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Congratulations to Gabriela Spizale, for winning a 2022 Student Achievement Award in Research from Division 53 of APA (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology). This award was based on work she recently presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference held in Denver (“The Relation Among Parental Psychological Control, Intellectual Functioning, and Child Anxiety in an Ethnically Diverse Sample of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder”). 

Each year the English department recognizes English majors who excel in each of our three major tracks: Literature, Writing, and Film & Digital Media. This year's winner of the Award of Excellence in Literature, Roman Audi, is not pictured. And Mojo Williams, not pictured, won the Award of Excellence in Film and Digital Media. This year, however, there was a three-way tie for the Award of Excellence in Writing. Here are those awarding-winning juniors:

Dr. Mark Gossiaux, Professor of Philosophy, received the College of Arts & Sciences 2022 Excellence in Research Award. A noted scholar of late medieval philosophy, Dr. Gossiaux was recognized for his 2021 article, "James of Viterbo on Seminal Reasons as inchoationes formarum" which was published in Vivarium, one of the leading journals in the world for the study of medieval philosophy and widely recognized as an unrivaled resource for the history of logic, semantics, epistemology, and metaphysics.


Andrea Norwood won Best Freshmen/Sophomore in the Monroe Library Student Research Competition. Their paper, A Changing Identity: Loyola’s LGBT+ Organizations Over the Years (1991-2012) was written for Dr. Allison Edgren's The Historian's Craft class. Andrea said they enjoyed writing this paper because as a Freshman, they had never worked extensively with primary sources prior to this class, and they were excited to engage with the material. For the paper, Andrea used the Special Collections on the Monroe Library's website.

This Fall, graduating senior Bradley Kerkhof will begin pursuing his PhD in University of Maryland’s (UMD) Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. There he will be researching nanophotonic devices to be integrated with circuits for quantum computers still in development.

At Loyola Bradley worked in Dr. Kargol's research group. Together with a recent Loyola Physics alumnus, Cole Green, they contributed to a collaboration lead by Dr. Celardo from University of Florence, Italy. Bradley modeled photosynthetic antenna complexes in green sulfur bacteria, in an attempt to predict and understand quantum behavior in biological organisms. He also has experience in Dr. McHugh’s Quantum Optics Lab at Loyola. He is the Recipient of the Reverend John H. Mullahy, S.J., and Donald C. Faust, M.D. Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences as well as the Reverend Percy A. Roy, S.J. Memorial Award, presented to the student(s) who achieved the highest academic record during their entire four-year career at Loyola. He graduates with majors in Physics and Mathematics, and a minor in computer science.

Analene McCullough was the recipient of the Senior Thesis Project award from the Monroe Library Student Research Competition. Her thesis was titled The Students for A Democratic Society and the Weather Underground: Transition to Violence, which examines Students for a Democratic Society, a movement of progressive young people from the 1960s, and how it transformed into a radical and violent group targeted by the FBI. Department chair, Dr. Mark Fernandez, advised her through the process of writing her thesis.

Congratulations to Dr. Madison Silverstein for being awarded the Faculty Excellence in Research Award!

Prof. Kargol has been invited as a keynote speaker at BURS, the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium, in Nashville, TN. BURS, held every two years, is a venue for undergraduate researchers from Belmont University to present their research in arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics.

Professor and Co-Chair of the Languages and Cultures Department, Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos, had a tremendous idea that came to fruition on March 17, 2022. She created a traveling exhibition titled, “Anne Frank: A History for Today,” consisting of 30 panels that tell Anne Frank’s story, the history of World War II, and the Holocaust.

In April, Sasha Solano-McDaniel ('21) was awarded the Fulbright-Casten Family Foundation Award to attend the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) for the academic year 2022-23. During this yearlong program she will earn a Master of Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility while studying in Pollenzo, Italy. This is an interdisciplinary program encompassing all aspects of food culture and includes various study trips as well as a two-month internship or research project requirement. 


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