Physics graduate turns her attention to STEM education

Alexandria Skinner, a 2018 grad, has a passion for STEM education. Her Berry College job as a peer tutor and teaching assistant, as well as her work with the Berry College Elementary and Middle School Girl Scout troop solidified her love of teaching, particularly for teaching science.

Alexandria, a physics major and double math and music minor, says her undergraduate experience was shaped by the teaching of Assistant Professor of Physics Shawn Hilbert, who she worked for as a research assistant.

“[Dr. Hilbert’s] high expectations for me, in and out of the classroom, pushed me to be the best student (and person) that I could,” she said. “Dr. Hilbert has given me the opportunity to become a published physicist, to present my research, both here at Berry and at national physics conferences, and demonstrate my full potential within the department.” Alexandria has had a paper published in the American Journal of Physics, two more are in the publication process and she was recently honored with the Lawrence E. McAllister Physics Award.

Now she turns her attention toward shaping young minds. Alexandria recently accepted a job to teach physical science and earth science to middle schoolers in Arizona.

Berry’s vet shadowing program shines with students like Nabilah Curtis

Animal science major Nabilah Curtis (19c) uses every opportunity she can to chase her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Participating in the vet shadowing program with Clinical Assistant Professor and College Veterinarian Kirstin Ruffner gave her the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working with large animals on campus. “I think the shadowing program has definitely opened my eyes a bit more to large animal medicine. I never thought about being a cow, sheep, or horse vet, but while watching Dr. Ruffner work, I started to be able to see myself in that same position.” Nabilah hopes to attend vet school after Berry and work with both small and large animals.

Professor of Teacher Education Mary C. Clement

Dr. Clement presented “Helping Teachers with Assessment: 6 Important Keys” March 6 at the Critical Questions in Education Conference in Portland, Ore. Additionally, Dr. Clement presented “Getting a Teaching Job Now” for University of Portland and Concordia College of Oregon education majors.

Associate Professor and Department Chair of History Matthew Stanard

Associate Professor and Department Chair of History Matthew G. Stanard recently published several research articles and a book review:

— “Revisiting Bula Matari and the Congo Crisis: Successes and Anxieties in Belgium’s Late Colonial State,” in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History;

— “Après nous, le déluge: Belgium, Decolonization, and the Congo,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Ends of Empire, edited by Martin Thomas & Andrew Thompson of the University of Exeter (U.K.);

— a revised edition of “Belgian Colonial Rule,” in the African Studies series of Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press);

— “‘Boom! Goes the Congo’: The Rhetoric of Control and Belgium’s Late Colonial State,” in Rhetorics of Empire: Languages of colonial conflict after 1900 (Manchester University Press);

— and a review of Dina Gusejnova’s European Elites and Ideas of Empire, 1917-1957, on H-Empire.

Associate Professor of Biology Catherine Borer

Assistant Professor of Marketing Melissa Clark

Dr. Melissa Clark was recently sworn in as a CASA for Floyd county with Judge Greg Price of Juvenile Court. A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is much like a guardian ad litem. Judges appoint CASA volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

 

Memorial Library Director Sherre Harrington

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.

Assistant Professor of Communication Daniel Sipocz

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

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.

Professor of Biology David Bruce Conn

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.

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