Monday, August 12, 2013

Faculty Feature: Dr. Blase Maffia

In our first Faculty Feature, we highlight Dr. Blase Maffia, who has been a part of the Rosary family since 2007. Dr. Maffia teaches in the science department.

As a part of the Messiah Lutheran Arts Ministry, Dr. Maffia and his family were cast in Fiddler on the Roof, a classic musical depicting a Russian family in the early 1900s. The show, which ran from August 3-10, was performed at the Joy Center theatre on the church campus.

For Dr. Maffia, this hobby is a family affair. His wife Carolyn, son Blase, and daughter Anna were all cast alongside him. "We like to be together. The theatre program gives us the opportunity to have fun as a family," says Dr. Maffia. "It's a lot of work but it's fun to see the end result." The entire cast practiced for several months with directors, stage crew, and music teachers. 

Dr. Maffia was cast as a bottle dancer. In one scene, he balances a bottle on his head while dancing in-sync with three performers. Carolyn Maffia (pictured below in black) played Yente the matchmaker, while Blase Jr. and Anna were featured in several group numbers. 

The family has performed in several other shows including Anything Goes, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Rosary High School staff members Mrs. Frances Chavez, Mrs. Mayo Crismon,
and Mrs. Linda Hagar came to see Dr. Maffia and his family on the big stage!
Congratulations to the Maffia family for their wonderful performance! Some Rosary faculty and staff members were even on hand to see it live! Bravo! 

About Dr. Blase Maffia 
Dr. Maffia earned his B.S. in biology with honors from Delaware State College, M.A. in biology from U.C. Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Miami. A plant ecologist by training, Dr. Maffia examined the effects of mycorrhizas on plant population growth and dynamics. His research saw him climbing trees in the cloud forests of Costa Rica and growing flats of sunflowers and papayas in Miami, FL. A few academic highlights include: served in the U.S. Peace Corp (Belize; 1981-83); Fulbright Teaching Award (Finland, 1999-2000); and Field Reviewer for the Journal of College Science Teaching (2005- present).

Dr. Maffia has more than 35 years of science teaching experience. His love of nature and science had its roots growing up in the farmlands of the eastern shore of Maryland. Exploring the woods, watching Jacque Cousteau specials and the early Apollo space missions on TV cemented his desire to study science. Since that time, he has taught science in a variety of academic and non-academic settings to all age groups. 

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