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Marquette University College of Arts & Sciences

Inquiry: Spring 2014 e-newsletter

HELEN WAY KLINGLER COLLEGE
OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Message from the dean

Richard HolzAs we near Commencement, I look forward with anticipation to attending my first Marquette ceremony when I'll witness the moment more than 600 Klingler College of Arts and Sciences graduates officially head out into the world. Our students will take their educational experiences and apply the many lessons they have learned, grounded in our Catholic, Jesuit roots. For four years, we've challenged our students to think critically and to consistently reflect on their learning. I am filled with gratitude knowing that the world will be a better place for the leaders we are putting forth and for their knowledge that is grounded in Ignatian teaching.

It is an exciting time at Marquette. We are thrilled that Dr. Michael R. Lovell will join us as the 24th president of Marquette. Dr. Lovell is a distinguished scholar and devout Catholic who emphasizes a student-centered vision saying, "I'm looking forward to providing Marquette students a campus experience that is second to none."

The college is excited to be housed in the newly renovated Sensenbrenner Hall, along with the Honors Program, Advising Center and the Department of History. The college also recently began implementing an ambitious strategic plan that is built around the overarching themes, goals and objectives of the university's strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries. The future of the university is bright, and our alumni and students are the heart of that future.

Richard C. Holz, Ph.D.
Dean, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Philosophy professor receives $2.6 million grant for research on virtue

Dr. Nancy E. Snow, professor of philosophy, received a $2.6 million grant that will fund interdisciplinary research on virtue, character and the development of the moral self. The three-year grant, which is the largest humanities grant in university history, was awarded by the Templeton Religion Trust, which funds "discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality."

The initiative will also include the seeding of 10 new research projects, an interdisciplinary forum and conferences with international scholars. According to Snow, the project will study how individuals develop virtue in their lives and how it is translated into practical efforts such as education. The researchers hope their work will ultimately impact important societal issues, such as bullying, and focus on how to counter them – a goal that Snow said aligns perfectly with Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit mission. The grant comes with a $100,000 fundraising challenge. If you would like to make a gift in support of the research, please contact Kelley McCaskill at kelley.mccaskill@marquette.edu or 414-288-1590.

Student receives prestigious Fulbright Award

Somer Nowak, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected for a 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Brazil. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. Nowak will represent the country as a cultural ambassador, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Brazil. Nowak will receive a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary international affairs this May.

In additional student news, the January 2014 edition of the American Theological Inquiry Journal published research by Taylor Dean, a senior studying theology. Dean's capstone seminar research is titled, "Theology in Conflict: Antebellum and Post-War South."

College faculty highlighted in research publication

Discover, Marquette's annual research publication, helps demonstrate the quality of groundbreaking research occurring across campus. The latest issue features a biological sciences professor researching breakthroughs in the study of mitochondria; a professor of English who studies the religious climate of 18th and 19th century England; and two social and cultural sciences faculty members researching how evidence is used, presented and processed in sexual assaults.

University recognizes two Arts and Sciences faculty with awards

Two Arts and Sciences faculty were honored with university awards. Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova, associate professor of Spanish, working with Dr. Pamela Hill Nettleton in the Diederich College of Communication, were awarded the Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Award. They were recognized for a collaboration with the Haggerty Museum of Art to integrate art exhibits into their courses.

The university also recognized Dr. Laura Matthew, associate professor of history, with the 2014-15 Way Klingler Sabbatical Award. She will spend her year-long sabbatical working on her next book, which includes research in Guatemala and Mexico.

Philosophy journal edited at Marquette recognized by peers

History of Philosophy Quarterly, a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the history of philosophy was ranked 6th in the world for best quality journals. The journal is edited by Dr. Richard Taylor, professor of philosophy. The ranking was given by Leiter Reports, a respected philosophy blog, and based on a survey of philosophers who serve on the advisory board for the Leiter Report.

Arts and Sciences alumni honored during national awards weekend

Six distinguished Arts and Sciences alumni were honored last week during Alumni National Awards Weekend. Each spring, Marquette University sets aside one special weekend to honor distinguished alumni from every college and school who represent the heart, soul and spirit of Marquette. Dr. Richard J. Kitz, Arts '51, was honored with the university's Professional Achievement Award. Susan Brooks Murphy, Arts '51, was honored with the university's Service to the Community Award.

Kevin T. O'Malley, Arts '73, was honored with the college's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Kathryn Karich Lauer, Arts '80, was recognized with the college's Professional Achievement Award. Gregory P. Archambault, Arts '81, was honored with the college's Entrepreneur Award. Kathleen L. Kraninger, Arts '97, received the college's Young Alumna Award.

Political science professor honored by Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. McGee Young, associate professor of political science, was honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal with a Forty Under 40 award, which honors individuals for making a significant difference in their community at a young age. Young studies the way individuals form organizations promote social and political change. His own entrepreneurial spirit led him to found H20Score, an online portal that allows Milwaukee-area customers to access and analyze their quarterly water usage data. In his nomination letter, Interim President Robert A. Wild, S.J., emphasized Young's passion for social innovation, collaboration and conservation.

Theology professor elected into European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Dr. Ulrich Lehner, associate professor of theology at Marquette University, has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. The esteemed group includes leading scholars and Nobel laureates.

"Dr. Lehner exemplifies what it means to be a scholar and his election to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts is well justified," said Dr. Margaret Callahan, interim provost at Marquette. "His expertise in religious history provides important context to many of the questions and issues the world continues to face today."

Based in Salzburg, Austria, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts is an interdisciplinary network of scholars from various fields who focus on scientific, social, cultural and ethical issues concerning the region. Lehner is the first Marquette scholar inducted into the academy.

Physics professor featured on cover of 'Science' magazine

Dr. Christopher Stockdale, an associate professor of physics who specializes in stellar explosions called supernovae, was part of a research group whose work was featured on the cover is featured of Science magazine. Science is the world's leading outlet for scientific news, commentary and cutting-edge research. Supernovae that astronomers first saw explode decades ago are still visible using radio waves, allowing Stockdale and others to piece together hints of what happened to the stars before they died.

IN THIS EDITION

Philosophy professor receives $2.6 million grant for research on virtue

Student receives prestigious Fulbright Award

College faculty highlighted in research publication

University honors two Arts and Sciences faculty with awards

 

Philosophy journal edited at Marquette recognized by peers

Arts and Sciences alumni honored during national awards weekend

Political science professor honored by 'Milwaukee Business Journal'

Theology professor elected into European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Physics professor featured on cover of 'Science' magazine

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