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Faculty Scholarship & Professional Engagement: Summer        2015


  • Tyler Bauer '15 has been named a CoSIDA Academic All-American for the third consecutive year. This is the second straight year he has been a first team Academic All-American. Read More
  • Kathy Harring, dean of institutional assessment and academic planning, received an Alumni Citation from Franklin and Marshall College for her contributions to higher education in the area of teaching, learning assessment and psychology. The award was presented during Reunion Weekend June 5-7, 2015.
  • Jen Jarson (Trexler Library) & Lora Taub-Pervizpour (Media & Comm.) presented a paper, Infoglut or Information Literacy? Using Blended Learning for Student Research in "New Information Technologies" at the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference at Bryn Mawr College, May 20-21.


  • The accounting program was recently honored by for Best Bachelors and Associate in Accounting Programs. Read More


  • Benjamin Carter, assistant professor of anthropology, presented his work entitled "Destandardization of Shell Bead Production among the Manteño-Guancavilca (A.D. 800-1532) as a Social and Economic Process" at the "Technology: Ideology, Economics and Power in the Andes" conference at University College London.


  • Dan Klem and Peter Saenger, from the Acopian Center for Ornithology,, presented their recent findings on bird-friendly glass at Acadia University in Canada. They also served on counsel of the Wilson Ornithological Society (Saenger) and as chair of the Ornithological Committee (Klem).
  • Bruce Wightman, professor of biology, published "A Transparent Window into Biology: A Primer on Caenorhabditis elegans" in the June 2015 issue of Genetics. The article is an introduction to the entire field of C. elegans research and co-written by Ann Corsi of Catholic University and Martin Chalfie of Columbia University. Read More
  • Peter Saenger, Acopian Ornthological Specialist in the biology department, led a workshop and bird walk for the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society. Two teams of youth spotted and counted 40 species and 344 birds. Saenger concluded the day leading a tour of the Acopian Center for Ornithology.

Business Administration

  • Roland Kushner associate professor of business, is cited in a historical review of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in the Summer 2015 Wildlife Activist. Read More

Computer Science

  • Clif Kussmaul , associate professor of computer science, was a facilitator in a 3-day workshop for high school computer science teachers funded by a grant from Google and held at Haverford College July 20-22.
  • Muhlenberg College hosted the POGIL Northeast Regional meeting, which was attended by over 60 institutions a wide range of disciplines and participants from as far away as California, Ottawa and Singapore.


  • Art Raymond, professor of economics and finance, was the opening speaker at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank conference. The topic was the teaching of economics and assessment of students.
  • Art Raymond, professor of economics and finance, was chief reader and managed the scoring of more than 120,000 Advanced Placement exams in Macroeconomics in Cincinnati. Raymond supervised 145 professors and teachers of economics.


  • Jim Bloom Jim Bloom, professor of English, presented a paper titled "Identity and Its Discontents in The Last Tycoon" at the Thirteenth International F. Scott Fitzgerald Society's Conference in Waterford, Ireland.
  • David Rosenwasser and Jill Stephen, of the English department, offered a three-day workshop on writing to 20 faculty members at Grinnell College in Iowa.


  • Daniel Wilson, professor of history, published a book review of "Paralysed with Fear: The Story of Polio," by Gareth Williams. Read More

Inst. for Jewish-Christian Understanding

  • Peter A. Pettit, IJCU and religion studies, served as co-convener and resource person for the inaugural study trip of Interfaith Partners for Peace. He also led a workshop in Abington for Presbyterians and Reform Jews in dialogue about Israel. Read More

Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

  • Luba Iskold, professor of Russian, presented "Cross-cultural Collaboration: Learning from the Peers in the Cloud" at the CALICO 2015 Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 26-30. Read More

Media and Communication

  • John Sullivan has published an article entitled "Transporting television in space and time: The export of Doctor Who to the United States in the 1970s and 1980s." The article was published in the Journal of British Cinema and Television (Volume 12, Issue 3). Read More
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, gave an invited paper "Faulty Reception: The Institutional Roots of U.S. Communication Research's Neglect of Public Sphere Scholarship," at the 12th annual History of Economics as History of Social Science conference at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, Paris.
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, was the main organizer of the second annual Society for the History of Recent Social Science conference, held at Harvard University. Read more: Read More
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, gave a paper, "A Cultural Approach to James W. Carey: To Europe and Back with Clifford Geertz and John Dewey," at the International Communication Association meeting in Puerto Rico.
  • Jeff Pooley, chair and associate professor of media and communication, published a 2500-word post on a prominent media and communications site. Read More


  • Doug Ovens, professor of music, traveled to Sweden and Finland for the College Music Society International Conference. His composition, Piano Resonances, which premiered at Muhlenberg in Sept, was performed at the Sibelius Institute in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Michael Schnack, full-time lecturer in music, received an award for his choral work "Weisst du" (on a text by Rilke) in the 2nd International Competition of Choral Composition in Florence. The jury was chaired by Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. Read More
  • Michael Schnack, full-time lecturer in music, led three workshop sessions in choral jazz singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria.


  • Judith Parker (Lecturer in Physics) gave a presentation titled, Learning and Experiencing in a Hybrid Astronomy Course, at the Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference at Bryn Mawr College, May 20-21.

Staff Activites

  • Rachel Hamelers, head of public outreach and information literacy for Trexler Library, presented a poster entitled "Active and Flipped: Introducing First Semester Biology Students to Scientific Communication" at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Rachel Hamelers, head of public outreach and information literacy services at Trexler Library was a panelist at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco. The topic was "how five college librarians have used the Framework for Information Literacy on their campuses."
  • Tama Tamarkin, part-time counselor in admissions, was awarded the George Feldman Achievement Award for Young Leadership at the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley Community Celebration and Annual Meeting. Rabbi Melissa B. Simon, Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain offered the D'var Torah at the event.
  • Kelly Cannon, Susan Falciani, Rachel Hamelers and Jen Jarson (Trrexler Library) presented Step off the Stage: Guiding Student Learning with Creative Instructional Techniques at the Connecticut Information Literacy Conference.

Student Activities

  • Chad Schwartz organized bird walks with 300+ 3rd graders of the Whitehall-Copley school district last week.

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