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Washington College professors are practicing artists, scientists, economists, historians, and writers who enjoy sharing their scholarly interests on campus, at national conferences, and on the international stage.

Faculty Research

  • Professor George Spilich recruits students to work in his eye gaze lab, where they track eye movements to help them better understand perceptual and cognitive processes.
  • Biology professor Martin Connaughton is interested in fish bio-acoustics and behavior, focusing on the anatomy and physiology of the sonic muscles, characterization of the sounds produced by these muscles, and the behaviors in which sound production play a role.
  • By radio-tagging, tracking, and mapping different turtle populations, Aaron Krochmal and his students have made some interesting discoveries about these humble, ecologically critical animals.
  • In Mindy Reynolds’ toxicology lab, students study the effects of heavy metals such as cadmium and nickel on human lung cells.

Faculty Achievements

  • May 2016

    Andrew Case attended the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) in Seattle from March 30th-April 2nd.  He also chaired and participated in a roundtable session called “A ‘Big Question’ Conversation on Food, History, and the Environment.”

    Andrew also co-lead a workshop session called “Using History to Develop Sustainability Skills: A Workshop for Educators.”

    Colin Campbell gave an invited presentation, Links between topology and controllability, at a workshop at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at the Ohio State University. Dynamical systems (e.g. of intracellular protein interactions) can be exceedingly complicated, but on a coarse level they are characterized by a map of what system components directly interact with what other components (e.g., which protein pairs interact). The topology of this interaction map constrains and informs techniques that can be used to influence the dynamics of the system. The presentation explored the details of this relationship and highlighted the results of senior Steven Aucott’s joint SCE in Physics and Computer Science, which was co-advised by Prof. Shaun Ramsey.

    Elena Deanda gave the public lecture “Folk Music and the Inquisition in Colonial Mexico” at Oberlin College in Ohio, invited by the Latin American Studies Program, the History, and the Spanish departments. 

    Deanda also presented the paper “Geographies of Pleasure: Pornotopias in Spain and Mexico” at the American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. She participated in a round table with the talk “From Hell to Hell: Seeking the Obscene in Mexico, Spain, France, and Vatican City,” and chaired a table with the title “Unfinished Business and the Enlightenment”. 

    Melissa Deckman’s book, Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Activists, and the Changing Face of the New Right, was published in April 2016 with NYU Press.  Her op-ed, “Angry White Women for Trump,” appeared in the Washington Post April 7.  Lastly, she served as a discussant on the panel “The Constitutional Politics of Religion and Education” at the Midwest Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting on April 9, 2016.

    Adam Goodheart’s book 1861: The Civil War Awakening has gone under contract to be translated into Chinese and published by the Gingko Book Co., a Beijing publishing house. An initial hardcover printing of 5,000 copies will be released next year.  (Adam notes that this means one out of every 271,000 people in China will read his book.) Adam also recently appeared twice as a guest for hour-long segments of the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio: once on April 19th to discuss colleges’ and universities’ historical ties to slavery, and again on April 27 for the “Readers Review” discussion of Elizabeth Strout’s novel “My Name Is Lucy Barton.”

    Ryan Kelty’s article “The U.S. Navy’s Maiden Voyage: Effects of Integrating Sailors and Civilian Mariners on Deployment” originally published in the journal Armed Forces & Society has been reprinted in the Sage Publication Military Sociology (vol. II, Military Organization).

    Aaron Krochmal was recently featured in a short spotlight article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The article, entitled, A Study of Forgetting, focuses on Aaron’s ongoing work on the role of learning and memory in turtle navigation and on the role his undergraduate co-investigators in the success of the project.  To read the article, follow this link and scroll down http://chronicle.com/article/A-Sociologist-Who-Found/236128

     John Leupold’s debut album entitled Exasperating Perpetuation was released by Ravello Records on April 8, 2016. The CD features four chamber works composed over the last four years. The album was recorded and mastered at Sono Luminus Studios in Boyce, VA. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Leupold’s latest work for chamber orchestra, Industrious Hybridization, received its world premiere on March 13, 2016 in Bethesda, MD.

     Julie Markin presented a poster titled “A Mode-based Approach to Seriation of Woodland Pottery in Northwest Georgia” at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Orlando, Florida, April 6-9, 2016.  The poster was co-authored with Vernon J. Knight, Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama.

