Science with Impact Articles & Blogs

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.
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...
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...
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...
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 
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...
Eastern coyote, or what some would call coywolf
July 15, 2016
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.
July 11, 2016
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 second...
Bernadette Arakwiye, Clark University, doing field work in Rwanda
June 28, 2016
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
June 27, 2016
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
June 23, 2016
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
June 21, 2016
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...
Tree in Australia damaged by drought
June 8, 2016
  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-...
Clark University Antarctic Researcher Luke Trusel
June 1, 2016
Though nearly 10,000 miles from Worcester, Massachusetts, Antarctica holds a significant place in the history and lore of Clark University. This story is part of our 7 Continents, 1 Summer series, which highlights the interesting work that Clark students, faculty, alumni and staff are doing all over the world. Have a...
Clownfish in coral reef
May 13, 2016
Faye Harwell ’15, MS’16, has some words of advice for Clark University’s three Marsh-Mosakowski National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows this summer: You never know how you’ll end up using the invaluable experience gained through a research project for NOAA. Take larval samples. Harwell encountered...
2016-17 Steinbrecher Fellows at Clark University
April 28, 2016
Eight Clark University undergraduate students were recently awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to support their pursuit of original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2016-2017 academic year. The students (five are pictured above) and their projects include:
GIS image of gypsy moth movement mapped across United States
April 20, 2016
J. Ronald Eastman remembers arriving at Clark University in 1981 as a visiting professor. The chair of the Geography Department handed him a computer – the first one in the department – to use in cartography classes. “It looked like a glorified Etch-a-Sketch screen,” recalled Eastman (pictured). “Nobody knew what to do...

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