Sherre Harrington has been appointed to the Advisory Committee for the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. The association supports library and information science workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. The advisory committee provides advice and support on the areas of diversity, literacy and outreach, and works to offer dynamic perspectives to strengthen the growth of equity and inclusion within the American Library Association and the profession as a whole.
Dr. Daniel Sipocz had two book chapters about video games published over the summer. The first, “Catherine,” was published by Roman & Littlefield in the 100 Greatest Video Games edited volume. The chapter analyzes how the game Catherine recasts female sexuality as a means of oppressing men as well as creating a narrative that men are the victims of female sexuality.
The second book chapter, “The Last of Us,” was published by Roman & Littlefield in the 100 Greatest Video Game Franchise edited volume. The chapter analyzes the representation of LGBT characters as well as the inclusion of a same-sex relationship in the franchise’s two games.
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Eliana Hirano presented “Mind the Gap: A Cross-Linguistic Study of Research Article Introductions in Brazilian Portuguese and English” at the International Association of Applied Linguistics 18th World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24th, 2017.
Dr. David Bruce Conn was awarded the Diploma Honorificum, Socii Nomen Honoris Causa by the Polish Parasitological Society, at a ceremony in Krakow, POLAND. This is the highest honor bestowed by the society. The award recognizes and honors Conn’s 20 years of research on parasitic diseases in Poland and with Polish collaborators throughout the world. He has been involved in this research since joining the Berry College faculty in 1997.
Dr. Earnest and student Ethan T. Miller published “An assessment of barium and strontium carbonates as temperature and enthalpy standards” in the Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. 2017.
Dr. Gallagher, Dr. Sunday O. Peters and students Catherine H. Holloway, Kelly L. Williams, Robyn Y. Ellenburg, Brianna M. Saylors and Lara van der Heiden published “Influence of Visual Input on Behavior of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) to an Auditory Alert Recording” in Proceedings of the 27th Vertebrate Pest Conference. Univ. of California, Davis.
Dr. Gallagher and students have been working with the staff at the ECO Center in Rome to create a rotating display related to environmental research at Berry College. Last year, they focused on the rat snake with radio telemetry, examples of technology used in their research, and a continuous loop PowerPoint that was modified for the general public and youth audience about the work. Dr. Gallagher also gave a lecture about animal vision at the Center on July 27, 2017. In addition, Dr. Gallagher took a crew to Running Wild Ranch this summer, where students worked over 40 heads of sheep and goats and visited a baby camel.
Berry instructor Zane Cochran is an innovator in the competitive and exploding field of creative technologies. As the mind behind Berry’s HackBerry Lab, Zane has helped students and faculty to think creatively and to innovate new technologies since 2012. His own creations, including the acclaimed PIXI dresses, have gained attention in such exhibitions as Museum of Design Atlanta’s “On You: Wearing Technology.” Zane’s interests in art, fashion and electronics inspire him to combine his passions into wearable technologies. His PIXI dresses were his first major success for combining art, fashion and tech into a piece of clothing that could be worn out and about. In his day to day life, Zane teaches in Berry’s Creative Technologies program and continues to oversee HackBerry Lab. “Berry’s idea of ‘Experience it Firsthand’ … inspired me to consider the importance of what it means to design, build and try things out in the real world and experience all the failures and successes that come with defining the technologies of the future,” Zane says.
Dr. Jennifer T. Hoyt has reshaped what the Department of History offers its majors and the campus at large by teaching a range of new courses on Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, Modern Mexico, and Environmental History. This spring semester (2017) she taught a new course on film and the Cold War, a class that marries her knowledge and love for both the study of the past and motion pictures.
This year she also traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, for a workshop on the impact and legacies of the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment. In Stockholm she presented a paper based on research completed at the United Nations Archives in New York City during the summer of 2016.
Chris Borda has been hired as the Director of International Experiences. He will direct Berry’s study abroad operations, as well as international internships and service opportunities. Mr. Borda comes to Berry from Grand Valley State University and has 10 years of experience in the field of International Education. His master’s degree thesis focuses on faculty-led study abroad programs, and his experience at both Grand Valley and Florida State University have prepared him well to lead Berry’s International Programs office.
Dr. Field-Springer co-published “Managing meanings of embodied experiences theory: Toward a discursive understanding of becoming healthier” in the journal Health Communication. She also co-published “From menarche to menopause: Understanding multigenerational reproductive health milestones” in the journal Health Communication. Research reported in this study was funded by The Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences.