ResearchMatters Blogs

Alex Jeannotte speaks behind podium in classroom
How many Clarkies does it take to launch a historically significant, community-oriented exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum? At least 20, for sure. For nearly four years, History Professor Janette Greenwood, along with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, dove deep into researching century-old photos from...
Charlotte Maxwell, in shadow, standing at podium, with screen behind her that shows old photo of Perkins family in Worcester
The Dillon family sits for a portrait in their home in Worcester’s Beaver Brook neighborhood. It’s 1904, and their neighbor, a photographer named Charles Bullard, perches behind the camera. This 1904 photograph of the Dillon family of Worcester appears in the Worcester Art Museum's current exhibition of William Bullard'...
Stock photo of beautiful manicured flower garden and lawn
Some homeowners take pleasure in their yards. For others, the grass is always greener elsewhere. Undergraduate and graduate students working as part of Clark University’s Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) Program several years ago interviewed homeowners in the suburbs north of Boston to uncover how people...
Jenna Libera seated in front of microscope
What’s it like to be a young woman scientist in 2017? We asked Jenna Libera ’18, a double major in biology and psychology at Clark University, to reflect on the topic. Libera grew up in Charlton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School. She recently received Clark's Simon and Eve Colin...
The third volume of Clark University’s Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal (SURJ) has been published, giving its all-student staff with “an inside look at academic publishing,” according to editor-in-chief Lauren Howard ’17. “All these research articles were read in class; there is a peer-review process behind them...
Rachel Polinsky stands next to Richard Freund on the green at Clark University
A Clark University alumna had a front-row seat for an international news story that PBS’ NOVA is featuring on April 19: archaeologists’ discovery last summer of a Holocaust escape tunnel built by Jews near Vilna, Lithuania. Richard Freund speaks at Clark in March.
Meghan Kelly, a graduate student at Clark University, standing on land in the Arctic.
Researching spoon-billed sandpipers in the Arctic might not sound like a job for a prospective M.B.A. student, but that’s exactly what led Meghan Kelly down the path toward graduate school at Clark University. In a recent blog article for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International’s...
From the film review in Worcester Magazine: “‘Arrival’ begins with the mini-biography of a mother and daughter relationship, from the girl’s birth to her untimely death as a teenager. Pay attention to it. Beginnings and endings in this film are flexible constructs; time bends and memories seem unsure of themselves. What...
John Gibbons in his Clark University laboratory
As a biologist, Clark University’s John Gibbons deals with the big questions about DNA and the evolution of genomes. His research focuses on humans’ domestication of microbes such as koji, a 9,000-year-old mold used to produce soy sauce, sake, miso and other Asian delicacies. By studying alterations in the genes of such...
Edward Carr speaks as part of a panel at the Woodrow Wilson Institute for Scholars in Washington
President Obama calls climate change “the greatest threat to future generations.” Yet Americans have not responded to his call to action, he acknowledged recently, because climate change “is not an instantaneous catastrophic event. It’s a slow-moving issue that, on a day-to-day basis, people don’t experience and don’t...
Clark Professor Benjamin Korstvedt at a music conference in Austria
An ancient Austrian monastery brought 19th-century music to life in a new way for Benjamin Korstvedt this August. The professor of music in Clark University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department traveled to the St. Florianer Brucknertage festival, or Bruckner Days, to present his latest research into the music of...
Kate Markham collecting soil samples that will be analyzed for mercury content at Los Amigos Biological Station in Peru
Madre de Dios, in the northern Amazon region of Peru, has been hard hit by the devastating environmental effects of gold-mining. “Whole areas have been transformed into veritable deserts and wastelands,” The Guardian reported recently. That ongoing damage drew Kate Markham, a second-year student in Clark University’s...
A barred owl at left, next to another picture of a northern spotted owl
The Pacific Northwest is in the middle of "Owl Wars," in which the possible extinction of the northern spotted owl is being weighed against the intrusion of another — the barred owl. After a decade of planning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has concluded that the only way to save the spotted owl from...
Professor Robert Tobin in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany
Robert Tobin, Henry J. Leir Chair in Language, Literature and Culture at Clark University, recently returned from several weeks in Berlin, where he started a new book project, researching the connection between human rights and sexuality. He also met two Clark students traveling to Europe as part of their undergraduate...
Psychology professor Denise Hines with students who helped organize the annual Family Impact Seminar at the Massachusetts State House
Millennials veer from older generations in their acceptance of marijuana legalization. According to a Pew Research Center poll, 68 percent of those born between 1981 and 1997 approve of legalizing pot versus around 50 percent of Baby Boomers and GenXers. And while Denise Hines, research associate professor of psychology...
Clark University research professor of psychology Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
You've graduated from college, you're ready to take on the world and, according to new research, you may be doing so from your old bedroom at your parents' house. A Pew Research Center analysis of 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data released last week found people ages 18 to 34 were more likely to be living in a parent's home...
Composite image with Vladimir Putin, left, and Donald Trump, right
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...
Harriet Tubman
Although he was once celebrated for defeating the British at the War of 1812 in New Orleans and promoting the cause of “the common man,” President Andrew Jackson has become more infamously described by many modern historians as the slave-owning president who helped further codify racism, “manifest destiny” and the...
Ramallah, city in Palestine
If you’re wondering how research skills learned at Clark University can be put to good use in solving a problem halfway across the world, then look no further than Safaa Karaki Aldwaik M.A. '07, M.A. '10, Ph.D. '12.
Ellen Foley in Senegal
A medical anthropologist and interim director of Clark’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department program, Ellen Foley has been collaborating with a multinational research group to gather baseline epidemiological data on changing health patterns in the urban areas of Saint-Louis, Senegal, and...
In the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, in what has been called the “Rape Capital of the World,” Dr. Denis Mukwege and his team treat as many as 3,000 women and girls each year for injuries due to sexualized violence by rebels, soldiers and civilians. Dr. Denis Mukwege, the founder and medical director of...
Watch: HERO Program Director Colin Polsky discusses how the program provides the Fellows with important opportunities for professional development.
"Namaste" means "Welcome" in Nepali. Clark's International Development, Community and Environment Department is applying a thoughtfully practiced, proven model of community development and social change in the town of Concord, N.H., working alongside hundreds of Bhutanese refugees of Nepali descent who are striving to...
Read: Caring for a suicidal patient led Professor Michael Addis to study and develop treatment for men with depression.