Elected mid-Atlantic regional treasurer for the Association for Continuing Higher Education.
Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
Nathan “Ben” Herz, program director, doctor of occupational therapy
Served as facilitator for the Parkinson’s Caregiver Forum, May 3, Fishersville.
School of Arts, Humanities, and Renaissance Studies
Jim Sconyers, Jr., associate professor of art
Co-juried the Virginia School Board Association’s Valley Region Student Art Show, April.
School of Science
Maria Craig, assistant professor of chemistry
Presented a poster, “Thermodynamic Characterization of the Interaction between the Antimicrobial Peptide LL-37 and DNA Oligonucleotides,” at the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, April, San Diego. She also served as a judge for the undergraduate poster session. Four MBC students presented posters at the conference, and three received travel awards from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or the Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women in Chemistry.
Paul Deeble, associate professor of biology
Sophia Stone and Paul Deeble — along with co-authors Angela Gupta, April Lao, and Maria Craig — presented a poster, “Human cathelicidin/hCAP-18/LL-37 expression and subcellular localization in LNCaP and PC3 cell line models of prostate cancer: Effects on growth, migration, and invasion,” the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting, San Diego.
Lundy Pentz, Paul Deeble, and Deeble’s wife, Dr. Jennifer Visger, gave a presentation, “The Science behind the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” for the “One Book, One Community” project at the Augusta County Library.
Peter Ruiz-Haas, assistant professor of chemistry
Invited guest speaker at the annual Warrington Science Symposium, April 15, Shenandoah University, Winchester. The title of his talk was “Determination of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in The Shenandoah Valley.”
School of Social Sciences, Business, and Global Studies
Daniel Metraux, professor of Asian studies
Two lengthy book review essays published in the 2014 issue of Japan Studies Review (publication of the Southern Japan Seminar).
Joe Sprangel, assistant professor of business administration
Presented a paper, “The Sustainable Meal Week: The Advent of the Sustainable Meal Plan at Mary Baldwin College,” at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Eastern Academy of Management, May 10, Newport, RI. He co-authored the paper with Tracy Hiner and Mary VanNortwick. The paper will also be published in the conference proceedings.
Abby Wightman, assistant professor of anthropology
Presented a paper, “Enduring Images: The Plains Apache and the Photographs of J. Gilbert McAllister,” the Southern Anthropological Society, Cherokee, NC. Five students accompanied her, including MBC senior Linnea Kuglitsch, who presented a paper, “Confinement for Health: A Comparative Analysis of Historical Institutions as Medical Spaces.” Her submitted paper received an honor mention for best undergraduate paper.
Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership
Amelia Underwood, director of leadership development and academic affairs
Participated in the National Conference on Girls Education — a recruiting fair for primarily an audience of all-girls high school administrators, faculty and recruiters — Philadelphia, PA. She hosted a round-table discussion on the unique advantages of a combined civilian and military leadership development program at the collegiate level.
Attended the National Conference on Leadership and Ethics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, with Cadet Sergeant Carolyn Denny.
Served as a small group facilitator and led discussions on a number of topics including honor, respect, integrity, and ethical challenges faced by high school/college students, the National High School Leadership and Ethics Conference, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.