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How Drew’s Faculty Spent Their COVID Summer

A number of publications, presentations, plays and projects

September 2020 – In addition to planning courses, learning new virtual tools, and strategizing for a semester of remote learning, Drew’s faculty squeezed in a few other projects over the summer.

Here’s a rundown of a few interesting efforts and accomplishments:

Kimberly Choquette, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, partnered with colleagues from universities across the country to run a nine-week “remote supergroup” that brought student and faculty scientists together via Zoom to explore remote research strategies.

Courtney Zoffness, assistant professor of English and director of Drew’s creative writing program, contributed to a “Writers Pick” video series as part of the Sunday Times Short Story Award, an award she won in 2018.

Jonathan Rose, Drew’s William R. Kenan Professor of History, saw the four-volume book The Edinburgh History of Reading—featuring contributions from several Drew alums and professors, which he edited—published and released.

Ellie Small, assistant professor of math and computer science, had her paper on abstract mining accepted to the ACM-BCB2020 conference, where she will be virtually presenting later this month.

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(Top) Ott , Rose; (Bottom) Son, McLaughlin.

Carolina Arango-Vargas, visiting assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and anthropology, received the Helen Safa Award for her paper “When Sisterhood is at Stake: The Case of a Colombian Feminist NGO in Times of Global Neoliberalism.”

Caitlin Killian, professor of sociology, presented her paper “When Rights Conflict: Protecting Children from Parents’ Religious Beliefs” at the American Sociological Association’s August meeting.

Angella Son, professor of psychology and religion, was a panelist for the International Association for Spiritual Care and published a translation in Genocide and Mass Violence in the Age of the Extremes, and an article in Pastoral Psychology.

Rosemary McLaughlin, professor of theatre arts, enjoyed the spoils of nontraditional casting when she played Lord Darlington in an online performance of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windemere’s Fan.

Kate Ott, associate professor of Christian social ethics, edited the volume Teaching Sexuality and Religion in Higher Education, released in April.

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