Faculty and Student Accomplishments: December 2014
Lois Harr, director of campus ministry and social action at Manhattan College and assistant to the vice president of student life, was a presenter and participant at Catholic Relief Services trainings this fall in Baltimore, Queens, N.Y., and Malvern, Pa. Harr also organized a campus ministry roundtable at the Huether Lasallian Conference.
School of Arts
Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center and assistant professor of religious studies, recently had an article in a new book by Hong Kong University Press. “Jews and Muslims: Collaboration through Acknowledging the Shoah” was released in Sander L. Gilman’s Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Collaboration and Conflict in the Age of Diaspora.
In addition, Afridi was a part of the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service in Riverdale at the Presbyterian Church.
On Nov. 25, James Behr, adjunct instructor in music theory, presented the final recital in historic Steinway Hall before it was torn down. As a Steinway recorded artist, Behr had the privilege of performing on a Steinway & Sons concert grand piano, and the recital included pieces by Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and a piece composed by James.
Ashley Cross, Ph.D., professor of English and chair of the department, released a blog entry, “Teaching Romanticism VIII: Mary Robinson” for Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840. This fall, Cross also had an article, “Writing Pain: Sensibility and Suffering in the Later Letters of Anna Seward and Mary Robinson” included in the Bulletin of the John Rylands.
Michael Grabowski, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, is the editor of Routledge’s new book, Neuroscience and Media: New Understandings and Representations. The book examines how new research on the brain informs media studies, and it explores how mass media depicts that new research.
Peter Heller, Ph.D., professor of government, had an article “Technoethics: Nature and Cases” published as part of the Evolving Issues Surrounding Technoethics in the Digital Age. A new book published by IGI Global in 2014.
On Dec. 18, Natalia Imperatori-Lee, Ph.D., an associate professor of religious studies, wrote an article on Pope Francis’ intervention in the U.S. and Cuba relations for theconversation.com. Read more.
Paige Hughes ’16, a urban affairs major, was accepted to the state assembly intern program during the spring 2015 semester.
On Nov. 21, Julie Leininger Pycior, Ph.D., professor of history, wrote a Huffington Post blog post entitled, “Odd Couple? U.S. Catholic Bishops and Community Organizers.”
School of Business
Poonam Arora, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and marketing, was recently elected as the representative-at-large to the Board of the International Association for Conflict Management.
School of Education and Health
Shawn Ladda, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology presented with two students (Angel Martinez ’15 and John Mitchell ’15, both physical education majors) along with Ariela Herman and two of her students from Queens College at the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (NYSAHPERD) conference. The presentation was titled, edTPA Faculty and Students Reflect on Teacher Performance Assessment and held in Verona, N.Y., Nov. 19-22.
Caitlin Hynes ’15, kinesiology major of the year at Manhattan, and Ladda were recognized by NYSAHPERD with the Amazing Major and Person awards at the ceremony held at the November conference.
School of Engineering
On Dec. 19, Sina Shahbazmohamadi, Ph.D., visiting associate professor of mechanical engineering, was featured on Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s (CPTV) for his work with digital imaging with UConn to recreate antique instruments.
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