Environment, Opioids, Literacy, More: Research Recognized
Environment, Opioids, Literacy, More: Research Recognized
Biology student takes Viewers’ Choice at environmental event; students discuss COVID-19 effects on opioid epidemic; faculty member wins Best Paper for literacy research; and more

Forging Ahead in Fall 2020

Students and professors spent the better part of 2020 adjusting to virtual education. Constant change and new demands haven’t hindered the passion and hard work that define IUP faculty and staff members, students, and alumni. A look back at fall 2020 shows how members of the IUP community have continued their pursuits with resilience and creativity.
Sierra Earle, a junior working with biology professor Holly Travis, won the Viewers’ Choice Award at the 2020 Student Symposium on the Environment for her project, “Diatom Diversity, Abundance, and Richness among Four Different Habitat Types.” Because the event was virtual this year, students created videos to present their research.
At the Appalachian Teaching Project virtual symposium in November, IUP students discussed their work on the Community Vulnerability and Resilience Project, which studies the region’s opioid epidemic and how it has been affected by COVID-19. 
Julie Ankrum, Professional Studies in Education, and her coauthors won the Area 3 Best Paper Award and presented the paper, “Adaptive Teaching Observation Protocol (ATOP): Examining Expert Teachers of Literacy Instruction,” at the Literacy Research Association’s virtual annual conference in December.
The tectonic evolution of the Southern Ocean and associated ocean currents have had dramatic effects on Earth’s climate. A new publication by Jonathan Warnock (Geoscience) and colleagues in Earth and Planetary Science Letters considers tectonic development of the ocean’s Drake Passage and Scotia Sea sectors.
John McCarthy and Brittany Pollard-Kosidowski recently published “Five Ways to Embed Strengths in Counselor Training” in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association.
Linda Jennings, professor of cello, recently led virtual master classes for cello majors at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and for members of the Chiang Rai Youth Orchestra in Thailand.
Career website Zippia recently featured Jodie Seybold, faculty member and Dietetic Internship director in the Department of Food and Nutrition, in a collection of expert opinions on the job market for new graduates and on the qualities that make them marketable.
Economics faculty members Stephanie Brewer Jozefowicz, James Jozefowicz, and Yaya Sissoko discussed the upcoming PEA conference in May, among other topics, during the fall virtual meeting of the association’s board.
Members of the IUP Jazz Ensemble recently talked with jazz trombonist John Fedchock via Zoom. Fedchock served as a guest artist at the 2002 IUP Jazz Festival and has written many works that the ensemble and the IUP Jazz Band have performed.
Members of the IUP Jazz Ensemble and the IUP Percussion Studio recently participated in a virtual clinic with jazz vibraphonist Tony Miceli. An adjunct faculty member at the Philadelphia University of the Arts, Miceli provides virtual master classes all over the world.
The Geoscience Department congratulates Susan Adams and Charis Biancuzzo, its students named Provost Scholars this fall based on semester hours earned and cumulative grade point average.
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