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Dr. Melinda Adams, assistant professor of Fashion Management, was a semifinalist for the Fashion Show at the American Quilter's Society 2009 AQS Quilt Show and Contest on April 24 in Paducah, Ky. The piece was titled “Purple Rhapsody.”

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies, and Dr. Jessica Kimmel, professor in the Dreeben School of Education, were among 10,000 people awaiting Pope Benedict XVI at the Bethlehem Peace Center in Manger Square where he prayed and encouraged Palestinians to keep alive the “flame of hope” for a “sovereign Palestinian homeland in the land of your forefathers, secure and at peace with its neighbors, within internationally recognized borders.” Sr. Martha Ann also was an invited speaker for the Fifth International Conference on Islam in the Contemporary World: The Gülen Movement in Thought and Practice in March where she presented “A Model of Peace Building from the Gülen Movement in Southeastern Turkey” at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Tim Henrich

Dr. Tim Henrich, professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and Department of Human Performance, published an abstract in “Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport” titled “The Effect of Contracted Abdominal Muscles on Cardiorespiratory Factors in Competitive Swimmers.” He also presented at the annual meeting of the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) in April. He presented a paper titled “Many Nations Speaking With One Voice” at the Forum of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance, held in conjunction with the AAHPERD.

Dr. Bill Carleton, Dr. Tim Henrich and Brent Powell, professors of physical education, made a presentation titled “Student Engagement in a Physical Education Class” at the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance State Conference, in Corpus Christi in December.

Dr. Lopita Nath, assistant professor of history, presented her paper, “Off the Beaten Path: Changing Patterns of Nepali Migration in Asia,” at the Southwestern Social Science Association meeting on April 9 in Denver, Colo.

Dr. Veronica G. Martinez Acosta

Dr. Veronica G. Martinez Acosta, assistant professor in the biology department, recently published “Lumbriculus variegatus and the Need for Speed: A Model System for Rapid Escape, Regeneration and Asexual Reproduction” in “Annelids in Modern Biology.”

Dr. Harold Rodinsky

Dr. Harold Rodinsky, assistant professor of psychology, presented empirical research on Community Based Service-Learning models at the 81st annual Midwest Psychological Association’s meeting in Chicago on May 1.

Dr. Lydia Andrade, professor of political science, was selected as one of two professors and two high school teachers in Texas to serve on the Higher Education Coordinating Board task force to align the high school government curriculum with the college readiness standards. She was also honored in April by the Southwestern Social Sciences Association at its annual meeting with the Distinguished Service Award for her years of service as their site director.

Dr. Emily Clark

Dr. Emily Clark, assistant professor of English, presented her paper entitled “Propriety and the Crisis of Modernity in ‘The Great Gatsby’” at the 33rd annual Philological Association of the Carolinas conference March 19-21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Dr. Christopher Paris, associate professor of English, wrote an article titled “Poetic Drama as Civic Discourse: ‘Troilus and Cressida,’ An Allegory of Elizabeth I’s ‘Common Weal,’” which appears in Volume 28, Number 2, 2009 of “Rhetoric Review.”


Dr. Paul Lewis

Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, wrote an article on “The Edge Effect: Art, Science, and Ecology in a Deleuzian Century” that has been published in an anthology titled “An [Un]Likely Alliance: Thinking Environment[s] with Deleuze/Guattari.” He also presented on “Audio Essays” at the Title V Symposium on Active/Collaborative Learning on March 27 at Northwest Vista College.

Dr. S. Bin Kong, professor of chemistry, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and research in Uganda, Eastern Africa, during the 2009-2010 academic year. Kong will conduct research on anti-malaria folk medicine and extraction of natural insect repellant from plants at a newly established medical school in Gulu and the College of Pharmacy in Kampala. He will also teach organic medicinal chemistry. He is one of about 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. This is Kong’s second Fulbright award to Africa. He served in the Republic of Rwanda in 2003-2004 teaching at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.

Dr. Gary Keith, assistant professor of political science, had his book, “Eckhardt: There Once was a Congressman from Texas,” reviewed in the April issue of “Southwestern Historical Quarterly.”

Dr. Sally Baynton

Dr. Sally Baynton, an instructor of English, was honored as Professor of the Year at the Student Government Awards Banquet on April 22. Baynton works with the African-oriented student service organization STAND, an anti-genocide coalition, which was also recognized for its various activities: “Most Charitable Fundraising,” “Most in Accordance with the Mission,” “Best Overall Organization” and “Best New Student Organization.” She also was a guest speaker at UTSA's Amnesty International University Declaration of Human Rights. The title of her talk was “Preparing for Peace.” She took 15 students in March from Antonian, Central Catholic, St. Anthony Catholic and Incarnate Word high schools to Uganda. They raised $15,000 and have had a water well installed in a village.

Dr. Mary Beth Swofford

Dr. Mary Beth Swofford, associate professor of English and theatre arts, had her paper “Bronson and Louisa May Alcott on the Education of Girls in 19th Century America” accepted at and was invited to participate in the Oxford University Round Table in Oxford, England.