All Simmons News{765D1293-271D-434F-A8C8-B4D3F5CA00BE} Paul Farmer Speaks on Equity in Healthcare<p>Dr. Paul Farmer has traveled all over the world, bringing healthcare and humanitarian aid to some of the poorest, most under-served rural communities. Through his books and speaking engagements, he is a leading voice for equity in global health and human rights. He holds prestigious positions at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women&rsquo;s Hospital. Dr. Farmer is even a Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the U.N. on Community-Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.&nbsp;</p> <p>At his visit to Simmons as part of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8637C75875B0413F99691D6A65717493&amp;_z=z">Friars Leaders Program</a> series, he announced another honor he can add to his list: &ldquo;Everyone at Simmons loves me.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dr. Farmer joined Provost Katie Conboy in front of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i, both in person and watching through a livestream, to share his life story and thoughts on the state of equity in global health care. Through their discussion, Dr. Farmer explained that teamwork and an unrelenting focus on equity and social justice have been the keys to his success.&nbsp;</p> <p>He also noted that Simmons, with its commitment to leadership and social justice, is primed to be at the cutting edge of training the next generation of healthcare leaders. &ldquo;Simmons is picking up on the most important lesson of 19th and 20th century medicine: it should be public health and equity. We need to ask ourselves, &lsquo;When are we not thinking about equity?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p>Dr. Farmer advised students to pay attention to lessons from mentors and colleagues, and recognize that finding one&rsquo;s purpose and success doesn&rsquo;t have to come fast. He drew from his own experience as a student who knew he wanted to be a doctor, but didn&rsquo;t really know why. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad no one asked me why I wanted to be a doctor. I think I had to grow into it.&rdquo; He also said it&rsquo;s okay if you make a decision that doesn&rsquo;t turn out right the first time &ndash; &ldquo;Try on new concepts and language, even if it takes a decade to get it right.&rdquo;</p> <p>He closed the event answering questions from the audience, both live and online, about women&rsquo;s role in global health leadership. He pointed out that most of the clinicians in his organization are women, but there is still a lot of work that is necessary to ensure that women are given fair opportunities to rise into leadership positions.</p> <p><br /> </p> <p><img alt="Paul Farmer with Shayna Friars Hasset '17" src="~/media/1DBC66355AD743B28DB9C28E7691518D.ashx?h=257&amp;w=300" style="height: 257px; width: 300px; margin-right: 40px;" />&nbsp;<img height="257" alt="Dr. Paul Farmer" width="300" src="~/media/C5370274E6894815867005D22AC8495C.ashx" /></p> <p style="clear: both;"><em>(Top: Provost Katie Conboy and Dr. Paul Farmer. Left: Dr. Farmer with Shayna Friars Hasset '17. Right: Dr. Farmer with new Simmons gear after his talk.)</em></p>2017-04-27T00:00:00-04:00{176FB428-99F5-4407-9F98-8253D2CEFFD0} Blake '06LS Receives SLIS Alumni Achievement Award<p>Tom Blake '06LS has been awarded the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award by the SLIS Alumni Board. Tom has worked at the Boston Public Library (BPL) as their Digital Imaging Production Manager, Digital Projects Manager, and Content Discovery Manager since 2005. Currently responsible for the creation of beautiful, versatile, and sustainable digital objects for all BPL digital initiatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since 2010, Tom has managed an ambitious project to help digitize collections from across Massachusetts in conjunction with digital Commonwealth, a statewide repository services, and as a pilot Service Hub of the Digital Public Library of America. In 2015 he received an MBLC award, and in 2014 was named one of Library Journal's Mover &amp; Shakers as a Tech Leader.</p> <p>For photos of the event, visit our <a href=";album_id=10155263558164264" target="_blank">SLIS After Dark album</a> on Facebook.&nbsp;</p>2017-04-26T00:00:00-04:00{0EA89ECD-9FD3-4EBF-8A63-CA5526AA3E42} Science Students Deliver Keynote at Undergraduate Symposium<p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=5996A7ECB09C4D6C895790D5A2C97CCF&amp;_z=z">Computer science</a> students Amal Saaed and Jazzmine White presented their research project "Identifying and Analyzing Security Vulnerabilities in Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs)" as part of the keynote panel at the Simmons <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=3662476C5548495CA27078F9F110B7D7&amp;_z=z">Undergraduate Symposium</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Their research included investigating low-cost BCI options and the usability of "thought passwords" as an alternative to traditional passwords. They also conducted security testing of the BCI to scan for vulnerabilities. Saaed and White were among a select few chosen for the keynote presentation.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Photo of Amal Saeed, Jazzmine White and Professor Amber Stubbs.</em></p>2017-04-26T00:00:00-04:00{B7280A2A-CF34-44A3-86D4-5CF6710F3EEC} Gurney: Simmons Students Improve the World<h4>Did a particular experience or person inspire you to pursue your academic discipline?</h4> <p>The summer after completing organic chemistry, I was invited to champion a research project in synthesizing materials used in the production of flame retardant plastics for Amoco Chemical (now BP) at my undergraduate institution. The undergraduate research experience was an epiphany, leading me to three important realizations. First and foremost, organic chemistry was highly intuitive but the manner in which the material is taught was unnecessarily confusing. Second, the standard laboratory curriculum that I was taught was devoid of any opportunity for critical thinking or skill building. Third, conducting research as an undergraduate, in my opinion, was the single best way to learn chemistry.</p> <h4>What are your favorite areas of specialization?</h4> <p>Democratizing opportunities and access to undergraduate research to create a workforce whose diversity mirrors our society.&nbsp;Educating women to become research-empowered, responsible global citizens.&nbsp;I specifically focus my day-to-day research with undergraduates on benign materials design for human health and the environment.</p> <h4>What is one of the most interesting topics in your field now?</h4> <p>Without a doubt, the most interesting and provocative topic in my field is the toxins in our consumer products or what I have coined "toxic consumables," which is the focus of my <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FC69D571FB7B4A61A7BFBD0B6107523F&amp;_z=z">Boston course</a>. Until the U.S. Congress passed The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, on June 22, 2016, the FDA and EPA were not empowered to regulate peer-reviewed, scientifically studied toxicants that served as functional additives (preservatives, fragrances, etc.) to our personal care products.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our class has partnered with the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, MA to educate and study the widespread socioeconomic and health impacts of these toxic consumables in our Boston community. Unfortunately, the current U.S. administration is defunding and dismantling the EPA and FDA, which will stymie any potential societal gains intended from the passage of the new Chemical Safety Act.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What do you find most rewarding about your work with Simmons students?</h4> <p>In my 14 years, I have witnessed firsthand that Simmons students have a thirst for knowledge with a focus to empower themselves to improve the world and the human condition. Our students champion equity and inclusiveness both within and outside the laboratory. Working with students having this drive and determination is highly rewarding as I know my efforts to help them learn how to learn are highly appreciated. &nbsp;</p> <h4>What three qualities most consistently describe Simmons students?</h4> <p>Drive. Empathy. Determination.</p> <h4>Is participation in internships, study abroad, or conferences important? Do stipends help make those experiences more accessible?</h4> <p>Real-world experiences, be it internships, professional presentations and attendance at conferences, or studying abroad, are critically important. In my opinion, undergraduate research is the key stepping stone to gain experience required to apply to all of these opportunities. Without stipends to pay for student time to work on undergraduate research, students must balance a heavy course load, a job, volunteer work, AND undergraduate research, which is too much for most. Therefore, stipends are the lynchpin for the key stepping stone in an undergraduate&rsquo;s climb toward real-world experiences which launch their careers.</p> <h4>Can you recommend a good current book in your field for a lay reader?</h4> How about three? <ul> <li><em>Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry </em>by Stacy Malkan.</li> <li><em>Toxic Safety: Flame Retardants, Chemical Controversies, and Environmental Health </em>by Alissa&nbsp;Cordner.</li> <li><em>Plastic: A Toxic Love Story </em>by&nbsp;Susan Freinkel.&nbsp;</li> </ul>2017-04-20T00:00:00-04:00{286D9ABF-BD54-4415-B329-E063303CB903} McDonough '16 '17SW On Empowering Students<h4>What program are you in at Simmons?</h4> <p> I'm in the&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E149D58DC97148CBA9E5C26B9D6E4390&amp;_z=z">Education 4+1</a> program. I graduated with my BA in English in May 2016 and in May 2017, I'll graduate with my MA in elementary education. I'm also getting a dual licensure in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=759170CF99F1402984DCBD800BF9EB30&amp;_z=z">general elementary education and moderate special needs education</a> for grades 1-8. </p> <h4> What drew you to your program?</h4> <p> I've known that I wanted to be an elementary school teacher for pretty much my whole life. This program allows me to get my MA in a much shorter time frame. It also allows me to get a dual certification in general education and special education. Having both certifications will make me a more skilled, flexible and engaging teacher.</p> <h4> What made you make the move to come to Simmons?</h4> <p> I knew I wanted to be in Boston, and I was really impressed with the education program at Simmons. I liked that Simmons was a small school, and I could tell from my visits that it had a really open and welcoming community. It had the atmosphere I was looking for.