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Faculty Matters, January 24, 2019

Faculty Matters, January 24, 2019

January 24, 2019


Assistant Professor of Biology Kara Mosovsky’s paper “The Use of a Fast-paced, Competitive Drawing Game as a Student-Approved Review Strategy for Microbiology” was recently published in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education [Mosovsky K. 2018. The use of a fast-paced, competitive drawing game as a student-approved review strategy for microbiology . J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. 19(3): doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i3.1691].

Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology Eric J. Sanders’s paper “Wh–Question Answering in Children with Intellectual Disability” was recently published in the Journal of Communication Disorders [Sanders, E. J., & Erickson, K. A. (2018). Wh–Question answering in children with intellectual disability. Journal of communication disorders, 76, 79-90.]

Pictures are often used in interventions to teach individuals with intellectual disabilities how to answer wh-questions (those with question words that contain the letters w and h, such as why and how). This study investigated the ability of students with intellectual disabilities to answer wh-questions beginning with a picture and without a picture. There was no difference in correctly answering questions in each of the conditions. One possible explanation is that the students were not taught how to use pictures to answer the questions. Across both conditions, the students answered more concrete questions (who, what, and where) more easily than abstract questions (when, why, and how). The results of this study highlight the importance of continued investigation into how to support students with intellectual disability in answering wh-questions.


Additional Professional Contributions

Reflecting on her experience at December’s UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Poland, Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, shares her evaluation in her piece “Science Denial Comes to Climate Change Conference in Poland,” which appeared in the Morning Call.


Santo D. Marabella, professor of management, has produced several pieces in recent months:

The article “8 Lessons I Learned Caregiving,” appeared in the December 7, 2018, issue of Silver Sage Magazine.

His “Office Hours” column “Counting My Gifts,” appeared in the December 17, 2018, issue of the Reading Eagle.

A podcast about the lessons Marabella has learned while caring for his aging parents was published on December 18, 2018, by the National Association of Social Workers.

Manage with a Heart, in Ways that Feed the Spirit” appeared in the January 14, 2019, edition of the Reading Eagle.


Faramarz Farbod, visiting instructor of political science, was a guest on BCTV's program “Centering on Peace,” on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, discussing the war in Yemen and US-Saudi Arabia relations. You can view the program here.


Revisit the holidays and reminisce with Gary Olson, emeritus professor of political science, in his story “A Child’s Christmas in Fargo,” which appeared in the December 19, 2018, edition of High Plains Reader.


Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, was interviewed for the article "Little-Known Secrets for How to Get Published" by Rebecca A. Clay published by the American Psychological Association.



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SHAKE UP YOUR LUNCH HOUR and come to our faculty luncheons, where you will discover exciting new work from your colleagues and have an opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussion about their research. A three-course meal is served to the first 25 attendees, so mark your calendars with the following dates:

February 7, 2019: Jane Berger, associate professor of history, “Welfare Queens and Third World Women: Race, Gender and Neoliberalism”

March 14, 2019: Huijing Wen, assistant professor of education, “Understanding early writing development: The role of discourse knowledge & patterns of writing instruction”

March 28, 2019: Kristen Baxter, associate professor of art, topic to be decided

April 4, 2019: Faith Okpotor, assistant professor of political science, topic to be decided

April 18, 2019: Jennifer Ostrowski, associate professor of athletic training, topic to be decided

Faculty luncheons are held on Thursdays from 11:45 to 12:55 pm in the Snyder Room, in the HUB.