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Faculty Matters, December 12, 2018

Faculty Matters, December 12, 2018

December 12, 2018


Anastasia Thévenin, assistant professor of biology, is the lead author of two recently published research papers:

In ACS Chemical Biology:

Gerhart J, Thévenin AF, Bloch E, King KE, Thévenin D. Inhibiting Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Dimerization and Signaling Through Targeted Delivery of a Juxtamembrane Domain Peptide Mimic. ACS Chem Biol. 2018 Sep 21;13(9):2623-2632. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.8b00555. Epub 2018 Aug 31. PubMed PMID: 30133245; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6158778.

In Molecular Biology of the Cell:

Thévenin AF, Margraf RA, Fisher CG, Kells-Andrews RM, Falk MM. Phosphorylation regulates connexin43/ZO-1 binding and release, an important step in gap junction turnover. Mol Biol Cell. 2017 Dec 1;28(25):3595-3608. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E16-07-0496. Epub 2017 Oct 11. PubMed PMID: 29021339; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5706988.


Assistant professor of nursing Dawn M. Goodolf’s paper “Growing a Professional Identity: A Grounded Theory of Baccalaureate Nursing Students” was published in the December 5 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education.


Psychology Professor Dana S. Dunn’s piece “Does ‘High-Impact’ Teaching Cause High-Impact Fatigue?” was published in the November 27 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.



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For the fourth year in a row, Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences has organized and will be moderating a panel session at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting. The title of the session is "Contributions of the Research Community to Climate Action and Implementation of the Paris Agreement" and will focus on areas of research, education, and capacity building. This is the second year in a row that the session has been approved by the U.N. as an official side event. This year, our session is part of a group that will be highlighted on a thematic day on December 4th: “Research into Practice Day.” Moravian College is the official lead sponsor for this session:



All current faculty in the speech-language pathology program had presentations accepted to the National American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Annual Convention, which occurred this November (14-17) in Boston, MA. The event had over 18,000 attendees, and so it was exciting that Moravian College was so well represented!

Eric Sanders and colleagues presented the findings of a survey designed to investigate the confidence of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who work in schools in terms of assessment, intervention, and using clinical tools with their students who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The SLPs that considered themselves specialists were more confident and less likely to believe myths about AAC.

Susy Keller and colleagues discussed a series of cases of persons with dementia across various settings—at home, in an acute care setting, in a skilled nursing facility, and in a hospice program—and examined both the management of their swallowing and communication difficulties as well as issues related to ethics, multimorbidity, transitions of care, and team and family communication.

Louise Keegan and her colleagues presented on two research projects: One investigated how individuals with traumatic brain injury used humor in communication and the second project examined optimal ways of engaging undergraduates in assignments that promote critical thinking and higher-level learning.

Finally, a presentation by both Keegan and Jay Scifers, department chair of rehabilitation sciences, highlighted effective ways of using technology to interview candidates for faculty positions in the rehabilitation science professions.


Professor of Economics Jim West was invited to be the speaker at Lehigh University on November 7 for the STRIVE program, presenting on the topic jim west use.jpgfinancial literacy for young people. STRIVE, Inc., founded in 1995, is a STEM leadership program for first-generation and underrepresented students in the Lehigh Valley.

STRIVE was founded in 1995 to increase the high school graduation and post-secondary school matriculation rates of culturally diverse youth. A STEM leadership development program serving youth in 3rd thru 12th grades, its vision is to transform lives by promoting unity amongst youth and motivating and inspiring them to become productive leaders and culturally conscious stewards in the community. STRIVE provides three key elements to youth in the community: mentoring, education enhancement, and leadership exposure.



Geology lecturer Kate Brandes’s podcast “The Promise of Pierson Orchard”, based on her novel of the same name, was published by New Books Network on November 19, 2018. Operating under the auspices of Amherst College Press, the New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to a wide public via new media.


John Black, professor and chair of the English department, was interviewed for’s story “Oxford Dictionary’s Word of 2018 Says a Lot about How We Feel as a Planet,” published on November 19, 2018.


Kevin Hartshorn, dean of student success, and Gillian Sharkey, director of civic engagement, were interviewed for the article “College Orientation: Making an Impact,” which appeared in the November 26 edition of University Business.


Adjunct professor of astronomy Gary Becker applauds Lee Butz for his support of the reopening of the Allentown School District planetarium, but, as a former director of the planetarium warns of potential challenges to the program in his December 4, 2018 opinion piece for the Morning Call, “Lee Butz, a Shining Star Who Helps Revive Allentown School Planetarium.”


Emeritus Professor of Political Science Gary Olson’s piece “Capitalist Conservatives Look to Undermine Pop Francis,” appeared in the November 23 edition of the Morning Call. His article “A Few Thoughts on Politics and Personal Identity,” appeared in the December 10 issue of CounterPunch.


Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella shares office advice you can be grateful for in his November 20, 2018, column for the Reading Eagle, “A Thank-You Letter to your Co-workers.”