Dr. Christopher Swanson, associate professor of music, was a guest conductor for the state honors middle school choir held on Saturday, March 1 in Roanoke VA. Dr. Swanson worked all day with 170 sixth, seventh and eighth grade singers and presented a concert of choral music that evening.
A paper by Scott Senn, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has been accepted for publication in the forthcoming 2013 volume of the Journal of the International Plato Society. Its title is “Ignorance or Irony in Plato’s Socrates?: A Look Beyond Avowals and Disavowals of Knowledge”. It was presented last summer at a meeting of the Central New York Humanities Ancient Philosophy Working Group. The paper is a companion piece to Dr. Senn’s 2012 publication titled “Socratic Philosophy, Rationalism, and ‘Obedience’: Decision Making without Divine Intervention”. The papers depart dramatically from recent scholarship, arguing that Plato depicts Socrates not as one who doesn’t know the answers to perennial quesitons about what is a good life and what it is to be a just and good human being, but rather as one who is confident in his ability to give substantive answers to such questions.
Dr. Lily Goetz (Professor of Spanish) and Dr. William Holliday (Assistant Professor of History) presented a workshop for university and high school educators entitled “Designing Programs to Foster Intercultural Competence Through Interdisciplinary Study Abroad” at the Fourth International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence hosted by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) of the University of Arizona.
Tim Holmstrom, Assistant Professor of Physics, Vincent Sulkosky, Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics, Keith Rider, former Professor of Chemistry, and colleagues in Jefferson Lab Hall A PVDIS collaboration had their article “Measurement of parity violation in electron–quark scattering” published in the 6 February 2014 edition of Nature.
Senator Mark Warner was a guest in David Magill’s English 400 on Wednesday, January 29. Introduced by President Reveley, Warner joined the class via Skype to discuss leadership, citizenship, and the affordability of post-secondary education. A fuller account of the afternoon is here.
Congratulations to Dr. Maria Timmerman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, who will be awarded the 2014 Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics William C. Lowry Outstanding Mathematics Educator of the Year Award for the University Level. The award will be presented in March during the VCTM Annual Conference. Dr. Timmerman was recognized as being a highly qualified educator and for her outstanding work in the field of mathematics education.
A manuscript by Dr. JoEllen Pederson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has been published in the International Journal of Social Science Studies. This article, entitled “Where should the money go? A six-country comparison of attitudes toward spending on public pensions and unemployment programs”, is available online at http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/ijsss/issue/view/8.
The Medieval Center in Poitiers has featured Dr. Steven Isaac as their lead story on their web page, thanks to a paper that he gave at the Southeastern Medieval Association in NC in October entitled “What if the Riff-Raff Weren’t so Rough? A look at Mercenary Origins in the 1100s”. He did most of the research for the paper this past summer in Poitiers. For further information (if you read French) see: