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Bright, Mellow Steinway Awaits Christopher Newport Pianists

  Thursday, August 08, 2019
— To the untrained ear, two pianos may sound exactly alike. But to keyboard students in the Department of Music, the difference between a short, older baby grand and a majestic seven-foot grand piano is enormous, the differences in sound quite ...

Peter Monaghan Awarded NSF Grant for JLab Research Program

  Friday, June 28, 2019
— The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Dr. Peter Monaghan, assistant professor of physics, a grant totalling $242,000 over three years in support of his research program at nearby Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab). ...

Music Professor Awarded Grant to Redesign Unique Open-Source Music Textbook

  Monday, June 24, 2019
  Music
— Dr. Chelsey Hamm, assistant professor of music, is part of a team of faculty from colleges in the U.S. and Canada that received a grant from the Virginia Academic Library Consortium to substantially overhaul the only existing open-source music ...

From Pride to Sloth, David Salomon Examines the Seven Deadly Sins in New Book

  Monday, May 06, 2019
 
— The so-called seven deadly sins – pride, lust, anger, gluttony, avarice, envy and sloth – are as old as humanity, constantly evolving, and still influence our popular culture in countless ways, according to a new book authored ...

Physics Professor Awarded Nuclear Research Grant

  Wednesday, April 10, 2019
— Dr. David Heddle, professor of physics, has been awarded a nearly $50,000 grant as part of the establishment of the Center for Nuclear Femtography at the Thomas Jefferson Nuclear Accelerator Facility (JLab) in Newport News. The emerging science ...

Spanish Music Lost for More Than 200 Years Will Be Featured in Colorful Concert at Pope Chapel

  Tuesday, April 02, 2019
— Discovered by a Christopher Newport professor in a forgotten file in a Spanish library, music from an 18th-century play will be performed in a free concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Pope Chapel. This will be the first performance in over ...

Mark Padilla Publishes New Study of Hitchcock Films

  Tuesday, March 05, 2019
— Dr. Mark Padilla, distinguished professor of classical studies, has published Classical Myth in Alfred Hitchcock's Wrong Man and Grace Kelly Films. In the book, Padilla reviews six beloved Hitchcock films: "The 39 Steps," "Saboteur" and "North ...

New Wason Center Poll Finds an Independent on 2020 Ballot Would Tip Election for Trump

  Monday, February 25, 2019
— Five times as many voters would defect from the Democratic nominee to an independent presidential candidate in 2020 as would abandon Donald Trump for an independent, according to a national survey of likely voters by the Wason Center for Public ...

Dave Shuhy Awarded Grant for Immersive Design Experience

  Monday, February 18, 2019
— Theater lecturer Dr. Dave Shuhy has been awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for his Immersive Design Experience (IDX), an intensive technical theater/design summer program for area high school students. IDX is a three-day ...

Christi Harris to Open New Art Exhibition

  Thursday, January 17, 2019
— Christi Harris, professor and chair of the Department of Fine Art and Art History will show her work in a new exhibition title "Paper Marriage" in the main gallery at Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland, Virginia. For the series, Harris created six ...

In New Book, Professor Contends Bureaucracy is Transforming Law on Sexual Assault and Discrimination

  Monday, January 14, 2019
— The 37 words in Title IX that prohibit sex discrimination at schools and colleges receiving federal funding have been transformed by a “discretionary bureaucracy” into hundreds of legal requirements, according to a new and ...

Dr. Ryan Fisher Awarded $10.8 Million Grant to Develop Advanced Space Exploration Infrastructure

  Wednesday, December 12, 2018
— Dr. Ryan Fisher of the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering (PCSE) is one of a select group of scientists to announce the detection of four new gravitational waves. These detections will broaden the understanding of black holes ...

Dr. Suparna Chaudhry Wins Best Dissertation Award

  Wednesday, October 03, 2018
— The American Political Science Association has recognized Dr. Suparna Chaudhry with its Best Dissertation Award in Human Rights. Chaudhry is assistant professor of political science, and the director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and ...

Michaela Meyer Co-Edits ’Shondaland’ Collection

  Thursday, September 27, 2018
— Dr. Michaela D.E. Meyer, professor of communication and academic director of undergraduate research and creative activity, has co-edited Adventures in Shondaland: Identity Politics and the Power of Representation, along with Dr. Rachel A. ...

