Conferences and Presentations

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, recently attended the annual Best Practices for the Teaching of Psychology conference in Atlanta. The topic of the conference was how to teach controversial issues, such as evolutionary psychology, the case for gay marriage, and religious fundamentalism. Dunn is a member of the conference's steering committee.

Dana Dunn was also the keynote speaker at the Northwest Teaching of Psychology Conference, held in Seattle. His talk was "Experiential Approaches to Teaching Research Methods in Introductory Psychology."

Diane Husic, professor and chair of biological sciences, led a workshop on September 30 at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. The theme of the daylong session was "At the Heart of the Liberal Arts Experience:  Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity." Professor Husic is president of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Frank Kuserk, professor of biological sciences and director of the environmental studies program, and Diane Husic traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, to attend the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS); its theme was Environment: The Interdisciplinary Challenge. They presented a talk, "Enhancing Environmental Studies Programs through Undergraduate Research." Professor Husic also presented a poster, "A Carbon-neutral Course on Climate Change—Engaging Students in Sustainability and Action." Hilde Binford, associate professor of music and co-teacher of "Climate Crises: Past, Present, Future," was co-author.

Jamie Paxton, assistant professor of history, presented a paper, "A Murder at Grand River: A Crisis of Community in One Haudenosaunee Settlement," at the American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting in New Orleans, held September 30-October 3, 2009.

In August, Paul Peucker, adjunct professor of history, presented "Moravian archives as repositories of Pietist experiences" at the Third International Conference for Piestist Research in Halle, Germany.

On October 9, Neil Wetzel, assistant professor of music and director of jazz studies, Tony Gairo, artist lecturer, and five Moravian College students led a session at the 2009 Delaware Music Educators Association (DMEA) in-service day. Together, they formulated and led "From an Adjudicators Point of View: The Jazz Band Saxophone Section." Student participants included Courtney Eby '10, student director of the Moravian College Big Band, Jesse Renner '11, Robbie Brown '11, Steve Inghram '10, and Christina Bonavita '11. The Moravian group was selected through a peer review process to present the clinic to professional music educators from the state of Delaware.

Other News

An article by Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, has been republished on a variety of news sites. "Iran, Israel, and the Muzzled U.S. Press," first published on October 2, 2009 on MRZine's online site, was later published on the Common Dreams website (October 3), the ZNet website, and several other online sites, including Lebanon's Al Manar TV and Israel's Occupation Magazine. It appeared on at least five other news and views sites in the U.S., U.K., and Iran, as well as on several blog sites.

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