Zach Collins, Music, presented a clinic to area band
directors on Friday, February 23, at the Pennsylvania Music Educators
Association Region II Band Festival, held at West Shamokin High School.
His clinic discussed the benefits of building a strong low brass
section for the wind band and strategies for inspiring and challenging young
low brass musicians.
Beware the slow, biological adaptation that occurs in your brain
as a result of repeated exposure to mind-altering substances. That was Erick
Lauber’s (Journalism and Public Relations) principle message on February
21 as he presented to a roomfull of high school students at the 2018 Youth
Leadership Conference, hosted by the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol
Commission at the HUB.
“Adolescence is the
highest at-risk population for development of a substance abuse disorder in
part because of heightened neural plasticity,” he explained. “This means the
adolescent brain is re-wiring very heavily, and flooding the system with these
outside chemicals will cause a change at the neural level, resulting eventually
He demonstrated several
biological and psychological concepts with fun dip candy and Hershey’s
chocolates. Students were representatives of each of the high schools in
Lauber is director of
Community Health and Leadership at the MARTI-CBH institute at IUP. He is
currently heading the Opioid Prevention and Community Health Initiative, an
outreach effort by MARTI to help the local community with the heroin/opioid
crisis. More information about this multi-pronged effort can be found on
the MARTI website.
Stephanie Caulder, Music, presented an Act 48 session
titled “Why Not Play the Oboe? Tips and Strategies for Success” at the
Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Junior High Band Festival
on March 2, 2018, at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh.
Approximately 40 junior high and high school music teachers
attended the clinic, which focused on typical problems music teachers might
encounter with young oboists and how to correct them.
Brain Awareness Week is an international
effort by neuroscience societies to promote public awareness of the progress
and benefits of brain research.
Each March, thousands of neuroscience researchers and educators
sponsor Brain Awareness Week activities and events for students across the
globe. Paul Nealen (Biology) joined the effort by holding an educational
session titled “Eavesdropping on the Brain,” in which elementary school
students learned about the output signals the brain generates to cause skeletal
The class discussed the advancing technology of brain-machine
interfaces, drawing inspiration from multiple sources, including science
fiction and robotics. The students also tried to control a neuroprosthetic
robotic claw to grasp and lift small objects, a feat that is very challenging,
but which some students mastered quickly.
Nealen also provided a series of neuroscience workbooks and
puzzles for inclusion into science lessons beyond his visit.
To learn more about Brain Awareness Week, visit the
IUP piano faculty member Henry Wong Doe (Music) gave a
master class at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, on
Wednesday, April 4.
Wong Doe gave the class at the invitation of Duquesne piano
professors Ken Burky and David Allen Wehr. All piano major were in attendance,
and Wong Doe worked with students playing pieces by Chopin, Muczynski, and
Julie Ankrum, assistant professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education, was elected to the serve on the Board of
Directors for the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers.
The three-year term
begins in November 2018.
Timothy Runge, professor of Educational and School
Psychology, was invited to participate in one of Pennsylvania Governor Tom
Wolf’s six School Safety Task Force meetings.
Runge participated in the May 30, 2018, session in Erie,
along with various cabinet members and their staffers, mental health
professionals, educators, parents, advocates, law enforcement, and students.
Runge spoke about the need to increase the number of mental
health professionals working in schools, including school psychologists, school
counselors, school social workers, home-school visitors, and school nurses. He
also spoke about the value of implementing school-wide positive behavioral
interventions and supports as a framework to prevent, assess, and intervene on
mental health issues facing nearly 25 percent of children and youth.
Resa Crane Bizzaro, English, has been elected to serve on
the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and
Communication. This body governs and oversees the business of the international
organization. Committee members are expected to attend two meetings each year
and two retreats to manage their responsibilities.
The Geoscience Department (as well as collaborators at
Edinboro, Kutztown, and West Chester universities) have received $33,576 in
funding from the National Science Foundation to host a workshop focused on
designing an inclusive geology field camp for all Pennsylvania State System
The workshop will be held in early January 2019 and will
include faculty, administrators, and university staff from IUP, Edinboro,
Kutztown, and West Chester. Participants will meet to work through the
logistics of creating a State System-wide inter-university geology course,
which has never been done before, and design the course. Creation of this new
inter-university field course will revolutionize field camp in Pennsylvania.
Kalani Palmer, assistant professor in Child Development and
Family Relations and program coordinator for Family and Consumer Sciences
Education, was selected to serve as a member of the National Council on Family
Relations’ Certified Family Life Educator Academic Program Review Committee
The committee is charged with the review and approval of
academic program applications. Approximately 125 colleges and universities in
the United States and Canada are CFLE-approved programs. There are three
approved programs in Pennsylvania: one at Messiah College, one at Penn State,
and one here at IUP. The Child Development and Family Relations program is the
CFLE-approved program at IUP.
Palmer will serve a three-year term beginning in January
Established in 1938, NCFR is a nonpartisan, nonprofit
professional organization focused solely on family research, policy, and
practice. NCFR members include researchers and practitioners dedicated to the
study and strengthening of families. Palmer is a certified family life educator
and member of NCFR.
Palmer earned her doctorate and master’s degree from the
University of Pittsburgh in applied developmental psychology. She also earned
her bachelor’s degree from Carlow College in art/art education. She is the
project director of the US Department of Education grant, Child Care Access
Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) at IUP. In addition to supporting the
retention, persistence, and graduation of student-parents, Palmer engages in
applied research projects and evaluation work.