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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

  • 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.


  • April 2015

    In Nov-Dec 2014, Laura J. Eckelman returned to Triad Stage in Greensboro, NC, to remount her lighting design for Snow Queen. (The musical, which premiered last December, was the biggest box office success in the company’s 13-year history.) After a short holiday break, Laura returned in January to Juneau, AK, where she designed lighting for A Lifetime to Master–a small but important production tackling the complex and high-stakes issue of homelessness in Juneau. While there, she was interviewed on both KTOO and KRNN (two of Juneau’s three public radio stations). The play was also recorded in its entirety and broadcast on KTOO on February 10. Currently, Prof. Eckelman is back at Triad Stage, designing lighting for Beth Henley’s Abundance.

    George Spilich was co-moderator with Sarah Johnson of Moravian College of an invited symposium at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association.  The symposium was titled “The flipped Classroom from many angles” and it brought together faculty from Capitol University, St. Joseph’s University, Ursinus College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, The University of the Sciences, Washington College and Moravian to share their experiences with the flipped classroom.  He also presented a talk titled “Creating your own content ‘Academy’: It’s easier than you think.”

    Jon McCollum recently served as the keynote speaker for the conference, Pratiques musicales des Arméniens an Istanbul aujourd’hui, mémoire sensible et presence sonore at the Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Étienne, March 12-15, 2015. The title of his address was “Tracking Down the Past: Globalization and the Impact of the Armenian Musicians/Folk Music Collectors/Scholars, Komitas Vartabed and NikoghayosTigranian.” In addition, the peer-reviewed book, Translation, Education, Innovation: Socio-Cultural Change in Japan and Korea, in which he is a contributor, was recently placed under contract with the academic press, Springer Publishing Company.

    Dr. Kathryn Moncrief presented two papers, “Researching the Rose: Research-BasedLearning in the Undergraduate Renaissance Drama Classroom,” at the Shakespeare Association of America Conference (Vancouver, B.C., April 1-5, 2015) and “Shakespeare’s Life and Times’ and Research-Based Learning in the UndergraduateHumanities Classroom” at the Making Links: Texts, Contexts, and Performance in Digital Editions of Early Modern Drama Conference at the University of Victoria (Victoria, B.C., April 7-8 2015).

    Erin Anderson is co-editor, with Catherine Richards Solomon, of the recently published book Family-Friendly Policies and Practices in Academe.  The book is a collection of empirical research and case studies on academic institutions and the existence of, need for, and process of implementing family-friendly policies that support faculty and staff. The volume also contains a chapter on her own research on men and parental leave, “Could I be THAT Guy?: The Influence of Policy and Climate on Paternity Leave Use.”  

    Peter Weigel recently published an edited volume, Moral Good, the Beatific Vision, and God’s Kingdom (Peter Lang, 2015), featuring several collaborative essays by renowned ethicist Germain Grisez and moral theologian Fr. Peter Ryan, S.J.

    Hui-Ju Tsai presented her paper “Bond and Stock Market Response to UnexpectedDividend Changes” in the annual conference held by Eastern Finance Association in New Orleans, LA on April 9th. She also served as a discussant in the conference.

    Aileen Tsui presented a paper entitled “Eating Abstraction: Gastronomy in CriticalParodies of Whistler’s Art” at the Nineteenth Century Studies Association annual conference in Boston in March 2015.

    Anne Marteel-Parrish was involved in a judging panel regarding the Ciba Travel Award in Green Chemistry for students wanting to attend the Green Chemistry and Engineering conference this summer. She was also selected as a reviewer for the SMART Scholarship Program and was involved in the selection of the top 10% finalists. 

    Anne was involved in an oral presentation titled “Functionalization of Zeolites A & XThrough the Addition of Ligands to Increase Hydrophobicity” given by two of her students at the 79th annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention hosted by Muhlenberg College on April 11th. 

    Anne is the recipient of the 2015 Centennial Award for Excellence in UndergraduateTeaching from Iota Sigma Pi, the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. This award is given for excellence in teaching chemistry, biochemistry, or a chemistry-related field by a women scientist whose primary duties are teaching undergraduates. Anne is now a member of the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry and she is looking forward to attending the Triennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, at which time she will be recognized for her accomplishments.

  • 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.

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