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01-04-2008

Clarkson University's Dana Barry Visiting Professor in Malaysia

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/barry-panang.j pg ]

Senior Technical Writer Dana M. Barry of Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing served as a visiting professor in Penang, Malaysia, in December. In her capacity as scientific board president for Ansted University, she gave the opening address for the university's special combination graduation/award ceremony held in Penang on December 6. Barry

Barry gave a presentation about her international program in creative education to the ceremony attendees and participants. She also gave a similar talk to students at the Chung Hwa Confucian Secondary School in Penang. Ansted presented Barry with a certificate of appreciation for her excellent program presentations.

Her program, which is being carried out in collaboration with Hideyuki Kanematsu of Japan, has the main goals of turning students of all ages on to science and engineering and of preparing them to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers.

The program has sponsorship from the Northern New York section of the American Chemical Society and makes use of Barry's and Kanematsu's new creative science book, Develop Critical Thinking Skills, Solve a Mystery, Learn Science, published by Tate in 2007.

Barry also participated in a book launching ceremony and served as an editor for the University's new commemorative magazine, which will be released this month. In addition, she took part in a press conference and appeared on TV and in newspapers in Malaysia.

Barry previously served as a visiting professor in Malaysia (2001 & 2004), England (2003), and Japan (2002 & 2005). She is a certified professional chemist and has many honors and publications to her name.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty members achieve international recognition for their research and scholarship and connect students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[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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