ResearchMatters Articles & Blogs

Corn dying in a field because of parched earth from drought
April 25, 2018
Two experts from Clark University will serve as lead authors for the next major report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Professor Edward Carr
Clarkies pose at Family Impact Seminar in room at State House
April 13, 2018
Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Policy Enterprise recently hosted the 2018 Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar at the State House, drawing a roomful of legislators, community members, staffers, and students to consider research and policy options to address various facets of youth trauma.
Pauline Wan, seated to left of James Dye, talking to him in his studio and looking at artwork on desk
April 6, 2018
When the Worcester Art Museum opens a five-month-long exhibition of local artist James Dye’s work on April 7, the art criticism of two Clark University undergraduates also will be on display. James Dye's award-winning "Temples of the Burdened Host." Read more about Dye's and other upcoming exhibitions and art criticism by...
Sara Cogan and artist Catherine Wilcox-Titus sits on stools and look over artwork placed on the kitchen counter
April 6, 2018
Undergraduate students in last fall’s “Art, the Public, and the History of Worcester: ArtsWorcester,” a Problems of Practice (POP) course taught by Kristina Wilson, professor of art history, are seeing their efforts bear fruit this spring. The students researched contemporary artists to be featured in eight solo...
Lyndon Estes standing next to tree on Clark University campus
April 4, 2018
A study led by Clark University geographer Lyndon Estes and published this week in Nature Ecology and Evolution suggests how ecologists might employ better methods and scales for collecting data on ecological phenomena. Ecologists study ecosystems by comparing changes over time and between different areas of a region or...
Steve Steinbrecher standing with five of the Steinbrecher Fellows
April 4, 2018
Nine Clark University undergraduates have been awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to pursue creative research projects in the sciences and humanities. The projects will begin this summer and continue through the 2018-19 academic year. The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program encourages and supports Clark undergraduates’ pursuit...
Sarah Michaels standing, with arms on hips
April 2, 2018
Clark University Education Professor Sarah Michaels has been selected to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest national interdisciplinary research association dedicated to the science of education and learning. This prestigious award is presented to a...
Nathan Ahlgren standing at railing inside in Clark's Lasry Center
March 30, 2018
Nature News recently highlighted research by Nathan Ahlgren, assistant professor of biology at Clark University, and his collaborators at the University of Southern California. The March 19 article, titled “Machine learning spots treasure trove of elusive viruses: Artificial intelligence could speed up metagenomic studies...
Toni Armstrong stands and looks out a window
March 23, 2018
Toni Armstrong ’19 didn't come to Clark University to take it easy.  In her three years here, the art history/ancient civilization double major has indulged her curiosity and demonstrated her talents and passions in ways that span multiple disciplines. This kind of workload would be daunting for anyone, but Armstrong has...
Kathryn Parent of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, leads a group of Clark students on a tour next to the river at River Bend Farm Visitor Center at the Blackstone Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Massachusetts
March 15, 2018
When Aidan Giasson ’21 arrived at Clark University from Rockland, Maine, in fall 2017, she wasn’t yet sure about her academic interests. A First-Year Intensive (FYI) seminar with Associate Professor of Geography Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Ph.D.’03, helped Giasson sort that out. "The class helped me discover what some of my true...
Donald Spratt standing with his research team of students in his lab
March 12, 2018
What do autism spectrum disorder, Huntington’s disease, breast cancer, HIV, flu virus, Ebola and male infertility have in common? They are among the many medical issues linked to the biochemical dysfunction of proteins within the human body controlled by another protein, ubiquitin. For more than a decade, Donald Spratt, a...
Robert Johnston standing on shore of lake
February 28, 2018
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington recently invited Robert Johnston, professor of economics, director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University and editor of the journal Resource and Energy Economics, to present research to inform a study on "The Potential for...
Lynn Frederiksen posing in dance pose in front of brick wall in dance studio at Clark
February 21, 2018
Scholar, choreographer and Clark University Visual and Performing Arts adjunct professor Lynn E. Frederiksen ’79, M.A.’82, has a lifelong passion for dancing across cultures — an interest that led her to co-write a one-of-a-kind multimedia resource on Chinese dance. After graduating from Clark, Lynn Frederiksen worked at...
