Dr. Massimo Faggioli, College of Arts and Sciences (Theology Department), is the author of an article about President Obama and the Catholic Church, published Sept. 12 on the front page of Europa, a national newspaper in Italy. The article tries to explain the relationship among Obama, the Catholic Church and American politics.

Dr. Shersten Johnson, College of Arts and Sciences, (Music Department), is the author of “Notational Systems and Conceptualizing Music: A Case Study of Print and Braille Notation,” published in the most recent issue of the peer-reviewed journal Music Theory Online.

Dr. Ray MacKenzie, College of Arts and Sciences (English Department), is the author of an article, “Rejecting Rhyme, Signifying Friendship:  Milton’s Lycidas and Epitaphium Damonis,” published in the journal Modern Philology (Vol. 106, No. 3). The article explores John Milton’s early English and Latin poetry.

Dr. Pamela Nice, Center for Faculty Development, created the documentary, “Desert in the Coffeehouse,” which has been screened at several festivals: the Urban/Suburban in Philadelphia; Square Lake in Stillwater; and CoMMFFest in Toronto. It will be shown at the Radical Frame Film Festival in Berlin later this year. The film also was one of five short documentaries to receive an Award of Merit at the 2009 Indie Fest. In the film, Nice interviews local coffeehouse patrons about their views of the Middle East.

Nancy Utoft, School of Divinity, was appointed to the board of directors of Catholic Network of Volunteer Service in Takoma Park, Md. CNVS is a membership organization of more than 200 faith-based service programs and is a leading nonprofit association for domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs. Currently, more than 12,000 volunteers and lay missioners serve in its member programs throughout the United States and in more than 100 other countries worldwide/

Sister Katarina Schuth, O.S.F., St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, is the author of “The Changing Face of Ministry:  Pastoring Multiple Parishes” published in the August issue of New Theology Review. She gave the keynote address, “Preparing for Collaborative Ministry,” at a conference, “Collaboration and Transformation: Forming a Catholic Future,” Aug. 13-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.  The conference was sponsored by Dominican Ecclesial Institute for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.  Also, she mentored new seminary formation faculty and presented conferences on “Trends and Transitions in Seminary Formation” at the Ninth Institute for the Preparation of Seminary Formation Advisors June 3-10 at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif.

Dr. Lisa Waldner, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department) co-presented “Politics of Conflict of Interest in Healthcare: The FDA, Pharmaceuticals and Doctors,” at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in August in San Francisco. She also is a co-author of “White Separatism in the United States: Framing of Love and Hate,” published in Global Politics in the Dawn of the 21st Century (ATINER, 2009).

Dr. Meg Wilkes Karraker, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department) is the author of “From Immigrant to Transnational Families: Expanding the Conversation in Family Studies” published in the fall National Council on Family Relations Family Focus on Immigration/Migration.

UST students Katherine Cook and Nathanial Minor participated in the undergraduate honors program of the American Sociological Association in August in San Francisco. Cook presented her paper, “Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Out-of School Time Program,” written with Dr. Lisa Waldner, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department). Minor presented his paper on the “Mali Seed Potato Project.” Dr. Susan Smith-Cunnien, College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology and Criminal Justice Department), was his program sponsor and project collaborator.