Features

Bernadette Arakwiye, Clark University, doing field work in Rwanda
June 28, 2016
Thanks to high-resolution satellite imagery provided by the DigitalGlobe Foundation, Clark doctoral student Bernadette Arakwiye can now see the forest AND the individual trees (plus trails and village buildings) in her approximately 860-square-mile study area in the Gishwati and Mukura forests of western Rwanda. The...
Jude Fernando overlooks a field in Haiti in 2016
June 28, 2016
Sitting on the edge of the bed of a pickup truck with a driver "maniacally navigating" the chaotic streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Associate Professor Jude Fernando is relaxed and smiling, with his hair and long beard blowing in the wind. He's explaining what connections the five Clark University graduate students...
Shiitake mushrooms at left; David Hibbett, Clark University professor of biology, at right
June 23, 2016
David Hibbett Over the past decade, specialty mushrooms, especially shiitake, have won over Americans. Renowned food writer and Clark University alumnus Mark Bittman '71 hailed the increased availability of shiitake for American cooks. Meanwhile, a Boston chef-turned-wholesaler recalled that in the 1990s, “nobody knew...
Tree in Australia damaged by drought
June 8, 2016
  Scientists predict that 2016 is on track to become the hottest year on record. They estimate that record-breaking temperatures will stem in part from the current El Niño event, which affects weather worldwide. But they say climate change is also playing a role this year, just as it has for “the previous 17 record-...
Clark University Antarctic Researcher Luke Trusel
June 1, 2016
Though nearly 10,000 miles from Worcester, Massachusetts, Antarctica holds a significant place in the history and lore of Clark University. This story is part of our 7 Continents, 1 Summer series, which highlights the interesting work that Clark students, faculty, alumni and staff are doing all over the world. Have a...
Ike McBride and Roberto Diaz speak at Laurie Ross' class at Clark University
May 18, 2016
Clark students meeting Worcester City Councilor Khrystian King (center) at the May 2 Youth Worker Training Institute (YWTI) graduation included, from left, Ayfer Hurmuzlu, Ariel Maiorano, Sherine Brown, Ambar Hajariya and Anthony Ortiz. Christian Wilson, far right, assists with the YWTI. Worcester City Councilor...
Back cover of Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal showing plant life
May 5, 2016
As a junior at Clark University last year, biology major and chemistry minor Christie Joyce ’16 wondered if there was another career path for her besides the obvious: laboratory research or medical school. And if there was, how could she gain the practical experience necessary to land a job? She turned to Michelle Bata,...
Researchers walking toward satellite dish in the forest
March 20, 2016
The work of the Marsh Institute is informed by a fundamental question: What is and ought to be our relationship with nature? The institute uses both fundamental and use-inspired research to help answer this question.
Matt Maranz story about Friday Night Tykes
March 17, 2016
Matt Maranz spent a chunk of his summer in Pennsylvania’s Beaver County, a tradition-rich region northwest of Pittsburgh that has been the breeding ground of NFL stars like Joe Namath and Mike Ditka. As the producer of the Esquire Network’s documentary TV show “Friday Night Tykes,” which devoted its first two seasons to...
Artword of person's head
February 22, 2016
Dr. Richard Pietras ’69 pioneered a groundbreaking treatment for breast cancer. Now he is taking on the growing epidemic of lung cancer in women.
Professor Todd Livdahl (left) travels to Bermuda every other year with a team of students to closely investigate several mosquito species and to observe the country’s efforts to control them.
November 21, 2015
A whole lot of people would cheer any efforts to control the pesky mosquitoes that can turn any picnic into a swat fest. But for some countries, mosquito control is a matter of life and death. Biology professor Todd Livdahl has found that very scenario in Bermuda. While accompanying Clark biology students at the Bermuda...
Ken Liu
November 12, 2015
Audiences will soon be pouring into movie theaters to experience the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” saga. But science fiction, even the variety filled with tales of aliens and distant galaxies, is marked by themes that are acutely human, drawing as they do from contemporary culture, deep history and embedded belief...
