Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 2/11/14
William Falla smiles at a desk during his lecture Feb. 6.

ABOVE: William Falla, adjunct philosophy professor, discussed his research on Galileo and Newton during the faculty luncheon series' Feb. 6 lecture.


News & Notes

Professor Falla Discusses Ongoing Research on Galileo and Newton

As part of his lecture at the faculty luncheon series on Feb. 6, William Falla, adjunct philosophy professor, delved into his ongoing research on Galileo and Newton. The lecture was titled "Galileo and Newton as Biblical Exegetes," and Falla spent a large majority of the lunch detailing the duo's personal lives and professional ambitions, as well as their religious beliefs. Following his talk, a lively conversation ensued with faculty members in attendance, led by questions and comments from Jason Radine, associate professor of religion, and Kelly Denton-Borhaug, associate professor of religion.

The luncheon series returns on Thursday, Feb. 20, with Sabrina Terrizzi, assistant professor of economics and business. She will discuss "The Potential Causal Link Between Sorority Membership and Disordered Eating Behaviors among Sorority Members." It will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the HUB's Snyder Room.

Chasing Ice Presented Feb. 11 in Prosser Auditorium

A movie poster for Chasing Ice.Moravian College will screen the film “Chasing Ice” followed by a discussion as part of its Spring 2014 Environmental Film Series on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, Balog comes face to face with his own mortality. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. To check out the Chasing Ice trailer, click here.

Prosser Auditorium is located in the Haupert Union Building. The event is sponsored by the Moravian College Environmental Studies & Sciences Program, through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

Student Mathematics Conference Slated for Feb. 15

The Pi Mu Epsilon chapter of Moravian College will host the 28th annual Student Mathematics Conference on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex, on the Main Street Campus. The daylong conference provides an opportunity for undergraduate college students from the tri-state area to come together to present talks and discuss mathematics, statistics, operations research, and computing.

The keynote address will be presented by Diana Thomas, professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at Montclair State University, at 9:30 a.m. in Prosser Auditorium. She will present "What can mathematical models tell us about losing and gaining weight?" In the presentation, Dr. Thomas will show how her team of researchers develops and implements models for clinical interventions, how they develop models to predict outcomes in the absence of a control population, and how models will inform many of the myths and presumptions surrounding obesity. She will also describe her own transition from mainstream research mathematics into an interdisciplinary team initiated career.

Dr. Thomas’ research involves applications of mathematics to guide patient behavior during weight loss and prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Her research investigates why individuals don’t lose more weight during exercise, objectively monitoring diet in humans, and differences in weight change between individuals. Her work has been covered by the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Fitness MagazineGood HousekeepingCBS News, and ABC News. She currently serves as an editor of The Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Thomas frequently collaborates on research projects with undergraduate students and was recently awarded the MAA-NJ Distinguished Teaching Award.

In the Media

Gary Olson, professor of political science, recently penned an op-ed article in The Morning Call titled, "Visit to 9/11 Memorial prompts reflections on attacks." During a recent visit to New York, Olsen reflected on Noel Foster ’82, a former student who was killed at Ground Zero. To read the article, click here.

Laura Jordan '14 was once considered a marginal college basketball prospect coming out of high school, but the senior has blossomed into one of the women's basketball team's most indispensable players. The Express Times featured Jordan's journey on Feb. 6. To read the article, click here.

Eva Marikova Leeds, associate professor of economics and business, and her husband, Michael, a professor at Temple University, were referenced in a Philadelphia Inquirer article titled, "Philly a hotbed for academic study of sports." To read the article, click here.

Conferences and Presentations

Attention, faculty: The LVAIC Coalition of Diversity Administrators presents Higher Education in a Post-Racial America: A Conversation with Tim Wise on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Moravian College's Prosser Auditorium. The event is free of charge, but an RSVP is required and space is limited. To register, click here.

In the News

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and assistant dean for special projects, recently served as an external reviewer for the Department of Psychology at Kutztown University. Dunn reviewed a self-study conducted by the members of the Kutztown colleagues and offered recommendations regarding courses, the curriculum and departmental practices.

Other News

President's Open Office Hours Return

President Bryon Grigsby ’90 will again host President's Open Office Hours during the month of February. Make sure to drop by at the following times to chat with our first-year president!

Tuesday, Feb. 11 - 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18 - 4 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 - 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 - 10 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 - 10 to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 10 to 11 a.m.

