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Bjoern Ludwar’s project featured by MathWorks

MathWorks, the maker of the market leading mathematical computational software MATLAB, is now featuring Longwood University on its website.  The company contacted us after it learned from news reports about our project which uses wavelet analysis of fingerprints to assess a person’s risk for diabetes mellitus. MathWorks was impressed by the innovative use of their mathematical programming language which more typically finds applications in engineering and they decided to highlight the project on their website.

Dr. Chuck Ross signs contract for new book

Dr. Chuck Ross, Professor of Physics, has signed a contract with the University of Mississippi Press to write a book examining the logistics of Civil War blockade running in the Bahamas.  The book, expected to be released in early 2019, will be Dr. Ross’s fourth book devoted to technological and scientific aspects of the Civil War.  Dr. Ross has also been hired as a consultant for a children’s book about the technology of the Civil War.

Virginia Lewis

Dr. Virginia Lewis, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, is co-author of two textbooks: STEM Research for Students Volume 1: Understanding Scientific Experimentation, Engineering Design, and Mathematical Relationships and STEM Research for Students Volume 2: Creating Effective Science Experiments, Engineering Designs, and Mathematical Investigations.  The books are co-authored by Julia Cothron, Ronald Giese, Richard Rezba, and Paula Klonowski Leach.


Thomas Wears

Dr. Thomas Wears, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, presented Lorentzian Ricci Solitons on Solvable Lie Groups at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, GA in January 2017.

David Shoenthal

Ms. Virginia Kinman, Assistant Vice President for Accreditation and Compliance, and Dr. David Shoenthal, Professor of Mathematics, presented Teaching Load: Faculty Adequacy and Program Improvement at the SACS-COC Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA in December 2016.

Happy Hallo-wine! with Illyria Theatre Company

Halloween candy, wine pairings, and a scary play reading- Oh My!

Assistant Professor of Acting Lacy Klinger, and publicity manager Chris Klinger have founded a new non-profit theatre company in Farmville, VA.


Illyria Theatre Company joins forces with the Virginia Tasting Cellar to offer a one-afternoon only event in the spirit of Halloween. Come enjoy the treats of the cellar and listen to a scary play reading, featuring other Longwood University faculty, staff, and students:  Professor Ronda Scarrow, Professor Don Blaheta, Clint Wright, Greg Tsigaridas, and Longwood senior Baylee Holloran.

Saturday, October 29th  at the Virginia Tasting Cellar at 4:30 pm! Free admission!

(HOT SEASON is rated PG-13 for content, language, and mild violence.)




Of Wolves and Mercenaries

Dr. Steven Isaac has just published an article in the summer edition of the Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale 59:2 in France.  The article, “Le Loup et le Mercenaire: une métaphore d’exclusion au XIIe siècle,” looks at how medieval chroniclers, because they did not have the actual term “mercenary” (in its modern sense) available to them, turned to other descriptions, especially that of the ravenous wolf, to describe the twelfth century’s hired warriors.  Among the evidence treated is the earliest mention we have of the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  Plus some werewolves.  And supposed armies of wolves who attacked in military formations.

Christopher Swanson sings in Filipino opera

Dr. Christopher Swanson will sing a leading role in a the opera Noli me tángere by Filipino composer Felipe de Leon (1912-1992).  Performances will be September 30, October 1, 2, 13, 14, 15 & 16 at the Henrico Theater. Noli me tangere (1957), the first Filipino opera, is a dramatization of the important nationalist novel of the same name by Jose Rizal  (1861-1896). It will be performed in Tagalog.

Faulkner’s Bitterroot published

Steven Faulkner’s new memoir, Bitterroot: Echoes of Beauty and Loss, has been published by Beaufort Books of New York City. It is available in bookstores and on Amazon.

From the Bitterroot press release:


On the occasion of the 100th-year anniversary of the National Parks Service, author Steven Faulkner releases a memoir of his unforgettable experience on the Lewis and Clark Trail.



 Bitterroot: Echoes of Beauty & Loss (Beaufort Books, July 2016. New York, NY)

narrates the adventures of Steven Faulkner and his eighteen-year-old son, Alex, on the Lewis and Clark Trail, an audacious journey across the United States that brought father and son from the High Plains, over the hazardous Rockies, to the homeland of the Native American tribe, the Nez Perce.

Using letters of the 19th-century explorer De Smet and the records of Nez Perce warrior, White Thunder, Steven and Alex re-experience part of the journey that Lewis and Clark made in the early 1800’s through the vast Wild West landscape.

In this father-son story, author Steven Faulkner provides an in-depth understanding of the often-unexplored Wild Northwest, reporting the hard times and risks of his journey, as well as meaningful chance encounters with residents who share their own stories.

The passion and knowledge that Steven Faulkner has for history and for travel makes this book a must-read for all Wild West history-lovers.



Steven Faulkner grew up in the Sudan and Ethiopia in Africa, and later in Arkansas and Kansas. After dropping out of college, he married, had children, and worked a variety of jobs: driving dump trucks and concrete mixers, carpet cleaning, roofing, newspaper and doughnut delivery, and spent fourteen years as a carpenter.

Invited Keynotes from Sean Ruday and Jennie Miskec

Zagreb1Jennie Miskec has been selected to deliver the keynote lecture in Zagreb in October at the opening of an international conference,  “A Century of Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić’s Croatian Tales of Long Ago.” Stemming from her work during recent summer courses offered in Croatia (with David Hardin), Dr. Miskec’s presentation is titled “Croatian Children’s Culture Abroad.”  Meanwhile, Sean Ruday was invited by Pittsburgh Public Schools this month to present the keynote address and lead breakout workshops for a language arts professional development session during the opening meeting of the school division’s faculty this year.