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Faculty Scholarship & Professional Engagement: Fall 2015


  • Chris Borick, former economics professor Don Dale and the late David Amdur had a paper on climate change economics published in Scientific World. Read More
  • Lauren Bomberg a senior neuroscience and dance major, was awarded Tutor of the Month by the Academic Resource Center for October 2015. Lauren tutors Biology of Movement, Anatomy and Kinesiology and has worked as a certified tutor for two years.
  • Seth Fried a senior self-designed major, was awarded Tutor of the Month by the Academic Resource Center for November 2015. Seth is studying Shifting Paradigms in Music, Communication and Business. He tutors Fundamentals in Music and Topics in Mathematics and has worked as a certified tutor for 3 years.
  • President Emeritus Randy Helm has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR).
  • Susan Falciani, Rachel Hamelers and Jen Jarson of Trexler Library will be delivering an invited talk at the Philadelphia University Paul J. Gutman Library on November 18: Crafting Active Learning Opportunities in Information Literacy Instruction: Examples from Muhlenberg College.
  • Ashley Malafronte '17 presented her writing center research "The Agenda: A Façade of Balanced Power Dynamics" at the International Writing Centers Association Conference Oct 8-10 in Pittsburgh. She participated in a poster session & received the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association Scholarship.
  • Shoshana Marin '17 presented her writing center research, "Examining Tutees' Questions for a More Receptive Tutoring Approach" at the International Writing Centers Association Conference Oct 8-10 in Pittsburgh. Shoshana participated in a panel about tools used in tutorials.
  • Gabby McCollough '17 & Kate O'Donoghue '17 presented writing center research "Moving from Concept to Term: Refurbishing Tutors' Understanding of Cognitive Scaffolding" at the International Writing Centers Association Conference Oct 8-10 in Pittsburgh, speaking on a panel on evolving tutor training.
  • Four professors, from different disciplines, gave a presentation on teaching online in the liberal arts at the International Online Learning Conference in Orlando, Florida. Two other professors were co-authors. For more details and the names, click here: Read More
  • Troy Dwyer and Frederick Staidum, Associate Professor of Theatre & Faculty Diversity Fellow in English & Africana Studies, respectively, co-led a panel discussion after the film screening of “Do I Sound Gay?” Sunday. The event was part of the 2015 LGBT Film Series co-sponsored by ArtsQuest & Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.
  • A. Lanethea Mathews-Schultz, PhD Associate Professor, Political Scienc With coauthors Mack Mariani (Xavier University) and Bryan Marshall (Miami University), Lanethea Mathews-Schultz published "See Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Sarah Palin Run? Party, Ideology, and the Influence of Female Role Models on Young Women," in Political Science Quarterly.
  • A.Lanethea Mathews-Schultz, PhD Associate professor, Political Science Lanethea Mathews-Schultz published, "Review of Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce (Sylvia Jukes Morris, 2014)," for the web-based publication, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000, (Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press, 2015).
  • Eugene Fiorini, professor of mathematics, shares his recent activities and accomplishments. Read More
  • Muhlenberg College was ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges rankings.Muhlenberg was recognized in: #72 (tie) National Liberal Arts Colleges and #52 (tie) Best Colleges for Veterans. The College also made the A-Plus Schools for B Students list. Read More

Alumni & Development

  • Kathy Harring, dean of institutional assessment & academic planning, was recognized as distinguished honoree for her outstanding service, dedication and commitment to Muhlenberg by the department of advancement at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast.
  • Sheryl LeBlanc Guss '81, P'10, P'13, was recognized as distinguished honoree for her outstanding service, dedication and commitment to Muhlenberg by the department of advancement at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Breakfast.
  • Rebekkah Brown, vice president for advancement, presnted a "Day of Giving Day" webinar last month. It was the highest rated webinar, in terms of user satisfaction, in the entire five years that the Chronicle of Philantropy has offered webinars.
  • Rebekkah Brown, Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations, is presenting a webinar for the Chronicle of Philanthropy today. The topic is "How to Hold a Successful Giving Day." Read More


