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Faculty News and Notes April 10 2017

Faculty News and Notes: April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

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Above: Faculty present their research at spring semester Faculty Luncheons: James Teufel, assistant professor and program director of public health, presents “Access to Justice and Population Health in the United States”(left), and assistant professor of mathematics Shannon Talbot shares her research “Critical Pairs of a Crown.”


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James Ravelle, professor of economics and business, authored the book Cases and Exercises in Business, Finance and the Law, published in August 2016 by Hardwood Publishing. The book examines the applied world of business, finance, and the law using selected cases and exercises from real-world experiences. Ravelle’s goal in writing this book was to provide a complement to textbooks for relevant undergraduate and graduate courses, giving those books context and meaning.

Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology edited by Dana S. Dunn and Bridgette Martin Hard is the latest text to join the collection of works from Dunn, professor of psychology. The book addresses the challenge of teaching an introductory psychology course given the diversity of students’ academic pursuits in an introductory course and wealth of topics to over in the ever-expanding field of psychology. 

       To present solutions to these challenges, Dunn and co-editor Hard asked expert teachers of introduction to psychology, representing a variety of institutions and classroom environments, to share a primary theme that they use to teach their course. Each contributor explains the rationale for her or his theme and shows how the theme shapes the course design, content, activities, and assessment.

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If you missed Associate Professor of Art Angela Fraleigh’s major museum exhibit “Between Tongue and Teeth” at the Everson Museum of Art, well, that’s unfortunate but not tragic. The catalog from the exhibition is now available. It includes essays by Kelly Baum, curator of post war and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jennifer Tyburczy, author of Sex Museums: The Politics and Performance of Display, as well as an interview with Fraleigh. Click here for more information.

Artist-In-Residence, Sean O'Boyle’s “Concerto for Didjeridu and Orchestra” was selected to be performed in the South Australian Museum on April 6, 2017, by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) to celebrate Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music. This concert supports one of UNESCO’s main themes—protecting heritage and fostering creativity. Yidaki (didjeridu) virtuoso William Barton returned to Adelaide for one night only, in celebration of the South Australian Museum’s exhibition “Yidaki: Didjeridu and the Sound of Australia.” The yidaki is the iconic sound of Australia. From the stringy bark scrub of its birthplace in Arnhem Land to the concert halls of Europe, the sound of the yidaki speaks of the landscapes and culture of Australia and its First People. William Barton is internationally renowned for his unique fusion of traditional yidaki performance with classical forms, which has opened pathways for the understanding of his traditional culture across the world. His performance with the ASO featured music that evokes the Australian landscape and highlights the rich musical culture of Aboriginal Australia. You can read about the concert here


The paper “Did the ACA Reduce Job Lock and Spur Entrepreneurship?” by Sabrina Terrizzi, assistant professor of economics, and co-authors Matt Saboe (a Moravian alumnus) and Simon Condliffe of West Chester University was accepted for publication and will appear in the next issue of the Journal of Entrepreneurhsip and Public Policy. Terrizzi and colleagues looked specifically at the Affordable Care Act's Dependent Mandate (DM), which allows young men and women to remain on their parents' health insurance up to age 26, and whether that encouraged entrepreneurship among this group. "When looking at the entire group of 18-to-25-year-olds, we found no overall increase in the likelihood of them becoming entrepreneurs, but we did find that the DM made students within this age group more likely to become self-employed," says Terrizzi.


Articles, Op-Eds, and Other Writings

A chapter written by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, has appeared in the new book, Activities for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods: A Guide for Psychology Instructors. Dunn's chapter is titled, "Using a Peer-Writing Workshop to Help Students learn American Psychological Association Style." The chapter discusses how learning to write APA-style papers in research methods classes can be challenging for many students, just as teaching APA style sometimes can be a struggle for instructors. Instituting a writing workshop for peer partners to share draft sections of APA-style papers ensures regular, incremental progress on papers and continual feedback that improves the quality of students' papers.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, co-authored an article with Jane S. Halonen of University of West Florida titled “Avoiding the Potholes of Program Review,” about academic program reviews for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The article "Think before you post; your career might depend on it," by John D Rossi III, associate professor of accounting, was published in the March 20, 2017, issue of Lehigh Valley Business Journal. Rossi’s article introduces readers to public shaming.

A story in the February 13, 2017, edition of The Morning Call, “Deniers or Not, Bethlehem to Take on Climate Change with Action Plan,” about the city’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint included comment from Frank Kuserk, Moravian College’s director of environmental studies and sciences, about the positive impact local efforts can have in addressing climate change at a time when federal action appears to be diminishing. The article and its contribuors, including Kursek, received heartfelt thanks from a Morning Call reader in the newspaper the next day.

Political Science Professor Gary Olson penned a guest column for Lehigh Valley Live titled “Trump’s Toughest Foe? The ‘Deep State.’”

English Professor Joyce Hinnefeld’s op-ed ”Can We Have Respectful Discussions about Abortion?” appeared in The Morning Call in March.

Economics Professor Santo Marabella’s column “Office Hours: Are You Engineering Your Career or Just Letting Things Happen?” appeared in the February 21 edition of the Reading Eagle. “The Practical Prof’s” most recent column, “Office Hours: Credibility Is Key to Advancement” was published on March 21.

The Village Voice interviewed Marabella for a story about the play Sweat by writer Lynn Nottage who crafted the play from interviews conducted over two years with the working class people and organizations of Reading, Pennsylvania. Marabella, born and raised in Reading and who serves as the city’s film commissioner has seen the play several times. “The energy was amazing.,” he is quoted as saying in The Village Voice article. “The majority of folks who saw it were really inspired by it. For me, the play was the beginning of seeing parts of the community that I hadn’t seen and couldn’t ignore.” You can read the entire Voice article here.

Conferences and Presentations

Attendees to the Eastern Sociological Society’s February 23-26 meeting, “The End of the World as We Know It?” in Philadelphia enjoyed presentations from several Moravian College sociology faculty and students.

  • Daniel Jasper, associate professor and chair of sociology, presented “Historical Knowledge and the Politics of Statues” at the mini-conference Culture and Cognition: III: Discursive Fields and Frames of Meaning: The Cognitive Politics of Perception and Attention.
  • Associate professor Virginia Adams O’Connell and senior Jordan Sweeney presented “The Role of Physical Activity in the Overall College Experience: How students and athletic directors perceive the challenges and benefits of staying physically active while in college” in the paper session Inside the Black Box of College I: On-campus Experiences.
  • O’Connell and senior Katie DeVito shared “Presentation of Self on College Campuses: Is there a ‘traditional’ gender display reward?” at the paper session Education, College, and Gender.
  • Visiting professtor, Esther Hio-Tong Castillo presented “The Symbolic Struggle for Authorized Discourse” at the mini-conference Pragmatism and Symbolic Interaction: VI: Innovative Directions in Pragmatism and Symbolic Interaction.
  • And Ryan Frace ’17 led viewers through “The War on Drugs: A Sociological Perspective” at an undergraduate poster session.

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      Jordan Sweeney '17                  Katie DeVito '17                                Ryan Frace '17


Dana S. Dunn recently attended the American Psychological Society's International Convention on Psychological Science (ICPS) in Vienna, Austria. Dunn, who serves as the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's (STP) Director for International Conferences, recruited new international members to join the organization. Dunn ran a recruiting booth during the 3-day conference, which attracted more than 2,500 psychologists, graduate students, and undergraduates from Europe, the US, Africa, India, and Japan. Dunn also toured Vienna's art and cultural sites, including art museums, gardens, cathedrals and churches, and, of course, cafes. The architecture and the coffee were both outstanding.