Faculty Achievements

May 2017

  • Colin Campbell is the lead author of Correlations in the degeneracy of structurally controllable topologies for networks, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports in April. The study – which was coauthored by Steven Aucott ’16 and was heavily influenced by his SCE project – considers the complex task of controlling the behavior of a massive system of interacting components, with applications to topics as diverse as the national power grid and the development of treatments for cancer. The report is available here: https://www.nature.com/articles/srep46251  


    Tom Cousineau has been appointed to  the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a tenure of three years, making him eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in over 150 countries globally.  He is currently in Bucharest leading a month-long seminar entitled “The Séance of Reading” as a Resident Fellow at the University of Bucharest’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.  This seminar explores the uncanny ways in which selected masterpieces of modernist writing  stage the covert, secularized return of the Christian concept of “the fortunate fall” in the form, not of a protagonist whose suffering leads to his redemption, but of a literary work  in which the human failing that a writer inflicts on his protagonist is converted into the aesthetic technique  that redounds to the writer’s enduring glory.


    Two Washington College faculty members have been awarded Maryland State Arts Council Grants for 2017.  Heather Harvey was awarded a $3,000 Individual Artist award in Visual Arts: Sculpture/Installation and James Hall was awarded won a $3,000 Individual Artist award in Poetry.


    Jon McCollum has been named editor of a new series on historical ethnomusicology with Roman & Littlefield publishers. As one of leading experts on historical ethnomusicology, McCollum will be charged with signing and publishing a corpus of related books on ethnomusicology with the press. McCollum’s recently published book, Theory and Method in Historical Ethnomusicology, which has recently moved to paperback, will ground the series.

    McCollum was invited to guest perform at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to performing on both shakuhachi and koto, he acted as master of ceremonies for the performance of the professional ensemble, the Washington Toho Koto Ensemble. 

    Ruth Shoge was the keynote speaker at the conference “Empowering You” presented by Sisters Empowering You and Corporate Gold at the City of Knowledge Convention Center, Panama. She spoke about her research on “Reconstructing the lives of West Indian Women during the building of the Panama Canal, 1904-1915.

  • April 2017

    Bridget Bunten and Ryan Kelty are the co-editors of Risk-Taking in Higher Education: The Importance of Negotiating Intellectual Challenge in the College Classroom, which was released by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers at the end of March. They are also the co-authors of three of the volume’s chapters: “Introduction: The Importance and Challenge of Risk-Taking in Higher Education,” (ch. 3) “Falling Through the Looking Glass: Personalizing Privilege to Foster Understanding of the Social Nature of Stratification,” and “Conclusion: The Risk-Taking Imperative.”  We are pleased that Aaron Krochmal and his colleague Timothy C. Roth, II co-authored chapter 7 “From Comfort to Confidence: Modeling Science as a Process of Risk-Taking in the Classroom.” We are also grateful to Emily Chamlee-Wright for writing the Foreward on Feb. 24.

    James Hall’s new book of lyric personal essays, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, has just been published by Cleveland State University.  The book won the press’s Essay Collection Award, selected by Chris Kraus.


    Ryan Kelty’s article with Todd Woodruff (West Point) titled “Gender Moderation of Deployment Effects on Pro-Organizational Behaviors of U.S. Soldiers” published in the journal Armed Forces & Society (special issue on women in the military) is now out.  It can be accessed online at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0095327X16687068.  In addition, Dr. Kelty organized a mini-conference on military sociology at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting in Philadelphia last month. The mini-conference included 30 papers across eight sessions.  Dr. Kelty presented two papers at the ESS meeting: Predictors of Attitudes Toward Transgender Individuals’ Military Service: Military and Civilian Comparisons; and Social Support as Moderator of Effect of Stress on Mental Health Among Deployed Military and Civilian Personnel.


    Tia Murphy published “The influences of parent and peer attachment on bullying” in The Journal of Child and Family Studies.  She also presented her work, “Attachment and jealousy in a preschool-aged sample” at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting in Boston. Two former students were co-authors on this presentation.  Tia was also the co-author on her two students’ presentations that reported the findings from their senior capstone experiences.


