Demi Shamsi-Basha ’22 Does Her Part to Lessen the Impact of COVID-19

Despite the pandemic putting a halt to hospital internships and fellowships this summer, Demi Shamsi-Basha ’22 remained committed to public health and to helping the Memphis community. Volunteering on the front lines of Church Health’s drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Crosstown Concourse, the neuroscience major has borne witness to the realities of the pandemic in Memphis and the vigorous citywide efforts to slow the spread.

JustFood Podcast Series Explores Food Inequality in Memphis

In just two years, the Just Food: Race, Class, and Gender in the U.S. course has become one of the most unique and popular classes offered at Rhodes. The JustFood podcast highlights stories exploring the complexities of food production, consumption, and inequality across the city of Memphis. “As a collective, the podcast series reveals the role of storytelling to promote empowerment through awareness, equity, and autonomy,” explains Dr. Kimberly Kasper. “We hope that all who listen can come to recognize the value of those narratives and how they help to shape the dynamic foodscape of Memphis.”

Literary Works In the Time of COVID-19: Faculty Offer Suggestions

With the Rhodes community scattered across the globe this semester as a result of the pandemic, literature has served as a solace for many. Alumni and students have been reaching out to professors in search of reading recommendations, and Dr. Caki Wilkinson ’03 and Dr. Gordon Bigelow have compiled a list of literary works that can serve to educate, entertain, and inspire readers.

Rhodes College Researchers Receive National Science Foundation Grant for Cutting-Edge Motor and Perception Research

The researchers have been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation grant of $267,970 to study brain activity involved in body movement using 3D motion capture technology. “This equipment is going to put Rhodes College on the map as a serious contributor in the movement science research space,” says Dr. Dan Blustein, principal investigator and assistant professor of psychology. “We are really excited about the diversity of projects we have planned and about getting students from all over the college involved.”

Rhodes Plans for Spring 2021 Reopening

On September 17, Rhodes President Marjorie Hass announced the college is planning to welcome some students back to campus for Spring 2021 and that classes will be a mix of in-person and remote learning.