Annual Faculty Lecture with Associate Professor Sara Pruss
Recipient of the 2015 Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Free for Members
The Smith College Club of NYC is honored to welcome Sara Pruss, Associate Professor of Geosciences, and Recipient of the 2015 Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching for the 2016 Annual Faculty Lecture.
Sara Pruss, Associate Professor of Geosciences, has been a member of the Smith faculty since 2007. Her teaching and research interests cover invertebrate paleontology, marine science and the history of life on earth. She has been featured in two National Geographic television programs and has recently been involved with field research projects in northern Namibia, Death Valley and Newfoundland. In the classroom, colleagues say Pruss excels at encouraging students to think like scientists. She is able to take challenging, abstract scientific concepts and make them real for students, so that even non-science majors are engaged with the material. As one student wrote, “I am a studio art major, but taking Professor Pruss’ oceanography course made me want to study paleontology, oceanology and all other subtopics.” As faculty director of Smith’s Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering and Science (AEMES) mentoring team, Pruss has helped inspire students from diverse backgrounds to enter STEM fields. Pruss earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. After earning her Ph.D., she was an Agouron Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.
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