Neva Meyer talks to students working in her lab
February 2, 2018
Néva Meyer, assistant professor of biology at Clark University, remembers how she became interested in studying animal life at its beginning stages. She was an undergraduate student in molecular biology at Purdue University, with her eye on a career in cancer biology. Then she saw her first chicken embryo. “I fell in love...
Allan Carrillo-Baltodano and Neva Meyer pose in Meyer's lab
February 2, 2018
A recent article by Clark University researchers in Developmental Biology is making waves in the field — receiving shout-outs on social media — and netted an award for the paper’s first author, Allan Carrillo-Baltodano, a doctoral candidate in biology at Clark.
Trump supporter holds sign saying "Teamsters 4 Trump"
January 25, 2018
As President Trump and other global leaders headed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, two international publications featured timely articles by Yuko Aoyama, associate provost, dean of research and professor of geography at Clark University, and three Clark geography alumni, examining the backlash against...
Molly Gurney sits on a stone fence and points at a mountain in Thailand as a villager stands by
January 24, 2018
The women of Na Nong Bong, a small village in northeastern Thailand, sell hand-woven scarves to sustain themselves and raise money for their local activist organization, Kon Rak Ban Keud (People Who Love Their Hometown). They do so with a distinct purpose: to protest a mining company they say is contaminating their...
Taner Akcam stands in front of bookcases in Rose Library
January 17, 2018
Turkey has always denied the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman government beginning in 1915. While decades of scholarly research has decisively established the systematic annihilation of Armenians, the scarcity of direct evidence has allowed the Turkish government to persist in its denial.
Sun setting over California coastline near the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve
January 16, 2018
Clark University geographers received a shout-out in a recent article in The Atlantic about a rare gift that will create a nature preserve on 24,000 pristine acres in California.
Michael Boyer and Christopher Arumainayagam watch Muhammad Kasule pour liquid into a scientific instrument in the laboratory
December 18, 2017
Muhammad Kasule ’18 is graduating from Clark University this December with multiple research experiences in hand, including one where he’s examining how life may form in outer space. “My research is centered on understanding how prebiotic molecules form in space,” Kasule says. “Prebiotic molecules are essentially the...
Olivia Barksdale sitting on a rock in the middle of a stream
December 8, 2017
Problems of Practice (POP) courses at Clark University allow undergraduate students to gain internship-like experience outside the classroom. This semester, students in Professor John Baker’s POP course on “Small-Scale Land Conservation in Massachusetts” connected not only with the great outdoors but with local...
Charline Kirongozi speaks to another student at Clark University's Fall Fest 2017
December 8, 2017
Charline Kirongozi ’18 brings multiple perspectives to her political science studies at Clark University. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who grew up in Portland, Maine, Kirongozi draws from her personal experiences while also learning from others. If there’s a common thread to her research, it’s that she...
Erika Schaper standing in the jungle in the Philippines
December 4, 2017
Since 1893, most biologists have accepted Dollo’s law, named for the Belgian paleontologist who hypothesized that evolution moves forward, never reversing. A living organism doesn’t regain a trait — an inherited characteristic, like a tail or limb – lost during its evolutionary development, Louis Dollo suggested. About...
Frank Abell reaches for a glass chemistry tube on a shelf
December 1, 2017
Frank Abell remembers the day his son visited his office on the first floor of Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center. Abell, Clark University’s laboratory manager/chemical safety officer, sat at his desk amid filing cabinets and boxes of supplies as students and professors rotated through. Undergraduates sought to buy white...
Four NOAA Fellows stand on campus green
November 9, 2017
Clark University’s 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows returned to campus this fall after a summer of research in Massachusetts and Maryland. Their faculty mentors and other attendees honored the four undergraduates at a lunch this week on campus. Sponsored by Clark’s Mosakowski Institute...

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