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Evidence IQ and Loyola University Maryland's Master of Forensics Pattern Analysis Program Announce Innovative Partnership

Evidence IQ, a leading provider of cutting-edge law enforcement and forensic analysis solutions, is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Loyola University Maryland's prestigious Master of Science in Forensic Pattern Analysis program.

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English professor Jean Lee Cole awarded Distinguished Editor of the Year 

Dr. Jean Lee Cole, professor of English, received a major award from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. She was named Distinguished Editor of the Year for her editorship of the academic journal American Periodicals, which she edited from 2015-2020.

The award was presented at the Modern Language Association conference in Washington, DC, on Jan. 8. 

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Loyola receives grant to enhance vocational discernment in Messina

Loyola University Maryland’s distinctive first-year living and learning program, Messina, has been awarded a Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Program Development Grant to deepen vocational exploration and discernment among undergraduate students.

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WLOY Students Win National Award

The student production “Voices of COVID-19” on WLOY won first place at the National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC). The radio production features the stories of frontline workers who are battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Self-care and Resilience in Challenging Times Webinar with Jeff Barnett, Ph.D.

On November 2, 2020, Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy.D., gave a live-streamed webinar on self-care and resilience in challenging times to Loyola faculty, staff and administrators.


Loyola College of Arts & Sciences Student Stories from 2020

Our students were busy over the summer learning and continuing to engage with Loyola even in the midst of the pandemic. Listen to what they did to enrich their learning, stay connected, and enact our Jesuit Mission.

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Loyola Students Create "Resources for Change" Educational Platform

Three Loyola students, Matthew Dorsey, Ahmed Jackson, and Emma Shiller, developed Resources for Change in response to the movement for social justice.  With the help of Loyola University faculty, they have compiled a list of books, websites, downloads, films, podcasts and more to educate the community about the history and nature of racism, civil rights, social justice, and systemic injustice.

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Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D., Collaborates on Digital Archive Project

English professor Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D., collaborated on the newly launched Winnifred Eaton Archive, a major overhaul and expansion of the Winnifred Eaton Digital Archive, which she created in conjunction with the University of Virginia Etext Center in 2004.

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Lecturer at Loyola appointed to the Board of Psychologists for the State of Maryland

Samantha Rukert, Psy.D., lecturer of psychology, was appointed to the Board of Psychologists for the State of Maryland. Rukert, who has been teaching at Loyola since 2009, was sworn into her position on July 7, 2020, and will serve on the Board for a term of four years.

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Jenny Glick, WTOP reporter and lecturer at Loyola, receives Gracie Award

Lecturer in journalism and WTOP reporter Jenny Glick was named a 2020 Gracie Award recipient for her reporting on eating disorders, “Starving for Perfection.” The Gracie Award is a prestigious honor given by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation to recognize exemplary programming created by, for, and about women in radio, television, and interactive media.

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Daniel Castillo, Ph.D., Awarded The College Theology Society Book Award

Loyola University Maryland assistant professor Daniel P. Castillo, Ph.D., has been awarded The College Theology Society book award for his publication, “An Ecological Theology of Liberation.”

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Samantha Ruckert, Psy.D., Appointed to Board of Examiners of Psychologists for the State of Maryland

Congratulations to lecturer, Samantha Rukert, Psy.D., on her appointment to the Board of Examiners of Psychologists for the State of Maryland. The Board of Psychologists for the State of Maryland are a group of seven licensed psychologists and two consumer members appointed by the Governor to administer and regulate the laws regarding the practice of psychology in the state of Maryland. The Board's mission is to ensure that Maryland residents receive quality psychological services in accordance with the law. The Board functions include licensing psychologists, approving psychology associates, renewing licenses, reviewing continuing education, promulgating regulations, interpreting the scope of practice, educating licensees, and investigating complaints.

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Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno, Ph.D., Recognized by Ragan PR

Loyola College of Arts and Sciences is proud to recognize Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno, Ph.D., on being named one of the recipients of Ragan PR's Top Women in Communications Award.

