William and Mary Digest May 29

Staff writer

Aceto Award honors Roche’s efforts for the greater good

Gene Roche, for his years of efforts in myriad areas, was selected as the 2019 recipient of the Shirley Aceto Award.

The Aceto Award is presented annually to a member of the instructional or professional faculty who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to excellence in service to the campus community. Roche, currently executive professor of higher education, will receive the honor at a reception June 12.

“The two themes that have defined my work have been helping adults engage in lifelong learning and finding ways to use technology more effectively,” Roche said.

For 15 years, Roche served as IT director of communications and organizational development and director of academic information services. He worked extensively with faculty at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business in designing the university's first fully online master’s program for the MBA.

After moving to the School of Education in a fulltime faculty position, Roche specialized in adult and continuing education for K-12 administrators and higher education faculty and staff.

Next year, he will serve as the coordinator of the University Teaching and Learning Project.

Three students to study abroad after winning Boren Scholarship

Recent graduates Shivani Gupta, Megan Pierce and Kyra Solomon were awarded Boren Scholarships this spring. They will receive funding to study abroad in the coming year to pursue scholarly opportunities in national security and linguistics.

Gupta, Pierce and Solomon are among the 244 undergraduate students nationwide awarded Boren Scholarships out of 851 applicants, according to a news release from the Institute of International Education.

The Boren program promotes language, culture and public service by funding scholarly opportunities in foreign countries that are underrepresented in study abroad opportunities.

Award winners are given $20,000 for a six- to 12-month program. Boren scholars are considered critical to U.S. national security, according to Boren’s website, as the program helps develop a pool of U.S. citizens with international experience and foreign language expertise.

Athletes rank among nation's best in the Academic Progress Rate

William and Mary Athletics ranked among the best in the nation in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate, as announced by the national office recently.

William and Mary had every sport at 982 or better, with 16 of the 21 teams, recording either an improvement or staying the same over last year in the four-year average. Nine teams reported a perfect multi-year average of 1,000, and 18 total William and Mary programs reported a score of 990 or better.

"As William and Mary Athletics boldly moves forward, our academic success remains a top priority," said William and Mary Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge.

APR measures both single-year and four-year averages of athletes progressing toward degrees. Teams must maintain a multi-year average of 930 or better to be eligible for NCAA Championships.

Books published by faculty in 2019

The following books were authored or edited by William and Mary faculty members and published in 2019. The information contained herein was submitted by the authors.

“Brides, Mourners, Bacchae: Women’s Rituals in Roman Literature”

By Vassiliki Panoussi, a professor of classical studies. The book explores women's place in weddings, funerals, Bacchic rites and women-only rituals in Roman literature, and the ways women were able to exercise influence, even power in Rome in the late Republic to Flavian times. The first large-scale analysis of this body of work from a feminist perspective, the book makes a compelling case that ritual was an important lens through which Roman authors explored the problems of women's agency, subjectivity, civic identity, and self-expression.

“Cellular Biophysics and Modeling: A Primer on the Computational Biology of Excitable Cells”

By Greg Conradi Smith, a professor from the department of applied science and a neuroscience program faculty affiliate. The book is about what every neuroscientist should know about the mathematical modeling of excitable cells. Combining empirical physiology and nonlinear dynamics, this text provides an introduction to the simulation and modeling of dynamic phenomena in cell biology and neuroscience.

“Everyone On the Same Frequency: the Radio Hobby, Private Associations, and the Challenge of Modernity in Germany 1918-1955”

By Bruce B. Campbell, a professor of German studies, emeritus. The hobby of radio was a major way for people to come to terms with technological modernity in the first half of the 20th century. The book focuses on Germany and the ecosystem of radio clubs and associations under several regimes from 1920 to 1955.

To view more books published by William and Mary faculty in 2019 visit wm.edu.

Items used are from William and Mary news releases.

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