FACULTY NEWS AND NOTES

Conferences and Presentations

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum,recently gave the keynote address at the annual New England Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (NECToP), which was held on the campus of Worcester State College in Worcester, Mass. The title of Dunn's talk was "Neglected No More: Teaching Speaking and Presentation Skills in Psychology Classes." Each year, the NECToP conference is held the day before the annual New England Psychological Association conference.

Nicole Tabor, assistant professor of English, gave a paper at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference held in New York City in August. Her paper, "Risking the Law of Genre," was part of the panel "Risky Research/Researching Risk," sponsored by the Theory and Criticism focus group.

Publications

"Sacrifice and U.S. War Culture" by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, associate professor of religion, and "Thomas Merton's Troubling Questions on Violence: From Auschwitz to Vietnam" by Don St. John, professor of religion, will appear in Prajna Vihara, an academic journal published in Bangkok, Thailand. The special issue "Violence: Religious & Philosophical Reflections" was edited by Hwa Yol Jung, professor emeritus of political science.

A book review by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, appeared in the September 30, 2009 issue of PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 54 (no. 39), article 4. "Knowing Our Own and Others' Minds: Representative Topics in Social Cognition" reviews Social Cognition: The Basis of Human Interaction by Fritz Strack and Jens Forster (eds.).

A review by Gary Olson, professor of political science, appeared on Znet, October 13, 2009.  "Frans de Waal's Age of Empathy: A Review and Critique" discusses the world-renowned primatologist's most recent work.

Other News

An article by Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, has been republished on a variety of news sites. "Iran, Israel, and the Muzzled U.S. Press," first published on Feb. 10, 2009 on MRZine's online site, was later published on the Common Dreams website (March 10), the ZNet website (April 10), and several other online sites, including Lebanon's Al Manar TV and Israel's Occupation Magazine. It appeared on at least five other news and views sites in the U.S., U.K., and Iran, as well as on several blog sites.

On October 14, 2009, Jim West, professor of economics and business, appeared on WFMZ-TV Channel 69 News. He was interviewed for the report "Dow Jones Closes Over 10,000 for First Time in a Year."

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