Todd Gruber Awarded Virginia Academy of Science Grant

  Monday, July 09, 2018
— The Virginia Academy of Science has awarded Dr. Todd Gruber, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry, a grant to study innovative ways to remove plastic waste from the environment. In particular, Gruber's project ...

Jessica Kelly Awarded Mathematical Association of America Grant

  Wednesday, May 30, 2018
— The Mathematical Association of America has awarded Dr. Jessica Kelly, assistant professor of mathematics, a grant through its Preparation for Industrial Careers in the Mathematical Sciences program. The program, which is funded by the National ...

Brent Cusher Co-Edits Leadership Volume

  Monday, May 14, 2018
— Dr. Brent Cusher, associate professor in the Department of Leadership and American Studies, is the co-editor of Leadership and the Unmasking Authenticity: The Philosophy of Self-Knowledge and Deception, along with Dr. Mark Menaldo of Texas ...

Kristin Skees Opens Solo Art Exhibition in Dallas

  Friday, April 27, 2018
— Studio art lecturer Kristin Skees' has opened a solo exhibition at Galleri Urbane in Dallas. The show, titled "Close-Knit," features work from her ongoing Cozy Portrait series. "This is my first show with Galleri Urbane Marfa+Dallas," she says. ...

White Co-Authors Book on USS Monitor

  Wednesday, March 21, 2018
— Dr. Jonathan W. White, associate professor of American studies, has co-authored Our Little Monitor with Anna Gibson Holloway, former curator of the USS Monitor Center in Newport News. Through archaeological and archival materials, the book ...

Laura Puaca Wins History of Science Society Prize

  Tuesday, November 21, 2017
— Dr. Laura M. Puaca, Associate Professor of History, has won the History of Science Society’s Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize for her book, Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the ...

Dr. Laura Puaca Wins Publication Award From Disability History Association

  Monday, October 09, 2017
— The Disability History Association has selected Dr. Laura Micheletti Puaca for its Publication Award for Best Article / Book Chapter. Puaca's essay, “The Largest Occupational Group of All the Disabled: Homemakers with Disabilities and ...

Rachel Bitecofer To Publish New Book on 2016 Presidential Election

  Wednesday, October 04, 2017
— Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, lecturer in the Department of Political Science, has written The Unprecedented 2016 Presidential Election, which explains the 2016 presidential election through a strategic focus. Bitecofer specifically addresses ...

‘Life, Death and Everything in Between’

  Friday, September 08, 2017
— Dr. Ivan Rodden, Assistant Professor of English, presented an original play in July titled "Life, Death and Everything In-Between" featuring three Christopher Newport students. Rodden, whose creative work appears under the pseudonym Ivan Faute, ...

Darlene Mitrano Awarded Five-Year, $300K NIH Grant

  Friday, August 04, 2017
— Dr. Darlene Mitrano, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry, is the recipient of a five-year, $309,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for her work on sleep disorders. The collaborative project also ...

Joshua Patterson Awarded $239K from National Science Foundation

  Monday, July 31, 2017
— Dr. Joshua Patterson, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, was awarded a three-year, $239,989 grant from the National Science Foundation Environmental Chemical Sciences Program. The grant will support a collaboration between Patterson and Dr. ...

Kathryn Cole Awarded Funding for Anticancer Drug Design

  Wednesday, July 05, 2017
— Dr. Kathryn Cole, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry, was recently awarded funding from the Commonwealth Health Research Board for her research on anticancer drug design. Her work in structural biology is ...

Mulryan Co-edits Text on Prison Escape Tales

  Monday, April 10, 2017
— Dr. Michael Mulryan, Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, co-edited and is a contributor to Eighteenth-Century Escape Tales: Between Fact and Fiction, a study of the interdisciplinary nature of prison escape ...

Art Professor's Work Displayed on Area Billboard

  Friday, April 07, 2017
— Assistant Professor of Art Alan Skees is one of four featured artists whose artwork appears on billboards around Hampton Roads. The program is sponsored by ArtPop, a North Carolina-based gallery that promotes local artists’ work. ...

Danielle Ward-Griffin Awarded Virgil Thomson Fellowship

  Tuesday, April 04, 2017
— Dr. Danielle Ward-Griffin, Assistant Professor of Music, has been awarded the Virgil Thomson Fellowship from the Society for American Music for “Exporting Menotti: Maria Golovín at the Brussels World Fair.” The ...

Steven Awarded Grant for Fern DNA Research

  Wednesday, January 04, 2017
— Dr. Janet Steven, Assistant Professor of Biology, has received a grant from the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen for DNA research that she hopes will confirm the age of fern populations in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The work is part of ...

