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Professional Notes for Jan. 23, 2015

Mark DelCogliano

Mark DelCogliano, Ph.D., Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Basil of Caesarea versus Eunomius of Cyzicus on the Nature of Time: A Patristic Reception of the Critique of Plato,” published in Vigiliae Christianae 68 (2014): 498-532. He also wrote the general introduction to a new translation of Gregory the Great’s Moralia by Brian Kerns. (The first of six volumes has just been published: Gregory the Great: Moral Reflections on the Book of Job, translated by Brian Kerns.) It is on order at the UST libraries.

Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D., Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of the book Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements (Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 2014) (English translation, expanded and updated edition of the book published in Italian in 2008).

Amy Finnegan, Ph.D., Justice and Peace Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, is co-author (with Westerhaus, Michael M.D.; Haidar, Mona M.D.; Kleinman, Arthur M.D.; Mukherjee, Joia M.D.; Farmer, Paul M.D., Ph.D.) of “The Necessity of Social Medicine in Medical Education,” published in Academic Medicine (November 2014). Finnegan also presented a paper, “Heroes and Victims: Race and Altruism in Africa,” Nov. 21, 2014, on a conflict activism panel at the African Studies Association annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Eric Fort, Ph.D., Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $50,000 grant by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund in support of his project, “Investigating the Mechanism of Aryl-alkyne Cyclization of Azaborine-containing Aromatics.”

Robert Koerpel

Robert Koerpel, Ph.D., Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Tradition, Truth and Time: Remarks on the ‘Liturgical Action’ of the Church,” published in The Hermeneutics of Tradition: Explorations and Examinations, eds. Craig Hovey and Cyrus Olsen (Eugene: Cascade Books, 2014) 173-192.

John Martens, Ph.D., Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Children and Sexuality: Early Church,” published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies: Volume 1 (ed. Julia M. O’Brien; Oxford University Press, 2014) 55-60.

Shirley Polejewski, Ph.D., retired member of the Opus College of Business, presented a paper at the 26th Asian Pacific Accounting Conference in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to presenting the paper, Polejewski also was the moderator of two accounting sessions. The conference had 164 papers presented by faculty from 23 countries. The main speaker of the conference was the president of the American Accounting Conference. Prior to the conference, the Advisory Committee, of which Polejewski is a member, decided that all papers and abstracts would no longer be prepared in book form; each member of the conference would receive all documentation being presented on a flash drive to eliminate all paper, with the exception of the program.

Following the conference, Polejewski visited Osaka, Japan, and visited the college in which she taught several years ago. She also stayed with her host family who provided her with living quarters while teaching in Suita City, Japan.

James Rogers, director of the Center for Irish Studies, attended the regional meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, held Nov. 21-22, at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Rogers organized a panel on three winners of the O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award. He presented a paper on the work of Kerry Hardie, who won the award in 2005; Dr. Kelly Matthews of Framingham State University delivered a paper on Theo Dorgan, who won in 2010; and Dr. Erin Mitchell of SUNY-Plattsburgh, spoke on the work of Leontia Flynn, the 2013 honoree.

Gerald Schlabach

Gerald Schlabach, Ph.D., Theology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of “Signs of That Peace: Peacemaking is Everybody’s Business,” published in America 211, no. 19 (22–29 December 2014): 20-24.

Sister Katarina Schuth, OSF, Ph.D., Endowed Chair for Social Scientific Study of Religion, received the 2014 Archbishop Cousins Vocations Award from Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. The annual award is presented to an organization or individual who has demonstrated distinguished effort, involvement and promotion of vocations among men over 30 to the Roman Catholic priesthood. The award commemorates Milwaukee Archbishop Cousins’ 60th anniversary of priesthood and recognizes his leadership role in promoting vocations. “Sister Katarina has been a valuable supporter of Sacred Heart through the years,” remarked Monsignor Ross Shecterle, president-rector of Sacred Heart, “and in 2010 conducted a survey of our alumni exhibiting the achievements of the seminary through its outstanding graduates.” Schuth is an internationally recognized researcher on seminary education and priestly ministry. She has worked with the United States Council of Catholic Bishops, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

AnnMarie Thomas

AnnMarie Thomas, Ph.D., School of Engineering, has been named to the advisory panel for Imagicademy, Disney’s new technology-driven learning initiative for children.

Carey Winkler

Carey Winkler, Jessica Toft, Ph.D., Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D., and Mary Ann Brenden, School of Social Work, were awarded the 2014 UST Women’s History Project grant for their proposal “Women’s Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work.”

Kari Zimmerman, Ph.D., History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, is co-author, with Ian Read, of “Freedom for Too Few: Slave Runaways in the Brazilian Empire,” published in the Journal of Social History, V 48, 2 (Winter 2014), 1-23.

Justice and Peace Studies faculty Amy Finnegan, Ph.D., Mike Klein, Ed.D., Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer and Father (professor emeritus) David Whitten Smith, along with JPST majors Tim Stammeyer and Jade Schleif, attended the Peace and Justice Studies Annual Conference, held Oct. 16-18, at the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. Finnegan, Klein and Nelson-Pallmeyer led a session: “Writing an Introductory Text for Justice and Peace Studies: Liberating Education for Social Transformation.” Both Stammeyer and Schleif presented on a panel organized by Nelson-Pallmeyer titled: “A Student-led Panel on Public Policy Analysis and Effective Advocacy for Peace and Justice.”

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