    Prof. Kate Moncrief gave a pre-show lecture, “‘It is required you do awake your faith’: The Winter’s Tale in Performance” at the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory on April 16, 2016.  She gave three pre-show talks, “Will and Wonder:  Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death,” and moderated two post-show talk-back discussions at the Elements Theatre Company in Orleans, MA.  She also led a day-long workshop on Shakespeare’s King Lear for the actors in this company, April 22-24.

    Jon McCollum was an invited artist-in-residence at the University of Texas, Rio Grand Valley from April 10-15. While there, he performed two solo recitals, taught two masterclasses, and completed a series of guest lectures in the musicology/ethnomusicology undergraduate and graduate programs. As part of his residency, he also met with individual graduate students as a guest adviser for their theses. On April 30, he and Professor Leupold brought McCollum’s Music History class to see a live Metropolitan Opera Cast of the opera Elektra, by Richard Strauss.

     Tia Murphy presented a poster entitled “The influences of attachment and gender on children’s recall of storybook events” with four student co-authors at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in New York City. 

    Pamela Pears has edited a special issue of CELAAN (Revue du Centre d’Etudes des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique du Nord/Review of the Center for the Studies of the Literatures and Arts of North Africa), entitled Regards sur les films d’Abdellatif Kechiche. Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring 2016).

    Woobin Park has been invited to participate in the 2016 Asia International Piano Festival and Competition as a teaching faculty member, featured soloist, and chamber musician, performing alongside the illustrious Prima Vista String Quartet from Poland. In addition, she will serve as one of the judges for the piano competition. The festival will take place this summer in Seoul, Korea.

    Susan Vowels presented her paper “Information Systems Implementation Consequences:  Ethical Treatment of End Users” at the 2016 Southern Association for Information Systems Conference in St. Augustine, Florida on March 18th.

    Phil Walsh (English) published “The Importance of Being Helen,” a short essay on Helen of Troy and Aubrey Beardsley’s The Toilet of Helen (1896). It appeared this week in Eidolon and kicks off the journal’s anniversary events. His interest in Beardsley stems from his research on the ancient Greek comic playwright, Aristophanes. His book, Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aristophanes, is forthcoming this fall with Brill.  

  • April 2016

    Erin Anderson recently attended the Eastern Sociological Society’s (ESS) annual meeting in Boston, MA.  She presented the paper “Infographing the Sociological Imagination” in the session Pop Culture in the Classroom, which she organized and presided over.  She also organized, in conjunction with the ESS Committee on the Status of Women, and presided over the paper session Work-Life Policy and Academics.  

    On March 19th, Bridget Bunten and Ryan Kelty presented their paper “College Classrooms and Safe Spaces: Negotiating Intellectual Challenge and Risk Taking in Higher Education” at the annual meeting for the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Colin Campbell is an author on An evolutionary computation approach to examine functional brain plasticity, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience. Understanding how interactions between different regions of the brain change over time, for instance in response to aging, is a common goal in neuroscience. One standard method is to measure the extent to which the activity in two different regions of the brain are correlated, and determine how that correlation changes over time (generally over the course of months or years). A major potential shortcoming of this approach is that the analysis generally computes one average signal for each region. However, in cases where an averaged signal may suggest no change in correlation over time between the regions, a more sensitive method may detect, for instance, an increase in correlation for one portion of the regions and a decrease in correlation for a second portion of the regions. In this paper, the authors present a computationally efficient method for detecting and characterizing this so-called within-region heterogeneity. As a case study, the authors consider the brain’s response to traumatic brain injury.   


    Adam Goodheart has been elected a member of the Society of American Historians, an honorary society established at Columbia University in 1939. Membership is limited to fewer than 400 “scholars, journalists, essayists, biographers, novelists, documentarians, playwrights, poets, or filmmakers. Members are elected based on their demonstrated commitment to literary distinction in the writing and presentation of history and biography. Literary excellence in historical work is marked by vividness, clarity, empathy, narrative power, and explanatory force.” 

    Ryan Kelty presented a paper titled “Are There Atheists in Civilian Foxholes?: Religion, Distress, and Mental Health among Deployed Civilians” (with Alex Bierman, Univ. Calgary) at the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting in Boston (March 17-20).  As part of this regional conference he also co-organized a mini-conference on military sociology consisting of 40 authors, from 7 countries, across 11 sessions.

