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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...
Undergraduate students at Clark University involved in the HERO program outside at a work site
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 (...
Eastern coyote, or what some would call coywolf
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...
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.
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...
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...
Spencer Cronin ’18 and Hannah King ’19 are spending the summer interning for Facing History and Ourselves in Brookline, continuing their studies and conducting research with the help of stipends they received from Clark’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program.  Spencer Cronin '18 Cronin, a history major, is developing...
Bernadette Arakwiye, Clark University, doing field work in Rwanda
Thanks to high-resolution satellite imagery provided by the DigitalGlobe Foundation, Clark doctoral student Bernadette Arakwiye can now see the forest AND the individual trees (plus trails and village buildings) in her approximately 860-square-mile study area in the Gishwati and Mukura forests of western Rwanda. The...
Stephen Steinbrecher and President David P. Angel with alumni Steinbrecher and Anton fellows
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
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
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...
Clark University students with urban farmers and college students from Bogota, Colombia
Millennials, now the “largest segment of the U.S. labor market,” have latched on to social entrepreneurship, seeking to use innovative ideas to solve the world’s most pressing problems, Forbes reports. They want to support and work for businesses and organizations that make a difference.
Massachusetts Senator Harriette Chandler speaks at Clark University
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...
Tree in Australia damaged by drought
  Scientists predict that 2016 is on track to become the hottest year on record. They estimate that record-breaking temperatures will stem in part from the current El Niño event, which affects weather worldwide. But they say climate change is also playing a role this year, just as it has for “the previous 17 record-...
HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) Fellows for 2016 at Clark University
The Asian longhorned beetle Five Clark University undergraduates recently joined a fight against a common enemy of tree lovers in Worcester and beyond: the Asian longhorned beetle. Imported to the United States via infested wood pallets from China and Korea in the 1980s, the invasive pest was discovered to have killed...
Clark University Antarctic Researcher Luke Trusel
Though nearly 10,000 miles from Worcester, Massachusetts, Antarctica holds a significant place in the history and lore of Clark University. Today, ongoing scientific research by Clark-affiliated researchers is again focused on Antarctica. They want to more clearly define the true threat of global warming – and how...
Parents watching a college athletic event
Katie Lowe, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology at Clark University, received a prestigious Innovations in Research and Practice Grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a project developing an online education program to promote positive parent involvement in college athletics.
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...

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