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Clark University graduate student Sebastian Winslow holds a book titled "Understanding Comics"
January 18, 2017
Think comic books are just for fun? Clark University English master’s degree candidate Sebastian Winslow would like you to think again. Winslow — a graduate exchange student from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, where he is also a master’s candidate in American studies — is researching how comics and their...
Yaya Wang, left, works with Professor Donald Spratt, right, at a bench in his lab
January 17, 2017
A doctoral candidate in biochemistry and molecular biology, Yaya Wang spends hours each day conducting research experiments at Clark University. She’s a steady, calm presence in a laboratory bustling with undergraduate students, working alongside Donald Spratt, Carl J. and Anna Carlson Endowed Chair and assistant professor...
January 17, 2017
In his new book, “The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World,” History Professor Willem Klooster delves into the ways “the Dutch built and eventually lost an Atlantic empire that stretched from the homeland in the United Provinces to the Hudson River and from Brazil and the...
Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu
January 12, 2017
Clark University English master’s degree candidate Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu considers herself to be a part of what she studies, her work resonating with her personal experience. Adwetewa-Badu, a Worcester resident, researches avant-garde, experimental Black diasporic poets specific to West Africa, America and the Caribbean...
Michael Boyer in his lab at Clark University
January 11, 2017
Over the past few years, the world has experienced a severe shortage of helium, a byproduct of natural gas extraction. And although vast amounts of helium recently were discovered in Tanzania, helium is still a finite resource on Earth.
After 20 years leading the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, Deborah Dwork charts a new path
December 23, 2016
The bus rumbled along the road from Warsaw to Auschwitz, a three-hour trip connecting grim reminders of the Nazis’ murderous campaign against Jews during World War II.   The passengers were participants in a multi-day conference convened by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in July 1993. During the ride, David...
December 16, 2016
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...
Wallace Mcintyre Graduate School of Geography - Clark University
December 6, 2016
After decades spent in hibernation, The Monadnock was revived in 2014 at the request and with the support of several longtime alumni. The newsletter, published by the Clark University Geographical Society, was launched in 1927, and was resurrected to link the storied past of the Graduate School of Geography with its robust...
Justin Woods standing in front of Jonas Clark Hall
December 1, 2016
When Justin Woods ’18 returns home to North Haverhill, N.H., he doesn’t typically talk to people in the same way, or about the same topics, as he does on the Clark University campus. This phenomenon of navigating between two identities in two different spaces is called “code-switching” — a common experience for first-...
Clark University alumnus Leo Breton invented mobile vehicle emissions testing system
November 30, 2016
When Leo Breton ’85 was getting ready to apply to colleges, he already knew he was going to major in physics. His mother suggested he check out Clark University because of its links with Robert H. Goddard, “the father of modern rocketry.” Clark was the only university to receive Breton’s application. Leo Breton '85 It’s...
Alumnus Christopher Palatucci talks to three students
November 22, 2016
“This has the potential to be big — really big.” So announced John Baker, professor of biology, as he helped kick off the Nov. 3 event for ClarkCONNECT, the new Clark University initiative that matches students with alumni, faculty, parents and outside partners for career mentorship and professional networking. Patrick...
Navid Hossain points to a computer screen while Professor Dresch looks over his shoulder
November 10, 2016
As a high school student in Milton, Massachusetts, Luke Nourie took a class in biotechnology and thought, “Wow, I love this. This is what I want to do.” He could see himself pu­rsuing a college degree tied to the field, which drives the booming economy of the Bay State and provides over 63,000 jobs. From left, Navid Al...
Rachel Orlomoski standing in the chemistry laboratory at Clark University
November 10, 2016
When Rachel Orlomoski ’17 entered Clark University in 2013 with the goal of studying biology, she was a little dubious about chemistry and math. You could say those weren’t exactly her favorite subjects at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut. But after three years of studying and conducting research at Clark, Orlomoski has...
Landscape of trees in Australia
November 8, 2016
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
November 1, 2016
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...
October 27, 2016
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 “...
October 18, 2016
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 anniversary...
John Gibbons in his Clark University laboratory
October 13, 2016
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...
Robert Johnston standing in front of pond
October 11, 2016
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
October 10, 2016
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 behavioral...
19th-century map of the colony of Liberia
October 4, 2016
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
September 26, 2016
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.
Edward Carr speaks as part of a panel at the Woodrow Wilson Institute for Scholars in Washington
September 23, 2016
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 see.”
Physics students Nikolay Ionkin and Nathan Fitzpatrick look over a physics experiment
September 20, 2016
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...
Clark Professor Benjamin Korstvedt at a music conference in Austria
September 20, 2016
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...

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