May 26, 2024

Lewis Touts Research and Creativity Day on Town Talk

From left to right, Town Talk radio host Ted Schubel, UMW seniors Adrian Coello and Elisa Luckabaugh, and UMW College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Dean Betsy Lewis.

From left to right, Town Talk radio host Ted Schubel, UMW seniors Adrian Coello and Elisa Luckabaugh, and UMW College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Dean Betsy Lewis.

Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Betsy Lewis brought UMW seniors Elisa Luckabaugh and Adrian Coello along for a recent episode of the Town Talk radio show to preview UMW’s 18th annual Research and Creativity Day, with its plethora of posters, oral presentations, creative writing, art exhibits and more. Listen to the episode.

Caffrey Appears on ‘Empathy Unbound’

Kevin Caffrey

Kevin Caffrey

Senior Associate Registrar Kevin Caffrey recently appeared on Empathy Unbound with Andrew Phipps to discuss his research on empathetic communication. Empathy Unbound is a podcast that features guests from around the globe to discuss the role of empathy in our society. During the podcast, Caffrey talks about what led him to study empathetic communication, discusses physical and psychological safety in the workplace, and explains why (and how) leaders should prioritize empathetic communication among at their organizations. “Over the past couple of decades, there’s more focus on empathy than ever before. At its heart, empathy is trying to understand where the other person is coming from and be open to listening to someone else’s story and not be judgmental. Great leaders have to lead with empathy and be able to listen to their employees to understand where they’re coming from.” Listen to the episode.

Liss Leads Student Team to First-Place Finish at VAPS

Professor of Psychological Science and Department Chair Miriam Liss

Professor of Psychological Science and Department Chair Miriam Liss

Professor and Chair of Psychological Science Miriam Liss led a team of students to victory, winning the Best Undergraduate Paper category at the 2024 Virginia Association for Psychological Science conference. The paper, titled “Childhood Trauma, Psychological Flexibility, and Outcomes in College Students,” was completed by Ann Marie Camp, Rob Oehler, Sarah Ballif, Skyler Revutin and Cate Kelly, along with Liss as advisor.

Farnsworth Presents Keynote Lecture on Disinformation and Political Humor at Conference in Poland

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a keynote lecture, “Battling Disinformation with Political Humor,” at the Navigating the Digital World of Tomorrow Conference, which was sponsored by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. The talk was derived from portions of Dr. Farnsworth’s recently published co-authored books, Producing News in a Time of Disinformation: Information Evaluation Strategies for Journalists and News Consumers and Late-Night in Washington: Political Humor and the American Presidency. Dr. Farnsworth is serving in Poland as a Spring 2024 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.

In addition, recent media mentions for Farnsworth include:

What Impact will Pecker’s Testimony have? (CTV News)
“This is something that is going to be going on for several weeks, and this will be one of the most uncomfortable moments of Donald Trump’s life, this week and the next week and the weeks beyond,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Vindman has huge fundraising lead in 7th District race (Prince William Times)
“A lot of Virginia Democrats like Vindman because he has a national security background that can connect with the prominent military presence in the district,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor and director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. “His huge fundraising advantage creates a very difficult environment for other Democrats in the race.”

Day 5 of Trump’s Trial Concludes (CTV News)
“The first days of these trials are always about giving the jury a road map for how to proceed. I think one of the key things that the prosecution has to focus on is the idea that this is not primarily about hush money. This is about trying to distort what the public knew in advance about the election of 2016,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2908973

