Catching up with...Jennifer Currey

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Jennifer Currey, associate professor of electrical, computer and biomedical engineering, joined the faculty in 2007. As interim director of the Templeton Institute for Engineering and Computer Science, she is a leader in the planning and implementation for a program that will strengthen and integrate engineering and computer science. Jenn has served as director of Biomedical Engineering and as the Division IV chair on the Faculty Executive Committee. She also served as a faculty representative on an ad hoc advisory committee for engineering and computer science, co-chaired by Rich Templeton ’80 and Dean of Faculty Strom Thacker. Her research focuses on bone health and exercise, with a recent focus on shoulder joint health in breast cancer patients. She earned her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

FIRST APP YOU LOOK AT IN THE MORNING: Insight timer for my daily meditation

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Jenn Currey with husband, Seth; daughter, Maci; and Mushu, a character from Mulan at a Disney 5K.

ONE BOOK YOU HAVE READ MULTIPLE TIMES: "Ahab’s Wife," which reminds me of all the summers I spent on the Cape, in Mystic, and sailing with my dad. I have also read "Walt Disney: An American Original," because I love Disney and Walt was a very innovative and transformative figure.

BEST ADVICE YOU EVER RECEIVED: Just Keep Swimming! This is our family's motto and my mom, my sisters, and I all have bracelets that my dad gave us with this saying on it. It is what gets us through the challenging times.

FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS: There are so many beautiful spots that it is hard to choose. I love walking my dogs, Pippa and George, all around the campus. I particularly like being in front of the library and looking at the Nott. The dogs like this spot too since there are usually students willing to give them lots of attention.

GO-TO BREAKFAST: Fruit smoothie and either an epic bar or hard boiled eggs

NETFLIX OR AMAZON: Netflix. I love "Drive to Survive," "The Crown," "Derry Girls," and "Grace and Frankie." I also love my BritBox for all my British crime shows.

FAVORITE PODCAST: Since I can't travel, the "DisUnplugged" for all my Disney news, and Rick Steves for all my European travels.

ONE SKILL YOU WISH YOU HAD: I wish I could do tap and ballet. As a kid, "Easter Parade" was my favorite movie. I just loved Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR PANDEMIC DIVERSION/ACCOMPLISHMENT: Our family has always played games and done puzzles, but we certainly kicked it up a notch during COVID. Our go to family came is Settlers of Catan with the seafarers expansion. We also made it through all the Marvel movies in chronological order.

ANOTHER SUBJECT YOU WISH YOU COULD TEACH: I wish I could teach a modern language. I loved my French classes in high school and sadly wasn't able to continue them in college due to being at technical school without many language offerings.

MOST CREATIVE EXCUSE YOU HEARD FOR A LATE ASSIGNMENT: Oh boy, where to start. There are several excuses/comments/actions that come to mind, but one of the classics I remember is when students had to submit a 10-page rough draft of their term paper for peer-review. One student had two pages of text stapled to about 8 blank pages. There was another time when a student was given an extension for their term paper and failed to turn it in. When I wouldn't accept it their response was, "If you are trying to teach me a lesson, it's not working." Oh well!