UnCommon Achievements

Stephen Corbesero, associate professor of computer science, was recently promoted to senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the professional society for computer scientists, computer engineers, and information technologists. Senior membership recognizes ACM members with at least 10 years of professional experience and 5 years of continuous professional membership who have demonstrated performance that sets them apart from their peers, and requires endorsement from three computing professionals.

The November/December 2007 issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching features an article by professor of biology Cecilia Fox describing Brain Awareness Day, the service learning project in which Moravian students provide hands-on learning experiences to students and their families at Allentown's DaVinci Discovery Center. The article, titled Brain Awareness Day: A Service-Learning Experience in Neuroscience, includes goals, outcomes, and assessments for the program.

Sue Herschlag, CIT user support manager, represented Moravian College at the national conference of itSMF USA, a national organization of information technology (IT) professionals, held in Charlotte, Carolina September 16 -19. She served on the national conference committee in charge of organizing the conference, which was a 4 day event with over 100 speakers presenting and just over 2000 attendees.

Diane Husic, professor of biology, served as an invited facilitator for a two-and-a-half day regional workshop, “Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research,” offered by the Council of Undergraduate Research at the Penn State Delaware County campus. Eight institutional teams were selected to participate from over 23 applications in the program, which was funded by a major grant from the National Science Foundation. Teams learned about student research as a form of teaching and learning, and ways to celebrate and promote undergraduate scholarship, grant writing, and organizational structures to support faculty-student collaborative research. Team members developed action plans to take back to their institution and will have a year-long mentoring relationship with the facilitators from the workshop.

Professor Husic also co-facilitated the 3rd annual Leadership Institute for Division II NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme of the event was “Enhancing the Faculty Voice in Intercollegiate Athletics.” Twenty-two FARs from around the country are selected for this institute, which is funded by an NCAA grant. Professor Husic developed the concept for this program several years ago and has worked with Lynne Kaplan of Lynne Kaplan Associates, who designs and runs leadership programs for audiences ranging from student-athletes to managers and CEOs from Fortune 500 companies.

Jean-Pierre Lalande, professor of French, attended the 32nd Annual European Studies Conference organized by the University of Nebraska in Omaha, October 4-6.  The paper he presented, "The French Left in Crisis – The French Socialist Party Needs More than a Facelift," analyzes the main reasons for the defeat of the Socialist candidate during the French presidential elections of April-May 2007, and explores various ways of reforming the French Socialist Party so it will have a chance to make a comeback for the next presidential elections in 2012.

Professor of political science Gary Olson's recent piece in the online journal Identity Theory, "Neuroscience and Moral Politics: Chomsky's Intellectual Progeny,"  has been reprinted on 60+ web sites, including Book Forum, Dissident Voice, and Neuroscience Arena.

James J. Ravelle, professor of sociology, has published an article titled "Corporate Accountability: Is It Time To Change the Approach to Prospectus Law?" in the proceedings of the fall 2006 meeting of the Association of Pennsylvania University Business and Economics Faculty (APUBEF). He suggests that the current federal law on prospectus liability represents a real and continuing weakness in the area of investor protection. The passage of legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002 has done little to remedy this particular problem because of the way the courts have interpreted the relevant statutes. In examining the key recent court rulings and regulatory activities in this domain, professor Ravelle argues that since confidence in the integrity of capital markets is necessary to their proper functioning, weaknesses in this domain represent a threat to market integrity and vitality.