October 31, 2014

Lorentzen Gives Talk at Victorians Institute

Eric Lorentzen, associate professor of English, presented a talk at this year’s Victorians Institute conference, held in Charlotte, Oct. 23-25.  The theme of the 43rd annual conference was “The Mysteries at Our Own Doors,” and his talk was entitled “‘The Narrative of the Tombstone’: Teaching English 251S — British Victorian Detective and Sensation Novel.”  In this talk, he was able to share, with Victorian colleagues from across the country, the pedagogical philosophies and praxes that he has employed in his course for the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, as well as an argument about the goals and objectives of this course and genre.  He also connected the talk to a summer course here at the University of Mary Washington in which he and his students pursue the study of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Abeel Presents Workshops in Monterrey, Mexico

Laurie B. Abeel, Associate Professor in the College of Education, presented four workshops on creative and critical thinking in Monterrey, Mexico on Oct. 16 and 17. She presented Developing Creative and Critical Thinking in the 21st Century to teachers at the American School Foundation of Monterrey (ASFM), and Developing Critical Thinking Strategies to Foster Literacy to teachers at Instituto San Roberto. She also presented Creative Problem Solving Tools to both new and experienced Team Managers who are managing teams for the Mexico Destination Imagination affiliate.

Farnsworth Gives Lecture on Foreign Policy

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, gave a public lecture on “International Media, the U.S. Government and Foreign Policy Crises,” at the Ingleside at Rock Creek Forum in Washington, DC., earlier this month. The talk was drawn from his co-authored book, “The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government.”

Moon Interviewed for Washingtonian Article

Joe Guinto, freelance writer for the Washingtonian, interviewed Krystyn Moon, associate professor in history and director of American studies, on hyper-consumerism in the Washington, D.C. metro area for his article, “How Much it Really Costs to Live in Washington.” The article appears in the November 2014 issue.  Moon teaches American consumerism as part of the American Studies program.

Larus Presents Paper at China Conference

Elizabeth Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, presented a paper “The Pivot versus the Dream: The Battle for Seapower in the Asia-Pacific” at the 2014 meeting of the American Association for Chinese Studies at George Washington University, Oct. 10-12, 2014.


APS Publishes Wilson’s Article

The Association for Psychological Science’s “Observer” recently published an article by Laura Wilson, assistant professor of psychology, entitled “Introduction to Meta-Analysis: A Guide for the Novice.”

Survey Receives Media Attention

A survey of Virginia voters designed by Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has received extensive media attention, including reports in The Washington Post , Politico , Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Real Clear Politics, WUSA-TV, WJLA-TV, WRC-TV, WAMU-FM, The Richmond-Times Dispatch, The Daily Press of Hampton Roads and The Free Lance-Star.

Biology Students Awarded Grant, Attend Research Meeting

Deborah O’Dell, associate professor of biology, and her research student Virginia Lyle King attended the Virginia Academy of Science Undergraduate Research Meeting on Oct. 18 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. O’Dell assisted in judging student presentations for the VAS Undergraduate Research Grant. King presented her work with Riley Scalzo on “Cell Phone Radiation Induced Gene Expression in Human Glioblastoma Cells.”  King and Scalzo were awarded one of the $500 grants to support their work.

UMW Research Team Presents at Public Sociology Conference


People’s Climate March, September 21, 2014

Undergraduates Beatrice Ohene-Okae (Environmental Science) and Zakaria Kronemer (Philosophy) presented their research project, “Studying Carbon Violence,” with Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds at George Mason’s annual public sociology conference, which this year was entitled “(Re)Visions of the Future: Public Sociology, Environmental Justice, and the Crisis of Climate Change.”  Beatrice and Zakaria presented some initial findings of their investigation into violence associated with global fossil fuel resource extraction.  Their work is part of a larger scholarly project, guided by Dr. Bonds, that is exploring linkages between violence, conceptualized in different ways, and the world’s largest oil, gas, and coal companies.

Rao Presents at Assessment Institute

P. Anand Rao, associate professor of Communication and director of the Speaking Intensive Program and the Speaking Center, presented at the Assessment Institute conference in Indianapolis from Oct. 19-21 on using technology to assess oral communication skills. He discussed how UMW designed and conducted an assessment of oral communication skills over the last decade and provided guidance on best practices for assessment, including tips for using online tools for speech assessment.