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Back cover of Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal showing plant life
As a junior at Clark University last year, biology major and chemistry minor Christie Joyce ’16 wondered if there was another career path for her besides the obvious: laboratory research or medical school. And if there was, how could she gain the practical experience necessary to land a job? She turned to Michelle Bata...
Professor Taner Akçam portrait
Clark University History Professor Taner Akçam received the “Friend of the Armenians” award from the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) at a banquet of the Diocesan Assembly on April 29 in Cleveland. Hundreds of Armenian Church leaders from around the country attended. “It is deeply rewarding to be...
Academic Spree Day rare books
The words “handle with care” take on added meaning in the Introduction to Archival Research seminar taught by Meredith Neuman, associate professor of English, with Clark University archivist Fordyce Williams. The seminar's students research books that are not just historical in content but also in their physical forms,...
2016-17 Steinbrecher Fellows at Clark University
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:
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
  It was the extermination of entire tribes — the murder and displacement of millions, the theft of lands, the destruction of cultures. And yet, according to Yale professor Ned Blackhawk (pictured), the eradication of Native Americans in the United States and Canada over several centuries somehow escapes...
GIS image of gypsy moth movement mapped across United States
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...
Coastal flooding
Robert Johnston, Clark University professor of economics and director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute, shared insights into his research in a recent talk, “The Economics of Sea Level Rise, Coastal Vulnerability and Adaptation: Choices and Tradeoffs in New England.” 
Nancy Newman, associate professor of musicology at the University of Albany, speaking at Clark University.
The Geller Jazz Concert Series on April 6 included the virtuosity of trumpeter Tom Harrell, who performed in Razzo Hall, and a more discreet, though no less impactful, conversation in Dana Commons. Matt Malsky, dean of the college and professor of music, organized and hosted a panel of scholars who addressed the various...
Samantha Arsenault, graduate student at Clark University
Just months after graduating from Clark, Samantha Arsenault ’15 found a way to put her economics degree to good use. She conducted research with Associate Professor Laurie Ross to examine a daunting community problem: whether boys who witness or are victims of crimes in childhood may later be drawn to violence, criminal...
Clark University Harrington Lecture - election year politics are no party
Anger. Outrage. Distortion. These and other equally unpleasant words have shaped the vocabulary for the 2016 presidential campaign, three political scholars told a Clark University audience last week. And it will only get worse. The speakers were welcomed to Tilton Hall for the Harrington Lecture, sponsored by the...
Threespine stickleback fish
As a recipient on an $8.7 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Clark University will be a major participant in the world’s largest coordinated, multi-national project on the study of evolution. The research could fundamentally shift our understanding of the evolutionary process. The University will receive...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
Clark University will host Yale University professor Ned Blackhawk for a President’s Lecture, “Colonial Genocide in Native North America: Varying Methods and Approaches,” on Friday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Razzo Hall in the Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing Street, Worcester. This free, public lecture serves as...
Denise Hines of Clark University
Room 428 in the Massachusetts State House filled up quickly the morning of March 30 as legislators, educators, students and observers came to hear leading clinicians and researchers unpeel hard truths about the debilitating impact of drug use on a growing number of people, often the young.
Clark University Climate Change Teach-In
Despite the best efforts of citizens, much of how we respond to climate change is dictated by governments. "Unless we, as a species, figure out a way to conquer the politics of climate change, we are unlikely to deal well with the science," Jim Gomes, director of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, told the...
Clark University Professor of geography Karen Frey explains her research on Arctic sea ice and climate change at the Climate Change Teach-in, March 23, 2016.
Session One of Clark's Climate Change Teach-in 2016 on March 23 entailed several "new Earth conversations" framed by the question "What is changing, and why?" Faculty from many disciplines offered insights and perspectives on a variety of climate-change topics. Among the teach-in faculty was Karen Frey, associate...
Image of data mapping seasonal trends in vegetation in United States
An ongoing debate in the scientific community — one that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz and others have used to reject human-induced climate change — involves an apparent decade-long "hiatus" in global warming.
Researchers walking toward satellite dish in the forest
The work of the Marsh Institute is informed by a fundamental question: What is and ought to be our relationship with nature? The institute uses both fundamental and use-inspired research to help answer this question.
Image of the words how to motivate
A new study by researchers at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and Professor Laura Graves at Clark University's Graduate School of Management reveals that the most effective way to motivate managers is by providing "intrinsic rewards” such as psychological well-being, joy, learning, and fulfillment. 
Binary code image
Over the years, Clark’s computer servers have earned nicknames honoring Greek gods, Disney characters, and even some famous rappers. But when it came to tagging the university’s most powerful supercomputer cluster, the technology defied easy categorization. So it’s simply the “cluster” that churns through programs and...
Rob Drewell
From left, Professors John Gibbons, Jackie Dresch and Rob Drewell. To hear John Gibbons talk about bioinformatics, you’d think this trend in the sciences is relatively straightforward. "Historically, if you used a computer to analyze biological data, it was considered bioinformatics," he says. But Gibbons, an assistant...
Boston Harbor
  In old science fiction movies, invading aliens would warn the human race: "Resistance is futile." For coastal cities facing their own invading force — rising sea levels — resistance may indeed be futile, but resilience and creativity could be the keys not only to surviving, but thriving. That was the takeaway message...
Jonas Clark Hall - Clark University
On Leap Day in 2012, Clark University celebrated the official launch of its pioneering model for higher education known as LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice). Today, the first students to experience LEEP throughout their four years as "Clarkies" are preparing to graduate, making this February 29th seem an...
Pile of hundred dollar bills
Robert Boatright, Clark University associate professor of political science Robert G. Boatright, associate professor of political science at Clark University, is the editor of a collection of essays titled, "The Deregulatory Moment? A Comparative Perspective on Changing Campaign Finance Laws" (University of Michigan...
Adam Institute Director Tom Del Prete in a University Park Campus School
A unique group of schools in the Main South neighborhood, in close partnership with Clark University, is drawing attention for its laser-sharp focus on student needs. The Innovation Schools neighborhood partnership, the first such cluster in Massachusetts, offers a new approach that allows schools to operate with both...
When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries - Book Cover
Professor Deborah Merrill's new book, "When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries: A Guide for Parents"

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