July 4, 2015

Davies and Brown Publish Racial Diversity Simulation Paper

Stephen Davies, associate professor in computer science and UMW alumna Morgan Brown (computer science, mathematics) have had their research paper “Toward an agent-based simulation of the factors impacting diversity within a college student body” accepted to the 47th Winter Simulation Conference, the premier academic forum for simulation research in the world. The paper describes an agent-based computational simulation that models college students and their social interactions, with particular focus on interracial friendships and the factors that contribute to racial segregation. The ultimate goals of the project are to better understand the dynamics of campus segregation, and to determine the efficacy of possible institutional policies that a university might implement that would encourage racial integration. Such policies, if successful, could decrease the well-documented effect of social alienation that minority students often perceive, and which can impact their academic success.

This paper is a milestone in a project that originated with a 2013-14 UMW faculty research grant and which has involved contributions from three computer science honors students, Leah Cox and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and several other UMW staff members who contributed domain knowledge about various aspects of campus life.

Doug Gately Performs with the National Symphony

Doug Gately, senior lecturer in the Department of Music, performed with the The National Symphony Orchestra Pops, conducted by Steven Reineke at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Fantasia was the featured guest. The soulful songstress and American Idol winner performed timeless standards and favorites from her Broadway turns in The Color Purple and After Midnight. Doug also recently performed with the Piedmont Symphony presenting Respighi’s The Pines of Rome.

Gaines Speaks at Shakespeare Theatre

Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages and Literatures Jim Gaines took part in a panel at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., on June 11. The panel was part of a program organized by the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ASIDES enrichment series in coordination with its production of Moliere’s Tartuffe. Gaines spoke on the political and theatrical background of the play in reference to its creation between 1664 and 1669.

Henderson Receives Outstanding Paper Award

Assistant Professor of Accounting Dave Henderson’s paper “E-business internal audit: The elephant is still in the room!” has been named as the Outstanding Paper of 2014 by the Journal of Applied Accounting Research, where it was also published. Henderson co-authored the paper with Amr Kotb, Accounting, Finance and Information Management Department at Lord Ashcroft Business School, and Alan Sangster, Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia.




Meadows Presents at Leadership Learning Exchange

George Meadows, professor in the College of Education, presented at the Spotsylvania County Schools Leadership Learning Exchange program on June 24. The title of his presentation was “In the Sandbox with Dr. Meadows: Makerspaces, Engineering, Robotics and New Technology for Your Classrooms.”

During the presentation, participants explored several new technologies and Meadows demonstrated and discussed possible applications in education. The technologies included 3-D printers and scanners, alternative input devices, circuitry components such as LittleBits and Circuit Stickers, and physical computing devices such as the Hummingbird board and the Arduino. Meadows also discussed the role of engineering labs/makerspaces and examples of existing educational makerspaces.

Laurie B. Abeel Earns Black Belt

Laurie B. Abeel, associate professor in the College of Education, successfully earned her 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do with the Karate Sports Center in Warrenton. She passed her three hour test on Friday, June 5.

Harris Discusses Monroe on Radio Show

Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum, was recently interviewed for the Dave Nemo Show discussing President James Monroe’s popular national tours in 1817, 1818 and 1819. The Dave Nemo Show is broadcast nationwide on Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel 146, which is the “Road Dog” Channel that principally targets long-haul truckers.

Farnsworth Speaks at Radford

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered a lecture entitled “Virginia’s Candidate Selection Process: Examining Recent Primaries and Conventions” at the American Legion Boys’ State of Virginia at Radford University on Monday, June 22.

The week-long government education program brings together nearly 700 of Virginia’s top rising high school seniors in the social sciences.

Cassandra Good Speaks in Leesburg, Chicago

Cassandra Good, associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe, recently spoke at two venues on her research. On June 3, she spoke at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, Virginia, on her book, Founding Friendships. On June 19, she presented a paper from her new research on George Washington’s family at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History & Culture conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Professors to be Featured on Radio Program

University of Mary Washington Professors Mara Scanlon and Mindy Erchull will be featured in upcoming episodes of the With Good Reason public radio program. Mara Scanlon During Professor of English Mara Scanlon’s encore interview, to be broadcast June 27 to July 3, she discusses Walt Whitman and his time as a nurse during the Civil War in a show entitled “America the Beautiful.” In a project that involved collaboration with three other universities, Scanlon worked on a digital humanities project, “Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman,” which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The full interview will be available beginning the week of the show at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2015/06/america-the-beautiful-2/. Mindy Erchull Associate Professor of Psychology Mindy Erchull’s encore interview will be broadcast July 4 to 19. In this program, entitled “The Innocence Project,” she discusses love and jealousy and the link to abusive relationships.Based on findings from a recent survey, Erchull suggests that women who see jealousy as a positive thing may be more likely to find themselves in abusive relationships. The full interview will be available beginning the week of the show at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2015/07/the-innocence-project/. With Good Reason is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The show airs weekly in Fredericksburg on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital. To listen from outside of the Fredericksburg area, a complete list of air times and links to corresponding radio stations can be found at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen.