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Faculty Scholarship & Professional Engagement: Fall 2015


  • 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

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

Computer Science

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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, 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.


  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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 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

  • 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

Staff Activities

  • 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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