100 Years of Science
100 Years of Science - Moriah Cunningham '10
An Alumna Shares her Educational Joy with Meadowbrook Students
On January 30th, Alumna Moriah Cunningham, paid a visit to The Meadowbrook School to meet with our Sixth Grade Students about what she does and why she loves science. Moriah, class of 2010, is a current biology major at Penn State Abington, looking forward to pursuing her doctorate degree after she graduates in May. At Penn State, Moriah has worked as a peer tutor, research assistant, and most recently as a lab assistant. She has also worked as a research assistant at Johnson & Johnson, and hopes to obtain a career in Cancer Research.
Moriah was able to share with our Sixth Grade students all of the valuable lessons she learned here at Meadowbrook; everything from STEM, to study habits to writing techniques were skills Moriah was able to utilize after she moved on from The Meadowbrook School. She showed the students how what they are learning now benefits them in the future by solidifying their academic abilities and confidence, which are the foundation for higher learning. When a student asked Moriah what she had wanted to be back when she herself was a student at Meadowbrook, Moriah answered that she had always aspired to be a writer. She noted that although she isn’t writing as a romance novelist or journalist, she taps into her passion for writing for every research paper or scientific journal that she produces during her studies.
Moriah really enjoyed coming back to speak with our students, and reflected that “You literally can change a young person’s life by showing them that they can do anything they put their minds to.”
100 Years of Science - Cynthia Kuper '84
Dr. Cynthia Kuper '84 is a highly regarded expert, entrepreneur executive and independent consultant in emerging technologies ranging from bio-life sciences, nanotechnology and information technology.She has worked extensively in the business development of enabling technologies. Dr. Kuper has served on various boards including the Nano Business Alliance, of which she co-founded, Department of Chemical Technology, Philadelphia Community College, and College of Science and Technology Board of Visitors at Temple University. She has served as a partner in the Nanobusiness Development Group, a nano business consultancy firm and has alone advised senior management at a wide range of companies from Royal Dutch Shell to value-based health care organizations.Dr. Kuper was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratories of Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley, at Rice University in Houston, Texas. As a Distinguished Alumna of Temple University where she received both her B.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dr. Kuper has been appointed as an IT fellow, adjunct professor, and Entrepreneur in Residence at the University’s Fox School of Business. She has assisted Temple University and other organizations in enterprise creation, technology transfer, government relations, and technology spin out.Dr. Kuper has been called upon to testify before the United States Senate Armed Services, as well as other international bodies as a subject matter expert and strategic thinker. She has addressed many audiences around the world and guided strategic thinking on future technologies. Currently,Dr. Kuper is the CEO and founder of personal care brand gen alpha company CRUSH LLC and Olympia, which holds all start-up ventures emanating from data analytics of gamification of generation alpha brands. She also serves as a specialized operations executive to NTENT Inc., a global AI search platform democratizing news and search engine services.
Dr. Cynthia Kuper visited Meadowbrook School, her grade school alma mater, on Friday, February 28. She spoke to the entire school about science throughout the last 100 years. Using a slide show, she talked about science evolving from the era of Wagoner in 1912 who proved his unpopular theory of the continental drift and she remembered and asked the students who had studied about it. A sixth-grader quickly raised their hand and said, "We learned about that in fourth grade!" She then asked a multitude of questions to the students about what they were going to do their Science Expo projects on. So many students were willing to share their ideas, and she graciously listened and commented on each child's idea.
Also, very interesting was her discussion with the students about Gen Alpha, which is the students' label who are of elementary school age. She said,
"There is a generation that comprises more than 1 in 7 people, who are influencing the purchasing power of their household and are key to the future, yet few people have heard of them. Within the next four years, they will outnumber the Baby Boomers, and many of them will live to see the 22nd century. We’re talking about Generation Alpha, the current generation of children who began being born in the year 2010. They will live longer, work later, will be more formally educated."