People in the news - October 24, 2014

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Chad Orzel, associate professor and chair of the Physis and Astronomy Department, is the author of four animated videos created by Ted-Ed, the online learning offshoot of TED, known for its popular TEDTalks series. The videos, designed to help viewers learn concepts in physics, have received tens of thousands of views on YouTube. The videos are:

Andrew Morris, associate professor of history, is a featured panelist today at the Miller Center's Great Issues program on the politics of disaster. The event takes place as the U.S. grapples with the Ebola crisis, and also coincides with the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of areas of New York City and the New Jersey shore. The Miller Center is affiliated with the University of Virginia, where Morris earned his Ph.D. and was also a national fellow at the center. He is working on a book on the transformation of disaster relief in the U.S. during the 1960s and 1970s.

Janet Sweeney, assistant director of the Kenney Community Center, was honored at the Leadership Council on Inclusion Awards ceremony recently held at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. The awards honor those who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in diversity and inclusion on college campuses.

This week, Fernando Orellana, associate professor of visual arts, was a speaker at the World Changing Ideas Summit hosted by BBC Future in New York City. The one-day event centered around bringing forward-thinking leaders together to discuss major challenges in science, technology and health. Orellana’s panel focused on the presence of robots in modern society.

Research by Megan Ferry, associate professor of Chinese and Asian Studies, was featured on NPR’s “The Academic Minute.” Ferry discussed her holistic approach to developing the high-level language learner by integrating communicative language tasks to help students develop interpersonal skills and to value cross-cultural understanding. Listen to the piece here.