Through her Summer Teaching Fellowship with Uncommon Charter Schools in New York City, Chidimma Uwalaka ’16 CLAS (English) came to a conclusion about her job as a teacher. She realized it wasn’t just her job to teach, but to be her students’ advocate as well. As a Fellow, Chidimma supported her mentor teacher in running the classroom, but was also on hand every morning to greet each student with a handshake or hug and to make sure every student was growing each day. Chidimma says her life’s mission is to continue to teach and affect change within the urban education system.
Irene Kan, PhD, assistant professor, Psychology, has sponsored the annual Brain Aneurysm Awareness Run through her Cognitive Science of Memory Laboratory in the Department of Psychology for the past three years. The run has raised close to $35,000 for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation. Her research investigates the ways in which different memory systems complement and support each other. Dr. Kan examines the cognitive architecture and neural bases of human memory through behavioral, neuropsychological and electrophysiological approaches. She specializes in the effect of neural functioning on memory and language.