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April 27, 2022


Correction for Attenuation of the Multiple Correlation Coefficient Given Non-Independent Error Scores,” by Brenna Curley, assistant professor of mathematics, and Debra Wetcher-Hendricks, professor of sociology appeared in the General Linear Model Journal

The article begins by presenting a justification for the need to correct the multiple correlation coefficient for attenuation (estimating the relationship between true scores rather than between scores affected by uncontrollable outside factors) without making the assumption that the outside factors affecting true scores are not, themselves, correlated. It then provides the derivation of a formula that could do so, followed by applications to both real-life and simulated data sets.

"Defining and Measuring Tolerance of Uncontrollability," by Aleena Hay, assistant professor of psychology, appeared in the journal Cognitive Therapy and Research.

From the abstract: Life is filled with situations that remain completely beyond our control. Yet, some people seem better able to tolerate this uncontrollability than others. To date, little research has focused on understanding how people feel about the uncontrollability of life (i.e., tolerance of uncontrollability).This article introduces and describes tolerance of uncontrollability while distinguishing it from other related constructs, including intolerance of uncertainty, perception and level of control, learned helplessness, and global beliefs, such as religion and spirituality, optimism and pessimism, mindfulness, and distress tolerance.

"Effects of Community-Based Virtual Reality on Daily Activities and Quality of Life" by Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, was published in February 2022 in the journal Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

The aim: To examine the effects of immersive virtual reality (VR) on self-identified daily activities and quality of life (QOL) of older adults with and without cognitive impairments and identify their preferred VR apps.

"The Effect of Blood Flow Restriction on Muscle Hypertrophy and Tendon Thickness in Healthy Adults Distal Lower Extremity: A Critically Appraised Topic," by Ellen Payne, assistant professor of athletic training and Jennifer Ostrowski, associate professor of athletic training, was published in January 2022 in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.

Conferences and Presentations

Tristan Gleason, associate professor of education, attended the annual American Educational Research Association conference in San Diego, where he was the co-chair of the symposium "Environmental Education as a Site of Critical Inquiry" and presented his paper "Environmental Education and the Politics of Research."

Krista Rompolski, associate professor of physical therapy, presented her research “How Do Physical Therapists Perceive Anatomy Education?” at the April 2–5, 2022, annual conference of the American Association of Anatomy at Experimental Biology in Philadelphia. Rompolski distributed a survey through both regional and national affiliations that asked physical therapists their opinions on the sufficiency and relevancy of their anatomy education in physical therapy school to their clinical practice. Rompolski hopes this research will assist doctor of physical therapy faculty in the ongoing development of their anatomy content across the curriculum and contribute to the establishment of core learning objectives for physical therapy anatomy education.

Geoffrey M. Roche ’08, adjunct instructor in Moravian’s master of business administration and master of healthcare administration programs, was a panelist at Becker's Healthcare 12th Annual Meeting Conference in Chicago, held April 25–28, 2022. He joined the conversation "The Workforce of the Future: What Hospitals Need to Stay Competitive."

Additional Professional ContributionsPainting of two women by Angela Fraleigh in the permanent collection at the Allentown Art Museum

"The Path to Full Professor: How to Recover from Rejection," by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and colleague Jane S. Halonen was published in the April 22, 2022, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

During Women's History Month in March, the Allentown Art Museum exhibited paintings from their permanent collection of works by women artists. Included in the exhibition was a painting by Angela Fraleigh, professor of art.

From the exhibit notes: In this work, Allentown artist Angela Fraleigh gives new life to women from two paintings by 19th-century artist Jean Leon Gérôme. While Gérôme used these women as foils for white subjects, Fraleigh makes them the focus of her composition. Her work encourages us to explore their agency and possible subversion—with the white protagonists removed from their scene, what might they choose to do?

April 14, 2022

Grants and Honors

Yvette M. McCoy, director of clinical education, speech-language pathology, received grant funding by the Parkinson Voice Project for their SPEAK OUT! and LOUD Crowd programs for our graduate students in the speech-language pathology program.

From the website: Parkinson Voice Project's grant program aims to make quality speech treatment accessible worldwide to people with Parkinson's and related disorders. Grant recipients include hospitals, universities, private practices, and other clinics.  Each grant site receives free SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd training for their speech-language pathologists and graduate students. Select clinics also receive therapy workbooks, marketing supplies, and funding.  

On April 7, 2022, McCoy received the Clinical Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. McCoy’s award will be shared with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation as Pennsylvania's recommendation for the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement.

Louise Keegan, program director speech-language pathology at Moravian University, has been selected President-Elect for the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA).


A Critical Ethnography of an Outdoor School: Reimagining the Relationship between Science Education and Climate Change Politics by Tristan Gleason, associate professor of eduction, was published in November, 2021, by New Routledge. From the publisher:

Weaving together empirical data from fieldwork with theoretical resources spanning the sciences and humanities, this book demonstrates how community activism, political alliances, and policy changes have guaranteed the survival of an outdoor school in Oregon. This example enables artful reexamination of the relationship between science education, politics, and policy more broadly, as well as the relation of science education to climate change politics in particular. Gleason ultimately reconstructs science education towards epistemic and ontological pluralism, and illustrates how critical ethnographic research can instigate a reimagining of the relationship between curriculum and how we relate to the world.

Professor of History Heikki Lempa's chapter "The Body in Motion: The Image of Man in Physical Education in Late Eighteenth-Century Schnepfenthal" appeared in the book Anatomy of the Medical Image. Knowledge Production and Transfiguration from the Renaissance to Today, edited by Christiane Weller and Axel Fliethmann (Leiden: Brill, 2021, 95–111).

"The Taboo Should Be Taught: Supporting Autistic Young Adults in Their Sexuality, Intimacy, and Relationships" a chapter by Lauren Kahn, assistant professor of education, and Marisa Kofke appeared in Transitioning to Adulthood with Autism: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues, edited by Nanette Elster and Kayhan Parsi (Springer Verlag, 2022, 41-61).


A Feasibility Study of Two Cognitive Training Programs for Urban Dwelling Older Adults," by Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Ann Marie Potter, assistant professor and director of occupational therapy, was published in the Journal of Aging & Longevity, April 8, 2022.

The abstract: Cognitive training approaches are promising to manage the effects of normal cognitive decline for the aging adult, especially with the development and integration of computerized cognitive training. Supportive community models for older adults, such as senior centers, may provide engagement opportunities for occupation-based cognitive training programming. Fourteen older adults (n = 13 Black) from an urban older adult community center participated. This feasibility trial used a two-group, pretest-posttest design to examine differences between an occupation-based computerized cognitive training (CCT) program (n = 7) and a traditional cognitive training (TCT) program (n = 7), as assessed by participants’ perceptions of the perceived benefits, tolerance of time of sessions, and on executive functioning measures. There were no significant differences in the tolerance of time of sessions (p = 0.81) between CCT (average session time = 43.64 min) and TCT (average session time = 44.27 min). Additionally, there were no significant differences in how the two program groups perceived the training based on helpfulness (p = 1.00), positive opinions (p = 0.46), and executive functioning measurement changes. All participants reported “enjoyment” of the training. Including occupation-based CCT and TCT programming is feasible and positive within community-based programming focusing on a diverse population. Short-term improvements in executive functioning should not be expected but are worthy of longer-term observation, considering a socialization component, telehealth integrations, and expansion of supportive technology-based models.

"From Honor to Bildung. Rethinking the Body in Making German Civil Society, 1750-1850" by Heikki Lempa, history professor, appeared in the Journal of Modern European History on February 2, 2022.

The abstract: With his concept of neuständische Gesellschaft, Reinhard Blänkner suggests that education or, rather, Bildung, becomes the practice that defines one's social status in the German lands between 1750 and 1850. I build on this argument by pursuing two separate but closely intertwined ideas: first, that Bildung stems from and, at the same time, displaces an older foundation of social status, honour; and second, that in this displacement the practices of the body played a pivotal role in shaping civil society. I start with some observations on civil society (Zivilgesellschaft) in the middle of the 18th century. Then I examine an important civil society project centred on a set of pedagogical reforms and experiments known as the Philanthropismus during the last decades of the 18th century. The rising critique of the Philanthropismus and the development of a counter-discourse of Bildung in the first decades of the 19th century is the theme of the following section. In the last sections of the article, I delve into the proliferation of the Bildung discourse in bodily practices, especially in social dancing, in the first half of the 19th century. The article ends with some general observations on the meaning of honour, Bildung, and the body in the making of Zivilgesellschaft. This article is not a detailed study or even a set of case studies but an attempt at rethinking the understanding and conceptualization of the time-period between 1750 and 1850 in the German lands.

"Merit, Karma, and Exchange: Chinese Buddhist Mountain Tourism Company Listings on the Stock Market" by Kin Cheung, assistant professor of East and South Asian religions, was published in the September 2021 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

The abstract: Since Mount Emei, one of the four famous Chinese Buddhist mountains, became associated with a publicly traded stock as a tourism company in 1997, other Chinese Buddhist sites in mainland China have announced plans for their own Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in China’s stock exchanges. This has elicited sharp criticism by Chinese officials and citizens denouncing these actions as greedy and against the spirit of Buddhism. However, Chinese Buddhist institutions have always extensively engaged in commercial economic activities. Attributing IPO plans’ agency to Buddhists is not straightforward due to the conflict between state actors, who control local tourist development, with others in how to present a public Buddhist image. There are differences in class perceptions of these IPOs. Examining mountain gazetteers, news articles, and public finance records, I argue Buddhist economies of merit, karma, and exchange offer alternative lenses for understanding the epitome of contemporary capitalism: engaging the stock market.

Conferences, Meetings, and Presentations

Moravian was well represented at the 29th Annual ASIANetwork Conference. Dorothee Hou, postdoctoral teaching fellow in the department of modern languages and literatures, presented “A Thousand Madame White Snake: A Case Study of Teaching Transcultural Asia Through Adaptations.” Huijing Wen, assistant professor of education and a winner of ASIANetwork’s Amoloza Conference Travel Award, presented her collaborative research, “Preparing Teachers with the Anti-racism Pedagogy during Pandemic.”  The paper was part of a panel on ’Teaching Asia During Resurgence of Anti-Asian Racism’ organized by Kin Cheung, associate professor of global religions. Spanish Professor Claudia Mesa participated in a discussion on mentoring junior faculty at Liberal Arts institutions. Daniel Jasper, dean of the school of arts, humanities, and social sciences, served with the advisory board on ASIANetwork’s emerging partnership in India.

Cheung was the co-organizer and chair of the panel "Buddhist Healing Beyond the Modern: Circulation, Authenticity, and the Contested Territories of the Body-Mind" at the 2022 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 25, 2022.

Geoffrey M. Roche ’08, adjunct instructor in Moravian’s master of business administration and master of healthcare administration programs, was a speaker in the session “Equipping a Culturally Competent and Inclusive Workforce” at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Conference on March 14, 2022, in Orlando, Florida.

