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Faculty Matters, February 28, 2019

Faculty Matters, February 28, 2019

February 27, 2019

Grants and Awards

The National Science Foundation awarded a 3-year grant to Moravian College for the project "REU Site: Research Challenges of Computational and Experimental Mathematics," under the direction of Nathan B. Shank, associate professor of mathematics and, Eugene R. Fiorini, professor of mathematics at Muhlenberg College. award runs from April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2022.

The grant will provide funding to bring 10 to 15 extremely talented undergraduate students from across the country who are interested in doing mathematical research beyond their undergraduate studies to Moravian for nine weeks of summer research experience. The students will work with faculty from the region on research related to computational and experimental mathematics. They will live on campus and become part of the Moravian College community. The grant will bring a different cohort each summer for three years. To learn more visit

Deb Halliday, instructor and simulation coordinator in the Helen S. Breidegam School of Nursing, received the 2019 EMS (Education Management Systems) Simulation Advocate Award, recognizing an educator for excellence in pioneering, advocating, and champing clinical simulation.

The Arts

Suzanne Kompass, artist-in-residence in Moravian College’s Music Department and director of vocal arts at the University of the Sunshine Coast, will play the role of Ada Marini in the musical Mimma to be performed in April at the Regal Theatre in Perth. Sean O’Boyle, a recent artist-in-residence with Moravian’s Music Department, is the show’s music director and orchestrator. Mimma blends jazz, opera, and musical theater in a story that bridges continents and cultures.


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, attended the Annual Rehabilitation Psychology Conference in Orlando, Florida, from February 6 to 10,, 2019. Dunn delivered an invited plenary session dedicated to the memory of Dr. Beatrice A. Wright, who died at the age of 100 in July 2018. Dr. Wright’s psychosocial research on the experience of disability revolutionized the field of rehabilitation psychology and has influenced Dunn’s writing and research on disability. With colleagues from the Foundation of Rehabilitation Psychology, Dunn ran an afternoon workshop on the Foundational Principles of Rehabilitation Psychology. Dunn, who is president-elect of the American Psychological Association’s Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), participated in a variety of discussions and board meetings. His presidential year begins in August 2019.

Additional Professional Contributions and Recognition

Katie P. Desiderio, associate professor of management, was named one of the Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40 honorees for 2019. Honorees are selected for their contributions to their companies, industries, and communities. An awards reception and ceremony will take place on April 11 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township.

WFMZ-TV (aka Channel 69 News) features Mary Beth Spirk, Moravian College Director of Athletics and Recreation in this spotlight, “Spirk’s the Spark for Greyhound Athletics,” by Johnny Mangano.

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences was interviewed for the story “In 60 Years, Allentown Could Feel a Lot More like Arkansas,” which appeared in the Morning Call, on February 15, 2019.

Faramarz Farbod, visiting instructor of political science, was a guest on BCTV's Centering on Peace program on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, discussing alternatives to capitalism.

Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella’s column “Be Responsible, Not a Victim” appeared in the February 18 edition of the Reading Eagle.

Emeritus Professor of Political Science Gary Olson’s piece “Why Is Trump Being Portrayed as Russia’s Stooge?” appeared in the January 24, 2019, issue of the newsletter Dissident Voice, and his “Brief Comment on Venezuela and Noam Chomsky’s ‘We Own the World’” was published on February 2, 2019 by The Smirking Chimp.