At the recent American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif., psychology professor Art Lyons received special recognition from two organizations. Division 32, the Society for Humanistic Psychology, presented him with an award recognizing 20 years of contributions to the Society. Art has served as membership chair, treasurer, journal editor, president, and council representative. The award reads, "The American Psychological Association Division 32 proudly presents to Art Lyons in recognition of extraordinary dedication and exceptional service to the Society for Humanistic Psychology 2010."

Dr. Lyons also received recognition and a certificate from the American Psychological Association. The certificate reads, "with appreciation and gratitude for your valued membership on the APA Council of Representatives from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2010. Through your term of service, your voice and votes have contributed to shaping the future of psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare."


Karen Groller, instructor for St. Luke's School of Nursing at Moravian College, and Kerry Cheever, professor and chair of nursing, co-authored an article that appeared in the Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care Journal. "Facilitating Students' Competence in Caring for the Bariatric Surgical Patient: The Case Study Approach" was published in the June 2010 issue of the journal.

James Paxton, assistant professor of history, co-edited with Michel S. Beaulieu (associate professor of history at Lakehead University) a special Autumn 2010 issue of Ontario History entitled "Imagining New Worlds in the New World: Entertainment, Agency, and Power in Upper Canada." Paxton's article "Merrymaking and Militia Musters: (Re)Constructing Community and Identity in Upper Canada" will appear in the same issue.

A new book by Jason Radine, associate professor of religion, has been published by Mohr Siebeck. The Book of Amos in Emergent Judah proposes a reassessment of the book of Amos in light of recent developments in the study of ancient Near Eastern prophecy, as well as new archaeological models of the development of ancient Judah and Israel. (Dr. Radine is grateful to the FDRC for funding the indexing of the book.) The book will be featured in the next issue of InCommon, September 22.

Conferences and Presentations

Hilde Binford, associate professor of music, was director for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bach Institute, a project that immerses K-12 school teachers of all disciplines in the intellectual and musical worlds of J. S. Bach. "Johann Sebastian Bach: Celebrating the 325th Anniversary of Bach's Birth" was held in Eisenach, Leipzig, and Potsdam, Germany, June 28-July 23, 2010.

From August 9-12, 2010, Dr. Binford participated in the NASA Climate Modeling and Data Applications Workshop (NASA-GCCE Project), held at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. Participants learned about EdGCM and TerraViva! Software applications.

As chair of the American Psychological Association's Divisions for Social Justice (14 Divisions of APA with approximately 15,000 members), Professor Art Lyons was responsible for social justice programming at the APA's 2010 convention. He organized two symposia: "Proposition 8 and Gay Marriage: Clinical Research and Economic Perspectives" and "Immigration: Impact on Demographics, Mental Health, Education, and Sexual Identity." He also chaired the Executive Committee and facilitated the discussion of social justice-related issues later presented to the Council of Representatives (the governing body of APA).  

Nicole Tabor, assistant professor of English, presented a paper in June at UCLA's New Directions in the Humanities on "The Estrangement of Community in 'Between the Acts." In August she presented another paper in Los Angeles at the Association for Theater in Higher Education entitled "Theoretical Survival: Dramatic Literature in Theory and Pedagogical Practice." In addition, ATHE's Theory and Criticism Focus Group elected her its "member at large."

Neil D. Wetzel, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies, directed the Summer Jazz Camp at Moravian, held July 12-16, 2010. The annual camp, for students in grades 8 through college, is held on Moravian's Hurd Campus. Faculty members include Moravian Music Department artist lecturers Lou Lanza, Tony Gairo, Al Gaumer, Paul Rostock, Gary Rissmiller, Dave Roth, and Pete Smyser. Music education major Robbie Brown '11, who attended Moravian's jazz camp as a junior at Easton High School, participated this year as an administrative assistant to Dr Wetzel.

Other News

Nourishing the Planet: A Worldwatch Institute Blog recently published a question, "Where would you like to see more agricultural funding directed?" and a response by Diane Husic, chair and professor of biological sciences and immediate past-president of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Dr. Husic's response mentions Moravian College and the Mountains of Hope agricultural educational project in Ecuador, which Husic is now observing.

The work of Krista Steinke, chair and assistant professor of art, was featured in a seven-page essay and photo spread in the August issue of Monthly Photography, Korea's oldest photography magazine. Its subscriber base, which is the largest of Korea's fine art photography magazines, includes artists, art educators, curators, art collectors, and art critics.

In August, Neil Wetzel, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies, embarked on a European tour that began in the Czech Republic and ended with a performance in Berlin, Germany. Wetzel traveled with Moravian Music Department artist lecturers Skip Wilkins and Gary Rissmiller, and Czech musicians Rosta Fras (tenor sax) and Josef Feco (bass). Funding for the European trip was provided, in part, by a grant from the Moravian Faculty Development and Research Committee.

In addition to touring this summer, Dr. Wetzel played and taught at the acclaimed Karel Velebny Summer Jazz Workshop held annually in the Czech Republic since the mid-1980s. This is the fifth straight year Wetzel was invited to teach at the workshop, along with Rissmiller and Wilkins.

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