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Professor Coates Publishes Chapter in “New Directions in Higher Education”

Professor of Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies Lee Coates recently published a chapter titled “Developing Research Skills Across the Undergraduate Curriculum” with co-authors Simon Gray (The College of Wooster), Ann Fraser (Kalamazoo College), and Pam Pierce (The College of Wooster) in New Directions in Higher Education – Enhancing and Expanding Undergraduate Research: A Systems Approach (No. 169, Spring 2015, Wiley Periodicals). In addition, Professor Coates recently served as a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) facilitator for a workshop held at Trinity Washington University on “Integrating Research into the Curriculum” and presented a talk on “Undergraduate Research across the Curriculum.”

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Cosgrove and Lingwall Present Work at Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Conference

Austin Cosgrove ’15 and Cailyn Lingwall ’15 recently presented research at the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol conference held in Harrisburg. Austin’s project was titled “Meadville’s Community Health Needs Assessment: A Retrospective Secondary Analysis of the ER Records.” He conducted this research last summer with Assistant Professor of Biology and Global Health Studies Becky Dawson. The project was funded by the Meadville Medical Center Foundation. Cailyn presented her senior project research, titled “An Evaluation of Physical Activity among Preschoolers at an Income-Eligible ‘Pre-K Counts’ Program in a Rural Northwest Pennsylvania Community.” Cailyn is working with Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Global Health Studies Caryl Waggett during her Senior Project. Austin’s and Cailyn’s conference travel expenses were supported by a grant to the Global Health Studies program from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Waggett Receives Grant for Teaching Modules on Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning

Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Global Health Studies Caryl Waggett, Katrina Korfmacher (University of Rochester School of Medicine), Richard Gragg (Florida A&M), and Martha Richmond (Suffolk University) have been awarded $45,000 from InTeGrate, an NSF-funded project of the Science Education Resource Center (SERC). The collaborative award was granted for the development of undergraduate teaching modules examining the science, policy, and public health prevention of childhood lead poisoning. The grant covers module development, course piloting in multiple campuses, assessment/module refinement, publication, and workshops over a two-year process.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Allegheny College Faculty Member Named as a Professor Under 40 Who Inspires

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Rebecca Dawson, Allegheny College assistant professor of biology and global health studies, has been named to NerdScholar’s list of “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire.”

According to NerdScholar, the professors were chosen based on “their ability to captivate and engage students in the classroom, their outstanding involvement on campus and in the community, and their overwhelming passion for their subject matter.” Nominations were collected through student, alumni and faculty recommendations following an open call to several hundred colleges and universities across the country.

“Receiving this award is such an honor,” says Dawson, a native of Allison Park, Pa. “It is so very special to me because my nomination came from my students. They are what make this job so great; to know the feeling is mutual is priceless.”

Senior Erica Bryson, one of Dawson’s students who nominated her for the award, says you can tell by Professor Dawson’s enthusiasm and energy in class that she loves the material she is teaching. “Professor Dawson is a practice-what-you-preach type of person as a result of her passion in epidemiology, and she encourages those around her to do the same,” Bryson says. “I know she puts 100 percent into everything she does, and I am honored to have her as a professor and mentor.”

Sophomore Matthew Zaborowski, another student who nominated her for the honor, agrees. “Being an Allegheny College alumna, Professor Dawson is very passionate about the liberal arts and the environment and atmosphere that each student displays while attending Allegheny. She is a true inspiration, a great role model and a wonderful professor who is caring, committed and passionate,” he says.

Professor Dawson received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Allegheny, her master of public health degree in environmental health from Emory University and her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her research interests have focused on topics related to environmental epidemiology, and she has made an impact on the local community through her work with the Community Health Needs Assessment in Meadville.

In August 2014, she collaborated with a professor at George Mason University to publish the first undergraduate textbook on epidemiology titled “Understanding Epidemiology: Concepts, Skills & Applications.”

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Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Spaghetti Squash Boats, Anyone?

Maddie Monahan

Almost anyone can make a meal out of what they dig out of their fridge and pantry, but not everyone has Madison Monahan’s flair for making it look scrumptious.

