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Some of us receive new clothes around Christmas time. But visiting assistant mathematics professor Steven Broad received a free trip to research in Brazil. Broad was chosen as a Fulbright scholar, which will allow him to travel to Brazil in the summer of 2010 to further his current research in differential geometry. “Interestingly enough, I found out I received the grant the day we left for the Christmas holiday,” Broad said. “Right before we were leaving the house, [my wife] went to check the mail and there was a letter from Fulbright. It was paper thin, and that’s supposed to be bad news.” But when his wife opened it, she had good news to share with him. Broad’s research is in differential geometry. He said the Fulbright is an affordable way to complete his research. “I always sort of knew about the Fulbright,” Broad said. “I have a collaborator who works and lives and Brazil and my dissertation advisor is from there originally. We had to figure out how I could go to Brazil for some extended period of time without having to pay for it.”As an undergraduate, Broad studied mathematics and physics, and before he got a Ph.D., he wanted to be sure of what he wanted to do. He said he worked as a software engineer in order to give himself time to decide what field he wanted to pursue. “I was always thinking about how I was going to get back,” Broad said. After taking courses in analysis and complex analysis, Broad said he found something that interested him. “People think of [mathematicians] as sort of insensitive to beauty and in fact really most of us are all about it,” Broad said. “The reason I study things in mathematics is because to some extent, they are beautiful.”Broad taught at Notre Dame from 2006-09 before coming to Saint Mary’s in the fall of 2009.“This is an extraordinary award and such an honor for Professor Broad and for the department. Having a faculty member of this stature in the math department is evidence of the academic strength of Saint Mary’s College,” Joanne Snow, professor and chair of the mathematics department, said in a press release. “Professor Broad is an asset to the College due to his scholarly excellence as well his commitment to the mission of Saint Mary’s College, which includes helping women to develop their talents and prepare them to make a difference in the world,” Snow said.After completing his time in Brazil, Broad will bring the information back to the United States and share what he has learned with the campus community. “Here at Saint Mary’s, we care very much about the power and beauty of mathematics,” Broad said.
Though fall study abroad programs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Mary’s will plan to move forward with spring study abroad programs, Alice Siqin Yang, the associate director of international education, said. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), which is in charge of study abroad, has been monitoring the CDC’s global health status and the situation in the destination countries for months since the pandemic hit.CWIL typically has one deadline for study abroad applications in March of the preceding year a student is planning to go abroad. This year, however, the office has added a deadline of Oct. 1 for students to apply to programs for the spring semester. The normal application fee of $50 has also been waived.“We will make the final decision on the programs by the application deadline, Oct. 1,” she said.Even though study abroad applications are open and the College is planning on going forward with spring programs at this time, students still express hesitancy towards applying. Senior Shayla O’Connor, who serves as the Coordinator of Peer Advisors for CWIL, said this was one reason for the waived application fee. “There’s a lot of concern about whether the programs will actually be open or not, but that decision won’t be finalized until October,” O’Connor said. “Until then, we advise that they apply, as applications are still open. That way they have a choice when October comes on whether or not they’d like to go abroad.”Saint Mary’s Health and Counseling Center and the CWIL Global Education Office are also working to set safety measures in place for students before departing to their host countries. “Accepted students are required to attend a study abroad pre-departure orientation,” Yang said, noting that these orientations will cover health, safety, insurance and intercultural learning strategies. “Students need to complete a health self-disclosure form before departure and get required immunizations. They should consult with their doctor if they have a physical or mental health issue.”Students may also read the State Department’s website to view their host country’s restrictions in regards to COVID-19.As a few students were able to complete their study abroad experience remotely last spring, others may elect to take online courses through their host university this coming spring. Additionally, students may choose to participate in programs offered by third-party organizations that host online study abroad