ResearchMatters Articles & Blogs

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.
Trump supporter holds sign saying "Teamsters 4 Trump"
January 25, 2018
As President Trump and other global leaders headed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, two international publications featured timely articles by Yuko Aoyama, associate provost, dean of research and professor of geography at Clark University, and three Clark geography alumni, examining the backlash against...
Molly Gurney sits on a stone fence and points at a mountain in Thailand as a villager stands by
January 24, 2018
The women of Na Nong Bong, a small village in northeastern Thailand, sell hand-woven scarves to sustain themselves and raise money for their local activist organization, Kon Rak Ban Keud (People Who Love Their Hometown). They do so with a distinct purpose: to protest a mining company they say is contaminating their...
Taner Akcam stands in front of bookcases in Rose Library
January 17, 2018
Turkey has always denied the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman government beginning in 1915. While decades of scholarly research has decisively established the systematic annihilation of Armenians, the scarcity of direct evidence has allowed the Turkish government to persist in its denial.
Sun setting over California coastline near the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve
January 16, 2018
Clark University geographers received a shout-out in a recent article in The Atlantic about a rare gift that will create a nature preserve on 24,000 pristine acres in California.
Michael Boyers and Christopher Arumainayagam watch Muhammad Kasule pour liquid into a scientific instrument in the laboratory
December 18, 2017
Muhammad Kasule ’18 is graduating from Clark University this December with multiple research experiences in hand, including one where he’s examining how life may form in outer space. “My research is centered on understanding how prebiotic molecules form in space,” Kasule says. “Prebiotic molecules are essentially the...
Olivia Barksdale sitting on a rock in the middle of a stream
December 8, 2017
Problems of Practice (POP) courses at Clark University allow undergraduate students to gain internship-like experience outside the classroom. This semester, students in Professor John Baker’s POP course on “Small-Scale Land Conservation in Massachusetts” connected not only with the great outdoors but with local...
Charline Kirongozi speaks to another student at Clark University's Fall Fest 2017
December 8, 2017
Charline Kirongozi ’18 brings multiple perspectives to her political science studies at Clark University. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who grew up in Portland, Maine, Kirongozi draws from her personal experiences while also learning from others. If there’s a common thread to her research, it’s that she...
Erika Schaper standing in the jungle in the Philippines
December 4, 2017
Since 1893, most biologists have accepted Dollo’s law, named for the Belgian paleontologist who hypothesized that evolution moves forward, never reversing. A living organism doesn’t regain a trait — an inherited characteristic, like a tail or limb – lost during its evolutionary development, Louis Dollo suggested. About...
Frank Abell reaches for a glass chemistry tube on a shelf
December 1, 2017
Frank Abell remembers the day his son visited his office on the first floor of Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center. Abell, Clark University’s laboratory manager/chemical safety officer, sat at his desk amid filing cabinets and boxes of supplies as students and professors rotated through. Undergraduates sought to buy white...
Four NOAA Fellows stand on campus green
November 9, 2017
Clark University’s 2017 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fellows returned to campus this fall after a summer of research in Massachusetts and Maryland. Their faculty mentors and other attendees honored the four undergraduates at a lunch this week on campus. Sponsored by Clark’s Mosakowski Institute...
Sun-Hee Gertz, right, stands and poses with her husband, Uwe Gertz
November 9, 2017
“Since third grade, I knew I would be a professor. I just didn't know of what. In fact, I didn't know which field would become my area of specialization until my first year of Ph.D. studies. Moving from chemistry to philosophy to art to literature, I finally decided on comparative literature with a focus on Western...
Sweta Basnet standing near a building in Nepal
November 1, 2017
Two years after twin earthquakes struck central Nepal, the country is still feeling the aftereffects. Thousands of residents are living in temporary shelters, and communities are working to rebuild hospitals, roads and other infrastructure. About Sweta Basnet ’18 Majors: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Spanish Hometown...
Jia Wei, at left, pointing at scientific instruments, with Micheal Kebede observing
October 26, 2017
As an undergraduate majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, Michael Kebede ’18 has spent his time at Clark University immersed in his element. He’s had the opportunity to conduct research in several laboratories on campus, and this summer, as a LEEP Fellow, he interned with Dr. Jia Wei, Ph.D. ’15, a research...
Father at left talking to teen son at right
October 24, 2017
Across two different cultures — Ghana and the United States — when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, youth have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, with less depression. Yet allowing adolescents to make decisions and...
Alex Jeannotte speaks behind podium in classroom
October 18, 2017
How many Clarkies does it take to launch a historically significant, community-oriented exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum? At least 20, for sure. For nearly four years, History Professor Janette Greenwood, along with undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, dove deep into researching century-old photos from...
Charlotte Maxwell, in shadow, standing at podium, with screen behind her that shows old photo of Perkins family in Worcester
October 16, 2017
The Dillon family sits for a portrait in their home in Worcester’s Beaver Brook neighborhood. It’s 1904, and their neighbor, a photographer named Charles Bullard, perches behind the camera. This 1904 photograph of the Dillon family of Worcester appears in the Worcester Art Museum's current exhibition of William Bullard's...
Janette Greenwood stands behind student Toni Armstrong and Alice Dillon, who are seated, as they look over photos laid out on the table at the Worcester Art Museum
October 12, 2017
For several months last spring, students in a Problems of Practice history seminar at Clark University painstakingly dug through genealogical records and worked with descendants to unlock the mysteries behind turn-of-the-century photographs of African-Americans and Native Americans in Worcester. This fall, their research...
Colin Sterling - Clark University
October 2, 2017
When Dr. Richard Pietras ’69 was a biology student at Clark University, he achieved two firsts that launched his lifetime of research: his first federal funding, a National Science Foundation undergraduate student grant, and his first scientific report, in neurobiology. “The study was focused on the potential role of...
Christie Joyce - Clark University
October 2, 2017
As an undergraduate biology major and chemistry minor at Clark University, Christie Joyce ’16, M.S.’17, worked in research laboratories on campus. She wanted to explore career options besides academia and research, as well as address a gap at Clark, so she founded a research journal managed, edited, designed and produced...
Laura Faulkner and Madelyn Bowers - Clark University
October 2, 2017
When Laura Faulkner ’10, M.P.A. ’11, reviews her list of Clark University mentors, it’s a series of dotted lines that eventually led her to her current role as a community engagement manager for Opportunity@Work’s TechHire initiative. The nonprofit social enterprise, based in Washington, D.C., pursues its mission to “...
Older man on his knees, cutting his lawn with scissors
September 28, 2017
In the spring of 1999, Paul Robbins feared he would become what he most dreaded: a “lawn person.” He had just bought a house in Columbus, Ohio, complete with a spread of turfgrass. One day, his neighbor leaned over the backyard fence, pointed to the purple-flowered ivy threatening to overtake Robbins’ lawn and proclaimed...
Stock photo of beautiful manicured flower garden and lawn
September 28, 2017
Some homeowners take pleasure in their yards. For others, the grass is always greener elsewhere. Undergraduate and graduate students working as part of Clark University’s Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) Program several years ago interviewed homeowners in the suburbs north of Boston to uncover how people...

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