Date: November 1, 2004
Dr. Annette Benert participated in a panel entitled "Heartless Homes: The Uses of Houses in the Fiction of James and Wharton" at the Edith Wharton Society Conference in London, University of Surrey Roehampton, on July 14-17, 2003. She presented "An Out Quaker at a Catholic College: Re-inventing the American Literature Classroom" at the Friends Association of Higher Education conference at Swarthmore College and Pendle Hill on June 26-29, 2003.
Mrs. Christine Bruce was named a Woman of Distinction by the Great Valley Girl Scout Council at an awards banquet held at the Holiday Inn, Fogelsville, PA, on March 11, 2004. In the banquet program Dr. Karen Walton was quoted as saying, "Christine Bruce serves as a truly outstanding role model for women of all ages because of her ability to balance the needs of home and the workplace and because of her dedication to her profession and her students." Ms. Bruce is the founder of the DeSales University Physician Assistant Program and, with the teamwork of her faculty, has developed it into the number one physician assistant program in the country as documented by the students' achieving the highest score in the nation on their national boards and their first place finish in the nation in the Physician Assistant College Bowl Competition in 2004 and 2002. Ms. Bruce's article "The Relationship Between PACKRAT Examination Scores and Performance on the PANCE: A Preliminary Study" was published in Perspective On Physician Assistant Education, Vol. 15, No. X.
Dr. Larry Chapp was again interviewed live on Bill O'Reilly's "Radio Factor" on Wednesday, May 18, 2004. The focus of the discussion was the Vatican statement against the war in Iraq which was issued by American Cardinal James Francis Stafford, formerly Archbishop of Denver. Dr. Chapp addressed the question "As an increasing number of religious leaders enter the political fray, does this involvement undermine America's domestic and foreign policies?" Dr. Chapp's article "The Retrieval of Gaudium et Spes: Rowland and Balthasar" has been accepted for publication in the spring 2005 issue of the theology journal Nova et Vetera. His chapter on the theology of "Revelation of Hans Urs von Balthasar" is the lead chapter in the newly published Cambridge Companion to Balthasar (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Dr. Patricia Coughlin has accepted the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools' invitation to serve as Chair of the Visiting Team which will evaluate Our Lady of Lourdes School in West Islip, NY, on March 14-17, 2005.
On April 3, 2004, Dr. Andrew Essig participated as a discussant on the International Relations Panel at the 65th annual Pennsylvania Political Science Association meeting at Wilkes University. Dr. Essig was the Model United Nations faculty supervisor for DeSales University Political Science and Law and Society majors who organized another successful Model United Nations competition on April 17, 2004. Over 200 students attended, representing 12 regional high schools, demonstrating their advanced knowledge of international politics and UN debating procedures. Dr. Essig is the faculty advisor who established the Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, at DeSales University on April 20, 2004. In its first year, nine students and faculty members from our Political Science and Law and Society programs were inducted. On June 11, 2004, Dr. Essig participated in the Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy Conference Number II sponsored by Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies in Garden City, New York. He presented two papers, "The Role of the Papacy in American Foreign Policy" and "Deterrence."
Fr. Joseph DiMauro presented a Marriage Encounter Weekend to couples in Shillington, PA, on September 5-7, 2003; to couples and priests in St. Louis, MO, on October 3-5, 2003, and in Chicago, IL, October 10-12, 2003. He presented "The Teacher as Person" at the Allentown Diocesan Educational Convention on October 13, 2003. At the ProjecTELL ESL Professional Development Conference held at Lehigh Carbon Community College on June 29, 2004, Fr. DiMauro presented a workshop entitled "The Teacher as Person—Caring and Cruelty in the Classroom."
Dr. Tahereh Hojjat has been elected to a three-year term on the Bethlehem YWCA Board of Directors. She will serve on their Great Decisions Lecture Series Committee, which selects speakers for the Bethlehem YWCA from the Foreign Affairs Committees in New York City. Dr. Hojjat presented a paper entitled "Virtual Cross National Collaboration: Lessons from the Firing Line" at the RECAP (Resources for the Electronic Classroom: A Faculty-Student Partnership) 2004 Conference on May 14, 2004, at West Chester University. She presented her paper entitled "Money, Prices and Stabilization Policies in Some Developing Countries" at the Thirteen Annual World Business Congress sponsored by the International Management Development Association (IMDA) at Maastricht, Netherlands, on July 14-18, 2004. Dr. Hojjat co-authored a paper entitled "Women in Contemporary Iran" with Dr. Lynda Pollack Malik from Villanova University. The paper was published in the Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, summer 2004, Vol. XXVII, No. 4.
Dr. Hui-Yin Hsu presented a paper entitled "A New Lens for Processing Culturally Responsive Teaching" at the National Association for Multicultural Education 14th Annual International Conference: "Unmasking the Legacy of the Brown Decision Through Multicultural Education" at Kansas City, MO, on October 27-31, 2004.
