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Grad Student Summer Intern with Fish and Wildlife Service

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Lois Johnson-Mead

Lois Johnson-Mead

Environmental Biology master’s student Lois Johnson-Mead (’16) was recently awarded a highly competitive paid summer internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Among other responsibilities as a resource assistant fellow with the FWS Aquatic Invasive Species Division, Lois will conduct and review risk assessments and screening of aquatic species that may need to be addressed through an FWS partnership with the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Lois is currently the professional development coordinator at the Hill School in Middleburg VA, where she has been a science teacher and department chair since 2005. In addition, she is a substitute teacher with Frederick County Public Schools, where her science education and classroom experience supports the county’s education program. She holds a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Originally from Philadelphia, Lois now lives with her husband in Point of Rocks, MD.

20th Century American Ceramic Art Lecture, April 17

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Undercurrents CA crop

“Scarab Vase” by Adelaide Robineau

Cameron Petke, ceramic artist and teacher with an MFA in Ceramics from Hood College (’09), will discuss the historical influences of 20th century American ceramic art (1900-1945)  at Hood College on Friday, April 17.

Petke’s presentation is part of Hood’s “Undercurrents of Expression” Ceramic Art History Lecture Series, which he directs. The series explores great art and artists in the context of the Industrial Revolution, the Arts and Crafts movement, World War II and other global undercurrents that drove American studio ceramics. The series hosts curators, archaeologists and art historians from the Smithsonian, the Walters Museum, and some of the area’s top universities. Petke

The April 17 lecture will be held at Hodson Science Center, Room 131, 7 – 9 pm. Admission is $5.  For more information about the lecture, contact Lisa York, Hood is located at 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD.


Renowned Potter Coll Minogue: Visiting Artist Lecturer April 8

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coll minogueRenowned potter Coll Minogue will be on the Hood College campus Wednesday, April 8 to present “Women Woodfire Studio Potters and Ceramic Artists — the Pioneers in the 20th Century.”  The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held at the Hodson Annex Ceramic Center, Room 143, 7-9 p.m.

A professional potter since 1982, Coll has taught ceramics at third level, working in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Her articles have been published in ceramics journals including Ceramics Art and Perception, Ceramics Technical, Pottery in Australia and Ceramic Review. Her first book, Impressed and Incised Ceramics, was published in 1996 by A & C Black, with the second edition published in 2002 and a German edition in 2004. In 2008, The Crowood Press published her book Slab-built Ceramics.

In 2001, Coll co-curated the exhibition ‘Impressed and Incised Ceramics’ at Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland. During the 3rd World Ceramic Biennale 2005 Korea, she was one of 14 participants in the International Workshop on wood-fired kilns held at the Joseon Royal Kiln Museum in Gwangju. In 2007, Coll participated in the 2nd Foshan International Woodfire Conference, China.

Contact Jacklyn Scott for more information, 301-696-3456. 


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.