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When Sarah Rabice ’14 first started doing research with biology professor Andy Smith, she knew he studied slugs, but she didn’t fully understand the significance of it.

“I definitely did not understand and appreciate the importance and growing relevance of the fields of biomimetics and bioadhesives,” Rabice said. “Andy’s knowledge of so many fields and his ability to integrate that knowledge into a comprehensive area of study is incredible.”

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Anthropology is the study of the human species, their cultures, and their development over time. To truly explore this type of work, anthropology majors at Ithaca College participate in fieldwork prior to graduation. Two anthropology majors recently embarked on two very different cultural immersion experiences last spring.

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This summer, 10 Ithaca College students will stroll down the Champs-Elysées in Paris with iPads in hand. The City of Light will serve as their classroom and the high-tech tablets their textbooks.

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“Do you want to take the easy way or the curvy way?” Associate Professor Barbara Adams asks us, and then we’re off – on the “easy way” to New York City. There are seven of us squeezed into this van, writing Professor Adams at the wheel and six students behind her. Following us to the city a few hours later is another car with more students, driven by writing professor Catherine Taylor. Taylor is Assistant Professor for the new course that we all share: Editing and Publishing.

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For the past four years, I’ve dragged myself out of bed at 8:00 a.m. twice a week to be body-slammed with hugs by five-yearolds— their way of saying hello. I am now an expert at washing tables and pouring water into plastic cups with zoo animal handles. I’m a pro at zipping up coats and at pulling jacket sleeves over mittens, and snow pants over boots. I cut mouse hats out of felt and draw hearts at the top of every paper, a symbol that reminds students to write their name.

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