Faculty and Staff Achievements

Baldwin Online and Adult Programs

achievement_KariFrenz Kari Frenz, academic advisor

Elected mid-Atlantic regional treasurer for the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences

Ben Herz Nathan “Ben” Herz, program director, doctor of occupational therapy

Served as facilitator for the Parkinson’s Caregiver Forum, May 3, Fishersville.

School of Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies

achievement_jimsconyers Jim Sconyers, Jr., associate professor of art

Co-juried the Virginia School Board Association’s Valley Region Student Art Show, April.

School of Science

achievement_mariacraig Maria Craig, assistant professor of chemistry

Presented a poster, “Thermodynamic Characterization of the Interaction between the Antimicrobial Peptide LL-37 and DNA Oligonucleotides,” at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, April, San Diego. She also served as a judge for the undergraduate poster session. Four Mary Baldwin students presented posters at the conference, and three received travel awards from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or the Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women in Chemistry.

achievement_pauldeeble Paul Deeble, associate professor of biology

Sophia Stone and Paul Deeble — along with co-authors Angela Gupta, April Lao, and Maria Craig — presented a poster, “Human cathelicidin/hCAP-18/LL-37 expression and subcellular localization in LNCaP and PC3 cell line models of prostate cancer: Effects on growth, migration, and invasion,” the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting, San Diego.

Lundy Pentz, Paul Deeble, and Deeble’s wife, Dr. Jennifer Visger, gave a presentation, “The Science behind the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” for the “One Book, One Community” project at the Augusta County Library.

achievement_peterruizhaas Peter Ruiz-Haas, assistant professor of chemistry

Invited guest speaker at the annual Warrington Science Symposium, April 15, Shenandoah University, Winchester. The title of his talk was “Determination of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in The Shenandoah Valley.”

School of Social Sciences, Business, and Global Studies

achievement_danielmetraux Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies

Two lengthy book review essays published in the 2014 issue of Japan Studies Review (publication of the Southern Japan Seminar).

achievement_joesprangel Joe Sprangel, assistant professor of business administration

Presented a paper, “The Sustainable Meal Week: The Advent of the Sustainable Meal Plan at Mary Baldwin University,” at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management, May 10, Newport, RI. He co-authored the paper with Tracy Hiner and Mary VanNortwick. The paper will also be published in the conference proceedings.

achievement_abbywightman Abby Wightman, assistant professor of anthropology

Presented a paper, “Enduring Images: The Plains Apache and the Photographs of J. Gilbert McAllister,” the Southern Anthropological Society, Cherokee, NC. Five students accompanied her, including Mary Baldwin senior Linnea Kuglitsch, who presented a paper, “Confinement for Health: A Comparative Analysis of Historical Institutions as Medical Spaces.” Her submitted paper received an honor mention for best undergraduate paper.

Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership

achievement_Mary Baldwin seal Amelia Underwood, director of leadership development and academic affairs

Participated in the National Conference on Girls Education — a recruiting fair for primarily an audience of all-girls high school administrators, faculty and recruiters — Philadelphia, PA. She hosted a round-table discussion on the unique advantages of a combined civilian and military leadership development program at the collegiate level.

Attended the National Conference on Leadership and Ethics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, with Cadet Sergeant Carolyn Denny.

Served as a small group facilitator and led discussions on a number of topics including honor, respect, integrity, and ethical challenges faced by high school/college students, the National High School Leadership and Ethics Conference, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.