</p> <h4> Tell us about your role with Education Sparks.</h4> <p> I worked with Education Sparks for three years, which was an after-school program that serviced students at the Mission Hill School in Jamaica Plain. The program was run as part of the&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=90DA44C36C5F45EDA78F047F0446EDA5&amp;_z=z">Scott/Ross Center for Community Service</a>. I worked as the program director, so each year, I hired a group of students from Simmons and other Colleges of the Fenway to provide homework help for students in grades K-6 every afternoon.</p> <p>My job was to manage schedules, track student and tutor attendance, order supplies, and plan and implement activities for different groups. I would meet regularly with the directors and other administrators of the Scott/Ross Center to discuss how the program was going, how the students and tutors were adjusting, and how the students were progressing towards their goals.</p> <h4> What are some lessons you've learned from your community service?</h4> <p> Patience and perseverance. It takes a long time and a lot of attention to detail&nbsp;&ndash; but&nbsp;seeing even the slightest bit of progress in a student or tutor is indescribable. Because I stayed at this program for three years, I got to know some students very well, and I saw them undergo immense long-term growth. From day one, it was clear to many of them that education was a privilege, but I don&rsquo;t think the students ever realized how much of a privilege it was for me to watch them grow.</p> <p>I went into this job hoping to empower students to be their best. Reflecting on my experience, I look at how much of myself I invested in this service and how it helped me become a better version of myself.</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>My Simmons moment comes in small bursts, a little bit each day.&nbsp;</p> <p>It comes when I hear an administrator or teacher from a school rave about teachers who graduated from the program I'm in. It comes whenever I feel like I am not cut out to be an elementary school teacher and then suddenly realize that one of my students has started to write his 9&rsquo;s the right way after writing them backwards for three months straight, despite constant reminders. There is at least one tiny moment about everyday in which it hits me that I am part of an exemplary teacher preparation program.&nbsp;</p> <p>It's all of these little moments where I realize that Simmons is where I am supposed to be. Thanks to Simmons, I'm cut out to be teacher.</p>2017-04-20T00:00:00-04:00{D30AE2DC-17BA-4F82-87A9-8049DB46E9B0} President of the Library and Information Science Student Association<h4>When were you elected LISSA President?</h4> <p>I was elected at the end of the Spring 2016 semester, however the majority of my work began in the Fall of 2016. Everything that I have accomplished this semester has been a direct result of the work of my LISSA board. Their enthusiasm, trust, and guidance have meant the world to me.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What has been your proudest accomplishment since you took on this role?</h4> <p>The Fall 2016 semester began with a student leadership election due to low amounts of interest during the previous Spring 2016 election. We have 74 student leadership positions, and 32 positions were not filled. With the help of our student leaders, and a bit of prompting and encouragement, we had great success recruiting. Today, I oversee 70 filled positions, and I will continue to encourage students to become active in our student associations.</p> <p>Another project was a training and reference manual for newly elected student leaders. Once a student has been elected to a student leadership position, it&rsquo;s the responsibility of the student association to train the new leaders. However, LISSA realized that a lot of useful information (how to book rooms, order food, request refunds, and etc.) is not general knowledge for students. To assure that accurate information was passed from leader to leader, we decided to create a reference manual. LISSA has had materials in the past, but they were scattered or not up to date. LISSA's creation of the guide ensures the information remains updated, consolidated, and accessible. All new student leaders receive a copy at the beginning of their term, and I hope the guide continues to be distributed and updated by LISSA. There is also a copy available on the LISSA website ( under Resources for Student Associations.</p> <h4>Can you share some examples of your general responsibilities?</h4> <p>My most important responsibility is to conduct student leadership elections at SLIS. I research which roles are available, create a nomination form, then create an election form, consult the final results, and then determine who has been elected dependent upon the LISSA election rules. I conclude the elections with notifying the people who were elected, and those who were not. Nominations can be difficult to obtain because these positions take a great deal of time and dedication to occupy. We can post on the listserv, Facebook, and make posters, but they&rsquo;re easy to ignore. I&rsquo;ve had the most success from taking time to acknowledge and invite individuals who are active on campus, but may not be involved in a student association. Sometimes a person may just need a bit of encouragement.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the LISSA President</p> <ul> <li>Assures the student associations have access to emails and listservs</li> <li>Attends Alumni Board Meetings</li> <li>Holds monthly meetings with Assistant Dean Dr. Em Claire Knowles</li> <li>Prepares agendas and plans monthly LISSA meetings, where we discuss any changes on campus, prepare events, and discuss any necessary actions or changes in procedure</li> <li>Creates a list of the weekly SLIS events, and submits the email "This Week at SLIS"&nbsp;</li> <li>Helps conduct student leadership meetings</li> <li>Listens to student suggestions and concerns</li> <li>Acts as a liaison to ensure that our student leadership is provided the resources they need to continue to be active here at SLIS</li> <li>Before the end of my term this spring I would like to make it procedure for the LISSA president to meet with each student association individually at least once a semester. Because there are 74 leadership positions, it can be difficult to keep tabs on how everyone is doing. I hope LISSA can avoid oversights and facilitate discussion on how we can better serve our SLIS community.</li> </ul> <h4>What has this role taught you about leadership?</h4> <p>This position has reinforced my feeling that being a leader is bigger than one individual. &nbsp;This concept is often overlooked. Leadership is not about superiority or bending arms. Leadership is leading by example. Leadership helps foster a community that is willing to work together and create something larger than themselves, to which everyone can benefit. As I mentioned previously, I owe everything to my LISSA board.</p> <p>Also, leadership isn't easy for anyone. It takes time, energy, patience, enthusiasm and more. At the end of the day, those qualities are what need to shine through, and that can be difficult when you're trying to work through the chaos that is grad school life. Leadership challenges you to be at your best, and when you take a step back from all you&rsquo;ve accomplished, you&rsquo;ll never regret it. You&rsquo;ll be surprised what you can accomplish.&nbsp;</p> <h4>How has this role shaped your time at SLIS?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I have interacted and connected with many students, faculty, and LIS professionals who I may never have met otherwise, from whom I have learned a great deal about our field. Participating in student leadership has given me a great support system of peers and advisors. Additionally, I have learned about management, and how to apply management skills with an emphasis on how it will affect a community of users. This role has been invaluable to me.&nbsp;</p>2017-04-19T00:00:00-04:00{64BFB9A9-79FB-4857-8E7A-526293AE4B1E} Roecklein-Canfield Appointed to STEM Advisory Council<p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8CDE33BE78904584832B5BED7040ACF3&amp;_z=z">Jenna Roecklein-Canfield</a>, Professor and Department Chair of <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=49D0E1F9FA9D4E93BF96AB2488D19656&amp;_z=z">Chemistry and Physics</a> at Simmons, and a leader in promoting <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EFC1895CC54644E29F690A455C57D171&amp;_z=z">STEM</a> education among young women, was appointed to the Massachusetts STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Advisory Council recently by Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.</p> <p>Professor Roecklein-Canfield was appointed to the STEM Advisory Council by Lt. Governor Polito, who serves as the advisory council&rsquo;s co-chair, following her <a href="Lt. Governor Karyn Polito" target="_blank">visit</a> to Simmons&rsquo; campus in December 2016. Lt. Governor Polito toured Simmons&rsquo; science facilities, met with faculty and students, and learned more about the school&rsquo;s efforts to engage women in STEM learning and careers.</p> <p>"It is an honor to be named to the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council,&rdquo; said Professor Roecklein- Canfield. &ldquo;I look forward to joining my colleagues in academia as well as other talented individuals from the public and private sectors to work on our shared goal of increasing access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities for students across the Commonwealth. As a representative of Simmons, I believe I bring a special passion and commitment to ensuring that girls and young women are who pursue STEM careers are fully prepared to meet the needs of the 21st Century workforce.&rdquo;</p> <p>Established by M.G.L. Chapter 6, Section 218, the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council is comprised of individuals from academia, business, and government who seek to expand access to high-quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;STEM industries continue to grow rapidly across the Commonwealth and help strengthen our nation-leading innovation economy,&rdquo; said Governor Baker. &ldquo;In order for Massachusetts to continue capitalizing in STEM, it&rsquo;s important we continue to expose our students to these industries and I look forward to the work the advisory council will take on this year."</p> <p>Learn more about the Professor Roecklein-Canfield's appointment to the&nbsp;<a href="~/media/A4A8F5DBA4C3496F9C8FF8EA7EE8C006.ashx">MA STEM Advisory Council</a>.