UnCommon Achievements

Professor of psychology Dana Dunn co-authored the article "Quality Benchmarks in Undergraduate Psychology Programs," found in the October 2007 issue of the American Psychology Association journal American Psychologist. More details here. Also, professor Dunn attended the October 11 -13 conference "Beginnings & Endings: Best Practices for Introducing and Bringing Closure to the Undergraduate Psychology Major Conference" in Atlanta, GA. The conference was sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning of Kennesaw State University. The national conference drew over 300 psychology educators to discuss current pedagogy and practice about orientation issues, capstone courses, and related topics in the psychology curricula.  Professor Dunn and three colleagues plan to edit a book based on beginning and ending issues and including some of the conference presentations.

Assistant professor of history Heikki Lempa presented a paper titled "Turnvater Jahn: Germanizing the Body Language in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany" at the annual conference of the German Studies Association in San Diego on October 5. The topic of the paper relates to his interest in the history of gymnastics and national identity formation.  He also served as a moderator on a panel that discussed "Collection, Quotation, and Identity Formation in Early Modern Germany."

Joanne McKeown, associate professor of French, authored the paper "Restoring the Fragmented Account of Antioine Despine's Magnetic Cure of Estelle L'Hardy's Dissociative Disorder," found in the current issue of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. The paper describes a project to restore and annotate a monograph written by a 17th century French physician. More details here.

Professor of political science Gary Olson's paper "Neuroscience and Moral Politics: Chomsky's Intellectual Progeny" was published in Identity Theory, a web-based literary journal. The article explores the political implications of new research in the neural architecture of the brain showing that humans are hard-wired for empathy. He endeavors to explain the disjuncture between this apparent moral predisposition and the almost pathological empathy deficit appearing in our society.

John Reynolds, professor of political science, wrote the forward for the book Being Good at Being Bad, authored by Jose Rosado (Infinity Publishing, 2007). The book focuses on issues surrounding at risk youth, particularly during adolescence.