    Aaron Lampman co-chaired a double session at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 30, 2016.  The session titled “Designing and Leading Undergraduate Field Schools:  Lessons from the Field” examined the goals, outcomes and social, cultural and economic impacts of study abroad.  His paper was titled “Education Beyond Tourism:  Ethnographic Methods & Transformative Learning.”

    Mook Lim recently published a paper in the B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics (Advance Tier) titled “Public Provision of Health Insurance and Welfare”. The link to the article is: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/bejm.ahead-of-print/bejm-2015-0094/bejm-2015-0094.xml

    Julie Markin co-chaired a session titled Changing Landscapes: Archaeological Evidence of Ideological, Social and Technological Transformation among Farmers in the Middle Atlantic Region, c. AD 1050 - Contact at the Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference in Ocean City, Maryland on March 11, 2016.  Her paper for the session was titled “The Good, The Bad, The Potential: Employing Remote Sensing Technologies in the Search for Complexity on Maryland’s Chester River.” She also presented a paper titled “Study ‘Abroad’ in Sovereign Nations:  Undergraduate Experiences on US Native American Reservations.” at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 30, 2016.

    Ken Miller’s review of Thomas A. Chambers’s Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2012) appears in the William and Mary Quarterly (January 2016): 173-77.

    Miller’s recently released monograph, Dangerous Guests, has also been shortlisted for the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond’s 2016 Book Award. The prize committee considers titles published during the two previous years.

    Professor Kate Moncrief gave a paper, “”Editing Shakespeare for Performance” at the Shakespeare Association of America Conference in New Orleans, March 23-26 2016.  She also gave a pre-concert talk, “Will and Wonder: The 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death” for the Chester River Chorale’s performance of Shakespeare’s Songbook, April 2, 2016.

    Andrew Oros (Political Science and International Studies) moderated a public conversation on Seventy Years of the US-Japan Security Alliance with former Minister of Defense Satoshi Morimoto at the Japan Society of New York and participated on a panel on changes in Japanese security policy at the annual meeting of the Association of Asian Studies in Seattle, Washington.

    Hui-Ju Tsai presented her paper “Corporate Goodness and Financial Performance” (co-authored with Yangru Wu of Rutgers University) in the annual conference of Midwest Finance Association in Atlanta, GA on March 5th. The same paper is also presented by her in the annual meeting of Southwestern Finance Association in Oklahoma City, OK on March 10th

    In addition to the travel that her sabbatical has taken her (Chicago; New York; Plymouth, MA; Fayetteville, NC; Miami, FL), Michele Volansky has served on the Artistic Advisory Board for the National Playwright’s Conference (February), the selection panel for PlayPenn (February), presented a talk (“New Plays in Higher Education”) to the Temple University Theatre 1037 symposium (March 11), and served as the Consulting Dramaturg for Drexel University’s “Page to Stage” class (March 10-13).

    Christine Wade’s article, “Activists’ Murders Show Human Rights Under Assault in Latin America,” appeared in World Politics Review on March 21, 2016.

  • March 2016

    Erin Anderson recently published a teaching activity and assignment she developed for her Introduction to Sociology course,”Doing Sociology: An Exercise in Applying Research Methods for Sociology.”  The materials now appear in the American Sociological Association’s Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS) program.   TRAILS, supported by the ASA Teaching Resource Center, is “an online, modular and searchable database that reflects major innovation in the creation and dissemination of peer-reviewed teaching resources.” 

    Elena Deanda published the article “Damned Jarabe Gatuno: Poetics of Inquisitorial Censorship in Colonial Mexico” at the Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso Hispanic Studies 10.

    Deanda also edited the 10th issue of the peer-reviewed journal titled Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso Hispanic Studies where she proposed the topic “Silence Revisited: Regulation, Censorship, and Freedom of Speech”. Prof. Benigno Trigo at VU considered the issue a “commitment to an ethical approach to cultural production” and the nine articles in three different languages “timely responses to contemporary censoring events such as the Charlie Hebdo killings”. The issue can be found at: http://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/lusohispanic/issue/view/168 

    In November 2015, Brendon Fox directed the regional premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elise at Playmakers Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The production garnered very positive reviews, and exceeded box office expectations. Because of this, its run was extended by a week.

