Archive for Saturday, August 16, 2003

On campus

August 16, 2003


How did you get interested in your field of study?

Ben Eggleston, assistant professor of philosophy
"I took some courses in college in philosophy that I liked, so I stuck with it."

Stephen Parker, professor of Slavic languages and literature
"Russian was my first language; my parents were Russian. Then, (Vladimir) Nabokov was one of my professors at Cornell University. At the time I was choosing between genetics and literature. Under his influence, I chose literature."

David Holmes, psychology professor, Kansas City, Kan.
"I just had an inspiring professor of general psychology when I was a freshman in college and I got excited about the field. It was a way I could combine science with helping people."

Janna Knittel, English lecturer
"My mom used to read to me, all three of us girls, a lot. We all grew up avid readers. I attribute to that my love of language and literature, that was a really huge influence. It wasn't until college that someone suggested I go to graduate school in English."

Chris McKitterick, technical writing liaison
"I graduated from here 10 years ago with a creative writing master's (degree) and ended up in Seattle. I got a temporary job at Microsoft doing technical editing, then became full time as a technical writer. I came back here every summer to teach a course in science-fiction writing, so I knew people in the department and they asked me to come develop a program here."

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