August 21, 2018

Liss, Schiffrin to Present at Parenting Conference

Professors of Psychology Miriam Liss and Holly Schriffin, authors of Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life, have been invited to speak at The Parent Conference at James Madison University on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The one-day educational and personal development event is for “anyone interested in the science of raising happy,  healthy, and successful children,” according to an event flier.

Liss and Schriffin are internationally known experts in the fields of parenting and work-family balance issues.

Ben Kisila and Students Publish Two Articles

Dr. Ben Odhiambo Kisila,  associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences, along with his UMW undergraduate research students, had two research papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

“Analysis of spatial distribution of trace metals, PCB, and PAH and their potential impact on human health in Virginian Counties and independent cities, USA,” was published in Environmental Geochemistry and Health.

“Sediment and Phosphorous Fluxes Analysis in Aquia Creek, a Sub-watershed of the Chesapeake Bay Basin, VA, USA,” was published in the journal of Water, Air and Soil Pollution.

Whalen Presents Research on Computer-Generated Narrative

In August 2018, Zach Whalen, associate professor of English and director of the minor in digital studies, traveled to Montreal to participate in the annual conference of the Electronic Literature Organization. At the conference, Whalen presented research on using computational text-analysis to study and interpret the work of a community of practitioners who use code to generate novels every November in an event called National Novel Generation Month (NaNoGenMo).

Whalen also performed a reading of his own NaNoGenMo 2017 book titled The Several Houses of Brian, Spencer, Liam, Victoria, Brayden, Vincent, and Alex, an 800-page long “children’s book”


Fontem and Student’s Research Paper Accepted for Publication

Bellah Fontem, assistant professor in the College of Business, and business student Jeremiah Smith, had a paper accepted for publication by the European Journal of Operational Research. The paper is titled “Analysis of a Chance-Constrained New Product Risk Model with Multiple Customer Classes.”

Artist Jesionowski Embarks on Road Trip for New Project

Rosemary Jesionowski, Associate Professor of Studio Art at UMW, is embarking on a three month road trip across the United States to practice the historic photographic process of albumen printing and to produce a new body of work using this process. The work produced will be site-specific and will be a continuation of Jesionowski’s investigation of place, land, and how we identify ourselves through location.

On the road, Jesionowski will capture the landscape using a 4×5 view camera.  Each stop will be between 1-3 days, allowing her time to process the film by hand and make site-specific albumen prints, using water from each area, and taking advantage of the sun’s position in each place.  These variables (water content, position of sun) will create variations in the final prints and will tie the prints to the land.

Upon her return, Jesionowski will have an exhibition of the final albumen prints and will produce a book of images.

Follow along on Instagram @great_albumen_tour

Deborah O’Dell Featured on Upcoming With Good Reason

An interview with Associate Professor of Biology Deborah O’Dell will be featured on With Good Reason from Aug. 18 through Aug. 24.

The program is broadcast at 2 p.m. on Sundays on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital in Fredericksburg. You can find other broadcast times at:

O’Dell will talk about her recent study that found cell phone radiation can cause changes to our cells in a program called Do Cell Phones Call Cancer?

The program will also feature Karen Ballen of University of Virginia Health Systems who says that for those diagnosed with blood cancer, the future is bright.

Later in the show, Richard Heller of Old Dominion University, will talk about new electro-magnetic treatments that are fighting deadly melanoma.

Plus, there’s a whole field of cancer research devoted just to developing treatments for the treatments — medications that can help ease the punch of chemotherapy side effects.Kimberly Lane of Radford University and her team are researching ways to ease the side effects of a potent chemotherapy drug used against with colon cancer.

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Kevin McCluskey Appears in Connecticut Newspaper

Associate Professor of Theatre Kevin McCluskey was recently interviewed by Republican-American, a Connecticut newspaper, for his expertise in fashion history.

McCluskey was quoted in a story about the closing of a bridal store in Waterbury, Conn., after 43 years.

He say:

“By the time we get to the 70s, probably most women’s wedding dresses were manufactured, either by a local dress maker or a factory,” said Kevin McCluskey, associate professor of costume design with a specialty in fashion history and period style at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Previous generations of American women were married in dresses handsewn by a female relative, he said. “My mother, who was married in ‘66, bought her wedding dress, but my aunt who was married five years earlier made her dress.”

Brides, past and present, return as Delianne’s gets ready to close

Johnson-Young Presents with UMW Alumni at Conference

Elizabeth Johnson-Young, assistant professor of communication, presented work with two UMW alumni, Alexander Clegg and John Guidon, at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The peer reviewed paper, “Religion and the Media: A Study of Student Perception of Media Bias in Georgia,” was presented in the Religion and Media Interest Group division and discussed survey research conducted in Tblisi, Georgia, investigating religiosity and perceptions of media bias towards the Georgian Orthodox Church.

Gupta Publishes Piece on Indian Foreign Policy

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, co-edited and wrote in a forum/special section in International Studies Perspective, a peer-reviewed journal in international studies.

The forum, on Indian Foreign Policy under Modi, began as a roundtable at the 2016 annual meeting of the International Studies Association – the premier professional organization in that field.

In addition to her piece on India’s trade policy, Gupta co-wrote the introduction and co-edited the other contributions from six authors.

Richardson’s Columns Appear in FLS

Richardson: Making mistakes (The Free Lance-Star)

As much as we hate to admit it, no one is perfect.

(Lynne Richardson)

Richardson: Cell Phones in the Workplace (The Free Lance-Star)

An older acquaintance asked me about cell phone usage in the workplace.