Last month, Dr. Dana Barry, a research professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering in the Coulter School of Engineering, served as a Visiting Professor in Japan. She gave presentations at Nagoya University; the National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College; and at the National Institute of Technology, Toba College. One talk was titled “Life in Northern New York State and Its Universities.” Dr. Barry told students, faculty, and administrators, about important attractions in Northern New York such as the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Frederick Remington Museum, and the Corning plant in Canton, where the glass for the famous Hubble telescope was made. She also described the great/diverse educational opportunities and institutions available in the North Country (SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University in Canton and SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University in Potsdam).
Dr. Barry spoke about the programs and activities at the local colleges, in particular how Clarkson University offers excellent degree programs (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels) for business, engineering, science, the medical fields, and more. She told listeners how the university is very proud of the Golden Knights Women’s hockey team (the winners of the National Championship games in 2017 and 2018), and all the athletic teams.
Barry also gave a lecture at Nagoya University about STEM Education Using Information Communication Technology (ICT). STEM is an interdisciplinary learning and teaching approach which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Countries wanting to strengthen their national status and power need enough qualified STEM graduates to creatively solve challenging problems, compete globally, and provide the scientists, engineers, scientists, etc. of the future. ICT increases opportunities for STEM education and enables students and their instructors to use the Internet, audio-visual classrooms, networking, and more. In addition, Dr. Barry was included in a talk about Biofilms that was presented by her main collaborator in Japan, Professor Hideyuki Kanematsu (Research Adviser at the National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College). Biofilom is the sticky matter on our teeth. It is produced by bacteria and actually encases the bacteria to protect it from detergents, antibiotics, etc.
Barry is a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University, a Professional Tutor at SUNY Canton, a Professor and Scientific Board President of Ansted University, and an officer and Chemistry Ambassador for the American Chemical Society. Her trip to Japan was sponsored by the Iketani Science and Technology Foundation.