November 7, 2012

Faculty Highlights for November 2012

Faculty Highlights for November 2012

Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English Matthew Elliott accepted an invitation to join the Awards Committee for the Kingston-Mann Awards for Excellence in Diversity/Inclusion Scholarship. Housed at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, the awards are open to students from eight New England colleges and universities, including Emmanuel College.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Aren Gerdon is collaborating with the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga. and three other universities to focus on student learning of chemistry lab techniques in lecture settings compared to online or digital dissemination of information. The CDC has testing facilities in 48 states and is interested in how to best train their lab technicians.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Christine Jaworek-Lopes is the National Chemistry Week (NCW) chair for the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). At the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia in August, Christine received on behalf of the Section a Chemluminary Award for Most Creative NCW Celebration Using the Yearly Theme. The "make your own hand sanitizer" activity was developed in collaboration with David Sittenfeld at the Museum of Science Boston and Alissa Daniels at the Boston Children's Museum. More than 1500 individuals made their own hand sanitizer during NCW 2011 events.

Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology Linda Lin presented the following papers at the 2012 meeting of the New England Psychological Association with psychology majors Frank DeCusati '13 and Brittany Merrill '12: "Social Norms and Weight Prejudice," "The Influence of Family and Close Friends on Weight Expectations and Eating Disordered Attitudes," "Using Tailored Normative Feedback as an Intervention for Eating Disordered Attitudes and Poor Body Image," and "Using a Cognitive Dissonance Intervention to Reduce Antifat Attitudes.

Associate Professor of Science Education and Chair of the Department of Education Fiona McDonnell participated in the week-long Collegium Faith and the Intellectual Tradition in June 2012. The colloquy was held at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn. Collegium is a joint effort by 64 Catholic colleges and universities to recruit and develop faculty who can articulate and enrich the spiritual and intellectual life of their institutions. The colloquy invites faculty to explore some of the most compelling aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and to develop their own sense of vocation as intellectuals in a contemporary context.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Clare Mehta's paper entitled "Women's experiences of graduate school in the US and the UK: An interpretative phenomenological investigation" was accepted for publication in Gender and Education.

Assistant Professors of Economics Rebecca Moryl and Shuyi Jiang presented their paper: "Gold, Moonshine and Autopsies: Engaging different student learning styles in Micro and Macro" at the 74th International Atlantic Economic Conference in Montreal, Canada from October 4-7, 2012.

Assistant Professor of English David Palumbo presented his paper "Satiric Alienation: Satire and Isolation in Swift's Circle" at the Northeast American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference at Wesleyan University on October 13th.

Associate Professor of English Mary Elizabeth Pope's short story "The Club" was accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of PoemMemoirStory.

Professor of Chemistry and Chair of Department of Chemistry & Physics Faina Ryvkin was the faculty advisor for Lauren Gagnon '13, who was awarded a Travel Grant-in-Aid from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) to present a paper at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in April 2013.

On October 4th, Professor of English Lisa Stepanski presented her research on Louisa May Alcott as part of a panel of recent Mary Baker Eddy Library fellows, moderated by Ann Braude, Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School.

Assistant Professor of Psychology Xiaowei Zhao's paper entitled "Simulating Cross-Language Priming with a Dynamic Computational Model of the Lexicon" was accepted in the journal of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.