NEWS AND NOTES

Research and Publications

Dana S. Dunn and Timothy R. Elliott (Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University) co-authored a theoretical article to a special issue of the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. The topic of the special issue was “Research and Methodological Advances and Issues in Rehabilitation Psychology.” Dunn and Elliott’s contribution is titled “The Place and Promise of Theory in Rehabilitation Psychology Research.” The authors argue for the importance of theory development and explain why theories are needed in rehabilitation psychology.

Conferences and Presentations

Clarke Chapman, professor of religion (emeritus), attended the Tenth International Bonhoeffer Congress, meeting in Prague, Czech Republic. He joined participants from 32 nations to discuss the theme “Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Theology in Today's World: A Way between Fundamentalism and Secularism?” "The international array of attendees demonstrates that the writings of Bonhoeffer (pacifist, teacher, conspirator against Hitler), who was martyred by the Nazis in 1945, continues worldwide to be a rich resource for creative alternatives to dogmatic religion or a completely secularized modernity," Chapman notes.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently attended the 116th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, which was held in Boston, Ma.. Besides attending executing committee meetings of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Dunn spoke on reforming the psychology curriculum in a symposium organized by Diane Halpern (Claremont McKenna College and former APA President) on the “APA National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology—Blueprint for the Discipline’s Future.”

Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of Sociology, presented “Jim Crow Plays Here: Black Baseball and the African American Business Community” with Dr. Roberta Newman of NYU at the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball & American Culture at the American Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  A portion of Dr. Rosen’s trip was underwritten by FDRC.

Joel Wingard, professor of English attended the 2008 Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC) at Ohio State University, earlier this summer, with many of the country’s leading scholars and teachers of digital media to discuss integrating multimodal texts (alphabetic, video, audio, animation) in English courses, programs, and curricula.  Wingard worked hands-on with audio- and video-editing software to make a 60-second film on multimodality.  He also assisted other institute participants with their digital scholarship.  His final project was creating a blog for the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Network for Media Action.  The FDRC supported the opportunity.

Joanne M. McKeown, associate professor of French language and literature, presented a paper at an international conference of the American Association of Teachers of French in Liege, Belgium on July 17, 2008.  "Translation as  Scholarship: The Story of  Estelle L'Hardy Retold as New" relates to her work as editor and primary translator (with Dr. Catherine G. Fine as secondary translator and Dr. Carole Koepke Brown as volunteer editor) of an 1838/9 French monograph which is being published this fall by Palgrave Macmillan Press under the title, Despine and the Evolution of Psychology: Historical and Medical Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders. The Faculty Development and Research Committee (FDRC) helped fund this trip.

Op-eds and Media

Political Science professor Gary Olson's article, "We Empathize, Therefore We Are," was featured on ZNet, July 26, 2008. www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/16246.


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