FACULTY NEWS AND NOTES

Conferences and Presentations

Anne Dutlinger, associate professor and chair of art, gave a presentation and led a student workshop at the International Design Conference on Sustainability, "In a Planet of Our Own," held November 3-7, 2009 in Mumbai, India. Professor Dutlinger also created a poster for the conference.

Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences, served as a moderator and panelist for the session "Faculty Scholarship: How Much and at What Cost," presented at the forty-third annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers, held at Washington College (Chestertown, Maryland), November 14, 2009. Her co-panelists were Dr. Shaun Murphree of the Chemistry Department at Allegheny College and Dr. Robin Kinnel, Hamilton College.

Chemistry professors Shari Dunham, Stephen Dunham, and Dan Libby also were invited to the Mid-Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers (Nov. 13-14) to conduct the workshop "Using Tablet PCs to Promote Student Learning." Participants learned to use Tablet PCs to enhance student learning in a range of chemistry courses.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, presented a paper, "A Balancing Act:  Fighting Barriers in the Academy," at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, November 2009 in Montreal.

Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, presented papers at several recent conferences. On September 26, he presented "Outlaw States and Moral Responsibilities of International Community" at a conference on "The Campaign to Fight Crimes Against Humanity in Iran," held at Riverside Church in New York City.

On October 22, 2009, Professor Naraghi presented his paper "Two Arguments for Totalitarianism: The Iran Case" at "Berkeley in Solidarity with Iran," a conference held at the University of California Berkeley. He presented "The Moral Foundation of Humanitarian Intervention" at a conference on "Transition to Democracy in Iran" held at the University of Maryland, College Park on October 31, 2009.

Articles and Publications

A chapter on Francisco Suárez’s philosophy of religion by Bernie Cantens, associate professor of philosophy, appeared in the recently published The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume 3 Early Modern Philosophy, edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis. (Durham: Acumen Publishing Limited, 2009) 75-87. An international team of more than 100 leading scholars contributed to The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, a major work of reference.

Professor Canten's article "Why Forgive? A Christian Response" was published in the Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 82 (2008): 217-228, November 2009.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, and his summer 2009 SOAR student, Stacy Boyer '11, wrote a review of the book Climate, Affluence, and Culture for the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Titled "Location, Location . . . and Money: How Climate and Affluence Shapes Culture," the review, which appeared in the November 2009 issue of the journal, noted that the work asked intriguing questions that take social psychological and evolutionary variables into new theoretical and empirical areas.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, reviewed Communicating Christ in Myanmar:  Issues, Interactions, and Perspectives, a book by Samuel Ngun Ling (Yangon, Myanmar: Association for Theological Education in Myanmar, 2005). Her review was published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 44 vol 3(2009): 484-485.

Other News

A letter to the editor written by Katie Desiderio, assistant professor of management, was published in the Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre Publishing Co.) November 15, 2009. Professor Desiderio wrote about the impact of mentoring and her goals as a faculty member at Moravian.

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, was recently informed that he will be the liaison from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) to the 2010 American Psychological Association Task Force on Caregivers. The charge of the task force is to develop a "user-friendly, online 'Family Caregiver Briefcase for Psychologists' designed to assist psychologists in assessing and addressing the needs of a broad group of family caregivers." Dunn will serve as the president of STP during 2010.

William Kleintop, associate dean for business and management programs in the Comenius Center, was elected vice president for professional development of the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development). 

On October 17, 2009, Arash Naraghi, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, appeared on "Ethics and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran," an hour-long television interview piece for Voice of America.

Professor Naraghi also delivered a talk, "Toleration in Islam," at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland on October 23, 2009.

An op-ed, "Change We Can Believe In?" by Gary Olson, professor and chair of political science, appeared in the Baltimore Chronicle, December 1, 2009.

Political Science professor Gary Olson's review of Frans de Waal's The Age of Empathy in the Baltimore Chronicle has been reprinted by Amazon.com., Emory University, National Library Board (Singapore), A1 Books, Random House, book stores, and numerous web sites, including CommonDreams.Com (December 3) and (forthcoming) Dissident Voice.Com.

Professor Olson also was interviewed  by  Channel 69 evening news at a downtown Allentown rally protesting Obama's troop escalation in Afghanistan ( December 2, 2009).

An op-ed ("Moravian Students Will See Politics of Climate Change Firsthand") by Gordon Weil, dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs, appeared in the Morning Call newspaper, December 4, 2009.

Jim West, professor and chair of business and economics, appeared on two recent segments of WFMZ Channel 69 News. He was interviewed regarding new gift card regulations on November 28 and also regarding shoppers' lay-away plans.

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