Conferences and Presentations

Beth Fuchs and Dorothy Glew, reference and teaching librarians, attended the biennial conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries, March 12-15 in Seattle. They attended presentations on such topics as the use of Web 2.0 technologies in libraries, digital preservation projects, and assessment. Dorothy led a roundtable discussion on teaching copyright called "Transforming Students from Copyright Clueless to Copyright Compliant: Collaborative Creation of Best Practices."

Daniel Jasper, assistant professor of sociology, and Virginia O'Connell, assistant professor of sociology, made presentations at the Eastern Sociological Association's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, in mid-March. Jasper's presentation, "Mutable History, Immutable Memory," was based upon his paper that addressed George Herbert Mead's ideas regarding the development of popular memory (and common sense understanding) through changing interpretations of history. O'Connell's "Profile of the 'Healthy' College Student: An Exploration of the Impact of Daily Routines on Illness Burden" presented her findings on the relationship between behaviors for the average college student and results of an illness profile.

Earlier in March, O'Connell gave two Grand Rounds lectures to members of the medical staff at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina. The lectures, based upon her 2007 book, Getting Cut, were "The Culture of Resident Selection and of Residency Training" and "The Premedical Student: Training and Practice Expectations, The Next Generation." 

Other News

The 2008 Benigna yearbook, advised by Richard Claussen, was recognized as one of the best yearbooks of 2008 by Taylor Publishing.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently served as external reviewer of the Psychology Department at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. GCSU is Georgia's public liberal arts college. The Psychology Department has twelve full-time faculty members and 400 majors; GCSU's enrollment is approximately 6,000.

Moravian College has been awarded a LI-COR Environmental Education Fund Grant of $40,000 toward the purchase of a portable photosynthesis and fluorescence system to be used in the lab and in the field by students and faculty. Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences, worked with Sue Schamberger in the grants office to secure the grant. (Look for an in-depth article on the award in the next issue of InCommon, April 8.)

Frank Kuserk, professor of biological sciences, recently served on an evaluation team that visited Trocaire College in Buffalo, New York, for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Trocaire is a two-year private college with strengths in the health sciences. He was responsible for reviewing and writing the sections pertaining to Middle States' standards on faculty, educational offerings, and general education.

On March 21, Professor Kuserk and senior biology major Andrew Mashintonio conducted a workshop on how to identify stream macroinvertebrates for members of the Fry's Run Watershed Association. Kuserk and his students have been working with the association on assessing water quality in the stream and its tributaries. Conducting macroinvertebrate surveys is one way to measure the impact that pollutants and sediments have on stream health.  

Jim West, professor and chair of economics and business, was interviewed by Channel 69 WFMZ-TV News on March 12 for the piece "What Is a Ponzi Scheme?" The segment discussed Bernard Madoff and investors' losses.

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