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Professor, student finish story

Beth Stricker ’07, and Neil Laird, assistant professor in the HWS Department of Geoscience, are collaborating on the creation of a storybook for children.

Their book will help young children learn about several aspects of thunderstorms. Laird said he proposed this project as part of the summer research program because “it captured the true colors of a liberal arts education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, by providing an interdisciplinary experience during the summer.”

Stricker, a classic civilizations major and art minor from Syracuse, worked with him during the summer to learn about topics in geoscience and the methods necessary to create, write, and illustrate children’s picture book stories.

They are working with the HWS Public Service Office to offer a Saturday reading program this fall, to get children excited about reading by examining the geosciences.

They are also looking for a children’s book publisher to help get the story before a larger audience.