(Present to June 2010)
The Morning Call recognized its “Top Ten in Theatre for the Lehigh Valley,” and included The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of Doubt, which featured Cedar Crest College Associate Professor of Performing Arts Tim Brown, M.F.A.: http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/arts/theater/mc-theater-year-in-review-allentown-1227-20121226,0,3286412.story. The production was also recognized as a standout by Lehigh Valley Stage, as was Cedar Crest College’s production of Chicago: http://www.lvstage.org/index.php/features.
Pat Badt, M.F.A., has her recent paintings and book work included in a two-person exhibition titled, Revealed, at the Downtown Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville through January 18, 2013. A catalog accompanies the exhibition. http://web.utk.edu/~downtown/
Precious Yamaguchi, Ph.D., and her students of the COM 285 International Virtual Spaces class have been invited to the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Conference in 2013 to present their research paper at the University of Illinois. Their paper, “Behind the Guy Fawkes Mask: Examining Anonymous and #OpIsrael,” examines the use of social media in organizing hacktivist (hacker activist) events in response to the Gaza-Israel fighting in November 2012. This collaborative cyber-ethnography project involves social media, particularly Twitter, and its hashtag, #OpIsrael, to study the organization, actions, and outcomes of online activism. The students researchers involved are Demi Barzana, Kaylah Baylor, Ayako Iwata, Morgan Keschl, Bryanna Miller, Rachel Morgandale, and Alyssa Schoenberger.
Elizabeth Martin ’13 and Heather Moody ’13 were winners of the Peter DeForest Student Research Award given at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in November. Martin was selected as the winner of the undergraduate oral presentation award based on her work on determining the frequency of somatic mutations in genetic markers used in forensic DNA testing. Heather was selected as the winner of the poster competition, where she presented her work on best practice determination for the enhancement of soil footwear impressions. Cedar Crest students competed against students from several institutions including Arcadia University, Boston University, John Jay College, Penn State, University of New Haven, and Western New England University. Since NEAFS established these student research awards, seven Cedar Crest students have been honored—the most of any school.
Wendy Robb, Ph.D., has been chosen to serve as a program evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. After attending training in Atlanta in February, 2012, she was assigned to a team of evaluators and be eligible to participate in site visits of schools with bachelors or masters nursing programs. Program evaluators participate in site visits twice per year and are appointed for an indefinite period of time. The participation of experienced educators ensures quality nursing education for all nursing students in accredited programs.
Instructor of Creative Writing Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich has received a full fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center (http://www.vermontstudiocenter.org/). She will spend four weeks at VSC working on her book manuscript in mid-May/early June.
In October, Nancy King, Ed.D., and Joan Kern, M.Ed., presented a workshop session at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) annual conference in Harrisburg. The workshop presentation, “Common Core State Standards: Striking a Balance Between Content and Practice in Early Childhood Education,” reviewed the development and design of the English, language arts and mathematics standards for Kindergarten-12 and the impact of the new standards on early childhood education and teacher education programs. PAC-TE is the state affiliate of the national Association of Teacher Educators. The theme of this year’s conference was “Change the Conversation: Step Up! Step Out!”
Precious Yamaguchi, Ph.D., took her Intro to New Media, Video Production, and International Virtual Spaces classes to the 2012 New York City Comic Con to interact with big comic publishing companies, attend panels, participate in contests, demo new computer software, and have hands-on experiences with comics, cinema, media companies, and game developers. Students were able to participate in panels and seminars such as "New Methods in Digital Painting," “Pitching and Writing Creator-Owned Comics,” “Editors on Editing,” and “How to Get a Job in the Video Game Industry.”
Michael Donovan, M.B.A., was interviewed for an hour on Prolific Radio, an Internet-base station dedicated to matters of urban policy and diversity. Alfonso Todd, a community activist in Allentown, hosts the talk show on Friday afternoons. The topic was power politics, civic deliberation, and youth leadership development.
Rebecca Arnold, M.A., coordinated a photography exhibit at Lehigh Valley High School for the Performing Arts displaying work by professional art therapists and art therapy students to honor the production of “Susan's Undoing,” which reflects one woman’s experiences after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
In September, Precious Yamaguchi, Ph.D., and the Cedar Crest College Video Production and International Virtual Spaces classes participated in the Philadelphia World Affairs Council's event, "Understanding Muslim Societies: Interpreting the Arab Uprisings in the Second Year," featuring Mr. Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. Cedar Crest College's new media classes were the only Pennsylvania college classes present at this important international event.
Rebecca Arnold, M.A., presented the course titled, "Art Therapy: Building a Therapeutic Relationship," in September at the Treatment Trends Training Institute in Allentown. The program introduced mental health workers to the concepts of building a therapeutic relationship in clinical work. Professional ethics and creative approaches were reviewed. More information may be found at www.treatmenttrends.org.
Amy Faivre, Ph.D., attended the Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, Ore., this summer. She presented her poster, "Assessing pollen viability among genotypes of the federally endangered Florida ziziphus (Ziziphus celata) Rhamnaceae." She was also a mentor for the Plant Population section— available to talk with undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs about future career paths. While there, she met with Cedar Crest College alumna Katherine McCarter, executive director of the Ecological Society of America.
Pat Badt, MFA’s book work, “Swatches of Memory,” is included in the exhibition: Artist Books: Creative Structures at the Allens Lane Art Center in Philadelphia. The exhibition runs through Oct. 27.
Jennifer Bonetti ’11, MSFS ’12, Megan Crowley, Kristen Johnson ’11, MSFS ’12, Manal Khalil, and Kayla Sween ’11 were the primary authors of a manuscript recently accepted for publication in the Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal. The paper titled, “Forensic Science Administration and Ideals for Laboratory Management,” was a project completed in the spring semester of Tom Brettell, Ph.D.’s graduate course, FSC-512, Forensic Science Administration.
Christen Corby ’12 and Cailtyn Hauke ’10 were the primary authors of a manuscript recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Investigative Sciences. The paper titled, “Analyzing the Halo Effect: Factors Involved in Sequencing the Deposition of Overlapping Bloodstains Caused by Blood Smears and Airborne Droplets,” included work performed at Cedar Crest over a three-year period.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., was invited by the Galapagos Conservancy and the Galapagos National Park to be part of small group of experts to help the park develop a volunteer-based monitoring program during June. His role was to help in the development of a monitoring program for the marine reserve. The goal of this program is to have “citizen scientists” (both Ecuadorian and international volunteers) help the park monitor, and ultimately conserve, its natural resources (e.g., biodiversity related to tourism, fisheries, etc.). On a side note, Cigliano was there when Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta tortoises, died—which was the extinction of a species.
The nursing department was recognized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross at its 2012 Awards Celebration/Annual Meeting in June. The department was awarded a Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer Service. This award honors a volunteer or volunteers whose performance over a period of several years has substantially exceeded the volunteer’s original commitment to the American Red Cross. Over the past several years, hundreds of nursing students have participated in screening blood pressures for thousands of community members through clinical experiences in the nursing program. This service has made a significant impact on the health of many community members. Of special note was mention of the thank you notes that have been sent to the coordinators of the American Red Cross by students, thanking them for the opportunity to perform this valuable service to our community.
