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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 3/18/15

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of biological sciences, human environmental sciences, marketing, residence life, and theatre.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Karthik Aghoram wrote an opinion piece published on Quartz.com called “Those evil GMOs aren’t as evil as you think.” The piece was published on March 16. Quartz is a globally focused digital news outlet for business professionals.

News Director Melyssa Allen and Content Strategist Gaye Hill attended the 2015 College News Association of the Carolinas conference, March 8-10. The conference featured speakers on branding, content strategy, and social media trends in higher education marketing.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Carolina Perez-Heydrich was invited to participate as a statistical consultant at a workshop in Zimbabwe focused on a research project addressing the role of biomass reliance on indoor air pollution. The workshop took place February 16-20, and involved an interdisciplinary group of participants from Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the United States. Each participant brought different backgrounds in energy and natural resource management, environmental health, exposure science, and public policy. The goal of the workshop was to initiate dialogue with key stakeholders and develop a coupled human-environment systems framework with which to address issues of environmental sustainability and indoor air pollution in Zimbabwe.

Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Roten, coordinator of Meredith’s theatre program, is featured in the latest episode of The Meredith Minute. In this series, Meredith faculty members share expertise on a topic from their academic area. Roten takes viewers behind the scenes of a play that was produced at Meredith College and explains what it takes to produce a play.

Deborah Tippett, Head and Professor of the Department of Human Environmental Sciences, gave a presentation on "Advancing the Mission of Your Unit and Campus through Appreciative Inquiry" to the Joint Meeting of the Board of Human Sciences and the Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences in Washington, D.C., on March 5. She is currently seeking her certification in Appreciative Inquiry from Case Western Reserve University. 

Meredith College’s fundraising and enrollment successes were featured in a story on WNCN.com on March 9. The College's Beyond Strong fundraising campaign was also featured in Philanthropy North Carolina on March 6.

Meredith Celebrates Chinese New Year
Residence Life and Campus Dining partnered on a program to celebrate Chinese New Year and received a Diversity Grant to provide the program on February 18. Faculty who have participated in Meredith's exchange at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, traveled to China, or who are have a Chinese heritage displayed traditional scrolls, art, photographs, and other cultural items for participants to view. Faculty who participated includes Marge Tehaar-Yonkers, Bing Yu, Shih-Hang Chou, and Ann Noland. Lunch-goers were treated to several Chinese entrees, sushi, and tea. Thanks to the Diversity Committee for funding this event. --Submitted by Director of Residence Life Heidi LeCount

Melyssa Allen

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