Dr. Lisa Lockhart, associate professor of psychology, presented a poster on “Robust Effects of Motivated Skepticism: Are We All Equally Skeptical?” at the Association for Psychological Science Conference in Boston in May.

Dr. Renea Fike, of the Dreeben School of Education (DSE), wrote a $2.4 million grant for Amarillo College that is funded through the Department of Education and targets drop-out, migrant students. She also co-authored “Predictors of success on the pedagogy and professional responsibilities (ppr) Texas teacher certification examination,” with Dr. Elda Martinez, of the DSE, and Dr. David Fike, senior research statistician.

At the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education (CSOTTE) in Houston in October, Dr. Renea Fike and Dr. Mary Ruth Moore, both of the Dreeben School of Education (DSE), presented “Promoting Curriculum Connections Through Student Engagement and Professional Development.” Dr. Elda Martinez, of the DSE, and Fike presented “Critical Issues for Teacher Preparation:  Bullying,” at the same conference.

Brad Robinson, program director for athletics training education, was selected as a member of the review committee of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.  The CAATE is responsible for affirmation of entry-level athletics training education programs throughout the United States.

Dr. Gary Keith, assistant professor of political science, gave a presentation on “Environmental Politics in Texas,” at the round table series of The Village Men’s Group in September at the Village at Incarnate Word.

In Tehran, Iran, Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, professor of religious studies, attended the International Conference on Multiculturalism and Global Community sponsored by the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Iranian National Commission for UNESCO and the IRIB University in July.  She presented “Promoting the Common Good through Intercultural Understanding and Interfaith Dialogue: A Study of Using Online International Exchanges with University Students in the U.S., Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.” Then she conducted grant-funded research on peace-building in Iraq done by Muslims inspired by Fethullah Gülen.

Dr. Matthias Schubnell, professor of English, was invited to review grant proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C., in September.

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) announced in July that “Messa Rinnovare: Mass of Renewal” by Bill Gokelman, professor of music, and David Kauffman won first place in a new Mass setting competition sponsored by NPM. More than 150 entries were submitted. Five judges chose four finalists, and the compositions were sung by and voted on by more than 2,000 NPM members who attended the national convention in Detroit, Mich. The San Antonio Ballet Company also choreographed and danced to Gokelman’s composition “Going Home” in a performance during the summer. “Going Home” is an original work for piano and violin and is recorded on Gokelman’s “Steal Away” CD. In addition, the new musical “Moses and the Burning Within”, written by Gokelman and Kauffman, was selected as the work to be performed in this year’s Youth Sing Praise (YSP) conference in Belleville, Ill.

Dr. Chris Edelman, assistant professor of philosophy, presented his paper on “Montaigne on Moral Judgment” at the Atlantic Canada Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in July.

In September, UIW hosted a meeting of the San Antonio chapter of National Pastoral Musicians. Tim Milinovich, assistant professor of religious studies, conducted sessions on St. Matthew’s Gospel. Bill Gokelman, professor of music, co-presented a “Workshop for Cantors and Those Who Accompany Them.”

At the International Conference on Ethical Issues in Medical Tourism at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, in June, Dr. Roger Barnes, professor of sociology, and Dr. David Vequist, associate professor of management, gave a presentation on “Death Tourism—A Summary of the Academic Literature and Suggestions for Future Research.” Dr. Paul Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, presented on “Medical Tourism: Deliberate, Accidental or Coerced?”

Dr. Ken Metz, professor of music, gave a presentation titled “Open your computers to page 32…: Fundamentals for the Aspiring Musician, a New Hard Copy/Interactive Textbook,” at the College Music Society National Conference in Minneapolis in September. Also in September, his piece “Three Movements for Woodwind Quintet” was premiered by the Olmos Ensemble at the first Universalist Unitarian Church and at the UTSA Recital Hall.

Ferd Vollmar, director of the UIW Cardinal Marching Band, was invited to participate in the 2010 University of Texas Longhorn Music Camp in June. More than 360 high school band students from across the state auditioned and participated in the week-long event.

Dr. Chris Paris, associate professor of English, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, a national annual poetry award, by the editors of Skyline Press who accepted for publication his and Dennis Slattery’s book of verse, “The Beauty Between Words.” His poem titled “Home Is Where the Hearth Is” appears in the summer edition of “A Hudson View Poetry Digest.”

Dr. Lopita Nath, assistant professor of history, visited six Bhutanese Refugee camps in Southeastern Nepal and interviewed refugees, human rights activists, politicians and UNHCR officials. This was a field trip supported by her Faculty Endowment Research Grant on the Resettlement of the Bhutanese Refugees in San Antonio.  She also had a book review published in “Millenial Asia: An International Journal of Asian Studies.” She reviewed Mukhtar Mai and Marie Theresa Cuny’s “In the Name Of Honor.”

Dr. Rafael Adrian, assistant professor of chemistry, published an article titled “Tetrakis(4-cyanopyridine)palladium(II)bis(trifluoromethanesulfonate)” in the journal Acta Crystallographica.

Kathy Vargas, associate professor of art, participated in “3 Views: Minding the Muse,” a panel discussion held at the McNay Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibit “Minding the Muse,” in which her work was exhibited.  She also served as curator for the “Poetic” photography exhibit for Al Rendon Photography & Fine Art.

Dr. María Félix-Ortiz, associate professor of psychology, was selected as American Psychological Association’s Division 50 Liaison for the Committee for Women in Psychology.  This summer, she made a podium presentation with student Megan Brodie at the International Crisis Intervention Training Conference in San Antonio titled “Persuading Policy Makers: Effective CIT Program Evaluation and Public Relations.”  She also presented “Appropriate Design and Measures in Hispanic/Latino(a) Drug Abuse Research: Defining and Measuring Cultural Phenomena” at the Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute at the University of Houston.

Dr. Emily Clark, associate professor of English, had an article titled “Tom and Gatsby as Inverted Doppelgangers: The Crises of Modernity in ‘The Great Gatsby´.’’ published in the journal “Postscript.”

Dr. Pat Gower, professor of history, received a positive review in “H-Net Reviews” in September for her chapter on municipal reform in Dallas and San Antonio in the book “Seeking Inalienable Rights: Texans and their Quests for Justice.”