Jeanne Berk, Ph.D., attended the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society from May 31 to June 2, in Baltimore. There, she took a professional development course called, “Fostering Innovation,” using a grant she received from the American Chemical Society. She also presented on some of her current research with student Annie Pulcini ’12 during a poster session. The poster’s title was, “Environmentally Friendly Synthesis of Novel Mono-Azo and Bis-Azo Dyes Using a Polymer Support.”
Nancy Johnston, Ph.D., was appointed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing as a nursing content specialist. She will be reviewing nursing material used by the NCSBN to prepare candidates for the national RN licensing examination.
Nancy Johnston, Ph.D., was elected by the nurses of the seven county (Monroe, Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon, Schuylkill, Lebanon, and Berks) to the Area 2 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Board of Directors. This organization is a constituency of the American Nurses Association and plans to continue offering educational programs, and to keep members up to date on legislative and political matters of the commonwealth that effect nursing practice and consumer health.
The Cedar Crest College Department of Nutrition was awarded a grant through the Allen Foundation in the amount of $45,000 for the following proposal: “Healthy Start: A Nutrition Education and Outreach Program for Economically Disadvantaged Preschool-Age Children and their Families in the Lehigh Valley.”
Jill Odegaard, MFA, presented a collaborative art project at the Open Engagement conference sponsored by Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice Program in May. The collaborative project titled, Woven Welcome, is documented and archived at www.wovenwelcome.blogspot.com
Precious Vida Yamaguchi, Ph.D., presented her research at the Eighth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Conference at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in May. She presented a co-authored research paper titled, “Developing Student Responsibility and Social Networking in Cyberspace.”
Tim Brown, MFA, appeared in the role of Father Flynn in the Pennsylvania Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley’s DOUBT. Set in a Bronx Catholic school during the sixties, a deeply principled nun suspects a popular new priest of improper conduct. Her allegations could destroy lives. DOUBT was the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. The play was turned into a film in 2008, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. Performances ran during the month of June.
Tim Brown, MFA, was elected to the National Council of the American Forensics Association NIET, as chair for District Seven, representing forensics programs within the states of Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, MFA, was invited to give a lecture at the 11th annual Muse & Marketplace conference in Boston during May. Her lecture concerned voice in creative writing. At the conference, Marzano-Lesnevich also participated in a panel on fellowships and grant funding. She recently received two fellowships to support work on her book this summer: a four-week fellowship at the Blue Mountain Center (http://www.bluemountaincenter.org/), an arts colony with a particular focus on social justice issues, and a three-week fellowship to Yaddo (http://www.yaddo.org/), where she was a fellow last year.
Students in the developmental biology lab of Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D., and molecular genetics lab of K. Joy Karnas, Ph.D., visited the Family Fertility Clinic in Bethlehem, Pa., in April. Students learned about the laboratory techniques used in a fertility clinic from Melinda Sandridge ’09, a former student in both courses!
Amy Faivre, Ph.D., and John Cigliano, Ph.D., were elected to the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society, which is the governing body of the Lehigh Valley Zoo. The board wanted to add academic, education, and research expertise and asked Faivre and Cigliano to serve.
Pat Badt, MFA, was a presenter at the Memoir Conference at Steel Stacks. Her presentation was on color and texture as it relates to memory. Memoir Conference presenter website: https://memoir2012.com/Presenters.php. In addition, she was interviewed prior on WDIY Lehigh Valley Arts Salon.
Students in Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D.’s Neuroscience Methods capstone course visited laboratories at Merck, Inc. in April. The tour offered a rare opportunity to see Merck’s unique high-throughput screening program in action, including robotics, microscopy, and electrophysiology screening approaches. Students were able to interact directly with Merck scientists to learn about their work.
The master of science in nursing (MSN) program has received full accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The Board of Commissioners granted initial accreditation for a period of five years, the most years possible for an initial accreditation. Re-accreditation is scheduled for fall 2016.
James Scepansky, Ph.D., and Sharon Himmanen, Ph.D., organized the 27th annual LVAIC Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference hosted by Cedar Crest College in April. Nine Cedar Crest psychology majors presented their research projects at the conference. Approximately 160 students and faculty from LVAIC institutions as well as several other colleges and universities in Pennsylvania attended. The event was sponsored by LVAIC, as well as the psychology department, Psi Chi, and Psychology Club of Cedar Crest College.
Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D., organized the third annual Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (LVSfN) Research Symposium, held in April at Cedar Crest in conjunction with the LVAIC Psychology Conference. Seventy students and faculty, from nine colleges and universities, were registered; eight neuroscience and biology majors from Ettinger’s research lab presented three collaborative posters of their research. The LVSfN Chapter was recognized as "Chapter of the Year" last fall, in part because of these research conferences.
Cedar Crest College had three tables representing the sciences at Cedar Crest at the first annual Lehigh Valley Science Festival held at Allentown Fairgrounds in April. Jeanne Berk, Ph.D., organized a hands-on activity—making gummy worms using sodium alginate, a compound found in seaweed used as a food thickener. She also worked with the student clubs in chemistry and biology to help organize their tables and activities—fingerprinting and making glitter slime. Sharon Himmanen, Ph.D., presented several simple experiments and demonstrations that psychologists use to study the five senses. These included two-point touch sensitivity testing to determine difference thresholds on the skin, a flavor rating scale using jelly beans, the Stroop Test, and several visual illusions. More than 2,200 people attended the event.
The 30th Annual Biology Olympics at Cedar Crest College in April were a smashing success. There were 80 local high school students in attendance, and they competed in a wide range of activities—from a scavenger hunt to the traditional Biology Bowl, moderated by our own resident geologist, Brian Exton, M.S. Lynn Ritter coordinated the event with help from Susan Marin, Cedar Crest student volunteers, and the biological sciences faculty. Nine different schools placed in various events (including our neighboring schools Emmaus, Parkland, and Allentown Central Catholic); ultimately, MMI Prep took home first place honors.
Biodiversity and Conservation Biology majors Robyn Dechene ’12 and Amber Funk ’12 received the top undergraduate poster honors at the 9th annual Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Symposium. Dechene tied for first place for her poster, “The effect of diet on the survival and reproduction of the brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys,” and Funk received third place honors for her poster, "The effect of multiple Stressors, increased temperature and acidification, on the growth and survival of the common periwinkle, Littorina littorea.”
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, MFA, read from her work at NYCs Dixon Place in April as part of the QT (Queer Text) reading series. Marzano-Lesnevich read alongside poet, memoirist, and RN Mary Jane Nealon, who came to the Cedar Crest campus later in April to give a reading jointly sponsored by the nursing and humanities departments. More information about the Dixon Place reading can be found here: http://www.dixonplace.org/html/lit_qt.html
K. Joy Karnas, Ph.D., was nominated and elected to the position of president-elect for the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. She will serve in this capacity for the next two years before assuming the role of president in 2014. The Pennsylvania Academy of Science serves as a valuable and vital resource for science professionals, faculty, and students in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region. The academy advances the pursuit and application of science through its annual meeting, book and journal publication program, research grants and awards, and partnership with the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS), the statewide science fair for middle and high school students.
Kara Welch ’12 received the Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation award at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences, which was held March 30 to April 1 at Cedar Crest College. The title of her talk was, “Using Niche Modeling to Predict Possible Geographic Range Shifts in Strombus gigas (Queen Conch) Under Various Climate Change Scenarios.” John Cigliano, Ph.D., noted: “All our students made us proud by giving quality presentations at the meeting.”
