Achievements – September
November 14, 2018   //   By:   //   Achievements, Features


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Sara Atwood, associate professor of engineering and physics, was awarded $186,000 by The National Science Foundation for support of the project “Research Initiation: The Role of Internships in Developing Engineering Professional Identity for First Generation Low-Income Students.” This award starts September 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2020 and is under the direction Atwood, who was the principal investigator, and Sheri Sheppard of Stanford University, who was the co-principal investigator.

Kathryn Caprino, assistant professor of education and PK-12 new literacies, and Sam Weigle, ‘19 wrote blog post “Tips for Using Emojis and Bitmoji in the Literacy Classroom” for the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Daily blog.

Erica Dolson, lecturer in English, had her personal essay “Microbial Activity” published in the Fall 2018 issue of borrowed solace, a literary journal.

Milt Friedly, professor of fine art, exhibited his printmaking at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, which opened September 14. His exhibition is in conjunction with the Lancaster Printers Fair taking place in Lancaster September 14-15.

Friedly also had his work “Time – Wave III” chosen for The Print Effect: Small Works / Big Impact at the Manahattan Graphics Center, New York, NY. The exhibition dates are November 1 through 30 and it officially opened November 3. The juror was Lothar Osterburg, artist, master printer and professor at Bard College.

Friedly also had two works accepted for the Workhouse Glass National 2018, which takes place at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia October 27, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

Kerri Hample, assistant professor of occupational therapy and Nancy Carlson, associate professor of occupational therapy published “Learner Centered Service Learning in Occupational Therapy Education” in the July 2018 issue of the Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Mark Harman, professor of English and German, had a South American journal article published about his presentation on Kafka’s “Letter to Father.” The article appeared in Spanish translation in Ideas, a humanities journal published by the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Harman spoke at the university in March 2017 as well.

Michael Long, associate professor of religious studies and peace and conflict studies, recently published an op-ed on Thurgood Marshall for the Los Angeles Times. In the earlier part of the summer, Long published another op-ed on Marshall, this one for the Chicago Tribune, as well as one on Fred Rogers for the Chicago Sun-Times. Long’s work on Rogers was also featured on numerous national media outlets from NPR to Salon to NBC. Long has three advance contacts with City Lights Books in San Francisco; the books will focus on nonviolent protest in US history, Bayard Rustin and Julian Bond. Long also recently moderated an academic event televised on C-Span, and he is currently writing a book manuscript on transgender rights pioneer Phyllis Frye. He spoke at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in October.

Fletcher McClellan, professor of political science, received the Craig L. Brian’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship from the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The award was announced at the 2018 annual meeting of the APSA in Boston. It is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to and excellence in encouraging and developing scholarship among undergraduate students and in mentoring undergraduate students in preparation for graduate school or public affairs-related careers. As instructor of the capstone course PS498 Senior Seminar in Political Science and Legal Studies, McClellan has supervised dozens of senior research projects, many of which were presented at the College’s annual Scholarship and Creative Arts Day and/or annual meetings of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association. He has also collaborated with students on conference papers that were presented at such venues as the annual meetings of the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference, Southern Political Science Association and Northeastern Political Science Association.

Peggy Rosario, assistant dean of the Academic Affairs Department, held a poster presentation “Leveraging a Capstone Revision for Comprehensive Assessment of Liberal Studies” at the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) 60th Annual Conference September 21. AGLS is an organizations dedicated to strengthening and sustaining general and liberal studies programs at colleges and universities across the United States.

Jonathan Rudy, peacemaker in residence, attended the “Shaping the Future of Peace Training in Europe and Beyond” conference in Vienna, Austria from October 1 to 2. His work with The Alliance for Peacebuilding and the Global Partners for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) was invited to give a panel presentation “Who’s at the table? A Human-Centered Security Approach to Trainings and Conflict Prevention.” His presentation was around framing human security and then responding to Q&A while his colleagues gave case studies from Palestine, Georgia and Zimbabwe. Rudy then attended a GPPAC Improving Practices Working Group meeting from October 3 to 4 also in Vienna. During this meeting, he facilitated sessions on human security and conflict analysis.

Rudy also co-facilitated the course Human Security and Globalization at the University of Hargeisa’s Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) in Hargeisa, Somaliland October 6 through 11. The Human Security and Globalization course ultimately enrolled 29 persons, five of whom were women. IPCS advertised this course to its 45,000-strong social network, attracting interest from all over Somaliland and Somalia. The participants came from many sectors from civil society, NGOs, business, governance and military. They even had a national electoral commissioner in class.

Mark Stuckey, professor of physics, Timothy McDevitt, professor of math, Michael Silberstein, professor of philosophy and Alex Sten, ‘17 had their paper “Could GR Contextuality Resolve the Missing Mass Problem?” accepted for publication in the International Journal of Modern Physics D. The paper received Honorable Mention in the Gravity Research Foundation 2018 Awards for Essays on Gravitation.


Biology major Alyssa Taylor, ’18, is a co-author on the peer-reviewed paper “Large mammal declines and the incipient loss of mammal-bird mutualisms in an African savanna ecosystem” published in PLOS ONE, a nonprofit and peer-reviewed research journal. Alyssa conducted this research on oxpecker birds and large mammals during her study-abroad in Tanzania with the school for field studies.

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