UnCommon Achievements

"Bright Bend," an oil painting by Jan Crooker, adjunct instructor in art, was featured in the "artist of the week" section of the web site buzzartsguide.com, and in its weekly e-newsletter. Earlier this summer, she was named one of five finalists in the artist category for Modern Postcard's 2007 Spotlight Awards. 

Frank Crouch, dean of Moravian Theological Seminary, and Bonnie Falla, public services and reference librarian at Reeves Library, presented at the American Theological Library Association annual conference in Philadelphia on June 15.  Their presentations were part of a panel titled "Practical Strategies for Securing Faculty Collaboration in Information Literacy Instruction." They focused on how the library's information literacy program, which aims to teach students how to research topics for papers or presentations, has become embedded in the Seminary's new curriculum. Several of the Seminary's introductory classes include instruction by a librarian or faculty member to teach students how to approach research tasks. As students advance in the curriculum, more sophisticated competencies are taught to them.

Beth Fuchs, reference and electronic resources librarian at Reeves Library, and two colleagues from Bethlehem's public library system received an award at the American Library Association's annual conference, held in June 21-27 in Washington, D.C., for their work on the Bethlehem Digital History Project (bdhp.moravian.edu). The collaborative effort of Reeves Library and the Bethlehem Area Public Library earned an Honorable Mention for the ABC-CLIO Online History Award. The BDHP provides research materials about early Bethlehem and Moravian culture that's accessible to a wide-ranging audience.

Diane Husic, professor of biology, reports that she just finished a term as chair of the chemistry division of the Council on Undergraduate Research. Her division (which includes many biochemists as well as chemists) received the organization's first-ever Division of the Year award. The division's most notable activity, she says, is its Mentor Network program, which pairs up experienced CUR-member faculty with new faculty for assistance in setting up undergraduate research programs, writing grants, teaching, and navigating the path towards tenure. The CUR is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing over 900 colleges and universities, whose mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. Professor Husic also sits on the CUR executive board. Moravian associate professor of chemistry Carl Salter is an elected councilor to the CUR's chemistry division.

Art Lyons, professor of psychology, was re-elected to his second three-year term to the council of representatives of the American Psychological Association, the governing body of the organization of over 150,000 psychologists. "One of the biggest issues the Council is currently dealing with is addressing what role, if any, psychologists ought to play in the interrogation of military detainees," says professor Lyons. "I'm one of the co-sponsors of a motion that proposes a moratorium on psychologists being involved in such activities." He adds that a primary reason he decided to seek a second term is the opportunity to become involved in Divisions for Social Justice, a coalition of APA divisions organized around the promotion of social justice issues. "We hope to challenge and proactively move this professional organization into taking stronger stands on issues of social justice," he says.

Professor of political science Gary Olson's op-ed piece on the politics of empathy, "Research on Human Nature is Cause for Optimism," has been reprinted at least 42 times; venues include the Huffington Post, Common Dreams, The Baltimore Chronicle, and The Dana Foundation. The piece has also been translated into French and Japanese. The essay discusses the biological roots of morality, and the ways in which our innate capacity for empathy becomes overridden by external manipulation.

Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, was the guest on The Exchange, a statewide live call-in program hosted by National Public Radio affiliate New Hampshire Public Radio. Professor Rosen discussed the issues raised in his book The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos: Shifting Attitudes Toward Competition (McFarland & Company, 2007). The hour-long broadcast, which included spirited calls from listeners, is available for listening here.

Neil Wetzel, assistant professor of music, reports that he and his jazz faculty colleagues completed a three-day workshop for teachers, held on south campus on July 21-23. The program, which was the result of a partnership between Moravian College and the International Association for Jazz Education, brought about 50 teachers to Moravian for workshops led by some of the top educators in the field of jazz education. Participants came from as far as Maine, Canada, and California. Workshops were offered in five different tracks: jazz and music technology, jazz piano, jazz band, jazz vocal, and jazz in the general music classroom. The event featured clinics, lectures, hands-on demonstrations and concerts, and culminated with the jazz faculty performing at the world-famous Poconos jazz venue, the Deer Head Inn. Read professor Wetzel's blog about teaching jazz in Czechoslovakia here.