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Loyola Faculty Make Innovative Strides in Physics Education on a National Level

The Physics department at Loyola University Maryland is on the leading edge of innovation in teaching with national recognition in several publications.  Bahram Roughani, Ph.D., associate dean for national and applied sciences and professor of physics, and Randy Jones, Ph.D., associate professor of physics, are actively involved with a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) called the Pathways to Innovation & Physics Entrepreneurship: Launching Institutional Engagement (PIPELINE) Network.  They are practitioners of physics innovation and entrepreneurship (PIE) education, developing curricular and co-curricular materials for introductory physics courses, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and using design-thinking to demonstrate real world, human-centered applications of physics concepts.

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Essence Magazine Honors Loyola Faculty Member on List of “Woke 100 Women”

Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, has been included on Essence magazine’s selective list of “Woke 100 Women for 2019.”

The list honors Black women who are agents for change both in their communities and around the country. Whitehead was named alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, American filmmaker Ava Du Verynay, CBS news anchor Gayle King, Princeton scholar Imani Perry, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Whitehead, who lives with her family in Baltimore, was the only individual selected who works in Maryland and also the only individual from Baltimore.

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Loyola Microbiology Student Places Second in Prestigious J. Howard Brown Award

Each year the J. Howard Brown Award is presented by the American Society for Microbiology, Maryland Branch to an outstanding graduate and undergraduate student who is making a contribution worthy of recognition in the field of microbiology. 

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Second Year Psychology Graduate Student Awarded Stay Fellowship

Kamala Mallik-Kane, a second-year student in the Masters of Clinical Psychology Program – Practitioner Track, has been awarded the Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) fellowship through American Psychology Association's Minority Fellowship Program.

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Lisa Z. Scheifele, Ph.D., Named Scientific Teaching Mentor

The Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching at the University of Connecticut has named Lisa Z. Scheifele, Ph.D., Scientific Teaching Mentor for the 2018-19 academic year. Dr. Scheifele was honored for serving in her crucial role as a group facilitator at the Summer Institutes. 

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Tepanta Fossett Receives AARC Award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Hearing Sciences, Tepanta Fossett, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, has been awarded an Advancing Academic-Research Careers (AARC) Award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. 

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Christian Dobbins, '14, Joins Institute for Defense Analyses

Congratulations to Christian Dobbins, '14,  who has joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a Research Associate in IDA’s Science and Technology Division.

Christian is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland's undergraduate psychology department and in 2018 earned his Master’s in Industrial Organizational Psychology from George Mason University. Christian is also a member of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.

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Carolyn Barry Cited as Fifth Most Published Author in Emerging Adulthood

Congratulations to Carolyn Barry, Ph.D., who has been cited as the fifth most published author in her field of study, emerging adulthood. Barry was recognized in the article “Trends in Literature About Emerging Adulthood: Review of Empirical Studies” by Joan Ann Swanson.

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Rachel Anderson, '18, Presents Poster at ASHA Conference

Rachel Anderson, ’18, Speech Pathology, recently presented a poster on her research at the American Speech and Hearing Association annual conference with her faculty research mentor, Donna Pitts, Aud.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. The title of their poster presentation was Assessing College Students Knowledge of Risk for Noise Induced Hearing Loss

H. Jay Dunmore to be Awarded Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Award

Congratulations to Mr. H. Jay Dunmore who is to be honored for his contributions as member and manager of the Washington DC section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) with the Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society Award. The award recognizes individuals for dedicated service for the betterment of the society over a sustained period. 

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American Psychology Association Convention Poster Presentation

Students presenting at the American Psychological Association Convention

Associate Professor Michiko Iwasaki, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology is pictured here with two of her students who together presented a poster at the recent American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, DC.

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Psy.D. Student Receives Award for Work with Veteran Affairs

Amy Henninger, a rising 5th year doctoral student in Loyola's Psy.D. program has received a Externship Commendation for Excellence Award from her externship site, the Veteran Affairs Maryland Psychology Externship Program. This site deeply values the commitment to outstanding work and finds it important to honor students who go above and beyond to exemplify excellence.

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Jeffrey Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP, Awarded Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Register of Health Services Psychologists is to name Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP, as the Alfred M. Wellner, PhD, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for 2017.

