Faculty Scholarship: Spring & Summer 2016

In spring 2016, Michael Fink was invited to Taiwan by the Taiwanese PT Association to share his expertise in differential diagnosis.  The association recognized Mike as “the most well-known expert on this topic.”

While he was in Taiwan, Mike delivered three presentations, as outlined below:

  • “First Rib Mobilization Effects on Neck and Shoulder Dysfunction.”  Invited presentation to faculty & students at the National Taiwan University, April 29th, 2016; Taipei, Taiwan.
  • “Opening the Gates: Maximizing Patient Advocacy through Increased Autonomy.”  Invited Keynote Speech at the Taiwan Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, April 30th, 2016; Taipei, Taiwan.
  • “Is It Really Musculoskeletal? Screening & Differential Diagnosis for Today’s Physical Therapist.”  Invited 2-day lecture/lab course presented to physical therapists at the National Yang-Ming University, May 1st-2nd, 2016; Taipei, Taiwan.

Mike was also invited to write a parent’s perspective commentary in a study that his son participated in through the University of Delaware.  His commentary may be found in Donohoe M, Fink ML. “Commentary on ‘Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Novel Exoskeleton for an Infant With Arm Movement Impairments.'” Pediatric Physical Therapy 2016;28(3):346. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000290.

Carmen Garcia Armero was awarded a Faculty Research and Development Grant in March 2016 which she used to study how gender, trauma, and the intergenerational transmission of traumatic memories are represented in contemporary Spanish literature and film. She also gave a presentation at the VIII International Congress of the Hispanic Association of the Humanities in Madrid, Spain.

Carmen is currently training for certification in MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at UPenn.



Summer 2016 Scholarship

Chris Dolan had two articles accepted for publication, each of which will be published in December 2016:                                                                                                             “Calculation of Goodwill:  Humanitarianism, Strategic Interests, and the U.S. Response to Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines: (Co-authored with Alynna J. Lyon).  Global Security and Intelligence Studies, and                                                                                              “The Obama Foreign Policy Jiu-Jitsu:  The Middle East and Asia and the Pacific. Forthcoming in PS:  Politics and Political Science.  

Chris also has a book chapter scheduled for publication in 2017– “Politics of the Pivot: Obama and the U.S. Re-balance to Asia and the Pacific,” The Obama Legacy (Mike Grossman, ed.)–and he completed the first draft of a book manuscript entitled The Middle Game:  American Foreign Policy in the International Order in the Age of Obama.

Chris had the opportunity to meet with colleagues at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, and he later presented a paper at the United Nations International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy.  His paper, titled “The Higher Education Balance of Power:  States and Competition for Power and Influence In,” was part of a conference dedicated to promoting cultural understanding, global human rights, and world peace.

Sean Droms passed the third actuarial certification exam and completed a statistics course to satisfy another certification requirement.  He also accepted a webmaster position for the regional chapter of the Mathematical Association of America.

Eric Fung taught at the Lancaster International Piano Festival alongside piano professors from Catholic University of America, Beijing Central Conservatory (China) Szechuan Conservatory (China) and the Conservatory of Music in Sassari, Italy.

In August, he gave a performance at the Puigcerda Music Festival in Spain, where he also served on the faculty with professors from Ukraine, Israel, China, and the US. Following the festival in Spain, he went to Bulgaria where he gave two intensive sessions on the music of J. S. Bach to the students of the National Academy of Music in Sofia.

Lou Manza worked with eleven students this past summer on three separate research projects.

Rebecca McCoy spent the summer in Europe on a faculty research grant, working on a project titled “Religion, Memory, and National Identity:  Protestants and Catholics in the French Midi, 1800 – 1870.”  The project addresses the cycles of religious violence and their conclusions.  She also had the opportunity to visit Vienna, Sopron, Krakow, Prague, and eastern Slovakia.

Liz Sterner started her research this summer at LVC, working with two rising juniors and one Research First student. She and the students began two different polymer chemistry/materials science projects:  using multicomponent reactions to prepare complex polymer backbones and preparing dense, 21-arm polymer stars from beta-cyclodextrin cores.  Their research was well received at the 2016 Disappearing Boundaries Conference this past July.

As the faculty mentor of this year’s LVC Brew Crew, Liz also worked with students on designing the recipe for the 2016 Flying Dutchmen Ale that will be served at Homecoming. They also developed a special LVC 150th Anniversary Ale.

Kathleen Tacelosky attended an intensive oral histories workshop in Mexico City and applied what she learned in field research by interviewing transnational students in Puebla, Mexico.  She also met with officials from the Ministry of Education from the state of Puebla’s Binational Education Program to make arrangements for the work she will be doing while on sabbatical in 2017 – 2018.

Tac’s article, “Transnational Students in Mexico:  Summer Writing Workshop as a Way to Improve English Writing Skills,” is currently under review with the International Education Journal:  Comparative Perspectives.

Grant Taylor reviewed Zabet Patterson’s Peripheral Vision:  Bell Labs, the S-C 4020, and the Origins of Computer Art for the journal Technology and Culture. He was also the guest editor for the journal Uncovering News:  Reporting and Forms of New Media Art Media (fall 2016, vol. 12, no. 3).