Achievements — JANUARY
February 5, 2018   //   By:   //   Achievements


Sara Atwood, associate professor and chair in the Department of Engineering and Physics, was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley during a fall sabbatical, where she gave an invited talk on Medical Polymers at UC Berkeley. She also gave invited talks on Creativity in Engineering Education for the Stanford chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education and on Engineering Identity Formation for First-Generation Students for the Stanford Designing Education Lab.

David Bowne, associate professor in the Department of Biology, had a creative nonfiction essay, titled “The Improbability of Me (and You),” published in the December issue of Hippocampus magazine.

Erica Dolson, lecturer in the Department of English, had her personal essay “Character Study” published in the fall 2017 online issue of The Chaos:  Journal of Personal Narrative.

Oya Dursun-Ozkanca, associate professor of political science and director of International Studies minor in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies, published an article titled, “The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo: An Analysis from the Local Perspective,” in Ethnopolitics, Volume 17, Issue 1 (2018). Fifty free electronic copies may be retrieved on a first-come-first-served basis.

Badiah Haffejee, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, presented two papers at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research in Washington, D.C.: “I am the empty chair: Youths’ perspectives on structural and personal barriers to equity discovered through a shelter photovoice project” and “If you woke up tomorrow: Answers to the ‘miracle question’ among young people experiencing homelessness.”

Kyle Kopko ’05, assistant dean for academic achievement and engagement, appeared on Blue Ridge Channel 11 on January 23 to discuss the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania v. Pennsylvania, in which the state supreme court struck down Pennsylvania’s congressional district plan as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.  The video is posted at:

He also was appointed to serve on the Advocacy Committee and Finance Committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council.  His term began in January 2018 and ends in December 2020.

James MacKay, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, cohosted a three-day workshop at Binghamton University (BU) aimed at introducing a collaborative project “Nucleobase-Modified Peptide Nucleic Acid for Sequence Selective Triple-Helical Recognition of Non-Coding Ribonucleic Acid” to Elizabethtown students Amanda Williams ’18, Kayla Hess ’18, Aubrey Maryniak ’19, Ryan Thomas ’19, Emily Kagarise ’19, Michael Perzel ’20, Sarah Moyer ’20 and Kaitlyn Jacoby ’20 along with Dr. Lauren Gibson, assistant professor of chemistry.  The project is an ongoing research collaboration between Elizabethtown College faculty members and students and the Rozners Group at BU.  The research project is the topic of CH 455/456, Integrated Laboratory.

Participants were exposed to synthetic, analytical, and biophysical techniques used to study RNA, heard several lectures about nucleic acid (bio)chemistry and engaged in stimulating discussion around this collaborative project.  In the lab, students made Peptide Nucleic Acid and performed analysis of binding with RNA (made a triple helix). In addition, they had an opportunity to learn more about graduate studies at BU and interact with BU faculty and students.

Petru Sandu, associate professor, in the Department of Business, presented ” A Framework of Understanding the Professionalization of Family Business: An Organizational Life Cycle Perspective” at the Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Research Conference, University of Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain.


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E.A. (Elizabeth) Harvey is the communications manager and news editor at Elizabethtown College. She has worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications since 2008, after more than two decades as a newspaper feature writer. She holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communication from Elizabethtown College.

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