  • Junior Nick Sarkos earns honorable mention All-Centennial Conference honors for soccer. Read More
  • Four field hockey players earn Centennial Conference honors; Emily Boyle named to the first team. Read More
  • Jen Mermelstein earns All-Conference soccer honors. Read More
  • Shannon Hubert and Katherine Boll earn All-Conference volleyball honors. Read More
  • Daniel Eidman a Muhlenberg Sophomore & member of Sigma Phi Epsilon was featured on the official Sig Ep page. He was named "player of the week" for the Centennial Conference. Read More


  • Dan Klem recently had an article, Bird–Window Collisions: A Critical Animal Welfare and Conservation Issue, published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. Read More
  • Rich Niesenbaum, professor of biology and director of sustainability, gave an invited seminar at East Stroudsburg University titled "Fish and Gold: Two Case Studies in Sustainability."
  • Erika Iyengar, associate professor of biology, published an article in the U. of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories "Tide Bites." Students Melissa Mayol, Kerry McGowan and Elizabeth Thompson are mentioned in the article. Read More

Business Administration

  • Roland J. Kushner, associate professor of business, gave an invited lecture "Measuring the vitality of arts and culture in the U.S. with the National Arts Index" to the inaugural Arts Industry Forum hosted by Korea Arts Management Service in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Roland J. Kushner, assistant professor of business, is author of the 2015 Chorus Operations Survey Report published by Chorus America, the national service organization for the choral music field. Erika Davis '16 made significant contributions to the Report.

Career Center

  • Alana Albus, director of the Career Center, attended a session "Creating Strategic Advantage Through Diversity" program at Eisner Amper in New Jersey. There was a discussion with Diversity and Inclusion Officers from several major corporations including The United States Tennis Association and Bloomberg.
  • Jenna Azar Academic Transition and Engagement Manager, presented at the National Conference on Students in Transition in Baltimore, Maryland. The presentation was titled "All Together Now: Peer Supported and Inclusive Learning." Read More
  • Alana Albus, director of the Career Center, resented "Demonstrating Relevance in the Adult Learner Resume: The New Job Search" at the Navigating Success Conference for Adult Learners at Eastern University.


  • Sherri Young, assistant professor of chemistry, published a paper titled "Ethynylphenyl carbonates and carbamates as dual-action acetylcholinesterase inhibitors and anti-inflammatory agents" in the journal Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters. The article can be found here: Read More
  • Sherri Young, assistant professor of chemistry, attended the Ninth Peptoid Summit, a specialized conference on a topic relevant to her research. The conference was held at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.
  • Joseph Keane, associate professor of chemistry, published a paper titled "Molybdenum Complexes of Chiral C2-Symmetric Picchxn-Type Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Structural Studies" in Inorganica Chimica Acta. Ten current and former Muhlenberg students are co-authors.

Community Engagement

  • Hannah Cohan '16 received a RAVE award-"Hannah is always excited to Shape it Up! with the students. Hannah brings a great energy and is always ready with new activities for the students to participate in. Hannah is very patient and makes everyone's experience more enjoyable." Congrats, Hannah!
  • Samantha Brown '19 received a RAVE Award (Recognition in Volunteer Excellence) - "Sam comes to The Caring Place with enthusiasm, doesn`t hesitate to help lead an activity, and is always great with the kids!" Congrats, Sam!

Computer Science

  • Clif Kussmaul, associate professor of computer science, attended the STEMtech conference in Phoenix. He presented a session on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). Clif also presented a half day workshop on POGIL at Bucknell University.
  • George Benjamin, Clif Kussmaul and three students attended the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Eastern Conference at Stockton Univ. Jalal Khan presented a poster. Khan, Victor Lora and Adrian Pichardo participated in the student programming contest. Kussmaul led a workshop on Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning.
  • Clif Kussmaul, associate professor of computer science, is attending the POGIL Project Steering Committee meeting in Philadelphia.
  • Clif Kussmaul associate professor of computer science, attended the 2015 Professors Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) at the headquarters of Red Hat, Inc. in Raleigh, NC.
  • Clif Kussmaul, associate professor of computer science, is a Co-PI on a new NSF IUSE grant: Collaborative Research: OpenPath-Improving Student Pathways to Computing Professions via Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software with colleagues at Drexel, Western New England and Nassau Community College.


