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The Hampden-Sydney College Journal of the Sciences has published its third annual volume. The Journal showcases Hampden-Sydney student research. For the first two year, the Journal was an on-line publication but this year, there is also a printed edition. According to advisor, Assistant Professor of Biology Michael Wolyniak, "Journals are moving from print to online, so we considered this carefully, and I admit that I was a little skeptical although we have always had in the back of our heads that it would be nice to have a printed copy. This year the desire and the means came together. The response has been exciting; the Journal has a much higher profile on and off campus."
After several weeks of meetings with members of the Student Finance Board and the head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Society of Physics Students and the Department of Physics and Astronomy purchased The MakerBot: Replicator 2, a desktop 3D printer. The MakerBot is a, microwave size, 3D printer with the capabilities to make professional-quality models using a low-cost consumable, the MakerBot PLA filament. The MakerBot can create models using the easy to use MakerBot MakerWare software along with many 3D design tools such as the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programs. Essentially, a design is uploaded into a SD card. The SD card is then put into the MakerBot. The MakerBot then creates the model by melting the PLA filament in ascending layers.
On Thursday, April 17, Hampden-Sydney College hosts a panel discussion featuring author Yuri Herrera; Dr. Alfonso Varona, Assistant Professor of Spanish; and Dr. Kenneth D. Lehman, Squires Professor of History. This discussion is entitled "The War on Drugs in Mexico: Fiction & Reality".
Dr. Robert H. Blackman, Associate Professor of History at Hampden-Sydney College, has received a 2014 VFIC Mednick Fellowship for his proposal to research and write a new book, "Building a National Assembly".
On Thursday, April 17, Hampden-Sydney College hosts nationally known, architectural historian, Dr. Richard Guy Wilson as he presents his lecture: "Jefferson's Architecture and Dabney Cosby in Southside Virginia". This informative lecture will highlight Cosby's participation in shaping some of the buildings at Hampden-Sydney College and provide a look at the man who brought a touch of Thomas Jefferson to the campus.
One of the primary responsibilities of the Board of Trustees of the College is to appoint and evaluate the president. Through a resolution adopted on March 31, the Board has elected to offer President Chris Howard a one-year contract for 2014-15.
Russell Lee Ayscue, a junior chemistry major and Patrick Henry Scholar, has been named a 2014 Barry Goldwater Scholar, one of only six Virginians to receive the award. The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to students who have displayed outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. This year the Goldwater Foundation has awarded 283 scholarships nationally, from a pool of more than 1200 applicants.
On Sunday, March 23, 18 Hampden-Sydney students, one faculty member, and one member of the administration were inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the collegiate national leadership honor society for men and women.
On March 24, eleven Hampden-Sydney students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society recognizing outstanding academic achievement.
On March 18, five Hampden-Sydney students and two H-SC Biology professors were inducted into the Longwood University/Hampden-Sydney College Chapter of Sigma Xi, the international honorary Scientific Research Society. These new members were recognized for their excellence in scientific research and their ongoing commitment to foster collaboration and communication among the scientific community.