February 20, 2019

Farnsworth Provides Current Commentary

Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science

Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth has continued to provide daily commentary in regional and national media on breaking news items. View a few of the current articles: Update: Plan To Impeach Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax Slows Down in WMAL; Virginia Scandals Could Rewrite the Political Playbook in Governing and Virginia Democrats back off plans to impeach lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax after TWO women accuse him of rape in Daily Mail.


Gupta Delivers Talk on Trade

Surupa Gupta

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, was invited to speak at the annual international and area studies conference “Ascending India: Reflections on Global and Regional Dimensions.” The conference, on Jan. 30-Feb. 1, was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India’s premier liberal arts university in New Delhi. Dr. Gupta served as a member of the panel who delivered the talk “Emerging challenges at the WTO: What role can India play.”  The panel was hosted by The Centre for World Trade Organization (WTO) Studies at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

Dr. Gupta also engaged in discussions with the Centre faculty, all of whom are economists and lawyers, on how  theoretical insights from international relations and international political economy can sharpen India’s trade negotiation strategy.





Rosalyn Cooperman Comments on WAMU

Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of Political Science

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman was quoted in a recent interview, “How The Scandals In Richmond Could Affect Virginia Democrats This Fall,” on WAMU:

Political scientist Rosalyn Cooperman of the University of Mary Washington cautions not to oversimplify things. For example, Cooperman said most white women tend to vote Republican, while African-American women decidedly vote for Democrats. “Women are not monolithic in their political preferences,” she said. “You have many factors here that may play out differently for different groups of women voters.” But Cooperman said the issue of sexual assault — and the issue of racism — are particularly salient among Democratic-leaning voters. These scandals, she said, will likely lessen enthusiasm among these groups. Read more.



Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

COB Dean Lynne Richardson

COB Dean Lynne Richardson

Read College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s latest column in The Free Lance-Star: All on the Same Page.

DURING a recent grocery store visit, I witnessed an exchange between a customer and several employees. The customer was looking for a particular product that she had purchased at the store many times in the past. But in recent months, every time she asked for the product, she was told something different.

One time she was told the store had ordered the product, but that the vendor had not fulfilled the order. She was also told on a different visit that the product had been discontinued. Another time she was told that the store didn’t carry it any longer.

During this particular visit, she lost it. Her biggest frustration, she said, was that she was being told something different every time. Read more.





Causarano Receives Online Teaching Award

Penny Causarano

Penny Causarano, adjunct professor of Chinese

Penny Causarano, adjunct professor of Chinese, has received an award for excellence in online language teaching. The recognition was one of two annual awards given by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Distance Learning Special Interest Group (ACTFL DL SIG) in conjunction with the Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO), an organization devoted to research and development of technology. In addition to teaching Chinese at UMW, Causarano is a curriculum resource teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools.

For more about the award, visit ACTFL newsletter and CALICO.




Konieczny Publishes in Asian-European Journal of Mathematics

Professor of Mathematics Janusz Konieczny

Professor of Mathematics Janusz Konieczny

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, published a research article, Second centralizers in the semigroup of injective transformations, in the Asian-European Journal of Mathematics. This research has been supported by a a 2017–18 University of Mary Washington Faculty Research Grant.

Kraus Featured in Wellness for Musicians Recital

Andrew Kraus and Doug Gately at Melchers

On Monday, February 4, the Rappahannock Music Society  featured Adjunct Piano Professor Andrew Kraus in the workshop and recital called “Wellness for the Performing Musician,” held in the Central Rappahannock Regional Library theater.  Kraus’ workshop got the participants up on their feet to learn “The Relaxing Breath” and “5 Elements QiGong.” Kraus also introduced them to the seminal work on “Flow” by Czicentmihali and applications of that work by Dr. Joseph Parrente in his book The Positive Pianist. The program also included a joint recital featuring pieces that Kraus will perform at UMW later this spring  with Doug Gately, director of the UMW Jazz Ensemble.  The performance will focus on music by women composers. Kraus closed with Automne by Cecile Chaminade.

Henry and McMillan Present on Teaching Historic Sites

Assistant Professor Christine Henry

Assistant Professor Christine Henry

Lauren McMillan

Assistant Professor Lauren McMillan

Christine Henry and Lauren McMillan, assistant professors of Historic Preservation, presented at the Virginia Consortium of Early Americanists on January 26th. They both served on the Designing Courses That Focus on Historic Sites panel. ​

Slezak Contributes to Educause ‘2019 Top 10 IT Issues’

Jerry Slezak, director of IT Support Services

Jerry Slezak, director of IT Support Services

Jerry Slezak, director of IT Support  Services, served as a member of the 2018–2019 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel and  contributed to the article “Top 10 IT Issues, 2019: The Student Genome  Project,” published in EDUCAUSE Review. The article focuses on the role IT plays in data security, privacy and creating more student-centered institutions.  To read the article, visit: https://er.educause.edu/articles/2019/1/top-10-it-issues-2019-the-student-genome-project.

Farnsworth Comments on Presidential Candidates and Late-Night Comedy

Stephen Farnsworth

Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth

Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth was quoted in The Guardian for an article on U.S. elections 2020, “Late-night with Democrats: how going viral may make the difference for 2020.”

“Any Democratic candidate who thinks they can ignore Stephen Colbert might as well not run for president,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. “Colbert once joked that the road to the White House runs through his show but it’s no joke; it is exactly so.”