Parliamentary Predictions

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The European Parliament always intrigued Girard Bucello, but the University of Mary Washington junior never thought he’d be on the frontlines in Switzerland assisting with inaugural research about the European Union’s governing body. This fall, he’s spending the semester studying at the University of Geneva involved in cutting-edge research about the voting patterns of the organization of 28 countries. The topic has been virtually unaddressed since the Parliament has been in existence for only 50 years. “Ultimately, we want to understand how the European Parliament works, but since it’s such a new government body, there’s not a lot of data. That’s where we come in,” Bucello said. “Looking at how [members] cast their votes lets us predict what the outcome of any particular vote might be, but it also tells us a lot about what the European Union itself is going to look like in five or 10 years. It’s very interesting to be involved in a field of research where there’s actually not a … [Read more...]

She’s Psyched (and Her Students are Too)

Miriam Liss, associate professor of psychology, leads her classes in role play exercises

Saying Miriam Liss likes psychology would be an understatement. Liss, a licensed clinical psychologist and one of the Princeton Review’s 300 Best Professors, is known for her energy in the classroom and her ability to engage with students. “I love getting students up out of their seats and getting them engaged with the material,” she said. For example, in her personality class she has students role play Erikson’s stages. “Students may forget a lecture about Erikson, but they will never forget the interpretative dance used to illustrate autonomy versus shame and doubt,” she said. In addition to her work in the classroom, Liss is passionate about the independent research projects of her students. She has published more than 10 articles with student co-authors in peer-reviewed journals and has presented with numerous students at national conferences. “Students can get such a unique experience with our faculty,” she said of UMW’s emphasis on undergraduate … [Read more...]