    Over the summer of 2015, Brendon directed the Southeast premiere of Reborning by Zayd Dohrn at Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, and a revival of Noel Coward’s comedy Fallen Angels at Theatre at Monmouth, Maine.

    In January 2016, Brendon was asked to be one of three adjudicators for the Region 1 SDC Directing Initiative as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Danbury, CT. I was asked to evaluative a competition between eleven collegiate directors to determine which of them would go on to the finals in Washington, D.C.

    National Geographic has nominated Adam Goodheart’s April 2015 cover story for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

    Aaron Krochmal published an article entitled “Pharmacological evidence is consistent with a prominent role of spatial memory in complex navigation” in the 10 February issue of The Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences.  The article, which was featured on the journal’s cover, provides the first evidence that turtles use higher cognitive processes, including age-specific learning and detailed spatial memory, to accomplish navigational tasks.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.2548

    Professor Kate Moncrief is serving as dramaturg for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s production of Wild Oats by John O’Keefe.  (The production runs March 4-27 in Baltimore.)  She has also joined the Advisory Board for the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. 

    Ken Schweitzer recently published a chapter, “The Cuban Añá Fraternity: Strategies for Cohesion” in The Yorùbá God of Drumming: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Wood that Talks (2015), edited by Amanda Villepastour. This work is the culmination of over a dozen years of research into Afro-Cuban religious music, and focuses on the secretive drumming cult that supports the Santería religious community. Drawing from fieldwork in Cuba, Mexico, and various cities of North America, Schweitzer was also interviewed for the NPR program Hip Deep: Afro Pop Worldwide for an episode entitled “Ancient Text Messages: Batá Drums in a Changing World.”  The show aired on Saturday February 13, and is available online at http://www.afropop.org/27508/ancient-text-messages-bata-drums-in-a-changing-world/. A written transcript of the entire November 4, 2015 interview is also available at http://www.afropop.org/27535/kenneth-schweitzer-talks-to-ned-sublette/. Within a few weeks, an additional podcast, produced entirely by Schweitzer in the Department of Music’s Production & Recording Lab, will also be available on the Hip Deep: Afro Pop website. The podcast will illustrate some of the more complex musical concepts discussed in both the show and the interview. Finally, Ken Schweitzer and Aaron Lampman recently returned from a 12-day faculty-led trip to Cuba, where they exposed 18 students to Cuban music and culture in Havana, the tobacco growing regions near Vinales, and the jungle covered mountains near Trinidad. The final projects for this course are multimedia journals. Saturated with beautiful photos, videos, and informed commentary, these journals will soon be available online for public viewing.  

  • February 2016

    Erin Anderson was recently appointed a member of the Advisory Board of the Kent Family Center. 

    Stewart Bruce co-presented with GIS Journeymen Leader Bradley Janocha ’16 at the Defence Geospatial Intelligence conference in London over the winter break.  The research presentation was entitled “Rapidly Mapping Megacities from Open Sources:  NGA Case Study Lagos, Nigeria.”  Stew also was on a panel discussing “How Broader Adoption of Open Source Data and Software is Re-Shaping Intelligence Sharing” and he led a roundtable discussion on “How to Quickly Build Maps from Open Sources.”  Washington College was also represented at the conference with the only academic exhibition booth and made many new contacts including supplying the 135th Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers with access to our GIS curricular materials. 

    Colin Campbell is the lead author on the recent paper “Topological constraints on network control profiles” published in the journal Scientific Reports. Networks can be used to represent a diverse array of complex systems, including genetic regulatory networks, social media, and the U.S. power grid. A top-level objective of studying such networks is the development of techniques to effectively influence their behavior (for instance, causing a cancerous cell to undergo programmed cell death). In this paper, Campbell and his co-authors investigate the ways in which the structure of a network dictates the properties of the minimal set of interventions necessary to confer complete controllability. In addition to its direct applications to influencing the dynamics of a network, the paper offers insight into how the control properties of a network change as the structure of the network evolves.

    Elena Deanda published a review on a Spanish translation of Gerald Manley Hopkins’s poetry in Hopkins Quarterly 42.1-2 (2015) 77-.

