Graduate School Highlights

Boulton Testifies Before House of Delegates

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April Boulton, Ph.D.

April Boulton, Ph.D.

April Boulton, director of the Hood Graduate School Environmental Biology program, recently testified before the Maryland House of Delegates regarding the issues of science surrounding neonicotinoids and pollinators. Her remarks related to a bill before the House concerning the negative impact of a newer pesticide class (neonicotinoids) on insect pollinators. Dr. Boulton’s extensive background with both native and commercial bee fauna in Maryland led to the invitation to testify.

Berneburg Published in Ceramics Monthly

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Berneburg articlePhilip Berneburg answers the perplexing question “Why do glazes crawl?” in his article recently published in the highly respected magazine Ceramics Monthly.

Berneburg, who teaches Clay and Glaze Chemistry classes in Hood’s Ceramic Arts graduate program, not only defines the cause and effect of crawling; he offers recommendations for preventing it. The article appears in good company, alongside tips and techniques from other world-class potters and artists.

Berneburg is a ceramic engineer and studio potter. He earned a master’s degree in mineralogy and crystallography from Harvard University and has been teaching pottery for more than 15 years.


March 23: Grief Session for Hood Students

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Grief candlesHood College undergraduate and graduate students who are coping with the death of a loved one have an opportunity to receive support from graduate students in the Thanatology program. They will provide a guided grief support session on Monday, March 23, 8 until 9:30 p.m. in the Thanatology Library (Rosenstock 1).

The free session is sponsored by the Hood College Department of Psychology and the Office of the Dean of the Chapel. For more information, please email Beverly at

Got a Yummy App Idea?

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SPOTLUCK LOGOFind out what it takes to take an app idea into a scalable growth platform and a monetized business from a Hood MBA alum who’s done just that. MBA grad Cherian Thomas and partner Brad Sayler, Spotluck CEO and CFO respectively, will share their journey and experiences in developing a new mobile app that, according to their website, “allows you to discover local restaurants and save money in a fun new way. With a simple spin, Spotluckers earn preferred pricing and forgo the hassle of figuring out where to eat next!” 

Hood’s MBA department will host a launch party for Spotluck Thursday, February 26, 6 until 8 p.m. at the school’s Brodbeck Hall.  Thomas and Sayler have titled their talk, “You’ve got an idea for an App! Now what?”  The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Spotluck has recently generated considerable buzz in Montgomery County and Frederick County. The app features 70 restaurants in those counties’ five largest downtown areas. Plans call for expansion to D.C. this year.


Author of “Motherless Daughters” to Speak at Hood March 2

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Hope EdelmanHope Edelman, the acclaimed author of Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers, will be the guest lecturer for this year’s Dana G. Cable Memorial Thanatology Lecture Series at Hood College.  Ms. Edelman’s topic is “Motherless Daughters: Twenty Years Later.”

The lecture will be held Monday, March 2, 7 pm, in Hodson Auditorium at Rosenstock Hall on Hood’s campus. A Q&A session will follow Ms. Edelman’s remarks. Admission is free.

A sought-after speaker, Hope Edelman presents around the world and has appeared on television programs such as TodayGood Morning America, CNN and Good Morning Australia. She has written six books and has been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, Glamour, Child, and Real Simple, among other publications

The lecture series is named in honor of Dana Cable, former professor of psychology at Hood who passed away in 2010.

Obama’s SOTU: Careers for Tomorrow

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Obama“T]he best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we don’t act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.”

These words from President Barack Obama’s January 2015 State of the Union Address point up the societal value and career potential of Master’s and certificate programs like Environmental Biology and Cybersecurity. Both programs are offered at the Hood Graduate School. Check them out!

Grad Students: Hone Your Skills for the Job Market

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Space is still available in the Spring 2015 Professional Development Institute! The application deadline has been extended to January 12 for this five-Saturday seminar series starting Feb. 7.  If you’re a Hood grad student, this is your opportunity to learn from the experts how to hone your soft skills and your competitive edge in the job market. Fee is just $100. Get the details:

Abdulelah  Almazrua receives feedback on his resume from iHire expert Laurie Ballow, at the Fall 2014 PDI

Abdulelah Almazrua, participant in the fall 2015 PDI, receives feedback on his resume from iHire expert Laurie Ballow.

Happy Diwali at Hood

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group shotCandlelight, vibrantly colored attire and even dancing transformed Hood’s Multicultural suite on October 29 as students, staff and faculty celebrated Diwali.

The purpose of Hood’s inaugural Diwali was to share the meaning of the celebration — a triumph of good over evil — and to cross cultures with similar festivals that are traditional in other parts of the world. According to Natalia Trullson, graduate assistant in the office of Multicultural Affairs & International Student  Programs and one of the Diwali planners, “We shared fun and learning experiences…and at the end we even had a dance party to some of the Indian students’ favorite Bollywood songs.”

Although Diwali is India’s most significant holiday, it is celebrated globally by many cultures.

Professional Development Session Enrollment Opens Soon

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Abdulelah  Almazrua receives feedback on his resume from iHire expert Laurie Ballow, at the Fall 2014 PDI

Abdulelah Almazrua receives feedback on his resume from iHire expert Laurie Ballow, at the Fall 2014 PDI

Newly created in fall 2014, the Hood College Graduate School’s Professional Development Institute has proven to be a huge success. Students looking for ways to learn more about life skills to complement their academic achievements were able to meet with local business and academic leaders with various areas of expertise. Discussion topics included finding a career path suitable to identified skill sets, networking, mentoring, presenting, creating a dynamic resume and much more.  Students in the inaugural PDI session had this to say:

“The Professional Development Institute was everything I needed. The sessions were very interactive and insightful. Industry and community leaders shared tips, advice and experiences on how to start my career right…. I received meaningful advice pertaining to my career, business, and even life that is proving very helpful in competitively entering the job market as a young professional.”                                            –Josephine Camara

 “The Professional Development Institute gave me tools I did not even know that I needed to begin to market myself.  Academics are the first step, and getting your name known and marketing yourself can give you an edge in the competitive job market…”         – Kimberly Gradoni 

For additional information on program dates and to submit your application for the Spring 2015 PDI, please visit the week of November 11.

ISO Insects and Poison Ivy at SERC

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Chris Reily samples soil.

Chris Reily samples soil.

Chris Reily graduated from Hood College with a master’s in Environmental Biology in May 2014. Just a month later, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland, offered him the position of Biological Science Technician (AKA “forest tech”).  His job: to help complete the 2014 re-census of the SERC SIGEO forest plot, one of many throughout the world.

So far he’s measured the diameters and noted the species of every woody stem greater than 1 cm in diameter in a 16-hectare plot, including multiflora rose, devil’s walking stick and even poison ivy. Chris, who has been dubbed a “bug guy,” is now doing quality control, species ID checks and soil sampling. “Every day presents opportunities for me to use what I learned at Hood,” he says. “In a setting like the Smithsonian, there is such a breadth of content being discussed or highlighted at any given time that you never know how and when the content from Hood’s course offerings will allow you to make a contribution.”

Learn more about the Graduate School’s Environmental Biology program: