December 1, 2020

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s column in The Free Lance-Star explores ways women and men are treated differently during the interview process. Read RETHINKING RECOMMENDATION QUESTIONS.

DURING the last decade or so, we have been made aware of the disparities between men and women in senior roles in organizations. We have also read many articles and shared anecdotes about how men and women manage and lead differently. And who can forget “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” to explain differences between the genders?

The status quo has been challenged over and over. But we still have work to do.

For example, a female friend in a senior role at another university shared a story with me. Susan served as a reference for another woman. That woman, let’s call her Dana, was a finalist for a senior position at another university. Susan received the reference call from a man named Dave. During the call, Dave asked many of the standard reference check questions and Susan ably responded. And then Dave asked, “Do you think Dana comes across as very likeable?” Susan replied, “Well, what exactly do you mean? Read more.

Larus Comments on Indian Talk Show on 2nd Presidential Debate

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science, joined a panel of experts on India’s WION TV November 1 to discuss the 2nd presidential debate. During the program “U.S. Elections Dialogue,” Professor Larus compared the domestic and foreign policy records of the two presidential candidates. The program has garnered 10,649 views on YouTube. View the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yihWqsiXu-w&feature=youtu.be

Esunge, Mathematics Department Host ‘The Life of a Mathematician’ Inaugural Talk

Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics Julius Esunge

Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics Julius Esunge

The Department of Mathematics hosted the inaugural talk in its new colloquium series, The Life of a Mathematician. This initiative of the new chair of mathematics, Professor Julius Esunge, featured Professor Larry Lehman as the speaker, with several students, alumni and colleagues in attendance. The series aims at addressing such pertinent matters as the factors that contributed towards the career choices of mathematics faculty, the tools they use in their research and the relevance of their work.

Professor Lehman who is in his 35th year at UMW presented a leisurely and engaging talk. The series continues in the spring with Professor Marie Sheckels as the speaker. This series will showcase the excellent work and background of departmental colleagues with a view to encouraging students.

Cooperman Discusses Female Congressional Candidates on Facebook Panel

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman joined a Facebook Live panel on Oct. 29 to discuss the book, “Politicking While Female: The Political Lives of Women,” and her chapter, “On the Money: Assessing the Campaign Finance Networks of Women Congressional Candidates.” Watch here.

Cooperman was also quoted in an article in The Daily Beast, entitled, “2020 Was a Big Win for Women—Republican Women.”

“Republicans should be thanking their lucky stars for the women that are running this cycle,” said Rosalyn Cooperman, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “The inroads that were made by Republicans in 2020 on the House side were made by women, and they would be well-served to remember that.” Read more.

Lester’s ‘With Good Reason’ Episode Airs

Professor of Political Science Emile Lester

Professor of Political Science Emile Lester

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester recently appeared on “With Good Reason” on WVTF Radio IQ. This pre-election episode featured Lester discussing his new book on Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the foremost presidential historian of the 20th century. Over the course of his career, Schlesinger won two Pulitzer prizes and was a close friend and advisor to former president, John F. Kennedy. Lester says Schlesinger’s work can teach us a lot about what makes a successful liberal presidency. Listen here.

Larus Comments on China’s Military Rise

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, recently commented on China’s military rise and the challenge it poses to the next U.S. president in an article on Internewscast.com.

“China will continue and possibly increase overflights into Taiwan airspace because Beijing is carrying out the sorties in response to politics in Taiwan,” Elizabeth Freund Larus, chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Mary Washington, told the Diplomat. Read more.

 

 

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National News

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Biden, Warner wins show Democrats still dominate in Virginia (The Washington Post)

Virginia Picks Biden and Warner but Democrats Wobble in House Races (WAMU; DCist)

Virginia politicos explore possible outcomes of 2020 election (WHSV)

Election Day in the U.S. (CTV News Channel)

AP Calls Virginia Senate Race for Warner (VPM)

US Elections 2020: What happens if Joe Biden wins? ‘Fear of violence is real’ security experts warn (MEAWW)

Community Matters: When “None of the Above” is Your Only Choice (ARLnow)

Spanberger-Freitas: A look at one of the closest congressional races in the nation (Henrico Citizen)

Extensive Coverage of Trump vs. Biden: The Final Battle (CJAD)

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson discusses when it’s time to consider getting a new job in “RUN TO A JOB, NOT AWAY FROM ONE.”

A recent conversation struck a chord with me. A young person I know is not happy, but also not unhappy, with her job, so we discussed whether she should leave. There are so many variables to consider.

My advice is to never quit a job until you have a new job, with one caveat: If you feel unsafe in your work, you should quit immediately. Read more.

Mahoney Pens Commentary on Climate Change and Nuclear Fusion

Professor Emeritus Bernard L. Mahoney, Jr. and Marilyn Shull Black ’69

Professor Emeritus Bernard L. Mahoney, Jr. and Marilyn Shull Black ’69

UMW Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Bernard Mahoney penned a commentary on climate change and nuclear fusion that appeared in The Free Lance-Star.

One of the most compelling issues today is the long-term effect of climate change on the planet. As an atmospheric photochemist for over 50 years, I am deeply concerned about the stance of our government on this issue.

In addition, numerous letters to the editor in The Free Lance-Star have questioned the validity of climate change. The letter writers have been uninformed, in my opinion.

The molecular structure of carbon dioxide has the unique ability to absorb infrared radiation emanating from the Earth’s surface and re-emit the same radiation back to Earth. The result of this process is the gradual heating of the Earth’s surface, resulting in the “Greenhouse Effect.” Read more.

Cooperman Interviewed by NPR, Time and WalletHub About Election

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, Professor of Political Science, was interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace program to discuss the role of campaign finance in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. Read more.

Cooperman was also featured in a Time.com article entitled, “Republican Female Candidates Are Poised to Make Record Gains This Year. But Donald Trump’s Unpopularity Could Bring Them Down.” Read more.

Cooperman was also interviewed by WalletHub.com for an “2020 Election by the Numbers” article. Read more.