Faculty Presentations

(June 2010 to present)

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.

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.

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.

Michelle Munno 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.

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.

Marion McCorry plays CIA Director Medford in the Angelina Jolie feature film Salt, released in July.

Casey McDonough, MFA, exhibited his most recent work at Hunter College for the month of August, and will return in November as a guest lecturer.

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.

Jill Odegaard, MFA, 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.

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.

Casey McDonough, MFA, Jill Odegaard, MFA, and Brian Wiggins, MFA, 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.

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.