Faculty Good News; Student Good News

Environmental Studies professor co-authors a winning paper; Math professor’s paper co-authored with students accepted for publication; History professor presents paper; Theater professor blogs for popular news site; and Psychology Professor and student present poster. ESS student is best in state.

Patrick HurleyPatrick Hurley (Environmental Studies) co-authored a paper that won the best paper award in the Southeastern Geographer for 2010, “Sewing Environmental Justice into African-American Sweetgrass Basket-Making in the South Carolina Lowcountry”. Written with colleagues Angela Halfacre and Brian Grabbatin, the paper is based on the ongoing research in South Carolina that examines urbanization, environmental change, and livelihoods. This paper was part of a special issue on political ecology in the U.S. Southeast, for which Hurley and colleague Ed Carr also provided an introductory piece.


Mohammed Yahdi (Mathematics), has a paper accepted for publication at the Journal of Biological Dynamics (JBD). The paper, titled “Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci Colonization-Infection Model: Parameter impacts and Outbreak Risks,” is co-authored with Sara Abdelmageed, Jon Lowden and Lloyd Tannenbaum, all recent 2011 graduates. JBD publishes state of the art papers that analyze original mathematical models, and develop new theories and analytic methods that arise from biological processes.

Domenick Scudera (Theater) is a blogger for The Huffington Post. See Ursinus in the News.

Gabrielle PrincipeGabrielle Principe (Psychology) presented a poster titled “Rumor Mongering and Remembering: Linking Children’s Natural Conversations Following Rumor to Later False Reports” at the meetings of the Cognitive Development Society in Philadelphia, in October. Erica Schindewolf 2012, a Psychology & Biology double major) was a coauthor on the poster and the data presented was part of her honors research in psychology.


Susanna ThroopSusanna Throop (History) spoke at the 30th Charles Homer Haskins Society Conference at Boston College on November 6. Her paper, titled “Christian Society on the Second Crusade: Religious Practices in the De expugnatione Lyxbonensi,” was part of a panel on Crusades and Piety.


Nick Grajewski 2012 (Exercise and Sport Science), is the 2011 Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Outstanding Future Professional. Nick competed against other college students from all of the private and public universities and colleges in the state within the discipline. He will go on to represent the state and Ursinus College at the National Convention in Boston in March.