News and Notes

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Research and Publications:

A revised version of professor Dunn's classroom exercise "Interpreting the Self through Literature: Psychology and the Novels of Wallace Stegner" has been published in Favorite Activities for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Books, 2008). His book review, titled "Revisiting Character Strengths and Virtues: A Roadmap and Resource for Research" appeared in the April issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Also, a book review, "Flourishing: Mental Health as Living Life Well," by professor Dunn and Sarah Dougherty '04, was published in the March  issue of the Journal. Dougherty is a former SOAR student.
"Threats of War Hurt Iran's Democratic Aspirations," by adjunct instructor in political science Faramarz Farbod, was published on ZNET on May 19 and will appear in an upcoming issue of the American Iranian Council Update. His op-ed piece, "Bush flunks Iran quiz with warmongering policy," appeared in the Allentown Morning Call on May 20.

Professor of political science Gary Olson's article, "The Empathic Power of Images: Civil Rights, Vietnam and Today," was published in The Black Commentator (issue 274, April 24) and in Proud To Be Black News on April 30, 2008. Also, on May 3 his piece "From Mirror Neurons to Moral Neuropolitics" appeared in Spanish translation on Rebelion.

Conferences and Presentations:

On April 10th, Bob Brill, associate professor of psychology, presented "Technology and Supplemental Readings Used In Undergraduate I/O Psychology" at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology in San Francisco, CA.  The project was co-authored by one of his students, Laura Sahlendar '07, whose contributions occurred as part of a SOAR grant.  The presentation disseminated results from an internet-based survey of a national sample of instructors who teach Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the undergraduate level. Results share best practices reported by 82 respondents on what technology and supplemental readings they use to add rigor and greater effectiveness at achieving student learning outcomes. Professor Brill adds that he's grateful to the SOAR program and FDRC for their support with this project.

Cecilia Fox, assistant professor of biology, organized and presented a workshop titled "Service Learning in the Neurosciences" for the NEURON (North East Undergraduate Research Organization for Neuroscience) conference at Hunter College, New York City, on April 12th.  She and her honors student also presented a project titled "Dietary Selenium as a Protective Agent in the 6-OHDA Nigral Lesion Model of Parkinson's Disease: A Behavioral Study."

Joyce Hinnefeld, associate professor of English, presented "Ethics and the Writer: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Creative Writing" at the 2008 Conference on College Composition and Communication, held by the National Council of Teachers of English in New Orleans on April 3-5.

Connie Unger, assistant professor of education, and Charlotte Zales, associate professor of education, attended the International Reading Association (IRA) conference, held May 3-8 in Atlanta. They presented a 3-hour workshop titled "Science and Literacy Framework - Five Steps for Designing Integrated Lessons." Seventy-five participants attended and learned how to integrate trade books into science lessons.

Other News:

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, recently served as an external reviewer of the Department of Psychology at Gettysburg College. With colleague Pam Hunt of the College of William and Mary, Dunn spent two days meeting with Gettysburg faculty, administrators, and students.

On May 7, the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley awarded John Reynolds, professor of political science, with the Express-Times Community Building Award for his work with the Children's Coalition of the Lehigh Valley.