Robert Mayer, professor and chair of education, has received a Carter G. Woodson Award secondary honor for his book, When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement. Bob will travel to Atlanta in November to accept the award. The National Council for the Social Studies established the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards for the most distinguished social science books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States. First presented in 1974, the award is intended to "encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social studies books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and race relations sensitively and accurately."


As president of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter, Cecilia Fox, associate professor of biological sciences, was awarded a SfN Grass Traveling Scientist grant. The grant will fund a visit by Darryl Hood, professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology Center in Environmental Health Disparities & Medicine of Meharry Medical College and Department of Pharmacology of The Brain Institute of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, to speak with LVAIC undergraduates and faculty members November 12-13, 2009. Dr. Hood's research focuses on the effects of environmental toxicants on the behavioral learning of children exposed to them during critical periods of nervous system development. The itinerary for Dr. Hood’s visit will be made available in October. 

Conferences and Presentations

During the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Toronto, Dana Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, and four colleagues gave a continuing education workshop on "Developing a Departmental Self-Study Using Quality Benchmarks." The four-hour workshop was held August 6.

As president-elect of Division 2 of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) of the APA, Dana Dunn participated in the society's business meetings at the conference and led a session honoring the outgoing president, Janet Carlson of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Bill Falla, adjunct in philosophy, served as co-chair and minister of the week for Charles Darwin: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, a conference held at the Star Island Religious Conference Center on Star Island off Portsmouth, N.H. In addition to planning and helping to run the conference, he gave a series of six meditations, "Darwin's Gift to the Faith," in Morning Chapel.

Bonnie Falla, Reeves Library public services and references librarian and seminary liaison, attended workshops, roundtables, and lectures at the annual conference of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) in St. Louis, June 17-20, 2009. Falla is a member of the ATLA Reference Module Task Force, which met at the conference to work on its charge to create an online module for librarians news to theological reference work.

Christie Gilson, assistant professor of education, presented results from her doctoral dissertation at two conferences this summer. At the International Association of Special Education's eleventh biennial conference in Alicante, Spain, she offered an acclaimed workshop, "The Socialization of Included Students with Disabilities: Vignettes from Hong Kong," on July 13. She also attended the thirty-second annual conference of the Association on Higher Education and Disability in Louisville, Kentucky, where she presented "Attitudinal and Physical Access to Tertiary Education in Hong Kong" on July 23.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology at Moravian Theological Seminary, presented a paper, "The Movement of the Spirit," at the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative annual meeting at Claremont McKenna College in August 2009.

On June 18, 2009, John D. Rossi, III, associate professor of accounting, served on an expert discussion panel for the symposium "Bridging the GAAP[generally accepted accounting principles] to IFRS [international financial reporting standards]." The symposium, held at the Penn State Great Valley Conference Center, was sponsored by Relevante, a global leader in accounting and technology consulting.

At the 2009 annual meeting of the American Accounting Association, John D. Rossi presented a paper, "Fair Value—Is It Fair?" The meeting was held August 1-5 in New York City.

At the 2009 Latin American Studies Association International Congress held in June in Brazil, Erica Yozell, assistant professor of Spanish, presented the paper "Memory, Agency, and the Arts." The paper was part of a panel on "The Arts of Human Rights." The panel focused on issues of memory narratives and the discourses of human rights in both literature and politics.


Robert Brill, associate professor of psychology, has contributed a chapter published in Designing Effective Assessment: Principles and Profiles of Good Practice, edited by Trudy Banta, Elizabeth Jones, and Karen Black for Jossey-Bass Publishers (July 2009). His chapter, "A Review and Feedback Process for Developing and Improving Assessment Plans" appears in the section on undergraduate academic majors profiles.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of doctrinal theology, published an article, "In Search of a Pneumatology: Chi and Spirit," in Feminist Theology, 18(1): 117-132, 2009.

Other News

Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, was invited to blog regularly (biweekly) for Psychology Today magazine. His first post for "Head of the Class" appeared in August.

Angela Fraleigh, assistant professor of art, has been nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. Only 140 artists worldwide are nominated for the prestigious award. Winners of the award receive grants of $25,000 or more. The Joan Mitchell Foundation, established in 1993, seeks to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities. The foundation annually awards grants to painters and sculptors, supports programming such as workshops and residencies for individual artists, and provides free art education opportunities for New York City youth.

On August 11, 2009, Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, was a guest on the Berks County BCTV's hourly program Centering on Peace, "Post-Election Iran."

Political science professor Gary Olson's essay "Empathy Marketing 101" was reprinted on, a literary website, on July 28, 2009.

John D. Rossi, III, associate professor of accounting, was selected as a candidate for the Mark Chain/Federation of Schools of Accountancy(FSA) Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award. The award recognizes successful innovative practices in the teaching of graduate accounting courses and builds awareness of those practices among accounting academics. An AICPA Task Force, with participation from the FSA, selected the award candidates from accepted submissions to the Effective Learning Strategies Forums at the AAA annual meeting.

In the Summer I issue of SUM NEWS, John D. Rossi, III, associate professor of accounting, published a feature article, "Weighing Your Financials—a Look at the Impact of Fair Value."

The work of Krista Steinke Finch, assistant professor of art, was featured as a photo essay in two recent publications: Contact Sheet Annual (published through Light Work at Syracuse University) and EXIT Magazine (published in Madrid).

Krista Steinke Finch also participated in two shows this summer. Her work was displayed in a group show at the Schmidt/Dean Gallery in Philadelphia. The exhibition, "Some Cool Stuff," was reviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her work also appeared in the group show "As It Happens" at Robert B. Menschel Media Center in Syracuse, N.Y. This exhibition will travel to the Lubin House Gallery in New York City this fall.

An op-ed by Jim West, professor and chair of economics and business, appeared in the September 2, 2009 Morning Call newspaper: "Time to Get Back to Economic Basics."

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