UnCommon Achievements

Rita Berk, director of Reeves Library, reports that the Bethlehem Digital History Project, sponsored by Bethlehem Area Public Library and Reeves Library. has been awarded a $25,000 federal grant to expand the project’s web site. The funds will be used to make digital copies and English translations of documents now housed in the Moravian Archives. In an article on the grant in the March 5 edition of the Express-Times, Reeves reference librarian Beth Fuchs notes that the project is already garnering interest and praise from scholars around the world.

A book review by English Department chair Theresa Dougal appeared in the journal Victorian Studies. She reviewed the book Teaching British Women Writers 1750-1900 (Lang, Peter Publishing, 2005).

“Oh, the social psychologist and the economist should be friends,” a book review by Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, appeared in the February 28th issue of the online journal PsycCRITIQUES. He discussed the book Review of Social Psychology and Economics.

Michael Fraboni, assistant professor of Mathematics, reports that the 21st annual Student Mathematics Conference held at Moravian on February 17 had more than 160 students and faculty in attendance, representing 24 different colleges and universities. Attendees came from as far away as Lycoming College in Williamsport.

To commemorate its approaching 20th anniversary, Z Magazine featured political science chair Gary Olson's article "Execution Class" in its March issue. This piece first appeared in the July/August 1988 issue and recounts an in-class simulation at Moravian during which Gary engaged in some “highly unorthodox pedagogy.” Over the years it  has been one of the most requested articles for reprint. For a copy, please contact Gary.

Michelle Schmidt, associate professor of psychology, has been selected by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s office to be a member of the Executive Leadership Council of Pre-K Counts Public-Private Partnership for Educational Success. The program is Pennsylvania’s $75 million pre-kindergarten program; the council will work with the governor to engage discussion about early education and its relation to workforce and economic development.

Joseph Shosh, assistant professor of education, has been named to U.S. Congressman Charles Dent’s education advisory committee.

Joseph Shosh and Charlotte Zales, associate professor of education, co-chaired a panel presentation titled “Daring to Teach At-Risk Students Authentically” at the 28th annual Urban Ethnography in Education Research Forum at the University of Pennsylvania on February 24.

The image "the apples grew ripe and fell far from the tree" by Krista Steinke Finch, assistant professor of art, received first place for color in the Singular Image competition sponsored by Center, an organization for the promotion and support of serious photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Krista also received an honorable mention for the Annual Photo Fellowship at the Houston Center for Photography. Some of her images will be included in an exhibition there this coming summer. And, she was accepted into the juried portfolio review "Review, Santa Fe," which will be held at Center in May. One hundred artists were selected from over eight hundred entries.

Lori Toedter, professor of psychology, and Dorothy Glew, reference and public services librarian, authored a chapter in the recently-published book Information Literacy Collaborations That Work (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007). The chapter describes a course they team-taught in Fall 2004, “The Misapplication of Science: Personal Perils and Social Costs.” The course was designed to equip students to access, analyze, understand and use scientific information.