Faculty Achievements

May 22, 2013

Here are the latest scholarly accomplishments from Mary Baldwin University.

Anne Allison, assistant professor of biology
Attended the Virginia Biotechnology Association’s conference and 20th anniversary celebration, beginning of May. As a member of their academic research council, she met with faculty and administrators from other universities to discuss the future of biotechnology in the Commonwealth. Senator Kaine took part in the afternoon session, and it was a productive and celebratory event.
Louise Freeman, associate professor of psychology
An invited guest on Mugglenet Academia’s one-year anniversary podcast, on the scholarship of Harry Potter. The episode was released April 30 and has so far been downloaded more than 12,000 times.
Ben Herz, director of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
Participated on a physicians panel for the Columbia Area Parkinson Disease Support Group on April 21 in SC. He and three Movement Disorder Neurologists discussed Parkinson’s Disease and its effects.
Lise Keiter, associate professor of music
Three recitals with cellist Beth Cantrell in February and two recitals with violinist Peter Wilson in March.

A busy season of adjudication, serving as a judge for six competitions since January, including the Virginia Teachers’ Music Association District Audition at James Madison University, the Wednesday Music Club Scholarship Competition in Charlottesville, the Charlottesville Concerto Festival, and the Music Teachers’ National Association’s Eastern Division Competition, which selects finalists for the MTNA National Competition.

Paul Menzer, director of the MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance
Invited lectures at Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Central Arkansas.

Oversaw a reading of his latest play at the invitation of the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock.

Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian Studies
Article, “Buddhism on a Global Scale: The Rise of Soka Gakkai International,” has been accepted for the fall issue of the online journal Religion Compass, a Wiley publication.
Brenci Patin͂o, assistant professor of Spanish
The chair and respondent to a panel — “Protagonismo invisible: el tamiz discursivo en la construcción de traducciones culturales en el México y Brasil coloniales” [Invisible Protagonism: The Discursive Filter in the Construction of Cultural Translations in Colonial Mexico and Brazil] — on colonial literature from Mexico and Brazil at the Latin American Studies Association 2013 Congress, May 31, Washington DC.
Claire Ruswick, instruction librarian
An article, “Four Quick Flips Activities for the Information Literacy Classroom,” College & Research Libraries News, May, co-written with former Mary Baldwin librarian, Ilka Datig.

A presentation, “On your mark, get set go! Teaching information literacy through team competition,” at the LOEX conference, May 11–12, Nashville.

Paul Ryan, professor of art
Review of the exhibition, “Arlene Shechet: That Time,” at the Anderson Gallery, School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, in the June 2013 issue of Sculpture magazine.
Jim Sconyers, associate professor of art
Showing his most recent work, Aposematic, at the Beverley Street Studio School Gallery in a group show Printmaking Perspectives, open through June 9.