Staff Articles & Blogs

Al Southwick stands in front of Jonas Clark Hall
July 21, 2016
It’s been more than three quarters of a century since the Class of 1941 first assembled on the campus to hear a talk by Dean Homer P. Little and to get our classroom assignments. That was in September 1937, a notable day in our lives. Clark then had five buildings — Jonas Clark on Woodland Street, the old chemistry...
Themal Ellawala, psychology student and Steinbrecher Fellow at Clark University, posed in front of a GLBTQ rainbow flag on a beach in Sri Lanka
July 21, 2016
Themal Ellawala ’17, a psychology major at Clark University, returned to Sri Lanka this summer to research how culture, gender norms and stigma affect non-heterosexuals in the island nation where he grew up. Ellawala (pictured above) is interviewing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and others (LGBTQ+) who fall...
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...
Eastern coyote, or what some would call coywolf
July 15, 2016
The eastern coyote: Considered by some to be “invasive,” the animal — which is generally the size of a  medium dog — now can be found in every town in Massachusetts (save Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard), according to the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. But is it really a coyote? William Lynn Two Clark...
July 11, 2016
When asked about her longevity in 2012, Goldie Michelson, M.A. ’36, then 110, told CLARK alumni magazine, “It never occurred to me that I would live this long. I just went on, and I’ve loved it.” Michelson, the oldest person in the United States, passed away last Friday, just one month shy of her 114th birthday. She...
Computer science students pose with their faculty adviser, John Magee, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast (CCSCNE) contest at Hamilton College.
July 11, 2016
When faced with the pressure of producing computer code that works, and under the most stringent deadlines, Clark University’s computer science students prove they can step up. In the 2016 regional programming contest for the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeast (CCSCNE), Clark’s two teams placed second...
July 7, 2016
Clark University’s visionary focus on liberal arts, effective practice and excellence in the humanities is being made even sharper with a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Foundation has awarded $620,000 to support "Introducing 'Problems of Practice' Courses into All Humanities Majors," Clark...
July 1, 2016
"The Fiske Guide to Colleges," revised and updated for 2017, again includes Clark University in its annual “selective, subjective, and systematic look at three-hundred-plus colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the U.K.”
Lelani Williams demonstrates her Sun Top Solar Cooker on a sunny day at Clark University in Worcester.
June 29, 2016
On a sunny day in Haiti, Lelani Williams, M.B.A./M.A. (CDP) '16, started crafting a recipe. She wanted to feed people devastated by natural disasters, but, more importantly, help them feed themselves more easily in the future. Her recipe didn’t use traditional ingredients. It consisted of equal parts hard work, inspiration...
Stephen Steinbrecher and President David P. Angel with alumni Steinbrecher and Anton fellows
June 27, 2016
When Ali Canino ’12 saw the campground for the first time, her heart sank. Due to severe drought, Sioux YMCA’s Camp Marrowbone in north-central South Dakota had not been used in seven years, and it was a disaster. The buildings were falling down, there were no bathrooms, barbed wire was everywhere and the electrical...
Shiitake mushrooms at left; David Hibbett, Clark University professor of biology, at right
June 23, 2016
David Hibbett Over the past decade, specialty mushrooms, especially shiitake, have won over Americans. Renowned food writer and Clark University alumnus Mark Bittman '71 hailed the increased availability of shiitake for American cooks. Meanwhile, a Boston chef-turned-wholesaler recalled that in the 1990s, “nobody knew...
Jake Kramer talks to computer science students while holding an Amazon Echo speaker; visiting professor and former Amazon manager Kenneth Basye watches from the audience
June 21, 2016
When students at more than 1,000 colleges and universities ranked the companies where they’d like to work, the top six probably drew little surprise: Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Intel and Amazon. You’ll find Clark University graduates at all of these top picks, and over the past several years, Clark computer...
Carla Lee Perez
June 15, 2016
Carla Lee Perez ’19 traveled to Colombia recently as part of a Clark University social entrepreneurship project to assist the Fundación Mujeres Empresarias Marie Poussepin (or Marie Poussepin Women Entrepreneurs Foundation), a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in Bogotá. The foundation helps women develop urban...
June 14, 2016
Patrick Oroszko asked that his memorial be held in the Kneller. The June 10 celebration of life for Patrick Oroszko ’03 left a gym-full of Clarkies seeing red — lots of it. Family members, friends, former teammates, and co-workers arrived at the Kneller Athletic Center decked out in red T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and...
Massachusetts Senator Harriette Chandler speaks at Clark University
June 10, 2016
About 40 public health officials, city and state representatives and academics gathered at Clark University this week to celebrate the success of collaborative health initiatives in Worcester – and discuss next steps, including curbing opioid-related overdoses.   The 2016 Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement...
June 2, 2016
Catalina and her foundation work in some of the toughest slums of Cartagena, dominated by gangs and largely avoided by police. During a visit we made to one such slum, gang members surged onto a nearby highway, set up a barricade, and robbed a vehicle. We asked whether the police would intervene, and one resident said...
June 1, 2016
Catalina Escobar '93 sees the girls everywhere. They are young, they are poor, very often they are pregnant. The babies they bear, if they are female, seem destined for the same lives of oppression and poverty as their mothers. That is, if they live. These children of children often do not survive beyond birth. Catalina...
Composite image with Vladimir Putin, left, and Donald Trump, right
May 25, 2016
At least Donald Trump isn’t going shirtless … yet. But as The Boston Herald recently noted, “his mantra to ‘Make America Great Again’ steals a page from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political playbook.” The newspaper turned to a Putin expert, Valerie Sperling, chair and professor of political science at Clark...
May 24, 2016
Mott Linn Mott Linn, head of collection management at Clark University’s Robert H. Goddard Library, recently delivered a keynote talk on the "Father of Modern Rocketry" to an audience deeply attuned to the results of the late physicist's groundbreaking research: NASA historians and archival employees. Linn spoke at the...
Catalina Escobar
May 22, 2016
Clark University held its 112th Commencement on Sunday, May 22, awarding 558 bachelors, 568 masters and 30 doctoral degrees. The graduates, who received their degrees in a ceremony held on the campus green, represented more than 64 nations. Clark Board of Trustees Chairman Steven Swain ’89 introduced President David P....
Clark University campus near residence halls
May 11, 2016
Sheree M. Marlowe Clark University announces the appointment of Sheree M. Marlowe as chief officer of diversity and inclusion.
Lowell: The Boott Mill complex now converted to a museum.
May 10, 2016
Want to know how many manufacturing jobs there are in Springfield? Or how many high school students in New Bedford graduate with diplomas? Or how much of their incomes people in Lowell spend on rent? That information and a whole lot more is now available online thanks to research by the Mosakowski Institute for Public...
May 3, 2016
The words “handle with care” take on added meaning in the Introduction to Archival Research seminar taught by Meredith Neuman, associate professor of English, with Clark University archivist Fordyce Williams. The seminar's students research books that are not just historical in content but also in their physical forms,...
2016-17 Steinbrecher Fellows at Clark University
April 28, 2016
Eight Clark University undergraduate students were recently awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to support their pursuit of original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2016-2017 academic year. The students (five are pictured above) and their projects include:
GIS image of gypsy moth movement mapped across United States
April 20, 2016
J. Ronald Eastman remembers arriving at Clark University in 1981 as a visiting professor. The chair of the Geography Department handed him a computer – the first one in the department – to use in cartography classes. “It looked like a glorified Etch-a-Sketch screen,” recalled Eastman (pictured). “Nobody knew what to do...

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