UnCommon Achievements

Research by Cecilia Fox, assistant professor of biology, titled "Dietary and Intraperitoneal Administration of Selenium Provide Comparable Protection in the 6-Hydroxydopamine Lesion Rat Model of Parkinson's Disease," was published in the International Undergraduate Journal in Neuroscience. Co-authors were Sarah Mueller '06 and Melissa Drost '05. (InCommon apologizes for the untimely delay in reporting this item.)

Dorothy Glew, Beth Fuchs, and Bonnie Falla, all of Reeves Library, attended the Central Pennsylvania Consortium symposium "Outreach Solutions for College Libraries" at Dickinson College on April 25.  They presented a paper describing their program "Believe it or not: What Your Students Don't Know About Doing Research." The program is designed to acquaint faculty with the difficulties their students experience when doing research assignments, and to encourage faculty to replace the current course-related instruction with course-integrated instruction.  The Central Pennsylvania Consortium is composed of Dickinson College, Gettysburg College, and Franklin and Marshall College.  

Professor of political science Gary Olson's article, "The Very Rich Are Different," was published by Znet magazine on May 1. To date the piece has been reprinted by seven publications. Also, his 2006 Moravian commencement address will be reprinted in Greater Philadelphia, a bi-monthly newspaper distributed to libraries, bookstores, coffee shops and activist leaders in the Philadelphia area.

An op-ed piece by John Reynolds, professor of political science, was published on May 3 in the Morning Call. The piece was titled "Let's not miss opportunity to help at-risk children," and urged support of prekindergarten programs for at-risk children. John is also chair of the Children's Coalition of the Lehigh Valley.

Joseph Shosh, assistant professor of education, explores student leadership and literacy learning in the context of play production in "Making Meaningful Theater in the Empty Space," which appears in the May 2007 issue of English Journal. Also, on April 20 Joe made an invited address to the Pennsylvania Conference on English Education, held in Harrisburg. The address was titled "The Process of Empowering Secondary School Students to Construct the Digital History of Early 21st century Bethlehem."

Joel Wingard, professor of English, attended "Many Englishes," a conference held at Temple University in Philadelphia on April 27.  The conference was held in conjunction with the spring quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators. Featured speakers were Paul Kei Matsuda and Aya Matsuda, both of the University of New Hampshire, who spoke on teaching English as a second language. Present were the 2006 and 2005 winners of the Richard Ohmann award for the best article in College English: Paul Kei Matsuda and conference organizer Eli Goldblatt.  Joel notes that he felt it was an honor to share the time with them.

In March (21-24), Joel attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York City. While there, in addition to attending the professional sessions, he met with others on the steering committee of WPA-NMA (Council of Writing Program Administrators-Network for Media Action). The committee made plans for a workshop to further the group's National Conversation on Writing (NCoW) initiative; that workshop is planned for this summer's WPA Conference in Tempe, Arizona. As co-chair of the Philadelphia Area Writing Program Administrator's executive committee, Joel helped organize that group's informal social for its members and guests on March 23. Joel also reviewed conference sessions for the online journal Kairos (kairos.technorhetoric.net) which will appear in the next volume of that journal (May 15). And, Joel found time to enjoy a performance by the traditional Irish band Danu at the Broadway theater Symphony Space. (InCommon apologizes for the untimely delay in reporting this item.)