FACULTY NEWS AND NOTES

Conferences and Presentations

Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, recently presented her research project "Dietary Selenium Protects Dopamine Levels and May Improve Motor Behavior in the 6-Hydroxydopamine Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease" at the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference in Chicago (October 17-21). ) As president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Chapter, she was recognized as the recipient of two grants sponsored by the SfN for brain awareness outreach initiatives and the Grass Traveling Neuroscientist program. As a partner with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, Professor Fox also gave a presentation focusing on the Lehigh Valley SfN Chapter's neuroscience service learning activities during Brain Awareness Week 2009. 

Christie Gilson, assistant professor of education, was the keynote speaker at "Accessing the World through International Exchange," held October 30 in Berkeley, California. Hosted by Mobility International U.S.A., the workshop was designed to encourage people with disabilities to study, teach, or volunteer abroad.

Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences, recently facilitated the fifth annual Division II NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives (FAR) Fellows Leadership Institute, held October 23-25 in Indianapolis. She is the project coordinator for the NCAA grant-funded initiative. Together with Lynne Kaplan–a Washington, D.C.-based consultant, Professor Husic co-organizes and runs the institute each year. An article about the 2009 institute appeared in NCAA News.

Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, presented "Drawing the Battle Lines: The Desegregation of Major League Baseball and the Negro League Response" with co-author Roberta J. Newman of NYU at the annual American Studies Association Conference in Washington D.C., Nov. 5-8. The presentation was their fifth collaboration in preparation for their larger study titled The Post-'47 Challenge (University Press of Mississippi). Portions of his trip were funded by a generous award from FDRC. 

In September, Professor Rosen presented a paper, "From the Top Down: Criminalizing Spectators and the Rule of Law inside America’s Ballparks," at the Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Invitational Lecture Series
held at the Penn State University Lehigh Valley Campus in Center Valley, Pa.

Articles and Publications

A chapter by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, appeared in the recently published second edition of the Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology. "The Social Psychology of Disability" chapter builds on ideas presented by Professor Dunn in the first edition of the Handbook, first published in 2000. Robert Frank, Mitchell Rosenthal, and Bruce Caplan are the editors of the second edition.

A review by Joel Nathan Rosen, assistant professor of sociology, appears in the Fall 2009 edition of  the Journal of Sport History. Professor Rosen reviewed Michael Ezra's Muhammed Ali: The Making of an Icon.

Other News

A research project by Cecilia M. Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, was referenced in the October 27 issue of PD Online Research, the Michael J. Fox Foundation's online newsletter. "Dietary Selenium Protects Dopamine Levels and May Improve Motor Behavior in the 6-Hydroxydopamine Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease" was presented at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in October (see above).

Virginia Adams O'Connell, assistant professor of sociology, participated in a panel discussion on health care reform, held October 22 at LaSalle College. "Debunking the Myths of Health Care Reform: Three Experts Look at the Issues" also featured Betsy Seeber, president, Philadelphia Chapter of the Health Financial Management Association, and Jenna Mehnert, executive director of the National Association of Social Workers for Pennsylvania.

On November 6, James Paxton, assistant professor of history, gave a lecture, "Conquest, Assimilation, or Resistance?—Aboriginal-European Contact and the Case of Joseph Brant (1743-1807)," at St. John's Lutheran Church in Easton. Professor Paxton also signed copies of his book, Joseph Brant and His World—18th Century Mohawk Warrior and Statesman" at the event, which was sponsored by the Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society.

Two Moravian College faculty members participated in a "Pints & Policy" panel discussion November 10, sponsored by WDIY public radio and held at the Brew Works in Bethlehem. Jim West, professor and chair of economics and business, was a panelist, along with Tom Riddle, principal of Valley National Financial Advisors, Russ Wild, author of Exchange-Traded Funds for Dummies, and Edwin Baldrige, president of Baldrige Asset Management. John Rossi, associate professor of accounting, moderated. The discussion—"Today's Financial Markets—Forget Normal, Expect Change!"—was well-attended.

Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of philosophy, and Faramarz Farbod, adjunct professor of political science, spoke about "Post-Election Iran: Challenges to Human Rights" on October 28 in Moravian College's Haupert Union Building. Sponsored by Amnesty International, the lecture examined recent abuses of human rights following the contested Iranian elections.

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