Here are the faculty and staff activities for May 17, 2012.
Faculty and Staff Activities
Dr. Sherlynn Bessick, learning services, recently presented her department’s current research in critical thinking, ADHD coaching and disability services at the 6th Annual Disability Matters Conference held in Newark, N.J., April 18-19. Bessick presented the importance of preparing all students with critical thinking skills throughout their education because it is one of the attributes of graduates that prospective employers value the most. Bessick also presented the importance of students with disabilities thoroughly understanding their disability to advocate for reasonable accommodations during their education and for future employment.
Dr. Richard Clark, earth sciences, was an invited presenter and panelist at the 2012 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Washington Forum at the University of California Washington Center, Washington D.C. The theme of the forum, which was organized by the AMS Board on Enterprise Economic Development, part of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise, was “Toward a Weather, Water and Climate-Ready Nation.” The 170 participants represented all sectors of the enterprise. In addition to Clark’s presentation, which focused on the new Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications program at Millersville University, speakers included representatives from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congress, U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank and the World Meteorological Organization.
Dr. Rich Mehrenberg, special education, has been accepted to serve as an expert reviewer for the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC). As an expert reviewer, he will recommend evidence-based intervention practices for individuals with autism. More information on the project can be found at the NPDC website.
Dr. James Pannafino, art & design, spoke at the Antonelli Institute, in Glenside, Pa., on April 25. The title of his talk was “The Future Of Interactive Web Design: Function And Technology.” On April 27 he spoke at Messiah College, in Grantham, Pa., on “Function and Time: Showing Passion in a Digital Portfolio.”
Drs. Karen Rice and Heather Girvin, social work, presented a workshop entitled “Differences in Power: An Ethnographic Study of Child Welfare Dependency Hearings” at the Human Rights, Social Justice and Qualitative Research Forum held April 21 in New York, N.Y.The conference is part of Fordham University’s Be The Evidence Project, which is aimed at utilizing qualitative methodology to bring about social change.