Hilde Binford, assistant professor
of music, attended a conference called “The Century of Bach and Mozart:
Perspectives on Historiography, Composition, Theory, and Performance,”
September 23-25 at Harvard University. Then she hopped on
a plane to the Czech Republic, where she presented a paper
on “Vedran Smailovic: Cellist and Peacemaker in Sarajevo”
at a conference called on “Music and War: Inter arma silent
musae or Arma virumque cano?,” September 26-28 in Brno. Smailovic
was the cellist whose 22- day musical vigil in the streets
of Saravejo helped bring the Bosnian war to an end in 1995.
Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, attended
the “Engaging Minds: Best Practices in Teaching Critical Thinking
Across the Psychology Curriculum” conference, September 29-October
2 in Atlanta. He and colleagues Jane Halonen of the University
of West Florida and Randolph Smith of Kennesaw State University
will be editing a book based on many of the talks delivered
at the conference.
Dana also wrote a chapter on “Teaching Courses with Laboratories” in
the new Handbook for the Teaching of Psychology, edited by William Buskist and
Stephen F. Davis. It will be published by Blackwell (2006).
Shalahudin Kafrawi, assistant professor
of philosophy and religion, attended “Ancient and Medieval
Philosophy,” a conference October 14-16 at Fordham University.
He presented a paper, “The Metaphysics of Contingency: Avicenna’s
Essence-Existence Distinction.” Sal chaired a panel on Islamic
and Greek philosophy and coordinated other Islamic philosophy
Sal also has been on the air. He gave a speech about fasting
during Ramadan for an Indonesian community, October 22 in
Centerville, Virginia. The next day, he was called for an
interview at Voice of America for a program on “American Understanding
of the Qur’an.” The interview was broadcasted live via Metro
TV in Indonesia. “My babies were happy to see me on TV,” he
says. “That’s a kind of cure for their wish to see me around.”
Sal’s wife and children still live in Indonesia.
Btw, his wife, Etin Anwar, who holds a Ph.D.
from Princeton, has had her book, Gender and Self in Islam,
accepted for publication by Routledge. Sal says it already
is in the databases of amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.
Librarians Beth Fuchs and Wendy
Juniper presented a session on collaborative library
web-testing at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s annual
conference, September 25-28 in Hershey. The session, titled
“Benefits Abound! Student/Librarian Collaborative Web Testing,” described a series
of focus groups and cognitive walk-through usability tests they conducted with assistance
and guidance from the Psychology Club, to improve the library website for
its user community.
Diane Husic, professor and chair of biology
and faculty athletics representative (FAR) to the NCAA, was
cofacilitator for the inaugural Division II FAR Leadership
Institute, October 7- 9 in Indianapolis. (She wrote the original
proposal leading to a $100,000 grant from the NCAA to support
the first institute.) The event drew 21 FAR Fellows nominated
by their conferences and six other longtime FARs as its steering
committee. Diane worked with consultant Lynne Kaplan, who
will be doing the leadership program for student-athletes
at Moravian in January. “She is phenomenal,” Diane says. For
additional information: www2.ncaa.org/ media_and_events/association_news/
Michelle Schmidt, assistant professor of
psychology and codirector of the Leadership Center, went to
Gettysburg College on October 1 for a conference on “The Future
of Service Learning in Higher Education.” Stacey Zaremba,
psychology, Sue Scholtz, nursing, Lisa
Fischler, political science, and Nilsa Lasso-von
Lang and Erica Yozell, Spanish,
also attended, with the idea of grounding service learning
more firmly in the academic experience at Moravian.
Connie Unger and Charlotte Rappe
Zales, assistant and associate professor of education,
gave a presentation on “Literature Enhancing Science—Science
Enhancing Literacy,” October 18 at the Keystone State Reading
Association annual conference in Hershey. The participants,
K-12 educators, were very receptive to a plan for using trade
books to integrate literacy into science lessons, reports