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Todd TimberlakeMany alumni will recall the “star parties” thrown by Professor of Physics and Department Chair Todd Timberlake at Berry’s mountain campus observatory, but this summer he’s playing to a completely different audience – and hemisphere – as part of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. While leading a course of study in physics at the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod, India, Timberlake used a hand-controlled, six-inch telescope to share the wonders of the night sky with 50-60 Tibetan Buddhist monks and 20 U.S. college students. Afterward, he exclaimed on Facebook: “The best part of the night was watching the monks snap pictures with their iPhones and download the Stellarium app. I guess they have a better data plan than I do!”

Timberlake is one of a number of Berry faculty members working in countries around the globe this summer. Many times, they’re accompanied by Berry students (more on that in our next issue). Destinations include Cuba, Denmark, Israel, Honduras, Ecuador, Belize, South Korea, Iceland, Austria, Jamaica and Costa Rica.

By Katherine Edmonds, philanthropic communications student writer


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Berry science alumni from the 1950s and ’60s are renowned for their pioneering accomplishments, up to and including NASA’s history-making moon shots and other initiatives in space. Given their considerable record of achievement, it should come as no surprise that when members of this group set their minds to naming Berry’s science building after their longtime mentor, the late Dr. Lawrence E. McAllister, they found a way to make it happen.

Announced May 19, this alumni-driven campaign to honor the man known affectionately as “Dr. Mac” has already surpassed the initial goal of $5 million. The project continues so that all those who are interested in honoring Dr. Mac with gifts that support science education and student scholarships will have the opportunity to do so. A naming ceremony will be held Mountain Day Weekend.

A special Web page has been established to help spread the word about this unique fundraising initiative and to educate new generations about Dr. Mac, a faculty member from 1932-71 who founded the physics program and helped lay the groundwork for Berry’s continuing commitment to excellence in the sciences. If you are one of his former students, we hope you will take a moment to visit the page and share your memories.

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