Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar’s article, titled “Placing Affect: Remembering Strangers at Roadside Crash Shrines” was published in the book “Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life: Memory, Place and the Senses.” (Ashgate Press, 2015).

  • In May, Thomas Howe, professor of art history and coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation in Italy, delivered a book-length manuscript of the publication of one of the most important ancient Roman gardens ever found - the Villa Arianna of Stabiae.

    Howe assumed personal direction of the excavation from 2007 to 2010 and study afterward, and worked with more than a dozen authors and specialists to produce a model interdisciplinary study of the first garden to provide archaeological proof of the kind of “fictive thicket” garden, long known through the famous garden fresco of the Villa of the Empress Livia at Prima Porta outside Rome (pictured). The volume will be published as a monograph in the Quaderni of the Rivista di Studi Pompeiani, both in Italian and English. 

  • Stephen Marble, associate professor of education and Michael Kamen, professor of education, presented at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, on Oct. 30. 

  • On Nov. 14, President Edward Burger will speak and participate in a panel discussion at a Texas STEM summit, “Harnessing Human Energy for STEM Success,” sponsored by Chevron. Only President Burger and two other academics - from Rice University and the Rochester Institute of Technology - were chosen to speak to this important topic.

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