    The Library and Academic Technology department, along with four other college libraries, has been awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) research grant of $25,000. Dean Ruth Shoge and Research/Information Literacy Librarian, Marianne Sade, along with directors and librarians from Goucher College, McDaniel College, Ursinus College, Washington College and Washington & Jefferson College, will collaborate with representative faculty, for the Fall of 2017, to develop a model that can be utilized by others. The ultimate goal is to directly affect and assess, the success of first-year, at-risk students by helping them develop essential college information literacy and research abilities. The group will assess these skills and also how it may affect students’ college persistence. The research and products created will be published broadly.

    Mindy Reynolds’ peer reviewed article, “Induction of cytotoxic and genotoxic damagefollowing exposure of V79 cells to cadmium chloride,” has been published in Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis.  This work was conducted with Jimmy Comotto ’14, Jillian Gobrecht ’15, and Claire (Bonna) Donald ’13.  Mindy also recently presented this work at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in Baltimore.  Mindy is the incoming Chair for the Society of Toxicology Education Committee, and she will be working with several institutions to increase the teaching of toxicological concepts and number of research opportunities for undergraduates at small colleges

  • March 2017

    Erin Anderson presented the paper “Scouting for Leaders: Women, Girls, and Leadership Development” with Sociology student Rachel Martinez at the Eastern Sociology Society annual meeting in Philadelphia on Feb. 24.

    A.T. Moffett received an Established Professional Award in Choreography through the Delaware Division of the Arts. With the fellowship, Ann will work with dancers and collaborators to create an interdisciplinary work that explores the stories of military veterans and their re-entry into society through dance. Washington College dance minor students will be invited to participate in the preliminary research on the topic, the creation of complementary educational materials, and the culminating performance.  The production will be performed in the Fall 2017 Dance Minor concert as well as at a professional venue in Delaware in November around Veterans Day.

    Dylan Poulsen received notification that two of his papers have been accepted for publication. One paper is “The Emergence of Chaos on Non-Uniformly Timed Systems,” which will appear in the Proceedings of the Conference on Information Systems and Signals. The other is “The Geometry of the Region of Uniform Exponential Stability for Linear Time Invariant Dynamic Equations on Time Scales,” which will appear in Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete, and Impulsive Systems, Series A.

    In addition, Dylan’s submission to the 20th IFAC World Congress entitled “Optimal Control on Stochastic Time Scales” has been accepted for publication and presentation at the conference.


  • February 2017

    Kevin Brien’s major paper, “Toward a Critical Appropriation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics for the 21st Century,” was published in DIALOGUE AND UNIVERSALISM, No. 4/2016, a publication the Polish Academy of Sciences.  

    Colin Campbell is a co-author of Compensatory interactions to stabilize multiple steady states or mitigate the effects of multiple deregulations in biological networks, which was published in the journal Physical Review E. The article investigates methods for manipulating intra- and inter-cellular networks to prevent and/or mitigate the effects of disease. The article abstract is available here: http://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevE.94.062316

    Tom Cousineau gave a guest lecture at the University of Bucharest entitled “The Master Manole Complex: F. Scott Fitzgerald and his Gatsby.”

    Elena Deanda published the article “Quixotic Sade: Echoes of Cervantes in 120 Days of Sodom.” in Studies of Eighteenth Century Culture 46 (2017): 21-33.


    Ken Miller’s monograph Dangerous Guests: Enemy Captives and Revolutionary Communities during the War for Independence (Cornell University Press, 2014) received honorable mention for the 2016 Harry M. Ward American Revolution Round Table of Richmond Book Award. Contenders for the prize are selected from the two previous years. Top honors for 2016 went to Claudio Saunt’s West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 (W. W. Norton, 2014).

    Andrew Oros was pleased to see his second single-authored book, Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the 21st Century, published by Columbia University Press in January.  He also presented a paper at a workshop on “New Directions in Japan’s Security Policies” at Osaka University in January, and served as the external reviewer for the politics program external program review at Marymount University in Virginia.

  • December 2016

    Aaron Krochmal recently published a paper entitled “Using Pharmacological Manipulation and High-precision Radio Telemetry to Study Spatial Cognition in Free-ranging Animals” in the Journal of Visualized Experiments.  Coauthored by Timothy C. Roth (Department of Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College) and Washington College students William Gerwig, ’14, Nathan Simmons, ’17, and Jeffery Sullivan, ’14, the paper describes a novel methodology that unites elements of pharmacology and neuroscience with classic field ecology to investigate cognitive aspects of animal navigation, the first method for such studies.  The full-text of the paper can be found here, and the associated video article can be found here

    John Leupold presented a paper entitled “Music Theory and Ear-Training for the Visually Impaired” at the College Music Society’s National Conference on October 27, 2016 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Andrew Oros delivered a public lecture on “Trump’s Triumph: How, Why, and What Next” at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and talks on his forthcoming book, Japan’s Security Renaissance (Columbia University Press, February 2017), at Yale/National University of Singapore and the Rajaratnam School of International Studies/Nanyang Technological University.