Roche served on the panel “Real Deal DE&I for Hiring & Retention” during the ViVE event held in Miami from March 6–9. The panel explored leadership for diversity and belonging, including technology tools, data and ,programs that enable employees to excel from the first moment of contact with an organization. 

Faculty, students, and alumni from Moravian University's occupational therapy program presented 11 research posters at the American Occupational Therapy Association Inspire 2022 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, held from March 31–April 2, 2022.

  1. Benham, S., Brincka, A. (G 22), Donlan, A., Heffner, T. (20, G 22), Krasinsky, K., (G 22), & Nguyen, C (G 22). Exploration of a Robotic Cat to Address Dementia-Related Behaviors in a Long-Term Setting
  2. Ivaturi, S., Enam, N. & Benham, S. Telehealth Mindfulness Meditation Programming to Address Stress & Sleep Quality in Higher Education Students.
  3. Benham, S. Brogan, K. (20, G 22), Enam, N., Brown, L. (G 22), Gladwell, Caitlin (G 22), & Neu, C. (20, G22) Exploration of a Sleep Hygiene, Mindfulness, & Sensory Pillow Program to Address Sleep Quality & Stress Among Higher Education Students. 
  4. Burmeister, S. Wynarczuk, K (F),  Bawayan, R. (F), Sanders, E. (F), Milstrey, B. (21, G 23) Changes in Writing & Addressing Student Goals During Covid-19 for OT, Physical Therapy, & Speech-Language Pathology: A Qualitative Analysis
  5. Burmeister, S., Nagle, M. (G22), Kresge, L. (G21), Brenner, A. (G21), MacLeod, T. (G21) & McMaster, R. (G21). Healthcare Clinician Perceptions of OTs Providing Services During Well-Baby Visits: A Descriptive Research Study
  6. Culshaw, M., Yatczak, J., Silander, H. & Morter, T. Are They Thriving or Just Surviving? Moving Beyond Graduation & Grades to Measure Success in Students.
  7. Culshaw, M. Touchinsky, S., Nagle, M (G22), Swackhammer, A. (G 22), & Szuter, E. (20, G22). Exploring the Relationship Between Age & Pedal Performance in Driving: What Does it Mean for Clinical Practice?
  8. Potter, A., Pheiffer, B (G21), Hess, K (G21), Rossi, M. (G21), & Umar, T. (G21). Parental Perspectives on Social Health & Family Relationships of Children with Cancer: An Exploratory Study
  9. Potter, A.  Wynarczuk, K (F), Kahn, L. (F), Sanders, E. (F), Curley, B. (F), Kresge, L (G 21), Jean-Louis, C. (G 21). Improving Inclusion & Participation in School Trips Through Parental Perceptions & Experiences of Their Children with Disabilities. 
  10. Potter, A., Crawford, C. (G21), Gasper, B. (G21), Rowlands, A. (G21), Saquing, R. (G21). Anxiety, Grit, & Academic Performance During the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
  11. Potter, A. Bashi, S. (G 22), Mieczkowski, K (G 22), Meyers, J. (G 22), Maguire, K. (G 22) Lived Experiences of Men with Breast Cancer & the Impact on Occupations: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study. 

Additional Professional Contributions

Earlier this year, Kin Cheung, assistant professor of East and South Asian religions, was elected to be a steering committee member for the Buddhist Philosophy Unit in the American Academy of Religion. Last year, he was invited to be a steering committee member for the Buddhist Critical-Constructive Reflection Unit in the American Academy of Religion.

Transforming the Healthcare Workforce Diversity through Equitable Access to Education,” education a blog by Geoffrey M. Roche ’08, adjunct instructor in Moravian’s master of business administration and master of healthcare administration programs, appeared April 6, 2022, on HTHL Digital.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, interviewed Margaret Kimberley, columnist and senior editor at #BlackAgendaReport, on April 8, 2022. The interview aired on BCTV in Reading, Pennsylvania, on April 12, 2022. "We talked about her background, her vision of liberation, radical politics, her critique of capitalism, militarism, the Dems, propaganda, her thoughts about the war in Ukraine, US foreign policy, and her book about US presidents and black Americans," says Farbod.

April 7, 2022

Conferences, Meetings, and Presentations

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chairperson of psychology, recently attended the spring 2022 Consolidated Meetings of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. Dunn is an elected member of the Board of Convention Affairs. He worked with colleagues to finalize the 2022 Annual APA Conference, which takes place in August 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In addition, Dunn served as a virtual external program reviewer for the Department of Psychology at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Named after President Harry S. Truman, TSU is the public liberal arts and sciences university in the state.

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, recently organized and moderated a by-invitation mini-symposium for the 97th annual Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences conference: Snapshots of a Superfund Site: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Ecological Restoration. Her talk in this session, held on March 26, was titled "Analyzing the Success of Restoration and Adaptive Management Strategies."

On March 29, Husic was an invited panelist for Hawk Mountain Sanctuary's "Women of Conservation" event as part of Women's History Month. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (HMS) was founded by a New York socialite in 1934 to stop the shooting of migrating raptors from the ridgetop. Rachel Carson was a member and visitor, and HMS data about eagle population declines is described in her book Silent Spring. “It is an honor to be a part of a panel of women that are continuing this legacy,” says Husic, who serves on the HMS board and is chair of the conservation science committee.

On Friday March 23, Bob Brill, associate professor of industrial/organizational psychology, gave a presentation on "Evidence-based Best Practices in the Psychology of Team Building" to the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.  

Additional Professional Contributions

“The Path to Full Professor: When Your Bid for Promotion Fails” by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and colleague Jane S. Halonen was published in the March 21, 2022, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

What Happens after the Russia-Ukraine Conflict?” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science,

appeared in the March 13, 2022 issue of Common Dreams.

Robert H. Mayer, professor emeritus of education, has been speaking widely about his recent book, In the Name of Emmett Till: How the Children of the Mississippi Freedom Struggle Showed Us Tomorrow.

Locally, on September 21, 2021, he appeared on channel 39's Courageous Conversations, and on January 17 of this year he spoke with Silagh White on WDIY's Ary Salon.

Mayer also participated in a conversation about his book on January 15 of this year at the the African American Museum in Philadelphia and on October 14, 2021, through the Prince George's County Office of Human Rights.

On April 25, Mayer heads down to Mississippi and Alabama where he will speak at area bookstores, Lemuria Bookstore (Jackson, Mississippi), Read Herring Bookstore (Montgomery, Alabama), and  Thacker Mountain Radio-Square Books (Oxford, Mississippi). He will also be speaking at the Smith-Robertson Museum in Jackson, Missouri and the Birmingham Public Library in Birmingham, Alabama. 

These and many other events are posted on his website

March 16, 2022


A Communal Intervention for Military Moral Injury,” by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions, with Chris J. Antal, Peter D. Yeomans, and Scott A. Hutchinson appeared in the Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy, on December 10, 2021.

Conferences, Meetings, and Presentations

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology recently participated in a symposium on “Research Methods meets the Real World: Fostering Critical Thinking” at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York City. Dunn spoke on “Teaching critical thinking about news: Evidence, not Drama, Affirmation, or ‘Feel Good’ moments.”

Emeritus Professor of English, Joel Wingard chaired a live roundtable session Saturday, March 12, at the online Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Joel is chair of the CCCC Standing Committee for Senior, Late-Career, and Retired Professionals in Rhetoric & Composition/Writing Studies, which sponsored the roundtable.

The session, titled “Mutuality and Equity through Intergenerational Exchange,” addressed the topic from several positions across time and perspective. Among the ten speakers was Christina LaVecchia, Moravian University Class of 2007, and Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2017. Christina, now a research fellow at The Mayo Clinic, spoke on empowering the field to disrupt top-down, senior/early-career mentor paradigms.

Additional Professional Contributions

“Trapped in the Quagmire of Digital Recommendation Letters” by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and colleague Jane S. Halonen from the University of West Florida, was published in the January 26, 2022, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

"The Path to Full Professor: Timing is Everything" by Dunn and Halonen, appeared in the February 22, 2022, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Deadly Consequences of Making War `Sacred’” by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions, appeared in the February 2022 issue of Sojourners Magazine.

Denton-Borhaug’s latest piece for, "With Violence, America Reaps What It Sows," was published in The Nation on February 24, 2022.

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct instructor of political science, is the editor and publisher of Left Turn. Physical copies are available in Reeves Library and various locations around campus, and it is available online: spring 2021 and fall 2021.

Farbod’s piece "Palestine Can’t Breathe" appeared in the June 8, 2021 issue of New Age, a leading English language daily newspaper based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

On January 6, 2022, Farbod, host of the program Centering on Peace, which is broadcast on BCTV, Reading, PA, spoke with theater actor Bob Weick who plays Karl Marx in the great radical historian Howard Zinn's one-person-play Marx in Soho.

Farbod also hosted Centering on Peace on October 14, 2021 with a piece titled "A Conversation with Young Radicals."

The opinion piece "Anti-transgender and Anti-LGBRTQ+ Policies Are DeHumanizing" by John Mikovits, assistant professor of nursing, appeared in the March 3, 2022, issue of the Morning Call.

What Happens after the Russia-Ukraine Conflict” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared in the March 9, 2022 issue of Dissident Voice.

January 20, 2022


The Positive Psychology of Personal Factors: Implications for Understanding Disability edited by Dann S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and Michael Wehmeyer (Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas) was released this month.

From the publisher (Rowman & Littlefield): Historically, interventions designed to impact the lives of disabled people were predicated upon deficits-based models of disability. This began to change with the introduction of World Health Organization (WHO) frameworks, particularly the International Classification of Function (ICF), that emphasized that disability could only be understood in the context of interactions among health, environmental factors, and personal factors and by examining the impact of such factors on a person’s activities and participation. The ICF identified personal factors as among the elements of a social-ecological model of disability but did not provide an extensive taxonomy of what constitutes such factors. The Positive Psychology of Personal Factors examines personal factors that come from the field of positive psychology and, as such, to begin to identify and build strengths-based approaches to promoting the full participation, dignity, and well-being of disabled people.


The Circus Is in Town: Sport, Celebrity, and Spectacle edited by Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor and program director of communications and media studies, and Lisa Doris Alexander, professor in the Department of African American Studies at Wayne State has just been released by University Press of Mississippi.

From the publisher: In this fifth book on sport and the nature of reputation, editors Lisa Doris Alexander and Joel Nathan Rosen have tasked their contributors with examining reputation from the perspective of celebrity and spectacle, which in some cases can be better defined as scandal. The subjects chronicled in this volume have all proven themselves to exist somewhere on the spectacular spectrum—the spotlight seemed always to gravitate toward them. All have displayed phenomenal feats of athletic prowess and artistry, and all have faced a controversy or been thrust into a situation that grows from age-old notions of the spectacle. Some handled the hoopla like the champions they are, or were, while others struggled and even faded amid the hustle and flow of their runaway celebrity. While their individual narratives are engrossing, these stories collectively paint a portrait of sport and spectacle that offers context and clarity.

