NEWS AND NOTES

Conferences and Presentations

In early April 2009, Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology, attended the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial/ Organizational Psychology (SIOP) in New Orleans. On April 2, he participated in a panel discussion on "Innovative Teaching Ideas for Undergraduate I/O Instructors." All panelists were members of the SIOP committee for the advancement of undergraduate teaching in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. One of the committee's main roles is to promote an internet-based resource (SIOPwiki.com) for sharing best teaching practices and resources for courses in I/O Psychology.  On April 4, Bob was one of seven who presented their work for the series "Public Engagement: Service Learning Projects in the Classroom," part of SIOP's track on Corporate Social Responsibility. He shared insights and assessment data related to the service learning projects he did with Victory House, Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Red Cross, and Community Services for Children over the past three semesters.

On April 18, two students from associate psychology professor Bob Brill's PS212 course, Experimental Methods and Data Analysis II, presented their research projects at the annual LVAIC Undergraduate Psychology Conference held at DeSales University. Jaime Renninger '11 presented "The Effects of Facial Expression and State Anxiety on Memory Recognition and Familiarity of Faces," while Jessica Pfeifer '10 presented her work on "Anxiety and Test Taking: The Effects of Music on Anxiety in Multiple Learning Phases."

Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program, organized an outreach workshop for the NEURON Conference held at Hunter College, N.Y., on April 4, 2009. The workshop focused on encouraging trainee engagement in mental health research. Sarah Johnson, assistant professor of psychology, facilitated the discussion.

Tyler McCambridge '09, an honor student working with Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program, presented their research "Dietary Selenium Protects Dopamine Levels and May Improve Motor Behavior in the 6-Hydroxydopamine Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease" at the NEURON Conference held at Hunter College, N.Y., April 4, 2009.

On May 8, 2009, Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the Spring Quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Area Writing Program Administrators (PWPA), hosted by Cabrini College, Radnor. The meeting featured presentations by some of the leading composition specialists in the area, all of whom drew upon writing programs in their institutions in discussing "Writing Through a New Curriculum," the theme of the program. The presenters were Eli Goldblatt of Temple University, William Lalicker of West Chester University, Michelle Filling of Cabrini, and Ann Green of St. Joseph's University.

Publications

Bernie Cantens, associate professor and chair of philosophy, published a critical review of Annuario filosofico: pragmatismo hispanico, Paloma Pérez-Ilzarbe and Jaime Nubiola (eds.) for transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 44 (4) (2008): pp. 739-747.

"Emotion Regulation: Diverse Perspectives and Directions for Research," a book review written by Dana S. Dunn and his former summer SOAR student, Clint Brody '09, appeared in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. They reviewed the Handbook of Emotion Regulation, which was edited by James Gross of Stanford University.

Grant Activity

Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology, has been serving as a co-principal investigator for a grant awarded by Wall Street West. He and co-PI, Dr. Bhagyavita of DeSales University, are heading a multidisciplinary team of six LVAIC faculty members. The focus of the grant is to evaluate the impact of Wall Street West (WSW), one of the Department of Labor's WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) initiatives. Over the past three years, WSW grants have been awarded to more than 40 recipients in education, business, and other workforce development organizations to achieve targeted talent development, technology and other transformational strategies. The intercollegiate team, coordinated by the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, will evaluate the collective impact of these grants thus far, including a more holistic analysis for projected trends in light of the recession. 

Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences and director of the neuroscience program, was awarded a chapter grant from the Society for Neuroscience to support her Brain Awareness Outreach Program.

Moravian College has been awarded a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. The grant will support the Environmental Studies Program, and consists of a cash award of $50,000 ($10,000/year over five years), plus a gift of securities. Frank Kuserk, professor of biological sciences, and Diane Husic, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, worked with Sue Schamberger, director of foundation relations, to apply for the grant.

Other News

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently served as external reviewer of the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK. The Department conducted a detailed self-study based on the quality benchmarks assessment approach advocated by Dunn and his colleagues in a 1987 article in the American Psychologist.

Eric Lambinus, associate professor of physical education and head women's soccer coach, was added to the associate staff of the Coaching Education Program of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. At the Advanced Regional Diploma held at DeSales University April 17 and 18, he presented two sessions. The Advanced Regional Diploma is a supplement to the Regional Diploma.

Larry Lipkis, professor of music and composer-in-residence, received a Tribute to the Arts Award on May 8 from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission. He was recognized for his work as founder of the Baltimore Consort early music ensemble. He performed an early English work on recorder, accompanied by his son Rory on keyboards and his daughter Julia on violin, for the event.

Holly Nonnemacher, director of student activities, was published in the May 2009 issue (Vol. 42, No. 1) of Programming, the professional publication of the National Association for Campus Activities. The title of her article is "Rev Up Your Professional Development: Volunteer with NACA."

Political science professor Gary Olson's "The Neuropolitics of Morality" is included as a chapter in Richard Curtis's (ed.) Reasonable Atheists and Reasonable Theists Discuss Religion (Lexington, MA: Lexington Press, 2009, forthcoming).

On May 2, Gary Olson, professor and chair of political science, presented the "Last Lecture" for the South Campus series. His topic was "Why I am a Secular Humanist."

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