Innovative High Schooler, Cultural Competence through VR, Tech’s Found Poem
Innovative High Schooler, Cultural Competence through VR, Tech’s Found Poem
High school student’s product-testing project leads to scholarship; doctoral candidate proposes virtual-reality training on cultural competence; researchers use found poetry to describe technology experiences during COVID; and more
Although taxonomy—the process of identifying and classifying all living organisms—has been going on for hundreds of years, scientists are still discovering new animals all over the globe. One of those scientists is Josiah Townsend, a Department of Biology professor who has uncovered more than 20 species while doing research with students in Honduras. Watch “Discovering New Species in Central America” from the Innovators video series.
Based on her innovative research project on slip resistance, Elizabeth Kinney, a senior at Cambria Heights High School, was awarded a Dean’s Merit Scholarship to study safety sciences at IUP. Learn about her project, sponsored by New Pig, a safety equipment supplier in Tipton, that tested the slip resistance of the company’s products.
Ragia Hassan, a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum and Instruction program, has published a chapter, “As If in Their Shoes: Use of Virtual Reality to Enhance Faculty Intercultural Competence,” in the book Innovative Digital Practices and Globalization in Higher Education, published by IGI Global. 
Ragia Hassan, a Curriculum and Instruction doctoral candidate, and Crystal Machado, a professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education, presented a paper, “The Paradox of International Doctoral Student Mothering across Borders during a Pandemic: Contented or Discontented?” at the International Association of Maternal Action and Scholarship Conference in March. 
Professor Crystal Machado and doctoral candidate Ragia Hassan also presented a paper, “Using Poetic Inquiry to Describe International Doctoral Students’ Pandemic Experiences as Online Learners, Educators, and Mothers: Connected or Dis/connected?” at the 34th International Conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education in March. 
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