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Peabody Reflector

From the Dean

Nov. 11, 2019—Message from Dean Camilla Benbow to readers of the Fall 2019 Peabody Reflector

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Virginia Shepherd and Charles Brau: Promoting STEM Education

Nov. 11, 2019—Couple endows directorship of Peabody's Center for Science Outreach at Peabody

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Art Genius: Peabody Distinguished Alumnus Chin named 2019 MacArthur Fellow

Nov. 8, 2019—Visionary artist Mel Chin, BA’75, was named Sept. 25 among the class of 26 MacArthur Fellows for 2019.

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Computational Collaboration: A New Interdisciplinary Initiative Recasts Computers as Classroom Partners

Nov. 8, 2019—  “I want to help you.” In a moving but chilling scene, that line is uttered by HAL 9000, the all-knowing computer system depicted in the classic 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, as it pleads with Dr. Dave Bowman not to disconnect the rogue machine for the final time. Now, more than a half-century...

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Value-Added Mentorship

Nov. 8, 2019—Bethany Rittle-Johnson’s 20 years of investigating how to improve learning outcomes for students, particularly in mathematics, has launched a new generation of scholars pursuing similar lines of inquiry.

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Veteran Vision: Barbara Bell uses knowledge gained in a 28-year Navy career to help launch girls into STEM disciplines

Nov. 6, 2019—As director of the Center for STEM Education for Girls at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, retired Navy Capt. Barbara Bell, EdD’18, wants to give girls the confidence and knowledge to excel in technical careers long dominated by men.

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New faculty Elizabeth Biggs: Nurturing potential in students with disabilities

Sep. 29, 2019—Peabody College assistant professor Elizabeth Biggs’ introduction to the academic field that would become her passion started with a misunderstanding.

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Recent Peabody graduate transforming lives of the sight-impaired

May. 29, 2019—James Boehm, who earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Peabody College in May, turned a life-changing incident into a mission to help others recovering from traumatic injuries and blindness.

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Recent books by Peabody alumni

May. 15, 2019—The Flicker of Old Dreams (2018, HarperCollins) by Susan Henderson, MEd’92 Mary Crampton has spent all her 30 years in Petroleum, a small Western town where she lives at home, working as the embalmer in her father’s mortuary. Though some townsfolk pretend the community is thriving, the truth is that Petroleum is crumbling away—a process...

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Peabody People: Shaiza Rizavi, BS’91

May. 15, 2019—Transformative Lens The new Rizavi–Friedland Chair will attract and retain star faculty leaders For Shaiza Rizavi, a money manager and managing member of the New York-based brokerage firm Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co., making a financial gift to Peabody is a matter of creating space for flexibility, choice and freedom. “So much of what I...

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Photo Essay—The Susan Gray School: 50 years of national leadership in inclusive early childhood education

May. 15, 2019—From the very beginning, when ground was broken in 1966 for the John F. Kennedy Center at George Peabody College for Teachers, alumna and psychology professor Susan Gray, MA’39, PhD’41, had argued for a model demonstration school. The Experimental School, as it was originally called, would consist of eight classrooms in the building then known...

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Peabody People: Nyree Ramsey, BS’97, MEd’00, and Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, BS’96

May. 15, 2019—Neighborhood Rebirth When Nyree Ramsey visited New Orleans in 1995, three words came to mind: “This is home.” “I loved the culture, the food, the sense of community—all things intergenerational,” she says. “My father was a musician, an immigrant from Jamaica, and my mom comes from a close-knit artistic family in New York. I understand...

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