Achievements — MARCH
April 3, 2018   //   By:   //   Achievements


Justin Badgerow, associate professor of music in the Music Division of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, performed a guest artist collaborative recital of music for voice, piano and saxophone featuring the New Mexico premiere of a new work written for the trio. He gave performances at New Mexico State University (Las Cruces) and Eastern New Mexico State University (Portales) in early March. Badgerow also adjudicated the Constance Murray Piano Festival, hosted by the Main Line Music Teachers Association, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in March.

Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science and Asian studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies, published a book review in The China Quarterly, about “Media Politics in China: Improvising Power under Authoritarianism” by Maria Repnikova.

Cristina Ciocirlan, associate professor of management and chair of the Department of Business, presented a manuscript, “Green employees: An empirical testing of a theoretical model,” at the Academy of Business Research conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, which took place at the end of March. The manuscript is co-authored with Ruth McKay, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Erica Dolson, lecturer in the Department of English had her personal essay “To Bobby, With Love” published online at Critical Read.

Rachel Finley-Bowman, associate professor in the Department of Education,  and Kevin Shorner-Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, published an article on “Artistic Citizenship Through Theatre Education: The New Pennsylvania Theatre Endorsement at Elizabethtown College” in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Journal. In the article, they advocate for theatre education as a form of artistic citizenship, that cultivates empathy, imagination and contemplative citizenship. Connecting this philosophy of theatre education, Finley-Bowman and Shorner-Johnson note that Elizabethtown College is the first college in Pennsylvania to advocate for theatre through the new theatre endorsement program.

Mark Harman, professor of German and English in the departments of Modern Languages and English, respectively, contributed an article discussing the theory and practice of translating Franz Kafka to a recently published volume, “Franz Kafka in Context,” edited by Carolin Duttlinger of Oxford University in the United Kingdom and published by Cambridge University Press.

Jonathan Rudy, Peacemaker in Residence with the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, participated in a weeklong residency at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, with his brother Paul Rudy (Curators’ Distinguished Professor and coordinator of composition at the University of Missouri at Kansas City). The program, “Imagination, Creativity and Process: Art-making and Peacemaking in the Nooks and Crannies of Our Lives,” brought together music, studio art, international studies and the Denison living/learning center. The living/learning center, called the Homestead, is a rustic student living situation in a rural setting that focuses on sustainable living and activism. The professors presented individual talks and joint presentations and developed a project with the Homestead students. A Mellon grant received by Denison University to facilitate inter-departmental collaboration funded the program.

Peter Licona, assistant professor of PK-12 STEM education in the Department of Education, was selected for and is participating in the Community Wildlife Habit Certification program. This program is a partnership between the Lancaster County Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation and has the goal of educating property owners, schools and communities on the benefits of planting native plants and trees that benefit native wildlife and attract pollinators.

Licona also was named a PA STEM Ambassador. In this role, and in conjunction with other STEM Ambassadors throughout the state, he will research STEM education in Pennsylvania. The STEM Ambassadors program has a goal of advancing current and future STEM learning opportunities across the state. Licona will specifically investigate the intersection of STEM education and culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor of English in the Department of English, published the results of her research on representations of adoption in young adult literature. The article, “No Longer an Orphan: Narratives of Adoption in Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction,” appears in The ALAN Review’s Winter 2018 issue.

Jean Pretz, professor of psychology and department chair, and psychology major Megan Kuczma ’18 presented their research on creativity at the 2017 annual conference of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. Kuczma presented work from a SCARP project in the poster, “Using Creativity and Critical Thinking to Predict College Success.” Pretz gave a talk on “Gender Differences in Self-Perceived and Actual Creativity” as part of a symposium on the Social and Emotional Bases of Creativity.

Pretz also gave an invited talk at the annual meeting of the Dysphagia Research Society in Baltimore, Maryland. Her talk, “Clinical Reasoning and Intuition: Insights from Cognitive Science,” was presented to a group of clinicians, speech and language pathologists, physicians and others specializing in swallowing and swallowing disorders.




Current occupational therapy graduate student Danielle Barattini BS ’17 as well as Kayla Zwicharowski MS ’17 co-authored the article “Inpatient Behavioral Health: Fieldwork Students Staff a Drop-In Center.” The article was published in the March 12, 2018, edition of “OT Practice,” a publication by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The article discussed a program they helped develop and implement during their fieldwork at the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.

Jane Cavender and Debra Wohl along with six biology students presented research at the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society Northeast District 2 Convention at Drew University in March. Yanellis Bonano presented a poster on “Fecal Matter Transplants: Determining the Best Preservation Method for Fecal Matter.” Suzie Al absi and Alexandra Charnigo presented a poster “Manipulating Sulfur in Agricultural Soils to Stimulate Sulfur-Based Autotrophic Denitrification and Other Changes in Microbial Community Composition.” Jenna Aumiller and Meghan Dolan received the third place award for their oral presentation “Correlation of SAM68 levels to SF2-mediated alternative splicing of RON in transformed human diploid fibroblasts cells.” Anushka Katikaneni presented, orally, on her research, “The effect of confluence on alternative splicing factor 2 (SF2) levels in SV40 transformed human diploid fibroblast cells.”

Steven Roldan and Jen Noyd, music majors, performed as guest musicians for the second year in a row at the Speak Out! Celebration, sponsored by The Arc of Dauphin County. The Arc has organized the Speak Out! Celebration for 34 years as a way to recognize the interests, passions, talents, skills and abilities of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to hear their stories. The event celebrates the individuals served by the organization as part of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, thereby promoting respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and educating others about the abilities people with intellectual and developmental disabilities possess. March was proclaimed National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan.


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About the Author :

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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