Archive for the ‘Faculty Scholarship’ Category.

Dr. Josephson Publishes Pair of Pieces at AIER

Dr. Kimberlee Josephson, associate professor of business administration, had two articles published recently at the American Institute for Economic Research— “Forgotten Factors in the Student Debt Debate” and “The PFAS Packaging Predicament: McDonald’s Isn’t Loving it.”

Two Dr. Dolan Op-Eds Published in International Publications

Dr. Chris J. Dolan, professor of political science, published “NATO’s 2022 Strategic Concept Must Enhance Digital Access and Capacities,” in Just Security on June 8, 2022. He also published “Challenges to Democracy and Development in the Contemporary Western Balkans” in Rule of Law, Governance and Society in the Western Balkans

Dr. Dolan’s Research Team Awarded International Grant

As part of his Fulbright U.S. Scholar work, Dr. Chris J. Dolan’s research team at the Max van der Stoel Institute at South East European University was awarded a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant, titled: “SEEU Students 5.0: Media and Information Literacy in the Age of Disinformation.” The USAID project will be implemented in association with IREX: Media Literacy in North Macedonia/You Think. Dr. Dolan, a two-time Fulbright Scholar, is a LVC professor of political science.

Dr. Dolan Publishes Cold War 2.0 Op-ed

Dr. Chris J. Dolan, professor of political science, published “How the U.S. Can Navigate Cold War 2.0.: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and the Rise of China” in 19FortyFive on May 24.

Ainsley Buia ’25 and Sara Collevechio ’25 Awarded Research Grant

Biology majors Ainsley Buia ’25 and Sara Collevechio ’25 were awarded the “Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences Undergraduate Research Project” for their project, “The molecular effects of alcohol sensitivity post traumatic brain injury in Drosophila melanogaster.” They, along with classmate and fellow researcher Raegan Laszczyk ’25, were invited to present their research at the 2023 Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences Conference. The trio are conducting their research under the faculty mentorship of Dr. Bona Hoxha, assistant professor of biology. 

Dr. Pitonyak Gives Invited Talks at UVA and Italy Conferences

Dr. Daniel Pitonyak, assistant professor of physics, presented a pair of invited talks based on research supported by his recent National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the 3-dimensional structure of hadrons. Dr. Pitonyak presented “Updated QCD Global Analysis of SSAs: New Experimental Data and Constraints” as part of the QCD Evolution Workshop, which was held at the University of Virginia. He followed that presentation with a virtual invited talk—”Updated QCD Global Analysis of SSAs: H~, the Soffer Bound, and Lattice gT”—at the 6th International Workshop on Transverse Polarization Phenomena, which was hosted by Almo Collegio Borromeo in Pavia, Italy.

Dr. Veenhuizen Presents at National Conference on Glass Science

Dr. Keith Veenhuizen, assistant professor of physics, presented research at the 2022 Glass and Optical Materials Division meeting in Baltimore, Md. The presentation was based on results of a student-faculty research project undertaken by Olivia Magneson ’23 with Dr. Veenhuizen. The talk, “Phase-selective laser-induced crystallization of lead bismuth gallate glass,” reports how several crystal phases form preferentially at different temperatures in lead bismuth gallate glass. By varying the power and scanning speed of the laser irradiating the glass, the temperature profile can be controlled, through which the desired crystal phase can be formed. This talk was given at the Laser Interactions with Glasses session, which was organized by Dr. Veenhuizen in collaboration with Dr. Casey Schwarz of Ursinus College.

Dr. Walck Publishes Computational Physics Textbook

Dr. Scott N. Walck, professor of physics, published “Functional Programming for Physics Geeks,” with No Starch Press. The book, a culmination of a decade of Dr. Walck finding innovative ways to teach computational physics to LVC students, is available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. “Functional Programming for Physics Geeks” is the first book in the world to combine functional programming with physics at the undergraduate level.

Drs. Guzmán-Zavala and Hinshaw Present at Inaugural PSU Medical Humanities Conference

Dr. Ivette Guzmán-Zavala, professor of Spanish, and Dr. John Hinshaw, professor of history, presented at the first regional Medical Humanities Conference last week, which was co-sponsored by the Humanities Department of the Penn State University Medical School, LVC, and other colleges. Dr. Guzmán-Zavala presented a poster, “Rethinking Childbirth: Oral Histories of Puerto Rican Mothers and Midwives,” and Dr. Hinshaw gave a talk that focused on how LVC’s newest major, medical humanities, was conceived and executed. Dr. Robert Carey, professor of biology and director of biochemistry & molecular biology, and Dr. Matthew Sayers, professor of religion and director of religion and philosophy, attended the inaugural conference, which was bristling with about 50 other professionals.

Dr. Josephson Published in the Pennsylvania Economic Review

After a double-blind review process, Dr. Kimberlee Josephson, associate professor of business administration, has had her paper “Implications for the Mainstreaming of Fair Trade,” accepted for publication in the Pennsylvania Economic Review. In June, Dr. Josephson will present the article at the Pennsylvania Economic Association Conference in Erie, where she also will chair a breakout session.

The Pennsylvania Economic Review is featured in Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Economics & Finance and articles are listed in the EBSCO database with full-text reference. PER is also listed in ABDC Journal Quality List.