ResearchMatters Articles & Blogs

Mary Yohannes stands in Goddard Library
July 6, 2018
“My experience and success in any place depends on how fit that space is for me,” says Mary Teketel Yohannes ’19. She found her fit at Clark University.   A native of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Yohannes is pursuing a degree in biology, concentrating in mathematical biology and bioinformatics, with plans for a career in...
Shibbir Khan standing in hallway
July 3, 2018
Thanks to the Clark University Graduate School of Management master’s in business analytics (MSBA) program, Shibbir Khan, M.S. ’18, has not only kept abreast of the latest information technologies, he's also expanded his career contacts at multinational enterprises like The Walt Disney Company and Bank of America. Now...
Srinivasan Sitaraman stands in the doorway of his office at Clark
June 21, 2018
The diplomatic tango between the United States and North Korea reached sublime proportions in late May, as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un engaged in will-they-or-won’t-they jockeying over whether nuclear disarmament talks would take place. (They eventually did on June 12.)
Students stand in group pose in Lasry Center
June 14, 2018
Nearly 50 undergraduate students have received funding to work in faculty’s scientific laboratories this summer. As part of their 10-week experience, students are attending weekly workshops by faculty researchers, who are sharing advice on everything from writing scientific manuscripts and submitting them to journals, to...
Clark-University-Frankenstein-at-200
June 6, 2018
If a great book is one that resonates across cultures and generations, Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein, or "The Modern Prometheus,” qualifies hands down. First published in London in 1818, the tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the 8-foot-tall, semi-human creature that he fashioned elicits in its readers strong...
Students measuring a street tree
June 5, 2018
Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities sport architectural reminders of their once-bustling industrial past: factories, warehouses, and ubiquitous triple-deckers, all built close to the street. What’s often missing from this picture? Trees.
Clark-University-2018-NOAA-Fellows
May 22, 2018
This summer marks the seventh year Clark University students will put their education into practice through fellowships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Through a collaboration with the University's Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and George Perkins Marsh Institute, NOAA has invited...
Nicole Overstreet lecturing in front of class
May 16, 2018
Nicole Overstreet, assistant professor of psychology at Clark University, has been named a 2018 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The award, which is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports junior faculty from underrepresented groups and others committed to...
Emily Dart stands in lab with Professor Nathan Ahlgren
April 27, 2018
Emily Dart, a first-year doctoral student in biology at Clark University, has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, making her one of only 2,000 students, out of 12,000 who applied, to receive the prestigious award this year. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and...
Timothy Downs, seated, in office, holding a water bottle
April 26, 2018
A four-year study by Clark University and Boston University researchers examining the vulnerability of Holliston, Massachusetts’ drinking-water sources has raised questions about residents’ exposure to contaminants. Furthermore, the authors conclude, “the findings in Holliston have national and global significance for...
Corn dying in a field because of parched earth from drought
April 25, 2018
Two experts from Clark University will serve as lead authors for the next major report by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Professor Edward Carr
Clarkies pose at Family Impact Seminar in room at State House
April 13, 2018
Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Policy Enterprise recently hosted the 2018 Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar at the State House, drawing a roomful of legislators, community members, staffers, and students to consider research and policy options to address various facets of youth trauma.
Pauline Wan, seated to left of James Dye, talking to him in his studio and looking at artwork on desk
April 6, 2018
When the Worcester Art Museum opens a five-month-long exhibition of local artist James Dye’s work on April 7, the art criticism of two Clark University undergraduates also will be on display. James Dye's award-winning "Temples of the Burdened Host." Read more about Dye's and other upcoming exhibitions and art criticism by...
Sara Cogan and artist Catherine Wilcox-Titus sits on stools and look over artwork placed on the kitchen counter
April 6, 2018
Undergraduate students in last fall’s “Art, the Public, and the History of Worcester: ArtsWorcester,” a Problems of Practice (POP) course taught by Kristina Wilson, professor of art history, are seeing their efforts bear fruit this spring. The students researched contemporary artists to be featured in eight solo...
Lyndon Estes standing next to tree on Clark University campus
April 4, 2018
A study led by Clark University geographer Lyndon Estes and published this week in Nature Ecology and Evolution suggests how ecologists might employ better methods and scales for collecting data on ecological phenomena. Ecologists study ecosystems by comparing changes over time and between different areas of a region or...
Steve Steinbrecher standing with five of the Steinbrecher Fellows
April 4, 2018
Nine Clark University undergraduates have been awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to pursue creative research projects in the sciences and humanities. The projects will begin this summer and continue through the 2018-19 academic year. The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program encourages and supports Clark undergraduates’ pursuit...
Sarah Michaels standing, with arms on hips
April 2, 2018
Clark University Education Professor Sarah Michaels has been selected to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest national interdisciplinary research association dedicated to the science of education and learning. This prestigious award is presented to a...
Nathan Ahlgren standing at railing inside in Clark's Lasry Center
March 30, 2018
Nature News recently highlighted research by Nathan Ahlgren, assistant professor of biology at Clark University, and his collaborators at the University of Southern California. The March 19 article, titled “Machine learning spots treasure trove of elusive viruses: Artificial intelligence could speed up metagenomic studies...
Toni Armstrong stands and looks out a window
March 23, 2018
Toni Armstrong ’19 didn't come to Clark University to take it easy.  In her three years here, the art history/ancient civilization double major has indulged her curiosity and demonstrated her talents and passions in ways that span multiple disciplines. This kind of workload would be daunting for anyone, but Armstrong has...
Kathryn Parent of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, leads a group of Clark students on a tour next to the river at River Bend Farm Visitor Center at the Blackstone Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Massachusetts
March 15, 2018
When Aidan Giasson ’21 arrived at Clark University from Rockland, Maine, in fall 2017, she wasn’t yet sure about her academic interests. A First-Year Intensive (FYI) seminar with Associate Professor of Geography Rinku Roy Chowdhury, Ph.D.’03, helped Giasson sort that out. "The class helped me discover what some of my true...
Donald Spratt standing with his research team of students in his lab
March 12, 2018
What do autism spectrum disorder, Huntington’s disease, breast cancer, HIV, flu virus, Ebola and male infertility have in common? They are among the many medical issues linked to the biochemical dysfunction of proteins within the human body controlled by another protein, ubiquitin. For more than a decade, Donald Spratt, a...
Robert Johnston standing on shore of lake
February 28, 2018
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington recently invited Robert Johnston, professor of economics, director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute at Clark University and editor of the journal Resource and Energy Economics, to present research to inform a study on "The Potential for...
Lynn Frederiksen posing in dance pose in front of brick wall in dance studio at Clark
February 21, 2018
Scholar, choreographer and Clark University Visual and Performing Arts adjunct professor Lynn E. Frederiksen ’79, M.A.’82, has a lifelong passion for dancing across cultures — an interest that led her to co-write a one-of-a-kind multimedia resource on Chinese dance. After graduating from Clark, Lynn Frederiksen worked at...
Neva Meyer talks to students working in her lab
February 2, 2018
Néva Meyer, assistant professor of biology at Clark University, remembers how she became interested in studying animal life at its beginning stages. She was an undergraduate student in molecular biology at Purdue University, with her eye on a career in cancer biology. Then she saw her first chicken embryo. “I fell in love...
Allan Carrillo-Baltodano and Neva Meyer pose in Meyer's lab
February 2, 2018
A recent article by Clark University researchers in Developmental Biology is making waves in the field — receiving shout-outs on social media — and netted an award for the paper’s first author, Allan Carrillo-Baltodano, a doctoral candidate in biology at Clark.

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