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In Focus: 5/7/2010

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PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR, BIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVE 2010 TEACHING AWARDS

Traci Giuliano, professor of psychology, and Maria Todd, assistant professor of biology, have received the 2010 Southwestern University Teaching Awards.

The award was created by the Southwestern faculty in 1999 to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in teaching. Nominations for the award are submitted by students in the spring semester, and recipients are selected by the Honorary Degrees Committee. Giuliano received the award for a tenured faculty member and Todd received the award for a non-tenured faculty member, although she was recently granted tenure. The award comes with a $2,000 prize.

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STUDENT, PROFESSOR AND SOUTHWESTERN GRADUATE PARTICIPATE IN JOINT RESEARCH PROJECT IN ALASKA

Solar power isn’t something you would expect to find in Alaska, where some cities can be cloudy 280 days a year.  

But for scientists trying to conduct research in remote areas of Alaska, there aren’t many other ways to power the instruments they need.  

A Southwestern student, professor and graduate recently teamed up on a research project that might help make more power available to researchers working in these remote areas.  

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Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun ran an article about the survey Maria Lowe’s Race and Ethnicity class did on the racial climate on campus.

Notables

Four Southwestern students have been selected to participate in summer research programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The programs are all part of the NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students selected for the program receive travel expenses, room and board, and a stipend of up to $4,500.

Will Hardy, a junior physics major, was selected to work at the Rice Quantum Institute, which conducts research in molecular physics. Although his specific project is still to be determined, he will be investigating properties of metallic carbon nanotubes.

Amanda Jefferies, a junior physics major, will be participating in a physics and astronomy REU program at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She will spend 10 week working with Peter Frinchaboy, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, on a study of reddened star clusters, which can provide important information about the chemical and dynamical evolution of the galaxy.  

Morgan Mingle, a junior majoring in animal behavior, was selected to participate in a research program at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, which is the nation’s oldest and largest primate center. Mingle will be working on a project involving chimpanzees and vocal behavior with Frans de Waal, the C.H. Candler Professor of Psychology at Emory University and director of Living Links Center. Mingle was one of 11 undergraduates selected out of more than 600 applicants to participate in this program.  

Kayla Odom, a junior majoring in biology with a minor in environmental studies, was selected to participate in an ecosystem research program at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest located in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. She will spend 10 weeks working with two researchers who are exploring the effect of moose herbivory on songbird habitat and the distribution of food.  

Senior Amy Litzinger hosted a delegation from Brazil on campus April 26. The group was visiting the United States to explore how youth with disabilities are taught to advocate to their legislatures.

Sophomore baseball player Nate Shipp and junior Shae Seagraves will travel to Indianapolis May 11-14 to participate in the Career in Sports Forum sponsored by the NCAA.

The forum, which is formally known as the National Student-Athlete Development Conference, is a four-day event that exposes student-athletes to careers in sports, specifically collegiate athletics. It will teach skills such as communication, networking, recruiting, managing culture change, transitioning and budgeting. College athletics personnel will take part in the forum as facilitators, presenters and mentors.

This year’s forum was open to student-athletes in baseball, basketball, bowling, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Shipp and Seagraves will join 400 other student-athletes from Division I - Division III at the conference and are the only representatives from the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.