Michael Kitchens co-authored an empirical article with Steve Buzinski, LVC alum, former basketball star, and former teaching fellow in the Psychology Department. Their article, “Self-regulation and social pressure reduce prejudiced responding and increase the motivation to be non-prejudiced,” was published in the Journal of Social Psychology. An online version of this article may be accessed at the following link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00224545.2016.1263595.
Anderson (Andy) Marsh was recently appointed to a newly formed committee of the ACS Division of Chemical Education’s Examinations Institute. This committee is responsible for producing the 2019 Physical Chemistry Examinations. Kristen Murphy, director of the ACS Chemical Education’s Examination Institute, wrote, “The appointment to this committee is a significant recognition of stature in the chemistry education community, and is an important, creative professional activity.”
The co-authored book by Jeff Robbins and Noelle Vahanian (with Ward Blanton and Clayton Crockett), The Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics (Columbia University Press, 2016) has been named to the Choice Outstanding Academic Titles list for 2016.
Jeff Robbins’ Radical Theology: A Vision for Change (Indiana University Press, 2016) has been nominated to the American Academy of Religion for an Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of “Constructive-Reflective Studies.”
Kristen Boeshore and collaborators from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of Miami have published a manuscript in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience entitled “Cocaine promotes primary human astrocyte proliferation via JNK-dependent up-regulation of cyclin A2.” Previous work from the NIDA research group and others has shown that astrocytes, a population of support cells in the brain, are stimulated to divide when treated with cocaine, while neurons die. The newly published work elucidates part of the cocaine-induced biomolecular signaling cascade within astrocytes that results in their division. Alterations in neuron and astrocyte numbers resulting from chronic cocaine use is likely to be part of the neuroplasticity underlies the drug-seeking behavior associated with addiction.
Eric Fung just returned from a trip to China where he gave masterclasses and lectures at The Hong Kong Baptist University, Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou, and Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu.
Yountae An attended the annual meeting of the American Academic of Religion in San Antonio, Texas. At this meeting, he responded to three scholars who served on a panel dedicated to his book, The Decolonial Abyss. In addition, he responded to four presenters on a panel entitled “Global Catholicism.”
Jeff Robbins gave a public lecture on “The Future of Theology” for the Westar Institute as a part of the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Antonio.
Barbara McNulty, director of the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, and LVC Art & Visual Culture student Sarah Johnson ’18, presented a joint paper in the session “Developing Innovative Projects, Practices, and Programs in the Academic Setting” at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) Annual Meeting, Wilmington, Delaware, October 20-22. They discussed creative approaches for collaborating with fellow faculty, undergraduate students, educational programming and the use of new technology in the spring exhibition LVC Reimagined: Transformative Architecture. Directors and students from The Juniata Museum of Art and The Schmucker Gallery at Gettysburg College joined them on the panel.
Marianne Goodfellow, Associate Professor of Sociology, was honored for her work as president of the Pennsylvania Sociological Society (PSS) at the 66th Annual Meeting. The conference was held at Bloomsburg University on October 28-29, 2016. Prior to serving as president and president-elect, Marianne served the PSS as treasurer from 2007 to 2010.
LVC alum Durrell Martin, class of 2008, delivered the keynote address, “Police and Power: What Can Academia Learn from History? Adjunct instructor and LVC alum Teddi Sakellarides led a roundtable discussion on “Exploring Masculinities in the Sociology Classroom,” and undergraduate Tamara Baldwin presented her poster entitled “Do Staged Scenarios of Racism Impact Student’s Willingness to be Engaged Bystanders: A Case Study.”
The theme of this year’s conference was Sociology and Social Justice: Understanding and Action. The cover design for the program was produced by LVC Digital Communications undergraduate Matthew Healy.
Bob Valgenti and Noelle Vahanian are among the contributors to a special edition of the Los Angeles Review of Books dedicated to the Italian philosopher Gianni Vattimo. Valgenti submitted an essay titled “Gianni Vattimo: An Accomplished Nihilist,” and Vahanian wrote on Vattimo’s religion.
Gabriela McEvoy presented a paper entitled “The Big Shot of Irish in Peru” at the New England American Conference for Irish Studies at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy at Buzzards Bay, MA. on November 4, 2016.
This presentation addressed the question of how Irish immigrants played an important role in Peruvian’s economy, national politics, and culture. McEvoy’s paper aimed to answer this question by examining William R. Grace and John Patrick Gallagher’s socio-economic development in Peruvian society.
Congratulations to Holly Wendt, whose poem ” That the True Owner May Have It Again” was nominated by The Coil for the Best of the Net Award. We wish Holly the best of luck during the awards process.
Jen Kanupka and Katie Oriel were featured on Good Day PA (October 10, 2016). They discussed the benefits of the adapted rock climbing program they designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. LVC physical therapy students assisted with the development and implementation of the program, and education students recorded data throughout the program in order to measure outcomes. The adapted climbing program is just one of Katie and Jen’s interdisciplinary research projects which focus on exploring the benefits of participation in community-based activities for children with disabilities.
Holly Wendt is currently collaborating with LVC student Travis Hall on a series of posts Hall is writing and contributing to The Classical where Wendt is a member of the editorial team. Hall, a hockey player and aspiring sports writer, is writing about the NHL season. His work may be found at http://theclassical.org.
Robert Machado has been working with Malcolm Lazin, LVC Trustee Emeritus, and Tom Hanrahan, Director of Editorial Standards to create Lazin’s Wikipedia page. Lazin, an LVC graduate, is a social activist, prosecutor, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the recipient of many awards, including the U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award (the Department of Justice’s highest honor) and the Creative Leadership in Human Rights Award from the National Education Association. Lazin is the founder and executive director of Equality Forum, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that coordinates LGBT History Month, produces documentary films, undertakes high-impact initiatives and annually presents an international LGBT civil rights summit.
Jeff Robbins has been named to the Board of Directors for the Westar Institute (https://www.westarinstitute.org). The Westar Institute is dedicated to fostering and communicating the results of cutting-edge scholarship on religion. It is a non-profit, public-benefit research and educational organization that bridges the gap between scholarship about religion and the perception of religion in popular culture. Since its founding in 1986, Westar has conducted a series of innovative seminars on the historical Jesus, the Acts of the Apostles, the apostle Paul, and other topics. Currently, Westar scholars are conducting seminars on the origins of the Christian tradition and God and the human future.