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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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Dewey and Irene Large Science Museum GraophiThere’s a new must-see destination for alumni visiting Berry – particularly those with an interest in science – the Dewey and Irene Large Science Museum in McAllister Hall. Located on the first floor of Berry’s 130,000 square-foot science center, the museum features displays on loan from the Tellus Science Museum and items from the existing collections of faculty members and the chemistry and physics departments.

The name honors the memory of Dewey (44c) and Irene (47c) Large, an alumni couple captivated by the possibility of incorporating a museum into McAllister Hall’s original design. Funding was provided by the sale of a gift of land made by the couple before their deaths.

More coverage: New museum opens in McAllister Hall. photo gallery

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Bruce Conn

Dr. Bruce Conn in Washington, D.C., during his Jefferson Science Fellowship.

Gund Professor of Biology Bruce Conn is one of a select group of six former Jefferson Science Fellows cited by the National Research Council in the new book, Diplomacy for the 21st Century, for continuing engagement in the implementation of U.S. foreign policy. The publication commended his service as an adviser to the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Health and Biodefense during the 2013 Chikungunya fever incursion into the Western Hemisphere, the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and other humanitarian actions to combat neglected tropical diseases.

The longtime Berry faculty member and former dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences spent a year in Washington, D.C., following his 2010 selection as a Jefferson Science Fellow. His current duties include membership on the lead committee for Berry’s One Health Center.

By Maxine Donnelly, senior student writer in philanthropic communications

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Bruce ConnGund Professor of Biology Bruce Conn has received his fourth consecutive five-year appointment as associate of invertebrate zoology at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. During his tenure, he has taken several groups of Berry students to visit and work in Harvard’s laboratories. Conn served for 16 years as dean of Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences before returning full time to the classroom in fall 2013. He is also a member of the lead committee for Berry’s One Health Center and a Jefferson Science Fellow for the U.S. State Department.

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Superb ScholarsGund Professor of Government and International Studies Chaitram Singh (near right) traveled to his native Guyana in September to accept the 2012 Guyana Prize for Literature. Singh, a graduate of the United States Military Academy and Berry faculty member since 1984, was honored in the “Best First Work of Fiction” category for his novel, The Flour Convoy. Another Singh novel, The February 23rd Coup, was runner-up for “Best Work of Fiction.” His award was presented by Guyana President Donald Ramoutar. Read more.

Also making news among the faculty is Professor of Chemistry Gary Breton (far right), who has been awarded a Fuller E. Callaway Chair by the Callaway Foundation. Breton currently serves as interim dean of Berry’s School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, a role he assumed earlier this year when Dr. Bruce Conn made the decision to return full time to the classroom.

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