Event Schedule


2013-14 Fall Convocation and the Comenius Center Graduate Symposium –
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D.

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D, The Fall Convocation for the College, Comenius Center, and Moravian Theological Seminary, scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2013.  Fall Convocation combines both a “welcome-to-the-term” event with a major speaker.  It is a time to gather as a campus community to celebrate the start of a new academic year and the arrival of enthusiastic students, and to recognize academic achievement.  Each year, the Fall Convocation Cohen keynote speaker is chosen based on the focus of the year’s thematic programming IN FOCUS.

The Cohen keynote speaker for both the Convocation and Symposium is chosen based on the focus of the year’s thematic programming which is extend to other campus events, lectures, class discussions, and films throughout the entire academic year.

The 2013-14 Cohen keynote speaker will be Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., bioethicist, sociologist, educator, writer, and researcher.  He will present the Cohen keynote address Re-Creation: The Biotechnological Restructuring of Life. Wolpe is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.  Wolpe examines the ethical implications of new science ̶ genetic modification, neuroscience and other breakthroughs that stretch our current philosophy to the breaking point. He's the first senior bioethicist at NASA, among other appointments. 

The annual Comenius Center Graduate Symposium on Wednesday, September 11, provides a forum for graduate students from the MBA, MS in Human Resource Management, Master of Education, and MS Nursing programs to network and learn more about a common cross-disciplinary theme. In keeping with the last three years, the Cohen speaker provides the lecture at this symposium.  Dr. Wolpe will be presenting “Building Better Brains: How Neuroscience is Altering Human Functioning.” Seating for this program is limited and tickets will be required.  The lecture will be 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Foy Hall. 

The annual campus-wide Fall Convocation, followed by a campus lunch, will be held on Thursday morning, September 12 in Johnston Hall.   The Convocation prelude, followed by the faculty and staff processional begins at 10 am.  The formal program will begin at 10:30 am; however please encourage your students and staff to arrive at Johnston Hall by 10 in order to be seated for the processional.  

Non-essential offices will be closed (including the Library) during the Convocation, and lunch will not be served until its conclusion; however, the Blue and Grey Café will remain open.  An all-campus lunch will be held immediately after the Convocation.

The Convocation prelude, followed by the faculty and staff processional begins at 10 am. The formal program will begin at 10:30 a.m. Students and staff are to arrive at Johnston Hall by 10 in order to be seated for the processional. 

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2013 Janet A. Sipple Lectureship

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
5:30 p.m., Foy Hall, South Campus

Speaker: Mary Moller, DNP, ARNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP, FAAN
Associate Professor, Yale University School of Nursing

“The Growing Concern about Mental Health Issues in the Nation”

Reception following in the Gallery

Sponsored by the Moravian College Department of Nursing, the program is open to the greater Lehigh Valley community, particularly health care providers and students in the health professions.

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Christopher Lynn "Chris" Hedges: "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt"

Tuesday, October 22rd at 7:30 p.m.
Prosser Auditorium, HUB

Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist specializing in politics and society; and the 7th Peace and Justice Scholar in Residence at Moravian College

In his book "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt" Hedges and journalist/artist Joe Sacco "set out to take a look at the sacrifice zones in the United States, those areas that have been offered up for exploitation in the name of profit, progress, and technological advancement.  They wanted to show us in words and drawings what life looks like in places where the marketplaces rules without constraints, where human beings and the natural world are used and then discarded to maximize earnings. Passages capture the Health Care In Focus theme.

Open to the public. Admission is free.

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A Health Themed Concert

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
7:30 P.M., Prosser Auditorium

This special program will feature the chamber music ensemble SARTORI which has developed a special cardiopulmonary program to help nurses develop their listening skills. Under the direction of Nora Suggs (a physician), they will mimic cardiopulmonary sounds with their instruments, perform them, integrate them into music, and then direct a listening exercise for health care personnel. In addition, the ensemble will perform additional works by composers known to have had a serious illness of some sort.

The event is sponsored by Department of Music, Department of Nursing, Arts & Lectures.  It is intended for health professions students, particularly in nursing, and music students.

Admission is free with Moravian ID, $10 charge for the public.

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The 28th Annual STUDENT MATHEMATICS CONFERENCE at Moravian College

What can mathematical models tell us about losing and gaining weight?

Diana Thomas - Professor of Mathematics at Montclair State Univeristy and Director of the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research from Montclair State University

February 15, 2014

Abstract: Mathematical models can be applied to guide patients during weight loss, to understand longitudinal changes in populations in the absence of obesity related interventions, and to explain phenomena that is simply not well understood. In this presentation, I will show how our interdisciplinary team develops and implements models for clinical interventions, how we develop models to predict outcomes in the absence of a control population, and how models inform many of the myths and presumptions surrounding obesity. I will also describe a novel paradigm of undergraduate research where a team of biology, chemistry, nutrition, and mathematics majors collaborate to solve research problems at the interface of the disciplines. Finally, I will outline my own transition from mainstream research mathematics into an interdisciplinary team initiated career.

Biography: Diana Thomas, Ph.D. is a professor of mathematics and director of the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Her research involves applications of mathematics to guide patient behavior during weight loss and prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Dr. Thomas' models combine data collected from clinical trials involving human body weight regulation stretching back over a century to arrive at mathematically driven conclusions. Some of the questions she is investigating are "Why do individuals not lose more weight during exercise?", "How can we objectively monitor diet in humans?", and "What explains differences in weight change between individuals?" Her work has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fitness Magazine, Good Housekeeping, CBS News, and ABC News. She currently serves as an editor of The Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research and the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Dr. Thomas frequently collaborates on research projects with undergraduate students and was recently awarded the MAA-NJ Distinguished Teaching Award.

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Physicians for a National Health Program

"The Limitations of the Affordable Care Act"
Dr. Oscar Marcilla, FAAEM, FACEP

February 27th, 2013
7:00 pm Dana Lecture Hall

Dr. Oscar Marcilla, M.D., an area representative from Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), will be coming to Moravian on February 27 at 7:00 p.m. to speak with the community about the limits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. Marcilla is an emergency medicine doctor who is currently the acting executive director of eMedical Offices Urgent Care in Parsippany, New Jersey.  He has spent his career at the front lines of medical care and as worked to find ways to make the distribution of care in the U.S. more efficient as well as more just.  He will offer insights on the financial implications of our current healthcare reform efforts. 

Physicians for a National Health Program is a single issue organization advocating a universal, comprehensive single-payer national health program. PNHP has more than 18,000 members and chapters across the United States.  Since 1987, the PNHP has advocated for reform in the U.S. health care system. Members educate physicians and other health professionals about the benefits of a single-payer system--including fewer administrative costs and affording health insurance for Americans who have none. PNHP conducts research on the health crisis and the need for fundamental reform, coordinates speakers and forums, participates in town hall meetings and debates, contributes scholarly articles to peer-reviewed medical journals, and appears regularly on national television and news programs.  PNHP is the only national physician organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to implementing a single-payer national health program. 

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