ANALYSIS: District 7 Has Become Pricey (FXBG Advance)
“When the Seventh was largely a suburban Richmond district (before the 2020 Census redistricting),” says Mary Washington University professor Stephen Farnsworth, “it was seen as safely Republican, at least until Abigail Spanberger demonstrated a Democratic candidate could win there.” “The Seventh District,” says Farnsworth, “has become one of the most expensive districts in the nation for two reasons: it is the most competitive congressional district in the very expensive Washington television market, and the district’s proximity to DC means that candidates have no problem raising a lot of money from the wealthy donors. Both parties want the bragging rights that come from winning this high-profile district.”
Thirteen candidates are running in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District (Ballotpedia News)
According to University of Mary Washington professor Stephen J. Farnsworth, “Virginia 10 is a more competitive district than most and, as such, it represents a rare opportunity for both parties to challenge for a pivotal House seat in a pivotal state.”
Democratic shakeup in Virginia primaries for governor, lieutenant governor (Virginia Dogwood)
Stoney’s exit leaves US Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) without a challenger in the Democratic primary to become the nominee in the governor’s race next year. The Democrats will hold their primary sometime in June 2025 and Spanberger, a prolific fundraiser, is likely to have a relatively easy path to the nomination, Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said in an interview. “Spanberger will have a much clearer path,” Farnsworth said, adding the strength of her position will likely discourage others from jumping in the race.

Biden clings to the economy: The rebound in the polls ahead of his clash with Trump (La Tercera, Chile)
Political scientist Stephen Farnsworth, professor at the University of Mary Washington, points to the abortion situation in the United States as a key factor for Biden’s improved standing in recent polls. “Voters are beginning to see that Trump and the justices he put on the Supreme Court are responsible for the state-by-state chaos over abortion laws.”
https://www.latercera.com/la-tercera-domingo/noticia/biden-se-aferra-a-la-economia-el-repunte-en-los-sondeos-de-cara-a-su-choque-con-trump/XN52EP7FNNHAZOAUDESOM6DQWE/

Biden clings to support among voters under 30: Harvard Youth poll (Courthouse News)
For Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, young women may be more strongly motivated to vote for Biden because of Trump’s anti-abortion stance. “The chaos in many states regarding abortion and the fear that there may be a national ban if Trump becomes president again is a key issue that motivates women to turn away from Trump and other Republican candidates,” Farnsworth said. “Even Republicans are starting to see the issue as a political loser for the GOP and are trying to minimize the damage.”

Cooperman Comments on PACs for MarketPlace

Professor and Chair of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor and Chair of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman shared comments for an article titled “Monday was a big filing day for PACs and other political groups,” published by MarketPlace. “They are a political action committee, but they can raise unlimited amounts of money from corporations, unions, individuals, but they can’t coordinate directly with the parties or candidates,” Cooperman said in the article. Read more.

Rycroft Pens Book: ‘Economics of Inequality’

Professor of Economics Robert S. Rycroft has published a new book, The Economics of Inequality, 3e, Routledge. If there was any question before, there is no longer a question today: inequality, discrimination, poverty, and mobility are prominent national issues. The notion of “The American Dream” has been sold to generations of young Americans as the idea that working hard and following your dreams will allow you to break through any barriers in your path and inevitably lead to success. However, recent findings on inequality, discrimination, poverty, and mobility show that “The American Reality” is very different. Read more.

Romero Named Dean at Texas A&M – Commerce

Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Religion Joseph Romero

Professor of Classics, Philosophy and Religion Joseph Romero

Joseph Romero, who has served as professor and chair of UMW’s Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion has been selected as the next dean of Texas A&M University – Commerce’s College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts. The selection follows a national search and is effective June 1, 2024. Read more.

Larus Publishes Commentary on Biden and Trump Electoral College Prospects

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs and Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council penned a blog for the LSE U.S. Centre that assesses the apparent strengths and weaknesses of both contenders – who are now neck and neck in national polls – and outlines why Joe Biden might have an advantage in the Electoral College. Read more.

Grothe Shares Insight From Research on Ocean Warming on Christmas Island

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Pamela Grothe

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Pamela Grothe

Pamela Grothe, a climate scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., is working to understand how much of these El Niño temperature surges are related to the warming climate.

Grothe and her team have traveled to the [Christmas] island several times to collect samples by drilling cores through corals and taking them back to the lab for analysis.

“One millimeter (in the sample) equates to about one month of coral growth, so that equates to a monthly sea surface temperature. We can plot the temperature record right on top of the geochemistry records, and it is actually really amazing,” she said. Read more.

Spencer Aids in Process of Back Porch Repairs for Mary Washington House

Associate Professor of Historic Preservation Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer, Associate Professor in the University of Mary Washington Department of Historic Preservation, is completing measured drawings and a conditions report as the first step in the process. Read more.