Archive for the ‘Faculty Scholarship’ Category.

Michael Fay Featured in New York Times

Michael Fay, adjunct instructor in art, was featured in a New York Times story, “In the Marines, a Connection Between Art and Combat.” Fay, a Marine who served in Iraq, “turned to art, snapping photos and painting those scenes to remember and pay tribute to the fallen Marines,” according to the author. Fay’s paintings now hang in the Combat Art Gallery of the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

 

 

 

Dr. Dolan Inks Facebook Op-Ed and Finalizes Tome on Obama through Rowan & Littlefield

Dr. Chris Dolan, chair of history, politics, & global studies, published “Holding Facebook accountable” on The Hill. Dolan’s opinion piece explored the company’s response to recent news that one of their partners, a data firm, had taken advantage of the data and privacy of more than 50 million users. His book, Obama and the Emergence of a Multipolar World: Redefining U.S. Foreign Policy, will be published by Rowan & Littlefield in 2018.

2018 PERC Campus Sustainability Champions

Kelly Jacobs ’18, an economics major and politics minor, and Dr. Rebecca Urban, associate professor of biology and director of environmental science, were recently named 2018 PERC Campus Sustainability Champions. “The Campus Sustainability Champion title is awarded to students, faculty, administrators, and staff of Pennsylvania colleges and universities who have made meaningful contributions benefiting social, economic and/or environmental sustainability on their campus, in their community, or in society at large. Contributions can be in areas of teaching, research, co-curricular programs, campus culture, community service, and campus operations, including food recovery.”

Kelly was nominated for her work on the Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) and as a SAC data intern, compiling the College’s Annual Carbon Footprint. Kelly also founded the student Environmental Club and served as its president for several years. Kelly will graduate in May and plans to attend graduate school to continue her studies of sustainability.

Dr. Urban was nominated for her work on the Sustainability Advisory Committee and for leading the creation of the environmental science major. She is the driving force behind the annual Earth Days activities, and was instrumental in developing the environmental science major and curriculum. In addition, she created the proposal to designate 20 acres on the north side of campus as the Wood Thrush Research Preserve. The new serves as an academic resource for faculty and students. Preserving the area will open up even more opportunities for future classes, individual research, and environmental initiatives.

Dr. Broussard Interviewed by LVC Alum for American Conservative

Dr. James Broussard, professor of history, was interviewed by Charles McElwee ’11 for an article he wrote for American Conservative. Dr. Broussard, in his role as director of the College’s Center for Political History, was quoted in “Heinz, Santorum, and the GOP’s Working Class Legacy in Pennsylvania.”

Dr. Keith Veenhuizen to Participate in Corning Glass Summit in June 2018

Dr. Keith Veenhuizen, assistant professor of physics, has been invited to attend the 2018 Corning Glass Summit to be held in early June at Corning Incorporated. The Corning Glass Summit is a technical conference that brings together glass researchers from industry and academia to discuss the state of the art in glass science and manufacturing.

Pianist Dr. Eric Fung Performs Live on WRTI

Dr. Eric Fung, associate professor of music, performed live on Temple University’s WRTI 90.1 Feb. 26. Fung, a Steinway artist, performed in honor of the company’s 165th anniversary. He played “Overture” from J.S. Bach’s Overture in the French manner, the first movement of Mozart’s Sonata in A-minor, the Intermezzo in A-minor of Brahms, and Debussy’s “La Vent dans la Plaine.”

Dr. Mukunda M. Ghimire Co-Authors Article in Distinguished ACS Journal

Dr. Mukunda M. Ghimire, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored “Mechanistic Investigations of Photo-induced Oxygenation of Ru(II) Bis-bipyridyl Flavonolate Complexes,” in Inorganic Chemistry, an American Chemical Society publication. Dr. Ghimire, with his co-authors from Baylor University, Stephen F. Austin State University, and University of North Texas concluded:

 

A series of Ru(II) bis-bipyridyl flavonolate complexes undergo oxidative cleavage of the Ru-bound flavonol dependent on both light and oxygen. The complexes’ structures, photophysical and electrochemical properties, as well as their reactivity with oxygen were investigated in detail. Two distinct reaction product mixtures from 1,2- and 1,3-additions of oxygen are produced by illumination into distinct excitation/emission manifolds. The two manifolds are attributed to tautomeric biradicals, which predict the observed reactivity patterns.

 

World-Renowned Venus Fly Trap Expert Interviewed by PennLive

Dr. Stephen Williams, professor emeritus of biology, discussed his research, including that the Venus flytrap actually isn’t primarily a fly-eater, with George Weigel, PennLive’s gardening expert. In “A bad new bug, a glowing plant, and flytraps without flies: The latest in gardening research,” Dr. Williams notes that Venus flytrap’s do eat flies, but only when they are a last choice option.

 

Dr. Barry Hill Pens Piece on Paradigm Change

Dr. Barry Hill, director and professor of audio & music production, published a piece posted on one of his industry’s most prominent websites, ProSoundWeb. In “Teaching Audio: Time For A Paradigm Change?” Professor Hill discusses whether analog systems are still relevant in a curriculum intended to train future recording engineers.

Students Present Scientific Posters with Dr. Michelle Rasmussen

Dr. Michelle Rasmussen, assistant professor of chemistry, and six science students presented at the 21st annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences last fall in Baltimore Student presenters and posters include:

 

Andrew Brown ’18 (biochemistry & molecular biology, Bear, Del.)—“A Novel Method for Staining of the Prolamin Family of Proteins”

Bobby Tesoriero ’18 (biochemistry & molecular biology, music minor, Ridgewood, N.J.)— “The Effect of PEG: Salt Aqueous Two-Phase Systems on Protein Aggregation and Fibril Formation”

Patrick McMullen ’19 (biology, chemistry minor, Tamaqua, Pa.)—“The Effect of Common Chickweed on Garlic Mustard Growth”

Julia Rutherford ’18 (biochemistry & molecular biology, minors in economics and Spanish, Willow Street, Pa.)—“Self-Powered Enzymatic Biosensor for Simultaneous Detection of Two Biomarkers of Parkinson’s Disease”

Rebecca Drain ’18 (ACS chemistry, environmental studies minor, Lebanon, Pa.)—“Plant-Biofuel Cell Hybrid for Energy Production”

Brandon Roy ’19 (biochemistry & molecular biology and global studies, Spanish minor, Lebanon, Pa.)—“Expression and Purification of Phenylalanine for Sensor Validation”