Library to Host Valentine's Maker Break Feb. 13

On Thursday, Feb. 13, Reeves Library will host a Valentine's Maker Break. Come use the library's new 1-inch button maker between 10 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. or stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to make your own valentines. 

Reeves Library will also have a Blind Date with a Book display. Stop in and select one of our specially selected wrapped books based on a few key descriptors. Are you more "jungle adventure, Indiana Jones, Edwardian derring-do" or "teen angst, first love, art?" If you don't enjoy the book, bring it back with no hurt feelings or awkward break-ups.

Save the Date: How to Get Paid What You are Worth Set for March 18

The College will present How To Get Paid What You are Worth: What Every Woman Should Know About Salary Negotiation, with Evelyn Murphy, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and Founder of the WAGE Project, Inc., on Tuesday, March 18. The talk will be begin at 7 p.m. in the HUB's Prosser Auditorium. The program is presented in part through a grant from the Moravian College Arts and Lectures Committee and the support of AAUW–Bethlehem. 

Over one’s career, a woman graduating from college this spring or who graduated from college in the last 20 years will make $1 million less that the young man who graduated with her unless she acts to make sure she is paid fairly. 

Because of the wage gap, more women than men fear—and experience—poverty, or teeter right on the edge. They are missing almost a quarter of their rightful earnings—money that few women can afford to miss. Eleven million older American women (and only four million older men)make do with less than $8,300 a year, the federal definition of poverty. Nearly three times as many women as men live at subsistence level in their old age. The wage gap isn’t some meaningless abstraction. It adds up. It takes a personal toll. Discrimination is costing women (and their loved ones) the paychecks, pensions, and security that they need and deserve. 

Murphy is founder and President of The WAGE Project, Inc, (Women Are Getting Even) a nationwide, grassroots, action-oriented organization dedicated to eliminating the gender wage gap by getting women paid fairly. She has presented workshops for women administrators, physicians, lawyers, academics, pharmacists, librarians, and scientists and is the author of “Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It”. 

She served as MA Secretary of Environmental Affairs and, later, as Secretary of Economic Affairs. In 1986, she was elected Lt. Governor of Massachusetts and became the first woman in the state’s 200 year history to hold constitutional office. 

Murphy will highlight how to develop an awareness of the value of one’s own abilities. The audience will learn about valuable skill sets to use to negotiate in their own lives—in the workplace and beyond. She will give her audience a look at the tools and techniques to be comfortable, confident and committed to getting paid what they are worth. It will be a priceless experience for students of any age. Bring your neighbor, sister, grandchildren, spouses, and anyone who interacts with young people. 

IMPACT to Host Comedian Dave Coulier April 4

Cut. It. Out! Moravian College's IMPACT presents Dave Coulier on Friday, April 4, in Johnston Hall. Coulier is best known for playing "Joey Gladstone" on ABC's sitcom Full House.

Carnation Sale Set for Feb. 13-14

The Student Nurses Association will host a $1 Carnation Sale on Thursday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the HUB. All proceeds benefit the Bethlehem Area Public Library.

Equality Pennsylvania To Host Kickoff Feb. 20

Equality Pennyslvania will host its Lehigh Valley Community Kickoff on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in PPHAC, room 102.

Support LGBT Rights in PA! Join us at our to learn how you can get involved! Right now 70% of Pennsylvanians agree that discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is wrong. And more than 50% of Pennsylvanians support the idea of marriage equality. Never before has support for LGBT rights in Pennsylvania been this strong. That’s why it’s time for Pennsylvania to do something about it! In 2014, Equality Pennsylvania’s grassroots network will work to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill in the PA State Legislature to ensure that no one is fired, evicted, or denied service for who they are. We will also build widespread public support for the freedom to marry for all committed couples. Join us to find out how you can help make 2014 a banner year for advancing LGBT equality in Pennsylvania!

Hounds4Kids Valentine's Week Bake Sale

The Hounds4Kids Valentine's Week Bake Sale will be held Wednesday, Feb. 12, through Friday, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the HUB kiosk. Stop to buy some baked goods for yourself and/or for your favorite Valentine(s)! Hounds4Kids is sponsoring the bake sale to raise money for Hope&Heroes Children's Cancer Fund. Anyone who was lucky enough to buy goods during the group's last bake sale will tell you the selections are sure to be delicious! 

