From the President
This issue of Hofstra Horizons showcases, in each of the four articles, our faculty's commitment to scholarship, research and community service.
In an article about exploring the history of slavery in New York state through archaeology, Dr. Christopher Matthews and Professor Jenna Coplin studied at sites in Queens and on Long Island, and involved Hofstra undergraduate students, as part of their course work, as assistants on these digs. In an article about hands-on approaches to success in science education, Dr. Irene Plonczak connects her own undergraduate education students with gardening projects at Lido Elementary School and Hagedorn Hall to illustrate the difference that growing a garden can make in students' understanding of numerous subjects.
Dr. Sabrina Sobel and Dr. Harold Hastings' research on the BZ reaction was conducted with talented Hofstra undergraduates and high school students, many of whom have won awards for their work and gone on to very promising careers in the sciences, engineering and education. Finally, Dr. Donald Lubowich, coordinator of Hofstra's Astronomy Outreach, describes his program's work with the Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center at Winthrop-University Hospital to bring the stars, Moon and planets to every child in the hospital.
We often speak about our faculty's commitment to classroom teaching and excellent scholarship. In this issue, I am pleased to see that commitment realized. It is equally gratifying to see that our faculty's dedication to research takes a hands-on approach and makes a real difference in the lives of our students and our neighbors.