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06-08-2012

Clarkson University's Dana Barry is Visiting Professor & Conference Speaker in Japan

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Dana M. Barry, senior technical writer and editor at Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing, is a visiting professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Suzuka National College of Technology in Japan.

Visiting Professor Dana Barry speaks with the President of Suzuka National College of Technology, Professor Yasutsugu Nitta.During May, she gave a lecture titled Entrepreneur Education and Creativity to the advanced students at the college. She described entrepreneurship and creativity, and pointed out that creativity is essential to entrepreneur education.

For example, in order to be successful, she said, entrepreneurs must generate valuable ideas for new products and services that will be of interest to some identifiable market.

Barry carried out activities with the students or would-be entrepreneurs to promote and develop their creative-thinking skills. She also gave a similar lecture to more than 80 students at Gifu National College of Technology.

Barry previously initiated an international program, which includes five teaching models that she developed, to promote creative thinking in science and engineering. Her collaborator for this project is Dean Professor Hideyuki Kanematsu, Suzuka National College of Technology.

Together they created novel textbooks and other materials (written in English and Japanese) to complement this international effort. The program won National Awards of Excellence from the American Chemical Society in 2004 and in 2007.

While in Japan, Barry also presented a paper at the fifth KES International Conference on Intelligent Multimedia Systems and Services held in Gifu, May 23-25. Her paper, titled Problem-based Learning for U.S. and Japan Students in a Virtual Environment, was authored by D. M. Barry et al. (Hideyuki Kanematsu, Yoshimi Fukumura, Toshiro Kobayashi, Nobuyuki Ogawa, and Hirotomo Nagai) and published by Springer in 2012.

In it, she described the U.S. team’s problem-based learning project to design and build the car of the future and concluded that it applied well to the e-learning environment offered in Second Life, an online three-dimensional virtual community.   

In addition, Barry served as a coauthor for the conference paper titled Nuclear Energy Safety Project in Metaverse. This paper was authored by H. Kanematsu et al. (Toshiro Kobayashi, Nobuyuki Ogawa, Yoshimi Fukumura, Dana M. Barry, and Hirotomo Nagai) and published by Springer in 2012.

Barry served as a visiting professor for Suzuka National College of Technology in 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2010. She was also a visiting professor and keynote speaker in China in 2011, and a visiting professor in England (2003) and in Malaysia (2001, 2004, and 2007).

In addition to her position at Clarkson, Barry is scientific board president for Ansted University and an officer of the northern New York section of the American Chemical Society.

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Photo caption: Visiting Professor Dana Barry speaks with the President of Suzuka National College of Technology, Professor Yasutsugu Nitta.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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