Precious Yamaguchi, Ph.D., along with students Jade Abston, Brittney O’Neal, and Natalia Martinez-Colon competed in the Lehigh Valley Hackaton at Ben Franklin Tech Ventures in April. The students developed a mobile SMS service, “Locus,” that provides bus stop locations to Lehigh Valley commuters without internet and on mobile devices. In this competition, the students obtained the Amateur Hack Award, the Crowd Favorite Award, and 2nd place overall at the Hackathon. The Cedar Crest College team walked away with the most awards of all the groups that participated in the LV Hackathon.
Precious Yamaguchi, Ph.D., was invited to be a guest Speaker at the Erie Art Museum in Erie, Pa, in April. She gave a talk about the World War II internment camps from the experiences of her grandparents’ time in the internment camps as part of the Exhibit-Related Programming for the Minidoka on My Mind: Works by Roger Shimomura exhibit.
Michael Donovan, MBA, was invited by a former Eastern European exchange student of his to teach in summer 2012 at an academic camp for high school students in Ukraine. Founded by the student, the camp is the leading institution of its kind in Ukraine for high performing students with global career goals. Her organization also advises Ukrainian high school students on collegiate options around the world, including the United States. Donovan taught sections on creativity, entrepreneurship, capitalism, and American public policy. As a result of this assignment, there is an opportunity for CCC to participate in an annual college fair located in Kiev.
Michael Donovan, MBA, was invited to present at the 2012 Business Professor Teaching Summit at Lebow School for Business and Drexel University. He spoke about the following: “Power point education is so boring to students, and yet its use helps the educator to get words, diagrams, and formulas in front of students more quickly than writing on a board. This presentation discusses the use of video, digitizers, and playback to present lectures outside the classroom, leaving time to dig more deeply into classroom questions and discussion. Participants will see a sample lecture and discuss challenges and opportunities associated with the power of screen-capture.”
Pat Badt, MFA, returned from an artist residency at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). VCCA is a residency for visual artists, writers and composers housed on the grounds of Sweet Briar College, a women’s college founded in 1901 on the former site of the Sweet Briar Plantation. You can check out images the grounds, facilities and the work she did at her blogsite: http://fromthethirdbarn.blogspot.com/
Cedar Crest College hosted the 88th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, where the theme this year focused on women in science. K. Joy Karnas, Ph.D., André Walther, Ph.D., and Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D., with support from many other faculty, staff, and students in the sciences, coordinated the event. Nearly 400 scientists were in attendance from March 30 to April 1, representing 55 colleges and universities from across the state and making this the largest assembly for the Academy in more than 25 years. Attendees discuss current research in such fields as cell biology, developmental biology, aquatic and animal ecology, genetics, chemistry, and cancer biology. The meeting kicked off with a reception at the Da Vinci Science Center where Michael Campbell (PAS president), Troy Thrash (Da Vinci Science Center executive director and CEO), Carmen Ambar (Cedar Crest College president), and Ed Pawlowski (Allentown mayor) welcomed the general assembly. Research presentations occupied the participants all day Saturday with oral presentations taking place throughout the Pool Science Center and poster presentations in Lees Gym. The keynote speaker for the Saturday evening banquet was a molecular biologist and full professor at Pomona College, Laura L. Mays Hoopes, Ph.D., who discussed her experiences as a woman in science as outlined in her autobiography, Breaking through the Spiral Ceiling: An American Woman Becomes a DNA Scientist.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., gave an invited talk at the Royal Geographic Society in London, UK, on his and Rich Kliman, Ph.D.’s, queen conch research as part of a lecture on the effectiveness of protected areas. In addition to Cigliano, there was one other speaker, who spoke on his research in Madagascar and is a National Geographic Society Emerging Explorer. The Earthwatch Lecture Series is held annually at the RGS and consists of three presentations held throughout the year, each on different topics related to research conducted by Earthwatch scientists. Approximately, 450 people attended the lecture.
Martine Scannavino, DHSc, was elected to represent the Lehigh Valley Dietetic Association on the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nominating Committee. Each summer and fall, nominating committee members encourage local members to apply for awards and to become candidates for state positions. In the winter, nominating committee members review and award Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awards and scholarships as well as review and make recommendations to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for national awards and scholarships.
Tom Brettell, Ph.D., presented a two-day short course in March titled, “Practical Gas Chromatography,” at the Pittsburgh Conference in Orlando, Fla. Twenty professionals from around the country attended the short course which was jointly taught by Eugene Barry, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. The Pittsburgh Conference is the largest conference on analytical chemistry and exhibition of analytical instrumentation in the world.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, MFA, won Literary Death Match Boston in March with a reading from her book manuscript. LDM is an international, by-invitation competitive reading series; more information on the series is available at www.literarydeathmatch.com. Marzano-Lesnevich had also read in Chicago earlier in March at the issue launch party for TriQuarterly Online (where her essay “Cello” appears) and at a reading for recipients of Bread Loaf Writers Conference scholarships. While in Chicago, Marzano-Lesnevich moderated a panel on memoirists working with literary agents at the annual conference for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and participated in a panel on arts colony fellowships and grant funding.
Joan Kern, M.Ed., presented the findings of her paper, “Conflict Resolution in Education,” at the American Institute of Higher Education Conference in Williamsburg, Va., in March.
Julia Garofalo ’12 gave a paper on her graduate research at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, held in Atlanta in February. The title of her paper was, “The Detection of Salvinorin A Using GC/MS and the Evaluation of Presumptive Tests for the Presence of Salvinorin A.”
Kristen Johnson ’11, a current graduate student in the Master of Science in Forensic Science program, presented her master’s thesis research in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Atlanta. Her presentation titled, “Spectral Analysis of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Various Beverage Matrices,” reported on a method she has developed to identify and quantify the dangerous drug GHB in beverages. GHB has been used in drug-facilitated sexual assaults to render the victim defenseless. Johnson’s method allows for the quantitation of the drug without sample preparation or destruction of the sample, which preserves the beverage for further analysis.
Gina Parada ’11, a current graduate student in the Master of Science in Forensic Science program, presented her master’s thesis research in February at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Atlanta. Her presentation titled, “Detection and Simultaneous Quantitation of β-Naphyrone and 3,4-Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry,” reported on a method to identify and quantify dangerous “bath salts” containing the two particular designer cathinone derivative drugs. Parada presented data from the analysis of a real “bath salt” sample purchased in Emmaus.
Jennifer Bonetti ’10 ’12 presented her master’s thesis research in February 2012 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Atlanta. Her presentation titled, “Forensic Soil Analysis of New Jersey State Parks Using a Combination of Simple Techniques and Multivariate Statistics,” demonstrated how 2D and 3D principle component analysis and 2D and 3D linear discriminate analysis could discriminate soil sites using a combination of wet chemical and physical methods. Bonetti’s method provides a low cost option to forensic laboratories interested in performing this kind of analysis.
