NEWS AND NOTES
Conferences and Presentations
Hilde Binford, associate professor of music, presented two papers while in Europe this summer. On June 18, 2009, in Poland, she presented "Old Order Amish Hymn Traditions" as a guest speaker at the University of Wroclaw and Ethnographic Museum. On July 10, 2009, in Amsterdam, she presented "'A Handy Size for Practicing the Notes When You're Plowing in the Back Forty': The Use of Notation in the Oral Traditions of the Old Order Amish and the Old Colony Mennonites." The presentation was given for the International Musicology Society.
While in Ireland this summer, Professor Binford attended a two-week course on traditional music at the University of Limerick. She also conducted field research in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, where she studied the Gaelic Psalm singing tradition.
In June, Diane Husic, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, attended a Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) summit on the contributions of smaller colleges toward transformative research. The conference was held in Snowbird, Utah. Transformative research is experimentation driven by ideas that have the potential to radically change understanding of an existing scientific concept or to lead to the creation of a new paradigm or field of study. A related monograph will be published this fall. Professor Husic has been asked to contribute a case study of work at the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund Site, as well as a chapter on the role of department chairs in supporting transformative research.
Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the Council of Writing Program Administrators annual conference, July 16-19, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. While there, he participated in the "WPA Renewal Institute" for mid-career writing program administrators. He also led, with colleagues from Drexel University, Gonzaga University, and Penn State-Berks, a roundtable discussion regarding instructor comments on student writing. In addition, he helped facilitate the Network for Media Action workshop on writing for the media.
Hwa Yol Jung, emeritus professor of political philosophy, has been honored with a festschrift—a volume of essays written by scholars from several disciplines. Edited by Jin W. Park, associate professor of philosophy and religion at American University, Comparative Political Theory and Cross-Cultural Philosophy: Essays in Honor of Hwa Yol Jung highlights Professor Jung's contributions regarding globalization, ecology, East-West comparative philosophy, literature, and more. Previously, Park organized a panel of scholars that discussed Jung's work. Two of Jung's former Moravian students—John F. Burke '79, professor of political theory and the University of St. Thomas-Houston, and Jeffrey E. Lee '86, senior poetry editor for Many Mountains Moving: A Literary Journal for Diverse Contemporary Voices—contributed to the book. Professor Jung's son, Michael, designed the cover, and the book is dedicated to the memory of Hwa Yol Jung's wife, Petee Jung. The book is available at Amazon.com.
The Moravian College Office of Academic Affairs announced changes in faculty member status. For tenure status and promotion to associate professor: John R. Black, English; Benjamin J. Coleman, computer science; Kelly S. Denton-Borhaug, religion; Khristina Hamilton Haddad, political science. For promotion to full professor: Santo S. Marabella, economics and business; Carol A. Traupman-Carr, music. For promotion to associate professor: Hilde M. Binford, music; Lisa C. Fischler, political science; Michael J. Fraboni, mathematics; Daniel Jasper, sociology; Diane J. Radycki, art. Emeritus professor: James B. Mitchell, Jr. (1965-2009), biology; Bettie Moretz Smolansky (1964-2009), sociology.
Moravian College is featured in the 2010 edition of Best 371 Colleges, an annual book produced by The Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are included in the book. Schools are chosen primarily for their outstanding academics, based on institutional data, student and parent feedback, and visits to the schools.
Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, was selected to participate in the annual Reading and Scoring of the College Board's AP Examination on Advanced Placement Psychology. The AP Reading is a unique forum that fosters academic dialogue between college and secondary school educators.
The article "Obama's Silence Kills Palestinians" by Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, appeared on MRZine July 10 and on Znet on July 11, 2009.
On July 22 and 23, Faramarz Farbod served as translator for Akbar Ganji, a prominent Iranian dissident journalist, who was interviewed by Democracy Now regarding the hunger strike held outside of the U.N. The strike was held to demand the release of all prisoners of conscience in Iran. (A longer version of the Ganji interview can be found here.) At the strike, Farbod's twin sons were photographed (fifth from bottom of page) with Noam Chomsky, who attended to support the strike, and Reza Baraheni, an exiled Iranian poet.
Diane Husic, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, contributed a column to the Summer 2009 issue of CUR Quarterly (issue theme: Undergraduate Research that Informs Public Policy). Her piece was entitled "Advocacy and the political process: It's not for me. Is it?" Another article in the issue, "Connecting students to their community: a public research model of service," mentions Moravian College in a case study of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium.
In July, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), of which Professor Diane Husic is president, announced that it will merge with the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research to strengthen the promotion of undergraduate research. The new organization will retain the name CUR. Professor Husic was quoted about the benefits of combining the two organizations in a July 14, 2009 press release submitted to Newswise.
On July 21, 2009, a Congressional subcommittee held a hearing on "Encouraging the Participation of Female Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields." The Council on Undergraduate Research was invited to submit written testimony as part of the official record of the hearing. Professor Diane Husic, CUR president, worked with Mary Boyd, dean of arts and sciences at University of San Diego; Kerry Karukstis, past CUR president and professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College; and Della Cronin, vice president for legislative and public affairs at Washington Partners, LLC, to co-author the testimony document. Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences; Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center; and JoAnne Daniels of Moravian Academy contributed input.
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