The biennial GMC Faculty Art Exhibition is on display at the Feick Art Center through October 28. The exhibition features work by Jennifer Baker, Kevin Bubriski, Valerie Carrigan and Karen Swyler, all faculty members in the GMC art department. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m.
Thanh Nguyen ’17 has used the self-design program at Green Mountain College to combine her interests in biology and psychology into one cohesive major. Over the summer she received some amazing practical experience through an internship with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
Thanh was in Rochester from July 1 through August 31, working on a pair of projects at the Mayo Clinic’s Translational Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology. She authored a paper exploring the relationship between insulin dysfunction and mood disorder.
“The training that I got in the GMC science program, particularly from the biology and psychology faculty, was incredibly helpful in my ability to integrate scientific facts from different fields to craft the paper,” she said. “Natalie Coe is a great professor, mentor, and advisor. She has influenced me so much, especially in my passion for science.”
While in Rochester Thanh also researched the expression of certain proteins in a brain area implicated in mood disorders after deep-brain stimulation. This is a promising therapeutic technique for treatment-resistant depression. She credits GMC lab technician Carol Shaw for giving her the research skills to complete her work independently in just eight weeks. “Carol taught me the basics of accuracy, attention to detail and troubleshooting in the lab.”
Thanh is interested in pursuing a research career in molecular medicine or neuroscience, and is preparing her applications to top Ph.D. programs.
“I’m interested in the biological basis of mental processes,” she said. “My goal is to pursue a research career in translational psychiatry, a field where you apply basic sciences to real life by ‘translating’ what we know into practice.”
As a Green Mountain College student you have the opportunity to study abroad through several international programs. Nagoya University, considered one of the Japanese “Ivies,” is a great option for students interested in law and policy. Classes are in English and knowledge of Japanese is not required, though students are expected to take Japanese for a grade (five credits) or as a course audit. GMC is offering this opportunity for the spring semester of 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Oct. 17 in Deb Mackey’s office (Dunton 115). Download the application here, and meet with Sam Edwards (Ames 108, firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance. You can learn more about the program at http://nupace.ecis.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/.
The experience of Hurricane Irene in 2011 has offered a lens to better understand the vulnerabilities of our communities and provide insights into how to plan for future natural disasters. One key element of resilience is increasing our capacity to bounce back after crises. During this panel discussion, hear about how Irene impacted Rutland County, including Green Mountain College, and what is happening to better prepare for future events. Bring your questions and comments! Presenters include: Ryan Ihrke, director of sustainability, Green Mountain College; Elysa Smigielski, planner, Rutland Regional Planning Commission; Hillary Solomon, district manager, Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District; Jacob Park (facilitator), professor of strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Green Mountain College. This event is sponsored by Green Mountain College’s Community Engaged Learning Program and Sustainability Office. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4-5:30 p.m. Terrace Hall 121.
Everyone is invited to join the Green Mountain College Creative Composters at the Poultney United Methodist Church for a meal made completely from food that would otherwise be composted. We recommend that you bring tupperware to take any extra food you would like to. The suggested donation is $1. Contact Jesse Brekelbaum (email@example.com) if you are interested in volunteering. Sept. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at 108 Main St.
If you enjoy working with theater artists in an ensemble setting, try out for “The Flick,” a hilarious and touching play that takes place in a run-down movie theater. The play, written by Annie Baker, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2014. We’re looking for 3-4 dynamic actors in their 20’s (one African-American male, one Caucasian male, one Caucasian female). You don’t need to bring anything—sides of the script will be available at the audition! An added benefit: you can get one credit to work on the show (sign up for DRA 2013 Theater Workshop with the registrar’s office). Auditions Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4-5 p.m. on the Ackley stage.
As a GMC student you also have the option of studying at one of six other U.S. environmental colleges for a semester. Join your friendly EcoLeague faculty representative Meriel Brooks Thursday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Dunton 114 to learn how the process works.