Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

April is Learning From the Experts: Audio Edition

I thought these clips were all very interesting and informational. Audio is an area that I am very unfamiliar with, so hearing some guidance from experts was helpful. I like the point that Ira Glass made in Part 1 and 2 of her series on storytelling. He explains the importance of having an anecdote accompanied by some time for reflection. By this he means that there needs to be some sequence of actions followed by a reflection period.

I also like that Glass explained how audio storytelling is different than written storytelling. I’m most familiar with written storytelling, so the distinction that Glass made was very educational. He explained that audio storytelling doesn’t have that structure that written storytelling has. Meaning that it doesn’t necessarily start with a “topic sentence” followed by the facts, and so on.

I think the point made by Glass that stood out to me the most was that audio has a way of creating suspense with some of the most boring stories. The example he gave was a person waking up and going down the stairs. With only the sounds, it builds a huge feeling of suspense that a written story probably couldn’t build. This is such a fun characteristic of audio that I had never really thought about before. I’m looking forward to considering and using these pointers that I learned in from these clips.