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November Professional Notes

A round-up of awards, presentations, papers and the other professional achievements of SLU faculty, staff and students.


Awards and Fellowships

Simone Bregni, Ph.D., from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, received the 2017 James H. Korn Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. The award, established in 2006, recognizes Korn’s work and research on teaching and learning. Bregni received the award on Nov. 2 and the selection committee noted the novelty, creativity and rigor of his teaching.

Richard Lee, M.D., SLUCare cardiothoracic surgeon, received the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association’s 2017 Inspiration Award. The award was established in 2007 to recognize the important contribution of mentorship to the specialty and the organization.


Elsy Cardona, Ph.D., from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, read excerpts of her translations of Aurora Luque’s poetry at the 40th Conference of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that took place between Oct. 6 and 8.

Matthew Bodie, J.D., Miriam A. Cherry, J.D. and Marcia McCormick, J.D. along with Jintong Tang published an article in the Colorado Law Review, “The Law and Policy of Big Data and People Analytics.”

Miriam A. Cherry, J.D.’s article, “Are Uber and Transportation Network Companies the Future of Transportation (Law) and Employment (Law)?” was published in Texas A&M Law Review.

Joel K. Goldstein, J.D.’s review of Donald Zinman’s book on the presidency appeared in Perspectives on Politics, published by Cambridge University Press.

Patricia Lee, J.D., wrote an article titled “Access to Capital or Just More Blues? Issuer Decision-Making Post SEC Crowdfunding Regulation,” published in the Tennessee Journal of Business Law.

National Leadership Appointments

Monica Eppinger, J.D., was selected to be chairperson of the Law & Anthropology section of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). She also was selected to be the U.S. National Reporter on Property to the International Congress of Comparative Law.

Dean William P. Johnson, J.D., was appointed co-chair of the International Contracts Committee of the ABA Section of International Law for the 2017-2018 bar term. He was also appointed senior advisor of the International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee. Johnson has served in leadership roles in the ABA Section of International Law since 2009.

Patricia Lee, J.D., was appointed to the Association of American Law Schools Committee on the Retention of Minority Teachers and Students.

Jeffrey E. Lewis, J.D., became chair elect for the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the ABA in August.

Yvette Joy Liebesman, J.D., was elected to the American Law Institute, the leading U.S. organization producing scholarly work to clarify and improve the law. As an ALI member, she will have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas and to contribute to the public good.

Elizabeth Pendo, J.D., was appointed to the American Bar Association, Commission on Disability Rights for 2017-18, and participated in the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Standards Review Committee Invitational Roundtable. Pendo also was elected chair of the Association of American Law Schools, Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care.



Four American Studies doctoral students presented papers at the Midwest Popular Culture Association annual conference in October. The papers were

  • Mary Maxfield, “Reading, Writing, and … Race? The Critical Multiculturalism of PBS’s ‘Ghostwriter’”
  • Cicely Hunter, “‘Mercy Street’: The Defining Moment of America’s History”
  • Tori Herrera, “Selling Girlhoods Past: History and American Girl Dolls”
  • Anna Sweemer, “‘Dear America’ and War Literature for Children”

Academic Achievements

Students in the Spanish 1010 class in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures took part in a midterm scavenger hunt, writing clues in Spanish and deciphering them at five locations throughout the SLU campus.