Book Chapters

Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, wrote the book chapter "Homemaking in 1950s Mexico: Women, Class, and Race through the Kitchen Window" for the book Food Studies in Latin American Literature, published by the University of Arkansas

Professor of Psychology Dana S. Dunn wrote the chapter “Teaching Social Psychology Effectively: A Practical Guide,” which appears in the International Handbook of Psychology Learning and Teaching. From the publisher (Springer): Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, influence, and relate to one another – a subfield of psychology that began more than a century ago with experiments on social facilitation and social loafing. In the aftermath of World War II, social psychology subsequently broadened to tackle pressing social issues such as prejudice, genocide, obedience to authority, and school desegregation. In this chapter, we provide a practical guide on how to teach social psychology to undergraduate students, including “action teaching”—a relatively new educational approach in which students take action on social issues as part of the learning process.

Journal Articles

Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, recently published her piece "The Most Nutritious Food: Debates and Practices about Milk Consumption in Mexico" in the Brazilian journal História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos as part of a special issue on milk consumption in Latin America. 


Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, has been named senior fellow with the Global Council for Science and the Environment (GCSE).

From their website: The Global Council for Science and the Environment is a nongovernmental organization established in 1990 that advances the use of science to inform environmental decision-making. The work of GCSE spans boundaries between science and decision-making to strengthen the impact of durable solutions to environmental challenges. GCSE engages scientists, educators, policymakers, business leaders, and officials at all levels of government. GCSE was formerly the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).

GCSE was accredited as an observer for the UN climate meetings for the first time in 2021 (this is the same status Moravian has). Because of Husic’s experience with these conferences and her formal roles with the UN, she helped guide the GCSE's first delegation at COP26 and served on the panel “Leading with Science on the Road to COP26."

Talks and Presentations

In December, Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, presented her research at the 13th international conference of the European Institute for the History and Cultures of Food in Tours, France, in December 2021. The theme of the conference was “Dietary Choices, Instructions, and Precepts—A Multidisciplinary Approach.

Understanding Ableism and Negative Reactions to Disability” by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology was published on December 15, 2021, by the American Psychological Association's (APA) Psychology Teacher network.

Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions, was a guest on WATERtalk, produced by the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER). Denton-Borhaug spoke on the topic “Military Moral Injury and Cultural Violence: Exploring the Intersections of Toxic Masculinities, Religion and Ideologies of Nationalism in the U.S. Context.”

On October 20, 2021, Denton-Borhaug participated in the webinar “Current Theological Reflections on Military Moral Injury: Why a Social Analysis of Moral Injury Matters.” The webinar was co-sponsored by The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School and The Shay Center of VOA.

Additional Professional Contributions

An op-ed by Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences,  “COVID will Continue to Highlight America’s Nursing Shortage in 2022 and the Looming ‘Silver Tsunami’” appeared on the Fox Business website on December 2021.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, gave a "Virtual Grand Rounds" talk to the New York University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on Friday, January 7, 2022. His talk was titled: "Only Words? Person-First and Identity-First Language for Disability: Reflections, Applications, and Understanding."

The piece “Christians as Dangerous Good Samaritans,” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared on the website Dandelion Salad on December 22. 2021.…

December 2, 2021


Associate professors of nursing Paulette Dorney and Lori Hoffman are co-authors with Kathleen Gray and Albert Crawford of Thomas Jefferson University on the paper, "Nurses' pandemic lives: A mixed-methods study of experiences during COVID-19," published in Applied Nursing Research, August 2021. From the abstract:


The US healthcare settings and staff have been stretched to capacity by the COVID-19 pandemic. While COVID-19 continues to threaten global healthcare delivery systems and populations, its impact on nursing has been profound.


This study aimed to document nurses' immediate reactions, major stressors, effective measures to reduce stress, coping strategies, and motivators as they provided care during COVID-19.


Splinters of a Secret Sky, a solo exhibit by Angela Fraleigh, professor of art, is on view until December 11, 2021, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at University of North Carolina Greensboro. From the museum website:

In Angela Fraleigh’s dynamic paintings, female subjects culled from art history become active protagonists in newly imagined spaces. In their original contexts, these figures were largely painted as docile objects for the male gaze. Fraleigh, however, reimagines them in dreamlike scenes where they exist for one another instead. They converse, engage, and share—they acknowledge the eyes upon them, look back at the viewer, and then return to one another.

While mining art history broadly, Fraleigh also digs deep into particular stories—often drawing inspiration from specific museum collections. For her Weatherspoon exhibition, she turns to the legacy of Claribel and Etta Cone—the formidable sisters whose transformative gift of artworks helped establish the Museum’s collection.

Additional Professional Contributions

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and Jane S. Halonen of the University of West Florida have co-authored the advice piece “Why and How to Teach Teamwork,” which appeared in the November 15, 2021 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Thoughts on the Left’s Response to Capitalism’s Global Death Spiral” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared on November 30, 2021, in the newsletter Dissident Voice.

October 21, 2021


A New Working Class: The Legacies of Public-Sector Employment in the Civil Rights Movement by Jane Berger, associate professor of history, was released this month by University of Pennsylvania Press. From the publisher: 

For decades, civil rights activists fought against employment discrimination and for a greater role for African Americans in municipal decision-making. As their influence in city halls across the country increased, activists took advantage of the Great Society—and the government jobs it created on the local level—to advance their goals.

A New Working Class traces efforts by Black public-sector workers and their unions to fight for racial and economic justice in Baltimore. The public sector became a critical job niche for Black workers, especially women, a largely unheralded achievement of the civil rights movement. A vocal contingent of Black public-sector workers pursued the activists' goals from their government posts and sought to increase and improve public services. They also fought for their rights as workers and won union representation. During an era often associated with deindustrialization and union decline, Black government workers and their unions were just getting started.

During the 1970s and 1980s, presidents from both political parties pursued policies that imperiled these gains. Fighting funding reductions, public-sector workers and their unions defended the principle that the government has a responsibility to provide for the well-being of its residents. Federal officials justified their austerity policies, the weakening of the welfare state and strengthening of the carceral state, by criminalizing Black urban residents—including government workers and their unions. Meanwhile, workers and their unions also faced off against predominately white local officials, who responded to austerity pressures by cutting government jobs and services while simultaneously offering tax incentives to businesses and investing in low-wage, service-sector jobs. The combination of federal and local policies increased insecurity in hyper-segregated and increasingly over-policed low-income Black neighborhoods, leaving residents, particularly women, to provide themselves or do without services that public-sector workers had fought to provide.

Meg Mikovits, instructor of writing; Crystal Fodrey, associate professor of English, and Erica Yozell, associate professor of Spanish, just published their final piece of research connected to the Digital Storytelling Mellon Foundation Grant: “Investigating the Design of Multimodal Writing Projects Across the Disciplines” in Shyam Bahadur Pandey and Santosh Khadka (Eds.), Multimodal composition: Faculty development programs and institutional change. Routledge.


Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, will be receiving the 2022 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award at the 24th Annual Rehabilitation Psychology Conference, which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky from February 17–20, 2022. This annual award, given by the American Psychological Association's Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), is conferred upon an individual who is judged to have made an outstanding lifelong contribution to rehabilitation psychology through empirical research, conceptual/theoretical development, or both.

Barker was a pioneering social psychologist who studied adaptation to disability, among other topics. He was also one of the founders of environmental psychology.

Panels and Presentations

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, was invited to serve on the panel “Leading with Science on the Road to COP26,” presented by the Global Council for Science and the Environment and the Security and Sustainability Forum on October 18, 2021.

The focus of the discussion: The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that climate change is caused by human activity, and it is changing more quickly than previously thought. The report also highlights that it isn’t too late for world leaders to act. How will science serve world leaders as they gather for COP26?

Husic’s co-panelists were Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh, and David Victor, professor of innovation and public policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego.

Susan Morelock, assistant professor of photography and new media presented a talk titled “Ghost Hunting at Home: Women, Photography, and Domesticity," in the panel “History, Public and Domestic: Deep Dives, Deep Fakes, and Augmented Reality” at annual conference of the Popular Culture Association annual conference, on June 5, 2021.

photograph "Ghost Hunting" by Susan Morelock

"Ghost Hunting" by Susan Morelock

And view the latest on Morelock's photography exhibitions here.

Additional Professional Contributions

The Sound of Fury,” an article by Dana S.Dunn, professor and chair of the department of psychology, and his colleague Jane S. Halonen of the University of West Florida, appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on September 10, 2021.

"War's End? A Parable of (All American) Violence," an article by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor of global religions appeared on September 23, 2021 on  

Decolonizing Minds, Including My Own, About U.S. Capitalist State Settler Colonialism,” an article by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared in The Greanville Post on September 23, 2021.

Good News about Grant Work

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, is a partner on two National Science Foundation Research Coordination Network (RCN) grants. The most recent one (awarded in August 2020) is the Youth Environmental Alliance in Higher Education (YEAH) project involving 11 main institutional partners but with a global reach through the resources that are being developed and the YEAH global conferences.

Husic’s collaborator from Colorado State University was sitting in on a presentation recently and was surprised to see the YEAH network appear in the slides. Apparently, of all the RCN-Undergraduate Biology Education proposals funded by NSF—representative of 700 universities—YEAH is the only one with such a reach that it has its own network map. The NSF program director highlighted the project as what a successful network looks like. The following links take you to maps/data from the three virtual international conferences sponsored by the YEAH network, showing the global reach of this project to date:

Example one

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Example three

September 9, 2021


Spaces of Honor: Making German Civil Society, 1700-1914, by Heikki Lempa, professor of history, was just published by University of Michigan Press. From the publisher:

The common understanding is that honor belongs to a bygone era, whereas civil society belongs to the future and modern society. Heikki Lempa argues that honor was not gone or even in decline between 1700 and 1914, and that civil society was not new but had long roots that stretched into the Middle Ages. In fact, what is peculiar for this era in Germany were the deep connections between practices of honor and civil society. This study focuses on collective actions of honor and finds them, in a series of case studies, at such communal spaces as schools, theaters, lunch and dinner tables, spas, workers’ strikes, and demonstrations. It is in these collective actions that we see civil society in making.

Spaces of Honor sees civil society not primarily as an idea or an intellectual project but as a set of practices shaped in physical spaces. Around 1700, the declining power of religious authorities allowed German intellectuals to redefine civil society, starting with a new language of honor. Then, in the middle of the eighteenth century, an increasing number of voluntary associations and public spaces turned it into reality. Here, honor provided cohesion. In the nineteenth century, urbanization and industrialization ushered in powerful forces of atomization that civil society attempted to remedy. The remedy came from social and physical spaces that generated a culture of honor and emotional belonging. We find them in voluntary associations, spas, revived guilds, and labor unions. By the end of the nineteenth century, honor was deeply embedded in German civil society.

