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Gloria Durka, Ph.D., GRE,
director of the doctoral program in religious education, presided over ISREV XVII, the bi-annual meeting of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, which was held from July 25 to 30 in Ottawa. She was re-elected president of ISREV.

Albert Greco, Ed.D., BUS,
professor of marketing, published “The State of the U.S. Book Industry: 2008-2015” and presented it on June 15 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He co-wrote “A SWOT Analysis of Scholarly Journals” and presented it on June 2 at the annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing in San Francisco.

Janna C. Heyman, Ph.D., GSS,
associate professor of social work, was named dean/program director of the Westchester campus, Graduate School of Social Service.

Janet Kaplan, M.F.A., A&S,
poet in residence, received the Ernest Sandeen Prize from the University of Notre Dame Press for her newest poetry collection, Dreamlife of a Philanthropist (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).

Anne-Marie Kirmse, O.P., Ph.D., A&S,
research associate, Laurence J. McGinley Chair in Religion and Society, and associate professor of theology, presented a paper, “Avery Dulles: Unwitting Prophet,” in June at the Catholic Theological Society of America’s annual meeting in Cleveland.

Michael E. Lee, Ph.D., A&S,
assistant professor of theology, received the 2010 book prize awarded by the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI) at Princeton Theological Seminary. The prize, awarded for his book Bearing the Weight of Salvation: The Soteriology of Ignacio Ellacuría (Crossroad Publishing, 2010), was presented on July 17 at HTI’s 14th annual summer workshop.

John J. McMahon, Ph.D., A&S,
associate professor of chemistry, received two patents, both titled “Photocatalytic Electrode and Fuel Cell,” US 7,687,424 B2, on March 30, and US 7,696,121 B2, on April 13.

Aida A. Nevárez-La Torre, Ed.D., GSE,
associate professor of education and coordinator of the TESOL and bilingual education programs, published The Power of Learning from Inquiry: Teacher Research as a Professional Development Tool in Multilingual Schools (Information Age, 2010).

Robert J. Parmach, Ph.D., A&S,
freshman dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill and instructor of philosophy and theology, delivered a talk on July 9 titled, “The Bucket List: Ignatian Discernment and Young Adults” at Mount Manresa, the Jesuit retreat house in Staten Island.

Francis Petit, Ed.D., BUS,
associate dean and director of executive programs, participated as a panelist on “Young Women and Graduate School” at the High Water Women, Young Women’s Council event on July 20 in New York City.

Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., A&S,
Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, published “Islam and Modernity: Not All Muslims Think Alike,” in September’s Commonweal. He also published the review “Fellow Travelers?” in July’s Commonweal. Father Ryan’s McGinley lecture, “Faith and Culture: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives,” was published in Origins V. 39 and in July as a booklet by Fordham University.

Terrence W. Tilley, Ph.D., A&S,
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology and chair of the department, published a new book titled Faith: What It Is and What It Isn’t (Maryknoll, 2010).


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