ResearchMatters Articles & Blogs

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...
Poster of Defying the Nazis PBS special showing people with baby
September 19, 2016
"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,” the...
Student Michael Spanos talks to his professor, Mark Miller, on the green at Clark University
September 15, 2016
It was a transcontinental kind of summer for Mark Miller.
Jacob Reiner with teammates from the Israel Premier Lacrosse League on the field.
September 8, 2016
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.
September 6, 2016
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 
Kate Markham collecting soil samples that will be analyzed for mercury content at Los Amigos Biological Station in Peru
September 2, 2016
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
September 1, 2016
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 extinction...
Aaron Johnson stnading on a mountain above Geneva, Switzerland.
August 31, 2016
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...
August 31, 2016
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 Professor...
Isabel Miranda '17 - Hawaii
August 26, 2016
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
August 24, 2016
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 the...
People at an LGBTQ pride parade carrying rainbow flags
August 22, 2016
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.
August 18, 2016
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.
Professor Robert Tobin in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany
August 11, 2016
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...

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