News and Notes

Research and Publications:

An article by John Black, assistant professor of English, entitled, “Stripping the Saint: Formation and Transformation in the Cult of St. Mary of Egypt in Medieval England,” has been accepted for fall publication in Medieval Perspectives, the peer-reviewed journal of the Southeastern Medieval Association. John’s article analyzes textual and iconographic sources for Mary of Egypt, traces the reception of the saint across the course of the Middle Ages in England, and examines cultural contexts to explore the motivations for drastic changes in the way Mary of Egypt was conceptualized. The article is based on a paper that John presented at the 33rd annual Southeastern Medieval Association Conference."

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, had a revised version of a classroom exercise (Interpreting the Self through Literature: Psychology and the Novels of Wallace Stegner) published in Favorite Activities for the Teaching of Psychology (2008, APA Books), which was edited by Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. of Texas A&M University. Dunn also had a book review titled “Revisiting Character Strengths and Virtues: A Roadmap and Resource for Research” appear in the April 2008 issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Political Science professor Gary Olson's work is cited in the conclusion of Marco Iacoboni's new book Mirroring People (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) on the implications of new research in neuroscience. Gary's piece "Radical Empathy: From Mirror Neurons to Moral Neuropolitics," has been translated (by Anchi Seri) for the academic journal BABEL, published by Universidad Bolivariana, Santiago, Chile.

Op-eds and Media

Threats of War Hurt Iran's Democratic Aspirations," by adjunct instructor in political science Faramarz Farbod, which was published on ZNET appear in an issue of the American Iranian Council Update. Since then it also appeared in CASMII's Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran website, Al-Jazeerah Information Center , and CODIR Committee for the Defense of the Iranian People's Rights website in London. His op-ed piece, "Bush flunks Iran quiz with warmongering policy," which had appeared in the Morning Call in May has since appeared in 9 other online newspaper and news sites, including the Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, and New York Newsday.

Conferences and Presentations:

John Black, assistant professor of English, participated in the 2008 Annual Conference of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. At the conference, he was able to attend several paper sessions addressing interests in power and patronage in the Middle Ages, as well as discuss plans for Moravian’s ongoing undergraduate conference in medieval and early modern studies. John gratefully acknowledges financial support for the trip from the Faculty Research and Development Committee (FRDC).

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, attended the 20th Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in the Chicago, IL (May 22-25, 2008). For the third year, Dunn, a member of the APS Program Committee, organized the Society for the Teaching of Psychology's annual Teaching Institute at the APS Convention. Dunn arranged for 15 speakers to give presentations during the conference. Besides his organizational efforts, Dunn also presented a paper with Charles Ovando (York High School) and Suzanne Baker (James Madison University) entitled, "Building Bridges: Why College Faculty Should Go Back to High School."

Dana Dunn participated in the National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology, which was held from June 22nd – 27th at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Over 90 psychology teachers, leaders in the discipline, and invited guests spent a week working on a soon-to-be-published book tentatively titled Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of the Discipline. Dunn was honored to lead the team writing the chapter on curriculum, the working title of which is “The Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: A Call for a Core”. The members of Dunn’s team were Charles L. Brewer (Furman University), Robin Cautin (Manhattanville College), Regan Gurung (University of Wisconsin at Green Bay), Ken Keith (San Diego University), Loretta McGregor (Arkansas State University), Steve Nida (The Citadel), Pat Puccio (College of DuPage), and Mary Jean Voight (Boylan Catholic High School). By week’s end, each of 9 teams completed draft chapters that will be refined over the coming months. The book, which will be published by the American Psychological Association, is slated to appear in 2009.

Professor of biology Diane Husic presented a talk at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Northeast Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists held at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Her talk, “The Central Role of Plants in the Remediation and Ecological Monitoring of a Metal-Contaminated Site in Eastern Pennsylvania” and was co-authored by two Moravian students who just graduated:  Yi Li and Greg Niehoff (both Rokke Scholars in Summer 2007).  This was the only paper selected for an oral presentation from a liberal arts college.

Diane Husic attended the annual meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists held jointly with the sister organization from Mexico held in Merida, Mexico.  She gave a presentation entitled “The D-Lactate Dehydrogenase in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii:  a Bioinformatics and Gene Expression Study”. This presentation was based on the results of research done in collaboration with Moravian College student Yi Li and Dr. Michael Kuchka from the Department of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University supported by NSF, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the Moravian College SOAR program and the Faculty Development and Research Committee. 

Earlier in June, Diane Husic also attended the annual business meeting of the Council of Undergraduate Research as an elected councilor to the Chemistry Division.  At the meeting, she was elected President-elect of the organization and will serve a 3-year term of CUR’s Executive Board.  She will take over as president in June 2009.

Other News:

John Black received the “Golden Apple Award” for leadership and excellence in teaching during the Moravian College Omicron Delta Kappa Chapter’s Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dinner.

Dana Dunn was was recently elected to serve as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division Two of the American Psychological Association. Dunn, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, will serve as President-Elect during 2009 and as President in 2010.

Professor of biology Diane Husic is serving on Congressman Charlie Dent's new Environmental Advisory Board to discuss issues such as Energy Alternatives, Climate Change, Water Resources, Conservation, Agricultural Issues and STEM Education.

Angela Fraleigh, assistant professor of art, had her first solo show in New York at the opening P.P.O.W. Gallery. The exhibit, was titled "and i would shine in answer - being - without becoming, opened in June.

Jazz singer DeSimone's (the daughter of legendary jazz singer Nina Simone) new CD was released which includes Neil Wetzel, assistant professor and director of jazz studies, who played behind Simone in the Rob Stoneback Big Band playing several solos on tenor saxophone and flute. Wetzel went into the studio to record his first CD as saxophonist, leader, arranger and composer. Funded in part by a grant from Moravian College's Faculty Development and Research Committee and produced by Bob Shuster of Hot Apple Spider Productions, Wetzel and several other musicians recorded 8 selections that will eventually be released on CD as well as other music download websites. Also playing on the CD is Moravian Music Department Artist Lecturer Gary Rissmiller.
Neil Wetzel directed and taught at the Summer Jazz Camp @ Moravian jazz workshop. Students aged 12-18 attended the camp that offered classes in jazz improvisation, theory, and history.

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