Faculty & Staff Colloquy Series
September 16 – Jacob Sawyer
No Belief, no Problem: An Assessment of Factors Associated with Atheist Coping
Factors such as religion, spirituality, and belief in God or gods are often included in research related to resilience and coping. Less is known at this time about belief systems and coping in the 18% of the U.S. population that identify as “neither spiritual nor religious” or the growing population of those who lack belief in God or gods, despite calls for an increased examination of atheism as an important sociocultural variable by researchers. This presentation will highlight some of Dr. Sawyer’s recent research on factors related to atheist coping during bereavement and factors related to substance use in an atheist and religious sample. Further implications for research and clinical practice will be discussed.
October 14 – Peter Dendle
The Folklore of Cats, Dogs, and Incredible Journeys
Lost cats or dogs sometimes make their way home over hundreds of miles of unfamiliar terrain, according to a regular headline trope… but the truth is harder to track down. I’ll unpack a bit of the history of this recent cultural narrative, and show how it tracks with society’s changing attitudes toward household pets.
November 11 – Kimberly Bohn
Tackling Invasive Species across the Landscape Using a Cooperative Model
Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMA’s) consist of groups of stakeholders
from public and private sectors that work together towards a shared objective of managing
invasive species across landscapes. The Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council’s current goal is
to establish CISMA’s across the entire state. This presentation will focus on considerations for
establishing an effective invasive plant cooperative. Dr. Bohn will share her experiences
working with CISMA’s in Florida and northern Pennsylvania.
All talks this semester are via Zoom
For more information send email to: [email protected]
Everyone is welcome!