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A huge congratulations to SNC psychology seniors and alumni!!!

This year we submitted to present at 3 external psychology conferences: Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium (NURS), UC Berkeley (BIRC), and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

I’m almost in shock to present a 100% hit rate.  What I am NOT is surprised because each and every one of these students deserves these opportunities given the blood, sweat, and tears they poured into their research.

In summary:

11 projects will be presented by  10 current SNC students and 4 alumni at NURS

8 projects will be presented by 7 current SNC students and 3 alumni at BIRC

2 projects will be presented by 5 SNC students and faculty at APS.

These students wanted these opportunities as bad as I wanted these chances for them.  A wonderful day in undergraduate research at SNC!

NURS                                    CAL Berkeley                                APS


What I learned from a Multimedia Story

By Johanna Tikkanen

 Ivory Wars: Last Stand in Zakouma by Michael Nichols

I really liked the way the multimedia story Last Stand in Zakouma told the horrific situation happening currently in Africa. It was a story of elephants, and how they are brutally killed just for their horns, that the locals can sell for high price. I think that this is a very horrible situation for both, locals and the elephants. The people killing these animals are obviously poor, and by killing elephants they can bring food for their family. I still believe that there has to be another way to make a living than killing endangered species. I felt so bad looking at the audioslide show, showing all these elephants, having their head chopped to pieces, just to get their horns. They are left exactly at that place they were shot down, to rot.

This multimedia story, really expressed feelings effectively and I bet that if everyone would share this story, people would start noticing and wanting to make a difference towards better. I’m touched by this story, and that’s what a multimedia story I believe is about. By adding video, photos and audio, these storytellers really made the viewer feel more involved with the story. Especially when they showed elephant Annie’s journey around Africa, and how she got killed.

I think I’m going to try to tell my Multimedia Story more with video and audio, because now I only have few videos and a lot of photos. Audio definitely adds more emotion and allows to express feelings. This story really makes me want to jump on a plane to Africa and save the Elephants, which was probably the point that the storytellers wanted.


Sierra Nevada College Welcomes Instructor Wade Brown

Sierra Nevada College would likeW. Brown to put forward a warm welcome to Thomas Wade Brown. Over the winter break, Wade accepted the position of Instructor of Humanities and Social Sciences and has been assigned to teach classes in the Psychology Program.

Wade is a doctoral candidate in behavioral psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation on the role of language in financial decision making. His research interests include Instructional Design, Adult Learning, Complex Organizational Behavior, and Behavior-Based Safety.

Early in Wade’s training, he identified a passion for teaching students. In 2010, he completed his Master’s Degree in Psychology where his thesis focused on digital math modules that assisted students in a statistics course. Since 2010, Wade has held a number of teaching appointments throughout the Northern Nevada region. In 2012, Wade was given the Excellence in Teaching Award for Psychology from Truckee Meadows Community College. He has taught a variety of different courses, ranging from Intro Psychology to courses in Organizational Behavior and Philosophy.

Wade has presented papers at Regional, National, and International conferences on a variety of topics including sports psychology, media interpretations of science, and university instruction. He maintains active professional memberships in a variety of organizations, and hopes to acquire leadership positions in regional organizations in the next few years.

Wade’s role at SNC started in 2011 when he was hired as an Instructional Designer for the Online Degree Program. To this day, Wade is still very active with this program where he continues to build and teach courses. This current semester, Wade is teaching Introductory Psychology, Environmental Perception and Human Development, and Neuroscience.

Wade is a native Nevadan and grew up in the southern part of the state. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing golf, and reading mystery novels. His biggest non-academic goal is to complete a half-marathon sometime in the next year.

Wade is incredibly excited to be working at Sierra Nevada College and hopes to be an asset to the college for years to come.

A Publication for SNC’s Psychology and Business Department

Presenting at UNR
Just wanted to take a moment to congratulate the efforts of a wonderful team of researchers, Maggie Burns, Jaime Aitkenhead, Shannon Wardlow Huddy, and myself on successful publication of our study called “Undergraduate Internship Expectations: Strategic encouragement of Student Involvement” in Student Pulse.  Our article is currently featured on their welcome page.
I am proud to have worked with each one of you and ecstatic about this accomplishment.
Check it out:

SNC Wednesday Reading

Wednesday Reading

On November 13, 2013, SNC held its final Wednesday Reading for the semester.  Our very own Christina Frederick, Ph.D., was given the opportunity to speak to the SNC and Incline community about active learning.  Christina and her students (Kallie Day, Constance Barnes, Carly Courtney, and Briana Crespo) informed the audience about active learning using hands-on methods. We had a great turn out with students, faculty, and community members alike!

Check out the images below to see what was going on!

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Humanities Professors Bankston and King Hit the Conference Scene.

Dr. Samantha Bankston and Dr. Robert King will be giving presentations at a variety of conferences this winter.  Dr. Bankston just returned from a conference for the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society at Troy University, Alabama, where she delivered a talk on a post-structural analysis of Zelda Fitzgerald’s paintings.  Next in line, Dr. Bankston will be traveling to the University of Cincinnati where she’ll be presenting her paper, “The Ontological Parallax of Žižek and Deleuze: Dialectic vs. Assemblage and the Production of the New,” for the International Žižek Studies Conference where Slavoj Žižek himself will close the conference as the keynote speaker. Dr. Bankston will use the Slovenian philosopher’s notion of parallax to develop a new ontological theory that makes use of both Žižek’s and Deleuze’s epistemologies.  She hopes to exchange a “My God!” or an “and so on, and so on” with Žižek in person.  For his part, Dr. King will be attending a conference in Zurich, Switzerland, entitled, “Traveling Narratives: Modernity and the Spatial Imaginary.”  Dr. King will present his ideas on how we conceive, create, and are constrained by space in the modern system of capitalism.  His conference paper will also be featured as a chapter in a book, Ecocriticism and Geocriticism: Overlapping Territories in Environmental and Spatial Literary Studies.  King will also be traveling to New York City to give a paper at NYU.  There, the Telos Institute will be hosting a conference entitled, “The Difficulty of Democracy: Diagnoses and Prognoses.”  King will join leading scholars of the theory of democracy to discuss key issues confronting democracy in the world today.

Information about the conferences: