The Heights

Updated: March 09, 2017

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Fall 2016 Achievements and Awards

Congratulations are in order for these Foothill College community members and departments: Media instructor RJ Ward, President Thuy Nguyen, Science Learning Institute advisory board member Bruce M. Albert, the Anthropology Summer Abroad Program, women's volleyball team, and astronomy instructor Andrew Fraknoi.

Foothill College media instructor RJ Ward had a new multi-media piece on display at the Fine Arts Complex in Tempe, Arizona.  The 12-minute video projection/sound piece, Apocalypse A Go-Go, is based on scenes from two Jean-Luc Godard films, Weekend and Sympathy for the Devil.

President Thuy Nguyen spoke at an oversight hearing of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education on Thursday, Oct. 6 in San Jose. The focus of the hearing was Improving Faculty Diversity in California's Public Colleges and Universities.

Bruce M. Alberts, a biochemist at the University of California, San Francisco and Foothill College Science Learning Institute advisory board member, received the Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science for his contributions to molecular biology and his indefatigable advocacy for public science education. Throughout the 1970s, Dr. Alberts investigated DNA synthesis and made fundamental discoveries about the machinery that cells use to carry out physiological processes. 

Foothill College's Anthropology Summer Abroad Program in County Roscommon, Ireland, received some high praise from U.S. Ambassador Kevin O'Malley. In The Irish Times Magazine's July 1 edition, O'Malley states that one of the highlights of his tenure as U.S. Ambassador was his visit to the Foothill program's archaeological dig in Roscommon last year. "The dig was being carried out by a group of American and Irish students," he states in the article. "As we pulled into the town, the streets were lined with schoolchildren waving American flags -- that was a really touching moment for my wife and I." Now in its second year, the Anthropology Summer Abroad Program serves as an enriching educational experience for students, while also providing significant benefit to the local community of Clonalis, and County Roscommon. Foothill anthropology instructors Sam Connell and Kathryn Maurer started the program.

Congratulations to the Foothill College Women's Volleyball team who made it to the NorCal Regional playoffs for the third time in a row! Unfortunately, the team lost to Fresno City College, but are proud of their continued record of success! 

Astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi is taking part in a new project designed to help educate and prepare the public for the “All-American” eclipse of the Sun on Aug. 21, 2017. The grant, awarded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will help deliver reliable information and safe viewing glasses to 1.26 million people throughout the U.S. While the eclipse will be total in only a narrow track from Oregon to South Carolina, 500 million people in North America will see a partial eclipse.

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