NEWS AND NOTES

Publications

An article by John Romano, visiting assistant professor of history, has been published in Sacris erudiri, a journal on the inheritance of early and medieval Christianity. The article is titled "Ite potus est: Liturgical Parody and Views of Late-Medieval Worship."

Conferences

From March 17-20, George Diamond, professor of English, attended the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (4 Cs) of the National Council of Teachers of English, held in Louisville, Kentucky. Professor Diamond chaired the session "Critical Sites for Professional and Technical Writing Research," which included papers on the various aspects of technical writing.

Diane Husic, chair and professor of biological sciences and president of the Council on Undergraduate Research, was a featured speaker at Pennsylvania's 2010 Climate Change Conference, "Adapting to Climate Change—Planning for the Future of Our Natural Resources," held April 30 in Harrisburg. The topic of her talk was "Adapting to Climate Change on a Global Scale: Perspectives from the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit."

Justin Serfass '10 and Paige Warbrick '10 presented their work at the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting, "Economic Crisis and New Social Realities," held March 18-21, 2010 in Boston. Serfass presented "Human Rights as Applied to All Humans: A Theoretic Framework and Argument for the Rights of Women." Warbrick presented "Poverty: A Social Crisis."

Other News

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, and president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, recently served on an external review team evaluating the academic program at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of San Diego. The other member of the team was Maureen A. McCarthy of Kennesaw State University. Together, Dunn and McCarthy have published several articles and chapters on quality benchmarking and assessment in higher education.

Silvia Mandler, visiting instructor of Spanish, was a judge at 2010 Expo, held April 24 in Philadelphia. The event is a Spanish language competition for students from public and private high schools and colleges. The American Association of Teachers of Spanish, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, organizes the annual event. This is the second year she has served as a judge.

Political science professor Gary Olson’s entry "eminence grease" has been accepted for publication in urbandictionary.com. "eminence grease: An older man respected for his expertise on the youth culture of the 1950s and early 1960s. From the French eminence grise, or 'gray eminence,' an influential advisor or mentor. For younger folks, Dick Clark is something of an eminence grease, given his encyclopedic knowledge of classic 1950s rock n' roll."

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