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Srinivasan Sitaraman stands in the doorway of his office at Clark
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
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,...
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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
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.
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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
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
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...
Timothy Downs, seated, in office, holding a water bottle
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
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
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
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...
Sara Cogan and artist Catherine Wilcox-Titus sits on stools and look over artwork placed on the kitchen counter
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
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
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’...
Sarah Michaels standing, with arms on hips
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
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...
Toni Armstrong stands and looks out a window
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...
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
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...
Donald Spratt standing with his research team of students in his lab
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,...
Robert Johnston standing on shore of lake
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
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...
Neva Meyer talks to students working in her lab
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...
Allan Carrillo-Baltodano and Neva Meyer pose in Meyer's lab
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.
Molly Gurney sits on a stone fence and points at a mountain in Thailand as a villager stands by
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
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.

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