January 23, 2017

Business Students Present Paper at Society for Personality and Social Psychology Meeting

Business majors Sara Armor and Kenneth Vukmanic presented the paper, “Should we live in the moment? Plan to anticipate the event,” at the 2017 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas (January 19-21). The paper was co-authored with Dr. Kashef Majid, assistant professor in the College of Business.

Davidson Publishes Article on Contemporary Foreign Policy

Jason W. Davidson, professor of political science and international affairs, has published an article titled “It has always been ‘America first': Why Trump is different” in Aspenia Online.


Buster-Williams Named Asst. Director, Strategic Enrollment Management Program

Kimberley Buster-Williams has been named assistant director of the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Endorsement Program offered through the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (AACRAO), a volunteer position. She also has been named vice president of enrollment management at UMW.


Dasgupta Presents at South Asian Literary Association Conference

Shumona Dasgupta, assistant professor of English, presented the paper “Beyond the Postcolonial: Post-national Longing in Ritwick Ghatak’s Partition Cinema” on Jan. 3, 2017, at the 17th Annual Conference of the South Asian Literary Association in Philadelphia.

Mathematics Faculty Participate in Joint Mathematics Meetings

Eight members of the Department of Mathematics presented at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta in January.  The JMM is the largest mathematics conference in the country, with registrations this year exceeding 6,000 participants.  Highlights of the meeting include:

  • Randall Helmstutler, chair and associate professor, presented the talk “Generalized dihedral groups in non-commutative cryptographic protocols,” based on research conducted with former student Chris Lloyd. Dr. Helmstutler also participated in a day-long workshop for mathematics department chairs.
  • Professor Debra Hydorn presented the talk “Small Teaching” in the MAA session on discrete mathematics in the undergraduate curriculum. Dr. Hydorn also exhibited two pieces in the Mathematical Art Exhibition and participated in several committee meetings.
  • Associate professor Leo Lee gave the presentation “DDM for SPDE” in the AMS contributed paper session on numerical analysis and computer science.
  • Professor Larry Lehman gave two talks on his research in number theory, “A Continued Fraction Algorithm for Quadratic Numbers, Forms, and  Ideals” and “A Formula for the Number of Solutions of an Arbitrary Quadratic Congruence.”
  • Lecturer Jennifer Magee presented the talk “Cryptology for first-year students” in the MAA session on cryptology for undergraduates, providing an overview of the department’s unique FSEM course in the field.
  • Professor Keith Mellinger delivered “The ingredients for a successful liberal arts course in quantitative reasoning,” a talk addressing the department’s innovative approach to a recently developed course offering, Math 120: Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences.
  • Professor Marie Sheckels presented “Enhancing Quantitative Reasoning and Skills through Exploring Scientific Applications” in the session Innovative Strategies to Inspire and Prepare Potential STEM Majors.
  • Professor Suzanne Sumner gave the talk “Environmental Applications: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling” in the session Meaningful Modeling in the First Two Years of College.

Gray to Present at Conferences

Edward Gray, systems integration and support specialist in UMW’s IT Support Services, has a busy semester ahead. He will be presenting on three different topics at three different conferences through May.

Gray answering questions after the presentationGray will be presenting “A Walk Through ‘The Phoenix Project’” at the annual ACCS VA conference in March 2017, to be held in Portsmouth, VA. This talk will discuss the management best practice concepts treated in the 2013 work “The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win” by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford. The Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia facilitates the sharing of a common interest in information technology and its implementation in the higher education environment of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The annual conference draws technologists from institutions across the Commonwealth as well as providers of solutions targeting higher education.

In April, Gray will be at the EDUCAUSE Connect event in Chicago to co-facilitate “A Metrics-Savvy Approach to Communicating IT Value in Higher Ed” with Sarah Buszka, Process Improvement Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The EDUCAUSE Connect events are highly interactive professional development experiences focused on finding solutions, sharing experiences, networking, and better understanding IT issues in higher education. EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.

event photoGray will be presenting “Remote Assistance: It’s for More Than IT” at the HDI conference in May 2017. Each year about 2,000 visionaries, leaders, vendors and practitioners attend the event, coming from all around the globe. The conference includes networking events, keynotes, more than 100 breakout sessions and an expo hall showcasing solution and service management providers. The annual HDI Conference and Expo is produced by HDI, a professional association for the service and support industry.

Gray has been at UMW for more than 16 years, serving in various IT roles. He earned a master of science degree in Management Information Systems from UMW in 2010. He was a participant in the inaugural cohort of Leadership UMW and also has earned several technical and management best practice certifications.  Gray is a member of ACCS, EDUCAUSE, and HDI. Find more information about Gray on his website, http://www.edwardgray.com.

Barrenechea Lectures on Film in Turin, Italy

Antonio Barrenechea, Associate Professor of English, recently gave a lecture on “Mondo Dracula: Celluloid Vampires from Tod Browning to Mario Bava” at L’Università di Torino in Turin, Italy.

McClurken in Encore Interview on With Good Reason

Jeff McClurken is being featured in an encore interview on With Good Reason from Jan. 7 through Jan. 13. The interview, called  “Gone With the Wind, The Patriot, Born on the Fourth of July,” discusses what viewers can learn about history through how popular historical films are produced, even when the films themselves are often historically inaccurate.




Farnsworth Receives Outstanding Faculty Award

Stephen J. Farnsworth, University of Mary Washington professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has received the prestigious 2017 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV).

For more information, visit http://www.umw.edu/news/2017/01/04/umw-professor-receives-outstanding-faculty-award-2/

Aminrazavi Gives Talk at Islamic College

Mehdi Aminrazavi gave a talk via webinar for students at the Islamic College of London titled “Critical Reasoning in Islamic Studies” in December 2016.

The webinar recording can be accessed here: