News Archive

Dr. Denise Cortis Park, ’73

Dr. Denise Cortis Park, '732004 Elkin R. Isaac Alumni Lecture

Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and a faculty member in UIUC's Beckman Biological Intelligence Group

“The Aging Mind”

Wednesday, April 23, 2003; 7:30 p.m.
Bobbitt Visual Arts Auditorium

Denise Park is currently a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and a faculty member in UIUC's Beckman Biological Intelligence Group. She is also director of a Roybal Center for Applied Cognitive Research on Aging. Park studies the cognitive neuroscience of aging; memory processes and aging; culture, cognition and aging; and the impact of neurobiological changes on cognition in everyday life.

Her primary research interest is in understanding the effects of age-related changes in memory function, on both the individual and the collective levels. She utilizes neuroimaging and behavioral studies to evaluate picture memory and imagery formation abilities in individuals. With these studies, Park is working to “map” the changing neural circuitry associated with the brain's encoding and retrieval processes. At the collective level, Park's research examines the implications of aging in society. Using cross-cultural research studies in Asian and Western cultures, she has focused on cultural differences in basic memory processes and how these processes are affected by aging.

Since 1981, Park has been the principal investigator for research initiatives funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Arthritis Foundation, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, and the AARP Andrus Foundation. The author of numerous articles in professional journals, she has also been quoted widely in the media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Time and AARP's Modern Maturity, and her research has been featured on PBS.

Before moving to UIUC in 2002, Park was a professor of psychology and senior research scientist at the University of Michigan. After earning her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1977, she had faculty appointments at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Georgia until joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1995. Park has held numerous leadership positions in professional organizations, and among her many awards she received a 2002 American Psychological Association Distinguished Contribution Award to the Psychology of Aging and a 1997 Albion College Distinguished Alumni Award. She was recently named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Requirements for Dual-Degree Program

To successfully complete the dual-degree program in engineering, with the intent to transfer to the two schools that are currently affiliated with Albion College (see above), students must fulfill the following requirements.

General Requirements

While at Albion College, each student must:

  • Complete at least 24 units of college credit prior to transfer to an approved school of engineering. 16 of these units must be earned at Albion College.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum grade point average in courses in chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics of 3.0.
  • Complete the writing competency requirement.
  • Achieve successful transfer admission to an approved engineering program of study.
  • Make a written application for a dual degree to the Albion College registrar. This application must be submitted by the end of the twelfth week of the student’s junior year and receive the endorsement of the Engineering Advisory Committee (EAC).

While at the transfer engineering school, each student must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Complete at least eight units of college credit in an ABET accredited program at the transfer school. These courses must be approved by the EAC for Albion credit.

Engineering Core Course Requirements

All students in the dual-degree program in engineering must complete the following core course requirements at Albion:

  • LA 101: First-Year Seminar (1 unit)
  • Three of the following seven Albion College core requirements (3 units):
    • Artistic, Historical, and Textual Modes of Inquiry
    • Environmental, Ethnicity, Gender, and Global Categories
  • Students must complete the College divisional requirements
  • Computer Science 171 (1 unit)
  • Economics and Management 101 (1 unit)
  • English 101 (1 unit)
  • Mathematics 141, 143, 245, 247 (4 units)
  • Physics 167, 168, 243, 244 (3 units)
  • Chemistry 121, 123 (2 units)

Notes: The modeling and scientific modes of inquiry are completed by the required courses in science and mathematics.

Departmental policies on awarding AP credit are listed under the respective department in the Programs of Study section of this catalog. However, transfer institutions' policies on accepting AP credit vary. Students should consult with the DDPE director regarding AP credit while planning Albion course work.

Engineering Emphases Requirements

All students in the dual-degree program in engineering must select and complete one of the six areas of engineering emphasis listed below. General engineering is appropriate for students interested in aerospace, civil, marine, materials, mechanical or nuclear engineering.

  • General Engineering: Physics 191, 245, 250; Mathematics/Physics 375 (3.25 units)
  • Biomedical Engineering: Chemistry 211; Mathematics 309, Mathematics/Physics 375; Physics 191, 250 (4.25 units)
  • Chemical Engineering: Chemistry 211, 212; Physics 191, 250 (3.25 units)
  • Computer/Electrical Engineering: Computer Science 173; Mathematics 239; Physics 245, 250; Mathematics/Computer Science 299 or Physics 191 (4.25 units)
  • Environmental/Geological Engineering: Mathematics/Physics 375; Biology 210 or Chemistry 211 or Physics 250; one course from Geology 101, 104, 115; Physics 191 (3.25 units)
  • Industrial Engineering/Operations Research (IEOR): Computer Science 173; Economics and Management 211; Mathematics/Computer Science 299; Mathematics 309; one from Mathematics 310, 311, 326, 349, or 360 (4.25 units)

Note: DDPE students selecting IEOR must declare "DDPE: Mathematics-IEOR" as their major. All other DDPE students should declare "DDPE-Physics" as their major.