“Extremely well researched and clearly written, Spaces of Honor is a remarkable and convincing study of the development of civil society in Germany. It engages with the key themes of the post-1945 historiography and draws on and engages with the latest work on honour and the great variety of areas covered in the case studies. Historians of Germany have to read this book, as do all scholars who are interested in German literature, culture, and ideas.” —Joachim Whaley, University of Cambridge


Associate Professors of Nursing Beth Gotwals and Pamela Adamshick co-authored the article "Integrating Mental Health Connections in Community Academic Partnerships,"  which was recently published in the journal Public Health Nursing.

Abstract: Community academic partnerships (CAPs) connect students to interprofessional collaborations and expand clinical experiences beyond traditional settings. Serious and persistent mental health problems represent an important action area within population health. Mental health disorders across the lifespan are often co-morbid with substance use, poverty, and community violence. This article describes CAPs in a community course where students impact vulnerable populations while learning new roles and responsibilities. The process explains student engagement with the community, and using best practices for care of community, population health concerns, and mental health and well-being.

Over the summer of 2021, Joyce Hinnefeld, professor of English, served as the acting associate editor of the Quaker magazine Friends Journal. The September issue focuses on policing and mass incarceration and includes Hinnefeld’s interview, “Too Much Justice, Too Much Mercy,” with death penalty defense lawyer Jim Moreno. Hinnefeld also helped shepherd the powerful essay “Prison as Exile” by Heather Lavelle who is serving life without parole at SCI-Muncy, Pennsylvania’s maximum security prison for women. Lavelle helped arrange inside/outside exchanges for students in Hinnefeld’s classes  last year.

Dana S. Dunn is co-author of two chapters in the new book Transforming Introductory Psychology: Expert Advice on Teacher Training, Course, Design, and Student Success. Each year, well over a million undergraduate students enroll in the introductory psychology course. This edited volume presents recommendations and guidance for designing and teaching this essential psychology course. The book is a product of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Introductory Psychology Initiative. Dunn contributed to chapters on "Designing the Introductory Psychology Course: An Evidence-Informed Framework" and "Navigating the Nuances of Teaching Introductory Psychology: A Roadmap for Implementing Evidence-Based Instructional Methods."

The Language of Disability” an article by Dunn with psychology professor Rhoda Olkin appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of the online newsletter Psychology Teacher Network, published by the American Psychological Association. One impediment to talking about disability is that people are unsure what are the “right” words to use. This is compounded by the fact that disability issues are often not in the public discourse. Media reports reinforce some usage that is counter to preferences in the disability community (e.g., “traffic was snarled due to a disabled truck” or “despite her disability she was successful in school”). The purpose of this article is to give some guidance on current language in the disability community. 

Other Professional Contributions

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, was an invited panelist for the World Water Week symposium, held from August 27–27, and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute and the Grundfos Foundation. The symposium was held entirely online, in a digital format designed to ensure that people across the world could collaborate to find solutions to the world's greatest water-related challenges. The session “Why Is Effective Communication Important for Water?” featured speaker Sandra Postel, Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 2021 spoke about the challenges related to communicating water issues, the need for water education, and why it takes more stories to get the message across. On the panel, in addition to Husic, were Carl Ganter, Co-Founder and Managing Director Circle of Blue, Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Executive Director Grundfos Foundation, and Daniella Boström Couffe, Communications Manager, UN Water.

Kelly Denton-Boraugh, professor in the global religions department, continues to be invited to podcasts and interviews to discuss matters touching on her book And Then Your Soul Is Gone: Moral Injury and Us War-Culture. The latest podcast “How the Concept of Self-Sacrifice Fuels US Militarism,” aired on August 17, 2021, on Nonviolence Radio with Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook.

August 18, 2021


And Then Your Soul is Gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-culture by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor in the Global Religions Department, was recently published by Equinox Publishing. From the publisher:

And Then Your Soul is Gone exposes the threads of violence that tie together the naturalized dynamics of U.S. ways of war and militarization with collective practices of national distraction and self-deception. It shows how these same threads of violence are also tightly woven and sacralized in the tapestry of U.S. national identity, tragically concealing moral injury from greater consciousness, and sourcing its toxic growth in the very lives of those the nation claims it most highly esteems, our military service members and veterans.

Drawing on Claudia Card’s philosophical framework, moral injury here is characterized as an atrocity, “a foreseeable intolerable harm caused by culpable wrongdoing.” These atrocities are shown to be flash-points revealing important truths regarding the unlivable consequences of U.S. war-culture and highlighting the urgent need to rethink the meaning of U.S. nationalism, desacralize violence, and support life.


“Pre-operative Predictors of Early Mobility and Knee Motion in Patients Undergoing a Total Knee Arthroplasty,” co-authored by Kathleen Madara, assistant professor of physical therapy, was recently published in the European Journal of Physiotherapy

Kathleen C. Madara, Moiyad Aljehani, Adam Marmon, Steven Dellose, James Rubano & Joseph Zeni (2021): Pre-operative predictors of early mobility and knee motion in patients undergoing a total knee arthroplasty, European Journal of Physiotherapy, DOI:10.1080/21679169.2021.1947369

Other Professional Contributions

Kelly Denton-Borhaug, professor in the Global Religions Department, has recently published the following pieces with

“Moral Injury and the Forever Wars: What Americans Don't Want to Hear” (republished by City Watch, History News Network, and Counterpunch)

“Why Are So Many of Our Military Brothers and Sisters Taking Their Own Lives?”

“War Is Anything but Sacred. Ask Those Who Fought” (republished by The Nation)

Those pieces elicited interest from other media:

“Christianity is the Linchpin in America’s War Machine” with Bob Scheer for his podcast Scheer Intelligence (this podcast was also shared on Halal Watch World News)

“Veterans and Suicide: The ‘Moral Injury’ We Don’t Want to See” with Burt Cohen for his podcast Keeping Democracy Alive

Khristina H. Haddad, associate professor of political science, held the workshop “Digital Commonplace Book Keeping: Developing Digital Methods for an Early Modern Intellectual Technology” at the Keystone Digital Humanities Conference, held on July 14, 2021, at Temple University in Philadelphia.


Sue Scholtz, associate professor of nursing, has been chosen as a finalist for the Nightingale Award “Nursing Education—Academia.” The Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization that recognizes exemplary nursing practice and grants scholarships to students pursuing degrees in nursing at all levels.

July 28, 2021


Coming in September—In the Name of Emmett Till: How the Children of the Mississippi Freedom Struggle Showed Us Tomorrow by Robert Mayer, professor emeritus of English. The book, written for young adults, tells the story of the young people of Mississippi who organized to fight for civil rights after the lynching of Emmett Till and how they helped change the world.


The paper “Does improved risk information increase the value of cholera prevention? An analysis of stated vaccine demand in slum areas of urban Bangladesh” co-authored by Sonia Aziz, associate professor of economics was published in the March 2021 issue of the journal Social Science & Medicine.

Khristina Haddad, associate professor of political science, and Claudia Mesa Higuera, professor of Spanish, have been working for several years on their visually beautiful pedagogy article “Seeing What Is Said: Teaching Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince through Its Images.” The piece was published in the July 2021 issue of the journal Political Science & Politics.


Kristin Baxter has been appointed Region 10 Representative for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA). Region 10 includes Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, and Schuylkill counties. The president of PAEA also asked her to contribute an essay to the PAEA blog. Baxter’s blog titled "How can we apply current debates and discussions about racial equity and social justice into our art curriculum?" was published on May 30, 2021.

Other Professional Contributions

The article “Come Back, Face-to-Face Faculty Meetings: All Is Forgiven!” by Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, and his colleague Jane S. Halonen of the University of West Florida, appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on June 7, 2021.

In addition, Dunn spoke in a virtual symposium on "Moving Disability Studies Forward: Trends and Needed Research" at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association. Dunn spoke on "Social Psychological Issues and Disability: Attitudes and Attitude Change Revisited."

Kristin Baxter, associate professor of art and coordinator of the art education program was one of the presenters at the workshop “Practicing Radical Self-Care: An Act of Liberation,” on June 10, 2021, sponsored by the YWCA Allentown, YWCA Bethlehem, Shanthi Project, NAACP Allentown/Lehigh Unit, the Bethlehem NAACP, and the Allentown Human Relations Commission. During her session, she led a discussion using mindfulness principles, focused on works of art by BIPOC artists. Participants also created a handmade book for recording their observations.

In addition, Baxter was invited by Stacie Brennan, Curator of Education at the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG), and Maureen Wendling, Executive Director of Shanthi Project, to present five workshops in support of an exhibition at LUAG titled “Well, Well, Well: Picturing Wellness in the LUAG Collection.” Here are Baxter’s workshops:

1.     November 5, 2020, "Post-Election Overload: Self-Care Workshop"

2.     January 28, 2021, "Connect and Create: Creative Journaling

3.     February 20, 2021, "Family Workshop Inside Out: Art and Mindfulness

4.     March 4, 2021, "Art in Dialogue: Mindfulness in the Museum

5.     March 10, 2021, Lunch & Learn: Self-Care Practice for Students: Presentation for Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

April 30, 2021


Professor of Global Religions Kelly Denton-Borhaug’s book And then your soul is gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-culture will be released in August 2021 by Equinox, London.

From the publisher: The sharp and unforgiving suffering of the morally injured veteran cannot be fully understood, much less effectively addressed, without a comprehensive investigation of moral injury’s underlying causes in American culture and society. This book exposes the threads of violence that tie together the naturalized dynamics of U.S. ways of war and militarization with collective practices of national distraction and self-deception. It shows how these same threads of violence are also tightly woven and sacralized in the tapestry of U.S. national identity, tragically concealing moral injury from greater consciousness, and sourcing its toxic growth – ironically — in the very lives of those the nation claims it most highly esteems, our military service members and veterans. Drawing on Claudia Card’s philosophical framework, moral injury here is characterized as an atrocity, “a foreseeable intolerable harm caused by culpable wrongdoing.” These atrocities are shown to be flash-points revealing important truths regarding the unlivable consequences of U.S. war-culture and highlighting the urgent need to rethink the meaning of U.S. nationalism, desacralize violence, and support life.


Assistant professor of English, Belinda Waller-Peterson’s article “The Art of Death by Edwidge Dandicat,” appeared in the Journal of Medical Humanities, November 2020.

Remembering the Summer of 2020” by Kelly Denton-Borhaug was published in Dialog on August 18, 2020.

Abstract: How will historians and theologians remember the summer of 2020? This article leverages a socio‐ethical analysis and response to twenty years of sacralized and sacrificial U.S. war‐culture, and the meaning of this history, given the shifting cultural tectonic plates in the summer of 2020, and intersecting social ills of climate crisis, racism, inequality, and pandemic.


Vice Provost Carol Traupman-Carr has been selected to receive the Excellence in Education Award from the Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL) for creating Alpha Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for first-generation college students. Additional accomplishments that recommend Traupman-Carr for this award include creation of a higher education leaders program; the creation of Advance into Moravian (AIM), a summer bridge program tailored for new students; and the development of a prior learning assessment program for the institution. The award will be presented at the GFEL conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, June 23-25, 2021.

