Faculty Articles & Blogs

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May 10, 2017
Clark University announced the public launch of its $125 million comprehensive campaign at a May 5 event held in the Kneller Athletic Center. Ronald Shaich '76, L.H.D. '14 A standing ovation greeted the announcement that Ronald Shaich ’76, L.H.D. ’14, the founder, chairman and CEO of Panera Bread, and his family have made...
Despoina Lioliou talks to two middle-school students in the classrom
May 8, 2017
For three hours each week, Clark University students bring a world of poetry into Worcester classrooms — with the impact extending far beyond the city limits. The In Our Own Words program pairs Clark undergraduates with 25 seventh, eighth and ninth graders from Claremont Academy to translate poetry from around the world...
Courtney Thomas
May 8, 2017
Courtney Thomas ’17 has had many learning moments at Clark University, but her favorite happened when she was teaching others. Thomas, the president of Clark’s Black Student Union, and other students presented a workshop to members of the Clark community during the MLK Racial Justice Teach-In in January. “It was such an...
Clark student shows two children and their parent a science experiment
May 4, 2017
As many educators and parents know, one of the best ways to teach kids about science is by letting them experiment. So when undergraduate students from Clark’s Physics Department held a workshop recently at the annual Cambridge Science Festival, they didn’t lecture kids about the concepts of elasticity, surface tension and...
Psi Chi students seated with professor adviser
May 4, 2017
Clark University’s chapter of Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology, has been selected for the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award. The award is presented annually to recognize a chapter for its significant and demonstrable team leadership. The Clark chapter will receive a $2,000 prize and a...
Alex Jeannotte standing, with arms crossed
May 2, 2017
Because of their dogged pursuit of elusive primary sources, historians often are equated with detectives – a theme represented in a decade-long PBS series, History Detectives. For Alex Jeannotte ’17, that theme has carried through much of her time at Clark University, where she has helped knit together the genealogy of an...
Trang Nguyen ’17
May 2, 2017
In 2008, Trang Nguyen ’17 learned about the financial crisis impacting millions around the world from inside a high school classroom in Singapore. By this point in her young life, she’d already lived in three countries and soon found her teachers piquing her interest to study global economics in a fourth — the United...
Steinbrecher Fellows with Steven Steinbrecher
April 28, 2017
Nine Clark University students have been awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to pursue original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2017-18 academic year. The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program was established in 2006. The newest Steinbrecher Fellows are all members of the Class of...
April 28, 2017
Clark University Trustee Steven C. Roberts ’74 has accepted two prestigious appointments this year. Last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed Roberts to the Board of Directors for The Congressional Award, Congress’ highest honor for America’s youth. Roberts is one of five civilians to serve in this capacity...
Randolph Mack and Zack Ordynans stand in front of the "Burning Annie" movie poster
April 27, 2017
In 2007, the film “Burning Annie,” a dark comedy about a college student who believes all of life’s answers are found in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall,” received a limited theatrical and DVD release. Now, after more than a decade, including years of post-production difficulties, the film is getting the re-release it deserves...
Jennifer Hochschild in her office
April 26, 2017
Is socio-economic class, rather than race, becoming a stronger indicator of how a person might vote? It’s a question that Jennifer L. Hochschild, an expert on American politics and co-author of the book Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics, sought to answer during a recent lecture at Clark...
April 25, 2017
By his own description, Mitchell Gamache ’17 has always been a “visual kind of guy.” So, it felt natural for him to major in screen studies when he enrolled at Clark University. “Growing up, I made short films with my friends and studied graphic design in high school,” he says. “When I got to college, I wanted to continue...
Undergraduate and elementary students sitting on the floor in a classroom
April 24, 2017
On a chilly, gray day inside an Atwood Hall rehearsal space, children call “¡Hola!” to one another as they run through the door, flinging their coats onto the floor in a colorful heap. They’re rushing to grab a snack and join the group of Clark University student volunteers gathered in the space filled with salsa music and...
Jason Feifer '02, editor-in-chief at Entrepreneur Magazine (Photo by Rachel Pradhan)
April 24, 2017
When Jason Feifer ’02 heard Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, use the term “permanent beta” for the first time, it struck him. “I took a piece of paper, wrote down the words and hung it on the wall,” Feifer said while delivering the keynote speech at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program’s 10th Anniversary Event...
Savannah Sanford talks to a conference attendee about her research poster at the AAG conference in Boston
April 21, 2017
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
Phat Tran standing next to building at Clark University
April 21, 2017
Whether he’s walking the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival or just across campus to meet with an adviser in the Alumni and Student Engagement Center, Phat Tran ’19 knows he’s striding toward a successful future. The screen studies and management major credits a combination of factors for his confidence – a love of...
Nicholas Callender speaks to two students
April 20, 2017
Clark University alumni who excel in marketing, business and technology returned to campus recently to share advice and tips with students eyeing similar paths. The event was the fourth of Clark’s Networked Communities initiative, which connects students to alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career...
Students looking at art exhibit in introduction to biology course
April 19, 2017
Not everyone learns by reading text or even experimenting. In fact, an oft-quoted statistic notes that a majority of us — 65 percent — are visual learners. Detail of students' depictions of cellular life. For more photos, visit Clark's Flickr account online. To learn about the diversity of life, students in a Clark...
Rachel Polinsky stands next to Richard Freund on the green at Clark University
April 19, 2017
A Clark University alumna had a front-row seat for an international news story that PBS’ NOVA is featuring on April 19: archaeologists’ discovery last summer of a Holocaust escape tunnel built by Jews near Vilna, Lithuania. Richard Freund speaks at Clark in March.
Leah Bodin
April 18, 2017
If you’re ever looking for Leah Bodin ’18, chances are you’ll find her doing one of two things: playing softball or filming videos. Bodin, a screen studies major and student-athlete on Clark’s women’s softball team, unites these passions by making promotional videos for the Athletics Department with sports information...
April 17, 2017
In 2006, millions of Latinos mobilized across the United States to protest far-reaching immigration legislation that would have criminalized undocumented immigrants and anyone who helped them enter or stay in the U.S. In her new book, Heather Silber Mohamed, assistant professor of political science at Clark University,...
Dr. Dennis Dimitri ’75, left, speaks to two Clark students
April 14, 2017
As the U.S. House debated the Affordable Care Act recently, Clark University alumni involved in public health discussed what’s next for their profession and the cross-section of Americans they serve. From left, Dr. Dennis Dimitri ’75, Samantha Arsenault '15, M.A.’16, and Garrett Abrahamson ’07, M.B.A. ’08, address an...
Rosalie Torres Stone at podium speaking in State House conference room
April 13, 2017
The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University hosted its eighth annual Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar on April 5 at the State House, bringing the latest research on health disparities to Massachusetts legislators. With the ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act, many policymakers and...
John Aylward at the piano, Clark University
April 12, 2017
John Aylward, associate professor of music composition and theory at the Clark University Department of Visual and Performing Arts, received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is one of 173 current fellows representing scholars, artists, and scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, selected from among more than...
Sasha Kohan
April 10, 2017
FADE IN: INT. SASHA KOHAN’S MAINE BEDROOM – NIGHT SASHA, a 2016 Clark University graduate, hesitantly approaches an open laptop placed on a desk. Its screen glows back at her as she reads an email, her eyes growing wider. DISSOLVE TO: INT. SASHA KOHAN’S MAINE LIVING ROOM – NIGHT Sasha enters room with laptop, shows screen...

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