February 26, 2017

Subramanian Publishes Story in Men’s Health Magazine

Sushma Subramanian, Assistant Professor of English and the primary journalist in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, has published a story, “Unlock the Gut-Shrinking Secrets of Gastrophysics: How one meal can change everything you think you know about eating—and overeating,” in the March issue of Men’s Health, on stands now. The story profiles a pop-up restaurant in London called Kitchen Theory, which has built its menu around the scientific discoveries of a University of Oxford researcher named Charles Spence who studies how the senses interact while eating.

Rafferty Publishes Essay Series on U.S. Presidents

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, had “The Imagineer Considers Tomorrow (#45.1)” recently published in the new issue of Waxwing. It joins four other essays published back in October and was commissioned by the editors in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

Konieczny Publishes in Combinatorica

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, Automorphism groups of circulant digraphs with applications to semigroup theory, published in the journal Combinatorica.

Farnsworth Published in Washington Post

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of an opinion column on late-night political humor that appeared on the “Monkey Cage” blog of the Washington Post ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/21/donald-trump-will-probably-be-the-most-ridiculed-president-ever/?utm_term=.98d31b3485e9 ).

Gately Performs with NSO & Patti Labelle

Doug Gately performed with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Feb 14. The performance featured legendary singer Patti Labelle. Labelle is a multiple Grammy winner, has received numerous awards, and has sold more than 50 million records. Rolling Stone has put her on their list of 100 Greatest Singers.

Caffrey Returns to Songwriters’ Showcase

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey will be featured as part of the Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase at LibertyTown Arts on Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. The Fredericksburg Songwriters’ Showcase is a monthly concert series featuring original acoustic music. Caffrey first performed at the Showcase in January 2014. He returns this month to premiere new songs form his forthcoming CD, downshifter.  Admission is $10; $5 for children and students. LibertyTown Arts is located on 916 Liberty St. in downtown Fredericksburg.

Al-Tikriti Joins MSF Association Event in Portland

As part of his duties as vice president of MSF / Doctors Without Borders USA, Middle East History Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti joined an MSF Association open board meeting, hub gathering and Association retreat in Portland, Oregon. The event took place Feb. 3-4 and consisted of two days of reflective sessions on operations, human resources, labor policy, institutional racism and other issues of associative interest.

Bartram Finishes Term as CODA President

Kevin Bartram, director of the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra, recently completed a two-year term as president of the College Orchestra Directors Association, or CODA. CODA is the world’s largest association of college orchestra directors, with members from 40 states and 12 countries in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

bartramDuring Bartram’s tenure, CODA’s membership increased by 20%, and the organization expanded internationally with cultural and podium exchanges (Bartram traveled last year to Argentina). Its annual national conference increased in attendance, as well. Bartram formed a major research alliance with the Library of Congress called “Unearthing America’s Musical Treasures.” He presented his initial findings on the project, with some 12 major discoveries, to the conference last weekend.

Bartram’s successor, Kory Katseanes from Brigham Young University, recognized him and led a standing ovation during the national conference in Washington, D.C., last weekend. The conference, organized by Bartram, featured performances by the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony (and a private session with Maestro Eschenbach), a private tour of musical treasures at the Library of Congress and a performance by the United States Air Force Orchestra.

Bartram ascended into the national spotlight four years ago with his election as national vice president. He led an effort to write a strategic plan and create a new website, which he has managed. In addition, he created a new financial system, a world-class online library of resources and a new business plan.

Bartram is now immediate past-president of the organization, and will help guide the new leadership into the future.

Gentry Presents Research to Chamber of Commerce

Lance Gentry,  associate professor in the College of Business, presented research on telework trends and public policy implications to the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and helped lead a workshop on potential public policy improvements on Feb. 9, 2017.

Wilson and Students Publish Paper on Sexual Violence

Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, has published a paper with recent graduates of the University of Mary Washington. During their senior year, Hannah Walker, Jennifer Freud, Robyn Ellis and Shawn Fraine completed a large-scale project on sexual violence under Wilson’s guidance. The paper, “The Prevalence of Sexual Revictimization: A Meta-Analytic Review,” was recently published in a top tier peer-reviewed trauma journal called Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Robyn Ellis and Shawn Fraine also co-presented the study with Wilson at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies conference in Dallas in November. The primary research question for the project was: What percentage of child sexual abuse survivors experience sexual violence again later in life? This phenomenon is called sexual revictimization. During the study, the students read almost 1,500 research articles about child sexual abuse. They then used a review process that narrowed it down to 80 relevant studies and used a statistical approach called meta-analysis. The results showed that almost half of child sexual abuse survivors are sexually victimized again in the future. These results confirm the high risk of sexual revictimization among child sexual abuse survivors and highlight the importance of increased awareness about this issue in society.