Invited Publications

Kelly Denton-Borhaug’s “Martyrdom Discourse in Contemporary U.S. War-culture” appeared in the Wiley Blackwell Companion to Christian Martyrdom. Edited by Paul Middleton, 417-484. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.

Denton-Borhaug’s “Moral Injury and the ‘U.S. War-culture Bible,’” was published in Moral Injury: A Guidebook for Understanding and Engagement. Edited by Brad Kelle, 173-188. New York: Lexington Books, 2020.


“Moral Injury and the Triangle of Violence,” was the title of Kelly Denton-Boraug’s lecture for the fall conference of the Pennsylvania Society of Chaplains.
Denton-Boraug presented “Moral Injury, How It Manifests and How to Work with It” at the Bongiorno Conference Center Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and online, on October 18, 2020.

Additional Professional Contributions

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Gary Olson’s “The Arc of the Moral Universe?” appeared in Dissident Voice, April 29, 2021.

Olson’s “On the Origins of Great Wealth,” was published in the Greanville Post on April 25, 2021.


April 8, 2021


Assistant Professor of Political Science Yayoi Kato's book Party Ideology, Public Discourse, and Reform Governance in China: Playing the Language Game was published in February, 2021.

A summary: This book analyzes the operational dimension of the Chinese communist party’s ideology and reveals the complex relationship between ideology, language, governance, and political power in the broader context of China’s economic reforms. The book questions state-centric, legitimacy-focused, and content-based approaches to party ideology and analyzes its practice. Conceptualizing public discourse as a ‘language game’ played by the rules set by the party, the book examines how party ideology is operationalized by multiple state and non-state actors as political rhetoric for persuasion in contentious reform discourses. Through the case studies of the policy discourses over state-owned enterprise reforms under Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Xi Jinping, the book highlights ideology’s double-edged operational functions (consensus-inducing and conflict-inducing) and claims that ideology can be a double-edged sword for rulers: It is a vital resource to legitimate and sustain their rule; yet, it potentially destabilizes their rule as well. The book proposes new angles to study ideology, legitimacy, and governance and is aimed at political scientists who study authoritarian governance, policy process, and political communication. Its multi-disciplinary approach also appeals to sociologists, media/communication scholars, and linguists who work on rhetoric, political language, and media discourses.


Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Kimberly D. Wynarczuk co-authored the paper "Experiential Learning in Pediatric Physical Therapist Education: Faculty and Student Perceptions," which has been accepted for publication in the journal Pediatric Physical Therapy.


Arash Naraghi, associate professor of philosophy and religion presented his paper “Islam and the Experience of Toleration: The Past and the Future” in a public talk through Zoom hosted by the University of Alberta, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, on March 27, 2021.

Awards and Recognition

Sarah Johnson, associate professor of psychology, has been elected to the executive board of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Representing CUR’s psychology division, Johnson will begin a three-year term on the board in summer 2021.

Said Lindsay Currie, CUR’s executive officer, “Dr. Johnson’s substantial involvement in student-centered initiatives has provided great benefits to CUR in student outreach. As a longtime faculty member at a primarily undergraduate institution, Dr. Johnson will bring an important perspective to the board that reflects the unique strengths of these institutions in advancing undergraduate research.”

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and biology professor was elected to serve as president of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center board. "I first went to the site in 2005 - a time when the contaminated mountainside still looked like the moonscape. Since then, many Moravian students and faculty have conducted research projects there (including several honors thesis projects) and the site remains the only Superfund site that has been restored to a functioning ecosystem that serves as a wildlife refuge and is open to the public for education, recreation and research. I am currently the lead editor and contributing author for a forthcoming book on the restoration story."

Also, earlier this year, Husic was appointed as chair of the Conservation Science committee of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (HMS) board. HMS is distinctly recognized for its 86-year migration data set and its global training program that includes 450 trainees from 75 countries. This distinguishes HMS from any other raptor conservation organization in the world! Plus, it was founded in the 1930's by a feisty woman, Rosalie Edge.

Mary Anne Riopel, associate professor and director of the doctor of physical therapy program, and Ann Marie Potter, assistant professor and director of the master of science in occupational therapy program, were awarded a virtual "Social Responsibility" ribbon for their poster "New Horizons in Cultural Competency" by the Global Health Special Interest Group.

Additional Professional Contributions

Neil Wetzel, professor of music and director of jazz studies, contributed to the article "Experts Weigh in on Current Job Market Trends" for

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of the department of psychology, co-authored with Jane S. Holonen the piece "So You Didn’t Get a Spring Break This Year," which appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on March 29, 2021.

In addition, Dunn recently served as an external consultant to the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University (SLU). Dunn was invited to review SLU's undergraduate psychology curriculum and to make suggestions regarding course prerequisites, capstone experiences, and  internship opportunities, among other issues. SLU is a Jesuit institution.

Joel Wingard, professor emeritus of English, is participating in a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Standing Group for Senior, Late-Career, and Retired Professionals of which Wingard is chair. The roundtable is one of the events taking place at the virtual 2021 Conference on College Composition and Communication convention. The roundtable discussion addresses collective issues implicit in the standing group’s mission and invites conversation around issues inherent in the later career. Because a significant part of the standing group’s mission is to encourage cross-generational conversation, the panel engages rhetoric and composition/writing studies professionals who are at varied stages of their careers. The roundtable, which is an on-demand session at the conference, which means it is available on the conference website as a Zoom recording until May 31.

March 11, 2021


Krista Rompolski Taney, associate professor of physical therapy, has co-authored, with Stuart Fox, the 16th edition of Human Physiology, a leading text in its field, published this month by McGraw Hill. 


Later this month, assistant professor of rehabilitation sciences Ellen Payne's textbook Athletic Training and Therapy: Foundations of Behavior and Practice will be released by Human Kinetics. The book includes contributions from Moravian University athletic training faculty andP preceptors including Jennifer Doane, David Wilkenfeld, Jay Scifers, Monique Mokha, and Bryce Gaines.


Assistant professor of chemistry Michael Bertucci's paper "Harnessing multiple, non‐proteogenic substitutions to optimize CSP:ComD hydrophobic interactions in group1 Streptococcus pneumoniae," was published on February 28, 2021, in the journal ChemBioChem. The abstract:

Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a human pathobiont that causes drastic antibiotic‐resistant infections and is responsible for millions of deaths universally. Pneumococcus pathogenicity relies on the competence stimulating peptide (CSP) ‐ mediated quorum sensing (QS) pathway that controls competence development for genetic transformation and, consequently, the spread of antibiotic resistance and virulence genes. Modulation of QS in S. pneumoniae can therefore be utilized to enervate pneumococcal infectivity as well as minimize the susceptibility for resistance development. In this work, we sought to optimize the interaction of CSP1 with its cognate transmembrane histidine kinase receptor (ComD1) through substitution of proteogenic and non‐proteogenic amino acids on the hydrophobic binding face of CSP1. The findings from this study not only provided additional structure‐activity data that are significant in optimizing CSP1 potency, but also led to the development of potent QS modulators. These CSP‐based QS modulators could be used as privileged scaffolds for the development of antimicrobial agents against pneumococcal infections.


"A Phenomenological Study: Student Nurses’ Perceptions of Care of the Dying in a Hospice-Based Facility," by Paulette Dorney, assistant professor of nursing and director of the accelerated BSN program, and Lori Pierangeli was published online in January is scheduled to be published in the April 2021 print edition of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. The abstract:

Despite emerging evidence of increased death education in nursing curricula, research suggests the graduate nurse is unprepared to effectively communicate and manage the array of symptoms experienced by the dying patient. This qualitative phenomenological research study's intent was to explore the impact of clinical experience in a community-based free-standing hospice facility as an effective pedagogical strategy for preparing student nurses to care for patients and families at the end of life (EOL). The researchers used descriptive phenomenology rooted in Husserl's philosophy. The qualitative data source included semistructured individual interviews. Convenience sampling yielded 10 senior-level nursing students in a community health nursing course. The analysis yielded 6 major themes: (1) fear of witnessing death, (2) contrasting care priorities in a hospice-dedicated versus acute care setting, (3) value of storytelling from hospice team members, (4) unprepared for EOL conversations, (5) guidance and support, and (6) benefit of hospice-dedicated experiential learning. The findings of this study support the use of expert hospice team members to guide and mentor students. Didactic and video-enhanced education, storytelling, preparation in EOL conversations, and experiential learning seem essential to familiarize students with EOL care and improve perceptions about caring for patients and their families.


Dana S. Dunn, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, had a chapter appear in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (3rd Ed.), which was just published. The chapter is titled, "Happiness and Resilience Following Physical Disability." His co-authors are Gitendra Uswatte (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Timothy R. Elliott (Texas A&M University).

Presentations and Conferences

Michael Steimling, assistant professor, rehabilitation sciences gave a poster presentation "Foot Strike Modification and Resistance Training in the Management of a Runner with Chronic Hip Pain: Case Report" at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting.


Dana S. Dunn, immediate past-president of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, moderated a panel session at Rehabilitation Psychology 2021, the division's annual conference held virtually from February 18–20, 2021. In addition, Dunn moderated the Saturday evening town hall "The Foundational Principles: Responding to Crises of Our Time." Seven panelists and Dunn fielded questions from the virtual audience on the impact of the pandemic on medical/rehabilitation care, stress, and trauma for disabled people and their families.

Additional Professional Contributions

Will Neoliberalism Morph into Fascism in the United States?” by Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, appeared in Counterpunch on March 5, 2021.

February 11, 2021


Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and director of communications and media studies, has published his ninth book, The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos…Reconsidered. From the publisher: This work examines American sport from its traditional roots to the influence of the 1960s-era counterculture and the rise of a post-Cold War ethos that reinterprets competition as a relic of a misbegotten past and anathema to American life.

Art Exhibit

Fluttering still, art professor Angela Frahleigh’s debut solo exhibition with Hirschl & Adler Modern gallery, opened February 10, 2021, and will run through March 12. From the gallery: In these ten new paintings, Fraleigh depicts women in liminal states between wakefulness and sleep to perfectly encapsulate today’s social and political dynamics. The women in Fluttering still are not here to satisfy any outdated notion of their role nor the viewer’s predatory desire. Fraleigh has awoken them within a new context, wherein their agency exists for their own, and each other’s, sake. In rearranging the images of the past, the artist changes how we see ourselves in the present.


Eric Sanders, assistant professor of speech language pathology, has  published his research  on augmentative and alternative communication assessment in the journal Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. From the abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine confidence levels and identify predictors of increased confidence of school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) relative to different aspects of the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment process.


Yvette McCoy, assistant clinical professor of speech language pathology, was elected to the executive board of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Assistant Professor of Biology Natasha Woods has been named to the list of 1,000 Inspiring  Black Scientists in America by Cell Mentor.

Additional Professional Contributions

Faramarz Farbod, adjunct professor of political science, recently published two articles with the Common Dreams NewsCenter: "Let’s Burn All Illusions in 2021" and "Why Liberal Anti-Fascism Upholds the Status Quo." And on January 31, his piece "Late Capitalism and Its Runaway Inequality Problem" was published in Dissident Voice. Farbod is the founder of Beyond Capitalism and the editor of its publication Left Turn, a quarterly journal of critical thought.

