UnCommon Achievements

Faculty:

Professor of psychology Dana Dunn gave a poster presentation at the 78th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Philadelphia held March 23-25. Titled "Assessing for Improvement: Using Quality Benchmarks for Faculty Development in Psychology," the work proposes using formative measures and a developmental framework for reviewing faculty members' contributions to teaching, scholarship, and service in psychology program.

Assistant professor of art Angela Fraleigh's solo show "if not, winter" opened on March 15 at the James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Washington. The exhibit includes two large scale oil paintings (72" by 96") as well as several smaller works. It runs through April 28.

Professor of biology Frank Kuserk's review of the book Dark ages: The case for a science of human behavior (MIT Press, 2006) appears in the April 2007 issue of Choice, published by the American Library Association.

Joanne McKeown, associate professor of French, presented a paper at the North American Christian Foreign Language Association's 17th annual conference at Asbury College in Kentucky on March 30. The paper was titled "Feminine Witnesses to the Power of the Soul Over the Mind: Three Novels of Enlightenment France."

Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology, presented two posters at the March 23-25 meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association: "Victimized Girls' Perceptions of Popularity," co-authored with Lydia Zarella '08, and "Social and Academic Competence in School-Aged Children," co-authored with Stefanie Risko '07. Both students worked with her on SOAR grants. Michelle also presented a paper titled "Does Friendship Quality Moderate the Association Between Peer Victimization and Internalizing Distress?" at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, held in Boston the weekend of March 31. The paper presented data from her short-term longitudinal study of about 800 third, fourth, and fifth graders in the Bethlehem area school district.

Connie Unger, assistant professor of education, and Charlotte Zales, associate professor of education, presented their Science and Literacy Framework at the Franklin County Reading Council spring seminar on March 24 in Scotland, Pennsylvania. Fifty educators attended and learned how to plan lessons integrating science and literacy.

Administration and staff:

Dick Claussen and bridge partner Don Swan participated in the annual North American Bridge Championships, March 6-7 in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is the largest annual duplicate bridge event in North America; the 75 finalists must first qualify at the local and regional level. Dick and Don ranked 19th in the North American pairs bridge.

Librarians Dorothy Glew and Beth Fuchs attended the Association of College and Research Libraries National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, held March 29-April 1. Dorothy presented the poster session "Reach Out and Engage the Faculty: A Successful Faculty/Librarian Collaboration to Promote Information Literacy." Beth received a New Librarian scholarship to attend.

The Comenius Center and Center for Information Technology hosted an Information Technology Infrastructure Library conference on March 6. The event focused on providing a framework of best practice approaches to delivering high quality information technology services. Bill Kleintop, associate dean for Business and Management Programs, served as program coordinator; Sue Herschlag, user support manager, was conference coordinator. The CIT user support, networking, and media services teams also contributed to the conference's success.

Students:

On March 31, students in Kelly Denton-Borhaug's Religion and Politics course presented at "The Future of Democracy: Faith, Fear and Freedom," an undergraduate conference at Lebanon Valley College. "Assessing American Empire: Comparison and Contrast of Two Recent Religious/Political Manifestos" was presented by Emily Berry '09, Amy DiJenno '08, Leon Edelman '09, Kyle Lavigne '09, Greg Niehoff '08, Dan Polles '09, Simon Tabchi '08, and Brad Wanhewicz '08. "Reading Bellah’s The Broken Covenant: From Vietnam to Iraq" was presented by Josh Collis '08, Dan Edleman '08, Sarah Hopkins '08, Kyle Keller '07, Mike Peck '08, Keri Traficante '08, and Katie Wyant '08.

On March 24 in Elizabethtown, PA, Debra Evans 09, LeeAnna Roberts 07, and Peter Slivka 07 presented research at the annual Northeast District 2 Convention of Beta Beta Beta, the national honors society for majors in the biological sciences. LeeAnna was awarded the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research for her project, "Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) among Division III football players at Moravian College."