The Colgate greenhouse welcomed the opening of one of its most repulsive residents: the Voodoo Lily (a k a Devil’s Tongue and Amorphophallus konjac).
During winter break I discovered that working on an interdisciplinary research project in a foreign country is one of the most interesting ways to learn about a new culture.
Research that combines natural science, social science, and humanities is rare to find, but Colgate is a university where collaborations like this happen, and I was lucky enough to get involved. Using the Alumni Memorial Scholarship granted to me upon admission, I spent three weeks of my winter break in Ethiopia working with Professors Catherine Cardelus and Carrie Woods from the Department of Biology, Peter Klepeis and Peter Scull from the Department of Geography, and Eliza Kent from the Department of Religion, studying the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Forests.
Colgate’s full-semester study group at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., offers students a rare opportunity to conduct research at one of the world’s foremost institutions of health science and discovery.
Now in its 21st year, the Colgate NIH Study Group continues to be a wellspring of scientific achievement and learning, and remains the only one of its kind. A new series of videos provides a snapshot of this immersive program, with students sharing their experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by molecular biology major Brandon Fiegoli, of Bedford, NY.
Every day, you hear about an infamous disease called cancer. You are constantly reading about celebrities with breast cancer, kidney cancer, and many more. You may even have friends or family members fighting the disease. But what do you really know about cancer? Where does it come from? Why does it occur and how does it harm us?
Sometimes good science takes time, and when it comes to student-faculty connections and research at Colgate, there are never any time-limits. In one recent case, research conducted between 2006-2008 was recently published by three alumni who stayed in touch with Frank Frey, associate professor of biology and environmental studies, long after graduation.
A charismatic and larger-than-life personality, Robert Fullilove ’66 visited campus Friday to talk to students about his work in minority health and STD and HIV prevention. Read more
A new Mountain Lake PBS segment features the research of Colgate biology professor Tim McCay and four students who spent the summer studying invasive earthworms and their impact on native species in the Adirondacks.
“Its mission, to boldly go where few, if any, worm researchers have gone before; to seek out and identify earthworms of all kinds, wherever the professor and his intrepid students can find them,” said PBS host Ed Kanze.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-Barneveld, connected with the Colgate University community Monday, meeting with faculty, administrators, and students, discussing issues ranging from natural-gas fracking to political gridlock and the federal budget sequester.
After hearing Michael Hayes, professor of political science, describe Colgate’s Washington D.C. Study Group, Hanna immediately handed Hayes a business card and said he wants to meet with students when they travel to the nation’s capital for the spring 2014 semester.
Colgate students, who interned this summer at companies such as NBCUniversal, Hukkster, Nike, and Facebook, are sharing their experiences. This post is written by Joseph Spina ’14, who spent his summer with MedLabs Diagnostics.
This summer, I had the pleasure of interning as a lab assistant and technician in the Department of Genetics and Molecular Diagnostics at MedLabs Diagnostics in Cedar Knolls, NJ. MedLabs is the oldest privately owned clinical lab in New Jersey and serves about 1,000 patients per day from a four-state area.
Colgate students working with professor Jason Meyers for the past four years have been searching for the answer to why stem cells in certain parts of zebrafish, the same fish you might find at a local aquarium shop, regenerate when their sensory cells are damaged.
Because similar human cells do not regenerate, and their loss leads to permanent deafness, this work has implications for trying to understand how scientists might some day be able to promote regeneration in humans, Meyers said.
Colgate students, interning this summer at companies such as NBCUniversal, Hukkster, Nike, and Facebook, are sharing their experiences. This post is written by Malin Lilley ’15 at Dolphins Plus.
This summer, I am an animal care and training intern at Dolphins Plus, a research and education facility in Key Largo, Fla., that offers dolphin swims for the public. Dolphins Plus has a resident population of 12 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and one California sea lion.
