NEWS AND NOTES

Articles, Reviews, and Other Publications

A chapter written by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology,appeared in the new book Getting Culture: Incorporating Diversity Across the Curriculum (Stylus, 2009). Edited by Regan Gurung (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay) and Loreto Prieto (Iowa State University), the book is intended to help faculty create courses on diversity or to integrate diversity matters into existing courses. Dunn's chapter is titled "Teaching about the Social Psychology of Disability: Issues of Being, Not Becoming."

An article by Gary Olson, professor of political science, "Capitalism Short Circuits Our Moral Hard-Wiring," appeared on the web site Common Dreams December 18, 2008. The piece has been reprinted on more than 100 web sites.

An essay and photos by Krista Steinke Finch, assistant professor of art, will appear in the next issue ("Once Upon a Time ... ") of EXIT, an art magazine published in Madrid, Spain. Her work also will be featured in a show at the Salena Gallery at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus: "Suspension of Disbelief: A Digital Photography Exhibition on Social Commentary," January 20 - February 27, 2009.

Mark Will-Weber, adjunct instructor of writing, has written a new book, Run for the Diamonds: 100 Years of Footracing in Berwick, Pennsylvania (Breakaway Books, 2008). The book reflects the history of American running itself through the 100-year course of the Berwick race, where many of the world's greatest runners competed. Several Moravian alumni are mentioned, including Kim Jaick Soden '02 and Heidi Wolfsberger '02; Jaick won the women's race in 2002, Wolfsberger in 2005.

Conferences and Presentations

On January 5, 2009, Robert Brill, associate professor of psychology, presented some results of a research project he conducted in collaboration with the Moravian College and St. Luke's Schools of Nursing. The presentation, "Do You See What I See? A Comparison of Supervising Nurses' and Nursing Students' Perceptions of the Clinical Experience," was co-authored by Joyce Brill, an instructor at the St. Luke's School of Nursing. The presentation took place at the Mosby Nursing Education conference in Orlando, Florida.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, participated in the National Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP), January 2-6, 2009, in St. Petersburg, Florida. In its 30th year, NIToP annually draws 350 psychology faculty from around the world. Dunn led an invited workshop on "Teaching Writing Across the (Psychology) Curriculum," and gave talks on "Teaching by Doing: Making Research Methods Active and Engaging" and the implications and results of the June 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology. Besides giving and attending a variety of talks on pedagogy, Dunn judged several poster sessions. He will serve as a member of the NIToP Program Committee for the next two years.

On December 10, Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, gave a presentation titled "The U.S./Iran Standoff: Behind the Headlines" to the Greater Reading World Affairs Council's monthly luncheon meeting.

Associate professor of education Joseph Shosh chaired a session on digital documentary production in secondary schools at the National Council of Teachers of English convention in San Antonio, Texas, on November 21. He also presented a paper entitled "Creating Educational Partnerships to Support New Media Literacy." The research he shared was sponsored, in part, by grants from the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Writing Project, and the Moravian College Leadership Center.

Other News

Head football coach Scot Dapp and members of his staff attended the national convention of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), held in Nashville, Tenn., recently. Assistant coach Jeremy McCullough was one of thirty coaches from across the country chosen to participate in the "Future Coaches Academy" program sponsored by the NCAA and supported by AFCA. For one mentoring session, Jeremy was partnered with Bill Lynch, head football coach at the University of Indiana. In addition, alum Kris Bisci '08 participated in the program. Kris is currently serving as an intern coach at SUNY Maritime.

An article in the Allentown The Morning Call on January 11, 2009, quoted Dennis Domchek, vice president for finance and administration, regarding financial constraints at area colleges and universities. In "Economy Slashes College Endowments," Domchek reports on the College endowment, and assures that financial aid to students will not be affected.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, spoke about the Gaza conflict as a guest on the Berks County TV program "Centering on Peace," January 13, 2009. He was also interviewed by Channel 69 News, WFMZ, regarding the U.S.-Iran standoff. The segment aired December 10, 2008.

Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biology and premed advisor, has received approval from the Society for Neuroscience to form the Lehigh Valley SFN Chapter.  As a chapter, local professors/researchers and clinicians in the field of neuroscience will have an avenue to support public education, scientific outreach, and scholarly collaborations. The new chapter will be one of the few in the country composed primarily of undergraduates, and will be able to support research symposia across the Lehigh Valley. Fox will serve as president of the chapter.  

An article about Christie Gilson, assistant professor of education, was selected to be featured on the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs web site. The profile piece, which describes Gilson's experiences while conducting doctoral research in Hong Kong on a Fulbright fellowship, will appear this month.

An article by Marty Moyle, secretary for the athletics department, appeared in the December 17, 2008 issue of the Bethlehem Press. The article discusses the Moravian College greyhound mascot tradition, and mentions several alumni, including Omicron Gamma Omega brother Donald Cohen '52, owner/handler Linda Davis Wallen '75, OGO brother Bernie Nehring '60, USG Presidents Joe Prorok and Peter French '60, Varsity "M" President Tony Matz '59, OGO brother Michael Siegel '69, Director of Athletics Paul Moyer, OGO President George Gray, and brothers Tony "Monk" Morelli '59 and Pete Chimera '88.

Gary Olson, professor of political science, was the main speaker for the "Freedom for Gaza" rally held in Allentown, Pa., on January 10, 2009. The event drew more than 200 people. It was sponsored by several Lehigh Valley Muslim associations, but was ecumenical in terms of participation. For a transcript of Olson's comments, click here.

Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, and co-editor David C. Ogden, associate professor of communications at the University of Nebraska, discussed their new book Reconstructing Fame on two radio networks recently: NPR's "Only a Game" (January 17, 2009) and ESPN's "On the Border" (mid-December).

John Rossi,
assistant professor of accounting, was interviewed by Channel 69 News for a story about how to raise credit scores. The story aired January 14, 2009.

Photography by Krista Steinke Finch, assistant professor of art, will be featured in a show at the Salena Gallery at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus: "Suspension of Disbelief: A Digital Photography Exhibition on Social Commentary," January 20 - February 27, 2009.

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