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.
Dr. Hirano published “E-pal Exchanges: A Way to Connect Preservice Teachers and English Language Learners” in the Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ORTESOL) Journal with undergraduate co-authors Anne Patton and Anna Rose Garrett.
Dr. Kurz co-presented “Understanding Faculty Concerns and the Change Process Resulting from Adoption of a High-Stakes Performance Assessment” at the American Educational Research Association annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 27, 2017.
Dr. Kurz is also part of a research group that is examining the impact of edTPA as a requirement for teacher certification and educator preparation programs. edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used by teacher preparation programs throughout the United States to emphasize, measure and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from Day 1 in the classroom