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Faculty Matters | October 24, 2019

Faculty Matters | October 24, 2019

October 24, 2019

Frances Irish, Co-Author of Journal Article on Piranhas

Frances Irish, associate professor of biology, is co-author with researchers from the University of Washington for the paper “Tooth and Consequences: Heterodonty and Dental Replacement in Piranhas and Pacus (Serrasalmidae),” which appeared in the August 26, 2019 issue of the journal Evolution & Development. Teeth are a necessary anatomical tool of the carnivorous piranha, which also uses its dentition to  scrape the plants they eat off of rocks. It’s not too surprising then that piranhas need to keep their teeth razor sharp. They do so by losing and replacing their teeth regularly throughout their lifetime. Using imaging technologies, the researchers have shown that piranhas shed all the teeth on one side of their mouth at a time. Irish contributed scanning electron micrographs from previous research that looked, in part, at feeding mechanisms of piranhas.

View a video overview of the research here.


Rehab Sciences Group Awarded Grant

Faculty from Moravian College’s rehabilitation sciences programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology received a national grant for their project “Participation of students with disabilities on school trips: Parent experiences and perceptions” from the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. “This demonstrates the strength of our inter-professional education plan in the department,” says Jay Scifers, chair of the department of rehabilitation sciences.


Husic Elected to Board

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, was recently elected to the board of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pennsylvania. “This is a real honor!” says Husic.


Dunn Acknowledged for Work on APA Publication

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, received a thank you from the American Psychological Association for his contributions to the revision effort for the new seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Dunn was acknowledged for his expertise in writing about disability without bias. Chapter 5 in the new manual features bias-free language guidelines that help to ensure inclusive scholarly writing. The manual is used by undergraduates, graduate students, scholar-researchers, educators, and writers in psychology and many other fields within the social and health sciences. 


Husic Facilitates Conferences

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, recently facilitated the 15th NCAA Division II Faculty Athletics Representative Fellows Leadership Institute. Husic has been involved with this national leadership initiative since its first inception.

Currently, Husic is helping facilitate a multi-institution workshop funded by the National Science Foundation titled "Collaborative Research Workshop: Engaging students in science international decision making," which will be held at the Colorado State University Mountaintop Campus. This is in preparation for COP25 (the UN climate meetings), which will be held in Chile this year.


The Latest Columns from the Practical Prof

Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella’s column “Stop Sacring Your Workers” appeared in the October 14, 2019, issue of the Reading Eagle.

Marabella’s column “Fear Can’t Work in a Productive Workplace,” appeared on October 22, 2019.