Staff Articles & Blogs

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...
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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...
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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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
Clark University website wins top award in higher education
December 19, 2016
Clark University’s dynamic new website recently received the “Best in Higher Education” 2016 Acquia Engage Award. The redesigned Clark website was two years in the making, inspired by input from prospective students, current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, alumni and staff. Through strong...
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.
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...
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...
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...
Mark Bittman '71 speaks at a WGBH Innovation IdeaLab event in Boston.
November 18, 2016
As a best-selling food author and former columnist for the New York Times, Mark Bittman ’71 isn’t afraid to be bold — with the dishes he creates or his stances on controversial food- and health-related topics. A vocal opponent of the impact of factory farming on Americans’ health and the environment, among other issues...
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...

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