Nancy King, Ed.D., presented a thematic session, “Understanding and Implementing the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics as a Foundation for Pre-Service Teacher Education Programs,” at the Association of Teacher Educators annual conference in February 2012 in San Antonio. The presentation introduced the rationale and development of the recently approved national standards for College and Career Readiness and the Kindergarten-12 Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Association of Teacher Educators is an international organization that is recognized as a scholarly and educational organization for undergraduate and graduate students and for teacher educators at all levels. The theme of this year’s conference was “Creating a Global Community of Learners: Guiding the Future of Education.”
Precious Yamaguchi, Ph.D., and her intercultural communication class attended the World Affairs Council event in Philadelphia featuring Philadelphia Inquirer foreign affairs columnist, Trudy Rubin, and Al Jazeera senior political analyst, Marwan Bishara. This event discussed updates, politics and issues in Arab countries. Cedar Crest College’s intercultural communication class was the on Pennsylvania college class present at this event.
Pat Badt, MFA, and Scott Sherk, MFA, had their sound-based, site-specific installation titled, Intersection, exhibited at The LAB: GALLERY in New York City during spring 2012. Badt’s and Sherk’s creative practice involves cultivating awareness of the qualities of specific spaces through the realignment of the senses. This installation concentrated on the stop and go of the midtown traffic outside the gallery, focusing on the pulse and energy of the city. A hanging string column cycled between stillness and movement, while real time video sonograms and spectrograms were projected onto the gallery walls making the sound of the intersection visual. Badt and Sherk have collaborated on several site-specific installations shown at Katonah Museum of Art, the Kim Foster Gallery, Point, Line, Lafayette College, Marshall University and Martial Arts Center, Memphis. Pat Badt is a painter and a professor of art at Cedar Crest College. Scott Sherk is a sculptor who often works with sound. He most recently completed a sound project for the Katonah Museum of Art and he is a professor of art at Muhlenberg College. Together, Pat Badt and Scott Sherk curate thethirdbarn.org.
Kerrie Baker, Ph.D., Sharon Himmanen, Ph.D., and Meridith (Gibbons) Kutz, Ed.D., attended the 2012 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech University in February. Kerrie made a presentation on research that focused on different aged students in the classroom, “Do You See What I See? Faculty and Student Perceptions of the Classroom.” Sharon made a presentation on her work with animals and teaching students their learning behaviors titled, “Beyond Virtual Rats: Live Animals in the Undergraduate Classroom.”
Sharon Melincavage, RN, has been recertified as an adult nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. To earn this recertification, she completed 150 continuing education hours in addition to passing a 175-question examination encompassing clinical management of adult patients and issues of health care policy and the professional role of the adult nurse practitioner.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., will chair the 26th International Congress on Conservation Biology (ICCB), which will be held in 2013 in Baltimore. The ICCB is the global meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology. Cigliano was asked to chair the meeting because of the success of the first International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC), which he chaired in 2009, and the 2nd IMCC, which he co-organized last May. The IMCC is the global meeting of the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology, of which John is a board member.
Nelson Maniscalco, MFA, presented his work at the Dinosauria International Exhibition site at the 2012 Tucson Gem, Mineral and Paleontology Show in Tucson, Arizona, in February: two complete true fossil Sinovenator changii dinosaur museum mounts that he created for paleontologist Charles Magovern, of Denver, Colo. He also presented an exhibition of bronze dinosaur sculptures created specifically for this exhibition.
Sharon Melincavage, RN, and Sandra Leh, Ph.D., presented a paper titled, “Panel Discussion Creates a Spirit of Inquiry in the Classroom” at the Clute Institute’s 2012 Orlando International Education Conference in Jan. 2012. The presentation addressed the use of panel discussion to create a constructivist classroom environment. The presentation was selected for the “Best Paper in Session Award.” The award is determined by a vote of faculty in the session along with input from the conference chair, reviewing staff, and track chair.
Masters of Education student, Birgit Laramie, recently completed her thesis titled: “The Effects of Integrating Music into Foreign Language Classrooms.” She presented her findings to the Education Department in December.
Junior Andrea Barner presented her paper, “The Lais of Marie de France: Predecessor to the Modern Romance,” in the session titled, “Marie de France and Women’s Voices in Medieval French Literature” at the Sixth Undergraduate Conference in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at Moravian College in Dec. 2011. At the same conference, Kara Welch ’12 presented her paper, “Fate and Free Will as they Facilitate Character Development in the Mists of Avalon” in the session titled, “Philosophy and Literature.”
Nancy King, Ph.D., participated as a member of a Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) review team that carried out a site visit at Saint Francis University from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1. The team conducted an initial program review of a new secondary (grades 7-12) social studies certification program. The reviewers compared the program documents to the PDE program guidelines and general standards to determine whether or not the proposed certification program is in compliance with the required guidelines. At the conclusion of the program review, the team made recommendations, developed a final report, and conducted an exit conference.
Precious Yamaguchi, Ph.D., presented the research she co-authored with Enrique Legaspi of Hollenbeck Middle School (Los Angeles) on FaceTime mentoring and virtual field trips. Yamaguchi’s Introduction to New Media class at Cedar Crest and Legaspi’s history class have been communicating and learning together during the fall semester. The research was presented at the International Symposium on Integrating Research, Education, and Problem Solving organized by the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics.
Precious Yamaguchi, Ph.D., recently presented a single-authored paper and a co-authored paper at the 97th annual National Communication Association Convention in New Orleans. Her single authored paper titled, "Voices of Japanese Americans in the Midwest," was presented on the Decolonizing Voice: An Asiacentric Approach panel. Her co-authored paper with Ph.D. student Franklin Yartey of Bowling Green State University was a presentation on their ethnographic research, "The Maintenance and Changes of Traditional African Cloth: Kente Cloth and Adinkra in the Global Market." This paper focused on Yamaguchi’s travels and research abroad in Ghana.
Tom Brettell, Ph.D., presented a one-day short course titled, "Practical Headspace Gas Chromatography," at the 50th annual Eastern Analytical Symposium held in Somerset, N.J. Mary-Ellen McNally, Ph.D., from the Stine Haskell Research Center for the Crop Protection Products business unit of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co, Inc. in Newark, Del., was co-instructor.
Faculty member Thomas Pritchett attended a full day workshop on "Designer Drugs 2011: Cathinones-Steroids-Cannabinoids (Fake Weed to Fake Speed), the Problem, Identification, and the Future," presented by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Northeast Laboratory at the 2011 annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists
Cedar Crest College senior chemistry student Kaitlin Hafer presented the paper, ""The Spatial Relationship of Fingerprint Minutiae in Males vs. Females," at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists.
In November, Tom Brettell, Ph.D., presented an oral invited presentation titled, "Analytical Chemistry in Forensic Science: Reflection on the Last 50 years," at the 50th annual Eastern Analytical Symposium in Somerset N.J. He also presented a two-day short course titled, "Practical Gas Chromatography," with co-instructor Eugene Barry, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., was appointed to the Conference Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology. The purpose of the committee is to work with the Society’s Board of Governors to determine objectives and goals regarding international and regional conferences, to develop strategies and policies consistent with the SCB Strategic Plan to implement those objectives, and to consult with the BoG and SCB’s Executive Office to strategically determine the general region in which to hold future annual meetings.
Manal Khalil, candidate for the master of science in forensic science degree, received a grant totaling $6,940 from the National Institute of Justice and the Forensic Sciences Foundation for research titled, ""The Degree of Similarity Between Accidental Patterns on Shoeprints Associated with Wearers that Participate in Shared and Independent Activities."
