NEWS AND NOTES

Grants and Awards

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, has received the 2010 Wabash Center Summer Research Fellowship.

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.   

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, had her review of the book Introducing Asian American Theologies by Jonathan Y. Tan (Maryknoll, Orbis Books, 2008) published in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, 64(2010):211.

An article by Donald St. John, chair and professor of religion, was published recently: "Thomas Merton's Troubling Questions on Violence: From Auschwitz to Vietnam" appears in the Prajna Vihara Journal of Philosophy and Religion, Vol. 10 No. 1-2 (Jan-Dec, 2009), pp. 3-50.

Conferences

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, and president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, was one of 400 psychology educators who took part in the reading and grading of the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology Exam in Kansas City, Missouri, June 9-17. This year, 173,000 exams (30,000 more than last year) taken by high school students around the world were graded during the week-long AP Psychology Reading. Dunn has served as an AP Reader since 2006. This year Dunn served as a Table Leader, a reader who assesses other graders' adherence to the answer rubric for one of the two AP Psychology essay exam questions.

Following the AP Reading, Dr. Dunn delivered a keynote address at the annual Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (EToP), which is sponsored by James Madison University. Dunn spoke on "Speaking Across the Psychology Curriculum" during the conference, which was held June 18-19 in Staunton, Virginia.

Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biology and director of the Moravian neuroscience program, presented a workshop titled"Service Learning in Neuroscience – A Cooperative Program Among the Undergraduate Institutions of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter of Pennsylvania" at the national Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Conference in Utah (June 19-21, 2010). The outreach programs developed as a SfN chapter were presented as a model for engaging undergraduates and faculty in educating the public about the benefits of scientific research as well as increasing public confidence in such research endeavors. 

Moravian College was well represented at the CUR Conference. Diane Husic, chair and professor of biological sciences and immediate past-president of the CUR, led an interactive session with Michael Deibel of Earlham College: "Linking Undergraduate Research, Service Learning, and Community Partnerships Through Work at Regional Contaminated Sites."

Also at the CUR Conference, John Black, associate professor or English, teamed up with Julie Langford (University of South Florida) to present "Models of Undergraduate Scholarship in the Humanities: A Workshop." Carl Salter, chair and professor of chemistry, attended the conference to garner best practices for science education and for the SOAR program.

Prior to the June 19-21 conference, CUR held its board meeting and annual business meeting – which Dr. Husic led as president of the organization. Besides engaging in a strategic visioning exercise, CUR finalized the legal agreement for the joining of CUR and NCUR, and it welcomed in a new division of Health Sciences for programs such as Nursing, Exercise Science, Pharmacology, Speech Pathology, etc.

On June 28, Diane Husic traveled to the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she was the invited plenary speaker for the newly formed group Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) – a consortium funded by a major National Science Foundation grant. The title of her talk was "A Discussion on Science-based Consortia, Undergraduate Research and Curriculum, Service Learning, and Community Partnerships." She also will serve as one of two external evaluators for this grant project.

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, attended the 22nd Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture held June 2-4 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. He presented "Playing in the Gray Area: Black Baseball and Its Jewish 'Middleman' Economy" with longtime collaborator Roberta J. Newman of NYU. Dr. Rosen also co-convened a panel on race, sport, and masculinity in anticipation of the forthcoming book, Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace (University Press of Mississippi, Fall 2010), co-edited by Dr. Rosen and David C. Ogden of the University of Nebraska—Omaha, their second such collaboration. It was also the fifth consecutive year in which Dr. Rosen's work was chosen for presentation in what is a rigorous double-blind selection process.

Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) annual conference, July 15-18, held this year in Philadelphia. As a member of the Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators (the first official affiliate of CWPA), which hosted this year's conference, he helped plan the conference and contributed logistic support during the conference. The 2010 conference enjoyed the largest attendance in the history of this annual event. He also participated in a panel discussion about CWPA affiliates: what PWPA in particular has done in its 10-plus years of existence, what challenges a regional affiliate faces, and what affiliates-to-be might consider as they organize themselves. 

Other News

An op-ed, "U.S. Soccer Team's Resiliency Presents a Model for Our Lives," by Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology, appeared recently in The Morning Call recently.

Eva Leeds, Moravian College associate professor of economics and business, and her husband, Michael Leeds, professor of economics at Temple University, co-authored a blog piece, The Beautiful Game and the Dismal Science, for OECD Insights, June 14.

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