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Loyola Professor Writes About Achievement Gap in Baltimore City Public Schools

Loyola associate professor of communication and African American studies Karsonya Wise Whitehead recently wrote an op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun titled “Achievement gap is our fault, not the kids’." 

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Loyola Graduate Psychology Student Leads Discussion at Conference

Loyola undergraduate and graduate students attended the American Psychology Association (APA) Great Lakes Counseling Psychology Conference, “Get in on the Action! Science, Practice, and Social Change." Undergraduates presented their research posters while graduate student, Julie Langan, led a roundtable discussion covering the heroin epidemic in America.

Julie Langan preparing to lead a roundtable discussion

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Freeman Hrabowski: one of TIME magazine's most influential leaders in the world

Growing up in Birmingham Alabama, society ingrained in Dr. Freeman Hrabowski that because he was black, he couldn’t compete academically with white children. However, as a 12-year-old child who thrived off of education, he knew otherwise.

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MTS student accepted to medieval theology Ph.D. program at Boston College

Andrew Belfield, a graduate student in the Master of Theological Studies at Loyola with anticipated graduation in May 2017, has been accepted to his first choice Ph.D. program for medieval theology at Boston College. The MTS program is designed to give students broad exposure to Christian tradition and a variety of theological specialties, preparing them for beginning a Ph.D. or pursuing work in other fields. Andrew’s admittance to Boston College’s medieval theology Ph.D. program is a testament to his rigorous studies and the solid foundation built during his time at Loyola.

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David Rivers, Ph.D., Interviewed on WHYY-FM The Pulse

David Rivers, Ph.D. was interviewed on WHYY-FM, The Pulse. Below is an excerpt from the interview, Bugs on bodies: how flies can help and hurt a crime scene.

It's difficult to gross out David Rivers, a professor of biology at Loyola University Maryland. He's a forensic entomologist, meaning he spends his time looking at insects on and around dead bodies.

"People are repulsed by insects but they are fascinated by death and the macabre," he says.

Insects and bugs are drawn to dead bodies, and Rivers looks at what's crawling around at a crime scene for clues.

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Humanities Symposium 2017, Reflections on World War I

Loyola University's annual Humanities Symposium took place on March 15-16, 2017. This year's theme, Reflections on World War I, commemorated the centennial anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War. The Center for Humanities selected a variety of texts including Mary Borden’s poetic descriptions of her work as a nurse behind the front lines as well as a selection of poetry written by American, Canadian and British soldiers. The symposium culminated in a two-day interdisciplinary discussion bringing faculty and students together to reflect upon war and peace, technology and war, poetry and prose and many other aspects of war and society.

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Loyola Engineering Program Ranked #42 in US News & World Report

Loyola University Maryland's undergraduate engineering program is ranked No. 42 (tied) among all college and universities that do not have a doctoral engineering program in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" guide for 2017. This represents a five position jump from the 2015 and 2016 guides, where Loyola is ranked No. 48.

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Engineering Information Foundation Awards Loyola Grant

Loyola University Maryland Assistant Professor of Engineering, Raenita Fenner, PhD, and Professor of Writing, Peggy O'Neill, PhD, have been awarded a collaborative grant from the Engineering Information Foundation (EiF) to improve the technical writing instruction of current and future Loyola undergraduate engineering students.

The project, "Developing Writing into Engineering Labs: Developing Curriculum, Supporting Faculty, and Creating a Writing Fellows Program," improves instruction of technical writing by focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration and instruction.

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Jeffrey Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP, Honored with Lifetime Psychology Award

The Maryland Psychological Association chose Associate Dean, Jeffrey Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP, as the recipient of their 2016 Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology Award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to psychology and the association.

Jeffrey E. Barnett, PsyD, ABPP is the Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Graduate Programs, and Professor of Psychology, here at Loyola University Maryland. He is a licensed psychologist who is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

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Sara Scalenghe, Ph.D., wins 2016 DHA Outstanding Book Award

The Disability History Association, after careful consideration, has awarded Associate Professor, Sara Scalenghe, Ph.D., the 2016 DHA Outstanding Book Award. The award committee, citing a record number of submissions, faced a difficult decision for this year's award, however it soon became clear that "one book rose to the top."

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