Current doctoral students Articles & Blogs

Valerie Ivancic holds up a device in a chemistry lab
February 21, 2017
Most people don’t lump together Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes, but the two degenerative diseases share a common trait at the molecular level: the presence of misfolded proteins that aggregate and form amyloids. Because Alzheimer’s and Type 2 diabetes, when added together, affect almost 30 million Americans,...
Graduate student Michael Reardon pours solution into a beaker in the chemistry lab
February 8, 2017
Hospitals, schools and sports facilities all watch for signs of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacteria that resists many antibiotics. Although MRSA infection rates dropped 31 percent between 2005 and 2011, it still kills more than 11,000 Americans per year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease...
clark-university-stands-against-executive-order-on-immigration
February 8, 2017
Clark University this week has reiterated and broadened its message of support and welcome for members of its community left vulnerable by a recent executive order that forbids entry into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Resources available to all Clark students are listed below.
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February 7, 2017
Critically acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader, and composer Ravi Coltrane is the featured artist for the 2017 Geller Jazz Concert and recipient of the 2017 Selma B. Geller Foundations of Jazz award. The concert will take place Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts. Tickets, which are $25...
Aoyama Yuko - Clark University Faculty
February 3, 2017
Clark University Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama’s new book, “The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation,” explores a new model of social innovation through which corporations, states, and civil society organizations develop common social agendas despite differences in their primary...
Cover for the Higgins School of Humanities' spring series 'What's so funny?'
February 1, 2017
This spring, Clark University's Higgins School for Humanities presents “What’s so funny?” a series of public lectures, community conversations and exhibits on humor. “Our symposium asks how humor creates and fragments communities. What larger cultural, social, and political role does humor play? In short, what can we learn...
Clark professor Ousmane Power-Greene, Robert Ross and Jude Fernando at an MLK Day panel presentation event.
January 30, 2017
About 600 people attended the Jan. 20 MLK Racial Justice Teach-In at Clark University to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to rally for an America that embodies his vision of justice for all members of society. The day-long event was organized by a planning committee comprising faculty and...
Donald Spratt sits at bench, with six students standing next to him, in laboratory
January 20, 2017
On the first floor of Clark’s Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center, behind a locked door in a darkened room, sits a $2 million scientific instrument that chemists routinely use to analyze the purity and chemical structure of molecules. It’s a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer – a giant magnet enclosed in a 10-foot...
Yaya Wang, left, works with Professor Donald Spratt, right, at a bench in his lab
January 17, 2017
A doctoral candidate in biochemistry and molecular biology, Yaya Wang spends hours each day conducting research experiments at Clark University. She’s a steady, calm presence in a laboratory bustling with undergraduate students, working alongside Donald Spratt, Carl J. and Anna Carlson Endowed Chair and assistant professor...
January 17, 2017
In his new book, “The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World,” History Professor Willem Klooster delves into the ways “the Dutch built and eventually lost an Atlantic empire that stretched from the homeland in the United Provinces to the Hudson River and from Brazil and the...
Michael Boyer in his lab at Clark University
January 11, 2017
Over the past few years, the world has experienced a severe shortage of helium, a byproduct of natural gas extraction. And although vast amounts of helium recently were discovered in Tanzania, helium is still a finite resource on Earth.
After 20 years leading the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Deborah Dwork charts a new path
December 23, 2016
The bus rumbled along the road from Warsaw to Auschwitz, a three-hour trip connecting grim reminders of the Nazis’ murderous campaign against Jews during World War II.   The passengers were participants in a multi-day conference convened by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in July 1993. During the ride, David...
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, speaks at Clark University
December 8, 2016
Michael Sam is poised, mature, and comfortable in his own skin. He should be. As the first openly gay player to be drafted by the National Football League, the 26-year-old has already endured more attention and adversity than a person usually encounters in a lifetime. The Clark University Speaker’s Forum brought Sam to...
Wallace Mcintyre Graduate School of Geography - Clark University
December 6, 2016
After decades spent in hibernation, The Monadnock was revived in 2014 at the request and with the support of several longtime alumni. The newsletter, published by the Clark University Geographical Society, was launched in 1927, and was resurrected to link the storied past of the Graduate School of Geography with its robust...
Alumnus Christopher Palatucci talks to three students
November 22, 2016
“This has the potential to be big — really big.” So announced John Baker, professor of biology, as he helped kick off the Nov. 3 event for ClarkCONNECT, the new Clark University initiative that matches students with alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career mentorship and professional networking. Patrick...
Eric Hofbauer Quintet will perform at Clark University Nov. 18
November 15, 2016
If you look up “jazz” in any reputable dictionary, you’ll quickly discover that its definition is as wide-ranging as its forms. It can be almost anything from smooth to funky, cool to free. But nowhere does even the most comprehensive reference book define jazz as “prehistoric.” Eric Hofbauer is director of Clark's Jazz...
Landscape of trees in Australia
November 8, 2016
The rate at which carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere has plateaued in recent years because terrestrial ecosystems are grabbing more carbon from the air than in previous decades, according to a new multi-institutional study published online in the journal Nature Communications. Christopher A. Williams,...
Landscape of dead trees next to water, with mountains in background
November 1, 2016
For the first time, new research has compared the impact of bark beetle outbreaks versus climate on the occurrence of large wildfires across the entire western United States. The Clark University study points to climate, not beetles, as the main culprit, suggesting new approaches to managing forests and preventing...
Activist Tom Hayden speaks at Clark University in 2011
October 26, 2016
Editor’s note: Robert J.S. “Bob” Ross, research professor of sociology, wrote this reflection about activist and legislator Tom Hayden, 76, who died Sunday in California. Ross was close to Hayden, as a student activist and throughout his academic career. Hayden, a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, was a civil rights...
Thomas Kühne,David Pijawka, Judy Dworkin and Jody Emel, seated in chairs, talk about issues in "Indian country."
October 19, 2016
Alumni Judy Dworkin, PhD ’78, and David Pijawka, PhD ’83, recently returned to Clark University to talk about their experiences in Arizona working with American Indians. Their talk, titled “The Challenges in Indian Country in the 21st Century: Planning, Law and Community,” was sponsored by the Graduate School of Geography...
October 19, 2016
Stanley Gutridge ’45 returned to Clark University Oct. 6 to share his thoughts about the evolution of Worcester, the value of public service, and the institutional racism he faced when he entered the work world. His recollections were plentiful and detailed, and the conversation always engaging. The Community Fireside Chat...
October 18, 2016
Christopher Browning  Clark University will present “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony,” a lecture by professor and author Christopher Browning, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26, in Tilton Hall in the Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street. This free, public lecture also will commemorate the 25th anniversary...
October 18, 2016
The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University will host “Holding Government Accountable,” a lecture by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. in the Lurie Conference Room of Higgins University Center, 950 Main St. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Political...
October 18, 2016
Clark University is one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The university is included in the education services company’s free book, The Princeton Review's "Guide to 361 Green Colleges." Download the  Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges here. The Princeton Review...
October 18, 2016
Clark University presents “Men, Masculinities and Emotion in Rock and Roll,” a conversation with Warren Zanes, author of “Petty: the Biography,” and executive director of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, beginning at 7 p.m., Oct. 20, in the Daniels Theater at Atwood Hall. The event is free and open to the public.  ...

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