    Deanda also presented a paper in the Mid-Atlantic Latin American Studies Association in Lancaster, PA, in October 2015 titled “Paternoster: Fatherhood and Nation in the Cinema of Immigration Mexico-US”.

    In addition, Deanda gave a public lecture in October of 2015 at the Dept. of Spanish at Columbia University entitled “Quixotic Sade: Echoes of Cervantes in the Programming of 120 Days of Sodom” for the 400th anniversary of the Second Part of Don Quixote. “

    Elena Deanda published the article “La fatalidad del poder: La muerte como el papa y el inquisidor en Las Cortes de la Muerte de Lope de Vega y Micael de Carvajal” [Power’s Fatality: Death as the Pope and the Inquisitor in The Deathly Court by Lope de Vega and Micael de Carvajal] at Bulletin of Comediantes, a specialized journal in Early Modern Spanish theater. 


    Jon McCollum spent much of the month of January 2016 doing fieldwork on music and ritual performance in various Japanese Buddhist practices in Japan (Tokyo, Fukui, Kyoto, and Koya-san). Primarily living and practicing with monks in the Rinzai, Soto, and Shingon sects, his fieldwork will result in various academic presentations and publications. In addition, this research grounds a new interdisciplinary special topics course (Fall 2016), The Sound of Buddha: Ritual Performance in Japanese Buddhist Traditions. An Enhancement Award funded McCollum’s fieldwork in Japan and the course development was funded by a Center for Teaching and Learning grant.

    This previous Fall 2015, McCollum was part of the programming committee for the international conference, Tyranny and Music, which was held at Middle State Tennessee University, School of Music, November 21-22.

    Professor Kate Moncrief published an article, “Metacognition Meets Research-Based Learning in the Undergraduate Renaissance Drama Classroom,” in Metaliteracy in Practice. ALA Editions, 2015.  It is co-authored with Michele Santamaria. 

    Andrew Oros was honored to be one of several former students to speak at a symposium at Columbia University in December on “Is Japan Really Back?” – marking the retirement of his mentor, Gerald Curtis, after 47 years of teaching at Columbia.  He also spoke in December in Tokyo at a joint symposium of the China Institute of International Studies and Temple University Japan on US-Japan-China trilateral dialogue.”

    Joseph Prud’homme and Peter Weigel published their co-edited volume, Human Nature in Christian Philosophical Perspective (Peter Lang, 2016), featuring contributions by several internationally eminent philosophers.

    Christine Wade’s book, Captured Peace: Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador, was published by Ohio University Press on January 15. She is writing a monthly column for World Politics Review, mostly on topics related to Central American politics. ” El Salvador’s Very Bad Year and the Paradox of Peacebuilding Success” appeared on January 26.  “Unaccompanied Minors: Central America’s Exodus Continues” appeared December 16, and “By Design, Honduras’ Anti-Graft Mission Won’t Actually Fight Corruption” appeared on  November 4, 2015. Her commentary on Honduras’ new anti-graft mission appeared in the Latin American Advisor on January 14, 2016. She was also recently quoted in The Guardian and NPR’s Goats and Soda blog on the topic. 

    Peter Weigel edited a volume, Faith, Love, and Mercy: Homilies for Catholic Life (Wipf & Stock, 2015), a collection by noted moral theologian and friend, Richard Roach, S.J. (1934-2008).

    Professor Carol Wilson was interviewed for the NPR program Backstory, for an episode entitled “Color Lines” which featured her book, The Two Lives of Sally Miller. It aired nationally in January. You can listen at http://backstoryradio.org/shows/color-lines

  • December 2015

    Melissa Deckman presented research at a roundtable discussion on factions within the Republican Party at the Northeastern Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on November 13, 2015.

    Rich De Prospo recently published The Latest Early American Literature”, University Press Copublishing Division / University of Delaware Press.

    Ryan Kelty presented two papers at the biennial meeting of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society in Chicago (Oct. 30-Nov. 1): “Moderating Effects of Religiosity: The Effects of Wartime Threats on Psychological Distress among Deployed Department of the Army Civilians” (with Alex Bierman, University of Calgary), and “Does Gender Moderate the Effects of Combat Deployment on Organizational Identification and Sacrificing?”  (With Todd Woodruff, United States Military Academy).

