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Safety Doctoral Program Approved

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors approved IUP’s doctoral program in Safety Sciences in October. Expected to begin in 2013, the program will be the first of its kind in the nation.

A recent study identified the lack of a doctorate in safety or a safety-related field as the number-one reason safety programs cannot fill faculty positions nationwide, according to Chris Janicak, professor and program coordinator. The structure of the IUP program will allow students to take courses both online and on campus during the summer months, allowing full-time working professionals to complete the degree without leaving their jobs.

New Date for Peters

The appearance of Bernadette Peters at IUP as the 2011 Helwig Distinguished Artist has been moved to May 4 at 8:00 p.m. in IUP’s Performing Arts Center. The performance, originally scheduled for September, is made possible by an endowed program created by Florence Helwig in memory of her husband, Wilfred E. Helwig.

Asian Tour

David Surtasky and Greg Giovanni performing in the contemporary English-language noh play Pagoda

Touring four Asian cities during the summer with the international performance group Theatre Nohgaku were David Surtasky ’89, director of production for the Lively Arts at IUP, and Greg Giovanni ’84. Both alumni of the Theater and Dance Department, Surtasky and Giovanni, pictured second and third from the right, respectively, in the front row of the chorus, performed in the contemporary English-language noh play Pagoda, and provided support for the traditional play Takasago. Noh is a form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the fourteenth century. [Photo by Kazuhiro Inue, courtesy of Theatre Nohgaku]

Exploring California’s Wonders

Lydia Rodríguez, of the Foreign Languages Department, and Francisco Alarcón, chair of the Mathematics Department, spent part of their summer exploring Northern and Central California. They wandered the banks of Lake Tahoe (meeting up with Mathematics Department retiree Charles Bertness), hiked along the “jaw-dropping” sequoias of Sequoia National Park and the waterfalls and granite domes of Yosemite, tasted wine at Napa Valley, relaxed in mineral mud in Calistoga, were wowed by the giants of Redwood Country, and maybe even caught a glimpse of the legendary Sasquatch. But they’re not keeping it to themselves. For an educational and entertaining account of their trip, including photos, read “Exploring California’s Wonders.”

Postpartum Support Pioneer

Retired Anthropology professor Laurence Kruckman received the Dr. Robert Logan and Mary Ellen Logan Awareness Award from Postpartum Support International. A former PSI president and board member, Kruckman helped pioneer the study and awareness of the role of social support in preventing postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. He also started the organization’s website in 1996.

Kruckman and his wife, Carolyn White, a perinatal nurse educator, were interviewed last year by a Korean documentary crew for a two-part series on birth and the postpartum.

Becoming Edith

Edith Mayer Cord, who taught foreign languages at IUP from 1962 to 1978, has written a memoir of her experiences in wartime Europe. Becoming Edith: The Education of a Hidden Child details Cord’s experience growing up during the religious persecution of World War II, which took the lives of her father and brother and deprived her of schooling for six years. Through her spirituality and studies, she said, she came to terms with her trauma and went on to graduate from the University of Toulouse before coming to the United States in 1952. Find more information on Edith Cord’s website. The book may also be purchased through Amazon.com.

Advances in Spoken Communication

After replacing half the content of her original work, Diane Klein recently published the second edition of her textbook on spoken communication for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The additions include strategies for eliciting speech sounds, new suggestions for working with older students, and current best practices promoting a multidisciplinary team approach to fostering these skills. A professor emerita in Special Education and Clinical Services, she worked with department faculty members and students, who reviewed drafts of her chapters to gain insight into the publishing process.

Stress Contributions Awarded

Psychology professor Krys Kaniasty received the Stress and Anxiety Research Society Lifetime Career Award based on his history of scientific contributions to the study of stress, coping, emotions, and health. At the annual STAR conference in Germany, he gave the keynote address on social psychological reactions of communities coping with natural and human-induced disasters. He has done extensive research and has been widely published on social support following natural disasters and trauma.

Drawing from Experience

Steve Loar was a natural to be involved with the book Woodturning Today: A Dramatic Evolution, honoring the twenty-fifth anniversary of the American Association of Woodturners. An associate professor in the Art Department and a woodturner himself, Loar is a longtime follower of the field and even collected slides of his colleagues’ work. Those slides and the anecdotal information he had about them were the backbone of his essay on significant works in the history of contemporary woodturning. Find more information and photos of works by Loar and a handful of Art alumni on IUP’s Research website.

Devoted to His Field

David Stein ’75, professor and director of the Speech-Language Pathology program, received the Honors of the Association Award, the highest award presented by the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. It recognizes devotion to the field as a clinician, mentor, professor, administrator, and colleague. Stein has served the association for thirty-four years, including as president, past president, and a member of the executive board and various committees. He also served on the national association’s Legislative Council.

Promoting Science Teaching Excellence

Biology professor Thomas Lord was elected to the board of directors of the National Science Teachers Association, the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. Lord, who was selected as chair of the four-year college division, will serve on the board through 2013.

Anti-terror Degree Established

Criminology professor Dennis Giever D’95 recently led the creation of a new IUP master’s program in strategic studies in weapons of mass destruction. The 30-credit program will address radiological bombs, power grid disruptions, biological attacks, and other threats. FBI clearance is required for enrollment, and for now the FBI is selecting students from within its ranks.

Lesson in the Pennsylvania Outdoors

The new Science Discovery and Outdoor Learning Center in the courtyard of Stouffer Hall has a dual educational purpose: Education majors learn about teaching science, and local elementary and middle-school students learn about the environment. The center’s lessons and features focus specifically on Pennsylvania plants and wildlife. Meghan Twiest, a faculty member in the Professional Studies in Education Department, talks about the center’s versatility as a learning tool on the IUP Research website.

Seed Dispersal Not Just for Birds

Biology faculty member Tim Nuttle was part of a research team that spent six years studying the role of tambaqui, a fruit-eating fish in South America, in spreading seeds and, therefore, plant species in the Amazon’s floodplains. The findings: Tambaqui are on par with Asian elephants and African hornbills in the long distances they spread seeds. Learn more on the IUP Research website.

Bird Stewardship Awarded

Jeffery Larkin, associate professor of Biology, was part of a team that received the first Presidential Migratory Bird Stewardship Award. He is a member of the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative, a coalition dedicated to restoring native hardwood forests on coal-mined lands in the eastern United States. The Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining, which coordinates the ARRI, received the award.

Are Motivated Workers Safer?

Worker engagement may be the key to reducing human error in the workplace, according to Jan Wachter, Safety Sciences associate professor. He is setting out to test his theory in a research project that received $90,000 in funding from the Alcoa Foundation. Wachter will investigate work practices at various companies through surveys and interviews. Learn more on IUP’s Research website.

Saying Thanks with Scholarship

Mark Scanlan ’80 established a scholarship for Hospitality Management majors in honor of his parents, the late John and Mary Louise Scanlan, and the late James Reilly, former Professional Studies in Education professor, and his wife, Madelyn Reilly, a former IUP employee. “This is my chance to say thank you to both the Reillys and to my parents in a way that will impact students for many years to come,” he said.