(WILKES-BARRE, PA – September 11, 2012) Five Wilkes University faculty members, representing each of its academic colleges, will offer scholarly research and writing presentations as part of the events for the installation of Patrick F. Leahy as the institution’s sixth president.
In keeping with the installation’s theme, “Looking Back With Pride, Looking Forward With Confidence,” the Faculty Scholarship Showcase honors Wilkes’ educational mission. It is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center. Lecturers will be:
Gregory Harms, assistant professor in the departments of biology and in the division of engineering and physics, College of Science & Engineering. and associate director of the bioengineering graduate program. Harms will discuss “Revelations Through Image Resolution: Stimulated Emission Depletion Microscopy and Sheet Illumination Microscopy.” These two new imaging techniques are essential in the molecular and functional understanding of life and disease as well as in the characterization and design of new materials and systems.
Harms earned his doctoral degree at the University of Kansas, and he performs research in microscopy and biological systems. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Switzerland, Austria and The Netherlands was also a staff scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Elizabeth Johnson, assistant professor in the School of Education. She will present “The Role of Statistics in Educational Research”—which has grown rapidly over the past decade to include sophisticated quantitative methodologies and complex computer simulation studies.
Johnson earned her master of arts in teaching in mathematics, master of science in statistics, and doctoral degree in education research from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include statistics education, focusing on teacher training and the use of technology in the classroom and psychometrics, focusing on educational measurement in particular the scoring of performance assessment items.
Justin Matus, associate professor in the Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. He will provide “An Analysis of Technology Enhanced Pedagogy and Learning: Student Response Systems (Clickers) – Tool or Toy?” While it may be a natural inclination for educators to embrace the latest instructional technology, this research promotes the importance of carefully appraising such tools for effectiveness.
Matus earned his doctoral degree in health service research from Old Dominion University, and his research interests include health care policy, motivation, and classroom technology.
Diane Wenger, associate professor, history, in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Based on her research in the material culture of early America and the history of everyday people, Wenger’s topic will be “From Single Brother to Celebrated Snuff Maker: The Story Behind Demuth’s Tobacco Shop.”
Wenger’s research interests include colonial and antebellum America, women’s history and the material culture and everyday life of early Americans. Her book, A Century Storekeeper in Pennsylvania: Creating Networks in Early American, 1790-1806, was published by Penn State Press in 2008.
Eric Wright, associate professor, pharmacy practice, in the Nesbitt College of Pharmacy and Nursing. Wright will speak about “Improving Health Through Patient Engagement”—a critical topic because it has been estimated that patients take their chronic medications as prescribed less than half the time. This poor medication-taking behavior results in poorer health and higher healthcare costs.
Wright earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his research investigates patterns of disease and drug therapy and develops and tests solutions to drug-therapy problems. Wright is the founder of the Medication Management Clinic at the Wilkes-Barre VA, which seeks to improve medication use among veterans and train pharmacy students to become experts in ambulatory care pharmacy practice.
The faculty showcase is free and open to the public.