May 5, 2016

Farnsworth Presents Research at Virginia Professional Communicators Meeting

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a lecture titled, “How Virginia Politics is Changing — and How It is Not,” at the Virginia Professional Communicators Annual Meeting in Winchester, Va. The talk included findings from the center’s recent survey of Virginia public opinion.


Buster-Williams Participated in Panel Discussion

Kimberley Buster-Williams, associate provost for enrollment management, participated in a panel discussion on the topic “The Relationship Dynamic: Building Bonds that Lead to Enrollment ” at the 51st Annual PCACAC Conference on Monday, April 18, in Ocean City, Md. Kimberley was joined by Bill Brown, Vice President of Enrollment at Hood College, and Brenda Poggendorf, Vice President of Enrollment at Roanoke College.

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Moerman to Serve on Customer Advisory Board

Allyson Moerman, Associate Vice President for Finance, has been selected to serve on the inaugural Kronos Customer Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB will allow Kronos to connect with industry leaders to identify and prioritize their service needs and help Kronos become even more customer focused.

McAllister Publishes Article, Book Review

Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, has published “Ungovernable Propensities: Belinda and the Idea of Addiction” in The Age of Johnson.
McAllister’s review of Marilyn Francus’ Monstrous Motherhood appears in the current issue of The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer.

Rafferty Publishes Essay, Presents at Conference

Colin Rafferty, associate professor of English, recently had his essay “Four Sentences on Failure (#16)” published in the 2016 issue of The Evansville Review. He also moderated and presented a paper on the panel “Joan Didion and Today’s Essayists” on April 2 at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Los Angeles.

Rao Elected President of Faculty Senate of Virginia

P. Anand Rao, associate professor of communication and Director of the Speaking Intensive Program, represented the University of Mary Washington at the Faculty Senate of Virginia’s meeting at Longwood University on April 16. At that session, he was elected President of the FSVA for next year. This group includes representatives from the faculty senates and councils of schools across Virginia, including public, private, four- and two-year institutions.

Mathur Presents at Shakespeare Conference

Maya Mathur, associate professor of English and Associate Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics and Communication, presented the paper “Family Dynamics in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara” at the conference “Shakespeare and Our Times,” which was held at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., on April 14-16. Her paper examined representations of gender in Omkara, an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.

Larus Presents Paper on U.S. Naval Diplomacy at World Society Foundation (Zurich)

Elizabeth Freund Larus, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, presented her research paper, “Alliances and U.S. Sea Power in the Asia-Pacific,” at the annual meeting of the World Society Foundation (Zurich) at the University of Arizona in Tucson in April 2016.

Bonds Publishes Article on Think Tanks and Climate Change

Assistant Professor of Sociology Eric Bonds recently published an article in the journal Sociology Compass on elite think tank approaches to climate change.  While sociologists have paid a great deal of attention to think-tank driven climate denialism — or efforts to mislead the American public about the realities and costs associated with global warming — Bonds shows that most top think tanks acknowledge the scientific consensus on this issue.  Bonds offers a typology of think tank responses to climate change, moving beyond denialism to include climate mitigation, adaptation and opportunism.

Harris Wins Verville Fellowship at National Air and Space Museum

Steven E. Harris, Associate Professor of History, was recently awarded an A. Verville Fellowship at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The 12-month fellowship will allow Harris to work full-time on his second book project, “Wings of the Motherland: Soviet and Russian Cultures of Aviation from Khrushchev to Putin” while in residence at the Museum. Harris will also use the fellowship to conduct research in archives in Moscow.