November 23, 2014

Gupta Delivers Lecture in New Delhi

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, delivered a lecture on India’s policy options on two competing multilateral regional trade agreements: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the panel on “Hegemony of Trade and Investment Flows” at the Asian Forum on Global Governance (AFGG) in New Delhi on Oct. 30. The AFGG, organized by Observer Research Foundation, one of New Delhi’s premier think tanks, is a forum with speakers and delegates from academia, governments, private corporate sector and non-governmental organizations from over 30 countries.

Meadows Featured on the Cover of @Your Library Magazine

George Meadows-Cover-@Your Library

George Meadows, far left, works with Central Rappahannock Regional Library to bring the latest technologies to local families.

George Meadows, professor of education, introduces area students to high-tech tools for scientific learning at the England Run MakerLab as a way to provide opportunities for local community members and University of Mary Washington students. The partnership with Meadows and Central Rappahannock Regional Library was featured on the cover of the library’s @ Your Library magazine.

“I think the MakerLab provides an extremely valuable community resource,” said Meadows in the interview. “It exposes people to some of the newest advances in technology – things you might be surprised to find at a library.”

Meadows highlights the necessity for UMW students and children to have the opportunity to use and learn with the technologies in the MakerLab, including a 3-D printer, engineering kits and digital microscopes.


Al-Tikriti Discusses Military-NGO Relations and Recent Middle Eastern Developments

In this past month, Associate Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti discussed both military-NGO relations and contemporary Middle East politics at three public forums, each invited appearances.

Prof. Nabil Al-Tikriti addresses Officer Candidates at Ft. Leonard Wood

Prof. Nabil Al-Tikriti addresses Officer Candidates at Ft. Leonard Wood

On Oct. 6, in his capacity as a member of the MSF/Doctors Without Borders USA Board of Directors, Al-Tikriti addressed U.S. Army staff at Missouri’s Fort Leonard Wood. Appearing in five meetings overall, he discussed MSF’s field relationship with the U.S. and other military counterparts, particularly in cases he had either experienced or been informed about in Somalia, Albania, Turkey, Haiti, and other locales in the Middle East and Africa. He also presented the movement’s overall goals, orientations, and decisions throughout its history. Much of the day was concerned with explaining MSF’s determination to maintain its institutional neutrality, impartiality, and independence in field operations, particularly in conflict situations. In the wake of this lengthy and fruitful exchange of views, he remains grateful for the hospitality displayed by the U.S. Army counterparts he met at Fort Leonard Wood.

On Oct. 19, Al-Tikriti presented a talk to the National Community College Peacebuilding Seminar, entitled “Things Fall Apart: Prospects for Conflict in the Middle East and Beyond.” Integrated with a working dinner, Al-Tikriti offered a presentation which combined elements of his humanitarian field experience and scholarly expertise in Middle East studies to discuss the current direction of regional conflict, as well as the role of humanitarian actors in such conflicts. His presentation was part of a community college faculty seminar entitled “Teaching about Global Conflict and Resolution,” which was hosted by Northern Virginia Community College and funded by the U.S. Institute of Peace.

On Oct. 28, Al-Tikriti offered a lecture entitled The Iraq Crisis Today” to over 100 students at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In the course of this presentation, Al-Tikriti surveyed the multiple legacies of U.S. foreign policy in the region, particularly the effects of the 2003 Anglo-American invasion on Iraqi and regional politics and society. This talk was sponsored by the College’s Middle Eastern Students Association, who hosted Al-Tikriti for a dinner after the lecture was completed.

Coffman Receives Innovative Educator Award

Teresa Coffman, Professor of Education, was selected as the 2014 Innovative Educator of the Year through the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) for her work throughout the state with the use of innovative technologies in teaching and learning. She will be presented with the award at the December 2014 Conference where she will also present on new and emerging technologies.

Hansen Publishes in Business History Review

Professor of Economics Bradley A. Hansen’s article “A Failure of Regulation? Reinterpreting the Panic of 1907” was recently published in Business History Review.

Clayton to Serve as an Invited Reviewer

Courtney Clayton, Assistant Professor in the College of Education, will serve as an invited reviewer for a special issue of the Educational Action Research journal to be published early next year. Educational Action Research is concerned with exploring the dialogue between research and practice in educational settings.


Larus Awarded Taiwan Fellowship

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus has been awarded a Taiwan Fellowship for 2015. The Ambassador-Shen-2014Taiwan Fellowship is the Republic of China’s version of the Fulbright Program. Dr. Larus will conduct field research in Taiwan on U.S.-China-Taiwan trilateral relations.  In recognition of the award, Dr. Larus was the honored guest of Ambassador Shen Lyushen, Taiwan’s representative to the United States, at an Oct. 29 luncheon held at Twin Oaks, the official residence for Taiwan ambassadors.

Cassandra Good Appears on History TV Show

Cassandra Good, Associate Editor of the Papers of James Monroe, will appear on a Travel Channel special titled, “Mysteries at the White House” on Friday, Nov. 7 at 9 p.m.  She was interviewed for a segment about Andrew Jackson’s 1829 inaugural ball.

Farnsworth Gives Lecture at Norwegian Washington Seminar

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, gave a lecture entitled “Is ‘House of Cards’ Really Fiction? U.S. Political Corruption, Voter Anger and the 2014 Elections,” at the Norwegian Washington Seminar in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Smith Presents at International Preservation Conference

Andréa Livi Smith, associate professor of historic preservation, presented at the Association of Preservation Technology International’s annual conference in Québec City on Oct. 29. She discussed the use of technology for cultural resource data collection in preservation. Her peer reviewed talk, translated live into French and Spanish, highlighted the survey site developed on the UMWBlogs platform with Martha Burtis of DTLT, and its application for the capstone preservation course. The survey tool is a new model for preservation and is at the bleeding edge of the use of technology in the field. Smith emphasized its practicality for practitioners and researchers. The survey itself can be found at