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Faculty News and Notes October 12

Faculty News and Notes October 12

October 12, 2017


Angela Fraleigh, associate professor and chair of the art department, has been awarded a residency for the upcoming 2017-2018 Sharpe-Walentas program. The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.



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  Dana Dunn's Positive Psychology: Established and Emerging Issues (Routledge). This comprehensive review of theoretical and   empirical contributions to positive psychology, is being used in a course this fall at the University of Pennsylvania. Dunn dedicated     the book in memory of Gordy Weil, a former dean at Moravian College. Dunn has published more than 30 books since 1998. 




cheever book.jpgComing this month—the 14th edition of Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (Lippincott Williams Wilkins by Janice L. Hinckle and Kerry Cheever, professor and chair of the Helen S. Breidegam School of Nursing. The book was first published more than 50 years ago by Lillian Brunner and  Doris Suddarth. Cheever and Hinckle served as associate editors for editions 11 and 12 and have been sole editors/authors for the 13th and the upcoming 14th edition.

All prelicensure nursing students must take at least two medical surgical nursing courses. Only four medical-surgical textbooks have been selected for adoption from programs throughout the globe, and Brunner and Suddarth’s is one of them. It has been in continuous print the longest and is the top seller on the planet.


R. Deborah Appler and R. Jane Williams co-authored “Traveling Together on Sacred Ground: Pilgrimage Practice, Hebrew Bible and Pastoral Counseling,” which was recently published in SacredSpaces, the peer-reviewed online journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.



James West, professor of economics and management, published a chapter "TCB in India's New ICE Age: Lessons for BRICS" in Global Economy in Transition: The European Union and Beyond ed. Linda Winkler and Harold Codrington (Vernon Press).



Sandra Aguilar, associate professor and chair of the history department, presented at the Latin American Studies Association conference in Lima, Peru, last May. Her paper explored racial stereotypes in Mexico from the perspective of food, particularly mole.


Sonia Aziz, associate professor of economics, was invited to speak at the NASA Earth Science Mission Directorate Health and Air Quality annual meeting on September 13, 2017. Aziz presented findings from her NASA-Funded research into the socio-economic valuation of satellite-aided prediction of cholera outbreak. Moravian was one of 11 colleges and universities to present at the meeting.


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently attended the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), which was held in Washington, DC. Dunn spoke during a pre-convention workshop for Teachers of Introductory Psychology at Trinity Washington University. His talk was titled “Teaching Introductory Psychology: The Big Picture and Other Challenges.”

During the APA Convention, Dunn was discussant in a symposium on “Trigger Warnings in the Psychology Classroom—Teacher and Student Perspectives.” He also spoke on “A Brief History of Wright’s Value-Laden Beliefs: Rehabilitation Psychology’s Foundational Principles” during a symposium on “The Past, Present, and Future of Rehabilitation Psychology.” Dunn’s participation was sponsored by the FDRC.

From July 9-14, Dunn joined 80 other educators in Ogden, Utah, for the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Summit on High School Psychology Education. Held on the campus of Weber State University. The main goal of the summit was to outline the best future for teaching and learning about psychology in secondary education in the United States. High school psychology teachers and university psychology faculty from around the country spent five days discussing ways to “strengthen the value, delivery, assessment, and reach of psychological science through the teaching of high school psychology.”

Dunn, an elected member of the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) of the American Psychological Association, was invited to observe eight teams of educators working on themes associated with teaching psychology during the high school years (e.g., skills, diversity, assessment, technology, professional development, advocacy). You can learn more about this historic meeting here.


James West, professor of economics and management, presented an academic paper titled, "Sustainable Stability and Instability: Is there a Model Emerging from Prime Minister Modi's Methodology in India?" at the 12th annual Global Business Research Symposium (GBRS), held at University College of Cork (Ireland) in July 2017. The paper was published in the GBRS Conference Proceedings.



Diane Husic, professor of biology and dean of the school of natural and health sciences contributed to the report "TEC compilation of good practices in effective knowledge sharing and practical learning on technologies for adaptation through South-South and triangular cooperation." The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) is an official body under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. TEC has organized a number of taskforces, including one on adaptation, of which Husic is a member, representing the Research and Independent NGOs. TEC held its international meeting in early September where the draft of this report was adopted.

Husic also contributed to the 2016 United Nations Environmental Programme Global Gender and Environment Outlook 242-page report.

This past June, Husic attended the 11th Community-based Adaptation Conference in Kampala, Uganda, where she presented her poster on the ecological restoration project at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. The presentation was the only one from a developed nation, and Husic is the only individual from a U.S. academic institution. You can read her blog about her experience in Uganda here.

And in August Husic gave a presentation titled “Tracking Climate Change Through Bloom Times, Birds and Bugs: What are These Things Telling Us?” at the Easton Public Library in August and Kalmbach Memorial Park in September

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology co-authored the article “When No One Answers the Call” with colleague Jane S. Halonenen, of the University of West Florida. The piece appeared in the September 24, 2017, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dunn’s commentary “How a Classic Exercise Helps Students Understand Disability,” appeared in the September 17 edition of The Chronicle.

Dunn reviewed the book Invisible Mind: Flexible Social Cognition and Dehumanization by Lasana T. Harris for the journal PsycCRITIQUES.


An article by John D Rossi III, associate professor of accounting, "Seeking More Disclosure, Board Issues New Leasing Standard" was published in the August 28, 2017, edition of Lehigh Valley Business. His piece makes users of financial statements aware of the new leasing standards and their impact on financial statements.

Rossi’s article "Understanding Your FICO Score," was published in the August 18, 2017, edition of CPA Now the blog of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. And the July 26, 2017, issue of CPA Now included Rossi’s piece “You Never Know When Disaster Hits, So Have a Recovery Plan,” which encourages readers to consider a disaster plan especially when it comes to insurance.


Check out Professor of Management Santo Marabella’s column for the Reading Eagle: “Office Hours: Mental Habits to Ensure We’re Doing, Living Right.” interviewed Marabella for the article “A Spring in Their Step,” about the revitalization of the city of Reading, on August 7, 2017.


 “Tackling the Affordable-Housing Crisis in a Gentrifying Southern City” by Victoria Livingstone, assistant professor of Spanish, appeared in the August 10 issue of Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies. The article looks at gentrification in the southern town where Livingstone was doing research last year.


Emeritus Professor of Political Science Gary Olson’s op-ed “Bannon’s White House Exit Signifies Victory for ‘Deep State’” appeared in the August 29 edition of The Morning Call.


Next Steps

Two beloved faculty members retired this past year.

Gary Olson, professor of political science

Olson gave Moravian College 43 years of inspired teaching. A prolific writer, he will keep the keys of his laptop clicking. He shares this: “I’m using Facebook to reconnect with former students, experiencing some new parts of the world, and encouraging my three grandchildren to be little revolutionaries.”


Camie Modjadidi, field experience coordinator and instructor of education

After 18 years of teaching full time, Modjadidi will serve as an adjunct for the education department. In her “retirement,” she will continue her community volunteer work and association with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. “I am enjoying having time to read, cook, play bridge, be with friends, and most of all spend time with my husband, Sunny, and daughter, Karima.”