    The Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Kent County recently elected Lansing Williams as Treasurer.  The HSKC is a “no kill” animal shelter, also responsible for the Kent County Animal Control.  Lansing and his wife, Sue Caswell, share their Chestertown home with four dogs, and six cats, all rescues, and are currently caring for eight foster kittens.

  • November 2016
    Tom Cousineau gave a talk entitled “Samuel Beckett and Emil Cioran: A Bilogical (sic) Reading of Fin de partie and L’Inconvénient d’être né” at the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association in Salt Lake City.
    Juan Lin’s peer-reviewed article, “The Feeling of Understanding: an exploration with neural models, E. Mizraji & J. Lin”, has been published in Cognitive Neurodynamics, an international journal. This research is the outcome of a WC traveling grant awarded to Juan last Spring.
    This past summer, Jon McCollum conducted faculty/student research with the Presidential Fellow and Cater Society member, Jordana Qi. The aim of this project was to collaboratively research and document diverse forms of Japanese Buddhist literary, musical, and visual expressions of creativity at various archival and museum locations, including: the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Alan Lomax Audio Archive, the Library of Congress Folklife Center, the National Archives and Records Administration, and other institutions that serve as holders of tangible and intangible culture. The results of this research was integrated into the course material and pedagogy of the new special topics course, Performing Japanese Buddhism, which is currently being offered by the Department of Music and cross-listed with the Department of Philosophy and Religion.
    McCollum also recently published a chapter on the integrations of music and food cultures of Armenia in the book, The Ethnomusicologists’ Cookbook, Volume II: Complete Meals from Around the World (Routledge 2015). A peer-reviewed text, this book covers over four dozen regions; the entries in these collection each include a regional food-related proverb, a recipe for a complete meal, a list of companion readings and listening pieces, and a short essay that highlights the significant links between music and food in the area.
    Finally, in October, McCollum was an invited guest lecturer for the graduate program in ethnomusicology at the University of Texas, Austin. There, he discussed the topic of new technologies in historical ethnomusicological research.
    Derek Thuecks have received a grant on behalf of the Physics Department for construction of an educational plasma physics lab station. The ALPhA Immersion Equipment Grant from the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation is for the amount of $5920. These funds will supplement the capital funds already provided by the college this year. The primary use of this plasma physics station will occur in our Advanced Physics Laboratory course. This station alone provides at minimum five distinct experiments that the students may choose to conduct. Each experiment connects to different advanced physics concepts from upper-division courses, so these hands-on experiences will assist in solidifying ideas that are typically very abstract. The flexibility of this apparatus will also allow students to conduct experiments of their own design in this course or as an SCE project. The utility of this station extends beyond the Advanced Lab, as it can also be used as a demonstration of fundamental concepts in nearly every course in the department. Additionally, students intending to conduct research with Dr.  Thuecks (a plasma physicist) or Dr. Kehm (who uses an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, or ICPMS, in his research) can familiarize themselves with plasma behavior and standard research techniques through use of this lab station.
    Lansing Williams has been named to a second three-year term on 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 443 Enactus teams in the United States.  The FAC serves as the primary liaison between Enactus United States and participating teams.  He has been working on a FAC Task Force to improve the transparence of judging at the Regional and National Competition levels.
  • October 2016
    Christopher Beasley had the following journal articles published: Beasley, C. R., Steltenpohl, C., & Stecker, E. (2016). Crowdsourcing mutual-help research funding. The Community Psychologist;  Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., Ram, D., Miller, S. A., Beasley, C. R., & Gleason, K. (2016). Theories in the field of community psychology. Global Journal of Community Practice and Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., Ram, D., Miller, S. A., Beasley, C. R., & Gleason, K. (2016). Our reflections on the reactions to ‘Theories in the Field of Community Psychology’. Global Journal of Community Practice;
    In addition, Christopher contributed to the following book chapters in S. Callahan & L. A. Jason (Eds.). Substance Abuse and Aftercare. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers: Callahan, S., Petersen, A., Jason, L. A., Beasley, C. R., & Cavers, M. (in press). Criminal history disclosure self-efficacy scale development; Callahan, S., Cavers, M., Gelfman, N., Beasley, C. R., Calabra, K. Jason, L. A.  (in press). Oxford House recovery homes: Community characteristics as predictors of sustainability and Ponziano, F., 1Stecker, E., Beasley, C. R., Jason, L. A. & Ferrari, J. (in press). Relationships between childhood sexual abuse and substance use among women. 
    Lastly, Christopher’s symposium presentations in August 2016 at the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO include: Situational analysis: A next generation tool for complex multi-level theory generation. In D. Glenwick (Chair), Community-based research methodologies–qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.; Third-order change as a systems theory for community psychology. In D. Glenwick & S. McMahon (Co-Chairs), The role of theory in community-based interventions. and Discussant. In L. A. Jason (Chair), Psychological insights into community organizing and self-help groups for health and well-being. 
    Kevin Brien presented a major paper titled “Toward a Critical Appropriation of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics for the 21st Century” at a congress of the International Society for Universal Dialogue held in July 2016 at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. 
    Colin Campbell has been appointed to a two-year term as a member of the editorial board of Scientific Reports, in the Biological Physics subject category. For more information about the journal, see: http://www.nature.com/srep/about
    Emily Chamlee-Wright has had two papers accepted for publication. Her article “Cultivating the Liberally Educated Mind Through Signature Programs,” co-authored with Joshua Hall and Laura Grube, has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Economic Education.  Her paper, “Local Recovery: How Robust Community Rebound Necessarily Comes from the Bottom Up,” co-authored with Virgil Storr and Stefananie-Haeffele-Bach, will appear in The Future of Disaster Management in the U.S.: Rethinking Legislation, Policy, and Finance, edited by Amy L. LePore. Routledge.
    Elena Deanda published “From Hell to Hell: Bodily Regimes and Archival Research in Mexico, Spain, the Vatican, and France” in Dieciocho 39.2 (2016): 296-300.  http://faculty.virginia.edu/dieciocho/39.2/
    James Hall’s lyric personal essay, “Be Destroyed,” first published in Alaska Quarterly Review, was named a Notable Essay of 2015 in the most recent volume of Best American Essays, edited by Jonathan Franzen.  He gave an invited reading, master class, and Q&A at Bennington College at the end of September.
    Tia Murphy is the co-author on a paper, “The role of attachment on adult attitudes toward interacting with children,” published in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. The manuscript reports the findings from Daina Raiffe’s ’14 Senior Capstone Experience.
    Janet Sorrentino presented a paper entitled “The Muslim Rahmanid State as Frontier for William of Gellone and Bernard of Septimania at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK July 2016. While in England, she joined with History and Anthropology thesis student Isabelle Ryan to investigate late Roman to early Anglo-Saxon transitional structures at Portchester and Leicester.


