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Throwing Large Forms Subject of July Workshop

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Student Matthew Gaddie puts finishing touches on a vessel made at a recent Kevin Crowe workshop.

Student Matthew Gaddie puts finishing touches on a vessel made at a recent Kevin Crowe workshop.

Kevin Crowe, owner and potter at Tye River Pottery in Nelson County, VA, will visit the Hood campus July 6-11 to teach a workshop on throwing large forms. Students will develop alternative methods to throw and center large pots. A focus will be on gaining the more elastic understanding of the relationship between the object and the space it occupies necessary to throw large forms.

Crowe is widely known for producing wood-fired functional stoneware with strong Asian and English roots. His work ranges from 4-inch tea bowls to 48-inch vases.

The workshop fee is $485  for non-tuition students, who may register at www.secure.hood.edu/ceramics. Ceramic Arts degree and certificate students should call 301-663-3131 for enrollment information.

Bioinformatics Launch Features Noted NCI Scientist

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Dr. Kearney

Dr. Kearney

The Graduate School’s exciting Bioinformatics Certificate program has opened for enrollment starting with the fall 2015 semester. A  Symposium on Bioinformatics will officially launch — and celebrate — the new program on Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Whitaker Campus Center on Hood’s campus. The public is invited.

This special evening will feature a keynote address by Mary Kearney, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute.  Dr. Kearney’s topic will be Using Bioinformatics Tools to Develop Strategies towards a Cure for HIV. Her work was recently published in Science, known worldwide as the leading journal of original scientific research, global news and commentary. At NCI, Dr. Kearney heads theTranslational Research Unit, HIV Dynamics and Replication Program. 

The Symposium promises to offer an engaging and informative look inside the increasingly important field of bioinformatics. It will also be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Bioinformatics Certificate program’s capacity to prepare life science professionals with fluency in this cross-cutting discipline.

Grad Student’s Internship Leads to Bioinformatics Job

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Danny Watson

Danny Watson

Daniel Watson, who proudly hails from “the tropical paradise of Barbados in the Caribbean,” discovered the Graduate School by way of his cousin, a past international undergraduate student who “highly recommended me to apply because of her very positive experience.”

While working toward his master’s degree in Computer Science, Danny was selected for appointment to the Student Research Participation Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick. The CPT (Curricular Practical Training) internship working with the bioinformatics team will lead to a position after he graduates in December 2015 as a bioinformatics analyst, a role in which he will continue develop new technologies for the analysis and interactive visualization of biomedical and genomic data.

Danny gives much credit for this career-launching opportunity to Dr. Xinlian Liu—his “primary mentor” and instructor in operating system design and algorithms —as well as Hood’s relationship with Fort Detrick’s Advanced Biomedical Computing Center. Professors George Dimitoglou and Ahmed Salem are among other “major influences” at the Graduate School.

Danny was delighted to “give back to the Hood College community” through a workship at Hood’s Center for Academic Achievement and Retention.

“Cause and Effect” Subject of Delphia Exhibit

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Joseph Delphia is a featured guest artist exhibiting his functional wood-fired pottery at Hood College June 5 through June 20, 2015. His ceramic art will be on display at the Whitaker Commons Gallery at Whitaker Campus Center; gallery hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Artist: Joseph Delphia

Artist: Joseph Delphia

The opening reception is Saturday, June 6, 5-7 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m.

Delphia, who creates pottery that he fires with fellow artists and students in a small anagama kiln, graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied art education, ceramics, and sculpture. After receiving his BFA and BS, he moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he began to teach for various organizations in the city including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. In 2008 he joined the faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County, where he teaches studio art courses, including ceramics and sculpture. He is also part of the Cooperative Clay Studio at the Union Project, a non-profit arts and community organization.

 

June 16 Open House for Prospective Students

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The Graduate School at Hood College will hold two open house sessions for prospective students on Tuesday, June 16. The informal gatherings, both with the same agenda, are set for noon until 1 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m., at the Whitaker Campus Center on Hood’s campus.

Attendees will have the opportunity talk casually with faculty and staff about their professional aspirations and learn about Hood’s 18 master’s and 12 certificate programs. Areas of study include arts and humanities, biomedical and environmental sciences, business, counseling and care, computer science and information technology and education.

New for fall 2015 are: a Master’s program in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling specialty; and certificates in Bioinformatics, Accounting, Financial Management and Organizational Management.

