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UC communication professor receives distinguished scholarship...

October 15, 2021

A&S Professor of Communication, Ronald L. Jackson II, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Orlando L. Taylor Distinguished Scholarship Award in Africana Communication from the National Communication Association (NCA).    This award, the only one in the entire field of communication designed to honor a scholar who has shown dedication and commitment in the field of African American and African Diaspora communication, is named for the first Black president of the NCA, Orlando L. Taylor.    “Given that I have worked arduously to build a program of research over the last 26 years that has offered well-cited foundational texts for the study of African American communication, this is one of the most meaningful awards in my career,” Jackson said.    

Feather chemistry helps track origin of birds

October 11, 2021

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using geology and rainfall patterns to track migratory birds of prey across North America. Using an innovative combination of isotopes from the feathers of kestrels, goshawks and other predatory birds called raptors, researchers can narrow down where the young birds likely hatched and learned to fly. This method offers a useful tool to help scientists track elusive, wide-ranging animals, identify critical habitats and observe any changes in migration patterns.

 UC alum creates platform to encourage young women in STEM

October 6, 2021

Madelyn Leembruggen has long excelled in STEM-related subjects, with the study coming naturally to her. The alumna of UC’s College of Arts and Sciences graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a 4.0 in 2018, with degrees in Physics, Astrophysics and Mathematics. Leembruggen has long been aware of the lack of representation of women role models for young girls interested in pursuing their STEM passions. Now a PhD candidate in theoretical physics at Harvard, Leembruggen set out to help inspire the next generation of women in STEM.

A&S grad applies liberal arts education at global tech company

October 1, 2021

One might not think that degrees in history and journalism would lead to a successful career in the Silicon Valley. But they certainly have for University of Cincinnati alumnus Chad Reid, who is vice president of marketing and communications for a San Francisco tech company. Reid, who attended UC from 2005 to 2010, is an executive for Jotform, which has developed a platform for creating and sharing online forms. The skills Reid acquired in the College of Arts & Sciences at UC have translated well to a career in marketing, he said. “Companies need people who can write, especially who can write on a deadline,” he said. “They also need people who can research.” Becoming a journalism major at UC was “a no brainer” for him, Reid said, because he had been editor of his high school newspaper. But UC didn’t have the major when he first arrived at the university. It announced it was starting a journalism program after Reid’s freshman year.

Nontraditional students find their place at UC

September 28, 2021

Nontraditional students can be hard to define and even harder to teach in a traditional environment. UC’s College of Arts & Sciences makes it a point to offer flexible scheduling, learning and asynchronous options, aspects that helped Kathy Silbernagel and Al-Raheim Washington earn their liberal arts degrees this year. “In actual class setting, I saw little or no difference between my approach and those of my fellow classmates,” Silbernagel says. “If there is a difference it might be in that many—maybe most—students coming out of high school do not have clear career choices in mind and this was not an issue for me.” Nontraditional students are defined by one or more of seven characteristics: delayed enrollment in college; attends college part-time; works full time; is financially independent; has dependents other than a spouse; is a single parent; or does not have a high school diploma, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. How about a 70-year-old retired CEO and a family advocate and success coach in his mid-30s with a GED?

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