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Dr. Kenneth A Pestka II publishes feature article in The Physics Teacher.

Dr. Kenneth A Pestka II of Longwood University and Jennifer Heindel,  museum educator at the Abbe Museum, collaborated on the paper, “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Drag Forces: Estimating Floodwater Speed from Displaced Riverbed Boulders”The paper appears as a feature article in the May issue of The Physics Teacher and is freely available for download at the AIP Scitation website. http://scitation.aip.org/content/aapt/journal/tpt/53/5/10.1119/1.4917430

Robert Marmorstein

Dr. Robert Marmorstein, Associate Professor of Computer Science, was published in the Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, January 2015, pp. 117-125. He presented his paper “Teaching semaphores using… semaphores” at the CCSC Eastern District Conference in York, PA.

Don Blaheta

Don Blaheta, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, was published in the Proceedings of the 46th ACM technical symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2015, pp. 476–481. He presented his paper “Unci: a C++-based Unit-testing Framework for Intro Students” at the SIGSCE conference in Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Christopher Swanson

Dr. Swanson, of the department of music, gave a world premier of a song cycle titled The Resolutions of Eve, by Randall Speer and poetry by Jim Peterson (both faculty at Randolph College). Swanson performed with violinist Christi Salisbury, guitarist Rafael Scarfullery and percussionist Ed Mikenas. The premier took place on April 3 in lynchburg Virginia.

BES alumni publishes in Genes, Genomes, Genetics journal


Dr. Consuelo Alvarez and 6 BES alumni are the coauthors of the article: “The Drosophila Muller F elements maintain a distinct set of genomic properties over 40 million years of evolution” to be published in mid spring in the .  For immediate access, the online version could be accessed in PubMed.  This work is a national collaboration with the Genomics Education Partnership which headquarters is at Washington University, Saint Louis.

These students are representatives of the 33 students who have taken the Molecular Genetics (Biol 425) course.  This course combines a nationwide research program with strong pedagogical goals.  A pedagogical paper was published last year with Drs. Alvarez and Beach as co-authors in Cell Biology Education-Liberal Sciences Education (CBE-LSE) journal.  This article title is: “A Course-Based Research Experience: How Benefits Change with Increased Investment in Instructional Time”

One of the goals of a junior level course is to provide our Longwood students a research opportunity within the classroom while they actively apply their knowledge and learn critical thinking, decision making and take ownership of their scientific work.

Biol 425 course is taught on a revolving schedule by Drs. Alvarez and Beach and it is an example of teaching in the R.E.A.L. Inquiry model at Longwood dating back to the first class of 2007.


Steven Faulkner’s “Bitterroot” to Appear in 2016

MOUNTANIS-FAULKNER1Steven Faulkner’s new book, Bitterroot: Traveling with Pierre Jean De Smet, Lewis and Clark, and the Nez Perce, has just been accepted for publication by Beaufort Books of New York. Scheduled to appear in 2016, Bitterroot is a travel memoir of Steve’s journeys hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing the Idaho mountains with Alex, his youngest son.  Portions of the memoir were first presented as part of the Blackwell Talks in 2013. 


Kat Tracy on NatGeo’s Deadly Journeys of the Apostles

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Guest scholar Kat Tracy appears in the four-episode National Geographic/Arcadia Production documentary Deadly Journeys of the ApostlesThe series originally aired on March 28, 2015 and continues to be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel throughout the season.

Archaeology Field School Receives Register of Professional Archaeologists Certification

Register of Professional Archaeologists Field School Certification Program

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Dr. Brian Bates, Director of the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School, is pleased to announce that the Field School has been successful in earning certification by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), making it one of only 18 field schools in the world to be certified by that professional organization. The RPA promotes the establishment and maintenance of professional standards in archaeology. Students completing an RPA certified field school will be trained in the discipline’s highest standards of research and site stewardship.

Around the world, archaeological sites are put at risk through development, looting, demolition, infrastructure projects – and sometimes, sub-par archaeology. In 1974, the Society of American Archaeology (SAA) passed a resolution stating, “no site deserves less than professional excavation, analysis and publication,” and noted that, while teaching the next generation of archaeologists is critical to the field, all archaeological fieldwork should have a serious research commitment to the resource. Sponsored by four national archaeological organizations (the Society for American Archaeology, the Archaeological Institute of America, the Society for Historical Archaeology and the American Anthropological Association), the RPA aids in the training of the next generation of archaeologists through its field school certification program.

RPA certification of a field school demonstrates to colleagues, students and scholars that the educational and training component of a project is integrated with scientific research questions. The principal investigator of every certified field school has demonstrated that instructors and personnel are qualified archaeologists; that the field program and curriculum includes an explicit, detailed schedule of instruction and supervision; that facilities are sufficient to meet research and training goals; and, lastly, that information generated by the project will be analyzed and reported in the highest professional standards. Students attending an RPA-certified field school can be assured that they are receiving quality training that will help them meet their professional goals in the worlds of academia and cultural resource management.

In addition, every certified field school is eligible to be considered to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the one of the sponsoring organizations of the RPA, which can be used to offset student expenses.

There are many excellent archaeological field schools in the United States and around the world. RPA certification serves not just as quality control, but as an assurance that students are receiving the best possible experience and that our finite archaeological resources are being studied respectfully and responsibly.

The Night I Heard Everything

the NightMary Carroll-Hackett’s fourth book since 2010 has just been released from Future Cycle Press.  The Night I Heard Everything is a collection of prose poems that traces a life spent in liminal places, particularly that often shadowy and always sacred realm between life and death, touching on both the isolation and the grace, even the bliss, such an existence can bring. Poems made of love and heartbreaking loss, the collection works toward healing, a reconciliation of soul and self, of body and spirit, of the peace to be found even while walking with a foot in both worlds.


Interculturalization and Teacher Education

InterculturalizationTogether with two colleagues, Dr. Renee Gutiérrez, assistant professor of Spanish, recently published Interculturalization and Teacher Education: Theory to Practice (Routledge).  In this study the authors examine how socio-cultural beliefs, institutional structures, and external accreditation bodies interact in the process of interculturalization, highlighting the incentives and barriers as well as strategies to implement and maintain interculturalization projects.