Senior art and English major Lindsey Jancay’s handmade paper collage/ink drawing titled, "Parting," has been accepted into the 5th National Collegiate Handmade Paper Art Triennial. Her work will be exhibited at the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers University in December and then travels to the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., for an exhibition in the fall of 2012. This exhibition was juried by Jane Milosch, paper curator and director, Provenance Research Initiative, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture/Smithsonian Institution.
Cedar Crest College students won 4 of 5 academic awards given at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists from Nov.2-5 in Newport, R.I. The winners included: Kristin Johnson—George Neighbor Memorial Scholarship (graduate division); Elizabeth Sunderhaus—George Neighbor Memorial Scholarship (undergraduate division); Elizabeth Sunderhaus—Peter De Forest Forensic Science Research Award (undergraduate presentation); and Tara Fikes—Peter De Forest Forensic Science Research Award (best poster).
Professor Nelson Maniscalco, M.F.A., has been invited by The Stone Company, Natural History Acquisition and Preparation Services from Boulder, Colo., to exhibit at the 71st annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Las Vegas. Eight of Maniscalco’s unique sculptures will be included in this exhibition, which will be viewed by thousands of scientists, museum curators and collectors from around the globe.
Kerrie Baker, Ph.D., Diane Moyer, Ph.D., and Sharon Himmanen, Ph.D., made presentations in October at the 13th annual Mid-Atlantic Teachers of Psychology (MATOP) conference in Largo, Md. Baker presented a workshop titled, "What Do They Want to be When They Grow Up? Providing Information and Guidance." Moyer and Himmanen coordinated a round-table session titled, "Enhancing Online Learning for Faculty and Students."
In October, Nancy King, Ph.D., presented a session, "Understanding and Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics," at the regional conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Atlantic City. The session helped participants understand the rationale and development of the new K-12 math standards as the foundation for college and career readiness. King reviewed the design and substance of the math standards and discussed the plan for common national assessments by 2014 to measure student progress in relation to the core standards. She spoke to more than 200 conference attendees during a general session.
In October, senior English and art major Lindsey Jancay presented her paper "Patchwork Processes: Technology’s Reinvention of Creative Writing and Reading" at the EAPSU fall conference, "English in the Digital Age: Developments in Language, Literacy, and Literature." EAPSU stands for English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities. The conference was held at Bloomsburg University. The fall EAPSU conference features the work of faculty and graduate students, as well as the system’s outstanding undergraduate English majors. Jancay was a part of a faculty panel on "Changing Literature in the Digital Age."
Mae Ann Pasquale, Ph.D., RN recently presented at the 2011 ANCC National Magnet Conference in Baltimore, Md. This is the official annual conference of the prestigious Magnet Recognition Program®, serving as both a celebration of accomplishment for newly designated Magnet® organizations and a showcase of best nursing practices for the Magnet community. More than 6,700 nurses and nursing executives from top hospitals attended. This presentation, "Family Presence during Trauma Resuscitation," was accepted from over 1,500 abstracts and detailed a "town-gown" collaboration model between a baccalaureate nursing program and community Magnet hospital. It illustrated the pragmatic insights for structure and resources to support nursing research as well as strategies to institute family presence within a practice setting. Brian Mongraine, RN, core trauma staff nurse, Lehigh Valley Health Network, was a co-presenter.
Arlene Peltola presented, "Experiential Education-3 New Assessment Tools; Professor and Student Approved," in Harrisburg, Pa., in September at the One Voice Conference. Arlene also presented, "Global Leadership-A Study of 5 Countries," at Penn State’s University Park campus at the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology Conference. Arlene Peltola and James Scepansky are published in the Journal of Northeastern Business, Economics and Technology fall 2011 for their article on "Marketing to College Women to Encourage Reflection and Self Responsibility Regarding Underage or Risky Consumption of Alcohol on All-Women Campuses." The Power of Women Conference on campus in October was a great success and sold out for the first time in three years.
In September, Tom Brettell, Ph.D., served as on-site team leader of a FEPAC site evaluation for the institutional accreditation of West Chester University. The mission of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) is to maintain and to enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and recognition of college-level academic programs. The primary function of the commission is to develop and to maintain standards and to administer an accreditation program that recognizes and distinguishes high quality undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs. Both the undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs at Cedar Crest College are accredited by FEPAC.
Martine Scannavino, Ph.D., joined nutrition professionals, food industry leaders, health leaders from around the globe, academicians and the keynote speaker Regina M Begamin MD, M.B.A., and the surgeon general of the United States at the International Food and Information Council Foundation’s Summit in NYC: "Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications." This summit was held in support of the two-day high-level General Assembly meeting at the United Nations, attended by more than 30 heads of state and government and at least 100 other senior ministers and experts, who adopted a declaration calling for a multi-pronged campaign by governments, industry and civil society to set up by 2013 the plans needed to curb the risk factors behind the four groups of NCDs—cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. In this assembly the United Nations launched an all-out attack on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes with a summit meeting devoted to curbing the factors, like tobacco and alcohol use, behind the often preventable scourge that causes 63 percent of deaths from these causes.
Sharon Melincavage, RN, and Joan Timalonis, RN, presented a poster at Drexel University Nursing Education Institute 2011 held in June in Atlantic City. The title of the poster was, "Get Them out of Rows: Learning More Than Content," and focused on the use of collaborative learning in the classroom.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., co-organized a joint symposium and focus group at the 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) in May. The title of the symposium was "Integrating Science and Policy: How Scientists Can Help the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Advance Marine Conservation." The goal of this joint symposium/focus group was to increase collaboration between marine scientists and CITES. The symposium was attended by approximately 200 congress delegates and was one of the most highly attended symposia at the Congress. The focus group, which followed the symposium, was attended by about 30 delegates and consisted of a lively two-hour discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of CITES as a marine conservation mechanism and how scientist could become more involved.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., was an author on a poster presented at the 97th annual Ecological Society of America meeting. The poster was titled: "Cultivating Skills for 21st Century Professionals: Development & Assessment of Process Skills in Ecology and Conservation Biology." This poster reported preliminary results from a multi-institutional project that is developing and assessing instructional materials that promote key student skills important for conservation biology and other integrative fields including data analysis, oral communication, and critical thinking skills.
Michael Donovan, M.B.A., will give a talk at the Allentown Rotary on Sept. 9 titled, "An Act of Faith: Free Markets and the Common Good."
Brian Exton, M.A., provided expertise to several local media outlets in August as the story of the Virginia earthquake developed. He appeared live on WFMZ-TV during their evening news broadcast, and is quoted extensively in The Express-Times. Links to the video and article include: WFZM.com News and Lehigh Valley Live News
Michelle Munno Jacobs, M.F.A., was a dance instructor this summer for Pennsylvania Youth Theatre’s performing arts camps, "Story book" and "Adventure Theatre," where dance was used along with theatre, music and art to bring to life children’s stories like "Ugly Duckling," "Rainbow Fish" and "Brown Bear." Students in grades k-3 along with Munno Jacob’s sons were in attendance.
