Radio Show Features UMW Chemistry Professor

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Leanna Giancarlo, chair and associate professor of chemistry at the University of Mary Washington, will discuss issues surrounding boosting student performance in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, during an interview scheduled to air on the “With Good Reason” public radio program. The program, “STEM Education in America,” will air beginning Saturday, Jan. 26. Giancarlo, one of four experts in the program, will explore the negative stereotypes of scientists in pop culture. The program also will feature Linda Rosen, the chief executive officer of Change the Education, Robert Tai, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at the University of Virginia and Sevan Terzian, associate professor and associate director of graduate studies at the University of Florida’s College of Education. Giancarlo earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, after receiving a bachelor’s of science in … [Read more...]

UMW Psychology Professor Chosen for Air Force Academy Post

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Christopher Kilmartin, professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, has been chosen to serve as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy. From July 2013 to June 2014, Kilmartin will teach courses in violence prevention and gender studies. He also will consult with sexual assault prevention personnel at the Air Force Academy to assist in improving the school’s programming. Kilmartin, a licensed clinical psychologist, is an internationally recognized expert on gender and on violence prevention. He held a three-year consultation with the U.S. Naval Academy on a revision of sexual assault and harassment prevention curriculum and worked with the U.S. Army on similar topics. Kilmartin is the author of “The Masculine Self,” now in its fourth edition, and is the co-author of “Men’s Violence Against Women: Theory, Research, and Activism” and “Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men … [Read more...]

UMW Emeritus Professor Receives VCA Fellowship

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Steve Griffin, professor emeritus of art at the University of Mary Washington, is a recipient of a 2012-2013 Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Commission of the Arts. The Virginia Commission of the Arts awards fellowships annually to artists residing in Virginia in recognition of creative excellence and to support their pursuit of artistic excellence. Griffin is one of five Virginia artists honored in the field of painting. Each artist will receive a fellowship of $5,000. Griffin, an accomplished photographer, painter and printmaker, was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts professional fellowship in 2011. His work has appeared in more than 150 local, regional and national exhibitions. Griffin joined the UMW faculty in 1983 and taught printmaking, photography, drawing and design courses for 25 years. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Artist Fellowships from the Virginia … [Read more...]

UMW Philanthropy Class Awards Grants to Area Agencies

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Students in the University of Mary Washington’s philanthropy class awarded more than $10,000 in grants to three Fredericksburg-area nonprofit organizations: the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic; Serenity Home of Fredericksburg; and THRIVE, the Healing Center. Class representative Matt Cronin announced the awards during a check presentation ceremony on Monday, Dec. 3 at the university’s Jepson Alumni Executive Center. The ceremony, streamed live through Google Hangout, was the culmination of the semester-long Economics of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector course taught by Professor of Economics Robert Rycroft. This year, the class of 26 students received 53 applications for the grants, funded by philanthropist Doris Buffet’s Learning by Giving Foundation. “We chose the recipients based off of how well the programs they wanted to fund fit in with our mission statement,” said junior Taylor Knight. This year, the philanthropy class raised an additional $500 through bake sales and … [Read more...]

Radio Show Features UMW Anthropology Professor

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Jason James, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Mary Washington, discusses the cultural struggles that persist in post-Nazi Germany during an interview scheduled to air on the “With Good Reason” public radio program. The show, “After the Berlin Wall Came Down,” will air beginning Saturday, Dec. 1. The program will focus on James’ argument that “there are still divisions within German culture – between the ‘good’ former West Germans and the ‘bad’ former East Germans – and that both sides struggle with a problematic past that includes Nazi and Fascist associations.” James is an expert in nationalism, ethnic identity, Germany and East Germany, heritage preservation movements, tourism and collective memory and commemoration of the past. James earned master’s and doctoral degrees in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, after receiving a bachelor’s in philosophy and political science from Boston University. His two years of … [Read more...]