    Aaron Lampman presented a paper titled “Forbidden Learning: Authentic Cuba and the Allure of the Ultimate “Elsewhere” in Fieldwork-Based Study Abroad” at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, CO on November 21st.  He was also invited to serve as a consultant to the AAA publications Advisory Board as they consider significant changes to their online publication strategies.  

    Andrew Oros presented on aspects of his work on prospects for US-Japan-China trilateral cooperation and historical reconciliation at three conferences/workshops in China in late October; his 2014 peer-reviewed article in Contemporary Security Policy was one of five nominated for the annual Bernard Brodie Prize, awarded for the outstanding article appearing in the previous year. 

    Pam Pears’s book, Front Cover Iconography and Algerian Women’s Writing: Heuristic Implications of the Recto-Verso Effect has been published in the After the Empire series by Lexington Press.

    Amanda Sommerfeld was the sole author of “Education as a collective accomplishment: How personal, peer, and parent expectations interact to promote degree attainment,” which was published in Social Psychology of Education.

    Amanda is also the lead author on “Social Justice Advocacy Across Contexts: How counselors and psychologists can integrate advocacy into research and practice,” which was co-authored with Jennifer Lindwall and Laura Knudtson. This was published in The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology.

     The County Commissioners of Kent County reappointed Lansing Williams to a second three-year term on the Kent County Ethics Commission.  The Commission hears and rules on alleged violations of the County Ethics Code.


  • November 2015

    Stewart Bruce presented at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in October in Chicago on Applying Data Sharing with Crime Analysis to Reduce Vehicle Theft and Related Crimes. Stew was also appointed as a new member of the IACP Vehicle Theft and Vehicle Crimes Committee.

    Stew presented at the Maryland Homeland Security Teachers conference in October in Howard County on GIS Applications for Domestic and International Geospatial Intelligence. At this conference Stew also had his first face to face meeting with the Washington County Public Schools where a new GIS contract to deliver GIS curriculum was approved in October.

    Stew was notified in October that he has passed and been certified by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) Universal GEOINT Certification Program for GIS & Analysis Tools as well as for Remote Sensing & Imagery Analysis. In addition, Stew was asked to serve as a Subject Matter Expert to review both exams as part of a USGIF Universal GEOINT Certification Angoff Workshop held in October in Reston, Virginia.

    Tom Cousineau was a guest-speaker at New York University’s Waiting for Godot symposium hosted by the Glucksman Ireland House.

    Aaron Krochmal is the lead author on the recent paper “Turtles outsmart rapid environmental change: the role of cognition in navigation” published in the journal Communicative and Integrative Biology. In this paper, Krochmal, his long-term collaborator Timothy Roth (Franklin and Marshall College), and their undergraduate coauthors Sage Rush and Katrina Wachter describe the advanced cognitive mechanisms.

    This summer Anne Marteel-Parrish was invited by the mayor of her hometown of Bray-Dunes in France to give a talk about her journey from France to the USA and her accomplishments as a teacher and researcher in a foreign country. This is the first time Anne was asked to give a talk in her native tongue.

    Anne Marteel-Parrish and four Washington College alumni (Michael Giroux’14, Emily Sahadeo’14, Robert Libera’15, and Ashley Maurizi’15) coauthored a peer-reviewed article titled “An undergraduate research experience: Synthesis, Modification, and Comparison of Hydrophobicity of Zeolites A and X” in Polyhedron. This publication is the result of four SCE projects over the course of two years.

    Anne also co-authored a poster titled “Synergy Gamma Eta chapter-Eastern Shore of MD: Building a community of learners” presented at the 46th Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society Biennial Conference, University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg, PA on October 10, 2015.

    Adi Mayer’s paper “A simple test for private information in insurance markets with heterogeneous insurance demand” (with Li Gan and Feng Huang) has been published in Economics Letters, Volume 136, Pages 197–200.

    Hui-Ju Tsai published an article “Performance of Foreign and Global Mutual Funds: The Role of Security Selection, Region-Shifting, and Style-Shifting Abilities” in the Financial Review (co-authored with Yangru Wu of Rutgers University). She also presented the paper in the annual conference of Financial Management Association in Orlando, FL on October 15.

    Peter Weigel edited a volume, Faith, Love, and Mercy: Homilies for Catholic Life (Wipf & Stock, 2015), a collection by noted moral theologian and friend, Richard Roach, S.J. (1934-2008).

