Senior History Major (and Future Dentist) Maura Burns Wins Library Research Prize

Charles E. Kratz, dean of the library and information fluency at The University of Scranton, awarded the 2018 Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize in the Undergraduate Upper-level category to Maura C. Burns, a senior History major with minors in Biology and Biochemistry from Jessup, Pennsylvania.

The Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton inaugurated the prize in 2011 to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools, and services. In 2017, the prize was named for Professor Emerita Bonnie W. Oldham, who founded the prize at the University in 2011.

Burns, winner in the Undergraduate Upper-level category for the winning project completed in a 200- to 400-level course, submitted to the competition her paper “Medicine in the American Revolution,” completed in the course HIST 490: Senior Seminar on the American Revolution, taught by Dr. David Dzurec. Researching and writing on a topic that combined her love for medicine and her passion for history, Burns utilized many of the Library’s resources and services to complete the research for this project, including the databases, the Library catalog and print collection, the eBook collection, EBSCOhost’s digital archives, the online research guide for History, the Circulation Services desk, and the printing and scanning stations throughout the Library. Through the websites curated on the Library’s History research guide, she discovered digital archival resources relevant to her inquiry that are housed outside of the University; in her description of research she explains, “I learned that the University of Scranton website connects to a network of libraries and resources that helped me form the backbone of my paper.” Burns goes on to rightly note that “just like history, research is unpredictable,” and that “research is a learning experience in and of itself,” things she learned through conducting the research for this project.

Maura will be starting dental school this fall.

Congratulations Maura!

Senior History Major Maura Burns and her parents

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Phi Alpha Theta 2018 Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to newly inducted Phi Alpha Theta members. The Phi Alpha Theta Induction Ceremony was held on April 16th, 2018. Listed below are newly inducted members for 2018.

Matthew Peter Didelot

Mary Virginia Farrell

Anna Maria Giblin

Kyle J. Kolcharno

Kylie Mignat

Nicole Schaeffer

Kevin Michael Steinke

Mackenzie Elizabeth Wilson

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Dr. Kennedy, the Boston Marathon, and Only A Game

Dr. Lawrence Kennedy’s new book, Bricklayer Bill, was featured on NPR’s Only a Game this weekend in anticipation of Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon this coming Monday.  You can check out the Only A Game segment here.

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Dr. Aiala Levy: Collaborative Reading and Note-Taking: How to Foster a Forum Using Google Docs

Be sure to check out this article written by Dr. Aiala Levy in the April 2018 Perspectives magazine.




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Alana Siock and James McKane Present at Wyoming Valley Undergraduate History Conference

Allie Siock and James McKane, recently attended the Wyoming Valley Undergraduate History Conference at Wilkes University. The paper they presented was titled “The Jesuit Takeover of the University of Scranton.” Allie and James worked on this paper in the fall, in History 190, Dr. Levy’s Digital History class.

Allie and James were very grateful for this experience. They noted: “This was our first involvement at the college level presenting anything of this magnitude. The feedback we received from professors, historians, and fellow students was truly overwhelmingly positive. The Wyoming Valley Undergraduate History Conference was unforgettable for us and is just the start of a long road of presentations we both hold in store”.

Kudos to Allie and James for a job well done!

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American Historical Association Panel Discussion

Kudos to University of Scranton History faculty and alumni that just participated in a panel discussion at the recent American Historical Association Annual Conference which took place January 4-7th in Washington, DC.

Sex, Marriage, and Family in Catholic Europe

Chair:    Robert Shaffern, University of Scranton

Papers:  I Fall to Pieces: Leprosy, Marriage, and Rights in Medieval Cannon Law

                Brandon Parlopiano, Loyola University Maryland 

                Indulgences and the World’s Oldest Profession

                Robert Shaffern , University of Scranton

                Italian Catholics Confront Divorce, 1954-74

                Roy Domenico, Society for Italian Historical Studies

                Anatomy, Anima, and Imago Dei in Early Modern Discussions of Adam and Eve

                Tricia Ross, Duke University

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Dr. Shuhua Fan Appointed to the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Congratulations to Dr. Shuhua Fan who was sworn in as a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs this past Monday.

The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the governor on policies, procedures, legislation, and regulations that affect the AAPI communities; develop, review and recommend to the governor policies in the area of health and human services, housing, education, employment, business formation and other relevant areas; provide appropriate assistance and advice to state agencies, including the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority, and work with the Bureau of Workforce Planning, Development, and Equal Employment Opportunity within the Office of Human Resources and Management in the Governor’s Office of Administration to strengthen the enforcement of the commonwealth’s anti-discriminatory hiring, retention and promotion policies; serves as a liaison to federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that programs affecting AAPIs are effectively utilized and promoted; serve as a resource for community groups and provide forums for developing strategies and programs that will expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural, and economic status of AAPI communities; identify programs, scholarships, mentoring programs, sources of funding or other resources for the benefit and advancement of AAPIs; and promote the cultural arts of the AAPI communities throughout the commonwealth.


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Dr. Adam Pratt on Andrew Jackson in the Age of Donald Trump

  • Since January 2017 when President Donald J. Trump placed a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office, his supporters lavished praise on our seventh president while Trump detractors defamed him. How accurate are either of these portrayals? Dr. Adam Pratt addressed how Jackson approached the presidency and the Constitution and offered a consideration of what it means for a 21st century president to appropriate his legacy at the Schemel Forum’s University for a Day this past September.
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Dr. Lawrence Kennedy publishes new work on “Bricklayer Bill”

Along with his son Patrick, Dr. Lawrence Kennedy has recently finished work on his most recent book, Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman’s Boston Marathon. The book traces the experience of Irish American “Bricklayer Bill” Kennedy won the Boston Marathon wearing his stars-and-stripes bandana, just weeks after the United States entered World War I, rallying the crowd of patriotic spectators. Kennedy became an American hero and, with outrageous stories of his riding the rails and sleeping on pool tables, a racing legend whose name has since appeared in almost every book written on the Boston Marathon.

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Dr. Susan Poulson on Going Co-Ed

Dr. Susan Poulson was recently featured in an article in The Atlantic about “What Girl Scouts Can Learn from Women’s Colleges.”  Dr. Poulson co-editor of Going Coed: Women’s Experiences in Formerly Men’s Colleges and Universities, 1950-2000, offered her perspective on what the recent move by the Boy Scout to admit girls might mean for the future of the Girl Scouts.


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