opportunities. Because these programs are not directly affiliated with Saint Mary’s, the credits will need to be accepted as transfer credits through Student Academic Services.Around half of Saint Mary’s students study abroad. For many credit-heavy majors like nursing and speech language pathology, the fall of sophomore year is the only opportunity students have of studying abroad, so the cancellation due to COVID-19 came as disappointment to many students. “There are very few schools that allow nursing students to study abroad,” sophomore Olivia Pilon said. “Clinical placements make that incredibly challenging. Part of the reason I chose Saint Mary’s was because of this opportunity, especially with the wide variety of places that I could go.”Pilon, a nursing student, said though she agrees with the decision by the College to cancel the fall study abroad programs, it still comes as a disappointment.“I do think that this was the right move by Saint Mary’s to close these programs, and although it comes as a difficult loss for the nursing students that won’t have an opportunity to study abroad anymore, it would only make this pandemic worse,” she said.In times of global duress and uncertainty, Yang remains hopeful about the external opportunities students are offered. “Pray. We need more prayers,” Yang requested of the Saint Mary’s community. “We pray for a more peaceful and healthier world so that our students can study abroad and discover the world.”Tags: center for women’s intercultural leadership, COVID-19, student academic services, study abroad
Leaf season conjures up cooler days and aching muscles. But it doesn’t have to meanmountains of trash. Think of leaves as free mulch.”Why pay for pine straw when leaf mulch is free?” said Wayne McLaurin, ahorticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”When the leaves fall, the easiest way to deal with them is to run over them withyour lawn mower,” he said. “Collect them in the bagger. Then place the ground-upleaves around your shrubbery, about three inches deep. The leaves will break down overtime and produce compost.”When your plants all have a leafy blanket tucked in around their toes, turn the rest ofyour leaves into a rich soil amendment by composting.”All backyard composting techniques use the natural activity of bacteria, fungiand other soil organisms,” McLaurin said. “This decomposes organic materials andreturns them to the soil. Compost is essential to healthy gardens and landscapes.”Gardeners have been composting in backyards for generations. But myths persist thatit’s unsanitary or hard to do.”Nothing could be further from the truth,” McLaurin said.”Backyard composting can be the most economical and environmental way to manageorganic materials from the landscape,” he said. “It’s not the solution fordiverting all household organic waste. But composting much organic material at home justmakes sense.”McLaurin ticks off six benefits of backyard composting: 6. Create markets for recycled materials. Once people learn the benefits of usingcompost in their gardens, they will also buy commercial compost.”Composting at home raises awareness of recycling and waste-reduction efforts,too,” McLaurin said. “It’s a great way to start people thinking about what’s intheir garbage. It’s a hands-on introduction to recycling processes.”Once people learn to deal with the organic part of their garbage,” he said,”they get active in other waste reduction and recycling activities.”To learn more about composting, call your county Extension Service agent. 2. Save money. Every pound of organic material composted at home is a pound thatwon’t have to be processed in a central composting facility. That saves the communitymoney.Residents who compost can save money on disposal, too. They also get a free soilamendment. And improving the health of their gardens trims maintenance costs.One survey showed that backyard composting programs cost an average of $12 per ton.That compares to $32 per ton for disposal, plus collection costs. Even centralizedcomposting costs $26 per ton, plus collection costs. 5. Build community pride. Many people feel helpless in the face of environmentaland social problems. Through backyard composting, they can contribute in a positive way. 3. Improve soil and plant health and conserve water. Compost improves any soil. Itmakes soils better able to absorb and retain moisture. It cuts runoff, erosion andirrigation needs. It supplies and stores nutrients so plants need less fertilizer. And added fertilizerstays in the soil instead of running off into streams, lakes or oceans.”Plants seem to grow better with compost,” McLaurin said.4. Prevent harmful effects of leaf-burning. Burning leaves produces largeamounts of carbon monoxide and tiny particles. These particles may irritate some peopleand cause health problems. Composting is much healthier than leaf-burning. 1. Divert organic materials from landfill. More than 30 percent of current homepickup can be diverted from landfills by backyard composting. Keeping these materials athome prolongs the life of landfills. That protects the environment.