R. Troy Boyer, adjunct instructor in history and American studies, published a chapter, “Farm, Town, and Country in American Folklore and Folklife,” in The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife. Boyer also contributed a chapter, “Agriculture and Industries,” to a recently-published definitive work on Pennsylvania Dutch culture, Pennsylvania Germans, published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Dr. Jenna Marx, assistant professor of psychology, published “Nothing alien about it: A comparison of weight bias in preschool-aged children’s ratings of non-human cartoons and human figures” in the Journal of Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Marx, a licensed clinical psychologist and the department’s internship director, noted that “media exposes children to weight-biased messaging by presenting overweight characters negatively.” Her study found that preschool children demonstrated weight bias when assigning personality characteristics to images, with “overweight figures consistently rated more negatively than non-overweight figures, regardless of gender, stimulus type, or novelty of the image.”
Dr. Fabricio Silva, assistant professor of Spanish, presented “Democracy in Brazil: The Return of Phantoms and the New [Democ]tarian Discourse of Jair Messias Bolsonaro at Texas Tech University in early October. Silva presented during the Language, Image, Power: Luso-Hispanic Cultural Studies Theory and Practice Conference, which featured speakers from North and South America, including Princeton University.
Edward Walsh, Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, editor for the South-Eastern Catholic History, the journal of the Essex Recusant Society, recently reviewed Dr. Gabriela McEvoy’s La experiencia invisible. Immigrantes irlandeses en el Perú for the Irish Migration Studies in Latin America journal. Walsh called the book by McEvoy, chair of languages and associate professor of Spanish, a “fascinating study” and “great read.”
Dr. Alan Walker, assistant professor of exercise science, recently co-authored three research publications, including a pair in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. His published research focused on Biomarker Response to a Competitive Season in Division I Female Soccer Players, Running Economy and its Correlation to Performance and Fitness Variables in Recreationally-Trained Distance Runners, and Contextual Factors Influencing External and Internal Training Loads in Collegiate Men’s Soccer.
Adam Brossman ’08, arguably the greatest wide receiver to ever suit up for LVC football, and Stacey Hollinger, LVC’s associate director of athletics and senior women’s administrator, will be inducted into the Central Chapter PA Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 11. Brossman holds several season receiving records and three career records: receiving yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns. Hollinger, now an administrator, is the all-time winningest coach in LVC softball history with 428 wins and four MAC Commonwealth Championships. She was also an assistant coach for LVC field hockey, helping lead the squad to a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances.
Dr. Dan Pitonyak, assistant professor of physics, presented a poster, “What Are We Made Of” at Start Talking Science in Philadelphia Sept. 26. Start Talking Science is a free, public event where STEM researchers present posters detailing their work to a general audience to foster insightful conversations and connections and increase public interest in cutting-edge STEM research. Pitonyak discussed how his research in high-energy nuclear physics can explore the most fundamental pieces of matter.
Dr. Kathleen Tacelosky, professor of Spanish, continues to share her research, which began in 2010 with a Fulbright Scholar Grant in Puebla, Mexico and continued with a second Fulbright Award to Zacatecas, Mexico in the 2018–2019 academic year. She gave the keynote address “Education and Languages in an Age of Globalization,” at the Language and Society Conference of the International Sociological Association and by the UNESCO Janusz Korczak Chair in Warsaw Poland, earlier this month. Tacelosky’s research on students who children who return to Mexico after having lived and been educated in the U.S., involved interviewing families in Mexico, and led to her developing a curriculum to train teachers. See the Seattle Times article “Life After Deportation” to learn more.
Dr. Grant Taylor, professor of art & art history, had two articles published relating to digital culture. In the first, “JOB FROM MOLNAR: Pioneering Computer-Generated Prints,” Taylor discusses early computer-generated works that “reflect the world of data processing and storage, or the science of “informatics,” in the early 1970s. In the latter, “Curating the American Algorists: Digital Art and National Identity,” he shares “details of the curating strategies and central premise behind the 2013 traveling exhibition The American Algorists: Linear Sublime. Taylor curated the exhibition in the Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery and at the Flatiron Gallery IN New York City that year.
“JOB FROM MOLNAR: Pioneering Computer-Generated Prints,” Art in Print, Volume 8, No 5. 2019.
“Curating The American Algorists: Digital Art and National Identify,” Arts, Volume 8, no 3. 2019.