Rockhurst University congratulates the following faculty members on their accomplishments. Thank you for leading others and representing the University through your many endeavors.
Petia Bobadova, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, was invited to speak at a symposium of the Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, “Current Trends in Polymer Science.” Her topic is “Using computational modeling to design the conductive ability of thermally stable conjugated polymers.”
Nancy Donaldson, Ph.D., professor of physics and department chair of mathematics and physics, received an award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Her submission to the Pre-health Collection within MedEdPortal’s iCollaborative, “Fiber Optics in Medicine,” received the Physics Award for Outstanding Instruction in the Pre-health Competencies. The award stems from work developed through a physics of medicine grant from the National Science Foundation.
Laura Janusik, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, was invited by ACT to be one of five content specialists in listening. She participated in a two-day seminar to help the test makers better identify the construct of listening for inclusion on the test.
John Kerrigan, Ph.D., associate professor of English, helped organize and served as emcee at an event commemorating Seamus Heaney at the Irish Center of Kansas City. Kerrigan and Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor of English, were two of the featured speakers on Heaney’s work. In addition, Miller read two original poems inspired by Heaney, including “Gaze Through the Clear Water, for Seamus Heaney 1939-2013.”
Dan Martin, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of English, read from his work in creative nonfiction at the Writer’s Place in Kansas City, Mo, in October.
Renee Michael, Ph.D., professor of psychology, was honored with the Brenner Award for Faculty Achievement.
Works by Anne Pearce, associate professor of art and director of the Greenlease Gallery, were included in a two-person exhibition, titled “Elaborate Webs, Striking Exploits,” at Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design.
Mark Pecaut, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, recently was recognized for 2012 Best Graduate Research Paper by the Astronomical Society of New York. Coauthored with two colleagues, his paper, titled A Revised Age for Upper Scorpius and the Star Formation History among the F-type Members of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association, was published in The Astrophysical Journal. The principle finding of the research is that the Upper Scorpius Association, a widely used ‘benchmark’ association of stars that have a common origin, is twice as old as previously thought. This age revision affected the predicted masses of several directly imaged substellar companions. The research was also featured in popular publications, including Sky and Telescope and Science Daily.
Kirsten Potter, DPT, associate professor of physical therapy, was featured in a video published by the American Physical Therapy Association, titled Evidence to Practice: Outcome Measures for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.
Craig Prentiss, Ph.D., professor of theology and religious studies, is the author of a newly published book: Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater From the Harlem Renaissance to World War II (NYU Press, 2013).
Sudhakar Raju, Ph.D., professor of finance, was the keynote speaker at a seminar titled “Macroeconomic Disasters, Behavioral Finance and Optimal Currency Areas,” held in Bahrain and covered in the Daily Tribune.
Margaret Rausch, Ph.D., lecturer in theology and religious studies, wrote two chapters that were published in a book she co-edited, Islamic Religious Education in Secular Societies (Peter Lang Verlag – Vienna Islamic Studies Series, September 2013). They are: “Secularism and Islamic Education in the United States” and “Introduction: Secularisms and Islamic Education in Western and Post-Communist Societies.”
Mandi Sonnenberg, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, was invited to be a guest blogger on the topic of multitasking for SCD Group.
Michael Stellern, Ph.D., professor of economics, wrote the section on the outlook for higher education in the 2014 Economic Forecast, issued by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Daniel Stramara Jr., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, wrote an article titled “Faith and Good Works in an Age of Terrorism,” which was published in Ecumenical Trends (June 2013).
Two books by Brendan Sweetman, Ph.D., professor and department chair of philosophy, recently were translated for use in other countries: Religion: Key Concepts in Philosophy, translated into Portuguese for use in Brazil; and Religion and Science: An Introduction, translated into Persian for use in Iran.