Instructor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Callie DeBellis recently attended the Association of Academic Program in Latin America & The Caribbean (AAPLAC) conference in Chiapas, Mexico. DeBellis presented a paper titled “Reflecting on Social Awareness: Global Communities in Study Abroad,” in which she talked about the programs she has run in Costa Rica. She discussed the importance of comparative critical reflection in raising students’ awareness of social issues as well as their home and host cultures.
Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain was featured in The News & Observer on Friday, Feb. 24. Fountain previewed the episode of NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” that he appeared in with actor Blair Underwood. Click here to read the article, and read more about Fountain’s experience on the show in this issue of Campus Connections.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Gwynn Morris and her co-authors had an article published this month in the “Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.” The abstract for the article, “Making experience personal: Internal states language in the memory narratives of children with and without Asperger’s disorder,” states:
“The development of the personal past is complex, requiring the operation of multiple components of cognitive and social functioning. Because many of these components are affected by autism spectrum disorders, it is likely that autobiographical memory in children with Asperger’s Disorder (AD) will be impaired. We predicted that the memory narratives of children with AD, in comparison to typically-developing peers, would reflect less personal interpretation as evidenced by internal states language. Thirty children with AD and 20 typically-developing children aged 6–14 reported their earliest memories and two emotional experiences (one positive and one negative). Consistent with our predictions, children with AD included fewer emotional, cognitive, and perceptual terms than the comparison sample.” (http://www.springerlink.com/content/j5x5p257k64l/)
Peggy Ross, Meredith’s Raleigh Fellows liaison, participated in the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for the second year in a row. St. Baldrick’s participants shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Ross has raised a two-year total of $7,214 and hopes to increase that total to $10,000 in 2013. She was inspired by her nephew, Greg, and his fight against brain cancer.
“Last year I was inspired by my nephew, Greg, who donated the funds collected to help him to St. Jude’s Hospital,” Ross explained. “As Greg continues his now five-and-a-half year journey, I walk with him in raising funds to sponsor research for pediatric cancer.”
Associate Professor Dan Fountain Helps Actor Blair Underwood Trace Family History
Former Facebook Executive Randi Zuckerberg Delivers 2012 Woman of Achievement Lecture
Bill Landis to Present Faculty Distinguished Lecture March 13
Critical Edition by Professor Brent Pitts of the "Estoire de l'Evangile" Published
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