Maddie, a senior at Allegheny College, is pursuing a degree in Global Health Studies with a minor in French.  She spends much of her free time in the kitchen, pursuing her passion for cooking and then sharing photos of her creations online through her Instagram account. Here you’ll find dozens of Maddie’s home-cooked meals from Spaghetti Squash Boats to Spinach and Feta Chicken Roll-Ups.

Her family, particularly her father, inspired her interest in all things culinary, Maddie says.

She started helping her father around the kitchen around the age of 6. “I always wanted to help my dad and he would say, ‘You can help by watching,’ and I would get really mad because I wanted to get involved in the cooking. But in the end it is the watching that helped me the most.”

Cooking will always be a “cool hobby” but probably nothing more, Maddie says. “I love what cooking does to me. It really relieves my stress,” she says. “I don’t really have serious intentions with it in the future, but I love having cooking be part of my life, even if it’s just a hobby.”

It is this relaxing influence that helps Maddie balance her studies and her cooking. “You know how people decide to take study breaks and go drink coffee or something? I’m like that, but I just go cook lunch,” she says.

While Maddie has been cooking for years, she did not start using social media to showcase her talents until her sophomore year. “I figured that if I started posting these photos, I would inspire other people to start cooking,” she says.

She also tries to incorporate her cooking into her academics. (The Pittsburgh native is also president of the Advocating Global Health & Development Club and a student first-aid provider/ athletic trainer.)

“I just try to find other ways to incorporate it in my life, like for school projects. We did a recipe book for refugees in one of my classes last year.” Maddie says, “We took all the ingredients that you can find in other countries but that cannot be found here and I found a way to locate some substitutions for them. So that’s my way of incorporating the expression of cooking in my life.”

During the past summer, she stayed in Meadville and enjoyed going to the Second Saturday events organized by the Market House. “I love produce stands, and farmers’ markets are some of my favorite things. I love supporting local businesses and seeing what they have to offer. I also love seeing what the community does with the produce,” she says.

She also bought seeds from the Carrden — the Carr Hall hands-on learning and teaching garden for the Allegheny campus and community — and planted her own garden which allowed her to have fresh produce regularly.

It all makes for a recipe for fun and frugality, Maddie says. “I think it would be nice for people on campus to have a club that would reach out to them and show them that you can cook on a nice tight budget. It’s not as hard as people think it is!”

– Nahla Bendefaa

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Three Faculty Members Publish Article on Senior Capstone Experience

Professor of Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies Lee Coates, Associate Professor of Psychology Aimee Knupsky, and Associate Professor of English Soledad Caballero recently published an article titled “Charting a Required, Senior Capstone: Diverse Scaffolding for Transformative Experiences,” CURQ on the Web, Summer 2014, 34(4):10-15.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Professor Rebecca Dawson publishes epidemiological textbook

Professor Rebecca Dawson of the biology department published the first undergraduate textbook on epidemiology this summer. Photo by Amasa Smith.

By ANGELA MAURONI, Science Editor
September 18, 2014
The Campus

Professor Rebecca Dawson of the biology department published the first undergraduate textbook on epidemiology this summer. Photo by Amasa Smith.

Professor Rebecca Dawson of the biology department published the first undergraduate textbook on epidemiology this summer. Photo by Amasa Smith.

Rebecca Dawson, assistant professor of biology, collaborated with Laura Wheeler Poms, a professor of psychology at George Mason University, to create and publish an undergraduate epidemiology textbook.

Newly printed on Aug. 17, Dawson’s textbook, “Understanding Epidemiology: Concepts, Skills & Applications,” is currently only available at Allegheny College and George Mason University.

Dawson’s textbook focuses on teaching students to think critically about global health issues with the use of exercises and case studies.

After being unable to find an introductory textbook to epidemiology, Dawson and Poms came together to create one of their own.

“It’s written for an audience who not only want to do epidemiology, but also for those who know nothing about it and may never study it again,” Dawson explained.

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Source: Academics, Publications & Research

Coates and Willey Present Work at Council on Undergraduate Research Workshop

Professor of Biology, Neuroscience, and Global Health Studies E. Lee Coates and Professor of Physics Dan Willey recently presented “Development of an Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Office at Allegheny College” at a Council on Undergraduate Research workshop held in Alexandria, Virginia. Coates also presented “Development of a Summer Research Community” during one of the workshop sessions.

Source: Academics, Publications & Research