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Professors Have Big Plans for Summer

May 20, 2014

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
(603) 656-6047

Professor Kathy HoffmanBetween commencement on the quad and the start of fall classes, Saint Anselm College professors are busy doing research, designing new courses, writing books, and having almost as much fun as their students.

From New Hampshire to India, faculty members are taking advantage of the summer months to do all the projects they did not have time for while teaching. For politics professor Peter Josephson, that includes swimming in a master's race and attending a theatre retreat. For others, it includes bathing in Iceland's geothermal waters and visiting abbeys in Europe.

Here's a rundown

Eric Berry (biology) will hand-pollinate and monitor American chestnut trees at a research orchard in Hollis, N.H. Read the full story »

David Guerra (physics) is working on a computerized forest mapping project.

Dennis MacDonald (sociology) will sing with the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus in Colombia.

David Hull (criminal justice) will train 13-15-year-old Naval Sea Cadets at Fort Devens Military Base.

Katherine Hoffman (fine arts) will be a Fulbright specialist at Ruhr University in Germany, teach a graduate seminar on American photography, and work on her latest book, which focuses on female photographers who were influenced by Alfred Stieglitz.

Deborah McCarter-Spaulding (nursing) will be a camp nurse for a week, work part-time as a maternity nurse at Catholic Medical Center, and develop a fall elective, "Born in the U.S.A.: Multiple Perspectives on Childbirth."

Lori LaPlante (biology) will research how sunfish choose their mates.

Katherine Bentz (fine arts) will conclude a research fellowship at the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence and pursue research for a book in Rome. Read about her fellowship »

Jay Pitocchelli will conduct his third summer of research on song variation throughout the breeding range of the MacGillivray's Warbler in the western United States.

Quite a few professors are traveling for fun and personal interests. Joshua Tepley (philosophy) is seeing Thailand and Vietnam. Robert Perreault (native speaker, modern languages and literatures) will visit fiords and lava fields in Iceland with a New Hampshire Public Television tour. Dina Frutos-Bencze (economics and business) will visit family in Hungary and the Czech Republic.

They will return to campus refreshed, relaxed, and ready to share their stories.