Faculty and Student Accomplishments: March 2014

View all the recent accomplishments and accolades of Manhattan College’s faculty and students.

School of Arts

Mehnaz M Afridi, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, was mentioned in a Huffington Post blog post by Rabbi Joshua Stanton entitled, “Inter-Religious Studies: A Field of Its Own.”

The post is a recap of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s recent panel, “Future of Judaism and Islam on American Campuses.”

Jennifer C. Edwards, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, recently published the article “My sister for abbess: fifteenth-century disputes over the Abbey of Sainte-Croix, Poitiers,” in Journal of Medieval History 40, no. 1 (2014): 85-107.

Additionally, Edwards presented “Medical and Spiritual Healing in Medieval Miracle Stories,” at the Rutgers University Medieval and Early Modern Studies Colloquium: The Healing Arts Across the Mediterranean in March 2014.

Claire Nolte, Ph.D., professor of history, presented the paper, "The Nation on Parade: Processions in Late Imperial Prague," at the 45th annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, in Boston, Mass.

School of Education and Health

William Merriman, Ph.D., professor and dean of the School of Education, was appointed to serve as the United Nations (UN) representative for the international education honor society Kappa Delta Pi (KDP). As part of this role, he will receive UN non-governmental organization credentials, attend briefings for UN partners, and report to KDP chapters on UN matters relevant to the mission of KDP.

Shawn Ladda, professor of kinesiology, recorded a segment for a new show on National Public Radio’s (NPR) KCRW Santa Monica, Calif., “Press Play” on the Olympic Games and the disparity of the number of men’s events to women’s events.

School of Engineering

Civil engineering major Casey Barrett ’15 was awarded a position to work on stormwater harvesting at the prestigious 2014 ReNUWIt Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at Stanford University from June 16 - Aug. 15. Selected from among 180 applicants, Barrett will occupy one of 14 positions funded by the National Science Foundation.

Jessica Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, received the American Water Works Association’s Second Place 2014 Academic Achievement Award for best doctoral dissertation. This award encourages academic excellence by recognizing contributions to the field of public water supply.

School of Science

Helene R. Tyler, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, will teach Group Theory at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from May 21 - June 13 as part of the University’s Volunteer Lecturer program. Funded and administered by the International Mathematical Union and the U.S. National Committee for Mathematics, the program’s goal is to build capacity in mathematics and mathematics education in developing countries. This is Tyler’s fourth year participating, and she has seen several high-performing students from RUPP go on to pursue graduate degrees abroad.