</p>2017-04-18T00:00:00-04:00{5B622755-46A2-4BD8-B950-7381BCCD2991} Aronson on Pivotal Moments<h4>Did a pivotal experience or a particular person in your life inspire you to pursue your academic discipline?</h4> <p>Yes. I was in graduate school at Yale studying for a master&rsquo;s degree in city planning which was next door to what I now know is graphic design, but then I&rsquo;d never heard the term and neither had most people in the country. These were the years when chaos existed on university campuses and most programs were pass/fail to placate the rioting students.</p> <p>I saw students through an open doorway doing what I&rsquo;d always loved to do: cutting up bits of paper, pasting them down to make a mock-up dummy of a magazine. The teacher, Chis Pullman, waived at me to enter and take a seat and offered that I could audit his class, known to the students as Baby Graphics. It was for graduate students who had no previous experience in graphic design, but had been accepted to Yale to receive an MFA in the discipline. They came for an extra year that included this course, to familiarize themselves with the practice of design. Pullman was an inspiring teacher like few others I&rsquo;d ever had. I loved my time in the class (and completed all the assignments) and was allowed to audit the next semester and probably the next. After receiving my Master&rsquo;s of City Planning, I asked the chair of the design department what I&rsquo;d have to do to get into the MFA design program.&nbsp;</p> <p>Within a few days he told me if I came back for a year, I could have a master&rsquo;s in graphic design. I leaped at the chance. I am still in touch with Chris Pullman, who shortly after my years in his classes became the designer director for WGBH, Boston, where he turned the channel into what we know it as today; he remained there until his retirement just a few years ago. How different things were in those days.</p> <h4>What are your favorite areas of specialization/research in your field?</h4> <p>As a student in graphic design one had to take photography classes. Mine were taught by fabulous teachers, one being Walker Evans. My graphic design thesis was a slide show with musical accompaniment on the garbage crisis in New York City. I was putting myself through graduate school while working as a program analyst/city planner for the Sanitation Department, so I had access to ride the garbage trucks and visit the Fresh Kills landfill site. When I finished graduate school I went to the Far East for almost three years. Finding work as a photojournalist was much easier than finding graphic design jobs. So from those days forward I&rsquo;ve had this multi-faceted career working at which ever profession &ndash; city planning, photography, graphic design &ndash; was easiest to find the right job. For 12 years while living in England, I was a photojournalist. Although I&rsquo;ve now been teaching graphic design for over 20 years, my research/creative work, has been photography. In 2010, Lintott Press/Carcanet Press published <em>LIKENESSES With the Sitters Writing About One Another</em>, a book of my double portraits taken over 30 years, including many when I worked as a photographer for The Sunday Telegraph Magazine in London. Since the publication, I have had five exhibitions of the photographs including a yearlong show in 2015-16 at the Cambridge University Library, England. I will continue with another show in Ireland this year.</p> <p>My other areas of specialization are typography and wayfinding (one of the newer fields in the environmental graphic design world). I&rsquo;m particularly interested in sign systems for public spaces such as airports, hospitals, and urban spaces and taught a course on this topic for the Colleges of the Fenway just before I came to Simmons. As for typography, it is essential for graphic designers to become experts so their work looks professional and is recognized. I have made it the core of the design curriculum at Simmons and hope someday to put together a manual on how to teach typography to non-designers. It is easy to learn the basics and transforms the look and readability of all communications. </p> <h4>What is one of the most interesting/provocative topics in your field these days?</h4> <p>The change from static design, of not so long ago, to responsive design (the same design adapted to many different interfaces and formats), with user involvement, of today. In the past, what a designer designed the viewer saw, exactly as it was produced. This is not so today with websites, apps, on-line videos, etc. Now it is understood that the user participates in what they see (by choice), where they see it, and how &ndash; in what format (a newspaper, on line on a website, or on a tablet, smart phone, or any other screen).&nbsp;</p> <p>At a design conference Adobe made the following comparisons of past and present:</p> mass media&gt;personal<br /> living room&gt;screen<br /> watch&gt;participate<br /> consume&gt;create<br /> big things (created by a few)&gt;small things (created by many)<br /> monologue&gt;dialogue<br /> fixed&gt;perpetual<br /> product service&gt;subscription<br /> <h4>What do you find most rewarding about your work with Simmons students?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Their appreciation when they learn something utterly new and truly understand why it is successful. The excitement and pleasure one can see in them/on them is thrilling.</p> <h4>If you had to choose 3 qualities that most consistently describe Simmons students, what would they be?</h4> <p>Engaged, down to earth, socially conscious.</p> <h4>Is participation in internships, study abroad, or conferences important? Do stipends help make those experiences more accessible?</h4> <p>In Graphic Design it is very important to pursue internships and study abroad. Not so essential to attend conferences. This is where they get serious practical experience, and internships often lead to their first job. Yes, stipends would help hugely. Many students cannot afford to go abroad and that experience has really changed many of my students&rsquo; outlook on the world. I believe it is essential for Americans, students included, to understand how America is viewed by the outside world; this gives them instantly a certain sense of who they are in the broadest context.</p> <h4>Can you recommend a good current book in your field for a lay reader?</h4> <ul> <li><em>Just My Type</em> by Simon Garfield.</li> <li><em>A World of Questions: 120 Posters on the Human Condition</em> by Chaz Maviyane-Davies.</li> </ul>2017-04-18T00:00:00-04:00{8F6645CD-4EBC-4012-BFD5-EFBE12EFB779} Bradley '06GS Director of Harvard College Women's Center<h4>What attracted you to the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=900098C0532A416B93B59FC1F0654B22&amp;_z=z">MA in Gender/Cultural Studie</a>s (GCS) program at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> I wanted a program that allowed me to explore the intersectionality of gender and culture to better understand the textured experience that women have based on their cultural backgrounds.&nbsp; <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for your current position?&nbsp;</h4> Currently I work as the director of the Harvard College Women&rsquo;s Center, so my passion for women&rsquo;s equity has remained a focus in my career. My time at Simmons allowed me to approach my work critically - specifically I sought to better understand the experiences and challenges for all who identify under the umbrella of womanhood.&nbsp;<br /> In addition, the nurture I received from the faculty and administrators at Simmons prompted me to change my career and move outside of the non-profit arena into higher education. I wanted to be for others what some of the community at Simmons was to me &ndash; a support system, an anchor that caught you before you fell, and an honest ear that corrected you when you made blunders.&nbsp; <h4>Describe the personal and professional relationships you cultivated within your GCS cohort.&nbsp;</h4> I still connect with my classmates from Simmons. I celebrate their lives and they celebrate mine. We have seen each other through marriage, children and additional academic achievements. I feel blessed to know them.&nbsp; <h4>Are there any faculty/staff members that especially impacted you in your time at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> Christina Brinkley was my thesis advisor. Her warm but stern demeanor kept me on track and able to complete the program on a full-time schedule while working full-time.&nbsp; <h4>What advice would you give to a prospective student who is undecided about applying to Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>The professors at Simmons gave of more than just their intellectual resources; they gave of their time and attention. I was educated at Simmons but I also developed and was nurtured there. For that, I will always be grateful. &nbsp;</p> <h4>What do you believe was your greatest accomplishment at Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I am one of the first people in my family to attain a master&rsquo;s degree. My greatest accomplishment was completing the program. In addition, I have no doubt that my time at Simmons played a large part in developing my critical thinking in preparation for my current studies in Public Administration at Harvard University.<br /> <div></div> </p>2017-04-14T00:00:00-04:00{856AFAE2-2DF5-4CC2-840E-973A0F4CA5CA} Back at the Simmons Leadership Conference<p>We're still buzzing from the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E3CD40050E154AE59FAF9A0DB7E6DAA3&amp;_z=z">Simmons Leadership Conference</a>! The day featured incredible speakers like&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C8E7047AB02F4699B659B9D0CD3A440D&amp;_z=z">Marlee Matlin</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=7B54E9E7A7E44545A065BB9DC2BA9E1D&amp;_z=z">Diana Nyad</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E4A9AF0B09D348D593F904ADDD26BD50&amp;_z=z">Nina Tassler</a>, <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=063D01F6A64243E4A91D97C21189A4D9&amp;_z=z">Diane von Furstenberg</a> and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=33F9B75FE82A44939221DE046C7004C6&amp;_z=z">Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe</a>.</p> <p>You can experience all the excitement of the conference with the articles and social media interactions captured below!</p> <h4>Media Coverage</h4> <ul> <li>The Boston Globe:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Diane Von Furstenberg to Headline Simmons Leadership Conference</a></li> <li>The Boston Globe:&nbsp;<a href="">Actress Marlee Matlin calls President Trump a &lsquo;barrier&rsquo; for the disabled</a></li> <li>The Huffington Post:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">7 Tips on Leading With Purpose</a></li> <li>Forbes:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Want To Be Successful? Find A Strong Female Role Model</a></li> </ul>2017-04-14T00:00:00-04:00{6362993D-FD1D-4697-B508-9B0B9F0A902C} Annual Healthcare Forum a Huge Success!