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, has recently published two entries to his blog "Head of the Class" in Psychology Today: "On Titles in Academe: Why and When Should We Use "Dr." or "Professor?" (December 2020) and "Did the COVID-19 Pandemic Provide Any Pedagogical Benefits? Has This Unprecedented Teaching Experiment Taught Us Anything?" (January 2021).

Gary Olsen, emeritus professor of political science, published his piece “Christians as Dangerous Good Samaritans" with  the Greanville Post on December 22, 2020.

November 19, 2020


Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of psychology, has been elected to the Board of Convention Affairs (BCA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The BCA recommends policies and procedures to be followed in planning the Annual (August) Convention, coordinates the programs of the more than 50 Divisions within the APA and other organized groups within the association, and arranges for programs of general interest at the time of the annual convention. Dunn’s 4-year term runs from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2024

Additional Professional Contributions

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences, was interviewed for the story “The Death of Seasons,” which appeared  in the Huffington Post on October 28, 2020. The article explores how climate change is altering seasonal patterns, which in turn impacts seasonally driven businesses (fisheries, ski resorts, agriculture), economies, and the lives of people globally. Husic spoke about the Eastern Pennsylvania Phenology Project, which she launched in 2011 and through which she has gathered data from citizens regarding changes in local species populations.

October 8, 2020

Art Exhibit

Professor of Art Angela Fraleigh’s new exhibit, Our World Swells Like Dawn, When the Sun Licks the Water, opened at the Inman Gallery in Houston, Texas, on September 12, 2020, and runs through October 31, 2020. You can see the show at the Viewing Room here. Or if you happen to be in Houston, make an appointment to see the shows in person by emailing here.


Three chapters by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology appear in a recently released edited volume on assessment published by APA Books, Assessing Undergraduate Learning in Psychology: Strategies for Measuring and Improving Student Performance. APA Books is the publishing arm of the American Psychological Association (APA). The book was co-edited by Susan Nolan, Christopher Hakala, and R. Eric Landrum and explores assessments that instructors and administrators can use to design student-centered undergraduate psychology courses and curricula. Dunn’s chapters:

Dunn also co-authored a chapter on writing that appears in The GSTA Guide to Transformative Teaching, Society for the Teaching of Psychology eBook: “Transforming Students’ Thinking through Innovative Writing,” Baker, S. C., & Dunn, D. S. (2020).

September 10, 2020

Research and Publications

Kara Mosovsky, assistant professor of biology, along with two of her students, Michelle Pomposello ’18 and Kaitlyn Nemes ’20 published their research in the distinguished scientific journal PLOS One.  

Pomposello MN*, Nemes K*, Mosovsky K (2020). Dietary Antioxidant Seleno-L-Methionine Protects Macrophages During Infection with Burkholderia thailandensisPLoS ONE 15(9): e0238174.

The abstract:

Burkholderia pseudomallei is a facultative intracellular pathogen and the causative agent of melioidosis, a potentially life-threatening disease endemic in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. Treatment of melioidosis is a long and costly process and the pathogen is inherently resistant to several classes of antibiotics, therefore there is a need for new treatments that can help combat the pathogen. Previous work has shown that the combination of interferon-gamma, an immune system activator, and the antibiotic ceftazidime synergistically reduced the bacterial burden of RAW 264.7 macrophages that had been infected with either B. pseudomallei or Burkholderia thailandensis. The mechanism of the interaction was found to be partially dependent on interferon-gamma-induced production of reactive oxygen species inside the macrophages. To further confirm the role of reactive oxygen species in the effectiveness of the combination treatment, we investigated the impact of the antioxidant and reactive oxygen species scavenger, seleno-L-methionine, on intracellular and extracellular bacterial burden of the infected macrophages. In a dose-dependent manner, high concentrations of seleno-L-methionine (1000 μM) were protective towards infected macrophages, resulting in a reduction of bacteria, on its own, that exceeded the reduction caused by the antibiotic alone and rivaled the effect of ceftazidime and interferon-gamma combined. Seleno-L-methionine treatment also resulted in improved viability of infected macrophages compared to untreated controls. We show that the protective effect of seleno-L-methionine was partly due to its inhibition of bacterial growth. In summary, our study shows a role for high dose seleno-L-methionine to protect and treat macrophages infected with B. thailandensis.

Karen Groller, assistant professor of nursing, Pamela Adamshick, associate professor of nursing, and Kristine Petre, information literacy and reference librarian, recently published their research article “Embracing Evidence-based Nursing and Informational Literacy through an Innovative Undergraduate Collaborative Project” on July 6, 2020, in the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship.


Most baccalaureate nursing programs (BSN) offer a research-based course to develop foundational skills for novice nurses to inquire, evaluate, and utilize evidence throughout their patient care or nursing practices. Nursing students typically complete this baccalaureate program requirement during their third or fourth year of study (Badger et al., 2012; McCurry & Martins, 2010; Ross & Burrell, 2019). Recent literature describes typical nursing research courses as classroom structured with educational strategies ranging from traditional and individualized reading and testing assignments to active learning approaches requiring participation and dialogue between students on newly learned research concepts (McCurry & Martins, 2010). Some nurse educators have further expanded on active learning approaches by embedding opportunities for student research in project-based service-learning opportunities within the classroom-based course structure (Niven et al., 2013). Additionally, nurses need to appreciate the importance of nursing inquiry and its applications to delivery of safe and effective care based on evidence. In a recent U.S. study (Melnyk et al., 2018), nurses have reported not feeling they meet any of the 13 Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) evidence-based practice (EBP) BSN competencies (QSEN, 2019).

Crystal Fodrey, associate professor of English, and Meg Mikovits, instructor of writing and director of the writing center, recently published their article “Theorizing WAC Faculty Development in Multimodal Project Design” in Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning and Academic Writing.

The abstract:

This article addresses why and how to support faculty working with student writers on multimodal projects at all levels across the disciplines. The authors argue that faculty need support in the design, implementation, and assessment of multimodal projects so that students are better positioned to transfer writing knowledge and (multimodal) composing practices throughout and beyond their undergraduate careers. Building upon recent scholarship on transfer and multimodality, in concert with Anne Beaufort’s (2007) conception of knowledge domains from which successful writers draw, a framework is presented for implementing theory-driven WAC faculty development in multimodal assignment design. The authors conclude by summarizing faculty responses to engagement with these theories at a workshop session, describing multimodal assignments created by faculty, and sharing an assignment design guide that scaffolds the development of multimodal projects.

Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of psychology, collaborated with several of his American Psychological Association Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) colleagues on the article “No Body Is Expendable: Medical Rationing and Disability Justice During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which appeared in the flagship journal of psychology, the American Psychologist, in a special issue on COVID-19. The article deals with disability, medical rationing, and COVID-19. “My year as president of Division 22 ended in early August, and this was a fine way to finish,” says Dunn.

The abstract:

The health threat posed by the novel coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic has particular implications for people with disabilities, including vulnerability to exposure and complications, and concerns about the role of ableism in access to treatment and medical rationing decisions. Shortages of necessary medical equipment to treat COVID-19 have prompted triage guidelines outlining the ways in which lifesaving equipment, such as mechanical ventilators and intensive care unit beds, may need to be rationed among affected individuals. In this article, we explore the realities of medical rationing, and various approaches to triage and prioritization. We discuss the psychology of ableism, perceptions about quality of life, social determinants of health, and how attitudes toward disability can affect rationing decisions and access to care. In addition to the grassroots advocacy and activism undertaken by the disability community, psychology is rich in its contributions to the role of attitudes, prejudice, and discriminatory behavior on the social fabric of society. We call on psychologists to advocate for social justice in pandemic preparedness, promote disability justice in health care settings, call for transparency and accountability in rationing approaches, and support policy changes for macro- and microallocation strategies to proactively reduce the need for rationing.


Karen Groller, assistant professor of nursing and an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), collaborated with fellow ADE authors on the digital Apple book Active Learning Near and Far, a nursing education resource book (which you can download from the link). A tip from Groller: “The best way to experience (read) this amazing book is on iPad in the landscape position.”


Claudia Mesa, professor of Spanish, was awarded a residency fellowship at the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB) at Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The title of her project is “From Transatlantic to Global: Emblems in Imperial Spain (1531-1716).” The HAB holds one of the finest collections of emblem books and prints. “I am excited at the prospective of participating in the daily “Kaffee und Kuchen” gathering with scholars from around the world,” says Mesa. The residence must take place in 2021, and Mesa is looking toward May and June of next year.

Awards and Honors

Karen Groller, assistant professor of nursing, received the 2020 Cedar Crest College Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award for Nursing Education. 

The Green Burial Council, an international nonprofit organization, recently presented Mark Harris, adjunct instructor of writing, with the 2020 Leadership Award for his book Grave Matters, which “spurred the green burial movement,” and for developing the Lehigh Valley's only natural burial ground, Green Meadow.

Other Professional Contributions

An interview with Dana S. Dunn, professor and chair of psychology, was featured in a June “Editor Spotlight” online at the American Psychological Association.

In July, Christopher Shorr, associate professor of theater arts, participated in a Lehigh Valley song project, along with Emma Ackerman and Lisa Jordan, adjunct professors of theater, and James Jordan, director of Moravian's MFA program in theater and artistic director of Touchstone Theatre. “Various communities across the country have created songs and music videos that celebrate community during this time of political, social, and physical distance,” explains Shorr. “Our community did one as well, and Touchstone Theatre organized the endeavor. I participated in the process, and it was a lot of fun. (You might not know this about me, but I play ~at~ the theremin.)”

May 15, 2020

Honors and Awards

Sonia Aziz, associate professor of economics and business, was awarded a Grant for Assessing the Benefits of Satellites (GABS) for her project “Quantifying Benefits of Using Satellite Derived Early Warning System to Predict Cholera in Bangladesh.” Out of 41 pre-proposals, 12 were selected as finalists and invited to submit full proposals. Aziz's proposal was one of three selected to receive $100,000 in support. Funded by NASA, these grants are part of the VALUABLES project administered by Resources for the Future. 

The 2020 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching goes to Anatasia Thévenin, assistant professor of biology. Thévenin earned her PhD in chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware before coming to Moravian University in 2015 where she has developed into an accomplished teacher-scholar. She strives to use high-impact practices to educate and motivate her students to succeed not only in their courses but in their academic endeavors across the college. A perfect example of this is her implementation of a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) program in her Genetics, Biochemistry II, and Foundations in Biology courses. Her genuine and ongoing reflection on her work and willingness to adjust her teaching style with consideration to student feedback is most appreciated, as is her consistent high-quality mentorship of our undergraduates in her research laboratory. Thévenin is an active member of the community, serving on the Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Council and as a liaison for the Honors Program and Writing-Enriched Curriculum in Biochemistry. She also developed and co-organized a Biological Sciences Seminar Series, which invited numerous speakers to campus.  She is a wonderful colleague, and we look forward to her future contributions to the Department of Biological Sciences and the college.

