Diane W. Husic, Audubon TogetherGreen Fellow and chair and professor of biological sciences, contributed to the recently published Pennsylvania Climate Adaptation Planning Report. Husic was invited to join the Natural Resources Working Group for this project as a result of participating at the COP15 in Copenhagen and because of her work in ecological restoration and conservation.

During her sabbatical, Diane Husic served as the lead author of the Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge Ecological Assessment, a 195 page report. Research for the project began in 2008 with funding from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It includes work from 10 Moravian College students. Frank Kuserk, professor of biological sciences and director of the environmental studies program, was a co-author of the report. (Kuserk directed the work of several students and helped write up their contributions, listed in Appendix A). The report will be used to guide future management and conservation efforts at the Refuge and should serve as a model for other restoration projects.

Presentations and Conferences

Clarke Chapman, professor emeritus of religion and religious studies advisor in the Comenius Center, attended the Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting in New Orleans, Jan. 6-9.  Topics included Abraham Lincoln's method of moral judgment, the national health care debate, pacifism and the accusation of irresponsibility to society, the aftereffects of Katrina, just war theory as a Christian discipline, the patriarchal focus of Viagra's marketing campaigns, and an ecumenical approach within Catholic moral theology. He also refereed a paper for the Journal of the SCE.

Sarah Johnson, assistant professor of psychology, presented her work titled "Semantic Priming of Song Lyrics: Within-Modality but Not Cross-Modality" at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in St. Louis, Missouri, November 18-21. Her co-author, Andrea Halpern (Bucknell University), and she have completed a series of experiments exploring how the concepts of melody, lyrics, and genre are tied together in memory for familiar songs.

On February 2, Sarah Johnson presented "Validating Subjective Cluster Coding in Verbal Fluency Using Response Times" at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Boston, Mass. The presentation was based on the work she did last summer with SOAR student Rania Hanna '12, a co-author on the presentation.

Jason Radine, assistant professor of biblical and Jewish studies, presented a paper, "Judahite Anti-Northernism and the Formation of the Book of the Four," January 15 at Perspectives on the Formation of the Book of the Twelve: Methodological Foundations—Redactional Processes—Historical Insights, an international conference at the University of Münster in Germany. The purpose of the conference was to gather the leading scholars and younger scholars to assess the state of research and further goals for study of the biblical "minor prophets" books.

Other News

Political science professor Gary Olson's  op-ed "Egypt Seeing Increase in Democratic Pressure" was published in The Morning Call January 31, 2011.  This piece had appeared earlier as "Washington's Egyptian Nightmare" on  Common Dreams and Znet and been reprinted on dozens of other websites and blogs.

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and director of the LVAIC Africana Consortium, was the guest speaker on WDIY's "Lehigh Valley Discourse" January 27. Rosen spoke about the new book Fame to Infamy, which he co-edited with David C. Ogden, associate professor of communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Michelle E. Schmidt, associate professor and chair of psychology, has been named president of the board of the Bethlehem YMCA. She is the organization's first female board president.

James  West, professor and chair of the Economics Department, was interviewed on WFMZ (Ch69) Wednesday, January 19, regarding the social security tax cut and its impact on the economy.

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