Religious studies prof honoured with 30th Tucker Teaching Award F iona Black was honoured this past spring with the 30th Herbert and Leota Tucker Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching, educational leadership, and a scholarly approach to instruction. Black was formally recognized at Convocation and gave the annual ‘Tucker Talk’ in August, a popular tradition during the backto-school season on campus. Black’s talk was entitled Believe it... or not: why commitments matter for the humanities. This year’s event marked 30 years since the award’s establishment and welcomed several members of the Tucker family, as well as many past award recipients. Black has led significant curriculum renewal in her department and teaches a wide range of different courses. Her classes are carefully planned and she enriches her teaching through thoughtful analysis of students’ feedback. In her popular introductory classes, Black focuses on developing students’ writing and analytical skills to better enhance student learning and experiences. Record summer for student research at Mount Allison T he Mount Allison campus was buzzing with activity this summer with a record number of students working as summer researchers in many disciplines. Over 50 second, third, and fourth-year undergraduate students, as well as some graduate science students, worked side-by-side with their professors in laboratories and in the field. Student research positions are funded through the Mount Allison internal summer student research awards, as well as by several external organizations and various University endowments funded generously by alumni. Some of these include the Rouie Adair Long Student Research Award, R. Thomas M. Allan Summer Research Scholarship, Bell Junior Research Fellowships, Dr. Harold E. Bigelow Scholarship, R.P. Chapman Scholarship, Class of ’46 Summer Scholarship, Crake Junior Research Fellowships, Goodridge Summer Fellowships, the Dr. Robert Thompson Summer Student Research Award, and many other awards and programs. Student research projects included: studying the impacts of invasive green crabs (European green crabs) on mudflats of the upper Bay of Fundy; assessing readiness for post-secondary education and developing a screening tool for high school students and their families; assessing contemporary illustrated Bibles and issues representing the sacred; and examining boron and platinum as novel approaches to the treatment of breast cancer. Psychology student Danielle Biss, right, with professor Dr. Louise Wasylkiw, is researching the readiness of high school students for post-secondary education and developing a screening tool /7