February 7, 2016

Abeel Presents at Association for Gifted Children Conference

Laurie B. Abeel, associate professor in the College of Education, presented It’s Time to De-Standardize! Developing Critical and Creative Thinking, at the National Association for Gifted Children conference in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 12-15. As a result of her presentation, she was asked to keynote the Kansas Gifted, Talented, and Creative conference in October 2016.

Farnsworth Lectures at Norwegian Washington Seminar

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently gave a lecture titled “The 2016 Presidential Election, the Mass Media and the Twilight of the Obama Presidency,” in Washington, DC., as part of the Norwegian Washington Seminar. The lecture included findings from Dr. Farnsworth’s sole-authored book, “Spinner in Chief: How Presidents Sell Their Policies and Themselves.”

Bonds appears on The Source

Eric Bonds discusses his research on arctic climate change and American think tanks with The Source.

Rafferty Publishes Book Reviews

Colin Rafferty, Associate Professor of English, has published a pair of book reviews–one of Valeria Luiselli’s Sidewalks and one of Heather Slomski’s The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons–in the latest issue of Pleiades Book Review.

Baker Elected to Fredericksburg Regional Chamber Board

Brian Baker, Executive Director for Economic Development, was elected to the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a three-year term that began on January 1, 2016.  He has been an active member at the Chamber since 2002.  During that time he has served roles on the Strategic Planning Committee, facilitated Board strategic planning, Finance Committee, the strategic visioning committee, the small business planning committee, the  Leadership Fredericksburg Advisory Board, Mentor Cabinet Chair, and served as a Leadership Fredericksburg mentor since 2008 .  In 2011 he was recognized as an honorary fellow of Leadership Fredericksburg.

Barrenechea Presents at Modern Language Association Conference

Antonio Barrenechea, associate professor of English, presented “America Unbound” at the 2016 Modern Language Association conference in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 7-10.  The paper was part of the roundtable discussion “Igniting Hemispheric Scholarship in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.”

Poska Publishes New Book

Allyson Poska, professor of history and program chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, has published a new book, Gendered Crossings: Women and Migration in the Spanish Empire (University of New Mexico Press, 2016). A preview of the book can be found here.

Dasgupta Publishes Essay in South Asian Review

Shumona Dasgupta, assistant professor of English, has had her article “Partitions of Memory: Trauma and Narrative in Jyotirmoyee Devi’s The River Churning” published in South Asian Review 36.3 (Dec. 2015): 51-65. A description of the essay can be accessed here.

Rao Publishes Piece in Communication Center Journal

P. Anand Rao, associate professor of communication and director of Speaking Intensive Program, recently co-authored with three colleagues at different institutions the piece “Strategies for Assessment in Communication Centers: Perspectives from Across the Field,” which was published in the new Communication Center Journalhttp://commcenters.org/content/05-journal/communication-center-journal-vol-1.pdf 

Housley Presents Workshop at Conference

Helen Housley, Associate Professor of Theatre, presented a workshop, “Feeling Shakespeare’s Buzz: Tonal NRG and the Shakespearean Actor,” at the annual Lessac Training and Research Institute’s Conference in Denver, Colo., Jan. 5-7, 2016.