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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,...
Amiel Jaggernauth shows a test tube to his professor Neva Meyer in her lab
February 14, 2017
After graduating from high school in Fishers, Indiana, Amiel Jaggernauth ’18 headed to a large state university in New England to study neuroscience. The first day of class, he learned that a lead professor in the program was leaving — and taking his funding with him. Jaggernauth was disappointed, but instead of wallowing...
The EcoTarium's newest permanent exhibit, City Science
February 10, 2017
It took a village comprising EcoTarium exhibit staff, more than 50 organizations and 200 individuals, including Clark University professors and students, to create the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, “City Science: The Science You Live.” Inspired by the City of Worcester, the exhibit took seven years to develop and...
Clark-University-professor-John-Aylward
February 7, 2017
Clark University Associate Professor of Music John Aylward was awarded a 2017 commission by the Fromm Music Foundation. One of 12 composers chosen by the Harvard-based foundation, Aylward’s commission offers him the chance to compose a new work and a subsidy to have his collaborating musicians bring that music to life.
Krissy Truesdale, founder of Solar For Our Superheroes stands outside at Clark University in Worcester
January 31, 2017
Clark University sophomore Krissy Truesdale lives each day to make the world a cleaner, greener and friendlier place. Solar for Our Superheroes (S4OS), the nonprofit she formed as a 16-year-old, is how she hopes to accomplish that. Truesdale, a Traina Scholar who’s planning to major in global environmental studies,...
Jacqueline Schnieber
January 26, 2017
Sometimes, one question can make all the difference — as it did for Clark University English master’s degree candidate Jacqueline Schnieber. During an independent study with Professor James Elliott about the works of Ernest Hemingway, specifically the Nick Adams short stories, Elliott asked her a question: Why choose to...
Clark University Professor Paul Posner
January 20, 2017
Clark University faculty, students and staff are invited to an open house hosted by the new Center for Race, Gender and Area Studies (CGRAS) on Wednesday, January 25, from 4-5:30 p.m. The center is located in Suite 1 on the first floor of Dana Commons. Light refreshments will be served.
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...
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.
Clark University alumna Goldie Michelson, M.A. '36, died on July 8, 2016, the oldest person in the United States (113).
December 23, 2016
Above all else, Goldie Michelson relished a good walk. She walked for health. She walked to think. She walked because she hated driving. One of her greatest joys, she once recalled, was the day she sold her car. Her devotion to forward momentum never ceased. Well into her 90s, she was walking a few miles a day in her...
Clark University alumni Leah Penniman ’02, M.A.T. ’03, and her husband, Jonah Vitale-Wolff ’02
December 23, 2016
In the summer of 2014, Leah Penniman ’02, M.A.T. ’03, and her husband, Jonah Vitale-Wolff ’02, invited 20 aspiring black and Latino farmers to spend a week at their upstate New York property. Participants arrived at Soul Fire Farm from nearby cities, and as far away as Florida and California, to “restructure the narrative...
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...
Fred Kron - Clark University
December 22, 2016
It’s a scene that could play out at any hospital, any day: A young doctor nervously struggles to give a patient bad news. A doctor uses the MPathic-VR system to practice giving bad news to a patient. "Robin, you have leukemia,” he informs the johnny-clad woman. She sputters her disbelief, but his response is not comforting...
December 22, 2016
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Clark University on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. This annual list ranks 100 private universities, 100 public schools and 100 liberal arts colleges. Clark appears at No. 29 on the ranking of Best College Values of 2017. Clark University and the...
The staff of ClarkMUN VII pose for a group picture after the end of the conference
December 22, 2016
Add another accolade to Clark University’s decorated Model United Nations team. Clark’s travel team now ranks among the top five in New England, according to annual fall rankings published by Best Delegate, a website dedicated to the Model U.N. experience.
Mohamed Elmaola '18 plays soccer on the Campus Green with a young person
December 20, 2016
On a cool, bright morning last April, Mohamed Elmaola ’18 found himself standing on a stage in Jefferson 320 speaking to a room filled with fourth and fifth graders from Columbus Park Preparatory Academy in Worcester. Wearing a Worcester Soccer House T-shirt, holding a soccer ball, he comfortably asked the more than 50...
Clark University's Creative Arts Networked Communities event was held Dec. 1
December 16, 2016
Follow your passion. Be persistent. And if you want to make a career in the arts, don’t neglect the business side of the profession. These were some of the pieces of advice panelists shared with Clark students and other attendees Dec. 1 as Clark University kicked off its ClarkCONNECT community focusing on the Creative Arts...
First-year students in President David Angel's "Challenge Convention, Change Our World" course pose for a group photo.
December 14, 2016
Over the sound of forks scraping dishes and friendly conversation on a cool November Monday, cheers arose when a student who had just finished dining in Clark University’s Higgins Café put an empty plate on the dish belt.
Brendan Burgess in Clark University's Alumni and Student Engagement Center
December 12, 2016
You could call Brendan Burgess ’18 a quintessential Clarkie. His double major in political science, with a concentration in international relations, and computer science sets him apart, but some first-year advice pushed him to take it a step further. “I heard if you want to be involved in political science, you should have...
Clark University senior Courtney Pharr in an on-campus lab
December 12, 2016
Courtney Pharr ’17 is no stranger to acing a test or a serve, and this week she was honored for her ability to do both with remarkable consistency. Pharr was named an Academic All-American and selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Volleyball third team. It’s just the fourth time in Clark...
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...
Fileona Dkhar '17
December 7, 2016
In every Studio Art major’s life, there comes a time when your art has to leave the safe confines of the studio and make its way into the world. Through Studio Topics, my capstone course, my classmates and I have reached that time. While the class is the most intimidating I’ve taken at Clark, it provides the freedom of...
Clark University LEEP Center staff with college advising award
December 2, 2016
The LEEP Center advising model at Clark University recently was recognized by the National Resource Center with the annual Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award. The National Resource Center annually honors “institutions that have designed and implemented outstanding collaborative initiatives enhancing...
Justin Woods standing in front of Jonas Clark Hall
December 1, 2016
When Justin Woods ’18 returns home to North Haverhill, N.H., he doesn’t typically talk to people in the same way, or about the same topics, as he does on the Clark University campus. This phenomenon of navigating between two identities in two different spaces is called “code-switching” — a common experience for first-...
Raechel Segal on stage in "Night Watch."
December 1, 2016
As a Theatre Arts major, I can’t make many promises. I can’t promise that, come graduation, I won’t be wandering the streets begging for a slice of bread, “Les Miserables”-style. But here’s what I can guarantee: As an involved member of Clark’s theatrical community, I’m meeting the people I should and getting connections I...

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