Faculty Scholarship & Collaborations

Gary Grieve-Carlson organized and chaired two well-attended panels on “Poetry and History” at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Baltimore on March 24, and delivered a paper at the same conference on March 25: “Who Killed the Duke of Gloucester? History in Shakespeare’s Richard II.”

David Lyons and Scott Walck’s summer research students resulted in the recent co-authorship of four students on the article “Local Pauli stabilizers of symmetric hypergraph states,” accepted and soon to appear in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical. The students are Nathaniel P. Gibbons ‘18 (Mathematics and Physics), Mark A. Peters ‘17 (Actuarial Science and Mathematics), Daniel J. Upchurch ‘16 (Physics), and Ezekiel W. Wertz ‘18 (Physics).

Jeff Robbins was a keynote speaker at “Wake: A Boutique Cultural Festival” curated by Peter Rollins.  The festival was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Robbins gave two public lectures and a public interview conducted by Barry Taylor on the subject of Robbins’ latest book, Radical Theology: A Vision for Change.


Faculty News

Barbara McNulty will be presenting at the  Cyprus Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus this May.  Her paper is titled ,“Ambiguous Identities: The Portrait of Maria and Her Family in the Church of Panagia Theotokos, Kakopetria.”

She has also been selected to jury the 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition to be held at Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College, June 1 through June 23, 2017.

Jim Scott assisted Peter C. Appelbaum in selecting, editing, and translating poems for the recent publication Broken Carousel: German Jewish Soldier-Poets of the Great War

English adjunct Curtis Smith has two stories in the forthcoming W.W. Norton anthology, New Microfictions. The stories first appeared in Beasts and Men, his latest story collection from Press 53.

Liz Sterner, her husband, and Michelle Rasmussen participated in the Lancaster March for Science on April 22. Meanwhile in Philadelphia, Cindy Johnston, her son Matt and daughter-in-law participated in the march.

Faculty Scholarship and Collaborations

Ann Berger-Knorr and ECE/SPE students Cara Dowzicky and Chelsea Bear had an article titled “Female Game Changers of the 20th Century:  Picture Book Biographies and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award” accepted for publication by Pennsylvania Reads:  The Journal of the Keystone State Reading Association.

Robert “Troy” Boyer, adjunct instructor in religion, served as a panelist in the annual Durnbaugh Seminar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies of Elizabethtown College. This year’s seminar concerned “Object Lessons:  The Meanings of Pennsylvania German Life and Culture” and focused on multidisciplinarity in a “new” Pennsylvania German studies.

John Hinshaw and Ivette Guzmán Zavala curated an exhibition titled Dutchirican: A Latino History of Central Pennsylvania, which is open to the public until May 10 at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society. Based on their research and interviews with Latinos in the area, Dutchirican narrates part of a story that has been ignored by traditional scholarship.

The exhibit explains some of the reasons Latinos choose to work and live here, work, faith, and seeking a better future, as well as the deep roots this community has in Central Pennsylvania. Latino roots run deep in Pennsylvania, stretching back to the American revolution and include medal of honor winners in the Civil War.  The exhibit looks into some groups that continue to expand, such as Puerto Rican Mennonites, while showing examples of photography by Frank Espada, Rolfe Ross and Guzmán Zavala herself. The traveling exhibition will have its opening reception at the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery on June 29, 2017.


Faculty Scholarship and Collaborations

Rachel Albert presented research at the Society of Research on Child Development’s biennial meeting in Austin, Texas in April. Her symposium “Object labeling from the infant perspective” included a talk with data analyzed by students in the Psych 325: Child Development Laboratory course last fall. Rachel also presented a poster “More than baby talk: Imitation reorganizes infant perception” which included ongoing work by the LVC Baby Lab. LVC research assistants Austin Martinez and Emily Schlusser collected some of the data for this project.

Finally, she presented a poster with student co-author Katie Frace at the Eastern Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Boston. Psychology students Maureen Fleming and Alyssa Potosnak also presented posters at EPA with faculty mentor Lou Manza. 

