Achievements — JUNE
June 29, 2018   //   By:   //   Achievements


Sara Atwood, associate professor and chair in the Department of Engineering and Physics, gave a presentation, titled “A Design-Thinking Model for Developing Socially Responsible Engineers,” at the 11th-Annual Engineering and Liberal Education Symposium held at Union College on June 1 and 2, 2018. She described an activity held in the engineering department to use the engineering design process to approach the topic of school shootings and gun violence in honor of the National Walkout Day on March 14, 2018.


Jean-Paul Benowitz, director of student transition programs and prestigious scholarships and fellowships, was joined by Caitlin Rossiter ’21, Honors History and French, and Benjamin Errickson ’19, History, on June 14, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the Preservation Pennsylvania/PennDOT conference:  Byways To The Past: Cultural Resource Management. The group presented “Mitigation and Public Participation” as part of a workshop, called “Alternative Mitigation and Transportation.” The presentation featured Elizabethtown College student scholarship, published in the ArcGIS story maps for Professor Benowitz’s courses in the Honors Program, about local history. PennDOT and the FederalDOT used the maps local public works projects related to the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Review.


Dan Chen, assistant professor of political science and Asian studies, had an article, titled “Political Context and Citizen Information: Propaganda Effects in China,” accepted by the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. It will be published later this year.


Tamara K. Humbert, DEd, OTR/L and Nancy Carlson, PhD, OTR/L attended the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) Congress from May 21-25, 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa. The WFOT congress is held every four years.

Humbert and Rebecca Anderson MS’15, OTR/L presented a poster, “A mutual journey: Occupational therapists’ meaningful experiences of therapeutic use of self: a phenomenological study.”

Carlson also presented a poster, “The BBC Sensory Scales: An innovative approach to measuring sensory patterns among pediatric populations.”


Jeffery Long, professor of religion and Asian studies, was given a Dharma Seva Award Tuesday, June 19, by the Hindu American Foundation in Washington, D.C. According to the award letter, it is “bestowed upon individuals and/or organizations who have worked tirelessly and selflessly for the greater good of Sanatana Dharma and the Dharmic community. … Your years of scholarship, that shines light on the Hindu tradition as it is lived, and your advocacy and leadership on behalf of the tradition and community to ensure accuracy and respect in the way Hinduism is taught in grades K-12 are indicative of your upholding the highest ideals of our tradition, namely, selfless service, courage and equanimity.”

He also published a review of Yiftach Fehige’s “Science and Religion: East and West” in the September 2017 issue of Isis, a journal published by the University of Chicago Press. He published “Reflections on Hinduphobia: A Perspective from a Scholar-Practitioner” in the December 2017 issue of Prabuddha Bharata, a journal of the Ramakrishna Order in India.

Long gave the following public presentations during the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • May 6, 2018 — “Mahavir’s Philosophy of Peace and Nonviolence,” Mahavir Jayanti Celebration, Consulate General of India, New York
  • April 22, 2018 — “Vedanta and Star Wars,” Bharatiya Mandir, Troy, Michigan
  • Nov. 19, 2017 — “Hindu Process Theology,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston
  • Nov. 19, 2017 — “Within You, Without You: Vedanta in the Music of George Harrison,” Ramakrishna Vedanta Society, Boston
  • Oct. 6-7, 2017 — “My Journey to Vedanta” and “Dealing with Difficult People,” Vedanta Society of Kansas City
  • Oct. 28, 2017 — Interfaith Panel: “Breaking Barriers,” Vedanta Society of New York


Tara Moore, visiting assistant professor of English, presented the commencement address at York (Pennsylvania) Home School Association’s graduation in May.


Hossein Varamini, professor of finance and international business, and Anastassiya Sayenko ’19 recently published a collaborative manuscript in a refereed Journal. The paper, with the title of “Impact Investing: Relying on Social Return on Investment to Address Epilepsy in Africa,” appeared in the Cyrus Chronicle Journal, Volume 3, A2, in May 2018. Varamini had presented this joint paper at the Cyrus Institute of Knowledge Conference in Casablanca, Morocco in March 2018.


Debbie Waltermire, DrPH, OTR/L attended the 8th-Annual International Patient and Family Centered Care Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, June 11 and 12. She and Pamela Donohue, associate professor of pediatrics and director of clinical research at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, gave the presentation “Enhancing the Practice of Family Centered Rounds for Patients and Providers.”


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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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