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Faculty News & Notes July 20-2018

Faculty News & Notes July 20-2018

July 19, 2018

Off-Campus Classrooms

Husic Teaches Environmental Awareness

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, was the invited speaker for an art opening at the Chicago Botanic Gardens on May 5, 2018. The exhibit “Against Forgetting” featured the work of artist Penelope Gottlieb who paints flowering plants that are endangered or have gone extinct. She also creates pieces using Audubon prints and painting invasive plant species over top to symbolize the strangling of native species. You can view Gottlieb’s work at her website,

This May, Husic helped facilitate and served as a faculty member for the Rocky Mountain Science and Sustainability Network  (RMSSN) Academy. At this annual academy, students, many from underrepresented groups, spend two weeks studying the science of the Rockies in Colorado, the Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone National Park. They conduct research to learn how climate change is impacting this mountain landscape and the national parks, and they learn about sustainability issues in managing the parks.

RMSSN is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Beacham O’Malley Trust, and the National Park Service and is studying the impacts of citizen science and informal learning environments on STEM education.


Dunn Leads Workshop at APS

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently led an invited workshop during the Annual Teaching Institute at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Dunn's workshop was titled Diversifying Diversity: Broadening the Scope of Teachable Psychological Topics. During the 2-hour workshop, he provided attendees with information about integrating material on disability, singles and singlism, and social class into their introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in psychology. More than 50 psychology educators took part in the workshop.


Diamond’s Course Shines at ILR

George Diamond, professor emeritus English, participated in the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) at Cedar Crest College. The ILR offers a variety of courses in the fall and spring. In spring 2018, the institute offered 42 courses from cooking to politics to literature and so on. Diamond presented "Long Day's Journey: Eugene O'Neill, America's Premier Playwright.” The course, based upon a seminar he taught at Moravian for decades, attracted more than 30 students. “What they lacked in youth, they made up in wisdom and experience,” Diamond says.


Professional Contributions

John D. Rossi III, associate professor of accounting, has been clicking away on his keyboard. His article "Faith-based Health Care Insurance Has Pluses, But Be Wary,” appeared in the July 16, 2018, issue of the publication Lehigh Valley Business. The journal published Rossi’s piece

 “Use of Qualified Charitable Distributions Could Expand,” on May 28.

In addition, Rossi’s article "Qualified Charitable Distributions Provide Way to Keep Tax Breaks on Giving," on the rules for qualified charitable distributions from an IRA, appeared in the May 23, 2018 issue of CPANow


Ever igniting sparks of political discussion, Gary Olson, emeritus professor of political science, reflects on the Poor People’s Campaign and it’s work in his piece “Moral Imperative of Ending Poverty a Goal of Poor People's Campaign,” the Morning Call, July 17, 2018.

His commentary “More on the ‘Families Belong Together’ Rallies” addresses the positions of three groups who rallied against the recent separation of children from parents among those families seeking asylum in the United States from Central America. The piece was published in the July 11, 2018, issue of the newsweekly, High Plains Reader (HPR) and the Dissident Voice on July 3, 2018.


Professor of Management, Santo D. Marabella, addresses the whys and hows of making it a practice to stop and think before responding—verbally or via email—to a coworker or workplace situation in his recent “Office Hours” columns for the Reading Eagle:

“Learn The Prof's Pause,” July 17, 2018

“Think before You Send,” July 17, 2018