Michelle Munno Jacobs, M.F.A., recently taught a two-hour master class in jazz dance at the Delaware Valley Dance Academy. There were 30 pre-professional level students in attendance, ages 13 to 19. Munno Jacobs was among faculty of the prestigious Rock School of Ballet.
Nancy Johnston, Ph.D., Amy Edgar, RN, and Joan Timalonis, RN, presented at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute on June 30 in Atlantic City. The title of the presentation was, "What Students Need?: An Interdisciplinary Survey of Resources Contributing to BSN Nursing Students’ Success." Christine Nowik, director of academic services, was involved in the project but unable to present at the sunrise session. Sharon Melincavage, Ph.D., and Timalonis had a poster presented at the institute titled, "Get Them out of Rows: Learning More than Content." The purpose of the poster was to describe collaborative learning and its benefits and present collaborative teaching strategies used in the classroom.
Jill Purdy, Ed.D., recently presented a paper titled, "Addressing Diversity in the Adolescent Classroom through Multicultural Activities,"" at the 17th European Conference on Reading held at the University of Mons in Belgium. This presentation was part of a group of invitees from the United States’ International Reading Association and Professors of Reading Teacher Educators.
Richard Kliman, Ph.D., Laurie Cotroneo, Ph.D., Jennifer Klecha ’13, and Jennifer Schwab ’13 attended Evolution 2011 from June 17-22 in Norman, Okla. They presented two posters on ongoing research in molecular evolution and population genomics, one first-authored and presented by Jennifer Klecha and one first-authored by Beth Bachert ’11 (co-authored and presented by Jennifer Schwab). Sandra Coombe ’13 was also a co-author on one of the posters. The projects are funded by a pair of NIH grants, which are also supporting summer research for all four students.
Joan Timalonis, RN, Matt Kile, educational technology specialist, and Heather Clark presented a creative project at the 13th Biennial Neuman Systems Model Symposium held recently at Cedar Crest College. The project was titled, "Orienting Nursing Students to the Neuman Systems Model: Development of an Interactive Learning Module." The symposium was attended by nurses from around the globe and the presentation was well received.
Arlene Peltola, M.B.A., served as session chair at the 17th Annual WORLD Conference on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education in Philadelphia from June 15-17. Professors and administrators from around the world presented experiential learning workshops, papers and panels, including an international co-op student panel and employer (GM, Blackberry, Merck, Lockheed Martin, Hilton Worldwide) panel discussing how to best ready students for co-op assignments.
Brian Exton, M.A., has been invited to serve as judge for the Experimental Math and Science paper session at the 2011 Beacon Conference, taking place at Lehigh Carbon Community College on June 3. The Beacon Conference for Student Scholars at Two-Year Colleges was established in 1993 to recognize, celebrate, and showcase the achievements of outstanding two-year college students in academic research and writing. Cedar Crest faculty Kerrie Baker, Ph.D., LuAnn Fletcher, Ph.D., and Suzanne Weaver, MSW, are also participating.
Jeanne Berk, Ph.D., attended the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society from May 21-24 at University of Maryland. She completed training in RCRA Laboratory Waste Management in Compliance with the Regulatory Requirements in CFR40 and 261-279.
Marcia Kalista-Richards, RD, was named as the dietitian member of the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification for the Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) Exam Committee. This appointment is a three-year term beginning April 1, 2011. The committee includes a representative of each medical discipline and is responsible for the creation of the national exam which is administered to physicians, dietitians and nurses who will specialize in the area of metabolic and nutrition support therapy.
Pat Badt, M.F.A., has been invited to attend a two-week artist residency at the Bau Institute in Otranto, Italy in June.
Chelsea Toth ’08, adjunct faculty member and assistant coach for the forensic speech team, was elected to the board of directors (at-large) of the Southern and Northern Atlantic Forensic Union (SNAFU). Tim Brown, director of the forensic speech team, has served on the SNAFU Board for five years and currently serves as the secretary for the organization. SNAFU organizes and hosts a series of forensic speech tournaments throughout the East Coast, awards annual scholarships to students of member colleges and universities, and contributes to the success and well-being of the American Forensics Association (AFA).
The nutrition department was awarded an Allen Foundation grant for 2011-2012 based on the proposal: "Meeting the Nutritional Needs of College-Age Women in a Residential College Setting." This grant will support the development of a pilot program that will assess baseline nutrition knowledge and common dietary restrictions in a population of college-age women.
Michael Donovan, M.B.A., presented at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business Teaching Summit in Philadelphia. Over 100 professors attended to learn about methods to improve undergraduate and graduate student learning and retention. Donovan’s topic was the teaching of business ethics using Cedar Crest College’s service learning model and an emphasis on the liberal arts and science to embed capitalistic efforts within societal processes. Arlene Peltola, M.B.A., also presented at the conference on experiential learning. Both presentations were selected through by a conference review committee.
Tom Brettell, Ph.D., recently chaired a short course sponsored by the Chromatography Forum of the Delaware Valley. The course titled, "Modern Practice of Gas Chromatography," was held at West Chester University in May. The course was presented to 20 professional scientists from industry and consisted of 10 lectures and 6 laboratory experiments. Brettell also lectured in the course on the theory of gas chromatography and served as a laboratory instructor for one the experiments.
Carolyn Segal (Ph.D.)’s radio essay for WDIY’s Change Is in the Air will be broadcast on Monday, May 16, at 5:45 p.m. The subject is how her students have changed her. The segment airs during "All Things Considered," and will be on 88.1FM in Bethlehem, 93.9 Easton/Phillipsburg, and 93.7 Foglesville/Trexlertown. It streams on the web at www.wdiy.org.
Nancy Johnston, Ph.D., has received a letter from the Board of Trustees of Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia, where she received her B.S. degree in nursing in 1970, that she will be awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award at homecoming festivities on October 14, 2011.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., was one of 60 participants chosen (from 200 applicants) to attend a workshop on "Enhancing Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Stewardship through Public Participation in Scientific Research." This workshop was organized by the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to "shape new strategies for conservation through citizen science and other forms of public participation in scientific research." His research project –in collaboration with Rich Kliman, Ph.D.—on the conservation ecology of queen conch was one of four chosen to be presented at the start of the workshop as examples of projects that have successfully included public participation in research. The project was also one of eight that was chosen as a case study used during break-out sessions, during which we developed strategies to increase public participation in conservation research.
Sarah Dewey and Christine Duffey presented part of their senior thesis work at the 8th annual Lehigh Valley Ecology and Evolution Symposium. The title of their oral presentation was "Determining the Level of Self-Recruitment in Strombus Gigas in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Belize," which was done in collaboration with John Cigliano, Ph.D.
Four students in the lab of Andre Walther, Ph.D., presented posters describing their research done in collaboration with the faculty member at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences in Altoona, Pa. in May. The students included Tabitha King ’11, Courtney Bender ’12, Cristina Cardenas ’12 and Chelsea Mahoney ’13. Four students also gave oral presentations including Kayla Hager ’11, Sarah Klein ’11, Molly McQuilken ’12 and Kirsten Nole ’12. Walther was asked to serve as the session chair for the presentation session on cell biology.
