Alyson Dobracki ’03,
Fountain Hill, has received a grant from the Pennsylvania
Academy of Science to support her honors project on the bacteria
that enable the pitcher plant, a meat-eating vegetable, to
digest its dinner. Frank Kuserk, professor
and chair of biology, is her advisor.
Cas Sowa, director of international
studies, Naomi Brought ’03, Middletown,
and Michelle Lewis ’03, Slatedale,
attended the 14th annual Delaware Valley Study Abroad Re-Entry
conference, October 5 in Philadelphia. Naomi studied in England
and Michelle in Spain in the spring 2002 semester. Administered
by the University of Pennsylvania, the conference discusses
graduate fellowships, work opportunities, and careers abroad,
and resources for international studies programs.
David A. Schattschneider,
dean emeritus of the Seminary, spoke at the annual meeting
October 6 of the Moravian Historical Society in Nazareth.
His paper on “A 250-Year-Old Mystery: The Disappearance
of J.C. Erhardt” investigates a seven-person party that
never returned from an expedition to the Labrador coast in
1752. It will be published in the Transactions of the Moravian
Anne Dutlinger, assistant
professor of art and chair of the art department, presented
“Figure/Ground: Artists and Their Community in Theresienstadt/Terezín,”
at the Block Museum, Northwestern University, for the October
6 opening of the exhibit “The Last Expression: Art at
Auschwitz.” Fellow panelists were Yehudit Shendar, curator
of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem;
theater historian Rebecca Rovit; and artist-survivors Yehuda
Bacon and Max R. Garcia. Jacek Nowakowski, director of international
programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, was
the respondent. “Art at Auschwitz” will travel
to the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Wellesley College in 2003.
John D. Rossi III ’97
(M.B.A.), assistant professor of accounting, was a talking
head on Lehigh Valley Tempo (Channel 39), which interviewed
him for a feature on property-tax reform. It aired October
17-18. John (a multimedia man) also has an article in the
October 7 Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal called “Feds,
be sure to put accounting blame where it belongs,” which
compares accounting standards in the United States with those
Ryan Mehl ’96, the son of Judy
Mehl, former assistant director of publications,
has been appointed an assistant professor of chemistry at
Franklin and Marshall College. He received his Ph.D. from
Cornell University in 2001.
Sean Tallarico, director
of campus safety, and Ron Kline, director
of counseling services, attended the Legal Issues in Higher
Education conference, October 6-9 at the University of Vermont,
which has been hosting this national gathering of college
and university administrators, lawyers, security officials,
counselors, and student services directors for 12 years.
A group of Josef Glowa’s
German students were lucky enough to be almost nose to nose
with Al Pacino playing the title role in The Resistible Rise
of Arturo Ui, a satire by Bertolt Brecht on the political
ascension of Adolf Hitler. Produced by the National Actors
Theater, it’s at Pace University through November 3.
The cast also includes John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. Joe,
assistant professor of German, took the students October 8
on a bus that left at campus at 7:00 a.m. (yawn), so they
could get there in time to stand in line for rush tickets.
They got ’em, too, for $25. (Full-price seats were $100.)
“The students were ecstatic,” Joe says. “They
sat in the first row and could almost touch the stars.”
James J. Ravelle, professor
of sociology, law, and public management and chair of the
sociology department, and Linda L. Ravelle,
associate professor of economics and business, attended the
annual conference of the Association of Pennsylvania University
Business and Economics Faculty, October 2-4 in State College.
They presented a working paper on “Securitization of
Real Property Taxes: A New Approach to Assisting the Elderly.”
Translation: The elderly should be permitted to default on
property taxes without worrying that their property will be
listed for judicial sale.