Faculty spent the fall
semester not only teaching, but also publishing and presenting research.
Dr. Yong-Zhuo Chen, professor of
mathematics, attended the workshop on Fractal Geometry and Related Topics last
month at Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China. Fractal geometry is an
active mathematical field that studies irregular geometry figures that are not
dealt with in classical geometry.
Dr. Mihaela-Cristina Drignei, assistant
professor of mathematics, presented a paper titled “A Numerical Method for
Solving a Goursat-Cauchy Boundary Value Problem” at the American Mathematical
Society Eastern Sectional Meeting in Philadelphia.
Colin Poirer, an applied mathematics major from Turtlepoint, presented during
the fall a research project he had worked on last summer with Drignei. The
project was “Some Elementary Inverse Problems Involving the Timing of Signals,”
and he presented it at the Penn-York Undergraduate Research Conference, which
was hosted by Pitt-Bradford.
Sean Gess, an adjunct instructor of
biology,was the lead author of an article,
“Rest-site Selection by Fishers (Martes
pennant) in the Eastern Deciduous Forest,” that appeared in Wildlife
Society Bulletin last month. Gess and his fellow researchers studied resting
fishers in a recolonized area and found 79 structures used for rest by 15 of
the medium-sized members of the weasel family. The fishers’ favorite resting
spots were in live trees with broken tops, primarily black cherry, American beech
and sugar maple.
Dr. Nancy McCabe, associate professor
of writing and director of the writing program, published two pieces during the
fall. Her flash fiction piece “After the Coma” appears in the current issue of
Citron Review, and her craft essay “Crossing the Nonfiction Line:
Autobiographical Fiction and Fictionalized Memoir” was a cover story in the
fall issue of Voices de la Luna.
essay “Can This Troubled Marriage be Saved: A Quiz” was cited in an article in
Brevity magazine as “a remarkable example of how an essay can be crafted by
simple subversions of an expected form.”
Dr. Jean Truman, assistant professor of
nursing, presented a poster, “Enhancing Assessment Skills and Assessing
Clinical Judgment Utilizing Standardized Patients During an Emergency/Disaster
Situation,” at the Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing’s 42nd
Biennial Convention in Indianapolis.
The poster illustrated
how nurse educators can use standardized patients to assess the competency of
student nurses responding to disaster victims. Students were required to
accurately assess victims using principles of mass casualty triage. Their
clinical judgment and performance were evaluated during their interactions with
the standardized patients.
Donald Ulin, associate professor of English,
published an article, “From ‘Huckleberry Finn’ to ‘The Shawshank Redemption’:
Race and the American Imagination in the Biracial Escape Film,” in the European
Journal of American Studies. Ulin studied several American movies about
biracial friendships between a young white man and an older black man in the
light of Mark Twain’s iconic novel, including several film versions of