September 17, 2021

Antwi Interviewed by Washington Post on Spotted Lanternfly

Assistant Professor of Biological Science Josephine Antwi

Assistant Professor of Biological Science Josephine Antwi

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Josephine Antwi was interviewed by The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang about the invasive Spotted Lanternfly, which has been spotted across the East Coast and has the potential to wreak havoc upon trees, plants and agricultural crops like apples, grapes, stone fruits and hop plants.

Despite having wings, the adults don’t fly far. The bugs are often spread by vehicles. Residents in quarantined counties are urged to inspect vehicles and goods for transport to ensure that the insects and their egg masses are not hitching a ride.

“If females lay eggs on a substrate that eventually moves (e.g., automobiles or goods), then they quickly spread that way,” Josephine Antwi, a professor of biology at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, wrote in an email. Read more.

Chiang published article in CAOT and presented at ECM

 

Professor of Mathematics Y. Jen Chiang

Professor of Mathematics Y. Jen Chiang

Yuan-Jen Chiang, Professor of Mathematics, had a research article “Second Variation Formula and Stability of Exponentially Subelliptic Harmonic Maps” (62 pages) published in Complex Analysis and Operator Theory by Springer in Europe. It was the second joint work with Professor Dragomir and his Ph.D. student in Italy. This paper was presented by her at the 8th European Congress of Math recently.

Bylenok Announced as Winner of 2021 Backwaters Press Prize in Poetry

Assistant Professor of English Laura Bylenok

Assistant Professor of English Laura Bylenok

Laura Bylenok, assistant professor of English and current coordinator of the creative writing program, has just been announced by the University of Nebraska Press as the winner of the Backwaters Press Prize in Poetry for 2021. The book based on her manuscript Living Room will be published in the fall of 2022. For details, see: https://unpblog.com/…/announcing-the-backwaters-prize…/

Larus Comments on Vice President Harris’ Visit to SE Asia

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus.

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus.

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, commented on U.S. Vice President Harris’ visit to Singapore and Vietnam. Professor Larus indicated that The visit demonstrates the good relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam, which has become more substantive, trusting, and effective.

View her commentary at https://vnews.gov.vn/video/quan-he-viet-nam-hoa-ky-tiep-tuc-phat-trien-tot-dp-10297.htm

 

Kim Speaks to Free Lance-Star About Census and Diversity

Professor of Sociology Nora Hui-Jung Kim

Professor of Sociology Nora Hui-Jung Kim

Professor of Sociology Nora Hui-Jung Kim spoke to The Free Lance-Star about how the recent census report showed that the Fredericksburg area has become more diverse.

Nora Kim, a professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Mary Washington, said once the wealth of information contained in the latest Census report is completely boiled down, a more precise picture of the impact of population growth on the region can be thoroughly examined and analyzed. But Kim said the region is most likely seeing an influx of minorities as a result of cheaper housing costs, when compared with those available closer to the Beltway.

“They’re spreading down to where they can have access to ethnic communities and ethnic markets in Northern Virginia, but at the same time, have affordable housing,” Kim said.

She said the Fredericksburg region attracts large numbers of government contractors and military personnel who transition in and out of the region.

“Those two sectors tend to attract more minority populations,” said Kim. Read more.

Rettinger Discusses Grade Obsession, Cheating with Bakersfield.com

Professor of Psychological Science and Director of Academic Integrity Programs David Rettinger

Professor of Psychological Science and Director of Academic Integrity Programs David Rettinger

Professor of Psychological Science David Rettinger weighed in on a recent article on Bakersfield.com (California) on how focusing too much on grades can often lead to cheating.

It’s been a rough year for authentic learning. High school and college cheating levels are skyrocketing — or, at least, more professionals are looking for cheating and finding it. “I’ve seen 100-200% increases,” says psychology professor David Rettinger, who is director of academic integrity programs at the University of Mary Washington. “There are a lot more reports of student academic misconduct.”

This is not surprising. When students feel the odds are stacked against them, they do not respond with heartfelt engagement and honesty. “If students don’t think that it’s possible to learn something, or they think the situation is inherently unfair, they say, ‘Well, it’s not reasonable to expect me to do the work fairly because the situation is unfair,’” Rettinger says. Read more.

Chichester to Serve on Germanna Panel on ‘Race, Media and the Police’

Professor of Spanish and BLS Director Ana Chichester

Professor of Spanish and BLS Director Ana Chichester

Professor of Spanish Ana Chichester, who is director of UMW’s Bachelor of Liberal Studies program, will co-moderate a virtual town hall discussion on “Race, Media and the Police,” presented by Germanna Community College on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Dr. Chichester directs the BLS special major in criminal justice. The free event is open to the public but registration is required at germanna.edu/conversations.

Davidson Discusses New Book Through Panel Webinar

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson recently shared insights from his book, America’s Entangling Alliances: 1778 to the Present, in a panel webinar presented by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

“What I hope will be an important consequence of this book is pointing out that some of the many reasons the United States has entered into new alliances in the post-Cold War period … was because of the benefits those allies provide that have nothing to do with their aggregate defense spending, have nothing to do with their payments for offsetting U.S. expenses for basing on their territory.” Watch here.

Dr. Davidson also commented on the following news stories:

Is a new war starting? The West could launch military attacks against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (Capital)

“The West could reject all economic aid and launch periodic military attacks against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State” (La Razon)

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently commented on the following news stories:

McAuliffe, Youngkin Set to Meet in First Gubernatorial Debate Thursday (WVTF)

OP nominee for Virginia lieutenant governor drops staff before election (The Washington Post)

New Book: Top General Warned China about Trump (CTV News Channel)

Abortion rights at issue in local state House races after Texas ban (Prince William Times)

Angle on America (CTV News Channel)

End of Afghanistan War (CTV News Channel

Lawson Featured in The Free Lance-Star

Kunle Lawson, head coach of UMW's cross country and track and field programs

Kunle Lawson, head coach of UMW’s cross country and track and field programs

Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country Kunle Lawson, who is also UMW Athletics’ Diversity and Inclusion Director, was featured in The Free Lance-Star on his passion and innovative way of playing disc golf.

WHEN Kunle Lawson started playing disc golf on the course at Loriella Park in Spotsylvania County several years back, he unfortunately became acquainted with a pond that’s difficult to clear.

Like many who play the course, and especially when he was starting out, the track and cross country coach at the University of Mary Washington sometimes could only watch as his plastic disc plunked into the pond.

Because the discs he throws are not inexpensive, and because it would be a waste to leave them at the pond’s bottom, Lawson came up with a way to retrieve the discs.

“I ended up putting together this large rake with ropes attached to get the discs out,” said Lawson, who plays the sport on courses all over the region. He plays in three leagues and thinks nothing of driving from his home in Spotsylvania to courses in Prince William County. Read more.