Staff Articles & Blogs

JP Burke standing in front of NASA globe structure
June 15, 2017
Think you know all there is to know about Clark University physicist Robert H. Goddard and his impact on the world of spaceflight? It’s possible JP Burke ’08, a self-declared “spaceflight nerd” who graduated from Clark with a double major in mathematics and computer science, knows more. Burke works for a.i. solutions, a...
Students from Consumer Behavior standing amid trees on Clark University campus
June 15, 2017
Several Clark University management students headed off to their summer internships with major fashion retailers armed with fresh knowledge of millennials’ shopping habits, thanks to a marketing class they took this spring. Although the students are millennials – members of the generation born from around 1980 to 2000 –...
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June 6, 2017
Clark University has named Graduate School of Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama to the position of associate provost and dean of research, effective June 1. Read about Yuko Aoyama's latest book, "The Rise of the Hybrid Domain."
Amy Yeager talks in front of her artwork of internal organs from a cat dissection
May 31, 2017
After living in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Romania and Senegal, where she attended small international schools, Amy Yeager ’17 thought Clark University might be a good fit. “Clark was small with a significant international community, so I thought the transition wouldn't be so difficult,” she says. “When I got my acceptance...
Lisa Musumba sitting outside at Clark University
May 30, 2017
Clark University undergraduate Lisa Musumba ’19 of Nairobi, Kenya, has found a way to apply her multicultural experience and interdisciplinary education to help Spanish-speaking children in Worcester celebrate their heritage. Musumba, who is majoring in media, culture and the arts and minoring in English and Spanish,...
Courtney Thomas speaks at the podium at the alumni Reunion Dinner
May 24, 2017
Clark University President David Angel opened the May 19 Reunion Dinner noting that while returning alumni are often curious about what’s new at the University, it’s also important to recognize “the continuity of the mission and values of Clark.” Alumni gather in Tilton Hall for the annual Reunion Dinner. Speaking to...
Shelly Tenenbaum and Claude Kaitare in front of Norfolk prison
May 23, 2017
Every Wednesday this semester, Clark University Sociology Professor Shelly Tenenbaum needed to remember to leave cell phone, wallet, pen, hat and gloves behind before she went to work. She also could not wear a jacket with a hood. Her class could be postponed because of a lockdown, and a student’s absenteeism might be...
Maria Luisa Escobar Pardo standing, inside, in front of window at Clark University
May 22, 2017
For Maria Luisa "Lulu" Escobar Pardo ’17, Clark University has been a place to explore different outlooks on herself and the world, as well as intensely study global environmental issues. But as Escobar Pardo graduates this May, she is eager to return home to Bogotá, Colombia, to refocus on, and serve, her country. At...
John Hite seated on bench on Geography Department room, with stained glass window in background
May 18, 2017
John Hite ’17 has used his double major in geography and Spanish at Clark University to work with communities in Mexico. From helping create more sustainable methods of raising chickens, to developing a policy brief to mitigate deforestation, he has lived up to Clark’s motto: “Challenge Convention, Change our World.” In...
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May 18, 2017
Outstanding Clarkies receive awards at the Senior Toast.  Finals are over, caps and gowns await, and the campus is buzzing in anticipation of Clark’s 113th Commencement on May 21. This in-between time, also known as Senior Week, offers an opportunity for the Clark community to reflect on the Class of 2017's past four years...
Tess Reichart standing on Main Street near Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
May 16, 2017
Like most English majors, Tess Reichart ’17 has spent countless hours reading literature and theory, dissecting and discussing texts, and researching and writing papers. But at Clark University, Reichart also discovered the power of words to make change. Tess Reichart works with children at Fighting Words, a non-profit...
Hung "William" Mai sits in a classroom at Clark University
May 15, 2017
For Hung “William” Mai ’18, every experience is a chance to learn — and focus on his future. Mai, a management major from Vietnam, appreciates how Clark University incorporates social, political and environmental aspects into its business courses. He especially connects with professors who bring real-life examples from...
Grant Henry standing in front of his cartoon panels on wall at art exhibit
May 10, 2017
Taking a cue from Post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Henry ’17 headed to Paris last summer to envelop himself in the world of art and explore and document places like Montmartre, the red-light district that harbored artists of Europe’s fertile Belle Époque period (1871-1914). A panel from Grant Henry'...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Dancers perform during International Gala 2017 at Clark University.
April 7, 2017
More than 300 student performers showcased the Clark community’s diverse cultures during “International Gala 2017: United We Gala,” which took place March 31 in the Kneller Athletic Center. Organized by Clark’s International Student Association, Gala highlights traditional and contemporary dance, music, song, theater and...

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