NEWS AND NOTES

Research and Publications

Charlotte Rappe Zales, associate professor of education, and Connie Unger, associate professor of education, have co-authored "The Science and Literacy Framework." The article will appear in the November 2008 issue of Science and Children, a journal of the National Science Teachers Association.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, assistant professor of doctrinal theology at Moravian Theological Seminary, has published "What Forms Us: Multiculturalism, the Other and Theology" in Feminist Theology with a Canadian Accent: Canadian Perspectives on Contextual Theology, edited by Mary Ann Beavis, Elaine Guillemin, and Barbara Pell (Ottawa: Novalis, 2008) 78-99.

An article by John Black, assistant professor of English, entitled "Stripping the Saint: Formation and Transformation in the Cult of St. Mary of Egypt in Medieval England" has been accepted for fall publication in Medieval Perspectives, the peer-reviewed journal of the Southeastern Medieval Association. The article is based on a paper that John presented at the 33rd annual Southeastern Medieval Association Conference.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of Learning in Common, has published a review of Daniel Gilbert's book Stumbling on Happiness in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Dana is the journal's book review editor.

Grants

Heikki Lempa, chair and associate professor of history, received a grant of $7,000 from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvHF). The grant will support archival research in Halle, Leipzig, and Paderborn, Germany, for the project "Der Strukturwandel der Ehre in Deutschland, 1700 - 1945" (Transformation of Honor in Germany, 1700 - 1945), planned for spring 2009. The AvHF is considered the most important German foundation supporting foreign scholars' work in Germany; projects must be conducted in cooperation with a German colleague. Heikke will be working with Professor Pia Schmid of the University of Halle-Wittenberg.

Conferences and Presentations

The Biennial Conference on Moravian History and Culture was held at Moravian College, South Campus, October 10 - 11, 2008. Heikki Lempa, chair and associate professor of history, Paul Peucker, director of the Moravian Archives and adjunct history instructor, and Pia Schmid of the University of Halle organized the conference. Dean Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs, gave a welcome address. James Paxton, assistant professor of history, Kelly Denton-Borhaug, assistant professor of religion, and Paul Peucker chaired topic areas; Heikki Lempa commented. The conference was sponsored by Moravian College, the Moravian Archives, Bethlehem, and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Pietism at the University of Halle, Germany.

The 8th Annual Moravian Music Conference was held October 9 - 10 at Moravian College, in conjunction with the Conference on Moravian History and Culture. Hilde Binford, assistant professor of music, and Paul Peucker, director of the Moravian Archives and adjunct history instructor, presented. Paul Peucker also presented the Moses Lecture "Beyond Beeswax Candles and Lovefeast Buns: The Role of History in Finding a Moravian Identity."

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of Learning in Common, attended the 2008 Best Practices Conference in the Teaching of Psychology, held in Atlanta, October 3 - 4. Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, this year's conference focused on the use of technology in and outside the psychology classroom. Dana and two of his colleagues, Suzanne Baker (James Madison University) and Bernard Beins (Ithaca College), presented a poster on the results of the June 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology.

Diane Radycki, assistant professor of art and director of the Payne Gallery, presented "American Women Artists in Munich, or Die Frauen ohne Schatten" at the American Artists in Munich conference held in Munich last October.

Other News

Due to the recent financial crisis, local media have sought the opinions of Jim West, chair and professor of economics and business, and John Rossi, associate professor of accounting. Both have appeared multiple times on Channel 69 News. Francis Ryan, assistant professor of history, and John Reynolds, professor of political science, have been interviewed by the media regarding the upcoming election.

An essay, "Building Bridges: Why College Faculty Should Go Back to High School," co-authored by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of Learning in Common, appeared in the October 2008 E-xcellence in Teaching listserv of the Society for Teaching of Psychology Discussion.

Silvia Mandler, visiting instructor of Spanish, has been invited to join the board of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Philadelphia and vicinity chapter.

Naomi Gal, Comenius professor of language and literature, was a guest on WDIY FM radio on October 6, 2008. She spoke about "Attunement and Forgiveness--the Meanings of Yom Kippur" on the program Take Charge of Your Life.

 

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