The Morning Call announced activities of the DeSales' student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals which were conducted under the guidance of Mr. Michael Hudock. The AITP hosted approximately 20 Lehigh Valley companies who are potential employers for DeSales students. Two student community service activities covered by the Morning Call were ReACH, the code for Reliable Accessible Computer Hardware, in which our students construct personal computers that are subsequently donated to individuals or organizations in need. The second project, Folding@home, an effort by medical researchers at Stanford University, is a distributing computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. DeSales student Jason Burkhardt gave a presentation for the DeSales Computer Steering Committee in hopes of getting DSU resources connected with this effort.
Dr. Robert Legutko presented "Using Common Software Programs in Electronic Portfolio Construction" at the Cyber Tools Symposium at Lehigh University on August 4, 2004. A photograph of Dr. Legutko published in the June 3, 2004, issue of the AD Times is included in an article concerning the Memorial Day Mass celebrated to dedicate a new cemetery shrine for veterans and those buried in the parish cemeteries of St. Casimir and Assumption. Dr. Legutko provided musical accompaniment on the trumpet with another parishioner.
Dr. Francis Mayville co-presented undergraduate research presentations at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Anaheim, CA, on March 27-31, 2004: "Investigation of Polyamine Analogs on the Growth of MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cell Lines" with James Cuff, Julie Glover, Jacquelyn Lageman, and Fr. Peter Leonard; "Synthesis of Para-Methyl Propiophenone Using Ionic Liquids" with William Farina; and "Enzyme Kinetics of Polyphenol Oxidase Using an Ionic Liquid" with Derick Siegel.
Dr. Mayville co-presented three undergraduate research presentations at the Lehigh Valley ACS local meeting at Moravian College, April 22, 2004: "Investigations of Polyamine Analogs on the Growth of MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cell Lines" with James Cuff, Julie Glover, Jaquelyn Lageman and Fr. Leonard; "Synthesis of Para-Methyl Propiophenone Using Ionic Liquids" with William Farina; and "Enzyme Kinetics of Polyphenol Oxidase Using an Ionic Liquid" with Derick Siegel.
Dr. Mayville received a $500 environmental education grant from the Wal-Mart corporation in support of our Natural Science Club's Environment Day, held April 27-28, 2004.
Fr. Robert Mulligan accepted an invitation to serve on a Pennsylvania Department of Education Visiting Team for a major program review at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, on January 25-27, 2004. Fr. Mulligan's assignment was social studies. On April 13-15, 2004, he participated in a major review of the educational programs at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, as a reviewer in the area of citizenship education, focusing on majors in history and political science. Fr. Mulligan will participate in a major review of the education programs at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, on November 7-9, 2004, as a reviewer for social studies.
Dr. Stephen Myers served as a competition judge at the Orlando, FL, conference of the International Society of Poets in early March 2004, and was a featured poet at a literary reading at the Moravian Book Store, Bethlehem, in March. He also joined National Book Award winner Lucille Clifton and seven other poets as featured readers and tutorial leaders at the St. Mary's College of Maryland Poetry Festival held June 4-6, 2004, at St. Mary's City, MD. Dr. Myers's full-length poetry collection, Memory's Dog, will be published this fall by FootHills Publishing. In mid-August Dr. Myers served as a competition judge at the Philadelphia conference of the International Society of Poets and gave one of the featured readings there.
Dr. Richard Noll has published the following: Historical Review: "Autointoxication and focal infection theories of dementia praecox" in World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 2004, 5:66-72; "Dementia Praecox Studies" [letter to the editor and historical note] in Schizophrenia Research, 2004, 68: 102-104; and "The American reaction to dementia praecox, 1900" in History of Psychiatry, 2004, 15: 127-128. On May 1, 2004, Dr. Noll presented a paper entitled "A Blood Test for Madness? Serology, Psychiatry and Dementia Praecox, 1912-1917" at the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine. Dr. Noll's article "Chuonnasuon (Meng Jin Fu): The Last Shaman of the Oroqen of Northeast China," will be published in November in Han'guk chunggyo yon'gam (Yearbook of Korean Religions), 2004, vol. 5. The article is the first in a series of planned publications of the fieldwork data collected from elderly shamans of the Siberian Tungus peoples (Oroqen, Ewenki and Manchu) in Manchuria and Inner Mongolia during the summer of 1994. Dr. Noll's biography has been selected for inclusion in the following reference works to appear in 2005: Marquis Who's Who in the World, 22nd edition; Marquis Who's Who in America, 59th edition; and Marquis Who's Who in the East, 32nd edition.
