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Writing for the political blog, The Hill, Frederick M. Lawrence makes a compelling case for a liberal arts education as central to American democracy.  He writes that beyond military or economic strength, nations are also defined by their ability to drive innovation and generate new ideas: "the literacy and intellectual sophistication that underpinned the founding of our country remains essential to our future. They enable both America's external impact on the world and the internal functioning of our economy and our democracy."  Simply put, studying the liberal arts and sciences helps to prepare engaged citizens for a lifetime of success.

If this morning's 14-degree weather wasn't to your taste, just imagine spending the month in Jamaica.  That's what a group of Stevenson University Human Services students are doing during this winter session--learning about international human services organizations and volunteering with Amizade Global Service Learning at several local sites, including the ECI School where they have been building a playground.  Follow their adventures at Mustangs in Jamaica on Facebook.

In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, Brock Blomberg, President of Ursinus College, discusses how universities--particularly small schools and colleges--can provide opportunities for individuals to practice trust and develop social relationships.  The social sciences have much to teach us about how we interact with one another, and university classrooms may be a place where we can begin to explore the potential benefits of trusting and learning from those whose opinions and experiences differ from our own.

HaSS students frequently present their work at academic conferences and publish in academic journals.  We are very proud of what they have accomplished this year!

Human Services students Linnea Bleacher and Yasmine Byrd presented the poster, “Putting Values Into Action: Preparing for the Future at Stevenson University,” at the annual NOHS (National Organization for Human Services) conference.

Interdisciplinary Studies student Joseph Acqui’s abstract of the work he conducted at the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse was accepted for presentation at ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students): Joseph K. Acqui, III, Michael T. McCoy, Jean Lud Cadet, M.D. The Effects of Food Self-Administration on the mRNA Expression of Activator Protein 1 Genes in the Hypothalamus.

Dr. Ingrid Tulloch and senior Psychology major Larry Fort published a paper in Modern Psychological Science: Fort, L & Tulloch IK (2016) Behaviors of a captive Coenobita clypeatus in the presence of varying light stimuli. Modern Psychological Studies 21(2): 23-32.

Senior psychology major Rachel Clein’s abstract of the work her research team did this summer was accepted for presentation at ABRCMS: Rachel Clein, Larry Fort, Shanice Hasting, Sarthak Shah and Ingrid K. Tulloch. Varying wavelengths of light affects serotonin positive cells and associated behaviors in Coenobita clypeatus

Senior psychology major Erick Guzman received a full travel award to present at ABRCMS: Erick Guzman, Sarah Tweedle, Caitlin Miller, and Ingrid K. Tulloch.  Physical Consciousness Quotient Predicts Body Image Dissatisfaction in College Students

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