Faculty News: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Published on Wed, September 29, 2010

Faculty News: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:


  • Agnes A. Cardoni, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English Department was awarded a $3,500 cooperative grant for the mounting of a new play, Tom Sawyer, along with Rich Larsen of the English and Drama Department at the University of Scranton. The play will be produced in conjunction with Scranton Reads.  In addition, Dr. Cardoni presented a special literary humanities session for the pre-med students at Wilkes University on Sunday, September 12.  The topic was the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit, by Margaret Edson.
  • Laurie Cassidy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, co-edited Religion, Culture and Economics in Conflict and Conversation with Maureen O'Connell (Orbis, 2010).  In addition, Dr. Cassidy's article, "Picturing Suffering: The Moral Dilemmas in Gazing at Photographs of Human Anguish," was published in the fall volume of Horizons.  Dr. Cassidy will present two papers at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on October 31, 2010.  The first paper is in the Teaching Religion Section on the panel, titled "Democracy's Hope: Feminist Classrooms as Counter Public Spaces." The second paper is in the Section on the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological and focuses on her recent Horizons article.
  • Charles DeCelles, Ph.D., Professor, Religious Studies Department, published two articles, "The Dialogue of Science with Religion: God Did Not Create the Universe in Six Days---Or Did He?" in Social Justice Review, Vol.101 (January-February, 2010), pp.10-13, and "St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina: Final Years at San Giovanni Rotondo," in The Catholic Leader, Vol.10 (2010), pp.6-13. In addition, Dr. DeCelles's article, "Defending the Divinity of Jesus Christ: Responding to a Contemporary Challenge," was published in The Priest, Vol.66, No. 10, October, 2010, pp. 16, 18-20, 22-24.
  •  Sr. Margaret Gannon, Ph.D., Professor, Social Science Department, presented a paper on June 29, at the Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious. Her paper was titled "The Shaping of Tanzanian Religious Congregations" and drew upon her research conducted while accompanying students to Tanzania in 2008 and 2010. This past May and June, Sr. Margaret also conducted a service-learning trip to Tanzania, East Africa, for 11 students from three institutions: Marywood, Rosemont, and Chestnut Hill, accompanied by mentors from Rosemont and Chestnut Hill. The team was involved in coaching the students of the Bigwa School in written English.
  • Thomas Kent, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, published his article, "Empty Intervals in the Enumeration Degrees," in the Annals of Pure and Applied Logic special issue for Computability in Europe (CiE) 2009.
  • Laurie McMillan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English Department, presented a paper, titled "Undergraduate Research that Shapes Writing Programs and Instruction," at the Writing Program Administrators Conference in Philadelphia in July 2010.  In addition, Dr. McMillan presented a paper, "Writing-about-Writing (WAW) Reinvigorates First year Composition," at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference in Montreal in April 2010.
  • Alexander Vari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Science Department, had his article, titled "Bullfights in Budapest: City Marketing, Moral Panics and Nationalism in Turn-of-the-Century Hungary," published in the Austrian History Yearbook 41 (2010):
    143-169.  In addition, Professor Vari presented a paper, "Nationalism and the Dead: Ceremonial Burials and Re-burials in turn-of-the-century Budapest" at the Cities and Nationalisms Conference, Center for Metropolitan Research, Institute for Historical Research, University of London, UK, on June 17-18, 2010.



  • Michaela Cullington, Communication Sciences and Disorders Student, had her research paper, "Texting and Writing," accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Young Scholars in Writing. Her paper was for English 160, taught by Laurie McMillan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English Department.