<p>The&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=74F4DA8787D44258AEFAC314C61AFA0C&amp;_z=z">School of Management&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;recently held its annual Healthcare Forum. This event, under the leadership of SOM Professor <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6C41614A94C44AB3A16FEFBC2433E8C3&amp;_z=z">Bob Coulam</a>, was a huge success with over 100 people in attendance.</p> The conversation reflected complexities of the current national debate over efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. <div><br /> </div> <div>Dr. Joseph Antos, is a Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, where his research focuses on the economics of health policy, with a focus on market-oriented approaches to reform. He expressed reservations about the bill that House leaders negotiated with President Trump, the American Health Care Act. But he meanwhile presented the rationale for important conservative proposals on such issues as Medicaid reform, and outlined areas of agreement between conservatives and other researchers.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp; <p> Nancy Turnbull, MBA, is a Senior Lecturer in Health Policy at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, leader in health policy and health reform, consumer representative on the board of the Massachusetts Health Connector which governs the state&rsquo;s health insurance exchange, and former president of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation. She presented a strong defense of Obamacare, insisting that improvements needed were practical, would preserve health coverage for over 20 million Americans, and protect women whose benefits were in jeopardy from the Republican bill that failed. &nbsp;</p> Much more remains to happen in the debate over health reform, but this event provided a sophisticated guide to where we are and what to look for in the months ahead. <p><em><br /> </em></p> <p><em>Left: Dr. Joseph Antos. Right: Nancy Turnbull&nbsp;</em><br /> <br /> </p> </div>2017-04-14T00:00:00-04:00{34093CA4-4922-48C0-AC69-91F19EA2225F} McGowan '13 '17 On Her Simmons Education<p><strong><img height="250" alt="Picture of Meghan McGowan" width="250" src="~/media/1BED2A51F70C4B09AD2AC6FF470E5560.ashx" />What did you study at the Simmons School of Management?</strong></p> <p> As an undergraduate at <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=28AEE5F51F0741D3A9BF09DEC8C1A71F&amp;_z=z">Simmons </a>I studied Marketing and I&rsquo;ve continued that focus at Simmons for my MBA.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What was the job search like for you?</strong></p> <p> I started working at EMC after I graduated from Simmons as an undergraduate. A friend of mine was interning for them and knew that I was interested in participating in a rotational development program. It was a bit of a whirlwind application process, but the career services team at Simmons was really helpful in preparing for my interviews.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is a typical day like in your role as an Integrated Marketing Manager at Dell EMC? What are your main roles in your new job?</strong></p> <p> A typical day for me as an Integrated Marketing Manager at Dell EMC is hard to describe, because it&rsquo;s always changing. Currently, I help to create an overall calendar view of all the events that are happening within the North Americas. This requires me to interact with 10+ events teams, field marketing, and sales to make sure that the necessary information is provided and that the information is accurate.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How did you know that EMC was the right fit for you for the start of your career?</strong></p> <p> I started at EMC Corporation after I graduated from Simmons undergraduate college in 2013 and at the time I really didn&rsquo;t know what I wanted to do in marketing. I was accepted into EMC&rsquo;s Marketing Development Program, which was an on-boarding program that provided the flexibility to try out different roles. Throughout my 4 years with EMC I&rsquo;ve been part of a large variety of teams across global and regional field marketing.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What is the best part of your experience thus far?</strong></p> <p> The opportunity to experience so many different parts of marketing has been the best part of my experience at EMC. I&rsquo;ve had the opportunity to not only work in an industry that was completely foreign to me, but to also work in areas of marketing that were unfamiliar. I&rsquo;ve had some really supportive managers who encouraged me to try things and fail, helping me to grow as a marketer.</p> <p><strong>As a recent alum and new employee, what do you look forward to most in your career?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> The thing I most look forward to is continuing to apply the skills I have learned at Simmons to new growth opportunities. Starting out in the enterprise technology space, I&rsquo;ve learned a lot about the opportunity for marketing in B2B industries. Technology is changing every industry and it&rsquo;s exciting to me the opportunities in this space moving forwards, especially in Boston, which is a technology hub!&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> As of May 2017, I&rsquo;ll be a dual-Simmons graduate and I know that I wouldn&rsquo;t be where I am today without attending Simmons. Simmons helped me grow into a confident and self-assured marketing professional, which has been the best asset in my career to date.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give to the current Simmons students?</strong></p> <p> My advice is to not take this time for granted, because the resources and community at the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6ED072F5A08A4527AB2862B768F1FA1E&amp;_z=z">School of Management</a> are one of the best parts about the MBA program at Simmons. It&rsquo;s such an amazing opportunity to explore, learn, and grow as a young professional. The community at Simmons is so supportive and willing to go the extra step to help a fellow Simmons alumna.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </p>2017-04-14T00:00:00-04:00{881A36D4-A219-4FF1-BC56-11FEF2628126} Carrigan '00 Runs the Boston Marathon<h4>What program were you in at Simmons?</h4> <div>I got my&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0E929CBB86B24A2D8C0AE42A22859E9A&amp;_z=z">Bachelor of Science in Nursing</a>&nbsp;(BSN) as a <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=C03DE711F7C145D0B5E3F68A833BFFCB&amp;_z=z">Dorothea Lynde Dix</a> scholar. <h4>What's your current job title?</h4> <p>I'm a Staff Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)&nbsp;in Labor and Delivery.</p> <h4>What's a typical day like at your job?&nbsp;</h4> <p>A typical day on Labor and Delivery is unpredictable and I love every minute of it. I'm experienced as a triage nurse, labor nurse, resource nurse, OR circulator and/or OR scrub nurse. MGH Labor and Delivery is thought of as a high-risk maternal fetal medicine floor as well as a delivery hospital for healthy moms.&nbsp;</p> <p>I've had so many incredible experiences in my career &mdash; every day is a day to learn something new and every new life I witness is still amazing.</p> <h4>How did Simmons help prepare you for your career?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Simmons took an insecure girl from the South who didn&rsquo;t truly believe in herself and created a woman who stands proud as a nurse. I&nbsp;walked in those doors a girl and left a woman.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?&nbsp;</h4> <p>It was the entire experience of working toward a BSN that made me truly appreciate and love Simmons. I look back and wonder how I did it. I worked and went to school full-time and started my family. I could not have accomplished all of that without the support of Simmons faculty and staff.</p> <p>I was set to graduate in May and my wife &mdash; a Simmons&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=CAB1E10BCDD64704ACD10F6B27B15C8F&amp;_z=z">physical therapy</a>&nbsp;graduate from the class of&nbsp;1983 &mdash;&nbsp;was pregnant with our daughter and due in April. I was not only supported by faculty, but they celebrated my life events with me.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fast forward to today, my daughter is starting to look at colleges. I'm hopeful that we're giving her the confidence to break the glass ceilings of her dreams.</p> <h4>What inspired you to run the Boston Marathon?</h4> <p>Since graduating from Simmons, I've tried to continue to challenge myself with things that seem impossible to achieve. To me, a BSN was a reach because I had to work full-time and attend school and clinicals. At graduation, &nbsp;I walked &mdash; or floated &mdash;&nbsp;across the stage and was handed my degree. I searched the crowd for my partner and daughter who was one month old and held up my navy blue folder.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Marathon seems similar. It's almost an impossible dream to fill, but I'm going to do it anyhow. I saw an opportunity to run for the MGH Emergency Response team and felt it would be a perfect fit. If you read my story in my fundraising page, the staff and hospital have been there for me since my move from New Orleans. My childhood home was rebuilt after Katrina and so much support came from MGH. I run with gratitude.</p> <h4>What's your training routine?</h4> <p>I live in Arlington and am within walking distance to the Minute Man bike path. I am often on that path either heading toward Bedford or Cambridge.</p> <h4>What's your favorite song to run to?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Great question and hard to answer! Coming from New Orleans I have an appreciation for a wide range of music! If I'm on a long run I have listen to an entire Broadway musical on my iPod. My favorite is <em>Kinky Boots</em>! I LOVE everything about that show! &ldquo;<em>Raise you Up</em>&rdquo; is empowering to me and I can really take off with that one! We should all raise each other up, right?</p> <h4>What are some challenges you've faced while training?</h4> Now that I'm training, I already want to do better next time (I'm whispering that, don't tell my family yet). My challenges have been:<br /> <ul> <li>Working 12 hour shifts and running while fatigued.</li> <li>Running in February with snow and ice.</li> <li>Slipping on ice and injuring my shoulder which derailed my training plan.