  • David Amdur a late Muhlenberg economics professor, was recently awarded the Canadian Economics Association Robert Mundell Prize for a paper published in 2014, based on work he started during his Ph.D. Read More
  • Ranajoy Ray-Chaudhuri, assistant professor of economics, gave a talk on "Deregulation and Reregulation: A History of American Banking Laws" at Universidad de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico.


  • Jim Bloom, professor of English, has published a review, of Philip Roth: Fiction and Power by Patrick Hayes, in the fall 2015 issue of Philip Roth Studies.
  • Tom Cartelli, professor of English, prepared two new single-text editions of Shakespeare's Richard III (1597 quarto, 1623 folio) for the print and electronic versions of the recently published Norton Shakespeare 3: a project that was 5 years in the making and involved the efforts of 40 scholars working under the general editorship of Stephen Greenblatt.
  • Grant Scott, professor of English, published his essay, "Painting Words" Severn's Visual Dialogue with Keats in The Fountain (1828)," in the interdisciplinary journal, Word & Image (July-September 2015): 288-304.
  • Tom Cartelli, professor of English, spent two weeks in Venice collaborating on "The Shylock Project," a 4-week postgraduate seminar devoted to studying Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice." The project culminates next summer with the first English production of the play, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city's Jewish ghetto.
  • Tom Cartelli, professor of English, delivered a public lecture, in Venice titled "'Tainted Wether of the Flock': Shakespeare's Repurposing of Fiorentino's Doting Godfather in The Merchant of Venice." This was part of his work with the "Shylock Project."
  • Jill Stephen and David Rosenwasser, professors of English, offered a half-day workshop to 40 members of the Dickinson College faculty. The workshop was entitled "Sharing the Tools: How to Think With Student Writers." They also attended an all-day workshop for faculty and tutors on working with international students.

Film Studies

  • Amy Corbin, assistant professor of film studies and media and communication, gave a talk "Melodrama and Realism in the Urban Cinema of Ramin Bahrani" at Duke University as part of a symposium entitled "Postmodern Melodrama and Its Discourses."


  • Danielle Sanchez, assistant professor of history, co-authored a volume "Slavery, Migrations, and Transformations: Connecting Old and New Diasporas to the Homeland (Cambria Press 2015)." Read More

Inst. for Jewish-Christian Understanding

  • Peter A. Pettit, director IJCU, lectured in Rochester, NY and led Jewish&Christian leaders in a workshop, "Interfaith Challenges in Engaging Israel and Palestine." He also was encomiast for Rabbi Dr. Yitz Greenberg, who received the Shevet Achim award at the annual meeting of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations.
  • Peter A. Pettit, IJCU Dir & Religion Studies, gave the 2nd Annual Ned Rosenbaum Memorial Lecture at Dickinson College on Saturday during Homecoming/Family Weekend, "Peeling the Banana from Both Ends: Interfaith Engagement and the Tasks of Religion Studies." The talk was sponsored by Hillel and Judaic Studies.
  • A group of six from Muhlenberg, including Xincheng Zhu '19, participated in the unveiling and dedication of Ecclesia and Synagoga In Our Time at St. Joseph's University, marking the golden jubilee of Vatican II's Nostra Aetate with a historic sculpture embodying the new relationship of church and synagogue.


  • Daniel Leisawitz, lecturer in Italian, will deliver a paper on the Italian film director Roberto Rossellini at an academic conference at Franklin&Marshall College: "Italian Cinema in the Present Tense: New Narrative Practices from Adaptation to Transmedia and Transnational Cinema."

Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

  • Daniel Leisawitz had "Beyond Praxis: Leone de' Sommi's Apology of Theater and Judaism in his Quattro dialoghi in materia di rappresentazioni sceniche," published in Italica 92.2. He examines the first treatise on the art of theater direction, uncovering implicit defenses of secular theater and Jewish culture.
  • Eileen McEwan, associate professor of French, presented a paper entitled "Breaking the Silence: Franco-American Responses to the Elite" at the Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S. conference in Las Vegas.

Leadership and Greek Affairs

  • Phi Mu and ZBT want to thank everyone who helped make our Get on the Ball event a success. With your support, we reached our goal and were able to raise $1,639.49 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals!


