Archive for September 2022

Dr. Benesch Presents at International Popper Conference

Dr. Philip Benesch, chair of social sciences and associate professor of political science, presented a paper, “The Religious Neutrality Principle in the Governance of an Open Society,” at an international conference on noted philosopher Karl Popper. The conference, which featured presentations from scholars based in the U.S., United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, France, Poland, Israel, and Australia, was coordinated from the United Kingdom. Dr. Benesch, who is also LVC’s director of pre-law and external scholarships and fellowships programs, examined “Lockean and Rule of Law principles requiring the separation of church and state, and drew from these principles ethico-legal arguments for privacy and equality in adult consensual relations, and for abortion rights” in his paper and presentation. 

Dr. Marshall Cited in Philadelphia Inquirer Story

Dr. Colleen Marshall, chair and associate professor of nursing, was quoted throughout a recent Philadelphia Inquirer story, “Why the nursing shortage isn’t going away anytime soon.” In the article, which originally published on The 19th, notes that “The country will need more than 203,000 new registered nurses through 2026…” Dr. Marshall discussed several reasons behind the shortage, include the effect of travel nurses.

Dr. Taylor’s Therapeutic Photography Curriculum Taught in Michigan

The Seeing Lens, the therapeutic photography curriculum created by Dr. Grant D. Taylor, chair of creative arts and professor of art & art history, was selected for inclusion in a Michigan district. Dr. Taylor’s innovative curriculum, first created in partnership with the Lebanon VA Medical Center, will be taught in the Veterans Treatment Court of the 19th Judicial District Court of Michigan. The work produced by the students in Dr. Taylor’s classes has been exhibited at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and was trialed by Veterans Affairs centers nationally, including in Palo Alto, Calif., and Memphis, Tenn.

Professor Barraclough’s Article Published

Michelle Barraclough, adjunct instructor of music (flute), published “Welcome to the Big Pond: Some Advice for First-Year College Students” in the international online flute magazine The Babel Flute. The magazine reaches readers in 143 countries and can be translated into 76 languages. 

Dr. Josephson Publishes Articles at AIER

Dr. Kimberlee Josephson, associate professor of business administration, has had several pieces published by the American Institute for Economic Research including: “Why Political Interference in Big Tech Continues to be a Big Mistake,” “The Rise of ESG, Replacing Strategy with Standards,” “Why Workplace Skills Rather Than Leadership Strategies Should be Prioritized,” and “Work Won’t Love you Back.”

Dr. Yüce Featured Speaker at International Peace Conference

Dr. Can Bahadır Yüce, assistant professor of history, was a featured speaker for the 2022 International Peace Symposium on Sept. 17. Dr. Yüce’s talk highlighted “Turkey and the rise of authoritarian regimes.”

Dr. Gramm Co-authors Textbook Chapter

Dr. Warren Gramm, director of music education and assistant professor of music, co-authored a chapter for “General Music: Dimensions of Practice,” which was edited by Carlos Abril and Brent Gaul. Dr. Gramm and his co-author, Dr. Gareth Dylan Smith, assistant professor of music and music education at Boston University, wrote the textbook’s fifth chapter, “Pedagogical Approaches in Modern Band,” which focuses on expanding access and inclusivity through student-centered pedagogies in the music classroom.  

Dr. Dolan Co-authors Madrid Op-ed

Dr. Chris J. Dolan, professor of political science, published “NATO After Madrid: A Strategic Concept or Strategic Ambiguity,?” in Tempos Novos on September 3. The piece, co-authored by Dr. Jared Larson, explores the consequences of NATO’s Strategic Concept that was developed at the Madrid Summit in June.

Dr. Pitonyak’s Research Leads to Open-Access Article and Animation for High School Students

During the past few months, Dr. Daniel Pitonyak, assistant professor of physics, worked with Futurum Careers to create an open-access article and animation regarding his nuclear physics research.  The project was made possible by funding from Dr. Pitonyak’s National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.  Futurum is a free online resource and magazine aimed at encouraging 14–19 year-olds worldwide to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEM), and social sciences, humanities, and the arts for people and the economy (SHAPE).

Dr. Lappas and Nicholas Coyne ’22 Publish in European Journal of Health Psychology

Dr. Courtney Lappas, professor of biology, and Nicholas Coyne ’22 (biology) published “Do Physicians Prefer Natural Drugs? The Natural Versus Synthetic Drug Bias in Physicians” in the European Journal of Health Psychology with two professional colleagues. The study demonstrates that physicians and non-physicians exhibit a bias for natural versus synthetic drugs, with physicians also demonstrating a bias for prescribing natural drugs. However, this bias is reduced in physicians compared to non-physicians when a “no preference” option is available, suggesting that advanced medical and/or scientific training may be beneficial in minimizing this naturalness bias.