SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & GLOBAL INNOVATION
- James Biagi, Esq., Assistant Professor, School of Business and Global Innovation - authored a peer reviewed paper entitled "Effect of Signature Card on Disposition of Joint Bank Account Upon Death of Co-owner under New York Banking Law" that has been accepted for publication in the December 2014 issue of Beijing Law Review. Attorney Biagi presented a paper titled "Considerations in Addressing an Internal Revenue Service Audit of an Individual Taxpayer in the United States" at the 12th World Congress of Accounting Educators and Researchers held by the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) in Florence, Italy during November 2014. Attorney Biagi presented the paper, "Considerations in Addressing an Internal Revenue Service Audit of an Individual Taxpayer in the United States" at the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics and Technology (NABET) conference held in State College, PA in October 2014. In addition, Atty. Biagi served as the panel moderator and chair for the Tax Policy and Research Session of the 2014 American Accounting Association Northeast Region meeting and conference held in Albany, NY during October 2014 and served as the panel moderator and chair for the General Research Session of the 2014 NABET annual meeting and conference held in State College, Pennsylvania.
- Ahmed Gomaa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – published “A Scoring tool for websites – A case of Sustainable organizations,” in European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, September 2014 with Rachel Paukett and Andrew Dattel; “The Cross-Roads to Digital: Newspaper Models and the Change to an Industry,” in European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, with Elizabeth Cosgrove, accepted for December 2014; “Supportive Glucose Sensing Mobile Application to Improve the Accuracy of Continuous Glucose Monitors,” in Smart Health, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer International Publishing, Vol. 8549, 2014 with Chaogui Zhang, Muhammed Hasan, MaryBeth Roche, MaryBeth and Shaun Hynes. Dr. Gomaa also did a poster presentation, “Analyzing Historical Exchange Rate,” at the Informs Conference: The Business of Big Data, San Jose, California, 2014 with Ali Alhamdan.
- Dr. Gomaa also participated in a service trip to Cameroon. Dr. Murray James Pyle and Dr. Gomaa co-taught the four-week Financial Management track for the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI). Twenty Sisters from various orders in Africa attended the training. The one-month Finance Workshop in Cameroon began on May 5, 2014 with twenty students in the new computer lab at the Catholic University of Cameroon – Bamenda. The African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) and the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative(SLDI) were started by 5 colleges and universities along with 5 religious orders including the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The goal of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) is to contribute significantly to increase access to education in Africa by helping to educate women religious and enabling them to acquire leadership skills and necessary credentials for teaching, healthcare, spiritual or social service ministries in their countries.
- Monica L. Law, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, – published two research papers, “An Empirical Investigation: Best Practices Found within Medical Error Reporting Systems in Acute Care Hospitals in Pennsylvania” in the Journal of Management and Marketing Research, April 2014 and in 2013 published “Recommendations for Preventions of Medical Errors Through an Empirical Investigation of the Error Reporting Systems Within Acute Care Hospitals in Pennsylvania” in The American Journal of Health Sciences.
- Erin Sadlack, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English Department - helped lead a panel discussion titled "Tenured Faculty in Honors: The How and the Why" at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in November 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
- Helen Bittel, Ph.D., Associate Professor– was invited to present at “The Apartheid of Children’s Literature: Windows, Mirrors, Publishers, and Resources” at the Leap into Literacy conference at Marywood University, April 2014 and presented “‘No Project Time Today Due to Testing’: Classroom Learning and Children’s Agency in Three Early Reader Series.” Children’s Literature Association Annual Conference. University of South Carolina, June 2014. Dr. Bittel was also invited to review for a top--tier journal; she reviewed Art and Womanhood in Fin-de-Siecle Writing: The Fiction of Lucas Malet, 1880-1931 by Catherine Delyfer. The review appeared in Victorian Studies. Spring 2014.
- Deborah E Brassard, Ph.D., Associate Professor – published an article "'You Ever-Gentle Gods': A Discussion of Willa Cather's My Mortal Enemy" in Literature and Belief in volume 34, April 2014.
- Laurie McMillan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and English Department Chair – published “Performing Gender on YouTube: How Jenna Marbles Negotiates a Hostile Online Environment,” Feminist Media Studies (online: Feb. 2014; print forthcoming: Dec. 2014) with Dr. Lindsey Wotanis. Dr. McMillan also formed & Chaired the Panel, “Queer, Slut, & Straight Rhetoric: Opening Up Gendered Language,” at the Conference on College Composition & Communication March 2014, Indianapolis, IN. Dr. McMillan presented her paper, “Defining ‘Sluts’: Limbaugh and the Reformed Whores.” Dr. McMillan also presented “Representations of Slut-Shaming: Silver Linings Playbook, Easy A, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” at the Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, September 2013.
- The Faculty from the English Department held a 1-week summer Creative Writing Camp for those going into second through twelfth grades. The Camp focused on fiction writing, developed the theme, “Into the Forest!” and ran three separate sessions, one for elementary, one for middle, and one for high school students, each taught by publishing writers on our faculty. Projects developed from numerous age-appropriate writing activities and culminated in all students receiving a copy of a paperback collection of the stories produced by their age group. Each of the three workshop sections filled to their capacity of 16 students. The Department plans to run another workshop next year!
FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT
- Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Dr. Jose Reyes, Ph.D., Professor and Ms. Katlyn Beaton '14, Graduate Lecturer, Foreign Language Department – presented at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Annual Convention in San Antonia, Texas in November 2014. The title of their presentation was "Cross-disciplinary Cooperative Learning in Courses with a Travel Component."
- Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, presented a paper as part of a panel discussion of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima in October 2012 at Marywood's Comerford Theater. The event was part of the “Scranton Reads” program that chose Bless Me, Ultima as this year's selection.
MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
- Dhanapati Adhikari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science Department - organized the special session "Partial Differential Equation related to Fluids" in a Sectional Meeting of American Mathematical Society. This meeting was held in November 2014 in University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Also, Dr. Adhikari presented a paper, "The 2D incompressible Boussinesq equation with partial dissipation," at the Joint Meeting of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in January 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. He is also chairing an AMS session on Partial Differential Equations. The Joint Mathematics Meeting is the national meeting of AMS and MAA and it is the largest mathematics meeting in the world (reference: http://jointmathematicsmeetings.org/jmm).
- Zaixin Lu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science Department – had two research papers accepted by the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks, held in Maui, Hawaii, in December 2014 titled, "Minimizing the Access Time of Multi-item Requests in Wireless Data Broadcast Environments" and "On the Maximum Directional Target Coverage Problem in Wireless Sensor Networks."
- Chaogui Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science Department – presented a paper titled "Supportive Glucose Sensing Mobile Application to Improve the Accuracy of Continuous Glucose Monitors" at the 2014 International Conference on Smart Health in Beijing, China.
- Craig M. Johnson, Ph.D., Professor, – published a textbook that is now being used in MATH 120 titled, "Exploring Mathematics: Investigations with Functions,” published by Jones & Bartlett, 10 chapters, 656 pages.
- Dhanapati Adhikari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – published “Small Global Solutions to the Damped Two-dimensional Boussinesq Equations,” with Chongsheng Cao, Jiahong Wu, and Xiaojing Xu in the Journal of Differential Equations, June 2014 and also published “Global Wellspoedness of the 2D Boussinesq with Partial Dissipation,” in the International Journal of Mathematics and Computation, in June 2014. Dr. Adhikari also participated in a week-long NSF-CBMS Regional Conference in the Mathematical Sciences: Problems of PDEs Related to Fluids. It was held in July 2014 at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. NSF stands for National Science Foundation and CBMS stands for Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences.
- John M. DePoe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy Department - published an article this semester entitled, "The Self-Defeat of Naturalism: A Critical Comparison of Alvin Plantinga and C. S. Lewis," Christian Scholars Review 44, no. 1 (2014): 9-26. This is an interdisciplinary research journal, which had a 10% acceptance rate during the period I submitted my article and my article was the only philosophy article published by the journal during this period.
- John M. DePoe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor - authored, “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God: Contemporary Teleological Arguments,” Review and Expositor 111, August 2014, and “On the Epistemological Framework for Skeptical Theism” in Skeptical Theism: New Essays, eds. T. Dougherty and J. McBrayer (Oxford University Press, September 2014). Dr. DePoe also led a workshop on probabilistic reasoning and the Resurrection (including presenting, “Does Skeptical Theism Make the Resurrection Improbable?”) – Oxford University’s Ian Ramsey Centre conference on Special Divine Action, July 2014, by invitation.
RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY DEPARTMENT
- Fr. Nicholas Ferencz, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor – authored a book titled, American Orthodoxy & Parish Congregationalism, republished by Holy Cross Orthodox Press, April 2014.
- Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D., Gerod Schierling Endowed Chair in Science and Associate Professor, Science Department - presented research at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting in December 2014 in Philadelphia. The title of the presentation was: "Characterization of the Interactions between Mps3, Elg1, and Cdc5." Her co-presenter was her graduate research assistant, Christopher Brown.
- Robin P. Ertl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Science Department – chaired a session at the Pennsylvania Academy of Science Annual Meeting, March 2014 entitled, “Anthropogenic Impacts on Aquatic Systems.”
SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
- Jeremy Rich, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Acting Chair, Social Science Department – presented a paper at the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa in Washington, D.C. in November 2014 titled "The Role of Aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The Congo Protestant Relief Agency, 1960-1968."
- Alexander Vari, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Social Science Department – presented a paper on "Festival Cities: Art, Tourism, and Cultural Decentralization in Late Nineteenth-Century Europe" at the Seventh Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October 2014. Dr. Vari also chaired, commented and presented a paper on "Budapest: A Paris of the East or a Hungarian Paris?" at the main session: 'Paris of the . ." Negotiating the Parisian Urban Model in Eastern European and Latin American Cities, 1850-1930' in the program of the European Urban History Association Biennial conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
- Kathleen P. Munley, Ph.D., Professor, Social Sciences Department - received the Legion of Honor Award of The Chapel of Four Chaplains at the 23rd Annual Awards Celebration of this national organization on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Dr. Munley's award states that she was selected “in recognition of your services to all people regardless of race or faith. This award symbolizes for all Americans and for all time the unity of this Nation, founded upon the Fatherhood of One God.” The Chapel of Four Chaplains is a national organization “encouraging cooperation and selfless service among all people.” It was founded in 1947 to “recognize and encourage observation of the unity which binds together Americans of all Faiths.” The organization memorializes the courageous act of four Army Chaplains who gave their lifejackets to others when the troopship Dorchester was torpedoed on February 3, 1943 during World War II, and honors the 672 men of the Dorchester who perished, one of the largest naval disasters suffered during wartime in United States history.