Graduate School Highlights
Edgar B. Schick, Ph.D., who since 1972 has served in senior leadership positions at a number of colleges and universities, including the University System of Maryland, will direct the Hood College’s curricular, instructional and research affairs. He succeeds Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D., who was recently named president of Buffalo State College in New York.
Find out more about Dr. Schick here.
The Whitaker Campus Center Gallery, Hood College, will feature the Finding Sanctuary in Flight exhibit August 8-23. Artist Susan Alter-Humphrey has sculpted large, unglazed and high relief porcelain paperclay forms to imitate the attributes and patterns of flight. The artist is an MFA candidate in the Graduate School’s Ceramics program and completed the Ceramics certificate program in 2010. Learn more about the exhibit and the opening reception here.
All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.
The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here .
International students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20 at 3 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow international students. Please click here to respond.
Darren Smith (Mathematics M.S. ’10) has been named the chair of the mathematics department at Montgomery College-Germantown, MD. When Darren started out in Hood’s program, he was the supervisor of the MC’s Mathematics & Accounting Learning Center. He wrote his capstone paper about an innovative way to teach developmental mathematics. After he earned his master’s degree, he was named a full-time faculty member.
Darren says his Hood experience gave him a broad overview of math education, including best practices, innovative trends and current pedagogy. He believes the program’s “global perspective on the challenges to K-16 mathematics education in this country” played a large role in preparing him for his new leadership role.
Nikki Moberly is an executive with Cisco, a hospice volunteer and bereavement team member. In her spare time she serves on the board of contributors for the Frederick News-Post and is a Thanatology student at Hood’s Graduate School.
In a recent FNP column, Nikki described her experience as a participant in the Death Cafe’ led by fellow Thanatology students Kriste Kidd and Bunny O’Dell (see this post). As Nikki explains, “In my column, I like to focus on life — and death is certainly a part of life. To me, it’s really about learning to find joy in unexpected places, to find hope when apparently there is none.” Find out more about Nikki’s Death Cafe takeaways and observations here.
Recent Biomedical Science graduate Aaron Wesley has just completed his first year at the University of North Carolina Medical School. Aaron calls his Hood experience “pivotal” to his academic growth. He credits his thesis adviser, Dr. Craig Laufer, for “high quality mentorship…that was instrumental to my development as a scientist.”
Craig says Aaron is a prime example of students who choose the Biomedical Science program as a way to burnish their credentials before applying to medical or dental school.
Although still in the early phase of his medical education, Aaron is intrigued by emergency medicine and oncology.
The International Conference on Computer Games has accepted a paper written by grad student Turki Alkheliwi for publication and presentation at the CGAMES 2014 International Conference. CGames’ acceptance rate is just 32%.
Turki, a student in the Information Technology graduate program at Hood, submitted “Applying Game Theory Rules to Enhance Decision Support Systems in Credit and Financial Applications.” The paper examines the potential of applying game theory to data mining mechanisms to enhance the accuracy of risk predictions in financial settings.
The conference is acknowledged as one of the leading research conferences devoted to advancing the theory and practice of computer games development. Turki credits his Hood “family” for his success.