Summer certainly means pool parties, lazy afternoons, and hot dogs on the grill. At Colgate, summer also means time for some serious research.
A sampling of about 150 students conducting summer research on campus presented their findings at the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center last week. The research on display spanned a wide range of disciplines, from biology and neuroscience to geology and sociology, to name a few.
Two interdisciplinary science research projects featuring collaborations among diverse faculty from Colgate and around the world will move forward with grants from the Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute at Colgate.
The projects support the core mission of the institute, which aims to foster the creation of new knowledge that is obtainable only through the development of sustained interdisciplinary research. Read more
Watch Colgate students Sebastian Sagramoso Haley ’15, Fareeza Islam ’14, Hugo Fausto Torres-Fetsco ’15, Sara DiMassimo ’14, and Saliha Moore ’14, put up drywall, spackle, paint, sand, and decorate an old barn, transforming it into a center of discovery at a local day-care center in this short video documentary by Torres-Fetsco.
The students, as part of biology professor Krista Ingram’s Community-based Study of Environmental Issues course this semester, converted part of a barn behind the Chenango Nursery School into a hands-on nature center designed to spark the curiosity of preschoolers.
“The whole idea behind the course is that the students do projects in the community,” Ingram said. “The amount of work they put in was absolutely phenomenal … they did a lot of research on New York state standards for what teachers would be looking for at different age groups, and they looked at other nature centers in the area. There’s sensory tables and stuffed animals. There’s a way of using what children love to help them understand science.”
(Editor’s note: This article was written by Alicia Klepeis)
Although the Ganges River is considered sacred and purifying to Hindus, pollution and damming have contaminated those beliefs, according to initial findings by Srikar Gullapalli ’13 and Brian Lemanski ’14. Previous scholarship has indicated that Hindus believe the river’s sanctity could not be fouled by human actions, but Gullapalli and Lemanski have found that the opposite is true. Read more
Provost and Dean of the Faculty Douglas A. Hicks recently announced faculty appointments and promotions that had been approved by the university’s Board of Trustees. Read more
Eric Taber ’13 imagined that a trek through the sprawling Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal (ACA) would be the best way to study the impact of ongoing road development in the region. Thanks to his Alumni Memorial Scholar fellowship, he was able to go there himself.
Taber, a biology and geography major from Cincinnati, Ohio, spent more than two weeks trekking 124 miles with his Nepali guide and translator. Their journey ranged from low-lying tropical areas to alpine elevations of 18,000 feet. Along the way, Taber interviewed more than 60 people about new road construction cutting through the ecologically diverse region.
Wading knee-deep in streams in nearby forests was a great change of scenery from working at lab tables. The class seemed to enjoy being able to get out in nature and examine firsthand the different species of organisms we have been studying in class. Read more
When Weston Testo ’12 arrived at Colgate in 2008, little did he know that he would form an exciting and professional bond with James “Eddie” Watkins, an assistant professor of biology hired that same year.
Thanks in part to their research and publication partnership, Testo received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). By all accounts, the award is the single most prestigious early-career accomplishment for a young biologist.
Ken Belanger, Raab Family Chair and associate professor of biology, has received another prestigious grant that builds on the biology department’s momentum and further expands the research opportunities on campus for undergraduate biology students. Read more
“Understanding the role that church forests play in the provision of ecosystem services is critical,” wrote Colgate biology professor Catherine Cardelús and two colleagues in a letter published in Science, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.
Two Colgate professors — Rebecca Miller Ammerman, classics, and Randy Fuller, biology — along with seven collaborative partners across the globe, received major research grants from Colgate’s Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute. Both projects, as envisioned by Harvey M. Picker ’36 when he established the institute in 2006, extend the reach and resources of Colgate faculty members so they can tackle scientific problems in creative new ways. Read more
It’s hard to imagine the common earthworm as an “alien invader,” but those near Colgate are not native to North America, and it’s been found that they could be harmful to the environment.