The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation supports the biennial presentation of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award at Moravian University. The faculty award winner is determined from a poll of seniors, faculty, and administrators. The criteria for selection are excellence in teaching, professional development, and relationship to students.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science John Reynolds was honored with the Timothy M. Breidegam Memorial Faculty/Administrator Service Award, given to a member of the faculty or administration who has unselfishly served the college community, following the example of Timothy M. Breidegam '78. The recipient of this award is determined by senior class vote.


In association with the PA Bio Pharma Networking Group Lehigh Valley, Anastasia Thévenin, assistant professor of biology, who incorporates her research into cellular communication into a highly successful teaching curriculum, delivered a webinar on May 13, 2020, in which she described how she stays on the cutting edge of her field and uses hands-on learning to educate the next generation of researchers

Santo D. Marabella, professor of management, recently gave a TEDx Talk, “Ethical Dilemma or Fable of Fear,” in which he posits that ethical dilemmas do not exist – at least not the ones where we claim not to know what is right. Marabella explains why he makes this claim,and how we can always know and do right.

Other Professional Contributions

Professor of English, Joyce Hinnefeld’s essay, “On the Relief of Ignoring the Internet in Fiction” was published on May 6, 2020, in Literary Hub. It begins:

On the occasion of publishing a brief collection of some of my older short stories—at the onset of the third decade of a century marked, so far, by our complete submission to market-driven technological distraction and surveillance—I am awash in a kind of nostalgia. Not for a better America. Not for my younger, healthier body and sharper memory, and not for the sweet innocence of my now eighteen-year-old daughter as an infant or toddler or opinionated eight-year-old.

What I miss is writing stories in which a life lived online does not figure—mostly.


Here are the latest opinion pieces from Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science:

Is the New York Times Trying to Foster Working Class Consciousness?” May 5, 2020 in the

Dissident Voice.

“COVID-19 and the New York Times as Ideological Gatekeeper,” appeared May 9, 2020, in the newsletter Counter Currents.

April 29, 2020


Heikki Lempa, professor of history, is co-editor of the book Feelings Materialized: Emotions, Bodies, and Things in Germany, 1500–1950, which was published in February of this year by Berghahn. From the publisher's website:

Of the many innovative approaches to emerge during the twenty-first century, one of the most productive has been the interdisciplinary nexus of theories and methodologies broadly defined as “the study of emotions.” While this conceptual toolkit has generated significant insights, it has overwhelmingly focused on emotions as linguistic and semantic phenomena. This edited volume looks instead to the material aspects of emotion in German culture, encompassing the body, literature, photography, aesthetics, and a variety of other themes.

Other Professional Contributions

Professor Dana S. Dunn's blog "A Different Ending Than Usual," which speaks to the emotions and experiences of a spring semester truncated by the COVID-19 pandemic, appeared on April 25, 2020, in Psychology Today.

Gary Olson's piece "Bernie-Supporting Young Millennials and the Looming Economic Crisis: Prospects for Change" was published in the April 26, 2020, newsletter Dissident Voice. Olson is professor emeritus of political science.

March 26, 2020


Colleen Payton, assistant professor in Moravian University’s public health program, was published in the March/April 2020 issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Her paper, “Designing and Evaluating a Prediabetes Shared Decision Aid.”

From The Abstract:

Background: Prediabetes is increasing in prevalence and is associated with risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and retinopathy. Clinicians have limited tools to facilitate prediabetes discussions within primary care visits.

Purpose: 1) Develop a Patient and Stakeholder Advisory Committee (PASAC) to design, evaluate, and revise a prediabetes shared decision aid, and 2) evaluate the feasibility and experience of implementing the tool within primary care practice.

Professor of Economics and Business Eva Leeds’s piece “Tokyo 2020: Public Cost and Private Benefit,” appears in the March 1, 2020 issue of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Her article is part of a special Issue: Japan’s Olympic Summer Games—Past and Present, Part II.

The Abstract

The IOC’s myopic push for increasingly elaborate Olympics increased the size of the Olympics and raised the staging costs, which outpaced revenue and discouraged bidders. As the Olympics have become very costly mega events, only rich megacities like Tokyo can afford to host them. Advocates of the Olympics remain convinced that the Olympic expenditure is an investment that the city will ultimately recoup, but this is unlikely. For construction companies, however, the games are a bonanza.

Chris Jones, professor of biology, participated in a consortium of faculty from 96 colleges and universities across the country that examined how to improve student experience and understanding of undergraduate scientific research. Their work, “Facilitating Growth through Frustration: Using Genomics Research in a Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience,” appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education.

The Abstract

A hallmark of the research experience is encountering difficulty and working through those challenges to achieve success. This ability is essential to being a successful scientist, but replicating such challenges in a teaching setting can be difficult. The Genomics Education Partnership (GEP) is a consortium of faculty who engage their students in a genomics Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). Students participate in genome annotation, generating gene models using multiple lines of experimental evidence. Our observations suggested that the students' learning experience is continuous and recursive, frequently beginning with frustration but eventually leading to success as they come up with defendable gene models. In order to explore our "formative frustration" hypothesis, we gathered data from faculty via a survey, and from students via both a general survey and a set of student focus groups. Upon analyzing these data, we found that all three datasets mentioned frustration and struggle, as well as learning and better understanding of the scientific process. Bioinformatics projects are particularly well suited to the process of iteration and refinement because iterations can be performed quickly and are inexpensive in both time and money. Based on these findings, we suggest that a dynamic of "formative frustration" is an important aspect for a successful CURE.

The article “Twenty-First-Century Climate Education: Developing Diverse, Confident, and Competent Leaders in Environmental Sustainability,” co-authored by Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, appeared in February 2020 in the online pre-publication version of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.

The Abstract

With climate change impacting systems globally at alarming rates, the need for educating the next generation of environmental stewards is necessary. The Rocky Mountain Sustainability and Science Network (RMSSN) is an immersive field experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in climate change and sustainability within National Parks. The program was established to educate and cultivate a diverse audience of future leaders, environmental guardians, and sustainability advocates with a focus on engaging underrepresented minorities (URM) in science. Participants were evaluated through efficacy instruments and focus groups to determine how a short‐term research experience could impact a student's future outlook and perceived ability to impact science and sustainability. Findings indicate URM, and majority students were more confident in their abilities, and more motivated to continue within their studies. RMSSN provides a framework that is translatable to other field‐based curriculums. This paper addresses specific engagement mechanisms for educating future science leaders.

March 12, 2020

New Book from Joyce Hinnefeld

English professor Joyce Hinnefeld’s latest book, The Beauty of Their Youth, has just been released from the Wolfson Press prestigious American Storytellers Series. The five short stories in this collection question the reliability of memory, how our history impinges on our present, or what risks are worth taking, but each captures moments in people’s lives when they are vulnerable. A book launch is scheduled for March 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Area Public Library, 11 W. Church Street, featuring Hinnefeld in conversation with local novelist Kate Racculia. A public discussion and book signing will follow. Details here.

Dunn Pens Book Chapter

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and his frequent collaborator, Jane S. Halonen (University of West Florida) have a chapter in the second edition of Critical Thinking in Psychology,  edited by Robert Sternberg (Cornell University) and Diane Halpern (Emerita, Claremont McKenna College). Halonen and Dunn's chapter is titled "Critical Thinking: Promise, Progress, and Paradox." The book was published by Cambridge University Press.

Dunn Delivers Keynote, Attends Psychology Conference

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, gave an afternoon keynote address at the Teaching Preconference prior to the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) in New Orleans on Thursday, February 27. Dunn spoke on "Advisor or Impostor? A Social Psychology of Mentoring Students." Dunn's talk was sponsored by Worth/Macmillan Publishers.

In addition Dunn attended the annual Mid-Winter Rehabilitation Psychology Meeting in San Diego from February 19—23. More than 280 rehabilitation psychologists participated in the conference, which was held in San Diego's Gaslamp District. As President of Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association from August 2019 to August 2020, Dunn chaired a meeting of the Executive Committee, attended board meetings, spoke in a panel session, judged graduate student posters, and welcomed colleagues to the conference, among other duties.

The Latest from Our Columnists

Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, penned the column "Big Pharma Poised to Cash in on COVID-19" for the March 1, 2020, edition of the Smirking Chimp.

January, February 2020

Aguilar Publishes Research on Food and Culture in Mexico

Sandra Aguilar, associate professor of history, published an article that explores the consumption of wheat bread and cakes, the values identified with these foodstuffs, and how changes in eating practices were propelled in mid-twentieth-century Mexico. This article is part of a special issue on food cultural studies in the transatlantic world.

Aguilar Rodríguez, Sandra. “Las penas con pan son menos’: Race, Modernity and Wheat in Modern Mexico." Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 87:1 (2020).

Terrizzi Publishes Two Papers

Associate Professor of Economics Sabrina Terrizzi’s article "Estimating the Price Elasticity of Switching Between Branding and Generic Drugs," was recently published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy. Her piece “Taking the CON out of PA: Did Hip and Knee Replacement Patients Benefit?  A Retrospective Analysis,” appeared in the December 2019 issue of Health Policy and Technology.

Husic Presents at NCSE Conference and COP25

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology serves on the Leaders’ Alliance Executive Committee of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). In January, Husic; Natasha Woods, assistant professor of biology; and Kate Brandes, adjunct professor of geology attended the NCSE annual conference in Washington, D.C. where Husic gave a presentation and moderated two panel sessions:

Organizer, moderator and presenter, NCSE panel, Crossing the Abyss: The Value of Working at the Science-Policy Interface, January 7, 2020.

Invited moderator, NCSE flask talk session, Exploring the Science-Policy Interface, January 7, 2020.

At COP25 (the U.N. Climate Conference) held in Madrid, Spain (December 1 - 13), Husic was a faculty mentor as part of an NSF workshop titled "International Climate Science and Diplomacy," which included faculty and students from Colorado State, Clark, Vanderbilt, Michigan Tech, Monash (Australia) Universities, Connecticut University, and Colorado and Moravian Universitys. Additionally, Husic gave two presentations at COP25:

Organizer, moderator and presenter, COP25 Side-event (peer-reviewed) panel titled “Contribution of Higher Education to Climate Action and the Implementation of the Paris Agreement,” December 3, 2019, Madrid, Spain.

Invited panel discussant: COP25 event at the Bangladesh Pavilion titled “Universities as knowledge Brokers in the Governance of Climate Change,” December 3, 2019, Madrid, Spain.

Shorr’s Prometheus/Redux Wins Best Play

Prometheus/Redux, written by Geral Stropnicky and directed by Christopher Shorr, artistic director of the Moravian University Theatre Company, won best original play in the professional theater category in the 14th annual ABE awards for theater in the Lehigh Valley.

Marabella to Participate in TEDX Talk

Santo D. Marabella, professor of management will join other speakers at the talk “Always/Never; Sometimes/Maybe” hosted by TEDxLehighRiver on March 10, 2020, at PBS39 in Bethlehem.

