FACULTY NEWS AND NOTES
"Teaching by doing: Making research methods active and engaging," a chapter written by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, appeared in the electronic book Essays from e-xcellence in teaching (Vol. 9, pp. 11-16), edited by S. A. Meyers & J. R. Stowell. Published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the e-book can be accessed at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website. Dr. Dunn is president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
Diane Husic, chair and professor of biological sciences and president of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), contributed two chapters to a CUR monograph on transformative research, which was unveiled at a recent Congressional briefing on the topic. Her chapters were 1) "The Role of Department Chairs in Promoting and Supporting Transformative Research;" and 2) "Transformative Research as a Means of Transforming Landscapes and Revitalizing Academic Departments: A Case Study." The second features the partnership between the Moravian Department of Biological Sciences and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in the restoration project at the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund site.
Gary Olson, professor of political science, had his essay "Empathic Civilization and Wired for War" published on the blog TEACH EMPATHY, March 5, 2010.
Conferences and Presentations
Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, recently attended the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Brooklyn, New York. Dunn gave a presentation on "The Social Psychology of Disability: Then and Now" in a session on the History of Psychology (Bringing the Past to the Present: Using Historical Sources to Teaching Contemporary Topics). He also gave a talk with Maureen McCarthy (Kennesaw State University) on "Assessing Speaking and Presentation Skills" during the conference. Dunn was elected to the Board of Directors of EPA for a three-year term in 2009.
Diane Husic, chair and professor of biological sciences and president of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), recently attended the CUR Dialogues 2010 in Washington D.C., where she gave a presentation on "Transformative Research at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions." Transformative research is defined by the National Science Board as "research driven by ideas that have the potential to radically change our understanding of an important existing scientific or engineering concept or leading to the creation of a new paradigm or field of science or engineering." CUR held a summit on this topic last summer in response to the National Science Foundation requirement that grant proposals state how the work might be transformative.
At the CUR Dialogues 2010 event, Dr. Husic also co-led a discussion about the movie Naturally Obsessed: the Making of a Scientist, which is about the culture of scientific research and the hurdles young adults face in graduate school.
A new jazz CD by Neil Wetzel, assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies, has been released by Hot Apple Spider Productions. Misunderestimated, Dr. Wetzel's first CD recording as a solo artist, includes a wide range of jazz styles and original compositions and features many world-class musicians. More information and audio samples are available at his new website neilwetzel.com.
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