Professional Notes: March 2009

Nicole Barren '08, of Vestal, NY, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. Barren departed for the Southern African nation of Zambia on February 18, 2009 to begin pre-service training as a rural education development Peace Corps volunteer. Upon graduation from volunteer training in May, Barren will be improving access to and the quality of basic education.

Barren is the daughter of Deborah Connors and Ronald Barren, and is a graduate of Vestal High School. She graduated from Hartwick with a bachelor's in Anthropology in 2008. Barren previously worked as an HIV/AIDS counselor in Accra, Ghana, assistant nature director at Camp Tuscarora BSA, and as a volunteer with Athelas Therapeutic Horseback riding in Oneonta.

During the first three months of her service, Barren will live with a host family in Zambia to become fully immersed in the country's language and culture. After acquiring the language and cultural skills necessary to assist her community, Barren will serve for two years in Zambia, living in a manner similar to people in her host country. Barren's husband, Christopher Audette, has also been accepted into the Peace Corps in Zambia to help subsistence farmers with sustainable agriculture and economic development.

Hartwick Professor of Political Science Mary Vanderlaan was an invited speaker at a medical conference in Munich, Germany this past fall. Her talk, titled "Parameters of Academic and Life Achievement in CCHS," was delivered in October at a historic Benedictine Monastery outside Munich, where the conference was being held. The conference was sponsored by Kinderklinik Dritter Orden, a hospital center for children with critical medical issues.

Vanderlaan discussed findings from her recent research on children and young people with a rare central nervous system disorder, CCHS. She is founder and director of the international CCHS Family Network.

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