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Faculty Scholarship & Professional Engagement: Spring 2015


  • Michael P. Allocca, assistant professor of mathematics, gave a research talk entitled "Combinatorial Rearrangements of Bacterial Genomes via Circular Permutations" at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Antonio, TX.

Alumni & Development

  • Rebekkah Brown, vice president of development and alumni relations, was a co-presenter on a panel on crowd funding at the CUPRAP conference in Hershey. CUPRAP is the east coast organization for college public relations and marketing professionals.

Art Studio

  • Scott Sherk, professor of art, and Pat Badt of Cedar Crest College, have curated an exhibition entitled Past/Present at the Allentown Art Museum. The exhibition opens to the public on Feb 22 and continues through May 17. An artist's panel will take place on Sun, Feb 22 at 1 pm -- free to the public.


  • Rich Niesenbaum, professor of biology and director of sustainability studies, was just appointed by Mayor Pawlowski, and approved by City Council, to serve on the Allentown Planning Commission.
  • Amy Hark, associate professor of biology, and five Muhlenberg graduates are co-authors on a paper published in G3: Genes, Genomes, and Genetics. Read More

Career Center

  • Sarah Bollinger presented "HIRED! 10 Ways to Excel in the Interviewing Process as a Graduate Student" at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) National Conference in Tampa, FL.


  • Keri Colabroy, associate professor of chemistry, gave an invited lecture in the Georgia State University department of chemistry Spring 2015 Seminar Series. Her lecture was titled "How to Make an Antibiotic: The Enzymology of Propylhygric Acid Assembly."
  • Keri Colabroy, associate professor of chemistry, was elected to the national committee for CUR.

Community Engagement

  • Emily DeMazza '18 has received a RAVE award - "Emily has been a great asset to Reading Rocks! She has been committed to the program. She`s great with the child she`s paired with and has great enthusiasm! She has really stepped up this semester and has taken up the responsibility of helping coordinate the program."
  • Harper Feingold `17 has received a RAVE award- "She has been a dedicated member of Art Day and is very enthusiastic about the program. She always gets involved and develops connections with the kids in the program and is an active volunteer. She also shows great enthusiasm in attending Jefferson Visits and Field Days."

Computer Science

  • Clif Kussmaul, associate professor of computer science, is attending the ACM SIGCSE CS Education Conference in Kansas City, where he is presenting in the NSF Showcase and a Special Session on Perspectives on Adopting & Facilitating POGIL.


  • Karen Dearborn Congratulations to Dance Program Chair KAREN DEARBORN, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the LVAIC Dance Consortium. The award will be presented Thursday, Feb. 5, at the 8 p.m. performance of Master Choreographers. Reception to follow. Read More


  • Jim Bloom, professor of English, had his essay "The Hollywood Challenge" published in a new collection from Cambridge University Press titled William Faulkner Context and edited by John T. Matthews.
  • Jill Stephen and David Rosenwasser, professors of English and co-directors of the Writing Program, made presentations last week at Kenyon College. They presented to faculty at Kenyon's Center for Innovative Pedagogy and to the staff of the writing center and interested students.

Languages, Litteratures, and Cultures

  • National Language Honor Societies The following students were inducted into Language Honor Societies this past weekend: Read More
  • Mirna Trauger, lecturer in Spanish, delivered a lecture titled "The Spanish American War and the Visual Construction of the Other: A gendered approach" at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.


  • Byungchul Cha, associate professor of mathematics, gave a talk, "Bias in prime numbers for elliptic curves over function fields," at Philadelphia Area Number Theory Seminar at Bryn Mawr College.
  • Will Gryc, assistant professor of mathematics, published a peer-reviewed article entitled "On sharp constants for dual Segal-Bargmann L^p spaces" with his coauthor Todd Kemp in volume 424 of the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications.
  • Byungchul Cha, associate professor of mathematics, published a paper with Sunghan Bae and Hwanyup Jung in Finite Fields and Their Applications. The paper was titled "Moebius function in short intervals for function fields."

Media and Communication

  • Jeff Pooley, associate professor and chair of media & communication, published an article, "Mnemonic Multiples: The Case of the Columbia Panel Studies," in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Read More
  • Aggie Bazaz, visiting asst. professor of media and communication, has her short documentary INHERITANCE airing on Comcast's Cinema Asian American VOD series. It is a documentary in the tradition of feminist autobiographical storytelling that illuminates diasporic identity formation in the shadow of Iranian gender politics and the Islamic Revolution. To view the film click this link


  • Tim Cochran, visiting assistant professor of music, presented "Experiencing Messiaen's Landscape Sublime" at the Hearing Landscape Critically conference at Harvard University.
  • The Muhlenberg College choir, directed by Michael Schnack, participated as guest performers in the New York Theatre Workshop's production of THE EVENTS in NYC this past weekend.
  • Michael Schnack, full-time Lecturer in Music, was Artist in Residence for three days at the First Congregational Church (UCC) of Sarasota, Florida. Together with a Wisconsin colleague, Michael led a choral workshop, performed at two worship services, and gave a collaborative piano recital.


  • Marcia Morgan, assistant professor of philosophy, published an article on "Transgression, Plurality, and Philosophy" in the Journal of Speculative Philosophy (Penn State University Press, December 2014).
  • Marcia Morgan, assistant professor of philosophy, will deliver a paper on a panel of the Int'l Association of Environmental Philosophy at the 2015 Conference of the Int'l Society for Environmental Ethics at the Christian Albrechts Univ. of Kiel in Germany. Her paper is titled "An Existential Ecofeminism and a Renewed Critical Theory of Nature."

Political Science

  • Alton Slane, professor of political science, presented a paper titled: "The Fourth Amendment and Police Use of Anonymous Tips to Support a Traffic Stop." The paper was presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Orlando, Florida.


  • Alan Tjeltveit, professor of psychology, published an article, "Appropriately addressing psychological scientists' inescapable cognitive and moral values," in the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

Public Health

  • The College has been ranked #1 among small colleges for public health administration. The rankings are done by Read More


  • Luba Iskold, professor of Russian, gave an invited lecture in the Great Decisions Foreign Policy Association 2015 Lecture Series. Her lecture was titled "Russia and the near Abroad." See more at: Read More

Student Activities

  • Dan Bigelow was named "Outstanding Chapter President" at the Delta Tau Delta Eastern Division Conference held in Morristown, NJ.




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