Dr. Katherine Ramsland co-authored with DeSales student Rachel Kuter an article on multiple personalities. Dr. Ramsland also had two DeSales students, Jamie DiPasquo and Jackie Lageman who now have either research or publishing credentials for Dr. Ramsland's CourtTV assignments. Dr. Ramsland's most recent projects and presentations include the following:
Books - Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers: Why They Kill will be published in early 2005; A Voice for the Dead, with James E. Starrs, will be published in February 2005; The Science of Cold Case Files was published in September 2004.
Dr. Ramsland has also sold the Dutch and Croatian translations rights for The Unknown Darkness: Profiling the Predators Among Us. She published her second novel, The Blood Hunters in May 2004.
Dr. Ramsland did an interactive computer project entitled "The Case of Jack Unterweger" for CourtTV's Crime Library for September 2004. She
Dr. Ramsland has also published the following articles in the CourtTV's Crime Library: "Death by Fasting," September 2004; "Gendercide: The Montreal Massacre," September 2004; "South Side Slayers," August 2004; "Ambiguous Evidence: Suicide or Murder? Blood Spatter Evidence in the Craig Perry Case," August 2004; "Serial Killer Art," August 2004; "Profiling: History and Method," August 2004; "The Murder of Marilyn Sheppard: Fifty Years Later," July 2004; "Serial Killer Groupies," July 2004; "Secrets Revealed: A Killer's Story (Cullen)," June 2004; "Red Jack and the Occult," June 2004; "Gacy's Psychiatrist Speaks Out," June 2004; "Superstition Rules: Modern Vampire Killers," June 2004; "The Enigmatic Death of Belle Gunness," May 2004; "A Rare Weapon: Antifreeze Poisoning," May 2004; "Sylvia Seegrist: American's Female Mass Murders," May 2004; "Dark Ambition: A 14-year-old Killer," April 2004; "Multiple Personality: Crime and Defense," April 2004; "Murder by God's Command: Stoning Her Children," April 2004; "Angels of Death: The Male Nurses," April 2004; "Bobby Joe Long: Monster of Texas," March 2004; "Cyril Wecht and the Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law," March 2004; "Influenced by Fiction: A Vampire Killing," March 2004; "Fathers Who Kill," February 2004; "Alfred Packer: The Maneater of Colorado," January 2004; "Angel of Death: Charles Cullen," January 2004; "Update on Teena Brandon Murder Case," January 2004; "The Body Farm," December 2003; "Report on the Conference on the JFK Assassination," November 2003; "Computer Age Progression for Fugitives," October 2003; "A Rich Man's Justice and a Case of Murder," October 2003; "The Killer Prophet," October 2003; "Love and Death: the Sunset Strip of Stranglers," October 2003; Michael Welner and the Depravity Scale," September 2003; "Ramirez and Satan: Perfect Together?" September 2003; "The Crimes of Joseph Kallinger: Clever or Crazy?" September 2003; "Mark Hoffman: Genius Bomber," September 2003; "Andrea Yates and the Issue of Insanity," September 2003; and "A Party Beyond Redemption," September 2003.
Dr. Ramsland's following articles were also published: "A Web of Lies Leads to Murder," in the Philadelphia Inquirer, August 17, 2004; "Prison Groupies: Women Who Fall for Dangerous Men," Razor magazine, October 2004; and "Famous Trials: In the Matter of the Death of Belle Gunness," The Tangled Web, Summer 2004; "Problems and Process in Historical Research," Tangled Web, Winter Issue #2, 2003; "The Mutter Museum" and "A Unique Experiment: Bass's Lecture on Forensic Anthropology," Vidocq Society Newsletter, January 2004; "The Forensic Psychologist at Work," Crime Scene Investigation Elwin Street LTD, London, 2004; "Death's Acre: The Body Farm," Tangled Web, Fall, Issue #1 2003 and reprinted in The Vidocq Society Journal, Winter 2003; and "Psychological Detectives, Past and Present," The Tangled Web Fall, Issue #1, September 2003. Dr. Ramsland co-authored a chapter on forensic psychology for Foundations of Forensic Science and Law: Applications in Criminal, Civil, and Family Justice, a graduate text which will be published in February 2005. Dr. Ramsland consulted about healthcare serial killers for Texas Tech University's Health Sciences Center and for Canada's Prime Time News Magazine. In addition, her short story entitled "Grim Peeper," was accepted for inclusion in a fiction anthology about subcultures.
Dr. Ramsland also gave the following presentations: "The Ghost Whisperer," for the DeSales "Writing in the Spirit" conference in April 2004; "Practicum: Equivocal Death Analysis," Marymount University, July 6, 2004; and "Forensics, Chemistry, and Crime," American Chemists Society, Center Valley, PA, May 14, 2004.