Don Dahlberg just returned from Los Angeles where he presented a three day hands-on workshop at the Getty Museum on the use of Chemometrics in Art Conservation Science.  There were 21 scientific participants in the workshop, mostly from the Getty Conservation Institute.  The Getty Conservation Institute works to advance conservation practice in the visual arts. It serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the broad dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the Getty Conservation Institute focuses on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

An Yountae been selected to participate in the 4 week long NEH (National Endowment for Humanities) Summer Institute on “Challenges of Teaching World Religions” which will take place from July 9 to August 4 in Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN.

Scholarship and Creativity

Shelly Moorman-Stahlman performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Maine Pro Musica Orchestra in Rockford, Maine on March 11. She also recently served as a judge for the American Guild of Organists Competition in Philadelphia and for the Lancaster Women’s Symphony Youth Instrumental Competition.

Cathy Romagnolo will have an article published in the the summer issue of Storyworlds. The title of her article is ”Naturally Flawed?: Gender, Race, and the Unnatural in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.”

Faculty Scholarship

Holly Wendt is a weekly contributor to Baseball Prospectus’s brand new Short Relief column.  Short Relief is “a series of shortform articles by various writers, concerned primarily with the aesthetic, the metaphorical, and the ridiculous aspects of baseball as an unproductive labor that induces such devotion and contentment.” (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/column/short_relief/)

In Holly’s first installment (March 6), she used Yoko Ogawa’s novel The Housekeeper and the Professor (to which she was introduced to by Terri Rosenberg’s World Lit III course). The week of March 13, she wrote a pastiche of “The Charge of the Light  Brigade.”


Faculty Collaborations

Elizabeth Sterner and Megan Potteiger presented their talk “Plickers: Simple, Effective Classroom Polling” at the 3rd annual Lancaster Learns conference at Elizabethtown College on February 24th. This conference seeks to promote quality teaching and learning by building capacity for evidence-based pedagogy and learner-centered instruction across higher education institutions in the region. Other faculty and staff in attendance included Rachel Albert, Daniel Clark, Valbona Hoxha, Kelly Miller, and Cathy Romagnolo.


Scholarship, Collaboration, and Awards

R. Troy Boyer’s chapter “Agriculture and Industries” is included in the 2017 publication  Pennsylvania Germans:  An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Johns Hopkins University Press).  This chapter examines the contribution of Pennsylvania Germans to farming and their history in certain manufactures in both the ethnic cultural hearth area in southeastern Pennsylvania and in what has been termed the Pennsylvania Dutch “diaspora” communities in other parts of North America.

Shannon Brandt, Todd Snovel, and Beth Julian presented on “College Rocks,” the interactive online summer course they developed in 2016 to equip incoming students with the knowledge and self-awareness to become successful first-year students.  The team presented first at the 43rd Annual Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference (DVSAC) in Philadelphia, a regional conference for educators in the greater Delaware Valley. They then flew to Atlanta, Georgia and presented at the national First Year Experience (FYE) Conference.

Congratulations to Becky Urban, who recently received the Exemplary Teacher Award given by the the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Becky received this award not only for her outstanding teaching, but also for her work to promote environmental concerns.

Further kudos to Laura Eldred who was named a semi-finalist for the Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars award sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.  

Recent Faculty Publications

Paul Fullmer’s article “Judith (Book and Person) Septuagint/Old Testament” will appear in Volume 14 of the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR) to be released in March 2017 (ISBN 978-3-11-031331-4).  The projected thirty-volume encyclopedia is intended to serve as a comprehensive guide to the current state of knowledge on the background, origins, and development of the canonical texts of the Bible as they were accepted in Judaism and Christianity. Unprecedented in breadth and scope, this encyclopedia also documents the history of the Bible’s interpretation and reception across the centuries, not only in Judaism and Christianity, but also in literature, visual art, music, film, and dance, as well as in Islam and other religious traditions and new religious movements.

Jeff Robbins’ article, “Harvey Cox Revisited: The Continued Case for a Theology of Technology,” was published in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Vol. 100, No. 1).  As indicated by the volume number, this special issue of the journal marks its 100 year anniversary.