Sunday, June 16th, 2024
Faculty & Staff Activities

Faculty/Staff Activities

Recent activities for Drs. Marlene Arnold, Ximena Catepillan, Shaun Cook and Sepi Yalda.

Dr. Marlene Arnold

Dr. Marlene Arnold, Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Marlene Arnold recently took part in a panel discussion following “The American Buffalo” screening. The documentary by Ken Burns and panel discussion were held at Willow Valley Communities on Oct. 5.

The American Buffalo, is a new two-part, four-hour series, that takes viewers on a journey through more than 10,000 years of North American history and across some of the continent’s most iconic landscapes, tracing the animal’s evolution, its significance to the Indigenous people and landscape of the Great Plains, its near extinction, and the efforts to bring the magnificent mammals back from the brink.

Arnold also recruited Sandi Cianciulli – Oglala Sioux Tribe, National Congress of American Indians and Charles Under Baggage – Oglala Lakota Nation, Activists/Artist/Photographer to be on the panel with her.


Dr. Ximena Catepillán, Emerita Professor of Mathematics at Millersville University.

Dr. Ximena Catepillán, Professor Emerita of Mathematics
For over 15 years, Dr. Ximena Catepillán has traveled to remote places to do archaeological studies associated with ethnomathematics, the connection between culture, history and mathematics.

On Oct. 24 Catepillan will speak on “Ethnomathematics: The Connection Between Culture, History, and Mathematics at Hofstra University. In her presentation, Catepillán will provide examples of ethnomathematics that she taught at Millersville and Universidad de Santiago de Chile.


Dr. Shaun Cook recently presented at the Ware Center.

Dr. Shaun Cook, Associate Professor of Psychology
Dr. Shaun Cook, Director of the Neuropsychology of Memory and Aging Lab at Millersville, recently joined other experts at the Ware Center for the “State of Mental Health: The Elderly” forum.

The forum discussed the various ways in which elderly people are suffering from various mental health issues but may be hiding them. For example, they may not show signs of depression, Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia until it’s too late. The forum was meant to shed light on the elderly’s relation to both mental health and cognitive diseases and to offer possible solutions.


Dr. Sepi Yalda was a recent speaker at a news conference highlighting climate-smart farming practices.

Dr. Sepi Yalda, Professor of Meteorology
Dr. Sepi Yalda, Director of the Center for Disaster Research & Education, was recently one of the keynote speakers at a news conference highlighting climate-smart farming practices. Yalda was on the docket with PA State Rep. Ismail “Izzy” Smith-Wade-El, Lancaster County Commissioner John Trescot, Lancaster City Council Members Jaime Arroyo and Ahmed Ahmed and Eric Sauder, Founder & Executive Director of RegenAll

The group discussed how Lancaster County agricultural producers and rural communities are beginning to harness resources vital for climate solutions, all while fortifying their economic foundations.



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