Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was in considerable demand as a political analyst in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision reversing the corruption conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell. His recent commentaries on Virginia politics appeared in several media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Daily Press of Newport News, Governing Magazine, WTOP radio in Washington, WRVA radio in Richmond, the Free-Lance Star and the New York Times.
To begin her three year term as a Council on Undergraduate Research Councilor for the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Debra Hydorn, professor of Mathematics, attended the recent CUR Annual Business Meeting at the University of Southern Florida. At this meeting, Councilors worked within their disciplinary groups and also within Committees and Task Forces to define and organize CUR activities. Special sessions were also held to address CUR’s Strategic Plan initiatives on assessing undergraduate research, enhancing faculty engagement with CUR, and raising CUR’s profile. Information about CUR can be found at http://www.cur.org/.
Dan Hirshberg, assistant professor of religion, presented new research at the International Association for Tibetan Studies conference, held at the University of Bergen (Norway), June 19–25, 2016. His paper traced the introduction and evolution of the many names of Padmasambhava, an eighth-century tantrika credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet, which became signposts in the retelling of his biography as well as the foci of countless ritual and devotional liturgies.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered a lecture titled “Virginia’s Candidate Selection Process: Examining Recent Primaries and Conventions” at the American Legion Boys State of Virginia at Radford University on Monday, June 20. The week-long government education program brings together nearly 700 of Virginia’s top rising high school seniors in the social sciences.
Shelley Keith, Director Digital Communications for UMW University Relations, presented at Elements: The Web Conference at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania. Shelley presented “We Don’t Need No Education: Web Governance Through Online On-Demand Training” to higher education administrators, communicators, and technical teams from across the country.
Belleh Fontem, assistant professor in the College of Business, recently had his article “An Optimal Stopping Policy for Car Rental Businesses with Purchasing Customers” accepted for publication in Annals of Operations Research. The paper is already online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10479-016-2240-2.
Dave Henderson, Mike Lapke and Chris Garcia, assistant professors in the College of Business, have had their article “SQL Injection: A Demonstration and Implications for Accounting Students” accepted for publication in the AIS Educator Journal.
Sushma Subramanian, assistant professor of English specializing in journalism, has had her essay “The Secret of Cashmere’s Luxurious Appeal” published in the July/August issue of Discover Magazine, currently out on newsstands. The essay explores the mysterious nature of tactile pleasure and how to measure it, a challenge for marketers of products ranging from bedsheets to toilet paper.
Sarah Carroll, Assistant Director of Training, Evaluation and System Support for UMW Finance, presented at the 2016 Think Big, Nelnet User Group Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Sarah presented on the topic, “Manage a Large Number of Commerce Manager Sites” to administrators, developers, technical teams and educators from across the country.
Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, co-wrote a research paper titled “Agriculture and its Discontents: Coalitional Politics at the WTO with Special Reference to India’s Food Security Interests” with J. P. Singh. The paper was published in a special issue on “Developing Countries, Emerging Powers and the WTO” of International Negotiations, a peer-reviewed journal.