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People Notes: September 28, 2009


Babette Babich, Ph.D., A&S,
professor of philosophy, gave a lecture on rhetoric in Heidegger and Nietzsche and a workshop on reading Nietzsche rhetorically for “Rhetoric and Public Culture,” a graduate seminar at Northwestern University this past July.

Jeffrey Couchman, Ph.D., A&S,
teaching fellow of English, has published The Night of the Hunters: A Biography of a Film(Northwestern University Press, 2009).

Stephen Finlan, Ph.D., A&S,
teaching fellow of theology, has published The Family Metaphor in Jesus Teaching: Gospel and Ethics (Wipf and Stock, 2009).

Silvia C. Finnemann, Ph.D. A&S,
associate professor of biological sciences, attended the 2009 Meeting of the ARVO International Society for Ocular Cell Biology in Portugal on Sept. 9-13. Her graduate student gave a presentation on Finnemann’s lab’s research, “Distinct Domains in the beta5-Integrin Cytoplasmic Tail Are Required for Receptor Adhesive Function and Polarity.”

Eva Garcia, GSE,
director of Fordham’s NYS Bronx Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center (BETAC) and Lillian Garcia, BETAC’s resource specialist, were honored by the New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. at its College Awards Gala on Aug. 20, at Marina del Rey, the Bronx.

Irene A. Gutheil, D.S.W., GSS,
Henry C. Ravazzin Professor of Gerontology and director of the Ravazzin Center on Aging, andJanna Heyman, Ph.D., assistant professor of social work, helped develop a curriculum for a volunteer training program for care givers, created by the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services. The training of volunteers will begin in October.

Nicholas Johnson, LAW,
professor of law, gave a speech at the 2009 “Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium” held Sept.12, at Northwestern University Law School, in Chicago, Ill. This event was sponsored by the NRA Foundation and the Northwestern University chapter of the Federalist Society.

Matthew McGowan, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of classics, published his first book, Ovid in Exile: Power and Poetic Redress in the Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto (Brill, 2009). His article, “Metamorphoses in Belfast: The Ovidian Transformations of Michael Longley,” appeared in the Summer 2009 volume of Classical Outlook. He was recently appointed to the American Philological Association’s Committee on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae and elected president of the New York Classical Club.

Philip M. Napoli, Ph.D., BUS,
professor of communications and media management and director of the Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, provided expert testimony in two separate ongoing U.S. Government Accountability Office investigations dealing with media policy. Napoli also published a book chapter titled “Media Economics,” in Media Industries: History, Theory, and Methods (Blackwell, 2009).

Francis Petit, Ed.D., BUS,
assistant dean and director of Executive Programs, recently presented “Partnerships and Collaborations” at the World Class Practices in Management Education Conference sponsored by AACSB International at Fudan University in Shanghai on June 2.

Janet Ruffing, RSM, Ph.D., GRE,
professor in spirituality and spiritual direction, published “Discernment Dissected” in the summer issue of Horizon. She also presented “Love, Mysticism and Spiritual Direction,” at Aquinas Institute, St. Louis, Mo., June 12-14 and “Ineluctable this Shimmering: The Principle and Foundation,” keynote address for the Jesuit Collaborative Conference, June 21 at Fordham.


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