Achievements — APRIL
April 30, 2018   //   By:   //   Achievements


Vanessa Borilot, assistant professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages, gave a presentation, titled “From Coolies to French Citizens via Indians: Indo-Caribbean Indentured Servitude on the spectrum of the Black Code (1685) and its aftermath” at the American Comparative Literature Association at UCLA in March.

In April, she was a guest speaker at Rutgers University where she gave a talk about Racial Relations in the French Caribbean, and she gave a presentation, titled “Ma commère, Rate et Ti kiki: homosexuality, transsexuality and counter masculinity narratives in French Caribbean Imaginary,” at the 20th-21st-centuries French and Francophone Studies Colloquium at Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island.


David Bowne, associate professor of biology, is the lead author on a manuscript accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Biology. The article “Effects of urbanization on the population structure of freshwater turtles across the United States” is the result of a collaborative research program named “TurtlePop” involving 40 faculty members and more than 1,000 undergraduate students at colleges across the central and eastern United States. Alexandra Doran ’15, environmental science, is a co-author on the paper. Bowne conceived and coordinated TurtlePop through the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN), an organization funded by the National Science Foundation to foster collaboration and integration of ecological research and teaching at primarily undergraduate institutions. Bowne is a founding member of EREN and its current vice president.

Bowne also gave the invited talk, “The Climate of Your Life: A personal approach to understanding climate change,” to residents of Cross Keys Village – The Brethren Home Community, New Oxford, Pennsylvania, in April.


Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science and Asian studies, presented a paper, titled “Local and Informal Media Control in China,” at the 2018 International Studies Association Annual Convention in San Francisco in April.


Anya Goldina, assistant professor of biology, and Danielle Barattini, occupational therapy graduate student, co-authored “Exploring Student Perceptions of a Station-based Teaching Approach in The Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory.” The article was published in the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Educator Journal in April. The article discusses the use of different learning approaches in the anatomy and physiology lab at Elizabethtown College. Barattini has been a teaching assistant in the anatomy and physiology labs since 2015.


Mark Harman, professor of German and English in the Department of Modern Languages, spoke on Franz Kafka’s “Letter to Father” in April, at Mount Joy Public Library. Harman has written extensively about Irish and German-language authors, with a particular emphasis on Franz Kafka, about whom he has published more than 20 articles. The “Letter” raises multiple historical questions, especially about Jews in Austro-Hungary, relationship between generations, anti-Semitism, early 20th-century methods of upbringing, business vs. the arts, parental legacies (fathers vs. mothers) etc.


April Kelly-Woessner, professor of political science, delivered a talk on “Political Tolerance and iGen” at the UC Berkeley School of Law in March. She also participated in a panel on “Viewpoint Diversity on Campus” at NYU in October 2017. The panel was featured on CSPAN the next day.

Kelly-Woessner was a keynote speaker at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s faculty conference, in October 2017, at the University of North Texas College of Law. She also participated in a panel on academic freedom for the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University in February.


Kyle Kopko ’05, associate professor of political science and assistant dean for academic achievement and engagement, participated in a roundtable discussion and presented a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, in April, in Chicago, Illinois. The roundtable discussion topic was “Working with the Print Media,” and the paper presentation was a co-authored manuscript with Christopher Devine, titled “Campaign Dynamics and Presidential Ticket Evaluations: A Time Series Analysis.”


Ann Marie Potter, lecturer in occupational therapy, presented a research poster at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, titled “Occupation-based coaching for commercial truck drivers: A pilot study.” This poster covered the graduate research project she mentored during 2016-2017. Alum Rachel Sassaman presented the poster with her.


Curtis Smith, assistant director of academic advising, had his latest novel, “Lovepain,” released last month by Braddock Avenue Books. “Lovepain” is Smith’s 12th book and fourth novel.



Occupational therapy students Breanne Bentz, Lindsay Crue and Stephanie Leiby presented their graduate research project, mentored by Ann Marie Potter, lecturer in occupational therapy, at the Male Breast Cancer Fest on April 21 in New York City. The work also was presented as part of SCAD.

Mo Kalmbacher ’18, environmental science; Amelia Baker ’20, environmental science, and Anya Goldina, assistant professor in biology, participated in the annual conference of the Ecological Society of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter at Rutgers University – Newark, New Jersey, in April. Kalmbacher presented a poster on her research with Goldina, titled “Behavioral responses of the invasive crayfish Orconectes rusticus to opposite-sex chemical signals.”


Biology research students and David Bowne participated in the annual conference of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America at Rutgers University-Newark in April. Jennah Krause ’18 presented “Influence of land cover and distance on predation of simulated turtle nests.” Alyssa Taylor ’18 presented “Impact of environmental factors on the potential nest temperature of the painted turtle.” Elizabeth DiBiase ’18 presented “Temporal changes in landscape heterogeneity as an influence on freshwater turtle habitat in Lancaster County, PA.”

DiBiase also gave a poster presentation titled “Testing the effects of light pollution on growth and intraspecific competition in common milkweed” stemming from her Research Experience for Undergraduates internship at the University of Virginia’s Blandy Experimental Farm.


Political science seniors presented their research at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association last month at West Chester University. The students were: Maya Aphornsuvan ’18, Nathaniel Groff ’18, Kayla Gruber ’18, Nicole McGlyn ’18 and Matthew Pysher ’18.


Sara Allocco ’20, a political science and Spanish double major, presented a paper, titled “Disparities in Mental Health Treatment for Chinese Migrant Workers,” at the ASIANetwork Conference in Philadelphia in April. This paper discusses the key cultural, political and socioeconomic explanations for the current mishandling of mental health issues and treatment for the Chinese migrant workers.



The 82nd Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention was held Saturday, April 7, hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Elizabethtown College. The ISCC is the oldest continuous meeting of its kind in the United States. Junior and senior chemistry majors from 15 undergraduate institutions in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware delivered 35 oral research seminars in five areas of chemistry. Judges evaluated each presentation. Ninty-five people attended the conference. The keynote address was given by Lawrence R. Prat, a world-renowned expert in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from of Tulane University. He is recipient of the 2018 Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids.


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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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