Breaking into the Untapped Job Market Slated for Feb. 20 

The Career Center's “Breaking into the Untapped Job Market” event has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 20, at 4:30 p.m. in PPHAC, room 116. Please contact the Career Center with any questions at or 610-861-1509.

Students News & Notes

2014 George Diamond Writing Prize

Each year the Moravian College Writing Center presents the George Diamond Writing Prize in honor of long-time English Department member Dr. George Diamond. The prize is sponsored by generous gifts from Moravian College English alumni and is offered in four categories for the following student-produced works:


The guidelines for submission are as follows:

  1. All submissions must be typed; essays and short stories must be double-spaced; poems may be single-spaced.
  2. Recommended length for essays and short stories is 1,000-5,000 words.
  3. Each student submitting poetry may submit a maximum of three poems.
  4. Pages should be numbered; your name should NOT appear on any page.
  5. As the first page of your document file, include a cover sheet that includes the following information:
  • your name
  • your email, phone number, and mailing address
  • the title(s) of the work you are submitting
  • the category in which you are submitting each individual work
  • for academic essays, the name of the course for which the essay was written

Submissions may be emailed to Meg Mikovits at Please send Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) files only; alternately, submissions may be shared with via Google Drive.

The winner in each category receives a cash prize of $100, and the winning pieces are posted on the English Department website. Winning submissions from past years can be viewed here:

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, March 9.

Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter Research Symposium April 26

The fifth annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Chapter Research Symposium, a celebration of the scholarship of undergraduate students and faculty mentors in neuroscience, will be held Saturday, April 26, at DeSales University in Center Valley.

Undergraduates who have conducted research projects or educational outreach in Neuroscience, Psychology or Philosophy of the Mind will be encouraged to submit their work for presentation. 
Registration and abstract submission forms will be available shortly via

French College Schedules Trip Feb. 23

The French Club is organizing a trip to see Moliere's The Learned Ladies / Femmes Savantes at Muhlenburg College on Sunday, Feb. 23. The show begins at 2 p.m. Cars will leave from the HUB at 1:15 p.m.

Students In the News

Two of sociology students, Melissa Walters '14 and Raya Saba '15, will present their respective work at the annual Eastern Sociological Society meetings (a professional conference) in Baltimore, Md., from Feb. 20-23.

Here is a brief recap of Walters and Saba's work:

Melissa Walters: Job Satisfaction, Workload and Pay Equity on a College Campus
The conscience collective of the United States professes that all people are created equal and should be treated as such. Americans believe that, in an equal community, they should be treated with fairness and justice. The philosophy of fairness, community, and justice implies that anyone who works an equal amount to their colleagues will be compensated equally, and yet despite these views, income inequality is alive and well in American society. Faculty and staff at small residential liberal arts colleges share this wider view of desired equality, but can smaller organizations somehow avoid the prevalent gender and racial inequality experienced by members of larger organizations? In this study, we surveyed the faculty and staff at a small liberal arts college in the Mid-Atlantic region. We looked at not only income equality but also perceived equality based on teaching loads and committee assignments as well as support for research and professional development. We also linked work satisfaction to factors weighed when accepting the position at the institution.

Raya Saba: Training and Practice Expectations of Premedical Students
Occupational burnout is a substantial and growing problem among current medical practitioners. Many practicing physicians lament the ever-increasing paperwork, the infringement of physician autonomy by insurers, decreasing salaries, and decreasing prestige. In light of this unfavorable review of the profession, why are thousands of undergraduates all over the country still on the premedical track? Do these young men and women really know what kind of work environment awaits them at the end of their arduous training program? What motivates them to become physicians? In this study we surveyed premedical students at four universities and four liberal arts colleges on the East Coast to explore their reasons for pursuing a career in medicine. College administrators agree that the pre-med curriculum is one of the most demanding and arduous study programs. What do these pre-med students see as the ultimate goal? As a result of various volunteer, training, and shadowing experiences in the medical field, many of these students have a realistic perception of the current environment of medical practice. Although they recognize the challenges that await them, they are driven to become doctors by a deep vocational calling to serve. But not all of the students expressed this calling. Results from this study suggest that eventual career satisfaction may be correlated with baseline career motivations and adequate exposure to the daily work demands of medical professionals.

The College will host its next art reception in Space 105 on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 12:30 p.m., featuring the work of Josh Schedler '15. The work is on display through Monday, Feb. 17. Space 105 is on the first floor of South Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. This is the second in a series of exhibitions by students in ART 373, Senior Projects. All are welcome.

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