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John Gibbons in his Clark University laboratory
October 13, 2016
As a biologist, Clark University’s John Gibbons deals with the big questions about DNA and the evolution of genomes. His research focuses on humans’ domestication of microbes such as koji, a 9,000-year-old mold used to produce soy sauce, sake, miso and other Asian delicacies. By studying alterations in the genes of such...
Robert Johnston standing in front of pond
October 11, 2016
Flint, Michigan, officials decided to save $5 million by switching the city’s water source to a more risky alternative. That fateful decision not only exposed 8,000 children to lead poisoning, it also could cost taxpayers an estimated $395 million or more to address the long-term health, educational and social problems...
19th-century map of the colony of Liberia
October 4, 2016
In a recent lecture at Clark University, Ousmane Power-Greene, professor of history, put words to the African-American struggle against “King Cotton” and the desire to find a homeland — and a place to build community. Ousmane Power-Greene
A tiny house built by Derek 'Deek' Deidricksen sits on Alden Quad.
September 29, 2016
Author, builder and HGTV show host Derek “Deek” Diedricksen spoke about the benefits and popularity of “living small” during a recent presentation for Home (De) Constructed, the Higgins School of Humanities’ fall dialogue symposium.
Clark Professor Benjamin Korstvedt at a music conference in Austria
September 20, 2016
An ancient Austrian monastery brought 19th-century music to life in a new way for Benjamin Korstvedt this August. The professor of music in Clark University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department traveled to the St. Florianer Brucknertage festival, or Bruckner Days, to present his latest research into the music of...
Poster of Defying the Nazis PBS special showing people with baby
September 19, 2016
"Hitler came to power on January 30, 1933. Within half a year, the life of every single Jew living in Germany — that’s half a million people — was radically changed.” These words are among comments contributed by Holocaust historian and Clark University Professor Debórah Dwork in “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War,” the...
Thana Faroq '13 is a photographer in Yemen
September 15, 2016
Thana Faroq '13 took her first photograph — a picture of her family — using her father’s camera when she was just 10 years old. Back then, she and her family lived in a peaceful Yemen, one without war or bloodshed.
September 14, 2016
Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities’ dialogue symposium, “Home (De)Constructed,” will consider the fluid meanings of home. Lectures, community conversations and exhibits will focus on how we define home’s boundaries, and what makes a particular structure, community, city or nation feel like home. “Together we...
September 13, 2016
The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide, released Sept. 13, recognizes Clark University’s outstanding academics and financial value, ranking Clark at No. 74 among National Universities and No. 27 on the list of Best Value Schools. The U.S. News guide has again recognized the University’s...
Jacob Reiner with teammates from the Israel Premier Lacrosse League on the field.
September 8, 2016
Over three months this summer, we took you on a journey across the world, from the streets of Haiti to the railways of Russia; from Antarctica’s Clark Mountains to the Arctic’s Wrangel Island.
September 6, 2016
Dry air stresses plants just as much as dry soils, and this source of plant stress is becoming increasingly severe as the planet warms, according to a study published Sept. 5 in the journal Nature Climate Change. Christopher A. Williams 
A barred owl at left, next to another picture of a northern spotted owl
September 1, 2016
The Pacific Northwest is in the middle of "Owl Wars," in which the possible extinction of the northern spotted owl is being weighed against the intrusion of another — the barred owl. After a decade of planning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has concluded that the only way to save the spotted owl from extinction...
August 31, 2016
The highest honor given by the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers is the John A. Timm Award, which recognizes “an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the education of young people in chemistry.” Clark University chemistry students, current and former, will hardly be surprised to learn Professor...
August 24, 2016
Raechel Segal ’17 has a pretty good response to the age-old question, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Rachael Segal '17 Her short play, “Moon Juice,” is a finalist in Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s 10-Minute Play Contest, which gives accepted works a technical rehearsal, full dress rehearsal, and a minimum of two...
People at an LGBTQ pride parade carrying rainbow flags
August 22, 2016
Abbie Goldberg, associate professor of psychology at Clark University, is the editor of a new three-volume The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies — the first reference work of its kind. The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, a division of the American Psychological...
August 22, 2016
Clark University is pleased to welcome nine new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. These scholars bring a wealth of knowledge to areas including biology, education, management and philosophy. Nathan Ahlgren Nathan Ahlgren Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology (starting Jan. 1, 2017) Assistant Professor,...
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August 12, 2016
The Alumni and Student Engagement Center expands Clark University's footprint in Worcester. Clark University President David Angel stood before the audience who had come together to celebrate the official opening of the Alumni and Student Engagement Center and helpfully offered his own headline for the event: “Reaching...
Alum Gary Cohen-Macarthur is recognized for his work in health care and  on the environment
August 9, 2016
Gary Cohen ’78 is a genius. That’s what the MacArthur Foundation insists. Last year, Cohen was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and its accompanying monetary prize — commonly known as a “genius grant.” “I have a lot of trouble with this genius thing,” he admits. “I’m not a genius. I had a good idea and I’ve worked hard, and...
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to an audience at Clark University
August 5, 2016
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stood before a packed house in Jefferson 320 Wednesday and recalled that the American economy once obeyed the adage “A rising tide lifts all boats.” No more. In recent times the wealthiest 1 percent have seen astounding increases in their fortunes while the rest of the population has...
August 5, 2016
Jay Ash '83, secretary of housing and economic development for the  Commonwealth of Massachusetts,  in conversation at his Boston office. First, the view.
Charlie Bresler, M.A.’83, Ph.D.’84, walked away from a lucrative career and found a richer purpose
August 5, 2016
"You’re gonna like the way you look.” George Zimmer, the gravel-voiced founder and CEO of Men’s Wearhouse, delivered the line in countless television commercials that touted his clothing stores, punctuating each ad with the promise, “I guarantee it.” Zimmer peddled suits, slacks, shirts and ties with the fervor of a guy...
Hasnaa Mokhtar in the Goddard Library at Clark University
August 4, 2016
I pushed my seven-month-old son, Malik, in his stroller with one hand while trying to fix my hijab (head covering) with the other. I was at the supermarket on a late Wednesday afternoon buying groceries. I couldn’t help but notice an older man fixated on me. He is staring at my headscarf. It feels heavy on my head. I wish...
Boren Scholar Thomas Hutto in Suzhou, China.
August 2, 2016
Thomas Hutto ’17 walked into a Chinese 101 class his first year at Clark University. His goal was to complete the language requirement, but he left the course with a passion for a culture a world away from where he grew up and an eye toward incredible opportunities there. Hutto, an economics major from Louisville, Kentucky...
August 2, 2016
A low hum of chatter fills the dining room of the Worcester Senior Center as Anita Fábos describes the findings of Shared Worlds, a research project exploring the relationships between the city’s native-born and foreign-born residents.
Undergraduate students at Clark University involved in the HERO program outside at a work site
July 18, 2016
Five Clark University undergraduate students on yearlong HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) fellowships presented their research last week on how trees in the Worcester area are faring several years after the invasion of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). The research opportunity epitomizes Clark’s LEEP (Liberal...

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