Arlene Peltola, M.B.A., and Denise O'Neill, Ph.D., participated in the PLCB conference, along with four Cedar Crest students from the marketing practicum course in Harrisburg in April. Four students, along with Peltola, presented their research paper during a workshop. Presenters included seniors Jennifer Decky, Danielle Gosha, Barbara Breisch and Jasmita Saini. The presentation was titled, "Core Alcohol and Drug Survey: International Perspectives on Alcohol Use Among College Students." The research was funded by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board through a grant received by the college. The grant was submitted by Peltola, O'Neill and Marcie Walker, Ph.D., last spring.
Congratulations to Kayla Sween ’11 for winning first prize for her poster presented at the Annual Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Conference in April. The project titled, "Studying Male Reproductive Investment in a Cichlid Fish Model," was performed in collaboration with Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D. The neuroscience program was well represented at the meeting, with three additional collaborative projects from the Ettinger lab presented by seniors Erin O'Donnell, Catherine Mogle and Heather Harlin. This recognition is the second for the Ettinger laboratory this year: Mogle won a prize for her collaborative research poster at the fall meeting of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.
Mae Ann Pasquale, Ph.D., was an invited plenary speaker for two sessions at the Society of Trauma Nurses 14th Annual Conference in San Antonio. The topics included "Getting Started with Evidence-based Practice at the Bedside" and "Are We Ready for Family Presence?" There were over 400 trauma nurses in attendance.
Nelson Maniscalco, M.F.A., has his sculptural work on exhibit at Maxilla and Mandible,LTD. in New York City, The Bone Room in Berkeley, Calif. and the Whaler's Locker in Maui.
The Cedar Crest College art department is well represented at the 45th annual NCECA (The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) in Tampa on April 1. Casey McDonough, M.F.A., and Brian Wiggins, M.F.A., will present papers for the panel discussion titled, "Alternative and Forbidden Spaces." McDonough's paper is titled, "Rationale for the Inclusion of Subversive and Non-commissioned Public Art Practices in the Development and Expansion of a Studio-based Teaching Pedagogy," and Wiggins' paper is titled, "There Is No Forbidden Space."
Casey McDonough, M.F.A., will be presenting his latest artworks in several exhibitions in the Tampa Bay area in conjunction with the 2011 meeting of NCECA, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Exhibitions will take place at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, Fla., as well as the Morean Arts Center, Eckerd College and The St. Petersburg Clay Company in St. Petersburg.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., and Rich Kliman, Ph.D., will receive funding from Earthwatch International (EW) to support their ongoing research on queen conch this summer. This project has been funded by EW since 2006 (except for 2009) and EW has agreed to extend funding for another three years after this year.
Carolyn Segal, Ph.D., presented a paper, "The Place of Literature in the 21st Century: Why Teaching Reading and Writing Matters," at the Peace, Justice and Conflict Resolution Conference at Northampton Community College in March. The paper was a revised and expanded version of her 2009 promotion talk. Her recent pieces for One for the Table include "What's Cooking in Education" and "I've Been Sheened."
Michelle Munno Jacobs, M.F.A., participated in the American College Dance Festival at Muhlenberg College in March as both an instructor and a presenter. She taught a jazz class attended by 50 students of various colleges. In addition, she guided a discussion on giving good feedback and presented an essay she is working on titled, "Dance Composition: Putting Feelings and Opinions in their proper place."
Brian Exton, Ph.D., attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) meeting in San Francisco in March, where he was a co-presenter for the session, "Science in Motion Drives Discovery," with Wendy Martin (Elizabethtown College).
John Cigliano, Ph.D., has been re-elected for a second (non-consecutive) term to the board of directors for the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). SCB is the largest and most important professional organization dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving biodiversity. The Marine Section is one of six regional sections in the society and has close to 1,000 members.
Larry Quarino, Ph.D., was elected chair of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences held in Chicago in February.
Michael Donovan, M.B.A., led a roundtable discussion at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The session was on "New Directions in the Study of Urban Development."
Martine Scannavino, Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the peer review process of the American Dietetic Association's Development of the ADA Research Toolkit. The ADA's research philosophy states that ADA believes that research is the foundation of the profession providing the basis for education, practice and policy. The purpose of the research toolkit is to assist RD members with: reading and interpreting research articles effectively; understanding research designs and basic statistical analyses used in research projects; applying and using research in practice to select appropriate indicators and measures to evaluate clinical, programmatic, quality, productivity, economic or other outcomes; and learning the entry-level skills for designing a small research project.
Joy Karnas, Ph.D., and Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D., were selected to present one of 20 major workshops at the Association for Biology Laboratory Education conference in Las Cruces, N.M. This annual conference brings together hundreds of university faculty from across North America to exchange novel pedagogy and the results of education-related research. Their workshop is titled, "A Cross-Curricular Molecular Genetics Lab in Embryology," and arose from a collaborative research project involving Cedar Crest students.
Joy Karnas, Ph.D., and Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D., were selected to present one of 20 major workshops at the Association for Biology Laboratory Education conference in Las Cruces, N.M. This annual conference brings together hundreds of university faculty from across North America to exchange novel pedagogy and the results of education-related research. Their workshop is titled, "A Cross-Curricular Molecular Genetics Lab in Embryology," and arose from a collaborative research project involving Cedar Crest students.
Michelle Munno, M.F.A., was a guest choreographer for Pennsylvania Youth Theatre's Jazz Company. The students will present the choreography in their Cabaret performance at the Ice House in Bethlehem on Feb. 25-26.
RCN Community Spotlight will present a panel on Teen Dating Violence on several nights in February and Debra J. Woodruff-Capper, RNC, will serve on the panel.
Robin Gerchman, M.F.A., has been cast in San Francisco choreographer Alyce Finwall's "Enter Demeter." "Enter Demeter," which will play at Cedar Crest College in March, is about female relationships and the extreme forms they take, from gentle and compassionate to competitive and psychologically warring.
Mary Cooley, M.A., will be a featured member of a panel of experts presenting at the general session of the 37th Annual Philadelphia and South Jersey Society for Healthcare Foodservice Administrators Symposium. Cooley's session is titled, "Strategies for Healthcare Reform - Optimism in the Face of Recession."
Michael Donovan, M.B.A., served as an advisor to work with student teams from Allen and Dieruff high schools in preparing for their "We the People: Simulated Congressional Hearings" competition to be held in February. The competition is organized by the Center for Civic Education, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.
Wendy Robb, Ph.D., and Sandra Leh, Ph.D., traveled to Narh-Bita College in Tema, Ghana, West Africa in December as invited speakers at the college's annual matriculation and graduation ceremony. During their stay in Ghana, they presented a workshop to nursing faculty titled, "Issues and Trends in Clinical Nursing Education: A Transcultural Perspective," and collaborated with administrators to expand the existing partnership that was initiated in 2005. They also met with the dean of international relations at the University of Ghana to explore future travel abroad opportunities for all students at Cedar Crest College.
Joan Kern, M.Ed., presented at the One Voice Conference and Forum held in San Diego in December. The title of the presentation was "The Co-teaching Experience: Teachers' Perceptions of Co-Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms."
Micah Sadigh, Ph.D., was invited to present at the National Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, in Florida in January. His presentation, "Teaching a Course in Mind-Body Medicine: Guidelines and Pedagogical Strategies," will be made available to the Cedar Crest Community after the conference. Those interested in notes, handouts, and slides, please send an email to Sadigh at email@example.com.