  • September 2016


    Erin Anderson has contributed a chapter entitled “Teaching Work and Gender in the 21st Century” to the volume Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America, edited by Kristin Haltinner and Ryanne Pilgeram and published by Springer Press in spring 2016. Her essay “Dads in Academia,” published on the Council for Contemporary Families blog “Families as They Really Are” in 2015 was republished in August 2016.

    Erin also authored a blog post, “Masculinity and Work-Family Policy,” about the meanings of recent research by economists on the consequences of academic men and women’s use of stop-the-clock policies for tenure outcomes for the blog Masculinities 101. https://masculinities101.com/2016/09/07/masculinity-work-family-policy/

    Colin Campbell is a coauthor of Termite cohabitation: the relative effect of biotic and abiotic factors on mound biodiversity, which was published in Ecological Entomology in June. Termite mounds are built by so-called builder species, but many other species may occupy a mound. In this study, termite mounds were characterized by size, location, and the identity and presence/absence of the builder species. The multi-disciplinary team of authors applied a wide range of methodological tools to assess the relationship between these factors and mound biodiversity. In addition to the demonstrating the utility of the methodology for related studies, the authors show, for instance, that the presence of the builder species has a negative impact on biodiversity.

    Additionally, Colin is the lead author of Top-down network analysis characterizes hidden termite–termite interactions, which was published in Ecology and Evolution in August. The interactions that occur between species inside termite mounds are difficult to characterize because opening termite mounds for observation changes termite behavior. Thus indirect methods must be used to determine if interactions between termite species that cohabitate mounds are (for example) mutually beneficial or mutually antagonistic. In this study, patterns of coexistence between termite species within termite mounds were compared to patterns of interactions in well-studied ecological systems such as plant visitation by pollinators. The study concludes that there is some evidence to support the hypothesis that termite-termite interactions are overall mutually beneficial.

