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Students may find themselves spacing out on the first day of fall classes, but not because summer is over. The beginning of the 2017-18 academic year on Aug. 21 coincides with the “Great American Eclipse,” which will leave the United States in partial to full shadow as the moon passes in front of the sun. Berry is just south of the 70-mile wide path in which a total eclipse will be visible, but with up to 98 percent of the sun covered at 2:30 p.m. (the peak of the campus viewing period) the show will be spectacular nonetheless. This is the first time Berry skies have featured an eclipse of this magnitude since 1984, and it likely will be decades before it happens again.

In preparation for this stellar event, Berry Professor of Astronomy and Physics Todd Timberlake has scheduled 7:30 p.m. public lectures in the McAllister Hall auditorium for Aug. 15 and 20. Free eclipse-viewing cards will be given to all who attend a session. He’s also recorded a brief informational video in association with Rome’s Sara Hightower Regional Library and a second video with tips for viewing the event safely. The latter (accompanying this story) has been shared by WSB and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On the afternoon of the eclipse, Dr. Timberlake will host a viewing party at Berry’s Valhalla stadium with specially equipped telescopes and solar filters offering the chance to view the event safely. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by! More details.

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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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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Dr. Kathy Richardson

Dr. Kathy Richardson

Decades of alumni (especially those who passed through the communication department) will no doubt be pleased to learn that Dr. Kathy Richardson has been named college provost. Her appointment is effective immediately and continues through 2014-15. She succeeds Dr. Katherine Whatley, who recently accepted a position as senior vice president for annual programs with the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C.

A faculty member since 1986 and winner of Berry’s most distinguished awards for teaching and service, Dr. Richardson brings great experience to her new role. She served as associate provost and dean of academic services from 1999-2007 and as interim provost in 2007-08 before returning full-time to the classroom in 2009. Last fall, she assumed the duties of provost on an “acting” basis and received a three-year appointment as vice president for academic affairs.

In other recent faculty news, the following have been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor by the Board of Trustees: Dr. Cathy Borer, Dr. Renee Carleton, Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, Dr. Timothy Knowlton and Dr. Alice Suroviec. In addition, Dr. Todd Timberlake (previously tenured) was promoted to full professor, while longtime faculty members Dr. Steven Bell and Dr. Mary Outlaw were awarded the honorary titles of professor emeritus and senior lecture emeritus, respectively.

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