Marion McCorry, M.F.A., plays Kirsten Dunst's mother, Anne Mc Laughlin, in the recently released film, All Good Things. The film is directed by Andrew Jarecki and includes Ryan Gosling and Frank Langella. All Good Things opened in theatres on Dec. 17.
Sharon Melincavage, RN, and nursing advisor Sandra Axt did a podium presentation at The Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) Conference held in Washington, D.C. The title of their presentation was "Predicting Student Success on NCLEX-RN."
Joan Timalonis, RN, and Sharon Melincavage, RN, did a podium presentation at The Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Education and Science (GANES) Conference held in Washington, D.C. in December. The title of their presentation was "Get Them Out of Rows—Developing Critical Thinking Early in the Curriculum."
Marcia Kalista-Richards, MPH, recently presented at the annual Foundation for the Advancement of Cardio Thoracic Surgical Care (FACTS) Conference held in Washington, D.C. Kalista-Richards' topic was the "Latest Protocols for Nutrition Support of the Patient with Respiratory, Liver and Kidney Failure." The conference was attended by 325 physicians, surgeons, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacists and other cardio-thoracic specialists from around the country.
Tim Brown, M.F.A., was notified that he has been awarded the Outstanding New Forensic Coach Award by the American Forensic Association. The Outstanding New Forensic Coach Award is given out annually to an individual in his/her first five years of coaching who shows leadership in innovations in forensics, as well as a high quality of forensic speech education. This award will be officially presented at the opening assembly of the AFA National Tournament, which will take place in April 2011 in Kearney, Neb.
Suzanne Weaver, MSW, and Kathleen Boland, Ph.D., presented a three-hour continuing education conference on biomedical ethics to the Eastern Pennsylvania American Case Management Association in November. This conference met the educational requirements from the National Association of Case Managers.
Scott Hoke, M.P.A., recently accepted an invitation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to speak at BIA Correctional Summit in Albuquerque, N.M. in November. He will be speaking on effective methods to control inmate behavior.
Arlene Peltola, M.B.A., presented a paper, "Marketing Learning within the Context of an Authentic Business Assignment," to the 33rd Annual Conference of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology at Penn State in October.
Wendy Robb, Ph.D., and Amy Edgar, RN, presented a paper, "Trivium and Quadrivium: Integrating Liberal Arts into the Nursing Curriculum," at the 37th Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development in Baltimore in October. This national conference is sponsored by the Professional Nurse Educators Group.
Michelle Munno, M.F.A., served as performer/dancer for The Princeton Art Council's "Dine by Design" program in October at Johnson and Johnson in Princeton, N.J.
Mae Ann Pasquale, Ph.D., was an invited speaker at the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation's 14th Annual Conference and Meeting in Harrisburg during October. Her topic, "Family Presence During Trauma Resuscitation: Opening Closed Doors," was presented to trauma program medical directors, nurse managers and coordinators from across the state of Pennsylvania.
Kerrie Baker, Ph.D., presented a paper titled, "Can They See It Now: Linking Psychology to Their World," at the 12th Annual MATOP Conference (Mid-Atlantic Teachers of Psychology) in Largo, Md. in October. Diane Moyer, Ph.D., also presented a paper at this same conference titled, "Teaching Positive Psychology."
Amy Metteer-Storer, RN, was a guest lecturer at Lehigh University for graduate students in the course, Introduction to Health Care Systems Engineering. The title of her October presentation was "Nurses: Who Are We, What Are We, Where Are We?"
Nancy Johnston, Ph.D., presented a learning module in the Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Nursing Practice for the St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network in September at the Quakertown Campus. Her topic, "Asking the Burning Clinical Question," engaged 38 nursing staff members to consider potential clinical nursing research projects. Johnston is a volunteer community member of the SLHN Evidence Based Practice Council.
Martine Scannavino, DHSc, made a presentation on safe canning techniques at the 17th Annual Chili Pepper and Heirloom Vegetables Field Days in Bowers, Pa., in September.
Casey McDonough, M.F.A. , Jill Odegaard, M.F.A. , and Brian Wiggins, M.F.A. , have work on display through October 1 in an exhibition titled, "More Serious Business—Art of the Valley," at Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center in Bethlehem. The exhibition includes 56 artists from area colleges and the community.
John Cigliano, Ph.D., along with students Christine Duffey and Sarah Dewey, presented their research at the 24th annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, which was held in Edmonton, Canada, in August. The title of their presentation was "Possible Self-Recruitment of Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Belize." Duffey and Dewey were among a handful of undergraduate students at this international meeting.
Jill Odegaard, M.F.A. , presented a lecture titled, "Pathways in Contemporary Textiles" at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, in August. In conjunction with her lecture Jill facilitated a collaborative community based art project—the North Dakota Textile Project. The outcome of the project will be a one of a kind fabric books compiled of fabric pages stitched and appliqued by workshop participants. These books serve as illustrations of memories associated to textiles as they relate to the cultural heritage of the region.
Under Nancy Johnston, Ph.D.'s guidance in N332 Summer Session II, nursing student Sarah Schopf participated in 21 required off-campus nursing research hours with the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit staff at Lehigh Valley Health Network to collect data. The title of this research is "Self-Extubation: Identifying Common Patient Characteristics." Schopf was a co-presenter with LVHN staff and a biology student from Penn State University at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at Hershey Conference Center in August.
Casey McDonough, M.F.A. , exhibited his most recent work at Hunter College for the month of August, and will return in November as a guest lecturer.
Marion McCorry plays CIA Director Medford in the Angelina Jolie feature film Salt, released in July.
Joy Karnas, Ph.D., and Audrey Ettinger, Ph.D., presented the development and assessment of a unique cross-course laboratory research project utilizing microarray technology at the International Association of Biology Laboratory Educators (ABLE) conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in July. The project was a component of the spring semester Developmental Biology and Molecular Genetics courses.
Michelle Munno M.F.A served as teaching artist this summer for "PAEP"—Philadelphia Arts Enrichment Program at the J.H. Brown School in Philadelphia. There, she taught dance for students in grades k-6.
Thomas Brettell, Ph.D., co-authored a book titled, "Lab Manual for Criminalistics, An Introduction to Forensic Science," 10th Edition. Co-authors: Cliff Meloan, Richard James (deceased), and Richard Saferstein. Published by Prentice-Hall, May 13, 2010.
Nancy DalPezzo, RN, and Nancy Johnston, Ph.D., were selected to give a peer-reviewed podium presentation at the Drexel University Nurse Educator Institute in Myrtle Beach, SC, in June. The presentation centered on results from the HRSA-1 grant study which identified predictors of success for BSN students.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded a new Title II-B Math Science Partnership grant to the Allentown School District, in the amount of $490,633 and renewable for up to three years. The Greater Allentown Math Science Partnership (GAMSP) represents a collaborative effort between the district, Cedar Crest College and other regional higher education institutions, and the Da Vinci Science Center. Following on the success of the Da Vinci Institutes, which were geared toward elementary science teachers, the professional development activities of this new project address the needs of middle school science and math teachers. The 2010 summer science workshop, held on campus in August, focused on chemistry and physics, and supported faculty members Brian Exton, MA, co-investigator for Cedar Crest, and content specialists Marianne Staretz, Ph.D., and Jeanne Berk, Ph.D.