NEWS AND NOTES
Conferences and Presentations
Hilde Binford, assistant professor of music, attended The Climate Project's (TCP) national summit held in Nashville, May 14-17, 2009. She is currently a featured presenter on the TCP website. TCP presenters—2,600 volunteers personally trained by Al Gore to educate the public about climate change—have reached a combined 4 million people worldwide.
From March 12-14, 2009, George Diamond, professor of English, attended the annual "4C's"—the Conference on College Composition and Communication, held this year in San Francisco. The conference "re-examined past waves of thought and explored the many waves we might make in theoretical, pedagogical, cultural, and even radical aspects of teaching writing." Keynote speaker Charles Bazerman gave a powerful address on the Wonder of Writing. Professor Diamond chaired the session "Digital Gaming: MMORPGS and Player Identity," concerned with the highly complex and mystifying world of digital gaming and its players. The parent organization of 4C’s is the National Council of Teachers of English.
Otto Dreydoppel, Jr., assistant professor of church history, participated in the National Workshop on Christian Unity, held in Phoenix April 27-30, 2009. The workshop is the national convention for Council of Churches officials, denominational ecumenical officers, and academic ecumenists. He led a seminar entitled "The Moravian Tradition 101" and presided at a special worship session, a Moravian Lovefeast, attended by all participants in the workshop. The Moravian Church in America and the Episcopal Church are preparing to enter into a relationship of full communion. Otto's seminar was designed to introduce the ecumenical partners to each other.
Neil Wetzel, assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies, presented a session at the 2009 PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Conference held at the Valley Forge Convention Center, April 22-25, 2009. His session was "The Saxophone Section in the Jazz Ensemble." Assisting in the session were several Moravian College students: Robbie Brown '11, Jessie Renner '10, J. Steve Inghram '10, Matt Gibson '12, and Angel Molina '11. The session was on rehearsing tips and addressing problems music educators encounter in jazz ensemble rehearsals.
On May 8, 2009, Joel D. 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 at 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.
A second edition of psychology professor Dana S. Dunn's first book, The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research, has been published by Wiley-Blackwell. The ten-chapter book "addresses the gap between knowing and using the discipline's research methodology." The new and updated content in this edition includes: decision trees related to the stages of doing research; additional exercises; updated information on doing online research; additional information in the appendices; and a glossary. Professor Dunn is president-elect of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum.
Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, was invited to share his views on adjuncts and writing for an Adjunct Advocate blog. The blog post can be found at adjunctnation.com/blogs/reading-writing/.
The article "Obama and Iran: New Hopes, Old Dangers" by Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, was published by CommonDreams.org on May 27, 2009.
Santo Marabella, associate professor of economics and business, was interviewed for a story about the promotion of film making in Berks County by WFMZ-TV 69 News on May 19, 2009. He was interviewed by Dan Kelly for an article on the same topic published in the Reading Eagle newspaper and website May 21, 2009.
Political science professor Gary Olson's piece "Empathy Marketing 101" appeared on ZNet June 1, 2009, and has been republished several times on other sites. Gary's article concerns the misuse of neuroscience research in advertising. See "Empathy Marketing 101."
James West, professor and chair of economics and business, appeared on WDIY public radio on May 21, 2009. He spoke about current economic conditions with host Alan Jennings.
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