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Landscape of trees in Australia
The rate at which carbon dioxide is accumulating in the atmosphere has plateaued in recent years because terrestrial ecosystems are grabbing more carbon from the air than in previous decades, according to a new multi-institutional study published online in the journal Nature Communications. Christopher A. Williams,...
Landscape of dead trees next to water, with mountains in background
For the first time, new research has compared the impact of bark beetle outbreaks versus climate on the occurrence of large wildfires across the entire western United States. The Clark University study points to climate, not beetles, as the main culprit, suggesting new approaches to managing forests and preventing...
Detail from Raphael's "The School of Athens" “Reading Raphael in Hanoi,” an article featured in last month’s issue of The Atlantic, contained a prize-winning essay by Vietnamese student Thanh T. Nguyen. In his essay, Nguyen described what he had learned from reflecting critically on Renaissance-master Raphael’s painting...
Christopher Browning  Clark University will present “Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony,” a lecture by professor and author Christopher Browning, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26, in Tilton Hall in the Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street. This free, public lecture also will commemorate the 25th...
Robert Johnston standing in front of pond
Flint, Michigan, officials decided to save $5 million by switching the city’s water source to a more risky alternative. That fateful decision not only exposed 8,000 children to lead poisoning, it also could cost taxpayers an estimated $395 million or more to address the long-term health, educational and social problems...
Andrew Gvirtz standing in front of Alumni and Student Center at Clark University
At the end of a summer-long internship with The Boston Consulting Group, Andrés Gvirtz ’18 found himself with a dilemma: He didn’t have anything to wear. The economics and psychology major started and ended his week in Munich, Germany, traveling to Dusseldorf and Hamburg in between, and was headed to a two-week...
19th-century map of the colony of Liberia
In a recent lecture at Clark University, Ousmane Power-Greene, professor of history, put words to the African-American struggle against “King Cotton” and the desire to find a homeland — and a place to build community. Ousmane Power-Greene
Odgerel Chintulga outside in Mongolia, with mountains in background
Clark University junior Odgerel Chintulga took her LEEP project back home this summer. The native of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, conducted research on the mining industry’s impact on the nomadic people of Khanbogd. Odgerel Chintulga interviews families in Mongolia.
Physics students Nikolay Ionkin and Nathan Fitzpatrick look over a physics experiment
Two undergraduates majoring in physics at Clark University are working with their professor, Arshad Kudrolli, to fine-tune a mathematical model that captures the development of erosion underground. Their research, part of a summer LEEP project, eventually could help scientists better understand the effects of hydraulic...
Poster of Defying the Nazis PBS special showing people with baby
"Hitler came to power on January 30, 1933. Within half a year, the life of every single Jew living in Germany — that’s half a million people — was radically changed.” These words are among comments contributed by Holocaust historian and Clark University Professor Debórah Dwork in “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War,”...
Student Michael Spanos talks to his professor, Mark Miller, on the green at Clark University
It was a transcontinental kind of summer for Mark Miller.
Jacob Reiner with teammates from the Israel Premier Lacrosse League on the field.
Over three months this summer, we took you on a journey across the world, from the streets of Haiti to the railways of Russia; from Antarctica’s Clark Mountains to the Arctic’s Wrangel Island.
Dry air stresses plants just as much as dry soils, and this source of plant stress is becoming increasingly severe as the planet warms, according to a study published Sept. 5 in the journal Nature Climate Change. Christopher A. Williams 
Aaron Johnson stnading on a mountain above Geneva, Switzerland.
How do you graduate from a small high school in Granby, Connecticut, and end up conducting research on Zika and other epidemics at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland? Aaron Johnson If you’re Aaron Johnson ’15, M.S.P.C. ’16, you do that by gaining experience in marketing communications and living and...
The highest honor given by the New England Association of Chemistry Teachers is the John A. Timm Award, which recognizes “an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the education of young people in chemistry.” Clark University chemistry students, current and former, will hardly be surprised to learn...
Isabel Miranda '17 - Hawaii
Isabel Miranda '17 (foreground) during her NOAA fellowship. Not every college student gets to enjoy a summer in Hawaii, but that's where Isabel Miranda '17 was over the past few months — although she didn't spend her days relaxing on the beach or riding the waves.
Undergraduate students at Clark University purify proteins in the laboratory of Donald Spratt
Clark University juniors Navid Al Hossain ’18 and Michael Gaiewski ’18 spent the summer delving into the mathematical modeling of gene expression, the process through which genetic information in DNA drives the synthesis of protein products. They worked in the laboratory of Jacqueline Dresch, an assistant professor in...
People at an LGBTQ pride parade carrying rainbow flags
Abbie Goldberg, associate professor of psychology at Clark University, is the editor of a new three-volume The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies — the first reference work of its kind. The Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, a division of the American Psychological...
Meghan Kelly, a graduate student at Clark University, standing on land in the Arctic.
Clark University graduate student Meghan Kelly’s summer job as a cruise director might bring to mind visions of island hopping, basking in the sun and relaxing poolside in a deck chair. The Arctic isn't all snow and ice, as Meghan Kelly finds during an exploration on shore.
Prof. Laurie Ross ’91, M.A. ’95, with Dayanara Negron and her daughter, Jediah Russell, outside the Main South Community Development Corporation. Photo by Matt Healey
The professors and students in Clark’s Community Development and Planning (CDP) program learn from and work alongside members of the very community they want to transform. Their research not only pursues solutions to problems besetting urban neighborhoods, but also helps governments and nonprofits aspire to a more...
Christopher Owens, professor Jude Fernando and the rest of the class visit Haiti
Since arriving at Clark University last fall to study international development and social change, Christopher Owens, M.A. '17, has traveled to conduct research about refugees in two countries: Haiti and Jordan. Read more about Christopher Owens' trip to Haiti with Associate Professor Jude Fernando, pictured here in a...
A low hum of chatter fills the dining room of the Worcester Senior Center as Anita Fábos describes the findings of Shared Worlds, a research project exploring the relationships between the city’s native-born and foreign-born residents.
Rachel Polinsky, right, listens to Richard Freund talk abou the Holocaust escape tunnel
A recent Clark University graduate is part of a research story that has made international headlines: archaeologists’ discovery of a tunnel dug by Jews in Lithuania trying to escape extermination during the Holocaust.
Jie Park, education assistant professor, Clark University
Jie Park, assistant professor of education at Clark University, has received a prestigious National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in support of her research focusing on literacy education and development among first-generation, recently arrived, immigrant adolescents who are entering high school...
Themal Ellawala, psychology student and Steinbrecher Fellow at Clark University, posed in front of a GLBTQ rainbow flag on a beach in Sri Lanka
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...

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