History Heaven - Clark University
March 20, 2015
Chuck Agosta, professor of physics and astronomy Archivist Fordyce Williams receives periodic requests from people inquiring about a family member's time at Clark University. "Can you send me the yearbook photo of my grandfather?" they may ask. Or, "Did The Scarlet review the student play my mother directed?"
March 17, 2015
When the baby died in her arms, Catalina Escobar ’93 knew she had to do something. Volunteering in a hospital in Cartagena, Colombia, Escobar was helpless as the infant passed away. She later learned that the child could have been saved if his mother had been able to afford the $30 needed to pay for life-saving medication...
Alumni Dr. Andrew Dennis
November 3, 2014
The camera crew from the CNN documentary series “Chicagoland” follows Dr. Andrew Dennis ’92 into the Trauma Unit at Cook County Hospital, where he puts his hands into the open abdomen of 24-year-old Jerimiah Milsap and works feverishly to pull him from the brink. Moments earlier, Jerimiah had been gunned down while sitting...
Time traveler - Clark University
May 5, 2014
In the winter of his junior year, G. Max Bernheimer was walking to class from his apartment on Loudon Street and stepped into a puddle. This was no rain-fed pool — this was a Worcester puddle in all its terrible glory, a deep ugly gash filled with melted snow and chunks of ice. Bernheimer sank to his shin in the frigid...
Towering Ambitions - Clark University
April 2, 2014
Scott Rechler '89 is a major force in the competitive world of Manhattan real estate, but among his greatest achievements is helping One World Trade Center rise from the ashes of Ground Zero. Growing up in New York, he had wanted to attend the sort of leafy New England college whose personality was entwined with a deep,...
The Kids Are All Right - Clark University
April 2, 2014
Two magazine covers, appearing more than five years apart, make Jeffrey Jensen Arnett alternately cringe and smile. The first, from the Jan. 24, 2005, TIME magazine, shows a man in his twenties, dressed in business-casual attire, sitting in a sandbox and looking wistfully into the distance. The accompanying spring 2014...
In the air - Clark University
April 2, 2014
ON October 19, 2013, Clarkies from across the country descended on the nondescript yellow building on the corner of Hawthorne and Main streets that houses WCUW-FM (91.3) to celebrate a cultural milestone.
An ounce of prevention - Clark University
April 2, 2014
In health care circles, John O'Brien is known as a "turnaround guy." He takes something that's struggling and makes it succeed, or he takes something that's already working and makes it work better. O'Brien has been the CEO of two hospital systems, served as the commissioner of public health for the city of Cambridge, Mass...
November 14, 2013
Leslie (Goldman) Margolis '96 came to Clark knowing she wanted to be a writer. But her doubts led her down a different path, and into a double major of government and sociology with a minor in women's studies. "I couldn't conceptualize how anyone could survive and support themselves writing fiction so I tried to find...
Driving force - Clark University
October 15, 2013
With astute analysis and forward thinking, chief economic adviser Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, M.A. '88, Ph.D. '86, helps steer Ford Motor Company toward profitability Ellen Hughes-Cromwick began raising red flags in the fall of 2006. As recounted in the 2012 book "American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor...
Justice for Varter - Clark University
October 15, 2013
It began with a knock on the door. Mugrditch Nazarian, a merchant in the city of Mezre, was roused in the middle of the night by Turkish gendarmes who said they wanted to make some immediate purchases at his store. Things quickly turned ugly, and Mugrditch was dragged from his house in his pajamas. It was the last time his...
His chosen field - Clark University
October 5, 2013
The mayor was on the line, welcoming Jeffrey Lurie '73 to town as the new owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, when a rat skittered across Lurie's office floor. As omens go, it was a doozy. Things didn't get better the next morning when The Wall Street Journal ran a front page story taking Lurie to task for overpaying for the...
Fire and Ice - Clark University
May 5, 2013
For centuries, human beings — from poets to religious leaders to scientists — have speculated about the end of the world. Will it conclude with a whimper or a bang? Will we be consumed by fire or slowly freeze to death? These fatal visions reflect our instinctive fear of a climate that's either "too hot" or "too cold" for...

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