Academic News (News2Note) — February 2017 

News2Note, the academic newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is published monthly during the academic year by Debra Stoudt, associate dean for academic policies and procedures. Academic news can be submitted to her directly at dstoudt@vt.edu.

Academic News

Alexander Dickow, an assistant professor of French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, published Rhapsodie curieuse (Mugron, France: Editions Louise Bottu, 2017).

The following graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were selected to join the Academy for Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence. Accepted as members were Robert Flahive, ASPECT, and Bradford Stucki, Human Development; accepted as associate members were Mary Nedela, Human Development, Jyotsana Sharma, Counselor Education, and Raven Weaver, Human Development. The Graduate School recognizes the members for their strong commitment to excellence in teaching and creating affirming learning opportunities in higher education.

Brian Britt, professor and chair of the Department of Religion and Culture, published “Blasphemie,” in Handbuch Literatur und Religion, ed. Daniel Weidner (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler Verlag, 2016), 335–39.

Britt also published “Taking a Knee as Critical Civil Religion” in Sightings, a biweekly, electronic forum published by the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School on January 5.

Jessie Chen-Yu, an associate professor of fashion merchandising and design in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, and Soak-Wai Wong, who earned her doctorate from Virginia Tech in 2014, received the Paper of Distinction Award in the Textile Science Track in the 2016 International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference. Their paper was titledEffects of Perspiration Treatment, Weathering Exposures, and Repeated Laundering on the Ultraviolet Protection of a Naturally Colored Lightweight Cotton Fabric.” The conference took place in November in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Timothy Luke, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science, published “Caring for the Low-Carbon Self: The Government of Self and Others in the World as a Gas Greenhouse,” in Towards a Cultural Politics of Climate Change: Devices, Desires, and Dissent, ed. Harriett Bulkeley, Matthew Paterson, and Johannes Stripple (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 66–80.

Luke also published, “On the Road to Marrakesh: A Politics of Mitigation or Mystification for Global Climate Change?” in Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 177 (Winter 2016), 209–18.

ASPECT doctoral student Mary Ryan co-facilitated a training for professionals in nonprofit organizations titled “Understanding Social Impact and Value Reports.” The training, which took place December 16, 2016, at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is part of Marquette’s Social Innovation Initiative. Ryan also directed the original play, The Bartender, which played a sold-out run December 1–30, 2016, at the Alchemist Theatre in Milwaukee.

ASPECT doctoral student Shelby Ward published “Embodying the Serpent: A Critical Re-engagement of Borderlands/La Frontera in Language and Identity Performance,” in Feminist Spaces 3.1 (Fall/Winter 2017): 31–54.

Two faculty members from the School of Performing Arts — Ariana Wyatt, soprano, and Philip Paglialonga, clarinetist — performed in the Israeli premiere of James Whitbourn’s oratorio Annelies at the University of Haifa on December 29 and at the Lin and Ted Arison Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv on December 30. The oratorio, written for choir, piano trio, clarinet, and soprano soloist, was presented with the Colla Voce Choir.

Besnik Pula, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, published “Organizational Fields,” in Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, ed. Ali Farazmand (Heidelberg: Springer, 2017).

Two Spanish faculty members in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures— María del Carmen Caña Jiménez and Vinodh Venkatesh — co-edited Horacio Castellanos Moya: el diablo en el espejo [Horacio Castellanos Moya: The Devil in the Mirror] (Valencia: Albatros, 2016).