</li> </ul> <h4>What's the first thing you're going to do when you cross the finish line?</h4> <p>I've actually compared it to walking across the stage on a cool rainy day at Simmons and receiving my degree. I will accomplish another goal that the younger me would have never thought possible.&nbsp;</p> <p>So what's the first thing I'll want to do? Find my family, hold up my medal and look for a hug. I will possibly shed a happy tear.</p> </div>2017-04-13T00:00:00-04:00{71F3C6F4-590F-49B4-96BC-3DDFF66859D6} Ismail on Running the Boston Marathon<h4>What do you teach in at Simmons?</h4> <p>I teach general inorganic chemistry, quantum mechanics and advanced inorganic chemistry as part of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=49D0E1F9FA9D4E93BF96AB2488D19656&amp;_z=z">Chemistry and Physics Department</a>.</p> <h4>Tell us about your research.</h4> <p>I have four Simmons undergraduate students working in the lab. Our research focuses on two main aspects: (1) inorganic crystal growth of photocatalysts that have the potential to be activated under solar energy for environmental remediation and (2) using these synthesized photocatalysts towards the degradation of hazardous organic compounds that are often found in waste-water streams. We use advanced instrumental techniques such as X-ray powder diffraction and the scanning electron microscope which allow us to image crystals that are on the sub-micron size scale.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What inspired you to make the move to teach at Simmons?</h4> <p>I first joined Simmons as an adjunct in 2013 and then as a full-time tenure track assistant professor in the fall of 2016.</p> <p>One of the things that really stood out to me was how student-centered this college is. I found faculty providing students with resources so that they can gain confidence and go on to the next stages in their lives. I was also really drawn to how involved the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=A64D7797925047E3BC740AEC7B3D37B3&amp;_z=z">chemistry</a> and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F4C0C581A94145FEA049C856ECA87177&amp;_z=z">physics</a> students were with research early on in their careers. That passion and drive is refreshing to see.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What inspired you to run the Boston Marathon?</h4> <p>I ran the Big Sur Marathon in 2014 and have been hooked since. I loved how much I learned about myself throughout the rigorous training process.</p> <p>I grew up watching the Boston Marathon. So I knew that I eventually wanted to run it. I also knew that I wanted to run as a charity runner to help raise awareness to a cause that&rsquo;s dear to my heart. I applied this past fall to run for a non-profit organization called Dream Big! which provides young girls from low-income situations the basic items and fees necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education and overall well-being.</p> <p>Having participated in sports myself, I knew the impact it had on my life and others as well. To be able to give back to my community, while doing something that I love, meant the world to me. I was so happy when Dream Big! offered me a spot on their team.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your training routine?</h4> <p>Oh boy. My training routine has changed a bit throughout the years. Currently, it involves running 3 times a week, cross-training twice, and doing yoga once a week. It&rsquo;s been a challenge to stick to my training schedule as I&rsquo;ve progressed in my career. But I always remember something a mentor had once told me, which is that our health is the most important thing we can hold on to. If that slips away, everything else will eventually slip away. Training is now a necessity, just like food and sleep.</p> <p>My favorite running route is the Charles River. You forget for a second that you&rsquo;re in a busy city. Also the breeze by the water is so refreshing on a hot summer day. Not so much during the cold winter months though!</p> <h4>What are some challenges you've faced while training?</h4> <p>The cold temperatures. Specifically when the coaches had to cancel group runs because of the low temperatures, yet you still had to get yours done somehow. One week I had to run 16 miles on a treadmill because of an impending snow storm. Another time, I had to battle through 18 miles in what felt like -6 degrees.</p> <p>Anyone that has trained for a marathon will tell you, the physical training is only one aspect. Gaining that mental strength is the rest. This journey has also taught me the power of positive thinking which I try to relay to my own students when they struggle with difficult concepts in chemistry. Breaking down that mental barrier is the first step in achieving success.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's the first thing you're going to do when you cross the finish line?</h4> <p>Hug my family and friends because without them, I wouldn&rsquo;t have been able to accomplish this. Their support helped me through this training season.</p>2017-04-13T00:00:00-04:00{FC9046B5-93A2-4761-9308-F294C1DA3701} Alumni Named "Movers & Shakers" by Library Journal<p>Congratulations to <a href="" target="_blank">Liz Phipps Soeiro</a> '07LS and <a href="" target="_blank">D. Joshua Taylor</a> '10LS for being selected for <em>Library Journal</em>'s list of 2017 Movers &amp; Shakers! Phipps Soeiro, a librarian at the Cambridgeport School Library, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was selected for her innovative programs, which "builds strong and trusting relationships among students, families, and community leaders." Phipps Soeiro is also the founder of Cambridge Book Bike. Taylor, President and CEO of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, said his childhood interest in genealogy led him to pursue a career in the LIS field. Taylor brought genealogy to PBS's Genealogy Roadshow and continues to educate amateur genealogists.</p> <p>Previous alumni selected as Movers &amp; Shakers: </p> <ul> <li>2016: <a href="" target="_blank">Courtney Saldana</a> '05GS</li> <li>2015: <a href="" target="_blank">Lori Easterwood</a> &rsquo;06LS, <a href="" target="_blank">Kyle Courtney</a> &rsquo;06LS</li> <li>2014: <a href="" target="_blank">Tom Blake</a> '06LS</li> <li>2013: <a href="" target="_blank">Andromeda Yelton</a> &rsquo;10LS, <a href="" target="_blank">John Paul Michel</a> &rsquo;07LS, <a href="" target="_blank">Ben Hunter</a>, PhD</li> <li>2012: <a href="" target="_blank">Andrea Davis</a> &rsquo;10LS, <a href="" target="_blank">Mandy Henk</a> &rsquo;03LS</li> <li>2011: <a href="" target="_blank">Courtney Young</a> &rsquo;97LS</li> <li>2010: <a href="" target="_blank">Bethan Steward</a> &rsquo;03LS, Simmons Continuing Education (CE) instructor <a href="" target="_blank">Sarah Sogigian</a>, CE instructor <a href="" target="_blank">Jason Puckett</a></li> <li>2008: <a href="" target="_blank">Alison Cody</a> &rsquo;07LS, <a href="" target="_blank">Caleb Tucker-Raymond</a> &rsquo;00LS</li> <li>2007:<strong> </strong>CE instructor <a href="" target="_blank">Robin Brenner</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Bonnie Peirce</a> &rsquo;03LS</li> <li>2006: <a href="" target="_blank">Beth Gallaway</a> &rsquo;98LS, <a href="" target="_blank">Maura Marx</a> &rsquo;04LS</li> <li>2005: <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Sullivan</a> &rsquo;99LS</li> <li>2004: <a href="" target="_blank">Carrie Miyoshi Macfarlane &rsquo;99LS and Kathleen Sheehan &rsquo;97LS</a></li> <li>2002: <a href="" target="_blank">Debbie Abilock</a> &rsquo;70LS</li> </ul>2017-04-12T00:00:00-04:00{7620DA59-1BF3-4F95-95C9-D0CF0BB8A529} Congressman Capuano Visits Simmons<p>&ldquo;Life cannot be found in a book,&rdquo; U.S. Representative Michael Capuano told <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=05229EB401D243DCBBA2BC9DAFBC158B&amp;_z=z">political science</a> students this week during a visit to Simmons. &ldquo;Books enhance life but they don&rsquo;t mimic life&hellip;Like politics, the best way to do it is to go out and do it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rep. Capuano shared this advice and other valuable experiences from his nearly 20 years in the U.S. Congress during a lively, wide-ranging discussion with nearly 50 Simmons students in a combined foreign affairs and food policy class. After brief welcoming remarks, Rep. Capuano fielded insightful questions on current issues including potential changes to federal food policy, the proposed relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel, future Supreme Court nominations, the purpose of Sanctuary City designations, the failed attempt to overhaul to the Affordable Care Act, and reflections on the presidential election. </p> <p>Honest and direct, Rep. Capuano also addressed military intervention in Syria, drawing on his experience working to help the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. &ldquo;For me the question is, what&rsquo;s our policy?&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The Constitution in my opinion is crystal clear. I am not being partisan about this. One person should not be able to bring this country to war.&rdquo;</p> <p>Following the discussion, Rep. Capuano met <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8CDE33BE78904584832B5BED7040ACF3&amp;_z=z">Professor Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield</a>, chair of the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=49D0E1F9FA9D4E93BF96AB2488D19656&amp;_z=z">Chemistry and Physics Department</a>, who led a tour of the 4<sup>th</sup> floor of the Park Science Building. Rep. Capuano visited several labs, frequently stopping to ask students about their work. A leader in promoting <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EFC1895CC54644E29F690A455C57D171&amp;_z=z">STEM</a> (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education among young women, Professor Roecklein-Canfield explained that Simmons strives to create an inclusive learning environment around STEM where students have a sense of community and feel comfortable discussing their work. This was evident when students Erin Lilienthal, Michelle Jung, and Anja Gibbs enthusiastically described their antibiotic coding work to Rep. Capuano during a visit to an organic chemistry lab.</p> <p>Rep. Capuano concluded his visit with a private meeting with&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a> and senior college officials.</p> <p>Elected to congress in 1998, Rep. Capuano represents Massachusetts&rsquo; Seventh district which includes nearly 75 percent of Boston, including the Fenway neighborhood, home to Simmons. He also represents Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, Somerville, and half of Cambridge and Milton. He is currently serving his ninth term.