  • Gene Fiorini, Koehler Professor of Mathematics, presented the results of his paper "Symmetric Class 0 Subgraphs of Complete Graphs" at the New York City College of Technology semester seminar.
  • Gene Fiorini, Koehler Professor of Mathematics, presented a talk "Toward Sustainable Human Environments: The Role of Mathematical Scientists" at Foulkeways Community Center in Gwynedd, PA.
  • Gene Fiorini, Koehler Professor of Mathematics, was recently appointed assistant editor to the On-line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences.
  • Gene Fiorini, Koehler Professor of Mathematics, is the plenary speaker for the SENCER Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference at the SENCER Center for Innovations in Brooklyn, NY. The talk is "Challenges of the 21st Century" and will concentrate on the role of the mathematical sciences in sustainability and the cyber-revolution.
  • Eugene Fiorini, Koehler Professor of Mathematics, led a panel session on "Sustainability Opportunities in Graduate Programs" and presented "REU Opportunities in Sustainability" at the Workshop on Education for the Planet Earth of Tomorrow, at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee.
  • Eugene Fiorini, Koehler Professor of Mathematics, is serving on working groups for "Statistical Evidence" and "Possible Matches" as part of his work on the organizing committee for future workshops for the Program on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science.
  • Gene Fiorini, Koehler Professor of Mathematics, was invited to speak on "Education: Connecting Forensics and Mathematical Sciences" at the Opening Workshop for the Program on Statistics and Applied Mathematics in Forensic Science in North Carolina. This program is sponsored by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute.

Media and Communication

  • Susan Kahlenberg gave a presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV on November 22, titled, Embracing Results and Closing the Loop When Conducting Assessment of a Shared Grading Rubric.
  • Amy Corbin, associate professor of media and communication and film studies, published her book "Cinematic Geographies and Multicultural Spectatorship in America" (Palgrave 2015). Read More
  • Elizabeth Nathanson, assistant professor of media and communication, published an essay titled "She Works Hard for the Money/Man/Shoes/Herself/Her Sisters" in Antenna: Responses to Media and Culture.
  • John Sullivan professor of media and communication, presented a paper entitled Architectures of control: The standardization of video streaming and the future of online video at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Irene Chien, assistant professor of media and communication, presented a paper, "Games of Death: Playing Bruce Lee," at the Queerness and Games Conference at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, Jenna Azar, and Lora Taub-Pervizpour presented at the Digital Learning Research Network Conference at Stanford University. The talk was titled "Participatory Digital Literacy in Desperately Unequal Times."
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, gave an invited talk on "Open Media Scholarship" at the Annenberg School for Communication, as part of the University of Pennsylvania's Open Access Week programming.
  • Elizabeth Nathanson, assistant professor of media and communication, published a chapter titled "Sweet Sisterhood: Cupcakes as Sites of Feminized Consumption and Production" in the anthology Cupcakes, Pinterest and Ladyporn: Feminized Popular Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century (University of Illinois Press, 2015)
  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor of media and communication, presented a paper, "The Collective Behavior Tradition in Chicago Sociology," with Elihu Katz and Deb Lubken, at the "Bridges and Boundaries: Theories, Concepts and Sources in Communication History" conference in Venice, Italy.


  • Kassandra Hartford, visiting assistant professor in music, gave a presentation at the National Meeting of the American Musicological Society, in Louisville, KY. Her paper was titled "Listening to the Din of the Great War."
  • Doug Ovens, professor of music, performed his composition "Music Box, Improvisation #4B" at the National Association of Composers USA Mid-Atlantic Conference at Hampton University in Hampton, VA.


  • Marcia Morgan, associate professor of philosophy and director of the gender and women's studies programs, delivered a lecture at Emory University on "The Affect of Dissident Languag." The lecture is part of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy.
  • Marcia Morgan, associate professor of philosophy and director of the women's and gender studies program, delivered a lecture at Yale University on Juergen Habermas's intervention on liberal eugenics and a renewed critical theory of nature. The program is available here: Read More

Political Science

  • Alton Slane, professor of political science, presented a paper titled "New Fourth Amendment Issues When Police Use Narcotics-detection Dogs During a Lawful Traffic Stop" at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association
  • Lanethea Mathews-Schultz professor of political science, had her research on political role models and gender picked up by the London School of Economics American Politics and Public Policy blog. Read More
  • Lanethea Mathews Schultz, associate professor of political science, along with coauthors Mack Mariani (Xavier U) and Bryan Marshall (Miami U), published "See Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin Run? Party, Ideology and the Influence of Female Role Models on Young Women," in Political Science Quarterly. Read More

Religion Life

  • Or Adi Muhlenberg College Hillel Israel Fellow, attended the third national conference at the Schusterman International Center (SIC) on Monday. The goal of the conference at SIC is to reflect on Israel activities on campus this semester and train Fellows.

