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FAL-WIN 2017

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16 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2017 R egardless of where or what time of day it is, Jemma acker '18 can talk as fluently about a pick and roll on the basketball court as a chi-square test that produces a statistical analysis of variance or ANOVA. acker, a rising senior on the Ravens women's basketball team, was one of dozens of students who participated this past April in the University's Academic Showcase, an annual event designed to share the best scholarly and creative work of Franklin Pierce students with the campus community and the public. Her poster, "Influence of Leading Questions on Eyewitness Accuracy and Confidence," reflects the criminal justice and forensics psycholog y minors she is pursing in addition to majoring in psycholog y. "It made sense to me because they all go hand in hand," she says of her multiple interests. acker handles such a heavy course load because she sat out her freshman year, a common college athletics practice known as redshirting. us, as she entered her fourth academic year during 2016–2017, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to advance her education even further. A class taught by Associate Professor of Psycholog y Dr. Jennie Brown, a former Central Intelligence Agency employee, piqued acker's interest in criminal justice. "It was a great class, really interesting ," says acker, who decided to pursue the two minors. at led to her working with former psycholog y faculty member Mitchell Speaks to create a poster she presented at several regional conferences, including the New Hampshire Psycholog y Association earlier this year at the University of New Hampshire, which she then repurposed for the Academic Showcase. acker was pursued by several prominent Division I and II basketball programs in the United States, and also had been accepted to universities in her native Australia where women's basketball is quite popular. But she had heard about Pierce several years earlier, when former Franklin Pierce coach Mark Swasey coached her at a hoops camp while she was playing in a professional league. Aer a series of Skype conversations and a scholarship offer from then-coach Jen Leedham '09, she was convinced that the mountains of Excelling in the Classroom and on the Court CELEBRATING ACCOMPLISHMENTS ANDREW CUNNINGHAM RAVENINGS

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