  • September 2015

    Erin Anderson recently contributed to the Families as They Really Are blog about her research on men and parental leave (http://thesocietypages.org/families/).  This research also appears in her co-edited book, published by Lexington Books in late spring 2015, Family Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe.


    Kevin Brien gave four presentations in Summer 2015 at various venues in China:  “Humanistic Marxism and Freedom”  – Invited paper presented June 2015 at the Academy of Marxism, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China;  “Humanistic Marxism and Freedom”  – Invited paper presented June 2015 at Renmin University in Beijing, China;  “Dialogue on Dialectics and Metaphysics” – Invited lecture presented June 2015 at Beijing International Studies University in Beijing, China and “Comparative Philosophy: Confucius and Mencius vs. Immanuel Kant” – Invited lecture presented June 2015 at Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China.


    Stewart Bruce co-presented at the IBM I2 Summit in Washington, D.C, in September 2015 on “Applying GIS to Critical Domestic and International Geospatial Intelligence Issues” with WAC student Brian Gicking ’16.


    Stew also co-presented at the First Annual Intelligence Community Academic Research Symposium at the National Academy of Science Keck Center in Washington D.C. in September 2015 on “An Undergraduate Experience in Geospatial Intelligence: Mapping the Megacity of Lagos, Nigeria” with WAC student Bradley Janocha ’16.


    Additionally, Stew presented at the International Association of Crime Analysts annual conference in Denver, Colorado, in September 2015 in the Plenary Panel session with BJA Director Denise O’Donnell on “BJA NTTAC outcomes and data sharing for criminal justice purposes;  data sharing to improve local crime analysis”.


    Stew also took part in the U.S Department of Justice 2015 Violence Reduction Network Summit in Detroit, Michigan, in September 2015, where he presented as a Subject Matter Expert to the Chicago Police Department, the Detroit Police Department, and the Camden Police Department in individual sessions on enterprise level data sharing for violent crime reduction strategies.


    Locally, Stew presented at the Upper Shore Regional Council’s Community Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Summit at Kent Island in September 2015 on youth technology projects and also presented in September 2015 at the Homeland Security Summit held at Harford County Community College where he held presentations for over 100 high school students on how geospatial intelligence is used to support crime reduction in Maryland while shamelessly trying to recruit them to come to Washington College to study the liberal arts and work for GIS as interns.


    In June 2015, Stew presented at the National Sheriff’s Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on crime analysis for law enforcement.


    Also in June 2015, Stewart Bruce and Erica McMaster attended and exhibited at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s annual GEOINT Symposium with eleven students who all took part in an academic research poster session on various GIS Program research projects.


    Stewart Bruce and Erica McMaster were also successful in September 2015 in gaining grant renewals from the Maryland Highway Safety Office for two grants to provide analysis support to reduce impaired driving and improve traffic records.  This $348,000 grant project will employ over 20 students in experiential learning opportunities at the GIS Program.


    Stew’s partnership with Earth Data in Centreville helped them land a $485,000 contract with the Army Geospatial Center’s Urban Tactical Planning Division to map Sao Paulo, Brazil, the 13th largest city in the world.  The work is needed for planning purposes prior to the Olympics being held in Brazil next year.  The project will employ twenty or more students with the GIS Program as a sub-contractor.


    Stew was also successful in garnering over $75,000 this summer for other GIS research projects.  These included being awarded a contract with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences to study Poplar Island, a contract to create a giant floor map of the Chesapeake Bay for the Sultana Foundation’s new building, a new USDA grant to support the Eastern Shore Harvest Directory, a Verizon Foundation grant to support youth technology training, a new contract to support GIS technology with the Delaware State Department of Education, and a contract to support the Howard County Applications and Research Laboratory to use our GIS curriculum.


    Melissa Deckman presented research on Women, Religion and the Tea Party at the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s Annual Meeting in Chicago on August 20, 2015. Her pedagogical piece, Tips on Teaching: Getting Students Out of the Classroom and into the Pew, was published in the Bulletin for the Study of Religion in June, volume 44(number 2).  


