July 29, 2015

Henderson Receives Outstanding Paper Award

Assistant Professor of Accounting Dave Henderson’s paper “E-business internal audit: The elephant is still in the room!” has been named as the Outstanding Paper of 2014 by the Journal of Applied Accounting Research, where it was also published. Henderson co-authored the paper with Amr Kotb, Accounting, Finance and Information Management Department at Lord Ashcroft Business School, and Alan Sangster, Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia.




Meadows Presents at Leadership Learning Exchange

George Meadows, professor in the College of Education, presented at the Spotsylvania County Schools Leadership Learning Exchange program on June 24. The title of his presentation was “In the Sandbox with Dr. Meadows: Makerspaces, Engineering, Robotics and New Technology for Your Classrooms.”

During the presentation, participants explored several new technologies and Meadows demonstrated and discussed possible applications in education. The technologies included 3-D printers and scanners, alternative input devices, circuitry components such as LittleBits and Circuit Stickers, and physical computing devices such as the Hummingbird board and the Arduino. Meadows also discussed the role of engineering labs/makerspaces and examples of existing educational makerspaces.

Laurie B. Abeel Earns Black Belt

Laurie B. Abeel, associate professor in the College of Education, successfully earned her 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do with the Karate Sports Center in Warrenton. She passed her three hour test on Friday, June 5.

Harris Discusses Monroe on Radio Show

Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum, was recently interviewed for the Dave Nemo Show discussing President James Monroe’s popular national tours in 1817, 1818 and 1819. The Dave Nemo Show is broadcast nationwide on Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel 146, which is the “Road Dog” Channel that principally targets long-haul truckers.

Farnsworth Speaks at Radford

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered a lecture entitled “Virginia’s Candidate Selection Process: Examining Recent Primaries and Conventions” at the American Legion Boys’ State of Virginia at Radford University on Monday, June 22.

The week-long government education program brings together nearly 700 of Virginia’s top rising high school seniors in the social sciences.

Cassandra Good Speaks in Leesburg, Chicago

Cassandra Good, associate editor of the Papers of James Monroe, recently spoke at two venues on her research. On June 3, she spoke at the Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, Virginia, on her book, Founding Friendships. On June 19, she presented a paper from her new research on George Washington’s family at the Omohundro Institute for Early American History & Culture conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Professors to be Featured on Radio Program

University of Mary Washington Professors Mara Scanlon and Mindy Erchull will be featured in upcoming episodes of the With Good Reason public radio program. Mara Scanlon During Professor of English Mara Scanlon’s encore interview, to be broadcast June 27 to July 3, she discusses Walt Whitman and his time as a nurse during the Civil War in a show entitled “America the Beautiful.” In a project that involved collaboration with three other universities, Scanlon worked on a digital humanities project, “Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman,” which was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The full interview will be available beginning the week of the show at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2015/06/america-the-beautiful-2/. Mindy Erchull Associate Professor of Psychology Mindy Erchull’s encore interview will be broadcast July 4 to 19. In this program, entitled “The Innocence Project,” she discusses love and jealousy and the link to abusive relationships.Based on findings from a recent survey, Erchull suggests that women who see jealousy as a positive thing may be more likely to find themselves in abusive relationships. The full interview will be available beginning the week of the show at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2015/07/the-innocence-project/. With Good Reason is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The show airs weekly in Fredericksburg on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital. To listen from outside of the Fredericksburg area, a complete list of air times and links to corresponding radio stations can be found at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen.

Cate Brewer Understudies at Folger Theatre

Cate Brewer, lecturer in the Department of Theatre an Dance, was in the understudy company for Aaron Posner’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Folger Theatre. She will also play a lead role in Cold As Death, an adaptation of Thomas Middleton’s The Second Maiden’s Tragedy, for the Capital Fringe Festival this July.


Deosthali Presents at Columbia University

Kanchan Deosthali, assistant professor of management, was a co-presenter at the International Conference of the Association of the Global Management Studies at Columbia University in New York City on June 10. The title of the presentation was “Factors Influencing Adoption of e-Books by Students.”

Big Events Pull Professor Out of His Cave

Bruce O’Brien, chair and professor of history, is the academic lead and chair of the literary board for Early English Laws and was recently featured in the Washington Times as the author of an op-ed on the the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta.

O’Brien was also panelist at the National Archives discussing the Magna Carta’s origins and continuing legacy and impact on American law and politics.

Last, but certainly not least, his new book was published by Brepols. A description of Textus Roffensis: Law, Language, and Libraries in Early Medieval England is below:

Twenty experts in law, linguistics, literature, history, and religion analyze one of the most important books produced in medieval England.

Textus Roffensis, a Rochester Cathedral book of the early 12 century, holds some of the most significant texts issued in early medieval England, ranging from the oldest English-language law code of King Æthelberht of Kent (c. 600) to a copy of Henry I’s Coronation Charter (5 August 1100). Textus Roffensis also holds abundant charters (including some forgeries), narratives concerning disputed property, and one of the earliest library catalogues compiled in medieval England. While it is a familiar and important manuscript to scholars, however, up to now it has never been the object of a monograph or collection of wide-ranging studies. The 17 contributors to this book have subjected Textus Roffensis to close scrutiny and offer new conclusions on the process of its creation, its purposes and uses, and the interpretation of its laws and property records, as well as exploring significant events in which Rochester played a role and some of the more important people associated with the See. The work of the contributors takes readers into the mind of the scribes and compiler (or patron) behind the Textus Roffensis, as well as into the origins and meaning of the texts that the monks of early 12-century Rochester chose to preserve. The essays contained here not only set the study of the manuscript on a firm foundation, but also point to new directions for future work.