September 29, 2016

Magrakvelidze Publishes Article in the European Physical Journal D

Maia Magrakvelidze, assistant professor in the Physics Department, co-authored an article with Ruma De, Mohammad H. Jevani, Mohammad E. Madjet, Steven T. Manson and Himadri S. Chakraborty titled “Coherence of Auger and inter-Coulombic decay processes in the photoionization of Ar@C60 versus Kr@C60  in European Physical Journal D 70, 96 published online 4/21/16 (See link:

Al-Tikriti Serves in Iraq and Ethiopia, Leads International Migration Workshop

During this past summer, Associate Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti carried out several activities while continuing to actively serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders USA.

Prof. Al-Tikriti stands in front of armored car of President 'Abd al-Karim Qassim (d. 1963)

Prof. Al-Tikriti stands in front of the armored car of President ‘Abd al-Karim Qasim (d. 1963).

For three weeks in May and June, Al-Tikriti assisted MSF’s coordination team in Baghdad, Iraq, during the nearby launching of the Falluja siege and recapture campaign. Before returning to the U.S., he then participated in MSF France’s General Assembly in Paris.

Upon return to the U.S., Al-Tikriti chaired a panel on International Migration which he had earlier assembled and organized for the 2016 MSF USA General Assembly, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Panelists included Apostolos Veizis of MSF Greece, the Istanbul-based immigration rights activist Şenay Özden, MSF USA’s own MaryJo Frawley, and Els Debuf of the International Peace Institute. In the course of this assembly, Al-Tikriti was elected MSF USA’s 2016-2017 Board Vice President by his colleagues on the Board of Directors.

In late June and July, Al-Tikriti conducted an administrative mapping exercise while serving as Country Representative Assistant for a cross-sectional initiative in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During that same period, he met with several colleagues at the University of Addis Ababa’s Department of History.

While completing his MSF reporting in Turkey with his family, Al-Tikriti was interviewed about the post-coup situation in that country by Katrina Dix of The Free Lance-Star, which resulted in the article, “UMW History Professor Caught Up in Turkey Tension,” on July 21, 2016.

Congratulations to UMW Colleagues

Congratulations go to the following faculty members who have earned promotion to the rank of Professor: Susan Fernsebner, Department of History and American Studies; Deborah O’Dell, Department of Biological Sciences; Angela Pitts, Department of Classics; Anand Rao, Department of Communication; and Charles Sharpless, Department of Chemistry.

Congratulations also go to Marcelo Fajardo-Cardenas for being named Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and to Hilary Stebbins, for being named Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Science.

Congratulations go to Beverly Epps, who has earned tenure in the College of Education, as well as to Abby Brethauer, Lindsey Elliott and Corey Hewson, who have been promoted to the rank of senior lecturer in the Athletics, Health and Physical Education Department.

Larus Presents Paper in Japan

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Waple Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, presented a paper titled “Alliances and U.S. Sea Power in the Asia-Pacific” at the AAS-in Asia conference, Doshisha University, Kyoto, in June 2016.


Skallerup Bessette Publishes Book on Poet Anne Hébert

Lee Skallerup Bessette, Instructional Technology Specialist in the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, had her book A Journey in Translation: Anne Hébert’s Poetry in English published by the University of Ottawa Press at the end of August. Details are available at

Gupta Delivers Lecture at Delhi University

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, delivered a lecture titled “Why Does India Need to WTO” to the faculty of Political Science, Delhi University, during her recent visit to New Delhi.

Davis Publishes Book and Article

Janine S. Davis, assistant professor in the College of Education, has published a text titled Building a Professional Teaching Identity on Social Media: A Digital Constellation of Selves. The text was initiated during her work on the Digital Scholars Institute in 2014-15 and was completed during her Jepson fellowship year in 2015-16. The text features a foreword by Martha Burtis, director of the Digital Knowledge Center. Also in the text are mentions of the Domain of One’s Own project and citations from both an interview with Jeffrey McClurken, professor of History & American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology, and Innovation, and work by Zach Whalen, associate professor of English.

Davis also published an article with a colleague, Victoria Fantozzi, in the journal Mentoring and Tutoring. The article, “What Do Student Teachers Want in Mentor Teachers?: Desired, Expected, Possible, and Emerging Roles” will be published in the fall, but an online version is available at

Gower Publishes Article in Organization Management Journal

Kim Gower, assistant professor in the College of Business, co-authored an article with Barbara Ritter and Patricia A. Hedberg titled “Enhancing Teacher Credibility: What We Can Learn From the Justice and Leadership Literature,” Organization Management Journal, 13 (2), published online 6/22/16 (see the link:

Business Faculty, Alumna Receive Acceptance for DSI Annual Meeting

Belleh Fontem and Rachel Graefe-Anderson, both assistant professors in the College of Business, along with Hannah Tibbett ’16, report the following acceptance: “Bermudan Put Option Pricing under Risk Aversion in Bilateral Gamma Models,” Proceedings: DSI Annual Meeting,  November 19-22, 2016, Austin, TX.

Business Faculty Publish Article in Health Policy and Technology

Mike Lapke, Dave Henderson and Chris Garcia from the College of Business, recently had their article, “The Disconnect Between Healthcare Provider Tasks and Privacy Requirements,” accepted for publication in Health Policy and Technology.