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Name: Courtney Fuller
Home: Hartford, Connecticut.
A little about me: I'm a first generation American by way of Jamaica, an avid crocheter, and a total book nerd.
Academic work: "Feminist Science Studies"
I'm a rising third year at Hampshire (2nd year Division II) and the working title of my concentration is "Feminist Science Studies" with a focus in multimedia science modeling. In my Division II, I've been examining science as a culture within itself, and the multitude of ways it interacts with other cultures, and the fields of economics, politics, and religion. I'm playing with the idea of reintroducing science fiction and afrofuturism with mainstream science in order to add depth and see what these supposedly separate disciplines can do for each other. I also am working to use concepts of afrofuturism to further queer the ordinary, while modeling scientific phenomenon in interesting ways. My current love is playing with texture within models (fiber, crochet, wood, glass, etc.)
One thing I love about Hampshire, besides the fact that I can study what I do, is the people I have met here. The amazing professors who inspire me to be better and take me places I never thought I would go.
Name: Flannery Weiss
Home: Burbank, California (a suburb of L.A. for all the non-west coasters).
Academic Work: “The Bridge Between the Sociological and Biological Research Within Human Sexuality.”
As the title of my Division suggests, I study the biological and sociological studies related to sexuality but my focus is specifically in finding ways to relate those to fields together to create a more complete picture of human sexuality as we currently understand it. This means that I study some biological science, some sexuality studies and some bio-cultural anthropology.
Something you love about Hampshire: I love many things about Hampshire, but my favorite thing is that I have the ability to make decisions for myself regarding my education. Every part of my studies has been completely up to me and my faculty committee, which means that everything I do has relevance to my interests and my life. That kind of freedom is inspiring.
Something cool about you: I was just in Thailand riding elephants, climbing waterfalls, and teaching teenagers about sexual health, which is pretty cool, I guess?
Name: Justice Erikson
Home: New Hampshire and the Pioneer Valley
Academic Work: “The Chemistry and Biology of Human Health and Medicinal Herbalism”
As far as my typical courses, I study a broad array of health sciences (inc. neuroendocrinology, epigenetics, medical anthropology, etc.) and fundamental biology, chemistry, biochemistry, etc. Within this coursework I study how it applies to the practice of medicinal herbalism, with a developing emphasis on chronic inflammatory diseases. I'm particularly interested in diseases such as Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. Additionally, I'm doing some laboratory research that seeks to use molecular biology and organic chemistry to investigate the viability of certain phytotherapies. I am trying to find answers to very specific questions about all of these things. The general idea behind my current one: Can Japanese Knotweed (a weed) help treat or prevent Lyme disease? I hope to become a naturopathic physician sometime after Hampshire.
One thing you love about Hampshire: I love that I get the opportunity to do the same kind of laboratory research that most people don't get to do until grad school, and that I have the freedom and am encouraged to come up with my own unique research questions and experimental designs.
What’s something cool about you? I recently joined a cyber-punk bicycle "chopper gang," where we ride modified recycled bicycles that we built that have things such as colorful lights and boomboxes on them, and ride around.
Name: Suhilah Booker
Home: New York City
Academic Work: “Early Child Development and Movement Studies”
During my second and third year at Hampshire, I was very interested in understanding the benefits of movement and dance for young children. I was also looking at the ways in which they were able to communicate with their bodies based on their own thoughts and feelings about how they should move. In trying to understand these things, I started a dance workshop with the preschoolers at the Early Learning Center on campus. Through different movement activities they were encouraged to think and create independently, with reassurance that what they were producing was important. I am continuing to explore these activities and ideas going into my final year at Hampshire. Specifically, I am looking at how the dance workshop translates for children in environments other than the Early Learning Center and will use this and other research to design a curriculum that incorporates movement as an essential aspect.
Something I Love About Hampshire: I really love all of the people I've met and the connections made. Not only do I get to work with great professors, but I'm also collaborating with really amazing students who are essentially experts in their fields.
A Little More About Me: I love to bake and I make really great chocolate cupcakes with Oreo cream cheese frosting!
Name: Lindsay Moon
Home: Greenfield MA/Southern VT
A Little About Me: I am a big fantasy bookworm and love lots of nerdy stuff like Marvel comics and movies, climbing trees, and drinking and eating excessive amounts of tea and rainbow sprinkles.
Academic Work: "Expression Through Adornment and Silver"
I am a transfer student rising into my third year of college and second year of Hampshire. To understand how we express ourselves in many different ways through adornment, I am doing a number of independent studies working on my own designs for jewelry pieces and researching how past cultures have jewelry or other forms of adornment to express a sense of self, traditions, race, gender, and age. This involves undertaking my own independent jewelry studies, where I make many pieces working primarily with silver, bronze, and stones, as well as anthropological and design theory courses.
One Thing I Love About Hampshire: The passionate community and the freedom to study what I love. There is no jewelry-making program at Hampshire, but they have encouraged and supported me to still study what I am passionate about.
At Hampshire College, we value self-expression and self-identification for all members of our community. Hampshire College expects that all members of our community will let people self-identify their gender and the gender pronouns they use to describe themselves.
"There are two reasons why Hampshire graduates achieve so much. One is the kind of person the college attracts. The other is what the college does for them by equipping them to become their own wide-ranging explorers and connection-seekers."
Loren Pope, Colleges that Change Lives (2006)
Loren Pope, Colleges that Change Lives (2006)
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