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Fitchburg State Student in 911 Rescue

Posted by Matthew Bruun on June 13, 2016 at 4:18 PM

Fitchburg State nursing student Kayla Hall was driving home from the mall with her sister in Quincy last Wednesday when she noticed something strange: a car stopped in traffic at a rotary. She asked her sister to drive around the stopped car so she could see the driver. “We saw a man looking straight ahead, like in a trance,” she said.

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Game On In Japan

Posted by Matthew Bruun on April 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Eighteen Fitchburg State students joined faculty members Jon Amakawa and Jeff Warmouth for spring break in Japan, visiting landmarks in Japanese art and game design. The nine-day trip was part of a course on games and arts in Japan, offered through the game design program.

“The trip came together better than I could have imagined,” Amakawa said. “Although short—just nine days—it combined a diverse survey of both contemporary media in Japan in the form of games, manga and anime and traditional arts and culture in Japan.”

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Topics: Student Experience

Reid and Kayla on Mars

Posted by Matthew Bruun on September 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

With Mars in the news this week after researchers described evidence of liquid water on the Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor, we look at some Martian research taking place on our own campus.

Kayla Kress spent her summer vacation on Mars. The budding interplanetary scientist, a junior majoring in Earth Systems Science, worked under the guidance of Assistant Professor Reid Parsons on his NASA-funded geospatial technology project analyzing topography data and satellite images of the red planet.

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Faculty Profile: Dr. Catherine Buell, Mathematics

Posted by Matthew Bruun on January 21, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Where did you complete your academic studies?

I completed my undergraduate bachelor of science in mathematics (with minors in dance and computer programming) at Springfield College in 2006. I completed my graduate degrees (both Master of Science and PhD) in mathematics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.

What are your research interests?

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Topics: Faculty, Meet the Faculty

Faculty Profile: Dr. Daniel Welsh, Biology & Chemistry

Posted by Matthew Bruun on October 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Where did you complete your academic studies?

I received my Bachelor of Science degree from St. Thomas Aquinas College, my master's degree from Bowling Green State University, and my PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

What are your research interests?

My interests focus on two broad topics of fish biology: adaptation and breeding behavior. These are important topics to study because they are two key aspects when trying to understand how organisms and species persist in their environment.

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Topics: Meet the Faculty

Growing a Global Network at Discovery Communications

Posted by Matthew Bruun on October 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

John Honeycutt always loved making television. As a student at Medford High School, he was active in the school’s cable access TV studio, and figured he may be able to transfer the experience into a job someday.

“That’s what led me to Fitchburg State,” he recalled. “I didn’t know it was going to take me down this road.”

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Topics: AlumNEWS

Studying in Queensland, Australia Changed How I View America

Posted by Matthew Bruun on September 4, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The opportunity to study abroad inspired David Farland to look for someplace to explore some of his personal passions and the unique opportunity to surf for credit.

“I’m very outdoorsy,” he recalled. “I like the sun. I like nice weather. I just thought Australia was a nice fit.”

And then some. The semester the electrical engineering student spent in Queensland, Australia, was nothing less than a life-changing experience.

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Topics: International Education

Theater Program Performs in Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Posted by Matthew Bruun on August 15, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Fitchburg State’s storied theater program has resounded on the global stage. Since 2000, the university has taken part every three years in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. The trip typically involves more than two dozen students (with the high point being more than 30 students when the university’s production of The Laramie Project was exported).

The week-long trip involves students performing alongside theater companies from around the world. 

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Topics: International Education

English Professor Awarded $10,000 for Creative Writing Fellowship

Posted by Matthew Bruun on August 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Steven Edwards, english studies assistant professor, was awarded $10,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as one of its 2014 creative writing fellows.

Edwards has been an assistant professor at Fitchburg State since 2011. The award-winning author’s books include the memoir Breaking into the Backcountry (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), which tells the story of his time as the caretaker of a 92-acre homestead along the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River in southwestern Oregon. His writing can be found in recent issues of Orion, Electric Literature, AGNI Online,, and The Good Men Project.

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Topics: Meet the Faculty

Professor Samuel Tobin Publishes Game Design Book

Posted by Matthew Bruun on August 10, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Samuel Tobin, communications media professor, published Portable Play in Everyday Life via Palgrave Pivot in October, 2013. Despite the fact that the Nintendo DS is one of the most popular game systems of all time, theorists have largely ignored it.

In the book, Tobin argues that the reason for this is the DS is literally and figuratively beneath notice, not just by game scholars but its own players as well. Indeed, it is the very “everydayness” of the Nintendo DS and of mobile gaming in general that is invisible yet filled with critical potential.
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Topics: Meet the Faculty