Phil Berneberg and Alex Jarnot discuss the structural details of ceramic glazes while viewing them with the SEM.
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Meagan Anders, a current Coastal Studies student, examines a locally collected pollen sample to document its structure.
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Pollen comes in all shapes and sizes. With the use of our SEM, we are beginning to study this diversity first hand.
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By Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) provides a close-up look of the world around us. Hood’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is fortunate to have acquired such an instrument and offers it for use by students and professors from all disciplines.

While a traditional light microscope can magnify objects up to 1000 times, our SEM is capable of zooming in to see fine structural details at 30,000x or more! Unlike most types of microscopes, a SEM uses an electron beam to illuminate the surface of a specimen, rather transmitting images by passing electrons through the sample. Certainly microscopes are used every day in biology classes, but did you know that at Hood electron microscopy can be used by students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to inform their studies?

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RA Program Spotlight: Mural Brings Community Together

Glorie Cassutto

RA, Meyran Hall Ground and 1st Floors

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland

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Meet an RA: Becca Benson

RA, Memorial Hall 2nd Floor

Major: English and Education

Hometown: Damascus, Maryland

Co-curricular Activities: Director of Hood College Student Musical Theater, Vice President of Alpha Lambda Delta, and member of Student Education Association.

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Meet an RA: Mark Searles

RA, Smith Hall Ground and 2nd Floors

Major: Accounting and Economics

Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Co-curricular Activities: Student Government Association, Ionic Society, Mortar Board, Investment Practicum and fishing

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Meet an RA: Charlotte Koi-Larbi

RA, Meyran Hall 2nd Floor

Major: Double major in Integrated Marketing Communication and English with a concentration in Creative Writing

Hometown: Washington, DC

Co-curricular Activities: Black Student Union, African Student Union, Anchored Bible Study

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Happy RA Appreciation Week!

This week we’re celebrating and recognizing the hard work and dedication of our Resident Assistants! Area Coordinator LaShawn Taylor is taking over Instagram. Follow @happeningathood for more. #HoodProud

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MICUA congratulates Hood College on its 125 years of service and leadership: A Letter from MICUA’s President

Originally posted here

The Maryland Independent College & University Association (MICUA) congratulates Hood College on its 125 years of service and leadership as an outstanding institution of higher learning in the liberal arts tradition.

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Why I Chose Hood Again

By Ingrid Gooch ’16

When I was a senior at Hood College, I received the incredible news that I had been nominated for The Best of Hood. My beloved alma mater, one of the top liberal arts colleges, considered me one of its most outstanding constituents.  I was overwhelmed, and tremendously honored.

Several academic experiences at Hood have stayed with me in my post-baccalaureate career. During a year-long fellowship with the National Institute of Health (NIH) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), I was introduced to the leading health disparity research. The overwhelming majority of research on effective means of reducing disparities involves application of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory, a concept with which I have been fascinated since I first studied it in Survey of Clinical, Community, and Counseling Psychology with Dr. Wanda Ruffin. Not only have I continued to reference this theory when discussing health issues in my non-professional life, but its widespread application among top scientists at NIH demonstrates the incredible value of holding a degree in psychology from Hood College. Of course, the psychology department offers its students even more than the exemplary coursework! My scientific career truly began with Dr. Elizabeth MacDougall in her Geriatric Assessment Research Lab (GARL). The lab offers its students applied training opportunities in which they gain experience and insight into real, scientific experience (survey data acquisition, data analysis, manuscript preparation, poster preparation, and so forth). The department’s genuine care for students’ success and well-being is unmatched.

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Intern Intro: Lindsay Tubbs ’18

By Lindsay Tubbs ’18

Hi! I’m Lindsay (class of 2018, Integrated Marketing Communications), and I am very excited to be interning with the Marcom (Marketing and Communications) Office this semester! I was first introduced to the team during a focus group last year, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside them this semester.

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As I am earning my degree in Integrated Marketing Communications, I am very happy to be interning in this discipline. This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern at Walmart Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas, where I worked on improving communication strategies within the Merchandising Execution department. This was an awesome experience that allowed me to see firsthand the major importance of proper communication in a corporate setting, as well as to have a taste of the field of merchandising. This semester, I am happy to be back home in Frederick and on campus exploring the role of a marketer at Hood!

As I am a transfer student and Frederick resident, Hood has been the perfect fit to enable me to reach my academic and professional goals. I deeply appreciate the dedication of Hood professors, and feel that with their guidance and the opportunities that Hood provides, I can achieve anything that I set my mind to. I am thrilled to give back to Hood through my internship, and to play a part in the execution of a fabulous new marketing plan that will aid in increasing enrollment.

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Marisel and her daughter, Paula Del Valle Torres '18.
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In an effort to support Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria, which smashed through the island on Sept. 20, Hood faculty and staff donated several car loads of food and supplies. They were delivered to Unity in Frederick Friday and are now on their way to help those impacted by the devastation.

We’re sharing an email from Marisel N. Torres-Crespo, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and director of Onica Prall Child Development Lab School. Thank you, Marisel, for reminding us that a little help and kindness can go a long way.

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