    Tom Cousineau gave a talk entitled “Fernando Pessoa’s Lisbons” at the “Cultural Representations of the City” conference hosted by the English Department of the University of Bucharest.  This talk is related to his online writing and lecturing project, “The Séance of Reading: Uncanny Designs in Modernist Writing.”

    In addition, Tom has been appointed to a one-month visiting position with the humanities division of the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest.  Along with presenting a series of public lectures related to his online “The Séance of Reading” project, he will deliver the keynote address, “René Girard et Mircea Eliade: Le Bouc émissaire et Son Double,” at a conference hosted by the university’s Centre Régional Francophone de Recherches Avancées en Sciences Sociales.

    Ryan Eanes is pleased to announce that the forthcoming book Confronting Technopoly: Charting a Course Towards Human Survival (http://www.amazon.com/Confronting-Technopoly-Charting-towards-Survival/dp/1783206888/), edited by Phil Rose of York University, will prominently feature a chapter written by him, entitled “The Omnipresent Opiate: Rethinking Internet Addiction in the Network Era.”.  A chapter draft can be found here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/311489007/The-Omnipresent-Opiate-Rethinking-Internet-Addiction-in-the-Network-Era?secret_password=YFbvhQh3R1Z2MCkfQyS9. The book should be out by year’s end.

    Brendon Fox directed two plays at regional theaters across the country: The Pitmen Painters at American Stage in St. Petersburg, FL and Alabama Story (the Midwest Premiere) at Peninsula Players, WI. I received a FEF last spring to travel to the UK to research the mining culture and actual paintings of the protagonists of Pitmen Painters. Both were extremely well-received. Click here for more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/milwaukee/article/BWW-Review-PPTs-Regional-Premiere-ALABAMA-STORY-Defends-Freedom-to-Read-in-Poignant-Production-20160830

    James Hall’s book of lyric personal essays titled I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well won the Cleveland State University Press’s Essay Collection Award and will be published in April 2017. 

    Ryan Kelty’s co-edited book Private Military and Security Contractors: Controlling the Corporate Warrior was released in July by Roman & Littlefield. In addition to editing the volume, Ryan contributed two chapters: “Controlling the Corporate Warrior” (with Gary Schaub) and “A Boots-Eye View of Civilian Contracting: Soldiers, Contractors and the Way Forward.”

    Aaron Krochmal was recently invited to address the North American Leadership Team of DuPont’s Crop Protection Unit.  Aaron addressed the interrelatedness of conservation and large-scale agricultural efforts, highlighted the positive impact that agricultural land use patterns can have for wildlife, and advocated for increased collaborative efforts between conservation community and the agricultural industry. 

    Aaron also recently published several photographs in Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont, a natural history educational guide to the Piedmont region of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia compiled by Drs. Jonathan Storm and Briget Doyle, and Julie Smoak, Melissa Storm and Rachel Furman of the University of South Carolina, Upstate. The guide can be downloaded here - http://news.uscupstate.edu/2016/08/usc-upstate-presents-new-field-guide-e-book-about-southern-piedmont-species/

    Anne Marteel-Parrish was selected as the University of Toledo (Ohio) College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Outstanding Alumna for the Academic Year 2016-2017. Anne is excited to attend the Annual Alumni Festivities in her honor as well as the 2016 Homecoming Events on October 14-15. Anne also joined the Kent County STEM Steering Committee for Starters this fall.

    Rick Striner’s new book “Love in the Afterlife:  Underground Religion at the Movies” was published in May by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

    Peter Weigel published “Aquinas and Locke on Person and Resurrection,” in Proceedings of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, Vol. 13, The Metaphysics of Personal Identity (Cambridge Scholars, 2016).

    He recently reviewed Leszek Kolakowski’s, Is God Happy? (Basic Books, 2013) for The Key Reporter, The Phi Beta Kappa Society newsletter, where he is a regular book reviewer.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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 https://sites.google.com/site/thedaedaluscomplex/home.

    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/ leadership-is-a-walk-in-the-dark/2012/09/17/e3121a94-00f4-11e2-b257- e1c2b3548a4a_story.html

    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.”