NEWS AND NOTES

Publications

A review of The Music of the Moravian Church in America by Hilde Binford, associate professor of music, appeared in the Journal of Moravian History, Spring 2010.

Kerry Cheever, professor and chair of nursing, contributed Chapter 5, "Theory, Research, and Evidence-Based Practice," to Fundamentals of Nursing: The Art and Science of Nursing (7th edition), C. Taylor, C. Lillis, P. LeMone, & P. Lynn (eds.); published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (2011).

Conferences

Hilde Binford, associate professor of music, presented "Romantic Composers and European Nationalist Movements of the 19th Century" at the National Council for Social Studies Conference held in Denver, November 12-14, 2010.

Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology, and one of his students, Suzanne Yeager '11, psychology major, were co-authors, along with Joyce Brill of St. Luke's School of Nursing, of a research poster presented at the Annual National Conference of the Professional Nurse Educators Group (PNEG) sponsored by Villanova University, October 21-24. The paper, "From Both Sides Now: The Ups and Downs of the Clinical Experience," was part of the session "Gateway to Innovative and Creativity in Nursing Education." Their contribution disseminated results from a content analysis of student and supervising nurse perspectives regarding peak positive and stressful negative situations related to the clinical experience. Suzanne Yeager's involvement as a research collaborator was funded by a SOAR grant.

G. Clarke Chapman, director of religious studies, attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Oct. 29–Nov. 1, in Atlanta. Program events included a plenary by Frans de Waal on antecedents for human morality among higher primates, a tour of Ebenezer Baptist Church (where Martin Luther King was co-pastor), updates on the civil rights movement in Atlanta, recent studies about the ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and papers on the role of graphic arts in American civil religion.

Melanie Davis, adjunct professor of sociology, presented her doctoral research at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in November. Her presentation focused on the reported willingness of physicians and marriage and family therapists to refer patients to sexuality educators for consultation.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, participated in the 2010 Science Leadership Conference sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA). The topic of the conference was "Strengthening Our Science: Enhancing the Status of Psychology as a STEM Discipline." Dunn represented the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division 2 of the APA. His presidential year ends on December 31, 2010.

On November 12, Khristina H. Haddad, associate professor of political science, presented a paper entitled "Political Theory and Performance Theory in the Public Square: Gordon Kampe's Zivilcourage, a Progressive Environmental Zeitoper on Moral Courage Informed by the Writings of Hannah Arendt" at the Northeastern Political Science Association's annual meeting in Boston.

Biology professors Frank Kuserk and Diane Husic reported on their involvement in the Facilitating Interdisciplinary Learning Project at the recent Transformative Change in STEM Education: Leadership for Advancing Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Learning, a national colloquium held October 15-16 in Washington, D.C. Professor Husic additionally served as a roundtable facilitator during the session designed to develop a set of recommendations to national organizations to be included in the project's final report, due out early next year. 

Sponsored by Project Kaleidoscope, the FIDL Project involved 30 select colleges and universities from across the country in a three-year endeavor to understand the nature of student learning in interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs within the undergraduate learning environment. Moravian's project, "Toward a Truly Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Program," focused on factors important in building an interdisciplinary program from both the perspective of student learning and organizational administration. Funding for the FIDL Project was provided through a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

John D. Rossi, III, Associate Professor of Accounting published an Column in the Winter 2011 issue of the Pennsylvania CPA Journal entitled “A Look at Subsequent Events”,  The column focus on accounting standard ASC 855-10 of the FASB Codification and its impact on Subsequent Events and new reporting requirements.

Joseph Shosh, associate professor of education, presented his research on digital media literacy at the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN) Conference in Cambridge, England, Nov. 5-7. Among those in attendance at Dr. Shosh's session was Dr. John Elliott, CARN founder and first editor of Educational Action Research: An International Journal.

Other News

Hilde Binford, associate professor of music, has been appointed to serve as communications coordinator for the NY, NJ, DE, and PA district of the Climate Project (TCP). In her role, Binford, who is also a TCP presenter, will work with TCP Communications staff to leverage media opportunities in her region.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently gave two talks to members of the Psychology Department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The first dealt with "Some Issues in Teaching Critical Thinking," while the second examined "The Undergraduate Psychology Major: Issues in Planning and Assessment." Dunn was invited to GW to help psychology colleagues consider ways to introduce critical thinking and assessment activities into their current courses.

Misunderestimated, a new CD by Neil D. Wetzel, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies, will be featured on a release tour, beginning this month, that includes performances in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia. The CD was released earlier this year on the Hot Apple Spider Productions record label and is available at various outlets including Amazon.com, cdbaby.com, iTunes, and digstation.com. More info can be found at neilwetzel.com. Performers for the tour include Moravian artist-lecturers Gary Rissmiller, drums; and Skip Wilkins, piano. Also performing are Tony DeSantis on trumpet and Tony Marino on bass.

Neil Wetzel appeared on "The Blend" November 12 on WDIY to discuss and play tracks from his latest recording Misunderestimated. Also November 12, Wetzel performed at Pacifico at The Promenade in Saucon Valley.

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