The Brown University Archambault Teaching Award gave an honorable mention for teaching with distinction in Pre-College education to my summer camp class "The Grand Tour: Our Solar System Up Close and Personal" which was taught in July of 2016. This course was an overview of planetary science with a focus on mission design and future exploration destinations.
See the full description of the award here, and see below for the course summary from the Award committee.
Erica has a talent for connecting with students and demonstrates her incredible passion about teaching and learning in all she does. In the “The Grand Tour: Our Solar System Up Close & Personal” course, Erica challenged students to learn, explore, and plan and design their own space missions to distant planets. Through a comprehensive curriculum design and multi-modal learning opportunities, Erica created a course that was pedagogically sound, had challenging learning goals, and enhanced student learning. Erica incorporated diverse perspectives into her course and promoted student-centered learning. The faculty evaluation referenced her love of teaching, and her desire to improve as she actively sought, and incorporated, feedback and modified the course in progress to best meet the student’s needs. The student evaluations highlighted the instructor’s ability to clearly explain difficult concepts and the inclusion of hands-on activities helped all students understand the material. Erica’s dedication and commitment to student learning are exemplary and she is being recognized with an honorable mention her work.
July 29, 2015
The blog Women in Planetary Science (WiPS) acknowledges women in the field who have recently received awards for their accomplishments in research. I was included for my Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship regarding analyses of lunar pyroclastic deposits (check out my Research page for more details!).
August 6, 2012
The Boston Globe visited the Mount Holyoke College Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) lab in the Astronomy Department to talk with (recently graduated) me and Darby Dyar about the ChemCam instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. The Mount Holyoke LIBS can simulate martian conditions to provide necessary reference spectra of common rock-forming materials which are expected to be found on Mars. Read the full article here.