organized and participated as a panelist at a pre-conference workshop on Integrating the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities: Global Challenges and the Intentional Curriculum at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in San Francisco. The summary report of the 3-year Keck/PKAL Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning project was distributed at the workshop. On the 28th Mike also chaired a panel session entitled, Implementing Interdisciplinary STEM Programs: Connecting Interdisciplinary Learning to Classroom Experiences through Meaningful Assessment. He was also one of several attendees invited to author blogs on interesting sessions at the conference and attended a College Advancement Office function with President Reiss and alumni living in the bay area. You can access the AACU blogs at: http://blog.aacu.org/

    Andrea Lange and Stewart Bruce were awarded a new grant of $177,346 from the Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention to enhance the Maryland Offenders Management System, an innovative information sharing tool being used by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to combat crime by tracking criminal offenders in the local community. The project employs several talented Washington College students who have responsibility for improving the data quality of the disparate databases used in the application and performing critical analysis and reporting of the information.

    Julie Markin authored an article titled “The Importance of Woodstock Complicated Stamped Ceramics Fifty Years after Caldwell” published in the journal Early Georgia. Through analysis of stylistic ceramic motifs from archaeological collections across North Georgia, this article examines the timing of critical cultural developments that led to the rise of the Etowah chiefdom in the Southeastern U.S.

    Adi Mayer’s article, “Do More Diverse Environments Increase the Diversity of Subsequent Interaction? Evidence from Random Dorm Assignment” (with Sara Baker and Steven Puller), has been published in the February 2011 issue of Economics Letters. A second article, “A Simple Test of Private Information in Insurance Markets with Heterogeneous Insurance Demand” (with Li Gan and Feng Huang) has been published by the National Bureau of Economic Research as Working Paper No. 16738.

    Kitty Maynard’s review of François Rouget’s book “Ronsard et le Livre : Étude de critique génétique et d’histoire littéraire” appeared in Renaissance Quarterly 63.4 (Winter 2010).

    Sean Meehan has an essay published in the current issue of Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching, Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture (Duke University Press), Winter 2011: “‘You are the Book’s Book’: Robert Richardson’s Emersonian Workshop.”

    In early January,Don Munson attended the annual meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology in Salt Lake City. He delivered a paper “The Distribution of Acanthamoeba spp. in Marine and Estuarine Sediments from the Coast of France” and chaired the contributed paper session “Biodiversity in the Oceans”.

    Andrew Oros contributed an opinion article on political reform in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper and an English version in the International Herald Tribune; he also published a scholarly article entitled “Tomorrow’s East Asia Today: Regional Security Cooperation for the 21st Century” in Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies (Vol. 21) produced by the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, DC.

    Ricky Sears recently served as the judge for the twelfth annual art competition at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, Maryland. “Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore” will run from February 14-March 25.

    Rick Striner’s book chapter “Lincoln, the Roosevelts, and Herbert Croly’s America” is included in the new anthology Lincoln’s Enduring Legacy, published by Lexington Books.

    Michele Volansky served as the adjudicating dramaturg for Region II of the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival at Towson University January 12-15, 2011. In addition, she coordinated sessions on the critical response to works of art and on dramaturgical research.

    Susan Vowels gave a brief presentation at the 8th Annual Queen Anne’s County Legislative Breakfast Exchange on January 5th at Chesapeake College. One of the speakers illustrating vibrant collaborations in Queen Anne’s County that support young children and their families, she described the partnership between the Even Start Family Literacy program in Sudlersville, Maryland and Washington College Students in Free Enterprise, as well as the contributions made by Shawn Stein and his Hispanic Studies students to the same program.

    Christine Wade’s latest book (with co-author Tom Walker), Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle, was published by Westview Press in January. Noam Chomsky, who provided a blurb for the book, calls this edition “a revealing case study that teaches lessons of great value for understanding the world.”

    Lansing Williams has been elected to a three-year term on the Kent County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and will be serving on the education committee