FACULTY NEWS AND NOTES

Conferences and Presentations

Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences and president of the Council on Undergraduate Research, was invited to attend the PA Adaptation to Climate Change Kick-off Meeting, held March 24 in Harrisburg.  In 2008, Pennsylvania passed Act 70, which requires the Commonwealth to develop a climate action plan. Last year, the climate change advisory committee worked on a plan that focuses on mitigation (reducing greenhouse gases).  Now they are creating 4 working groups to deal with climate change adaptation. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines adaptation as the "adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities." Dr. Husic reports that while a wide variety of stakeholders attended the meeting, relatively few were from institutions of higher learning, and she was the only one from an undergraduate liberal arts institution at the meeting.

The four groups for Pennsylvania include natural resources, public health and safety, infrastructure, and tourism and outdoor recreation. Dr. Husic has been invited to serve on the natural resources group, which will meet for the first time at the end of April.

At the Association of American Colleges and Universities Academic Renewal Conference held March 25-27 in Philadelphia, Diane Husic co-presented a poster, "Original Research in the Undergraduate Science Classroom and Beyond: a Means to Many Ends." Dr. Husic and her co-presenters David Dunbar (Cabrini College) and Louise Temple (James Madison University) presented models and assessment data from programs at their respective colleges; all involve "teaching science the way you do science in the 21st century." The conference theme was "The Role of Faculty in High Impact Practices."

Virginia Adams O'Connell, assistant professor of sociology, recently presented a paper titled "Measuring Trustworthiness" at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, held in Boston, Mass., March 18-21. Sociology students Paige Warbrick '10 and Justin Serfass '10 also presented their work at the conference during the undergraduate poster session. Ms. Warbrick's poster was titled "Human Rights as Applied to All Humans: a Theoretical Framework and Argument for the Rights of Women." Mr. Serfass presented "Poverty: a Social Crisis." 

Other News

Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biology and director of the Moravian neuroscience program, received news that her chapter grant to the Society for Neuroscience organization was approved. The grant will provide additional funding for the upcoming LVSfN Undergraduate Research Conference that will be held at Moravian College on April 17. 

Kerry Mullen, adjunct instructor of biological sciences, environmental studies, was featured in an article that appeared in Lehigh Valley Marketplace. The article "Mother Earth" is an interview with Mullen, who is founder of the EcoMom Alliance of the Lehigh Valley.

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