If you had been passing by the biomechanics lab on the second floor of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex on a recent cold April morning and glanced in the window, you might have stopped for a longer look.
Christian theologians have baptized Platonic intellectual intuition by applying it to the biblical texts that describe an encounter with God as a kind of seeing. Thomas Aquinas summed up this tradition when he wrote: “the highest and perfect happiness of intellectual nature consists in the vision of God.”
As people and businesses interact on the internet, knowing foreign laws and the philosophical and historical underpinnings for those laws becomes increasingly important. Opus College of Business Ethics and Business Law professor Susan Marsnik travels the world as one of the leading experts on comparative intellectual property law writing in the United States.
St. Thomas seniors Paige Peterson, Chelsea Mills and Alex Mathison studied six hours of recorded video footage of the Minnesota Zoo snow monkeys to discover how parental interference influences their play behavior
Elizabeth Schiltz has always gravitated to kids who seem to have special needs, having helped organize a volunteer tutor program at an inner-city elementary school as an undergraduate at Yale University. The kids reminded her of her older brother.
In the beginning of Andera Nesmith's social work career, she worked with issues pertaining to runaways, homeless youth, youth with incarcerated parents and older youth in foster care. She has since discovered a common thread that attracted her to these populations -- youth who were separated from their parents, either by their own actions or the actions of others.
Sr. Katarina Schuth conducted her first significant research while completing her doctoral degree in cultural geography, which led to her dissertation, "Patterns of Literacy in Villages of South India." After months of preparing for field work, which entailed lugging volumes of "The Census of India" back and forth from the Syracuse University library to Minnesota, she finally was ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
In the field of adult education the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education is awarded annually to the English language book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship. Recently, Stephen Brookfield and John D. Holst from the College of Education, Leadership and Counseling learned that they won the 2011 World Award for their book Radicalizing Learning: Adult Education for a Just World.
Roxanne Prichard studies how and when we sleep and the environmental, biological and psychological variables that impede sleep. Simply put, she studeies what is it that makes us go to sleep and wake up when we do and the factors that interfere with that process.