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What’s on the early ’22 reading list?

After student questions about “What I’m reading,” it’s time to share books that have made their way from library bookshelves to mine at home.

Everything from medicinal plants, a review of the neurological basis of creativity, physics/quantum relationships, socialist economics, shamanistic practice, and a few cookbooks!

Thank you for the honor!

Thank you to colleague(s) who nominated me anonymously for the first ever Alexandria Faculty Recognition Award for adjunct-classified faculty. It was quite an honor to be recognized with this award in late spring 2021.

Amazing Virtual Overseas Guest Lecturer!

A big thanks goes out to Prof. Joe Petersburger from the University of Pécs (Hungary) Medical School for his guest lecture to General Introductory Biology courses during the recently concluded spring term. Prof. Petersburger generously joined us on a Saturday morning in late April for a far-ranging discussion on native insects to Hungarian lakes as well as the country’s response to COVID-19. We thank Prof. Petersburger for his commitment to international, trans-disciplinary learning and hope that COVID-19 has demonstrated that internet international exchange can become a part of our post-COVID-19 world. Thank you very much or Köszönöm szépen!

Art and Technology Prize for Students ($500) – The Lumen Prize

Do you create art deeply immersed in coding, gifs, fractals, or other electronic formats? If so, this prize is for you…

Students interested in the intersection of art and technology should learn more about the Lumen Prize with a single cash award of $500. Over the last decade, this UK-based charity has been awarding cash prizes in recognition of innovative works combining art and technology. One caveat: students must be enrolled in a BA, MFA, BFA, MA or equivalent program (which means you can start work on a project now and submit it in a few years, after transfer!).

While there is no cost to enter, there are only 100 submissions allowed world-wide, so plan ahead for a June deadline each year and submit early. A particularly significant aspect of this prize is that finalists who don’t win are encouraged to connect with other artists associated with Lumen, allowing for a great opportunity for you to meet other talented artists.

This year, submissions are due on June 21, 2021.

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Congrats to student selected for summer pre-professional health program!

Congratulations to NVCC student Sabrina Melendez-Rosales who was selected from a national pool of applicants as one of 80 metro-DC scholars for participation in the Summer Health Professions Education Program sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Sabrina will serve as a SHPEP scholar and take part in a pre-medical enrichment program involving academics, medical school application preparation, clinical shadowing, and networking opportunities from June 6 – July 16. SHPEP is regionally hosted by Howard University Hospital and Medical School. Congratulations to Sabrina on this important next step toward becoming a medical doctor! For further information and assistance applying for the summer 2022 program, have a look at the “Opportunities For Students” section of this webpage. Applications are usually due in early March for the summer session.

Extending a warm welcome to a guest lecturer from Hungary!

I’m honored to welcome an old friend, Prof. Joe Petersburger, from the University of Pécs Medical School in Pécs, Hungary as a guest lecturer this semester. He will be joining us periodically for insight on the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Europe.
Prof. Petersburger embodies the ideals of a Renaissance scholar; he is not only a biologist, but also a photographer, former business executive, and medical communications expert. Prof. Petersburger earned his doctorate in biology from the University of Debrecen in Hungary and also was an exchange student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He went on to become the first Hungarian photographer to have his work featured in National Geographic magazine. After a stint working in the pharmaceutical industry, he directed his immense talents to teaching medical students and encouraging interdisciplinary studies (through ITD, the only trans-disciplinary studies institute at a Hungarian medical school).
Please send along any questions you may have about how COVID has impacted Europe as well as any you may have regarding opportunities to study at the University of Pécs. It is Hungary’s oldest university offering courses of study in more than 300 disciplines (including the country’s oldest English language medical degree program).