JWU College of Arts & Sciences

Amanda Cody

Recent Posts by Amanda Cody:

The Power of Communication in Conflict

Today’s world is full of conflict and demands for opinions. Whether it's 24-hour news cycles or pressures to pick a political side, almost no topic, however benign, seems to be off-limits for debate.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Interdisciplinary Academics Gender Equity Communication

Finding Beauty in Science at JWU

Three years ago, a prospective biology student visited the John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation during Accepted Student Day. As one of only two potential biology candidates, Madelyn King ’19 received a personal tour thanks to Associate Professor Michael Budziszek, Ph.D. “In the midst of him touring me around the property, we discussed and came across my love for art,” she says. “I told him that I had completed some anatomy drawings in high school, and he said, ‘send them my way.’ I did.” And that is how the Arts in Sciences club at JWU began — before she even enrolled in the program.

Topics: Biology Arts & Sciences

Making an Impact: Changing the Economy, One Wildcat at a Time

How much of an impact can JWU students have on the local economy? Can they really affect change when it comes to policy-making? According to Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee, JWU students can and do hold the power — and all it takes to improve the economy is a little grassroots involvement.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Political Science Economics

The Path to JWU’s PA Program: Anthony DiMauro '19

Anthony DiMauro’s path to medicine started before he even realized it; as a high-school athlete, he found himself in the orthopedist’s office quite often with broken bones. Despite the circumstances that brought him there, he found that he enjoyed seeing his x-rays up on the screen and learning where the breaks were, how they affected growth plates, and more. By his final year of high school at Bishop Hendricken, he was shadowing a doctor in his hometown of Johnston, RI for his senior project. He enjoyed the experience so much that he continued on with it in his first few years of college.

Topics: Biology Health & Wellness Arts & Sciences

Student Research Shines in Academic Symposium

Experiential education is, at its core, interaction — interaction with a field of study, a skill set, or a colleague or mentor. A big part of classroom work, however, involves papers and research projects — things that aren’t always so interactive. So how does Johnson & Wales challenge that typical learning model?

Topics: Arts & Sciences Academic Symposium

#ecig: How Social Media is Changing the Ad Game

Tobacco advertising often evokes images of the Marlboro man or Joe Camel: old-school print ads that drew crowds both young and old. However, today’s advertising is different, and more camouflaged — you may not even blink as you scroll through your Instagram feed and pass an ad for e-cigarettes. Your favorite YouTube star might be hawking them through sponsored ads, or you may see creative and clever memes related to vaping.

Topics: Advertising & Marketing Arts & Sciences Economics Digital Media law

Fake News and its Effects Beyond Journalism

We hear the term "fake news" so often about every topic imaginable: politics, celebrity death hoaxes and which shows are leaving Netflix (don't worry — The Office is safe, for now). The term has become so vague that it's become difficult to gauge its impact on news media and its consumers, and brings a unique set of worries to students studying journalism.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Academic Collaborations

Biology Students, Professors Delve into Algae Research

JWU students looking at careers in medicine are finding a unique way to prepare for the rigors of that endeavor – algae research.
Because of the techniques involved in the study of algae, Professors Christos Dimos and Donald Kaczmarczyk of the Science Department have developed an independent research project for students wishing to gain experience in lab research, field work and environmental science. Selected students are already gaining new insights into experiences that can ultimately apply to their academic interests.

Over the course of three months, students measured stream parameters and collected algal specimens from three local streams, which were later identified in the lab. “First of all, we want to see if the water quality changes [from stream to stream],” Kaczmarczyk says. “Are there differences in those different types of environments? And does that relate to the types of algae that are present?”

This undergraduate research project provides students with valuable insight and experience into an aspect of science that is not often explored in pre-med or PA tracks.

Topics: Biology Arts & Sciences

A Chat with a Diplomat: Careers in the State Department

Philip Beekman, U.S. Department of State diplomat in residence for New England, visited Johnson & Wales to speak to a group of engaged students about careers in the State Department and life as an Ambassador.

About one-third of the group of students consisted of Political Science majors, with others representing areas of Criminal Justice, Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship, Tourism & Hospitality Management, Fashion Merchandising & Retailing, and Business Studies. This broad representation of majors echoed the theme of the day: there is a career for everyone and every interest in the State Department.

Topics: Careers Arts & Sciences