Silverman Edits 'Game of Thrones' Essay Collection

  Tuesday, December 06, 2016
— Philosophy and Religious Studies Professor Dr. Eric Silverman is lead editor of The Ultimate Game of Thrones and Philosophy, a collection of 30 essays on political power, morality and other philosophical questions as presented in the popular TV show.

James Allison Publishes Text on American Indians and Energy Development

  Tuesday, December 06, 2016
— Assistant Professor of History Dr. James Allison published Sovereignty for Survival: American Energy Development and Indian Self-Determination, which details how American Indians leveraged their possession of valuable energy resources during the ...

Harter Authors Study of Foucault and Leadership

  Tuesday, December 06, 2016
— Nathan Harter published Foucault on Leadership: The Leader as Subject, an examination of French philosopher Michel Foucault's insights on leader development, most importantly that a leader must first become a subject – an autonomous ...

Biology Professor Co-Authors Study on Fish Populations in West Africa

  Tuesday, December 06, 2016
— Assistant Professor of Organismal and Environmental Biology Dr. Heather Harwell co-authored Red List of Marine Bony Fishes of the Eastern Central Atlantic. This large, collaborative research effort is the first comprehensive documentation of the ...

Joining the Quest for a Cure

  Tuesday, November 15, 2016
— A group of Christopher Newport researchers are the recipients of the 2016–17 Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, an initiative of the Virginia Center on Aging, which awards grants to researchers in Virginia ...

Chemistry Professor Awarded $70,000 American Chemical Society Grant

  Friday, November 11, 2016
— Assistant Professor of chemistry Dr. Joshua Patterson has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the the American Chemical Society for his work on asphaltenes – a major component of petroleum. “Petroleum is one of the most complex ...

Happier Students are More Engaged Students

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— Traditionally, when it comes to mental health, there’s a tendency to focus on problems like anxiety and depression, and interventions are designed to eliminate the symptoms and fix the problems. The underlying assumption is that if ...

Moran Publishes Book on Aztec Food and Ritual Practice

  Tuesday, September 06, 2016
— Dr. Liz Moran, Associate Professor of art history, has published Sacred Consumption: Food and Ritual in Aztec Art and Culture, a book that analyzes how foods were transformed into sacred elements within particular Aztec rituals, and how food in ...

Dr. Kelly Cartwright Awarded $270,000 Grant for Reading Comprehension Project

  Friday, August 26, 2016
— Dr. Kelly Cartwright, Professor of Psychology, was awarded a four-year, $270,000 grant from the Institute of Education Sciences for a project called Language, Executive Functioning Skills, and Reading for eNgagement (LEARN). The project ...

Computer Science Lecturer Awarded National Institute of Aerospace Grant

  Friday, August 26, 2016
— Keith Perkins, visiting lecturer in the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering, has been awarded a two-year, $60,000 grant from the National Institute of Aerospace for his work with high-powered lasers, which have a wide ...

Dr. Anna DeJong Wins $150K From National Science Foundation

  Thursday, August 25, 2016
— Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Anna DeJong was awarded a three-year $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will support her research, as well as that of two students, for the next three ...

Steven to Use Virginia Academy of Sciences Grant to Study Plant Diversity

  Monday, June 13, 2016
— Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Janet Steven has received a grant from the Virginia Academy of Sciences to study plant species composition in nearby Mariners’ Museum Park. The loss of surrounding farmland, the ...

Sociology Professor Pens Text on Prohibition in the South

  Thursday, May 26, 2016
— Dr. Michael Lewis, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology (SSWA), has published The Coming of Southern Prohibition, an examination of the rise and fall of South Carolina’s ...

Filetti Wins Annual College English Association Prize

  Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  English
— Dr. Jean Filetti, Professor and Chair of the English Department has won the Robert A. Miller Memorial Prize for best article published by the College English Association in its journal CEA Critic. The CEA is a ...

Vachris Co-Authors Book Tying Together Economics, Literature

  Friday, January 15, 2016
— Economics Professor Dr. Michelle Vachris co-wrote Pride and Profit, a text describing the links between British writer Jane Austen’s work and that of economist Adam Smith, both of whom revealed much about culture and ...

Mastery Through Mentorship

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— The two psychology professors have seen a lot and been a part of countless undergraduate lives, teaching and training students in a wide array of courses and research methods. Their latest endeavor combines all that experience with a crucial ...
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