Open house attendees are encouraged to bring their résumés and transcripts and apply for on-the-spot admission.

Interested individuals may RSVP online at www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Forms/Graduate-School-Open-House.html, or by contacting the Graduate School office at 301-696-3600 or gofurther@hood.edu. Walk-ins are welcome.

239 Master’s Degrees Conferred at Commencement

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Commencement 2015In its 42nd year of awarding master’s degrees, the Graduate School awarded 48 master of business administration degrees, 163 master of science degrees, 27 master of arts degrees and one master of fine arts degree. Commencement took place Saturday, May 16, at the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center on Hood’s campus.

Thomas W. Geisbert, professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Galveston National Laboratory, gave the Commencement address. Geisbert was one of the Ebola fighters named collectively as Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” for 2014.

Read the news story, which covers the undergraduate and graduate commencements, here. Enjoy more photos of the afternoon’s ceremonies here.

Kentucky Arts Council Commissions MFA Student

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by Matt Gaddie

by Matt Gaddie

Matthew Gaddie, who will complete his MFA in ceramics from Hood College in spring 2016, has been commissioned by the Kentucky Arts Council to design and create the 2016 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The Governor’s Awards are the Commonwealth’s most prestigious arts awards honoring Kentucky individuals, businesses and organizations that make significant contributions to the arts in the state.  

The commission was awarded based on a series of large ceramic platters Matthew  created in 2014. Each of the 10 new pieces will have an individual color palette, but will reflect the unique aesthetic for which the artist has become nationally recognized. The wood fired platters will reflect quiet moments of time on the rural landscapes of Kentucky.

“Ebola Fighter” to Speak at Graduate School Commencement

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Dr. Thomas Geisbert

Dr. Thomas Geisbert

The Graduate School of Hood College is honored to have Dr. Thomas W. Geisbert deliver the keynote address at its 2015 Commencement on May 16.  Dr. Geisbert was one of several “Ebola fighters” spotlighted by Time magazine in its 2014″Person of the Year” selection. 

As a researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland, Geisbert co-discovered the reston species of Ebola virus in 1989. This work was the subject of many articles in scientific literature and in the popular press as well as Richard Preston’s best-selling novel “The Hot Zone.” He is now a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Galveston National Laboratory.

Chassier Published in Prestigious Journal

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Gosling, Obvara Technique by Janice Chassier

Gosling, Obvara Technique
by Janice Chassier

The May issue of the prestigious Ceramic Arts and Perception Technical journal features an article by 2014 M.A. graduate and ceramic artist Janice Chassier. Titled “Obvara,”  the article explores the eponymous Eastern European firing technique that originated in the Baltic Region. The pottery style is known for multiple rounded patches of earth tones like ochre, brown and black that resemble eyes.

Janice concludes the article by stating, “There is magic in the eyes of Obvara; it has special powers. Artists around the world are using this ancient technique in new ways to ignite their personal statements.” As shown in the photo here, Janice uses the process in her distinctive waterfowl creations.

 

Gianni and Davis Exhibiting at Hood

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Jenna Gianni, Artist

Jenna Gianni, Artist

Marcus Davis, Artist

Marcus Davis, Artist

Two students in the ceramic arts program at Hood College Graduate School are exhibiting their work at the Whitaker Campus Center May 15-30. Opening receptions for both ceramic arts are May 17, 3-5 p.m., with artist talks at 3:30 p.m.

Jenna Gianni’s show, “Layers of Change,” features work that is both functional and sculptural.  As she continues to grow as an artist, Jenna finds inspiration in her frequent travels, love of art history, and an appreciation for the beauty and elegance of nature. Jenna is currently pursuing an M.A. in Ceramic Arts at Hood College in Frederick, MD, where she also works as Graduate Studio Technician and Gallery Assistant. In addition to her work at Hood, she is a member of the Potters’ Guild of Frederick where her work is on display year round.

Marcus Davis explores separation and loneliness in his “What is Hidden” exhibit. The child of artistic parents, Marcus was immersed in the arts and craftsmanship from an early age.     When Marcus was in his early teens he lost both parents. In searching for a sense of identity, he discovered a family history with the Quakers and a relationship to the the 18th century Quaker slipware potters in North Carolina’s Piedmont area. This story inspired him to pursue his work as a ceramic artist.  Currently Marcus is a MFA candidate at Hood.