Requirements for Dual-Degree Program

To successfully complete the dual-degree program in engineering, with the intent to transfer to the two schools that are currently affiliated with Albion College (see above), students must fulfill the following requirements.

General Requirements

While at Albion College, each student must:

  • Complete at least 24 units of college credit prior to transfer to an approved school of engineering. 16 of these units must be earned at Albion College.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum grade point average in courses in chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics of 3.0.
  • Complete the writing competency requirement.
  • Achieve successful transfer admission to an approved engineering program of study.
  • Make a written application for a dual degree to the Albion College registrar. This application must be submitted by the end of the twelfth week of the student’s junior year and receive the endorsement of the Engineering Advisory Committee (EAC).

While at the transfer engineering school, each student must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Complete at least eight units of college credit in an ABET accredited program at the transfer school. These courses must be approved by the EAC for Albion credit.

Engineering Core Course Requirements

All students in the dual-degree program in engineering must complete the following core course requirements at Albion:

  • LA 101: First-Year Seminar (1 unit)
  • Three of the following seven Albion College core requirements (3 units):
    • Artistic, Historical, and Textual Modes of Inquiry
    • Environmental, Ethnicity, Gender, and Global Categories
  • Students must complete the College divisional requirements
  • Computer Science 171 (1 unit)
  • Economics and Management 101 (1 unit)
  • English 101 (1 unit)
  • Mathematics 141, 143, 245, 247 (4 units)
  • Physics 167, 168, 243, 244 (3 units)
  • Chemistry 121, 123 (2 units)

Notes: The modeling and scientific modes of inquiry are completed by the required courses in science and mathematics.

Departmental policies on awarding AP credit are listed under the respective department in the Programs of Study section of this catalog. However, transfer institutions' policies on accepting AP credit vary. Students should consult with the DDPE director regarding AP credit while planning Albion course work.

Engineering Emphases Requirements

All students in the dual-degree program in engineering must select and complete one of the six areas of engineering emphasis listed below. General engineering is appropriate for students interested in aerospace, civil, marine, materials, mechanical or nuclear engineering.

  • General Engineering: Physics 191, 245, 250; Mathematics/Physics 375 (3.25 units)
  • Biomedical Engineering: Chemistry 211; Mathematics 309, Mathematics/Physics 375; Physics 191, 250 (4.25 units)
  • Chemical Engineering: Chemistry 211, 212; Physics 191, 250 (3.25 units)
  • Computer/Electrical Engineering: Computer Science 173; Mathematics 239; Physics 245, 250; Mathematics/Computer Science 299 or Physics 191 (4.25 units)
  • Environmental/Geological Engineering: Mathematics/Physics 375; Biology 210 or Chemistry 211 or Physics 250; one course from Geology 101, 104, 115; Physics 191 (3.25 units)
  • Industrial Engineering/Operations Research (IEOR): Computer Science 173; Economics and Management 211; Mathematics/Computer Science 299; Mathematics 309; one from Mathematics 310, 311, 326, 349, or 360 (4.25 units)

Note: DDPE students selecting IEOR must declare "DDPE: Mathematics-IEOR" as their major. All other DDPE students should declare "DDPE-Physics" as their major.

Degree Programs

After successfully completing three years of approved study at Albion College, DDPE students are required to gain admission to an engineering degree program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). As the admission requirements of these programs vary substantially, students are required to have their school of transfer approved by the EAC. Students who transfer to engineering schools that have not been approved by the EAC will not receive an Albion degree.

The two engineering programs currently affiliated with Albion College are:

  1. University of Michigan (MI) College of Engineering
  2. Columbia University (NY) Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Albion has a formal transfer agreement with Columbia University that guarantees admission to Albion College students who successfully complete all required courses in the first attempt with a grade of 3.0, maintain a 3.3 GPA in all required courses and in overall course work, and satisfy other academic requirements as specified by Columbia. The University of Michigan requires all students to earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 both overall and in science prior to transfer, with higher GPA requirements for more competitive engineering majors such as mechanical, chemical or electrical engineering. Although meeting these minimum GPA requirements is generally sufficient for admission to the University of Michigan, it is not a guarantee. Students are strongly recommended to earn GPAs above these minimum admission requirements.

Students unable to meet the GPA requirements of the above two schools, or who would prefer to transfer to an engineering school not listed above, may still participate in the DDPE through transfer to an alternate engineering institution. They will still need to meet all or parts of the dual-degree program requirements, as listed below. See the DDPE director for additional information about this option.

More Articles ...