This June, high schoolers from across the country had a sample of Ursinus College’s greatest entrepreneurial opportunity.
Louise Woodstock, a professor, gardener, and liberal arts devotee, has a mission to teach “the whole student.” Her field is Media and Communications; her focus is embodied learning.
For her Climate and Communications class this spring, that meant gathering native species from southeastern Pennsylvania and planting the insect and bird supporting verdure into an existing mulch bed outside of the Myrin Library. They students worked side by side with the faciltiies department, who helped install the new garden.
“I really wanted to respond to what I think students need,” said Woodstock. “Belonging and making a difference.”
Before she held a doctorate in communications, Woodstock was a kid who loved exploring in the woods outside her hometown of Silver Springs, Maryland. “There was a low mountain ridge that still had original native plants—mountain laurels, native azaleas, oak trees…” Now, she teaches the value of planting native species to support local ecosystems and foster wild environments for tomorrow’s generation of backyard explorers.
11 Student Researchers to Watch
- Michael Adelson ’23
“Language and Activism: Foundations of Sovereignty”
- Victoria Bearden ’22
“Urban Forests and Their Potential to Combat Food Insecurity: Analyzing Street Trees in Baltimore, MD, for Their Edibility”
- Quaran Davis ’22
“Life of a Unit of Secretary”
- Connor Donovan ’23
“Towards the Homotopy Type of the Morse Complex”
- Enrique Garcia ’24
“Synthesizing Oligonucleotide-Lipid Sequences to Generate Micelles for Further Drug Delivery Applications”
- Mya Knappenberger ’23
“Differences in Female Mouse Strains When Fed a Western Diet”
- Michael Landis ’24 and Carly Rodriguez ’23
“Time-course Analysis of HIV-1 Tat Protein Exposure on Microglial Phagocytic Activity”
- Justin Masiello ’23
“Analytics of the Ursinus Men’s Basketball Team”
- Austin Mickles ’23
“Carbon Cycling in Forage Crop Soils”
- Katie Sanfield ’23
“Sexual Violence in the Medieval Era: Utilizing Both Recreational and Judicial Literature to Understand Our Past and Present”
Hey. Acting sounds fun.
A Chester County farm founded by an Ursinus alum provides volunteer opportunities for the members of Tau Sigma Gamma sorority in a symbiotic partnership.
Faculty Research & Inquiry
From the Magazine
Robyn E. Hannigan takes the helm as Ursinus College’s 19th president during a time when the success of every student—backed by a brand-new strategic plan—is front and center. It’s something that personally resonates with Hannigan, whose career path can be defined by one word: opportunity.
An endowed fund established in the name of Bill Norcross ’70 is providing financial support for Ursinus students seeking internships and externships in mental health advocacy, addiction and recovery, and suicide prevention.
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Ursinus in the news
What Is a ‘Nepotism Baby’?
Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies Alice Leppert was quoted in a New York Times article about young entertainers born into famous families. Read it here.
Conservatives feel blamed, shamed and ostracized by the media
Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies Tony Nadler and Assistant Professor in Journalism Doron Taussig published a piece in The Conversation that was also picked up in several national outlets. Read it here.
Sanctions: why they work (or don’t) and how they’re affecting Russia
Business and Economics Professor Scott Deacle appeared on a KYW-AM podcast to discuss economic sanctions for Russia. Listen here.