Dr. Ramsland appeared on Discovery Health's program, "Inside the Criminal Mind" in August, 2004. In September 2004 she presented "Fiends with Funds" to a forensic accountants group in Allentown, PA, and in April 2004 she presented "Tips for Writing Fiction" at Lehigh University. In October 2003, Dr. Ramsland did a five-minute segment on CourtTV's "Catherine Crier Live" addressing the topic of women who get involved with incarcerated killers.
Mrs. Elizabeth Rosa has published with co-author Melanie McKay (Loyola University New Orleans) "Communication and Auditing: A Step-by-Step Guide." The book is the fourth in the authors' series of college textbooks in accounting communication skills with the publisher, Thomson Learning. The first three books "Communication and Management Accounting: A Step-by-Step Guide," "Communication and Tax Accounting: A Step-by-Step Guide," and "Launching Your Accounting Career: A Step-by-Step Guide," were published in 2003, and the manuscript for a fifth book on communication and financial reporting is in progress.
Dr. Judith Simon has been asked to serve on the Pennsylvania Department of Education Major Review Team for foreign languages at Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, on November 7-9, 2004.
Dr. Karen Walton has been approved for candidacy on the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster. The Roster is a list of approved candidates who are eligible to be matched with incoming program requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Senior Specialists. Dr. Walton's article, "Plan Now for a Back-to-School Bonanza!" was published on-line by enc (Eisenhower National Clearinghouse) on June 3, 2004. Dr. Walton has been appointed to serve for a second three-year term on the Middles States Association (MSA) Commission on Higher Education's Committee on Substantive Change. On October 17-20, 2004, Dr. Walton served on the MSA Commission on Higher Education Visiting Team for the reaccreditation of St. Bonaventure University in western New York state. Dr. Walton's article entitled "Solved and Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries" has been accepted for publication in the December 2004 issue of the New York State Mathematics Teachers' Journal. She continues to serve as an evaluator for manuscripts submitted for publication in the School Science and Mathematics journal. Dr. Walton's grant proposal for DeSales Mathematics and Technology Workshops has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for second year funding for the amount of $159,129.
Brother Daniel Wisniewski presented a paper entitled "DSU Student Chapter of MAA Promotes Mathematics Awareness" during the Contributed Papers Session on Mathematical Experiences Outside the Classroom at the American Mathematical Society/Mathematics Association of America Joint Mathematics Meeting held at the Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, AZ, on January 6-11, 2004. His paper was based on the various activities of the DSU Mathematics Club, particularly the field trips sponsored by the club during the past three academic years (National Cryptologic Museum, Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and the Museum of Science in Boston). He co-directed the annual DeSales Service Works mid-year retreat titled "Nothing Is Small in the Service of God" held in Cape May, NJ, on February 20-22, 2004. DeSales Service Works is the volunteer program of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Bro. Wisniewski led a talk and reflection entitled "Spiritual Friendship" to the volunteers at Aviat House (Philadelphia, PA) for DeSales Service Works on March 21, 2004. He also reviewed two articles for publication consideration in the two-volume 2003-2004 Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics Yearbooks: Assessing What Students Understand, Know, and Can Do in Mathematics, Parts I and II. Bro. Wisniewski also presented a paper entitled "Bridging Advanced Mathematics and Secondary Education with Cryptology" at the 2004 Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Research in Mathematical Science (MCRMS) held at the Dunes Manor Hotel, Ocean City, MD, on May 26-28, 2004. Describing experiences of teaching cryptology at DSU and arguing for the inclusion of cryptology applications to motivate the learning of discrete mathematics in the secondary classroom, this contributed paper will appear in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings. He attended an international, interfaith, and interdisciplinary conference entitled "Science and Religion in Context" sponsored by the Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, on June 5-9, 2004. Brother Wisniewski presented a paper entitled "God Has Given Me to You: Divine Action in The Friendship of Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal" at the Salesian Scholars' Seminar held at DeSales Resources & Ministries, Stella Niagara, NY, on October 21-24, 2004. His paper has received initial acceptance in the forthcoming volume of collected essays Human Encounter in the Salesian Tradition commemorating the fourth centenary of the initial encounter of St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal which will be published by the International Commission on Salesian Studies (ICSS).
Ms. Ruth Wittmann-Price made two presentations concerning teenage health issues to 7th and 8th grade groups at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Bethlehem, PA, on May 28, 2004. She made a poster presentation entitled "Extending the Caring Curriculum to Adjunct Nursing Faculty" at the National League of Nursing Educational Summit in Orlando, FL, on September 30-October 2, 2004. Her article entitled "Emancipation in Decision-Making in Women's Health Care" was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, (47) (4), pp. 437-445.
Ms. Shelley Yeager made a poster presentation entitled "Cost Effective Method for Tracking Expendable Supplies in the Nursing Skills Laboratory" at the 10th Biennial North American Learning Resources Center Conference held in Spokane, WA, June 17-19, 2004.