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Rep Capuano visits campus" style="max-width: 300px;" src="~/media/1A130B9B3717464CA32ABDC06851648F.ashx" />&nbsp;<img alt="Rep Capuano visits campus 2" src="~/media/6FBDCD23EDE94697AB04F04A3536BDFC.ashx" style="max-width: 300px;" /></p> 2017-04-11T00:00:00-04:00{CE5647A0-9A0D-427B-A901-B11AC7312A6F} Tips on Leading with Purpose<p>For more than a century, Simmons College has championed women&rsquo;s leadership. Our now global <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=E3CD40050E154AE59FAF9A0DB7E6DAA3&amp;_z=z">Simmons Leadership Conference</a> is just one of the ways we amplify the voices of women. Hillary Clinton, Geena Davis, Anita Hill, Arianna Huffington, and Dr. Jane Goodall are just some of the accomplished speakers who have inspired our audiences by encouraging them to make their own impactful mark on the world.</p> <p>This spring&rsquo;s Simmons Leadership Conference <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=524A8D068BB84C3DB8C95CA9C0D3C972&amp;_z=z">speakers</a> shared some tips on how all women can learn to lead with purpose and passion, while advancing their careers: </p> <h5>#1. CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE</h5> <p>&ldquo;When I made the decision to start my own business, it was to create the life I wanted to live. As long as I remember that, I&rsquo;m learning new things every day about the ways I can share my gifts with the world. With the work I do, I can teach and inspire others to share their gifts too.&rdquo;</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1AC94DDC44EE4C319A6841A283C54BB8&amp;_z=z">Roshini Rajkumar</a>, CEO, Roshini Performance Group</p> <h5>#2. EFFECT POSITIVE CHANGE</h5> <p>&ldquo;We should be able to find a way to contribute and find the time to effect positive change in society. To replenish, refresh, and nourish our souls, and to share that with others.&rdquo;</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=D65D2671ABFE46F79D28A56352B85594&amp;_z=z">Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe</a>, Director, Saint Monica Girls&rsquo; Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda</p> <h5>#3. SET BOUNDARIES</h5> <p>&ldquo;Understand what is non-negotiable and where you can be flexible. It may be time for practicing your faith, for being home for dinner a certain number of nights a week, or for attending to your own wellness. Those boundaries give you a sense of control and, as long as you continue to deliver results, your company will benefit from your improved engagement.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8EB60AA548AA4829AD60C6F6F1D1CAA2&amp;_z=z">Gail Jackson</a>, Vice President of Talent, Inclusion &amp; Engagement at United Technologies Corporation</p> <h5>#4. BUILD YOUR NETWORK</h5> <p>&ldquo;Build your network, which means essentially: Keep in touch with people, go out of your way to meet new, interesting people, respect everyone's time, say thank you, give back to the community and be of help yourself anytime you can.&rdquo;</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8B3F9FAB19FA41F79FEA0932C5351E26&amp;_z=z">Nora Poggi</a>, Journalist and Filmmaker</p> <h5>#5. BE AN OPEN BOOK</h5> <p>&ldquo;Be an open book. Drop the facade. Help other women understand that current success comes with great failure and most of us fall hard before we arrive. It&rsquo;s not pretty but it&rsquo;s true.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=2016DA28851F4F70A066785BE28801A7&amp;_z=z">Raquel Eatmon</a>, CEO of the communications company Rising Media LLC and founder of the Woman of Power Leadership Conference in Cleveland, Ohio</p> <h5>#6. DON'T WAIT TO BE DISCOVERED&nbsp;</h5> <p>"Don't wait around to be discovered. Discover yourself instead."&nbsp;</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=FCCD438E1D60461BA48C70F2A7D0412C&amp;_z=z">Jade Simmons</a>, Classical Pianist and Entrepreneur</p> <h5>#7. ALWAYS INCLUDE WOMEN</h5> <p>&ldquo;Always include women, even when it&rsquo;s tough. When you are hiring, be sure there are at least two women candidates. When you have a chance to say something to a young girl, tell her first that she is clever, smart, tough, strong, great at math, great at science, a leader. Leave &ldquo;pretty&rdquo; for the end.&rdquo;</p> <p>- <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=28E93778CAD846AEA45AD030D8DECF9B&amp;_z=z">Karen Hough,</a> Founder and CEO of ImprovEdge</p> <hr />2017-04-11T00:00:00-04:00{931F32C4-4B4B-4E34-857C-E432BFFD9F30} Nunes ‘10 ‘11GS: Simmons Taught Academics and Life Lessons<h4>What is your current job and what does it entail?&nbsp;</h4> I currently work as the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (ICEI) Program Coordinator at Westfield State University, which involves coordinating a fully inclusive dual-enrollment program for students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22. The ICEI Program is partnered with local school districts to provide students with opportunities for a college experience. The coordinator is responsible for serving as the student's academic advisor, promoting access to all on campus activities, collaborating with school districts to ensure the needs of all the students are met, and performing administrative tasks such as coordinating partnership meetings, budgets, and maintaining student and program files.&nbsp; <h4>What drew you to the field of special education?&nbsp;</h4> <p> I was drawn to the field of special education initially by wanting to work with students. I started my first job at a small school in central Massachusetts soon after graduating with my bachelor's degree. It was on my first day at work (clich&eacute;d, I know) that I met a student who made me instantly realize I was in the right place. He didn't have a lot of communication skills and that initially made it difficult, but over the next three years he taught me how to be the teacher I am today. It was important to always look for different ways to connect with the students and to think of different ways for the students to communicate their wants, strengths, likes and dislikes with me.&nbsp; </p> <h4>You hold two graduate degrees from Simmons &ndash; one in Behavior Analysis and another in Special Education. Why was it important to you to complete both degrees?&nbsp;</h4> My first degree was in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=079EBDD52A94406E83D5B98803213475&amp;_z=z">Behavior Analysis</a> where I fell in love with the subject and the department. In my role at the school, part of my job requirement was to also have a teaching license. I didn't even think of looking anywhere else but Simmons for my second master&rsquo;s. Both programs have great reputations and there was carryover of faculty for some courses in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=319C16A501994106822E39AA62076BD0&amp;_z=z">Special Education</a>, so I knew I was going to have a high quality program. I also wanted to broaden my potential possibilities within the field and understand both Behavior Analysis and Special Education. I knew I wanted to work with schools in some capacity and I felt that understanding what both programs were teaching students would strengthen my skills once out in the field.&nbsp; <h4></h4> <h4>How did Simmons prepare you for what you are doing now?</h4> Simmons taught me both academics and life lessons. All of the faculty were so dedicated to my learning and connecting my learning to my work. Simmons taught me to think critically, to be a reflective practitioner, and to think outside the box. Both programs also really made me love what it is I do. It was in the Behavior Analysis program that I fell in love with research and was given so many wonderful opportunities to present with other faculty and students. I am still connected to quite a few of my former professors and for that I am so thankful. I've been able to teach as an adjunct at Simmons, which for me was a dream come true - being on the other side of lectures inspiring young emerging teachers.&nbsp; <h4>What was the focus of your doctoral work?</h4> <p>My doctoral work focused on doing an evaluative research study to examine and understand the functional components of post-secondary education programs that promote self-determination for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to differentiate programs that include or do not include these components. I focused on the 15 ICEI Programs in the state and examined the perceptions about self-determination of students and staff, the preparedness of staff to promote self-determination skills, and what components of the ICEI Programs are naturally promoting self-determination skills and what the programs could improve on to promote self-determination skills.&nbsp;</p> <h4>Special education is identified as a high need teaching area in nearly every state, yet relatively few individuals consider making it a career. What would you tell someone who has never considered a career in special education about what to expect?&nbsp;</h4> Always expect the unexpected and never forget to laugh. It is a serious job with what some people consider a 'tough' population but if you can't laugh and enjoy your students for who they are then you won't make it. If you can laugh, teach, be willing to also learn, and truly love what you do then you will never work a day in your life. &nbsp; <h4>In what ways is your career rewarding?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I am so fortunate to be part of a program that provides students who most likely wouldn't have had an opportunity for college a chance to go to college and be with their peers. It is so rewarding to see the students fully included on a college campus. Just the other day I was in the dining commons and one of our students didn't know I was nearby. Another WSU student approached her and they started talking about the Relay for Life fundraiser coming up, their other weekend plans and about their significant others. It was one of my many "aha" moments when I thought to myself, wow, the program is giving our students access to what they deserve - a college experience and, honestly, it is working.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What advice would you give to a prospective student who is undecided about applying to Simmons?&nbsp;</h4> Don't question it, do it. I would recommend meeting the faculty or sitting in on a class. Once in the program, I would recommend connecting with faculty and working on research or projects with them.&nbsp; <p><br /> </p> <p><em>Photo (L to R): Current Simmons students, Aimee Correia and Abi Theirrien, Lyndsey Nunes, and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=931F32C44B4B4E34857CE432BFFD9F30&amp;_z=z">Professor Jane Hardin</a>.