Renee Lapp Norris
Professor of Music
B.A., West Chester University
M.M., University of Maryland
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Renee Lapp Norris, an associate professor at Lebanon Valley College, teaches courses in European, North American, and non-Western music. She has presented papers for the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music, and her article "Opera and the Mainstreaming of Blackface Minstrelsy" was published by the Journal of the Society of American Music. Her secondary interest is music history pedagogy.
Norris, R. L. (2013). Allen, William Francis. In C. H. Garrett (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed., ). New York: Oxford University Press.
Norris, R. L. (2013). Kavanaugh [Kavanagh], Joseph H. In C. H. Garrett (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed., ). New York: Oxford University.
Norris, R. L. (2013). Kneass, Nelson. In C. H. Garrett (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed., ). New York: Oxford University Press.
Norris, R. L. (Ed.). (2013). Minstrelsy. In C. H. Garrett (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed., ). New York: Oxford University Press.
Kathryn N. Oriel
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
B.S. University of Sciences, Philadelphia
Ed.D. Idaho State University
Dr. Oriel teaches pediatric physical therapy, motor development, motor control, and health promotion for self and society. Her research interests include the impact of community-based fitness programs on children with disabilities, exercise in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and health promotion across the lifespan. Clinical practice area is pediatrics, specifically an inclusive preschool setting.
Marchese, V.G., Oriel, K.N., Fry, J. A., Kovacs, J. L., Weaver, R. L., Reilly, M. M., & Ginsberg, J. P. (2012). Development of reference values for the functional mobility assessment. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 24(4), 361-367.
Oriel, K. N., Marchese, V. G., Shirk, A., Wagner, L., Young, E., & Miller, L. (2012). The psychosocial benefits of an inclusive community-based aquatics program. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 24(3), 224-230.
Bainbridge, E., Bevens, S., Keeley, B., & Oriel, K. N. (2011). The effects of the Nintendo Wii Fit on community dwelling older adults with perceived balance deficits: A pilot study. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, 29(2), 126-135.
George, C. L., Oriel, K. N., Blatt, P. J., & Marchese, V. (2011). Impact of a community-based exercise program on children and adolescents with disabilities. Journal of Allied Health, 40(4), e-55-60.
Oriel, K. N., George, C. L., Peckus, B., & Semon, A. (2011). The effects of aerobic exercise on academic engagement in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 23(2), 187-193.
Timothy J. Peelen
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Calvin College
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Peelen's research focuses on the development of asymmetric reactions catalyzed by simple organic molecules (organocatalysts). The reaction mechanisms of organocatalyzed reactions are studied by using kinetics and by structural analysis of reaction intermediates.
Kontra, J.M., Boaz, N.C., Bowen, S.J., Peelen, T.J. Organocatalyzed reactions for the asymmetric synthesis of Fmoc-protected Beta2-amino acids, Presented at the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Philadelphia, PA, August 2012.
Mary K. Pettice
Associate Professor of Digital Communications
B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
M.S., University of Illinois
M.A., University of Illinois
Ph.D., University of Houston
Dr. Pettice teaches courses in social media, data visualization, rhetoric, media ethics, and web writing for future journalists and public relations specialists. Her scholarly work examines the intersections between new media, rhetoric, and the verbal arts. She has written about online comment spaces and Star Wars fan films and is working on a manuscript about New Zealand, where she taught for a semester.
Pettice, M. K. (2011). Narrating culture on the web: An audience-based exhibit narrative. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 12(2), 20-43.
Pettice, M. K. (April 12, 2012). Narrating culture on the web: Assisting audience participation through reading rhetoric and innovating online forum design. Museums and the Web 2012 Conference. San Diego, CA.
Walter A. Patton
Associate Professor of Chemistry
B.S. Susquehanna University
Ph.D. Lehigh University
Postdoctoral Fellow National Institutes of Health
Dr. Patton is interested in the structure-function relationships in proteins. Most recently his work focuses on the features of E. coli GMP synthetase that facilitates ammonia transfer from a domain where it is synthesized to the domain in which it is utilized. His work integrates chemical, biochemical and molecular biological methods (e.g. polymerase chain reaction) to make "designer" proteins at the DNA level. Once expressed in bacteria, these proteins are purified in order to study their function.
McCardle, K., & Patton, W. (October 26, 2013). Limited proteolysis of E.coli GMP synthetase. 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.
Shultz, A., & Patton, W. (October 26, 2013). The effects of zinc sulfide nanoparticles on protein stability. 16th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.
Weilnau, J. N., Black, S. E., Chehata, V. J., Schmidt, M. P., Holt, K. L., Carl, L. M., . . . Patton, W.A. (2013). ZnS nanocrystal cytotoxicity is influenced by capping agent chemical structure and duration of time in suspension. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 33, 227-237.
Hornberger A., Terry B. and Patton W.A. (2012) An assay for releasable fats from biosources: a simple and effective method for biofuel source material evaluation. Presented at the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society, Annual Student Poster Session. Temple University, Phildephia, PA. February 23, 2012. Awarded first place in HS student division.
Bicher, T. S, Patton, W.A. Production and characterization of the dimerization domain of E. coli GMP synthetase. Presented at the 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, Oct 20, 2012. Presentation was judged as a first place winner in biochemistry division.
Weilnau, J.N., Black, S.E., Chehata, V.J., Schmidt, M.P., Holt, K.L., Carl, L.M., Straka, C.J., Marsh, A.L., Patton, W.A., Lappas, C.M. "ZnS Nanocrystal Cytotoxicity is Influenced by Capping Agent Chemical Structure and Duration of Time in Suspension," Journal of Applied Toxicology, 2012, doi: 10.1012/jat.2811.
Funk, K. R., Irvin, L. N., Patton, W. A., & Irvin, L. N. (2011). Investigations into the stability of the ATPP domain of E coli GMPS. 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD.
Funk, K. R., & Patton, W. A. (2011). Investigations into the stability of the ATPP domain of E coli GMPS. Eastern Regional Meeting of the Biophysical Society, Hershey, PA.
Holt, K. L., & Patton, W. A. (2011). Synthesis and characterization of peptide-capped ZnS nanoparticles. 46th Midwest, 39th Great Lakes, Joint Regional ACS Meeting, Saint Louis, MO.
Holt, K. L., & Patton, W. A. (2011). Synthesis and chracterization of peptide-capped ZnS nanoparticles. 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD. Awarded second place in biochemistry division.
Patton, W. A., Delaney, C. L., & Carr, R. (2011). Pancreatic lipase: Enzyme biochemistry from the health food store. ASBMB Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Washburn, H. R., Delaney, C. L., & Patton, W. A. (2011). Approaches to the MALDI-TOF mass spectral analysis of a membrane-bound protein. 14th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, Baltimore, MD.
Associate Professor of Art
Department Chair of Art & Art History
B.F.A., University of Florida
M.F.A., University of Tennessee
Pittari is an artist who works in painting and digital imaging. His emotive abstract paintings have been exhibited throughout the Eastern United States and are in several corporate collections. His recent series of landscape prints, based on American wilderness paintings of the 1800s, address issues of history and iconography within the broader field of landscape studies. Pittari is a former editor-in-chief of the journal Art Papers and has published exhibition reviews and interviews. He teaches studio courses in drawing, painting, and advanced art making, in addition to historical courses on color and culture and the interrelationship of painting and cinema.
Pittari, M. (2012). Darkness and light. Oil on canvas, 30 x 42 inches.
Pittari, M. (2012). Entropy. Oil on canvas, 30 x 42 inches.