Conferences and Presentations

The Department of Physics and Earth Science participated in the annual Central Pennsylvania section meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers on March 27-28 at the campus of Penn State-Mont Alto. Ed Roeder, associate professor of physics gave a presentation on SPS Outreach activities, and physics major Andrew Abraham ’09 gave a presentation describing his Honors research on 2-D Crystallites. Kelly Krieble, associate professor and chair of physics and earth science, received a Distinguished Service award for his work as the section representative for Central Pa. Joe Powlette, professor of physics, also attended the meeting.

Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences, presented a poster at the recent joint conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapters of the Society for Ecological Restoration International and The Ecological Society of America, entitled, "The Central Role of Plants in the Remediation and Ecological Monitoring of a Metal-Contaminated Site in Eastern Pennsylvania." Three student/alums were co-authors: Sarabeth Brockley ’10, Yi Li ’08, and Greg Niehoff ’08; Dan Kunkle, executive director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, also was a co-author.

Diane Husic also was a co-author of a paper delivered by Dan Kunkle (along with Joan Dickerson of the Finger Lakes Conservation Services), entitled, "Lehigh Gap restoration project: Revegetating a Superfund Site with Native Grasses." The presentation was given at the conference Bridging the Gap: Connecting Ecological Research and Restoration Practice," held March 13-14 at The College of New Jersey.

Gary Olson, professor of political science, presented a paper "The Neuropolitics of Empathy," at the Midwest Political Science Association national convention at The Palmer House in Chicago on April 4, 2009.

Joel Wingard, professor of English and director of the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program, attended the sixtieth annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in San Francisco, March 11-14. He facilitated a half-day workshop sponsored by the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Network for Media Action. The workshop was part of an ongoing effort by the NMA to help writing program administrators and writing instructors affect publics—in their programs, on their campuses, and/or in their communities—through telling the stories of their assessment, research, and teaching.

Joel Wingard also reviewed six concurrent sessions, all having to do with digital media and composition, for the online journal Kairos, and he discussed assessment with a dozen colleagues at the Small College Composition special interest group meeting.

Articles and Op-Eds

An op-ed, "Populist Anger Has a Role in Shaping the Economy," by Gary Olson, professor and chair of political science, appeared in the March 27, 2009 issue of The Express-Times and The piece appeared on Common Dreams.Com on March 30.

Other News

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently attended the program committee meeting for the 32nd Annual National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology to be held in January 2010. Members of the program committee met in early April in St. Louis. Dunn joined the committee this spring.

Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences, recently served on a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation team for Wells College in Aurora, New York.

Opening the Qur'an, Introducing Islam's Holy Book by Walter Wagner, adjunct professor at Moravian Theological Seminary, has been designated one of the best books of 2008 by the book review periodical Foreward, which is published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Jim West, professor and chair of economics and business, was interviewed by Channel 69 News/WFMZ-TV for the segment, "Leaders Gather for Summit; What Does It Mean to Us?" on April 1.

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