</em></p> <p> </p> <div><br /> </div>2017-04-10T00:00:00-04:00{6F1A5A8E-D508-4DEC-89EB-D0D472AFDBD4} Gender/Cultural Studies Alumnae/i<p>Our alumnae/i go on to further studies in doctoral programs and law school, and also pursue rewarding careers in a variety of fields including education, non-profits, health care, and social work.</p>2017-04-07T00:00:00-04:00{83213361-C52B-4940-AFAD-260397B51D37} Student Chosen as Newman Civic Fellow<h4>What are you studying at Simmons?</h4> <p>I'm in the&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=DB9670BB7EB6404EAB126CA29ACDF80F&amp;_z=z">Political Science/Public Policy 3+1</a>&nbsp;program! I graduate from the undergraduate portion of the program in 2018 and the graduate program in 2019.</p> <h4>How is Simmons helping prepare you for your career?</h4> <p>Simmons has a great number of research opportunities for undergraduate students. When I've applied for internships and other positions in the past, employers are always very interested in the amount of research that I've accomplished thanks to Simmons. In the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=420A4F0DF2F545FEBBAEF4B88BF3552B&amp;_z=z">Political Science Department</a>, there are courses like American Public Policy and Politics Unplugged that seek to teach career-enhancing skills like technical policy writing, research, and oral briefings. I think learning those skills really gives Simmons students a leg up when they graduate. </p> <h4>How are you involved at Simmons?</h4> <p>I was the treasurer of the <a href="" target="_blank">Trans and Nonbinary Collective</a>&nbsp;last year. I co-founded and am treasurer of the <a href="" target="_blank">Pre-Law Liaison</a>. I'm the Research Assistant for <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=80419FD4935E463C81870F10943E5312&amp;_z=z">Dean Catherine Paden</a>&nbsp;doing research involving interest groups and their impact on national policymaking. I do independent research with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=1A643708AEE14BBE8E75F3F83CCAFB7E&amp;_z=z">Professor Lena Zuckerwise</a>&nbsp;and with her as my mentor this summer I'll be working on a research project through the&nbsp;<a href="~/link.aspx?_id=AF2AF74813284306BAC0E12D2039C4B2&amp;_z=z">Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Simmons</a>&nbsp;(SURPASs). I'm also a panelist at the New England Political Science Association's 2017 Annual Conference for my paper with Professor Zuckerwise on contract theory!&nbsp;</p> <h4>Where are you interning?</h4> <p>The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. I meet with members of the public who feel as though they have experienced discrimination in employment, public accommodation, education, or another field, and I help them write and file a legal complaint containing their allegations.&nbsp;</p> <p>I've also worked on the enforcement side, where I investigate cases of discrimination by collecting documentation and evidence, review cases, and write dispositions on whether or not probable cause exists. This internship has been a really great introduction into public interest law, and has made me consider going to law school after Simmons! </p> <h4>Tell us about being chosen for the <a href="" target="_blank">Newman Civic Fellowship</a>.&nbsp;</h4> <p>I was really excited to be chosen for the Fellowship! I think it's great to be involved with a nationwide group of Fellows with similar goals and ideals. As a Fellow, I hope to continue my work on public policy through research and community action. </p> <h4>How were you selected?</h4> <p>Each college and university nominates a Newman Fellow on the basis of demonstrated investment in community-based solutions. I was nominated by some lovely individuals in the <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B46D314C84234540833C8C2E693DCDE6&amp;_z=z">Women and Gender Studies Department</a> after I spoke at the Bread and Roses annual dinner about some of the work I had been doing. I met with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=83213361C52B4940AFAD260397B51D37&amp;_z=z">Professor Kristina Pechulis</a>, who was the one who actually got the Fellowship implemented at Simmons, about my research and policy work. Finally, my nomination was signed off by <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=78AE8F7006AD4533BAC27B910E349D57&amp;_z=z">President Helen Drinan</a>. I'm most excited for the national convening of Newman Fellows in November 2017, right here in Boston!&nbsp;</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>I have a lot of Simmons moments,&nbsp;and I'm not trying to be cheesy!&nbsp;</p> <p>One that stands out was getting the email from Professor Zuckerwise asking me if I'd like to expand a paper that I had written in her Nature of Politics class to submit to the New England Political Science Association conference. I was (and am still) shocked that a professor would reach out to me individually to collaborate on a paper.</p> <p>I think that's really emblematic of Simmons &mdash; the focus on mentoring and small class sizes that allows students to have opportunities that they simply couldn't find at another school.</p>2017-04-07T00:00:00-04:00{436E2415-3008-43DE-9B85-CDCD66D5AF3B} Schneider Gift: Cut Yourself Slack<p><a href="~/link.aspx?_id=6B6DCB1F850F439CA3FE975C2A33F492&amp;_z=z">Megan Schneider Gift</a> is VP, Corporate Communications at 2U, an educational technology company that partners with nonprofit colleges and universities to offer online degree programs.</p> <h4>How does a sense of purpose inform and influence your work?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I am one of those people, for better or for worse, who has to believe in what I do to do it exceptionally well. Without a sense of purpose, and connection to the overall mission of the work I am doing, I find it exceptionally hard to see the ROI in the tradeoffs any woman has to make, big or small, while navigating a career, personal commitments, and a family. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I would encourage women to be more honest and vulnerable with each other. I think too often women feel they need to have it all figured out and project an image of strength and &lsquo;round-the-clock confidence, even with each other. It isn&rsquo;t until we are candid, honest, and open with each other (which luckily is one of my company&rsquo;s guiding principles) that we will be able to help one another navigate our unique paths to success and overcome challenges both in the work place and in our personal lives. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h4>Any tips for work/life integration?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Short answer: Cut yourself some slack, lean on people around you, and be patient and open to new ideas and solutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>Long answer: My husband and I had our first baby less than four months ago. My company has an incredible parental leave policy so I was able to stay home with my daughter, Quinn, for 12 weeks. I am less than a month into reentry to the workplace and a career that I love. It isn&rsquo;t easy, but one of the things that is keeping me centered and giving me peace at the end of each hectic day is the acknowledgement that this is all a learning experience and the solutions we have in place at the moment don&rsquo;t have to be the solutions long-term if they aren&rsquo;t working or the situation evolves.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am also really trying to cut myself some slack and lean on people around me because sometimes it just can&rsquo;t all get done. Whether you have a new baby or not, I would argue it&rsquo;s OK if the laundry isn&rsquo;t folded or the dishes occasionally pile up, or you gave in and ordered takeout for the fourth night in a row. While stressful in the moment, spending the last ounces of your energy on cooking and cleaning (unless those things bring you joy!) often isn&rsquo;t worth the trade-off of an extra 30 minutes of sleep, completing that thing at the very bottom of your work to-do list, or spending time with someone you care about. &nbsp;</p> <p>I also think we need to afford the same awareness and flexibility to women without children as we do to women with children. I now have a child and I am so fortunate to work for a company that works with me to figure out that new dynamic, but often that same flexibility isn't thought of or offered to women without families. This can be accomplished at the policy level (i.e., our company rolled out a lending hands policy in partnership with our parental leave policy that takes care of the people who cover for individuals on parental leave) and by more open dialogue and a general conscientiousness to everything someone has to juggle outside of work, regardless of whether they have a child.</p> <h4></h4> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I &nbsp;______&nbsp;</h4> <p>fight a daily battle with impostor syndrome.</p>2017-04-06T00:00:00-04:00{F24036FB-E25B-4FF0-AAA8-A3C6CFC385AD} Questions with Bryan Palma<h4>How does a sense of purpose inform and influence your work?&nbsp;</h4> <p>I am driven by helping people re-imagine how they develop themselves and their careers in using technology to transform the way people live, work, and learn. I reinforce this purpose in my own journey through a commitment to continuous improvement, learning, and leadership.</p> <h4> What&rsquo;s the best piece of career advice you&rsquo;ve gotten along the way?&nbsp;</h4> <p>&ldquo;The shot you don&rsquo;t take, you will never make.&rdquo; You need to take risks and break conventional rules in order to control your own destiny.&nbsp;</p> <h4> Any tips for work/life integration?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Work smarter, not harder. Focus on things that matter and that make the biggest impact.</p> <h4> </h4> <h4>Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know that I &nbsp;______&nbsp;</h4> <div>worked for the National Organization for Women after college. At the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States, I managed a grant that focused on educating our police force about women&rsquo;s issues.<br /> </div> <div><br /> </div>2017-04-05T00:00:00-04:00{64B882ED-E8C4-405A-8987-D7DF6E20FECB} Community News, March 2017<p><strong>Faculty</strong></p> <p>Dean <strong>Eileen Abels</strong> participated in the Keynote Panel Session at &ldquo;Library 2.017: Expertise, Competencies and Careers,&rdquo; on March 29. The web conference covers what skills librarians of the future will need to support their libraries.</p> <p>Associate Professor <strong>Gerald Benoit</strong> presented &ldquo;Critical Theory, LIS and Civic Engagement&rdquo; as part of the Public Lecture Series on March 22. Benoit also gave two presentations at Harvard Libraries about the role and future of &ldquo;Information Visualization&rdquo; in library service. He is currently creating an information visualization program and training program for librarians to be informed about InfoVis services. He is now the Communications Officer for <a target="_blank&quot;" href="">SIG-VIS</a>, the visualization, arts and media group of ASIS&amp;T.