On Feb. 5, 2014, Melva Kishpaugh, UMW Assistant Director of Procurement Services, joined other members of the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP), during VAGP’s “Day on the Hill” in Richmond, Va. The team met with various legislators and members of the administration to discuss procurement issues within the Commonwealth.
On Saturday, February 8, 2014, Clarence W. “Danny” Tweedy III, Associate Professor of English, presented the paper “(Re)thinking Booker T.: (Re)reading Booker T. Washington’s Up from Slavery as a Trickster Text” at the Auburn University at Montgomery Liberal Arts Conference on Southern Studies in Montgomery, Alabama.
Marie E. McAllister, Professor of English, has published an article in Source: Notes on the History of Art. “A Flaxman Mystery Solved: Lalande, Flaxman’s Venice Visit, and the Attribution of British Library Add. MS 39890″ grows out of McAllister’s work on the 18th-century travel writer Ann Flaxman, wife of the famous British sculptor John Flaxman (1755-1826). A series of fortuitous discoveries in library archives enabled McAllister to demonstrate that a manuscript long taken as a significant source on John Flaxman’s travels and education was in fact a translation from a French travel book, not an actual travel journal. UMW colleague Marjorie Och helped suggest an ideal publication venue for this discovery, which will be of interest to historians of Neoclassical art as well as scholars working on travel literature.
Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems in the College of Business, Dr. Michael Lapke’s article “The Evolution of Cyber Security Policy in the United States” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of Information Systems Security. The article was co-authored with Ramesh Subramanian.
Surupa Gupta, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, has been added to the network of experts for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Based in Geneva, ICTSD is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation that seeks to empower stakeholders in trade policy through information, networking, dialogue, well-targeted research and capacity-building. Its goal is to further the cause of sustainable development. It maintains consultative status with most international organizations and other civil society networks.
John P. Broome, assistant professor in curriculum & instruction in the College of Education, was the featured speaker in an online seminar hosted by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. The five-week seminar was created to discuss CIRCLE’s new report “All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement.” Broome’s talk focused on the importance of developing ‘classroom climate’ in K-12 schools to foster student free expression and discussion of controversial issues.
CIRCLE conducts research on civic education in schools, colleges, and community settings and on young Americans’ voting and political participation, service, activism, media use, and other forms of civic engagement. It is based at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University (Source: www.civicyouth.org)
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently gave a Washington lecture entitled, “U.S. Foreign Policy and U.S. Mass Media: Shaping Global Public Opinion,” to visiting journalists and political figures from the Middle East and North Africa who were part of a recent U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program. The talk was based, in part, on Farnsworth’s recently co-authored book, “The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government.”
Ben Odhiambo Kisila, earth and environmental sciences, and his former UMW research students Elyse Clark ’13, Ph. D. candidate in the department of crop and environmental sciences at Virginia Tech and Matthew Ricker ’06, postdoctoral fellow in the school of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, have their research paper, “Comparative analysis of metal concentrations and sediment accumulation rates in two Virginian reservoirs, USA: Lakes Moomaw and Pelham,” published in the February issue of the peer-reviewed journal Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.
The research results shows comparable levels of trace metals loadings in the more human stressed Lake Pehlam system and the more pristine Lake Moomaw probably because of the relative importance of atmospheric deposition in the mountainous forested watersheds. The steep slopes coupled with the highly erodible colluvial soils and the prevalence of shoreline erosion also exacerbates both sediment and trace metal fluxes in Lake Moomaw.
Mehdi Aminrazavi, professor of classics, philosophy and religion, co-director of the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies, has received an Award for Outstanding Service from the Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education, for facilitating the hosting of Leila Asadi at UMW from 2011 to 2012.
“Presented with sincere appreciation and in recognition of the extraordinary commitment you have demonstrated to preserving the life, voice, ideas, and work of a persecuted scholar by providing a safe academic haven.”
Professor Julius Esunge from the Department of Mathematics attended the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings in January, held this year in Baltimore. At the meeting Dr. Esunge participated in the mini-course “Game Theory – path to quantitative literacy” and also served as a judge for the annual MAA undergraduate research poster session.