“Reinventing” Student Teaching with Mentoring at Its Core

Conceptually, the changes Professor Nancy Cook and Dr. Susan Brondyk engineered in Hope College’s student teaching model seem straightforward: More mentoring. More teamwork. A new tool to guide student teachers and seasoned professionals in a collaborative process of goal-setting, strategizing and regular assessment of each student teacher’s growth. But leading organizational change is anything but … Continue reading ““Reinventing” Student Teaching with Mentoring at Its Core”

Capturing the Intangible

Lisa Walcott can’t recall just what the item was. A blouse, perhaps? But she can picture the open drawer and the garment tossed across it. She was struck by the fabric’s fluidity — how much, draped there, it looked like liquid. But why would water trickle down the front of a bureau drawer? Why, indeed? … Continue reading “Capturing the Intangible”

Bringing Fresh Vision to a Classic

Before the swirling coats were contemplated, before he resolved how 18 roiling bodies would storm across a stage without colliding, before his reimagined storyline took shape, Professor Matthew Farmer spent a year filling his head with Igor Stravinsky. In his car, on his phone in the breaks between classes and appointments and choreographing other pieces, … Continue reading “Bringing Fresh Vision to a Classic”

What Alternative High Schools Are Getting Right

Flexibility. Low student-teacher ratios. Valuing relationships more than attendance. Dr. Laura Pardo is finding that successful alternative high schools have these features, among others, in common. She wants to equip aspiring teachers to replicate their impact in traditional schools, too. “There are some things that we can pull from, as a profession, that can help … Continue reading “What Alternative High Schools Are Getting Right”

Bad News Travels … Slowly

If you’ve ever put off telling your boss that a project’s running late, you’ve got company. Over and over in his controlled experimental studies, Dr. Jayson Dibble finds the same pattern: If a person has bad news to deliver, it’s going to take some time. He’s heard of doctors waiting years to convey a diagnosis … Continue reading “Bad News Travels … Slowly”

Helping Oncologists Choose a Medicine That Will Work

When mixing a drug cocktail to treat cancer, the more information an oncologist has, the better. As part of an army of cancer researchers inching toward a cure one complicated detail at a time, Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin has zeroed in on a gene that she hopes can help doctors assess whether a particular drug will … Continue reading “Helping Oncologists Choose a Medicine That Will Work”

Inheriting the Trauma of la Guerra Civil Española

The war ended 80 years ago, and yet in Spain its wounds feel fresh. That’s what happens when painful memories are held in check until one day the floodgates finally open. “The Spanish Civil War is still alive. We still live it and sense it in the 21st century.” Dr. Berta Carrasco says this with … Continue reading “Inheriting the Trauma of la Guerra Civil Española

College Access as a Health Policy Issue

If college attendance can lead to better health, is access to higher education a healthcare policy issue? That question is at the heart of research that Dr. Temple Smith began in 2017. Drawing from a federal study on adolescent health, she is investigating what influences college students’ physical and mental health, compared to young adults … Continue reading “College Access as a Health Policy Issue”

Understanding “Calling” in a Multi-Faith Society

Hands down, here’s a college senior’s least favorite question: What are you going to do after graduation? Since 2003 Hope College has taken a focused approach to helping students answer it well. Dr. David Cunningham arrived at Hope in 2003 to launch the college’s CrossRoads Project, in which students explore what gives them joy — … Continue reading “Understanding “Calling” in a Multi-Faith Society”

Opening Research Doors for College Students Worldwide

On a spring Thursday morning, climb the stairs to the Schaap Science Center biochemistry lab and you’ll find a dozen detectives at work. Each pair of student researchers is analyzing a protein that scientists don’t yet understand. Interpreting 3-D images, culturing bacteria and using gel electrophoresis to assess the size and behavior of particles, they … Continue reading “Opening Research Doors for College Students Worldwide”

Jeremiah and Lamentations Through 16th-Century Eyes

Hope College church historian Dr. Jeff Tyler has spent the past 10 years in conversation with Reformation writers. As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approached, he combed through books, lectures, sermons and other texts by nearly 50 Reformation thinkers to assemble an anthology of Protestant Reformers’ comments on the Old Testament books of … Continue reading “Jeremiah and Lamentations Through 16th-Century Eyes”