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Learning more than medicine

For his senior project, VI Former Evan Haas shadowed Dr. Steven Copit and Dr. Tutu Chang at Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia for three weeks. Jefferson Plastic Surgery functions as the division of plastic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In this blog post, he reflects on his first medical training experience, including learning the importance of compassion and critical thinking skills in the field of medicine.

Painting a legacy

For their senior project, VI Formers Cameron Hoorfar, Devin Weichert, and George Rubin designed, painted, and mounted a new mural that now hangs on the Field House wall, by the outdoor basketball court. It highlights both The Haverford School sense of brotherhood, and its various athletic programs. In this blog post, Cameron and Devin reflect on the technical aspects of the project and its impact on the School.

Creating planetary panoramas

VI Formers Kyle Alday and David Bunn spent the past three weeks on Mars – virtually. For their senior project, they stitched together hundreds of photos taken by NASA's Mars Rover, Curiosity, to create twelve 360° panoramas of the planet. The students worked with Upper School science teacher Holly Golecki and Villanova University computer science professor Dr. Frank Klassner to create a three-dimensional "virtual tour" of Mars. In this blog post, they reflect on their work, the scope of the project, and the lessons they learned.

Teaching machines how to think

VI Former William Wu completed an independent study in machine learning, a subfield of computer science, under the advisement of Upper School math specialist Katharine Hudson. He used this knowledge to study the Enron scandal for his senior project. We sat down with Wu to talk about what machine learning is, and why it is so important in fields such as finance, biology, and artificial intelligence.

Fords in Four: Meet Adam Besvinick '05

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insight and stories. In this blog post, venture capitalist Adam Besvinick '05 traces his career path in investing and blogging, and shares how he still keeps in touch with his closest friends from Haverford.

The genesis of Newton's Notebook

One of the most exciting new endeavors in the math department this year has been the creation of the first volume of the math journal, Newton's Notebook. In this blog post, Math Department Chair Susan Mitchell discusses the goals of the journal, which include soliciting articles from faculty and students from the entire community, and fostering student interest in all aspects of mathematics.

Kinetic-based learning

Middle School Latin teacher Lauren Faralli was selected as one of 75 teachers around the world who received a merit-based fellowship to attend the Klingenstein Center's 2017 Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers. The Institute allows faculty to explore teaching styles and educational philosophies and issues over a two-week intensive study. In this blog post, Ms. Faralli traces her start in education and shares her best practices for kinetic-based classroom lessons.

Reflections on Cuba

Twenty-nine students spent spring break traveling to Cuba with four faculty members. It was the first trip to Cuba in the history of Haverford's Global Studies program, which strives to help students gain awareness, respect, and understanding of international cultures and the global community. Here, students and faculty reflect on their experiences.

Ripple effect

In this blog post, scholarship-recipient-turned-scholar-supporter Ravindra Reddy '90 brings to life how one act of kindness can change the world. His inspiring and heartfelt remarks, which chart his father's journey from India to Haverford, and demonstrate the power of access to education, were delivered at the third annual Scholarship Luncheon.

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