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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.