    Ryan Kelty’s article, with Todd Woodruff, “Gender Effects on Soldier Value : Evidence in Support of Full Gender Integration in the US Army” appears in the special issue focusing on Women in the Military of Res Militaris.  This journal is published by the European Research Group on Military and Society.  The article is located at http://resmilitaris.net/index.php?ID=1021754


    Aaron Krochmal published a paper entitled “Thinking About Change: An Integrative Approach for Examining Cognition in a Changing World in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology. In this paper, Krochmal and his co-authors Timothy Roth (Franklin and Marshall College) and Zoltan Németh (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) explore how animals use cognition to cope with rapid environmental change and how such coping mechanisms ‘‘scale up’’ to affect ecological and evolutionary patterns.


    Juan Lin’s article “Modeling spatial-temporal operations with context-dependent associative memories” by E. Mizraji and J. Lin has been published in Cognitive Neurodynamics (Springer), an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, focusing on the overlapping fields of cognitive science and nonlinear dynamics.


    Adi Mayer published “Connecting Supply and Demand – An Interactive Visualization” in the Journal of Economic Education (Volume 46, Issue 4, Page 442).


    Erica McMaster presented at the American Probation and Parole Association Annual Training Institute in Los Angeles, CA on July 13, 2015 on “The Opioid Epidemic: How Probation and Parole Agencies can use Data to Make a Difference.”


    Locally, Erica McMaster presented at the DDACTS Implementation Workshop on July 21, 2015 in Bel Air, MD on “Maryland Highway Safety Office Impaired Driving & Traffic Records Support.” Additionally, Erica presented at the Governor’s Family Violence Council meeting on July 20, 2015 in Annapolis, MD on “Domestic Violence Mapping and Analysis in Maryland.”


    Ken Miller traveled to Pennsylvania and Delaware for book talks and signings at the Cumberland County Historical Society and the Winterthur Museum, Library, and Garden. His review of Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, edited by Michael McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances Clarke, and W. Fitzhugh Brundage (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013), appeared in the August 2015 issue of The Public Historian.


    Miller was also featured on episode 48 of “Ben Franklin’s World,” a popular public history podcast showcasing new scholarship on early America. The podcast series now averages 40,000 downloads per month, with particular episodes tallying upwards of 4,000 hits per month. Miller’s interview can be accessed at http://www.benfranklinsworld.com/episode-048-ken-miller-dangerous-guests-enemy-captives-during-the-war-for-independence/


    Michele Volansky served as the Guest Dramaturg for Washington University’s (in St. Louis) annual A.E. Hotchner Playwriting Festival Sept 11-28th, where she worked on 3 new works by student playwrights that culminated in a weekend of readings open to the public.  


    Michele also served as the Playwriting Mentor for Sarah Galante’s senior project at the University of the Arts, I KNOW THE WAY HOME, currently running in Philadelphia through October 5th.  


    Finally, Volansky gave the keynote address at the annual Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas conference in New York in June.


    Christine Wade, was one of three experts invited to participate in an Executive Analytic Exchange on Nicaragua for newly-appointed Ambassador Laura Dogu in Washington DC in September.


    Two of Christine’s essays appeared in print this summer: “Central America: Neoliberalism, Democracy, and Transnationalism.” Latin American Research Review, 50: 2 (2015); and a book review of Central America in the New Millenium: Living Transition and Reimagining Democracy by Jennifer L Burrell et al (eds.), Bulletin of Latin American Research, 34:3 (July 2015), pp. 415-416.


    Christine also wrote several commentaries and articles, including “Revolutionary Drift: Power and Pragmatism in Ortega’s Nicaragua,” World Politics Review, August 13, 2015 (a 5,000 word country study); “Is El Salvador Losing the Fight Against Gangs,” Latin American Advisor, August 13, 2015; “Outrage in Honduras,” Central American Politics, August 7, 2015; and “What Should be Done to Reduce El Salvador’s Homicides?” Latin American Advisor, May 1, 2015.


    In June Christine presented a paper entitled “Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation in El Salvador’s Captured Peace,” at the ISA/IPSA/ECPR/APSA Joint Conference on Human Rights and Justice in The Hague, where she also chaired a panel on “Reparations and Transitional Justice.” 


    Finally, Christine was elected to a six-year term as the U.S. representative on the Executive Committee of the Latin American Association of Political Scientists (ALACIP) and a two-year term on the advisory board of the Latin American Studies Association’s Central American Section.


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