September 29, 2016

Foss Featured in WalletHub Article

Professor of English Chris Foss was among a panel of experts featured in a new WalletHub article, “2016’s Best and Worst Cities for People with Disabilities.”  He offered answers to questions about the financial challenges facing persons with disabilities, the top five indicators in evaluating the best cities and the policies/programs that increase inclusion and quality of life.  You may access the piece at: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-people-with-disabilities/7164/#chris-foss

UMW Survey Draws National Media Attention

A new University of Mary Washington survey of Virginia voters, conducted by Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, generated extensive national and regional media attention, with reports on the survey appearing in a wide range of media outlets, including CNN, Politico, FiveThirtyEight.com, the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Hill, WJLA-TV, WAMU-FM, WVTF-FM,WTOP-AM, WMAL-AM, the Virginian Pilot, the Daily Press of Newport News and The Free Lance-Star.

Snyder Guest Artist at Chatham, Penn State and Susquehanna Universities

Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music, performed his multimedia show at Susquehanna University on Sept. 6, at Penn State University on Sept. 7 and at  Chatham University on Sept. 8. Accompanying him were UMW alums harpist Becky Brown ’15 and soprano Paige Naylor ’14.

Dr. Snyder performed Calena, Qwee, Malmö, Harvey and Facets of Lovewhich is embedded below. Becky Brown  performed her multimedia self-portrait composed during her spring 2015 independent study, Hold Still for pencil, copper, and Arduino on paper, poetry and video in Max/MSP/Jitter.

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Brewer Performs in Capital Fringe Festival

Cate Brewer, lecturer in the department of Theatre & Dance, performed in the Capital Fringe Festival for the third consecutive summer.  The Capital Fringe Festival is: “a catalyst for cultural and community development, and a destination that brings artists and audiences together. Capital Fringe thrives on amplifying the vibrancy of D.C.’s independent arts community and enriches the lives of those who reside, work and visit here.”(https://www.capitalfringe.org/about)

Good Gives Constitution Day Speech

Cassandra Good, associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe, was the featured speaker for Constitution Day at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 15.

Magrakvelidze Publishes Article in the Journal of Physics B

Maia Magrakvelidze, assistant professor in the Physics Department, co-authored an article with Ruma De, Mohamed E. Madjet, Steven T. Manson and Himadri S. Chakraborty titled “First prediction of inter-Coulombic decay of C60 inner vacancies through the continuum of confined atoms” in the Journal of Physics B 49, 11LT01 published online 5/3/16, (See link: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0953-4075/49/11/11LT01/meta)

Farnsworth Presents Research Paper on Political Fact-Checking

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper titled “A Comparative Analysis of the Partisan Targets of Media Fact-Checking” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia.

Foss Presents Pedagogy Paper in Cardiff, Wales

On Sept. 1, Professor of English Chris Foss presented a paper with an unfortunately long-winded (though appropriately Victorian) title, “Consuming The Yellow Book: On the Decadent Pleasures and Aesthetic Perils of Exploring the Contemporary Afterlife of the Fin-de-Siècle Literary Scene through a Fully Online Summer School Course,” at the British Association for Victorian Studies annual conference, held this year in Cardiff, Wales.

This pedagogy-focused paper provided a tour of the UMW Blogs and VoiceThread websites through which students discussed their readings and presented their work for his May/June 2016 online course ENGL 375B4, Late Victorian Decadent Literature—a course revolving around the groundbreaking avant-garde literary magazine The Yellow Book, the complete digitized volumes of which are available through the wonderful electronic resource The Yellow Nineties Online.

Overall, Foss suggested that digital means of consuming the Victorians hold more pleasures than perils, for instructors and students alike, and that such formats should play an increasingly important role in the contemporary afterlife of Victorian studies.

Farnsworth Presents Research Paper on Politics & Late Night Comics

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper titled “Late Night Comics Examine Campaign 2016: Donald Trump Dominates the Jokes” at the American Political Science Association’s Pre-Conference in Political Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Kraus Performs in Memorial Concerts in Germany

Adjunct Piano Professor Andrew Kraus traveled to the Black Forest region of Germany last week to play in two concerts memorializing his mentor, Peter Feuchtwanger, who died in June.

He closed the evening program on Aug. 31 in the ornately decorated “Baroque Hall” at the Eiztalmuseum in Waldkirch (http://p23515.typo3server.info/)  with “Evening Music,” a group of pieces played for a UMW audience in his faculty recital at Dodd Hall last spring. Eighteen pianists in all played in this event. He is shown in the leftmost photo of Row 2 in the attached photo.

Peter Feuchtwanger, 18 Former Students and Audience Members in the Baroque Hall, Eitzal Museum, Waldkirch

Peter Feuchtwanger, 18 Former Students and Audience Members in the Baroque Hall, Eitzal Museum, Waldkirch

Earlier that day, he joined 15 other pianists, also former students of Peter Feuchtwanger, for a performance of Carl Czerny’s transcription of Rossini’s “Overture to Semmiramide” at Piano Haus Lepthein in Freiburg.  They played on 8 grand pianos arranged in a semi-circle around the audience.  Kraus tells us that a video of the performance has been planned, and he will post about it when complete.