Graduate School Highlights

Math Education Alum New Department Chair

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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 darrensmith smallprogram, 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.

Death Cafe’ Enlightens Thanatology Student

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Nikki MoberlyNikki 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.

Grad Now at UNC Med School

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Aaron Wesley

Aaron Wesley

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.

IT Student’s Paper to be Presented at CGAMES Conference

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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.

Boulton Receives Grant

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April Boulton, Ph.D.

April Boulton, Ph.D.

April Boulton, Ph.D., Director of the GIS Certificate and Environmental Biology master’s program at Hood, was recently awarded a grant from the USDA to study an invasive beetle that destroys honeybee colonies in the U.S. (commercially important pollinators). The two-year grant comes with a full student stipend, which will support a  graduate student in the Environmental Biology program.

Present and Past Professors and Alum Collaborate on Books

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Emilie Amt, Professor of History, Chair and the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History

Emilie Amt, Professor of History, Chair and the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History

This spring, Emilie Amt, Hildegarde Pilgram professor of history at Hood, published two books. The first is a collection of translated medieval texts entitled The Crusades: A Reader, Second Edition. The sourcebook explores the Crusades from medieval perspectives. It includes original European and Middle Eastern documents written by Muslims, Jews and Christians, and covers multiple facets of the period. Emilie’s co-editor, S.J. Allen, taught at Hood in the early 21st century and directed the M.A. in Humanities program for a year. She now teaches at England’s Open University.

The second publication, The Latin Cartulary of Godstow Abbey, is a compilation of more than 900 documents and records from that convent, written mostly in Latin. The book is the result of 10 years of research conducted by Emilie and provides insights into medieval nuns’ lives. Working extensively with the Latin texts, Scott Mauer (M.A. ’14) helped index the book while he was a Humanities graduate student at Hood.

 

Grad School Mentor’s Company Celebrates 10th Year

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Randy McClement, Frederick Mayor; Blaine R. Young, County Commissioners President;  Robert "Bob" Buckheit, ImQuest president (and Hood alum); Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development, City of Frederick; and Helen Propheter, Manager, Frederick County Government, Business Development and Retention

Pictured with Robert “Bob” Buckheit, ImQuest president (and Hood Grad School alum), center, are Randy McClement, Frederick Mayor; Blaine R. Young, County Commissioner; ; Richard Griffin, Director of Economic Development, City of Frederick; and Helen Propheter, Manager, Frederick County Government, Business Development and Retention

Frederick, MD-based ImQuest BioSciences, a leading pre-clinical contract research and development company that evaluates the potential of new and novel pharmaceutical products, marked its tenth year on June 10 with announcement of the launch of its ImQuestSUCCESS platform.  ImQuest has won more than 200 awards in the past 15 years. Among the honors are the “U.S. Small Agency of the Year”recognition for three years in a row and ranking among the top 30 “Best U.S. Agencies to Work For” ten consecutive years.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Buckheit, Jr., ImQuest’s president and CSO, has supervised and mentored numerous Mster’s students in the Biomedical Sciences program in the Graduate School at Hood College. 

Thanatology Students and Adjunct Hold Death Cafe

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Kriste Kidd

Kriste Kidd
Photo by Graham Cullen
Frederick News-Post

Kriste Kidd, a hospice worker and student in the thanatology master’s program at Hood College, worked with her colleagues to bring Frederick its first Death Cafe on June 7. The informal discussion group covered everything from last wills and estate planning to healthy ways to deal with grief.

Kriste stated that the Death Cafe concept started in England and has now arrived in the United States. “Death is the most important conversation that America’s not having.”

Two other thanatology students, Bunny O’Dell and Chad Harris, as well as adjunct professor Cheryl Parrott joined Kriste in planning and facilitating the informational event. Read more here

 

 

Michaud Curates Ceramics Exhibition, Opens June 8

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Dan Finnegan “Vase with Four Handles” Wood-fired salt glazed stoneware

Dan Finnegan
“Vase with Four Handles”
Wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware

Joyce Michaud, director of the Graduate School’s Ceramic Arts program, recently helped curate an exhibit that showcases the work of 20 ceramic artists who have had a significant impact on the growth of the ceramic arts in this region and contributed to knowledge in the field.

“Pyro Protagonists: A Generation of Ceramic Artists” opens Sunday, June 8 with a reception 2:30-4 pm. and continues through September 14 in the Groh Gallery at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Get more information about the Ceramic Arts program at http://www.hood.edu/CeramicsMA/.

 

June is Ceramic Arts Month at Hood

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Janice Chassier Canada Goose-Obvara Firing

Janice Chassier
Canada Goose-Obvara Firing

A symposium featuring raku- and obvara-fired pottery, lectures and demonstrations starts June 5 at Hood College, with most events taking place in various rooms and the gallery at Whitaker Campus Center.

More than 30 artists from around the country contributed their work to the Contemporary Raku exhibit, June 5-29.  An opening reception for the exhibition is June 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Joyce Michaud, director of Hood’s graduate ceramic arts programs, will give a slide lecture entitled Raku: Traditional Japanese Aesthetics to Contemporary Expression June 7 at 3 p.m. She will also discuss the contemporary uses of the raku finishing technique June 14 at 4 p.m. Janice Chassier, who earned a master of arts degree in ceramic arts at Hood, will discuss the obvara firing technique June 13 at 6 p.m. Read more.