Religion Studies

  • Purvi Parikh Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, presented a paper titled "Constructing Moral Selves in Contemporary Hinduism: The Self-Ethics of Swadhyaya" at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Kammie Takahashi assistant professor of religion studies, presented a paper titled "Birds and Fishes: View and Method in the Mahayoga Texts of Buddhaguhya" at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Dustin Nash assistant professor of religion studies, presented a paper titled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: Judah, Edom, and Converse Constructions of Israeliteness in Genesis 36" at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Peter A. Pettit, director IJCU, presented "Jewish-Christian Relations for the Present Time" at the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, as part of its Fall 2015 series on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate at Vatican II.


  • Carolyn Chernoff, visiting assistant professor in the sociology/ anthropology, delivered a guest lecture and workshop (by Skype) on race, gender and recent violence to a special Race and Gender seminar at St. Anne's-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA.
  • Carolyn Chernoff, visiting assistant professor in the sociology/ anthropology department, moderated a panel "Strange Circulations: Artist-Driven Publications" at the Moore College of Art and Design. Read More

Staff Activities

  • Rabbi Melissa B. Simon, Ari Weil and Or Adi from Hillel are attending the Hillel International Global Assembly in Orlando, Fla. with over 500 Hillel professionals from around the world. Muhlenberg grad Becca Diamond '15 who is working at College of Charleston Hillel also attended the conference.
  • Senior Bryan Auvil has been named a Co-SIDA Academic first team All-American for the second year in a row. Auvil, a chemistry major, has been the Centennial Conference scholar athlete-of-the-year two years in a row and has been a three-time All-Conference selection on the offensive line. Read More
  • Muhlenberg College Hillel was awarded a grant from Hillel International's Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience. The grant will help implement the TZADDIK conversation guides
  • Rachel Hamelers, Trexler Library, has been awarded a grant from the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund to attend the American Public Health Association 143rd Annual Meeting and Exposition in Chicago.
  • David Hallowell, assistant dean for academic resources and disability services, presented "Working with College Students on the Autism Spectrum" at the annual conference of The National Academic Advising Association in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Kelly Cannon, Outreach and Scholarly Communication Librarian, presented at the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference. Cannon was on a panel of academic librarians who presented "Cream of the Crop: PA Forward and Academic Librarians." His presentation focused on active learning and information literacy.
  • Tina Hertel, Director of the Trexler Library, presented at the Pennsylvania Library Association) Annual Conference. She presented "Career Development @ Your Library."
  • Rabbi Melissa B. Simon, Hillel Director and Jewish Chaplain, spoke at Congregation Keneseth Israel in Allentown about "Jewish Identity: An Inter-generational Conversation about the Millennials." Several Muhlenberg students and alumni attended the session and participated in the conversation. Read More
  • Jessica Bien, general manager in the theatre and dance department, and the entire theatre and dance department will be honored at "A Taste of the Shadows" dinner tonight at Green Pond Country Club. The 2015 Accessibility Champion Award is given to individuals and groups who have made a positive effort to improve access for those with visual impairments.
  • Dean of Students Karen Green will be honored with the African American Business Leaders Award Oct 7 at the Hook Restaurant in Allentown. The award is sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce African American Business Leaders Council.

Student Activities

  • Junior Nick Palladino wins Weiker Award as top sophomore student-athlete in 2014-15. Read More


  • Professor Charles Richter, of the theatre and dance department, wa the recipient of the 2015 Joel and Ruth Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award was announced at Opening Convocation.


  • Sophomore Eric Jovinelly was the recipient of the 2015 Espi Guinto Young Writers Award, which was announced at Opening Convocation.

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