</p> <p>Professor <strong>Margaret Menzin</strong> has organized &ldquo;STEMinars&rdquo;: hour long meetings at which three STEM faculty members discuss scientific papers. In March, Menzin led a discussion of the paper "Sex as an Algorithm" and Prof. Veilleux led a discussion of her manuscript "Evidence, Intonation and Prosody."</p> <p>Assistant Professor <strong>Kyong Eun Oh</strong>'s article, "Types of personal information categorization: Rigid, fuzzy, and flexible" <a href="" target="_blank">has been published</a> in the <em>Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology</em>. &nbsp;</p> <p>Professor <strong>Nanette Veilleux</strong> participated at a panel &ldquo;Community Engagement with Free and Open Source Software&rdquo; and a Birds of a Feather session &ldquo;SIGCSE Reads: Time for Book Discussion&rdquo; at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Technical Symposium held on March 8 in Seattle, Washington.</p> <p><strong>Staff</strong></p> <p><strong>Dawn Stahura</strong>, Simmons&rsquo; Zine Librarian, will be teaching a new eCourse she designed for ALA, <a target="_blank&quot;" href="">&ldquo;Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship.&rdquo;</a> The 5-week eCourse starts on Monday, April 10. In Fall 2017, Stahura will teach LIS 222 Mending Paths to Social Change at Simmons.</p> <p><strong>Alumni</strong></p> <p><strong>Michelle Baildon</strong> &rsquo;03LS was featured in American Libraries Magazine in an article, <a target="_blank&quot;" href="">&ldquo;Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Dispatches from ACRL.&rdquo;</a> Baildon, collections strategist for arts and humanities and a science, technology, and society librarian, presented a poster March 23 at ACRL titled &ldquo;Creating a Social Justice Mindset.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Todd Gilman</strong> &rsquo;01LS, Librarian for Literature in English at the Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, edited Academic Librarianship Today; the new volume was published by Rowman &amp; Littlefield in February 2017. He will present a free ACRL-Choice webinar about the book on July 18, sponsored by Rowman &amp; Littlefield.</p>2017-04-05T00:00:00-04:00{406B50D1-4620-4D2A-8220-D8B8ACB14362} Are You Doing After Graduation? Rebecca Ruesch '17<h4>What are you studying at the Simmons School of Management?</h4> <p>I'm studying Public Relations and Marketing Communications, the joint major with the Communications Department and the School of Management.</p> <h4>Where will you be working after graduating from Simmons in May?</h4> <p>I will be working as the Marketing Coordinator at The Lenox Hotel in Boston's Back Bay.</p> <h4>What was the job search like for you?</h4> <p>It was definitely stressful at times. I think one of the things I got pretty frustrated with was applying to so many jobs and not hearing back from any of them. I felt a little lost at times, but I never let that stop me or sway my confidence. I knew I could get something, and I knew I could get something good; it was just a matter of being patient. When I did get the first interview for The Lenox, the whole process happened in a flash. I went through three rounds of interviews and met with a lot of different people, and researched the company like the back of my hand. In the end, it all paid off and I couldn't be more thrilled.</p> <h4>How did you know that The Lenox was the right for you for the start of your &nbsp;career?</h4> <p>It probably sounds vague and cheesy, but I knew it was right because it felt right. I interviewed at some other places and never got that excited feeling about the possibility of working there. Even when I went on my first interview with The Lenox, I immediately felt excited and got that feeling in my stomach when I walked in. When discussing the job requirements during the interview, the job fit my skill sets, but also had areas where I would be a little bit challenged and put out of my comfort zone, which I was excited about. Everyone works as a team there, throughout all departments, and I could tell right away that company culture and treating people right were two of their core values. I thought there was something really special about that. All the people I met with throughout the process made me feel like I was already part of the team and I could just tell this was going to be an environment where I could not only thrive in my career, but also one where I could also grow and learn. Even though I am done with my undergraduate career, I never want to stop learning and I knew that I would have that opportunity at The Lenox.</p> <h4>What are some past internships you've had through your time with School of Management?</h4> <p>I've had a lot of great internships over my years at Simmons. The summer before my junior year, I was the Public Relations and Marketing Intern at Maine Public Broadcasting Network in my hometown of Portland. This was a great experience and one where I had the chance to write and edit website copy and even some television ads, which was a great learning experience. After that, I was a Marketing Intern at Boston Magazine for my whole junior year, which was incredible. I met some of the best people and I learned so much about what I wanted to do with my career. I will remember that internship, and the people I worked with there, for quite a long time. Last summer, I worked full-time as a Corporate Communications Intern with an international Public Relations firm called FleishmanHillard. I got to work with great clients and it was great to work in the agency world firsthand and learn from some of the best in the business. I am currently working as the Marketing and Promotions Intern with the Boston University Athletics Department, which has been a totally different and really fun experience. My boss is actually a Simmons grad and we connected at the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) Annual Alumni/a Networking Dinner last November.</p> <h4>How has your time at Simmons prepared you for your career?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Simmons has prepared me for my career in more ways than I can fit here. I worked really hard to get those internships I just mentioned (and the full-time job at The Lenox), but I also credit Simmons a lot for giving me the confidence to go out and get these opportunities. The faculty I've had throughout my years here have been so supportive, but more importantly, they pushed me to be better. They gave me the impression that I was capable of anything and I can't even describe how beneficial that has been for me. Besides that, the projects I have done within the Communications Department and the School of Management have been projects that I would likely be doing in the real world. They taught me great time management and leadership skills, and helped me figure out how to work through challenges and come out with a successful outcome. I really don't think I would be the person I am today if I had chosen not to come to Simmons, and I will always be thankful for that.</p> <h4>Do you have any advice for students who are currently in the job search? &nbsp;</h4> <p>I think the biggest piece of advice I would give would be to never give up on yourself. It's so easy to do, because the job search can be exhausting and disappointing, but it's so important to stay confident in yourself. Remind yourself why you are qualified for this job and why you would be so good at it. This will show in your interview, I promise. The other big thing I recommend would be, if you get an interview, do your research. I'm sure people have heard that before, but that's because it's so important. The more you know about the company and what they do, and what they stand for, the easier it will be for you give awesome answers to questions. Tie your answers into the company or organization's mission statement. I spent so much time researching The Lenox and looking at anything and everything I could find online. Read every single page of the website, then do it again. Then look at recent news articles or press the company has gotten, or any recent press releases. I guarantee all that research will pay off in your interview.</p>2017-04-05T00:00:00-04:00{F122956F-423F-485A-BEA0-BE0D3EFAE7FE} Morency '18 Interns at Harvard Medical School<h4>What are you studying at Simmons?</h4> <p>I'm majoring in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=51FCE9F4C43147E38C40992559583680&amp;_z=z">neuroscience</a> and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=8E75F2DC2F0D413093D57DA59331E618&amp;_z=z">biochemistry</a>&nbsp;and minoring in <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=B4B07DB054724BC0812DA05199583B2D&amp;_z=z">biostatistics</a>.</p> <h4>What's your favorite class you've taken so far?</h4> <p>Biological Psychology with <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F122956F423F485ABEA0BE0D3EFAE7FE&amp;_z=z">Professor Amanda Carey</a>. I found the material to be very interesting. Professor Carey is an engaging and entertaining professor.</p> <h4>Where are you interning?</h4> <p>Harvard Medical School in the Ginty Lab. My overarching project is looking at contributions of the peripheral nervous system to anxiety-like behavior and social-interaction deficits observed in Autism Spectrum Disorders. I take part in every step of the research, from weaning litters and running behavioral assays to histology such as cryosectioning brain and spinal cord tissue and performing the immunohistochemistry.</p> <h4>What are the top 3 lessons you've learned from your internship?</h4> <ul> <li>Write down everything in your lab notebook.</li> <li>If you don't understand something, ask questions.</li> <li>Pack a snack.</li> </ul> <h4>What advice would you give to students considering studying <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=EFC1895CC54644E29F690A455C57D171&amp;_z=z">STEM</a>?</h4> <p>STEM is hard &nbsp;&mdash; but rewarding. You'll get actual knowledge that you can turn into a career, where you can make a real difference in the world.</p> <h4>What's your favorite thing to do in Boston?</h4> <p>There's this waffle place called Zinneken's in Harvard Square. The waffles are heavenly.</p> <h4>What's your Simmons moment?</h4> <p>I'm thankful for Simmons every day. It's important to me because this is the place where I've learned so much about myself and grown into the person I am today. I'm really proud of who I am, and Simmons is a big part of that.</p> <br /> <p><em>Danielle flying over Saratoga Lake in Saratoga Spring, N.Y.</em></p>2017-04-05T00:00:00-04:00