Recent articles from Gary Olson, emeritus professor of political science:

Still Waiting for (Lefty) Godot,” Dissident Voice, December 20, 2019.

The Serious Left and Bernie Sanders in 2020,” Dissident Voice, January 9, 2020.

148 Seconds of Music that Helped Midwife a Cultural Revolution,” High Plains Reader, January 15, 2020

Gerencher's Work in Sky & Telescope Magazine

Joseph Gerencher, Emeritus Professor of Earth Science, has contributed to an article that appears in the February 2020 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine. The publication also links to Gerencher’s website where he describes building a solar spectrograph

December 2019

SLP Faculty and Students Present Research at SLP Convention

All faculty in Moravian University’s Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program and some of our students presented research at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Annual Convention, held from November 21-23 in Orlando, Florida. Drawing roughly 15,000 attendees annually, the convention is the premier professional education event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

Graduate student Estrella Sosa and undergraduate health science students Toshiana Figureoa ’20 and Mikayla Jucewicz ’20 presented two posters under the guidance of Monica Kaniamattam, assistant professor of speech-language pathology. Their research:

  • “Noise Exposure & Hearing Conservation Among LVAIC College Students”
  • “’I know, but I don't care!’ A Mixed-Methods Study of Young Adults Hearing Conservation Practices”

Kaniamattam herself gave additional presentations on participatory action research for school based SLPs.

Louise Keegan, associate professor and program director speech-language pathology, presented her research related to group treatment for communication difficulties after brain injury, and she spoke on teaching and learning in the field of communication sciences and disorders. 

Susana Keller, clinical coordinator and assistant professor of speech-language pathology, addressed the SLP’s role in cases of clients with poor prognosis. She also presented research that examined the process of assessing clinical readiness across clinical professions.

Eric Sanders, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, presented on the characteristics of SLPs who self-identify as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) specialists in education settings. AAC is any form of communication other than spoken language used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas.

Dunn Conducts Academic Program Review

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently conducted an academic program review of the department of psychology at the University of Staten Island. Dunn did the campus visit and review with a colleague from Ithaca College. Psychology is currently the largest major at the University of Staten Island.

The Practical Prof’s Latest Column

Professor of Economics Santo D. Marabella’s latest piece for the Reading Eagle, “Making Recognition Meaningful,” appeared on November 19.

November 2019

Fraleigh’s Work Featured In Multiple Venues

“Sound the Deep Waters,” a collection of paintings by Angela Fraleigh, associate professor and chair of the art department, is on exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware, through April 12, 2020.

Rosen “Does Battle” at International Conference

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, was an invited panelist at two sessions of the annual Battle of Ideas festival in London, November 2-3. The international conference brings together more than 450 speakers for over 100 debates on questions such as “Snowflakes or Revolutionaries: What is the New Student Identity?” “Is Socialism Making a Comeback?” “Hungary: the Bad Boy of Europe?” “How Do We Solve a Problem Like the Climate Emergency?” “Genome Editing: Do We Need Global Regulation?” “Who Are ‘The People’?”

Keegan and Benham Present at Preeminent Rehabilitation Research Conference

Louise Keegan, program director, speech-language pathology, and Sara Benham, assistant professor of occupational therapy, attended the 2019 annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine held November 5-8 in Chicago. Drawing more than 2,500 physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physicians, neuropsychologists, and rehabilitation scientists, it is the largest rehabilitation research conference in the world.

Rosen Invited to Speak at University of the West of Scotland

Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and anthropology and author of the book From New Lanark to Mound Bayou, was invited to the University of West Scotland to speak about the journey of Owen’s ideas across the Atlantic, where they eventually reached Mississippi plantation owner Joseph E. Davis. Inspired by Owen’s model, Davis constructed a similar community of slaves that significantly increased productivity on the plantation and economic gain for Davis. Rosen further traces the community’s evolution as ownership of the plantation fell to slave Benjamin T. Montgomery after the Civil War and then as former slaves became residents of Mound Bayou, an entirely African-American town, founded by Montgomery’s son Isaiah.

Dunn Recognized by APA

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently participated in the Fall Consolidated Meetings at the American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, DC. Dunn completed his three-year term on the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA), where he spent his efforts advancing educational issues for associate and baccalaureate education in psychology. To acknowledge his efforts, the APA gave him two engraved Jefferson cups, one for his work on the BEA and the other for his leadership of the 2019 Education and Training Awards Committee.

Olsen’s Latest Opinion Piece

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Gary Olsen’s piece “The Empire, Trump, and Intra-Ruling Class Conflict,” appeared in the November 7, 2019, issue of City Watch. And in the November 2, 2019 issue of Dissident Voice.

October 2019

Frances Irish, Co-Author of Journal Article on Piranhas

Frances Irish, associate professor of biology, is co-author with researchers from the University of Washington for the paper “Tooth and Consequences: Heterodonty and Dental Replacement in Piranhas and Pacus (Serrasalmidae),” which appeared in the August 26, 2019 issue of the journal Evolution & Development. Teeth are a necessary anatomical tool of the carnivorous piranha, which also uses its dentition to  scrape the plants they eat off of rocks. It’s not too surprising then that piranhas need to keep their teeth razor sharp. They do so by losing and replacing their teeth regularly throughout their lifetime. Using imaging technologies, the researchers have shown that piranhas shed all the teeth on one side of their mouth at a time. Irish contributed scanning electron micrographs from previous research that looked, in part, at feeding mechanisms of piranhas.

Rehab Sciences Group Awarded Grant

Faculty from Moravian University’s rehabilitation sciences programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology received a national grant for their project “Participation of students with disabilities on school trips: Parent experiences and perceptions” from the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. “This demonstrates the strength of our inter-professional education plan in the department,” says Jay Scifers, chair of the department of rehabilitation sciences.

Husic Elected to Board

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, was recently elected to the board of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pennsylvania. “This is a real honor!” says Husic.

Dunn Acknowledged for Work on APA Publication

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, received a thank you from the American Psychological Association for his contributions to the revision effort for the new seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Dunn was acknowledged for his expertise in writing about disability without bias. Chapter 5 in the new manual features bias-free language guidelines that help to ensure inclusive scholarly writing. The manual is used by undergraduates, graduate students, scholar-researchers, educators, and writers in psychology and many other fields within the social and health sciences. 

Husic Facilitates Conferences

Diane Husic, dean of the school of natural and health sciences and professor of biology, recently facilitated the 15th NCAA Division II Faculty Athletics Representative Fellows Leadership Institute. Husic has been involved with this national leadership initiative since its first inception.

Currently, Husic is helping facilitate a multi-institution workshop funded by the National Science Foundation titled "Collaborative Research Workshop: Engaging students in science international decision making," which will be held at the Colorado State University Mountaintop Campus. This is in preparation for COP25 (the UN climate meetings), which will be held in Chile this year.

The Latest Columns from the Practical Prof

Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella’s column “Stop Scaring Your Workers” appeared in the October 14, 2019, issue of the Reading Eagle. Marabella’s column “Fear Can’t Work in a Productive Workplace,” appeared on October 22, 2019.

Dunn Co-Edits Special Issue of JSI

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology at Moravian, and colleague Kathleen Bogart, associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, spent the last year and a half producing a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues (JSI) on ableism. Ableism refers to prejudice and discrimination aimed at disabled individuals by nondisabled individuals. The issue was published on September 23, 2019. This is the first issue on #disability in 31 years, topics include implicit and explicit, hostile and benevolent ableism, microagressions, violence toward disabled people, disability identity, disclosure, and allyship. 

Riopel Awarded Fellowship

Mary Anne Riopel, program director and associate professor of the Moravian University Physical Therapy Program, was accepted into the American Physical Therapy Association Educational Leadership Institute Fellowship. There are 21 fellows nationally. “As a 2019-2020 fellow, I am participating in a 52-week curriculum designed to develop ‘innovative, influential, and visionary leaders who can function in a rapidly evolving politico-sociocultural environment.’”

Potter Selected to Leadership Institute

Ann Marie Potter, program director and assistant professor of the Moravian University Occupational Therapy Program was accepted to American Occupational Therapy Association's Academic Leadership Institute. This is a year-long program focused on developing academic leadership goals. “In the institute, we are learning about leadership styles, the state of higher education, guiding change in higher education, research program development, promoting diversity and ethics,” says Potter. About 30 participants are selected through a competitive application process. This is the 3rd year, AOTA has sponsored the institute.

Amin’s Work Displayed in Solo Exhibition

The Cue Art Foundation in New York City is presenting “Hyphen,” a solo exhibition of work by Natessa Amin, Moravian University Visiting Artist. As described on Cue’s website: “Amin creates a site-specific mixed-media installation that brings together painting, sculpture, and drawing to explore the artist’s experience of embodying a hybrid identity. Binding all of these materials together is a long undulating trail of hand-dyed newsprint that curves around the gallery’s walls, forming a textural structure within which individual objects become intertwined as part of a larger sculptural body.

New Recordings from Lipkis

Three new recordings by Larry Lipkis, composer-in-residence, have been recently released: Chamber Music, The Juniper Tree, and Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare.

Fraleigh To Paint Poet’s Portrait

The Bethlehem Area Public Library has commissioned Angela Fraleigh, associate professor and chair of the art department, to paint a portrait of the renowned poet and Bethlehem native Hilda Doolittle, better known as H.D. The portrait is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and will hang permanently in the Main Library at West Church Street. Stay tuned for the unveiling of Fraleigh’s work.

Dunn Speaks at ICPM Conference

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently spoke at the 25th World Congress of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine in Florence, Italy. This year's theme was "The Psychosomatic Perspective." Along with Barry Nierenberg, professor of psychology with Nova Southeastern University; Stephen Wegener, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University; and Dan Rohe, psychologist with the Mayo Clinic, Dunn gave a symposium on “Living the Good Life with a Disability: The Foundational Principles of Rehabilitation Psychology.”

Payne Completes Leadership Certificate

Ellen Payne, assistant professor of athletic training, completed the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Leadership Development Certificate.

Dunn Conducts Program Review

Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently conducted an academic program review of the Department of Psychology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Dunn and two colleagues, one from the University of Wooster and the other from Bates College, reviewed the program's curriculum, staffing, service, and scholarship requirements, and they answered questions about best practices for undergraduate departments of psychology. This review was Dunn's since 49th since 2002.

Gray Pens Op-Ed on Nurse Practitioners

Assistant Professor and Director of Moravian University’s Nurse Practitioner Programs, Kathleen Gray’s op-ed piece on nurse practitioners appeared in the October 3, 2019, edition of the Morning Call.

The Latest from Our Columnists

Professor of Management Santo D. Marabella’s column “Being Creative when You’re Not Creative” appeared in the September 21, 2019, issue of the Reading Eagle.

Gary Olson, professor emeritus of political science, penned the column “In Intra-Elite Battle, Dems Prefered the ’Stache [John Bolton] to the Donald” for the September 14, 2019, edition of the Smirking Chimp.