NEWS AND NOTES

Publications

An article by Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, director of the Moravian College neuroscience program, and president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter, was published in the Spring 2010 issue of Research Saves (the magazine of the Foundation of Biomedical Research).  The article, "Cow Brains and Sheep Brains and Rat Brains, Oh My! Using Service Learning to Teach About the Benefits of Animal Research," focuses on the use of the Moravian brain awareness programs as a mechanism to build public confidence in the benefits of scientific research as well as to highlight the efforts of Moravian neuroscience students in her research program.   

Conferences

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, and president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, recently led a workshop on "Leading and Teaching through Active Reading" at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans. Dunn spoke to faculty members on student and faculty attitudes regarding reading assignments, determining whether and how to properly pitch course readings to course levels, and developing rubrics and assessment materials for examining students' critical reading skills. Xavier is one of America's Historic Black Colleges and Universities.

Other News

Dean Frank Crouch of the Moravian Theological Seminary announced the appointment of The Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood as the Charles D. Couch Associate Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry at Moravian Theological Seminary. Atwood will assume this new faculty post in the Fall 2010 semester. An accomplished teacher and lecturer in both academic and congregational settings, Atwood most recently served as John Comenius Visiting Professor of Moravian Studies at Wake Forest Divinity School in Winston-Salem, NC, as well as Director of Admissions and Student Services. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Theology of the Czech Brethren from Hus to Comenius (Penn State University Press, 2009) and the award-winning Community of the Cross: Moravian Piety in Colonial Bethlehem (Penn State University Press, 2005). He received his PhD in Historical Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1995; his MDiv, magna cum laude, from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1987; and a BA in History and Religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1983.  

"Gulf Oil Disaster Shows Need for National Clean Energy Policy," an op-ed by Hilde Binford, associate professor of music history, and Ed Perry, National Wildlife Federation outreach coordinator, appeared in the Morning Call, May 20, 2010.

Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases, and Recommendations, a textbook edited by Dana S. Dunn, Bernard C. Beins, Maureen A. McCarthy, and G. William Hill IV, was reviewed by David S. Kreiner in PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books ("Down the Rabbit Hole: Psychology Programs From Start to Finish," May 5, 2010, Vol. 55).

An article written by Dana Dunn with his former SOAR student, Cliff Brody, was the fourth most downloaded article in 2009 from the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. An article Dunn wrote with an earlier SOAR student, Sarah Dougherty, was the 49th most downloaded in 2009. Dunn, D. S., & Brody, C. (2008). Defining the good life following acquired physical disability; and Rehabilitation Psychology, 53, 413-425. (SOAR co-author) Dunn, D. S., & Dougherty, S. B. (2005). Prospects for a positive psychology of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 305-311. (SOAR co-author)

Neil Wetzel, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies, was guest conductor of two elite student groups this spring. On March 18-20, he directed the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators
Association) District 9 Jazz Band Festival held at Wyoming Seminary in Forty Fort, Pa. As director, he selected the repertoire, rehearsed the band, and led them in concert. The group of 20 student musicians, selected by audition, were chosen from a field that represented more than 50 high schools.

Professor Wetzel also was guest conductor for the PMEA District 10 Elementary Band & Orchestra Festival held April 30 at Parkland High School. The concert band included more than 100 student musicians from grades 4-8, selected by music educators. The students were chosen from 25 different schools in PMEA District 10.

In addition, Wetzel and Alan Gaumer (artist-lecturer, jazz trumpet) participated in the 2010 Easton Area High School Jazz Band Festival, April 10, 2010. The two led a jazz clinic, judged about a dozen high school jazz bands, and appeared as featured soloists. They also worked with the Easton Area High School Jazz Band to coordinate and institute the first high school jazz band concert held at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem. Wetzel and Gaumer were guest soloists at the concert.

Student Achievements

Corey Koenig '11, president of the student body, was selected to receive the 2010 NACA East Coast Undergraduate Scholarship for Student Leaders. An announcement of the award will appear in the August issue of Programming.

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