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Chris Mowry sets up a trail camera on the Berry campus.

Chris Mowry sets up a trail camera on the Berry campus.

January brought national recognition for one faculty member in Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences and notable media attention for another.

Professor Ron Taylor is a 2018 recipient of the nation’s top prize in college mathematics education, the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Presented annually by the Mathematical Association of America, the award honors those “who have been widely recognized as extraordinarily successful and whose teaching effectiveness has been shown to have influence beyond their own institutions.”

“On the list of people who have won are some very famous people in the mathematical community, lots of whom I look up to as mentors,” Taylor marveled in a Campus Carrier story. “It’s just amazing that I’m on the list with them.”

Taylor is one of three honorees this year, joining fellow recipients from the University of Northern Colorado and Lafayette College. You can see an example of his innovative teaching methods by watching the video above.

While Taylor is making his mark in the world of mathematics, Associate Professor of Biology Chris Mowry is once again in the media spotlight thanks to his work with the Atlanta Coyote Project, this time turning up in the pages of Atlanta Magazine. Click here to read more.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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Associate Professor Ron Taylor has earned some of Berry’s most notable awards for his interactive teaching approach and willingness to use outside-the-box methods to inspire his students to get creative – literally – in developing solutions to difficult mathematical concepts. Now the local media is joining the chorus of praise. Recently, reporters at Atlanta’s NBC affiliate marveled at his latest teaching tool – origami. Click the video to learn more about how he’s helping students view mathematics in an entirely new way.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer

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Rachel QuillinBiochemistry major Rachel Quillin (pictured) is one of only a handful of students nationwide to be awarded a Lambda Sigma National Honor Society scholarship in 2013-14. Quillin, the recipient of Lambda Sigma’s Emily Taylor Scholarship, has distinguished herself in the classroom – making the dean’s list in each of her four semesters at Berry – and through significant participation in the Work Experience Program. She also established a literacy program at the Open Door Children’s Home. The aspiring health care provider was nominated for the scholarship after serving as president of Berry’s Lambda Sigma chapter in 2012-13.

Also earning acclaim this summer were the seven students responsible for The Jews of Florence multimedia reporting project, which placed third nationally in the Newspaper Project Award competition. The series – consisting of more than a dozen stories across multiple media – was produced during a summer study-abroad experience in 2012. Other institutions honored in the competition included Northwestern, Iowa State, James Madison and the University of Texas at Austin. Read more.

Not to be outdone, Berry math majors scored in the 97th percentile nationwide on the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test, a comprehensive undergraduate assessment designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. Read more.

UPDATE: In our last issue, we shared news that Berry tennis player Kaleigh Carpenter’s inspirational story had been featured in the summer issue of the NCAA’s Champion magazine. More recently, the sophomore standout – born missing part of her left arm – has been interviewed by ESPNW and Fox Sports Radio.

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