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Spring 2013 Newsletter


Dr. Gary Raduns, professor of mathematics

From mid-October into January, I joined approximately thirty seven thousand others from around the world in a massive open online course (MOOC)—PH207x Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research, an “online adaptation of material from the Harvard School of Public Health’s classes in epidemiology and biostatistics” offered through EdX (www.edx.org). My motivations for taking this course involved curiosity about the MOOC movement, an opportunity to balance my training in probability and mathematical statistics with some perspective from practitioners of statistics, and to pursue some of my growing interest in the application of mathematics and statistics in public health. The course satisfied in all regards. I learned a few pieces of statistics that I had not encountered previously (those clinical scientists seem to love odds ratios). Taken seriously, MOOCs can be excellent for personal enrichment. I picked up some ideas on how to present online content for both my face-to-face classes and the occasional on-line class as I work toward the “flipped classroom.” Would I take another course? Yes. “Human Health and Global Environmental Change” starts May 15 on EdX—maybe it’s next on my list?


Martin Pepe, adjunct professor

Martin Pepe, adjunct professor, gave a lecture on Tuesday, March 19, entitled “Dark Side of the Sun.” The lecture answered the question, “Does the Sun have a Dark Side?” and why we should be interested in it.


Dr. Vadim Guy, ’03 biochemistry

Dr. Vadim Guy obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale Florida. During his optometric training, he completed his externship training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and clinical rotations in binocular vision, contact lens, geriatrics, low vision, pediatrics, and primary care with ocular disease.

Following graduation from optometry school, Dr. Guy completed a residency program at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision. His areas of interest include binocular vision, contact lenses, pediatric and adult primary care, amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus (eye turn).

Dr. Guy is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and a candidate for fellowship with the College of Optometrist in Vision Development. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, New York State Optometric Association, and Rochester Optometric Society. He currently works as an Optometrist at the Rochester Optical Greece Office.


Dr. Samuel A Stephenson ’03 Biochemistry

Dr. Samuel Stephenson received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with honors from Roberts Wesleyan College. He is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. He went on to complete his residency in Pediatrics at Orlando Health/Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. He has been selected to serve as Chief Resident for the 2012-2013 academic year.


Alumni Updates

Stephen and Robin Tanner, ’94 Computer Science welcomed their 3rd child, Emma Tanner on November 25, 2011.

Andrew and Jennifer Whitt, ’09 Computer Science welcomed their first child, Annali Faith, on June 7, 2012. Everyone is doing well.

Congratulations to our 2012 winter graduates!
Justin Barleben, Mathematics
Mark Blankfield, Physics
Bogdan Yurchuk, Biology

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