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Janette Greenwood stands behind student Toni Armstrong and Alice Dillon, who are seated, as they look over photos laid out on the table at the Worcester Art Museum
For several months last spring, students in a Problems of Practice history seminar at Clark University painstakingly dug through genealogical records and worked with descendants to unlock the mysteries behind turn-of-the-century photographs of African-Americans and Native Americans in Worcester. This fall, they will see...
Colin Sterling - Clark University
When Dr. Richard Pietras ’69 was a biology student at Clark University, he achieved two firsts that launched his lifetime of research: his first federal funding, a National Science Foundation undergraduate student grant, and his first scientific report, in neurobiology. “The study was focused on the potential role of...
Christie Joyce - Clark University
As an undergraduate biology major and chemistry minor at Clark University, Christie Joyce ’16, M.S.’17, worked in research laboratories on campus. She wanted to explore career options besides academia and research, as well as address a gap at Clark, so she founded a research journal managed, edited, designed and...
Laura Faulkner and Madelyn Bowers - Clark University
When Laura Faulkner ’10, M.P.A. ’11, reviews her list of Clark University mentors, it’s a series of dotted lines that eventually led her to her current role as a community engagement manager for Opportunity@Work’s TechHire initiative. The nonprofit social enterprise, based in Washington, D.C., pursues its mission to “...
Older man on his knees, cutting his lawn with scissors
In the spring of 1999, Paul Robbins feared he would become what he most dreaded: a “lawn person.” He had just bought a house in Columbus, Ohio, complete with a spread of turfgrass. One day, his neighbor leaned over the backyard fence, pointed to the purple-flowered ivy threatening to overtake Robbins’ lawn and...
Erica Issenberg sitting in front of computers, with Terrset GIS image on screen
Since her high school days in Vermont, where she was involved in social and environmental justice movements, Erica Issenberg ’18 has always sought to change the world for the better. At Clark University, she has found others who share her passion for justice, and discovered new ways to make a difference, whether in...
Anthony Jreije stnaind on a beach in Beirut with buildings in background across the water
Imagine paying 90 percent of your income on rent. That’s a reality facing many residents of Beirut — and a focus of Anthony Jreije’s research into the politics of gentrification in Lebanon’s capital. The Clark University undergraduate’s project has been supported by Steinbrecher and Condakes fellowships and the LEEP...
Students and faculty in the Summer Science Program stand on the steps outside Jefferson building
More than 40 undergraduate students participated in Clark’s Summer Science Research Program, which featured weekly lectures and mentorship by faculty. “One of the many positive aspects of this program was the bringing together of students, and faculty, from very different fields,” says Denis Larochelle, associate...
Crystal Tang, Clark University
The benefits of economic prosperity and growth are often unevenly distributed. How, for example, in a thriving city like San Francisco, can some of its citizens be so wealthy, while others struggle to maintain a decent standard of living? Clark University student Crystal Tang ’19, who has lived in the Bay Area much of...
Sherief Eldeeb demonstrates how he attaches electrodes to the scalp of a young woman to test EEGs in the brain
In just three years at Clark University, Sherief Eldeeb ’18 has completed significant research projects in psychology. He’s examined topics ranging from the disparities in mental health care for Arab-Americans, to sleep problems and attention issues in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). About Sherief Eldeeb...
Lucyna Kogut works in the lab
Lucyna Kogut ’18 chose Clark University because “I knew I wanted to be surrounded by people who were passionate about something. It didn’t matter what it was.” In her first semester here, however, she hadn’t yet identified her passion — and especially never thought it would be science. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do...
Casey Bush and Eva Kor talk to each other in office - Clark University
Casey Bush ’19 remembers when she first learned about the horrors of the Holocaust. She was in fifth grade, reading “Number the Stars,” a novel about a 10-year-old Danish girl who teams up with the Danish Resistance to help her Jewish friend and others flee the Nazis in Copenhagen.
Nunnemacher Magazine - Clark University
Professor Rudolph Nunnemacher emerged from his office carrying the lens of a whale’s eye. The electricity to the biology building was temporarily out of service, and he had just the remedy to brighten the darkness. He said to me, ‘Come watch this,’ remembers Michael Rosenzweig ’85, who followed obediently to the door of...
Bernny Ramirez looking at earthworm through glass tank
Scientists often borrow from nature when developing some of their best ideas. Look no further than earthworms. Their squiggly, tunneling movements have already inspired researchers to dream up robots that could inch along the ground in military reconnaissance missions, or create devices that could thread their way...
Nikolay Ionkin seated on chair before chalkboard with numbers
Ever since he was a boy playing with toy cars, Nikolay Ionkin ’18 has had a fascination with things that go. He imagined himself working in the automotive industry, but he never thought that physics might help him get there. A high school teacher convinced him otherwise. And when he entered Clark, he began taking...
Keegan-Daugherty and Miranda-Katsoyannis standing at the CDC sign
In her first semester at Clark University, Keegan Daugherty ’19 hit the ground running. She interned with the Worcester Department of Health and Human Services, conducting research that prompted the city to adopt a needle-exchange program, with the goal of connecting opioid users to treatment programs. Keegan Daugherty...
Students in John Gibbons' PoP class standing in lab
Five undergraduate and two master’s degree students who completed Clark University’s spring biology course titled “The Genome Project” have received the ultimate feedback for their research and coursework: vetting of their research by professional scientists and acceptance of their publication into the American Society...
Melike Sayoglu standing amid bookshelves in library
Melike Sayoglu M.A. ’12 came to Clark University in 2011 as a Fulbright scholar from Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, to study for a master’s degree in English. Now a doctoral student here, she was recently awarded the American Association of University Women’s International Fellowship to support her dissertation work during the...
Goeldi's monkey in tree
An international team of scientists, including a Clark University geographer, has pinpointed the world regions most vulnerable to species loss due to intensified agricultural development. Their findings were reported in a recent Nature Ecology and Evolution article titled “Biodiversity at Risk Under Future Cropland...
Hannah Cormey looks at a tree
For 18 years, more than 100 undergraduate students have received funding from the John T. O'Connor '78 Endowed Fund for Environmental Studies to participate in Clark University’s HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) program. In HERO, students conduct research on local environmental issues, gaining skills and...
Jenna Libera singing with Counterpoints
As musical director of Clark University’s all-female a cappella group the Counterpoints, Jenna Libera ’18, has created arrangements that melodiously blend soprano and alto voices. In her academic work, she likewise has skillfully harmonized double majors in biology and psychology to pursue her interest in neuroscience....
Map of the world
Eleven Clark University graduate and undergraduate students received funding from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and other competitive programs for teaching assistantships, research and study abroad. “The fact that 11 of our students have received such highly competitive and prestigious awards in nine different...
Professor Chris Williams, geography, Clark University
Christopher A. Williams, associate professor at the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and adjunct associate professor of biology, will join the North American Carbon Program’s Science Leadership Group (NACP), nominated by members of the Carbon Cycle Science Interagency Working Group.
Solar panels and wind turbines
Sergio Granados-Focil, associate professor at Clark University's Gustaf H. Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was honored recently for his outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. Sergio Granados-Focil...
Students from Consumer Behavior standing amid trees on Clark University campus
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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