UMW English Professor Awarded National Fellowship

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Allison Seay, faculty member in the English department at the University of Mary Washington, has been named a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry for 2013. The $25,000 award will allow Seay, a 2002 graduate of Mary Washington, to work on a second collection of poetry. Her first book of poetry, “To See the Queen,” is scheduled for publication in March 2013. “It really is such a thrill,” Seay said about the award. “It’s unbelievable, especially looking at the list of my fellow poets. I’m flattered to be in the company of talent like that.” Seay was one of 40 poets chosen from more than 1,100 applicants. The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded creative writing fellowships since 1967, providing writers the time and freedom to pursue their work. Seay served as UMW’s Arrington Poet-in-Residence during the spring 2012 semester, during which time she taught the advanced poetry workshop and the creative writing seminar. A … [Read more...]

UMW Student-Run Business Launches Online Platform

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The University of Mary Washington student-run business, Esfuerzo de Amor, launched an online platform to sell its products on Friday, Nov. 9. The site is the result of the combined efforts of senior Aaron Leung, UMW’s Center for Economic Development and the UMW Bookstore. Esfuerzo de Amor is run by La Ceiba MFI. The business sells its products, which are made by women in two communities in Honduras, in UMW’s bookstore and at Heritage Gifts in downtown Fredericksburg. Artisans from La Brisas and Villa Soleada craft the clutches from recycled chip bags and soda labels they find littering the area. The project, which originated in 2008, was started by UMW student Rachel Mason. Mason taught women in Siete de Abril to make the clutches; now the artisans also create bracelets, earrings, hairbands, key chains and more. The project started as a way to decrease the amount of trash burned in the streets, but has evolved into a way to help women in poverty. Seventy percent of the profit … [Read more...]

Electroacoustic Barn Dance Returned to UMW

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The Department of Music at the University of Mary Washington hosted the second annual Electroacoustic Barn Dance from Thursday, Nov. 8 through Saturday, Nov. 10. The three-day electronic music festival  included the works of more than 70 artists and composers from across the country presented in 13 concerts. Most of the performances were held in UMW’s Pollard Hall and Monroe Hall, with additional performances at The Blarney Stone and 909 Saloon in historic downtown Fredericksburg. The festival began with Concert I at 8 p.m. on Thursday, and continued throughout the weekend, concluding with Concert XIII at 10 p.m. on Saturday. The most up-to-date concert information, as well the specific times and locations for each performance, can be found at facebook.com/ElectroacousticBarnDance. Mark Snyder, assistant professor of music and the festival’s director and organizer, received submissions from approximately 180 composers and musicians to participate in this year’s festival. … [Read more...]

UMW Biology Students Win Awards for Research

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Two University of Mary Washington students won first place poster awards at the 15th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. The symposium, held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, on Saturday, Oct. 20, brought together more than 220 undergraduate students from 45 universities. Junior Daniel Browne won first place in a biological sciences division for his paper “An Expansion of Nematode Phylogeny.” His project isolated more than 100 species of roundworms, expanding the body of research surrounding the species and establishing a foundation for future studies. Browne, a biology major with a minor in chemistry, is from Fairfax, Va. Junior Sarah Marzec, of Woodbridge, Va., won first place in a biological sciences division for her paper “Phylogenetic Classification of Nematodes.” Her project examined nematodes, microscopic roundworms that often live in soil, to build a phylogenetic tree. Marzec, a biology major, used DNA … [Read more...]

Theatre Season Continues with “Into the Woods”

UMW's production of "Into the Woods" opens Friday, Nov. 2. Photo courtesy of Geoff Greene

The opening night of the University of Mary Washington production of Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods" was Friday, Nov. 2.  Performances of the Department of Theatre & Dance production will continue through Nov. 18 in duPont Hall's Klein Theatre. Tickets are $24 for general admission and $20 for students and senior citizens. “Into the Woods” is a musical about a childless baker and his wife, who would do anything in order to have a child. After a run-in with a witch who claims she can help, they are sent on a journey through the woods to find four magical items: a slipper as pure as gold, a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, and hair as yellow as corn. While on this adventure they encounter many well-known fairy tale characters that have their own reasons for being in the woods. All of them are searching for something, but soon they come to realize that what they had all along might be better than what they find. “Into the Woods” is a collaboration between … [Read more...]