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Mathematical Physics Research Group Published in Quantum

Finite-Function-Encoding Quantum States,” the results of work done by LVC Mathematical Physics Research Group members Alex Heilman ’19 (physics), Ezekiel Wertz ’18 (physics), and Dr. David Lyons, professor of mathematical sciences, was published in the prestigious peer-reviewed science journal Quantum. This article is joint work with a research group at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.

Dr. Veenhuizen, Jacob Franklin ’23, and Collin Barker ’19 Publish Student-Faculty Research

Student researcher Jacob Franklin ’23 (physics) and alumnus Collin Barker ’19 (physics) are co-authors with Dr. Keith Veenhuizen, assistant professor of physics, on an article published in the peer-reviewed journal Optical Materials. Dr. Veenhuizen is the lead author of the article, “The role of glass composition in the 3D laser fabrication of lithium niobate single crystal in lithium niobosilicate glass,” which explains how glass composition controls the nucleation and growth of crystals in glass and how this can be leveraged to create single crystals, a valuable result for making single crystal architectures in glass for optical applications. Co-authors of the article also include collaborators from Lehigh University and Corning Incorporated.

Dr. Davis Presents Pair of Sessions at State Conference

Dr. Sharon Davis, director of music education and associate professor of music, presented two sessions at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association annual conference in early April. She presented her first session, “Modern Band in the Classroom: Performing, Creating, and Assessment,” with three graduates of the Modern Band Certificate Program, Dan Brenner ’02, Dean Packard-Howey ’16, and Kayla Kurtz. Brenner and Packard-Howey also earned their bachelor’s at LVC. Dr. Davis also presented on the “Redefining General Music” panel discussion. 

Barraclough Performs with Canonico ’14 and Lancaster ’18

Michelle Barraclough, adjunct instructor in flute, performed with LVC music alumni at two recent events. She first performed with the Harrisburg Camerata, a newly formed professional choir co-conducted by Tyler Canonico ’14. Next, she performed in a school production of Beauty and the Beast that Kyra Lancaster ’18 music directed.

Sydney Petrasic ’21 Presents at Regional Conference

Sydney Petrasic ’21 (neuroscience) presented “Intellectual Humility: Connections to Reasoning, Cognitive Attitudes, and Irrational Beliefs” at the 2022 Eastern Psychological Association Conference in New York City. Petrasic’s presentation was the result of student-faculty research with Dr. Lou Manza, chair and professor of psychology, and psychology majors Margaret Mailey ’24, Jordan Stum ’23, Molly Faron ’23 (psychology and sociology), Sydney Fitzgerald, and Ashley Dotey ’21. The researchers found that “Conspirational beliefs were correlated with being overconfident in one’s intellectual skills—but not with logical reasoning ability.”

Erin Martin ’20 Publishes First Book

Erin Martin ’20, music education, writing under the name E.R. Martin, published her first novel, Dawn of Fire.

Dr. Dietrich Conducts District 7 Orchestra

Dr. Johannes Dietrich, Newton and Adelaide Burgner Endowed Professor of Music and director of the LVC Symphony Orchestra, recently conducted the PMEA District 7 Orchestra. More than 100 high school students from southcentral Pennsylvania participated in the festival which was hosted by Eastern York High School and Amanda Fortney ’02, M’14, orchestra director. The program included the Pennsylvania premiere of Stella Sung’s “The Phoenix Rising” and Steven Amundson’s “Longing for Your Return.”  

Dr. Orlando ’19, D’21 Published on NAPA

Dr. Catherine “Kate” Orlando ’19, D’21 (exercise science and physical therapy) recently published “Play Therapy: Purposeful Fun for Your Child,” on the NAPA Center website. Dr. Orlando, a physical therapist who joined the NAPA Center in Los Angeles, Calif., after her sixth-year clinical in spring 2021, works with her colleagues to serve children with neurological and developmental needs.

Four Alumni Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar

Cassidy Decosmo, Esq., ’18, Caitlyn Dryden, Esq., ’18, Adam Filbert, Esq., ’18, and Andrew Luch, Esq., ’18 were admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced on Oct. 15. Decosmo, Dryden, and Luch graduated from LVC with degrees in political science, and Filbert earned his undergraduate degree in digital communications.

Dr. Kitchen Publishes Student-Faculty Research with Gettysburg Colleagues

Experimental Psychology published the research of Dr. Michael Kitchens, professor of psychology. “Be Responsible? Priming “Responsibility” and the Bystander Effect in a Field Setting” in Experimental Psychology was conducted by Dr. Kitchens, Kristie E. Houck ’22, Sydney E. Petrasic ’22, Ethan H. Schultz ’21, Sierra S. Sheriff ’21, John O. Underwood ’21, Daymond N. Zweizig ’21, and colleagues and students from Gettysburg College.