January 14, 2014

Faculty Highlights for January 2014

On November 4th, Associate Professor of Mathematics Benjamin Allen gave an invited talk titled "Mathematically general approaches to the evolution of cooperation at the workshop 'Biodiversity and Environment: Viability and Dynamic Games Perspectives'" in Montreal, Canada.

Allen also co-authored an article with M.A. Nowak and E.O. Wilson entitled, "Limitations of inclusive fitness." The article was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Click here to view publication. Their research was also featured in an article in the Harvard Gazette.

Associate Professor of Science Education and Department Chair Fiona Hughes-McDonnell had a paper accepted for presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association to be held in Philadelphia, Penn., on April 3rd-7th. The paper, which is titled, "Involving students of teaching in learning research as a pedagogy for developing professional practice," will be presented at the roundtable "Developing Teacher Education Pedagogies," in Division K: Preservice Teacher Education Coursework: Practices to Improve Teacher Knowledge, Understanding, and Application of Subject Matter, Content, and Pedagogical Practices.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Terri Jabaley had an article accepted for publication in the Western Journal of Nursing Research. The title of the article is "Cancer Risk Management Decision-Making for BRCA + Women."

On December 5th, students in Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies Laurie Johnston's First-Year Seminar "Ethics, Religion, and the Global HIV/AIDS epidemic" gave a public presentations at an AIDS Teach-In in recognition of World AIDS Day, an event which was co-sponsored by various student organizations. On December 10th, Johnston took the class on a field trip to visit Fenway Health, a community health center that is world-famous for its AIDS treatment and advocacy. The students learned about some of the latest research Fenway Health is conducting on AIDS prevention and prophylaxis.

Associate Professor of Biology and Department Chair Josef Kurtz was part of a research team from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital that contributed a report, "Vascularized Composite Allograft Tolerance Across MHC Barries in a Large Animal model," to the American Journal of Transplantation. The report contribues important information that could improve the success of hand, face and other transplants that involve multiple types of tissue. Click to read press releases from Harvard Medical and Mass General.

The Department of Mathematics welcomes Patterson Rogers as a new Lecturer of Mathematics. Patterson earned her M.S. in Mathematics (2006) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. She holds a M.S. in Education (2009) from Radford University in Radford, Va. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics Education (expected in Summer 2014) from the State University of New York, Albany.