Scholarship and Research to Enhance the Quality of Teaching

Hampden-Sydney College believes that faculty scholarship and research are intimately related to teaching. Scholarship and research can deepen a professor's appreciation of his or her own discipline. It can inspire a professor to take his or her students in new directions. It can open up new possibilities for collaboration. In short, scholarship and research can make one a better teacher. Here are some examples of faculty research that have been supported with grants.

Humanities


Natural Sciences

DR. STEVEN D. BLOOM, Professor of Physics and Astronomy

My research focuses on the origin of gamma rays from blazars, a type of distant, luminous galaxy that show large amplitude variations in the amount of light they emit, particularly at high energies such as X-rays and gamma-rays. I am particularly interested in studying the correlations between low energy radiation and high energy radiation, and in explaining these connections via the synchrotron self-Compton process. I have collaborated with scientists at Boston University, Purdue, Goddard Space Flight Center, JPL and Max Planck Institue.

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EDUCATION

Ph.D.,  Astronomy, Boston University, 1994
B.A., Astrophysics, Columbia University, 1994


DR. RACHEL GOODMAN, Associate Professor of Biology

My research program investigates the distribution and ecology of ranavirus, an emerging infectious wildlife disease that infects and causes die-offs in amphibians, reptiles and fishes around the world. Currently, I am working with amphibians and reptiles locally in central Virginia and with a collaborator in Oahu, Hawai'i. 

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2009
M.Sc., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2004 
B.A., Environmental Biology, Magna cum Laude, Columbia University, 2001


DR. KRISTIAN HARGADON '01, Elliott Associate Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Biology; Chair, Health Sciences Advisory Committee

My lab is focused on understanding melanoma-associated immune suppression and factors that regulate the outgrowth and metastasis of melanoma to regional lymph nodes. To this end, my students and I are investigating the role of various chemokine receptors and the FOXC2 transcription factor in melanoma progression. In particular, we are interested in understanding how these factors promote lymph node invasion, drug resistance, and immune suppression by melanoma. Insights into these phenomena may ultimately suggest novel therapeutic strategies for interfering with tumor progression and improving both natural and therapy-associated anti-tumor immune responses. 

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Interview with Dr. Hargadon about melanoma research and mentoring students in his lab: https://youtu.be/_J2a0EHk8BA

EDUCATION

Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology, University of Virginia  2007-2009
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Virginia  2007 
B.S., Biology, Summa cum Laude, Valedictorian, Hampden-Sydney College  2001


DR. ALEXANDER WERTH, Trinkle Professor of Biology 

My research on the biomechanics and functional morphology of the filtration process in baleen whales has major implications for 1) designing improved filters and dynamic, clog-free filter materials; 2) creating engineering solutions inspired by nature (biomimetics); and 3) understanding how whales capture prey in varying environmental conditions. 

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EDUCATION

Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Visiting Scientist, Arctic Research Facility, US Department of Wildlife Management, 1992
Ph.D., Biology, Harvard University, 1992 
A.M., Biology, Harvard University, 1987 
B.S., Zoology, Summa cum Laude, Duke University, 1985


Social Sciences

DR. IVO I. GYUROVSKI '09, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

My research centers on understanding how social status affects humans, and it is structured along two lines of inquiry. The first is focused on person perception where I examine how one's social group of belonging (e.g., race, financial status, etc.) affects processes of attention and judgement as well as their neural correlates. My second line of research investigates the psyhcological predictors of personal finance management as a possible mechanism for improving socio-economic status, physical health and psychological functioning.

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2017
M.A., College of William and Mary, 2011
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 2009