Around Webster: Visionary Awards; Brutschin’s conflict research; Barnidge’s Pakistan workshop; Ehrhard student employment coordinator

| March 16, 2015

Recent professional news and accomplishments for members of the Webster University community include:

Pollock, Nadal MA ’75 Named 2015 Visionary Award Winners

Kelly Pollock, adjunct faculty member, and Cecilia Nadal (MA ’75), were among the seven women recognized for the 2015 Saint Louis Visionary Awards. Pollock, executive director of COCA, was honored as Outstanding Arts Professional, while Nadal was named as a Community Impact Artist, as reported by St. Louis Public Radio.

They will be publicly recognized at an April 27 ceremony at the Centene Center for Arts & Education.

Brutschin Presents at Conflict Research Conference in Bonn

Elina Brutschin, International Relations faculty member at Webster Vienna, presented her latest research project together with Zorzeta Bakaki (ETH Zürich) at the European Network for Conflict Research Meeting (ENCoRe) at the German Development Institute (D.I.E.) in Bonn, March 5-7, 2015.

In their paper, “The Competition over Resources: A New Approach in the Context of Low Scale Violence,” the authors argue that the literature on the “resource-backed aggression” overestimates the possible effects of energy resources on foreign policy behavior as it does not consider the competitive nature of resource markets.

ENCoRe is funded as a European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) action and is intended to bring together scholars from renowned universities across Europe. Apart from the academic panels, the Bonn 2015 meeting also included panels with policy makers on the forecasting of international crises as well as on the role of the Internet on conflicts.

Bakaki will offer a workshop at Webster Vienna on her main area of research, conflict mediation, on March 21. Read more at Webster Vienna.

Barnidge Presents on Human Rights Workshop in Pakistan via Skype

Robert Barnidge, lecturer and coordinator of International Relations in the College of Arts & Sciences, presented a lecture entitled “Human Rights Limitations: Emergencies and Armed Conflict” as part of the Human Rights in the Administration of Justice training workshop at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Judicial Academy in Peshawar, Pakistan, on March 11 (via Skype).

He spoke about Pakistan’s obligations under international human rights law, in particular the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in situations of public emergency.  Barnidge has visited Pakistan three times before to present his research on drone warfare and international humanitarian law (in Islamabad and Lahore) and has published in the field.

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Ehrhard Named New Student Employment Coordinator

In St. Louis campus news, Danielle Ehrhard is now the Student Employment coordinator in Career Planning & Development. A search and interviews were conducted in late February to replace Liz Condon-Oakberg in this position.

Ehrhard possesses knowledge of Federal Work-Study guidelines and regulations, experience with Webster’s Student Employment program as well as extensive experience with our HR/Payroll Management System (ADP).

You can reach Ehrhard at 314-246-8266 or via email at

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