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Studying the effects of immigration on U.S. workforce

August 28, 2015
Colgate University economics professor Chad Sparber

Photo by Andrew Daddio

The immigration debate has caused concern that foreign workers could out-compete U.S.-born applicants, reduce wages, and even discourage Americans from seeking science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Using a $128,640 grant from the National Science Foundation, Associate Professor of Economics Chad Sparber and faculty from four colleges will study the impact that foreign-born workers with advanced degrees have on wages and employment at U.S. firms.

For years, firms have used the federal H-1B program to hire highly educated immigrants, who usually have backgrounds in STEM fields. The U.S. government grants a temporary work permit, allowing firms to tap a labor force that for years has helped to foster innovation, which generates positive effects on wage and employment growth, according to Sparber.

“These are the types of workers responsible for creating new growth-promoting technologies that create positive spillovers into other sectors of the economy,” he said. “Think about all the technologies that help us do our jobs more effectively that didn’t exist ten years ago — many of those advancements would not have been possible without H-1B workers.”

But others worry over the potential drawbacks of using foreign workers. The project will examine these issues. Research has begun by examining data that are free and open to the public. But information on wages, profits, employment, and expenses at firms is confidential and available only through the U.S. Census Bureau. Access requires visiting any of the 19 Research Data Centers across the nation.

“This grant allows us to do more ambitious work — helping to support travel required for accessing restricted-use data, for example,” Sparber said. “We would not be able to do this project without NSF support.”

Through the years, experts who studied migration focused on illegal immigration or workers with high school degrees or lesser education. Personnel with advanced degrees were largely ignored.

“Many people were missing the fact that foreign-born workers also make up a sizable portion of the U.S. labor force with a bachelor’s degree or more education,” Sparber said.

“The foreign-born share of workers with a graduate degree has grown from about eight percent in 1970 to twenty percent today,” he said. “Immigrants were responsible for seventy-seven percent of the STEM employment growth between 1990 and 2000 and more than half of the total growth from 2000 to 2010. It is really interesting — and important — to ask how those trends and figures are affecting the broader economy.”

The grant will fund their work for two years. But, said Sparber, a project isn’t finished until the papers are published: “In economics, the time between the inception of an idea and the publication of a paper can last several years. It is hard to say how long this project will take, but it is the top research priority for everyone on the team.”

Adam Basciano ’16: Interning with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

July 20, 2015

Adam Basciano, originally from Randolph, N.J., is living and working in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Editor’s note: In this series, Colgate students share stories about their summer experiences in offices, labs, and open spaces across the world.

Just following the July 4 holiday, I began my summer internship working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, under the minority leadership of Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. The past two weeks have truly offered many amazing and, at times, surreal experiences here on Capitol Hill.

Upon our arrival, the three other interns and myself were assigned to senior committee staff members based on our interests and previous experiences. As an international relations major with a focus on the Middle East, and having just returned from a semester abroad in Jerusalem, Israel, I was very excited to learn that I would be working with the Middle East and North Africa team.

While the recently announced Iran nuclear deal seems to have taken over every agency and think tank in the city, there are other topic areas relevant to the region that I have been able to explore. Each week, I sit in on meetings with policy makers and Middle Eastern representatives on matters ranging from Tunisia’s growing democracy to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

With regards to the Iranian deal reached in Vienna, Austria, last week, it has certainly made coming into work that much more exciting and dynamic. Between attending events on and off the hill and preparing the committee staff and senators for our first hearing on the issue this week, I have definitely been kept busy.

At this important and historic juncture for our country and the international community, I am extremely grateful to be in our nation’s capital working on these important issues. I am also very appreciative of the support from Colgate and our Center for Career Services, as well as the countless courses that have prepared me for this opportunity.

[More: Read Professor Nina Moore’s take on the Iranian Deal]

Susan Price ’16 presents at UN Human Rights Council

July 8, 2015

Susan-price-2_WEBIt’s almost unheard of for an undergraduate student to present a statement at a United Nations (UN) session. Yet, Susan Price ’16 has done so not just once, but twice. Most recently, on June 18, Price presented at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Read more

This week on campus: from art to Afghanistan

March 31, 2015
Artist Alexis Rockman, who collaborated with director Ang Lee on Life of Pi, will speak in Golden Auditorium on Wednesday at 4:30. This piece is Newtown Creek 2014, oil on wood, 68x108"

Artist Alexis Rockman, who collaborated with director Ang Lee on the film Life of Pi, will speak in Golden Auditorium this Wednesday at 4:30. This piece is Newtown Creek 2014, oil on wood, 68×108″

Before Passover and Easter celebrations, here are some of the campus events you won’t want to miss this week. Read more

Admiral James Stavridis, former NATO commander, advocates use of ‘smart power’

March 14, 2015
Retired Admiral James Stavridis speaks at Love Auditorium.

Retired Admiral James Stavridis speaks at Love Auditorium. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

Centering his presentation on the idea of “building bridges rather than walls,” retired Admiral James Stavridis spoke about current challenges to global security and opportunities for international collaboration during his recent visit to Colgate.
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Noh performance shows glimpse of ancient Japanese culture

February 26, 2015
Yamai Tsunao,

Yamai Tsunao leads a workshop in Noh theater, a Japanese drama that is one of the oldest theatrical forms in the world. Photo by Nick Gilbert

The curtain in Brehmer Theater opened to reveal Yamai Tsunao kneeling under a single spotlight on stage. He was dressed in a stiff, dark-colored Hakama costume, and his only prop was a brightly colored fan. He sang in a deep, full voice, moving through a series of deliberate, careful gestures.

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Colgate Speaking Union offers students ways to learn and grow on a global stage

February 8, 2015
The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

The Colgate Model UN Society competed in Peru last month.

Colgate students earned three awards, including outstanding small delegation, as one of just three schools from the United States to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations of Latin America in Peru last month.

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Anna Kosa ’14 brings international relations background to UN job in Nepal

January 27, 2015
Anna Kosa '14

Anna Kosa ’14 is working for the United Nations in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Anna Kosa ’14, an international relations major, is again using her Colgate education as a springboard for travel and career opportunities. She is currently working for the United Nations Development Program in Kathmandu, Nepal. You can read about her newest adventure on her blog.
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Young alumnae in film and media careers talk about life after Colgate

April 10, 2014

“[A] cosmic Colgate connection is how I found myself working [in the film industry after college],” remarked Carolina van der Mensbrugghe ’10 during a Film and Media Studies Brown Bag luncheon last Friday. Read more

Arnoldas Pranckevicius ’02 discusses Ukrainian crisis

April 7, 2014
Pranckevicius at the Cambridge Baltic Conference 2013 last fall

Pranckevicius at the Cambridge Baltic Conference 2013 last fall

“So far, the reaction of [the international community] has been too slow and too timid and too little,” Arnoldas Pranckevicius ’02 asserted in his lecture “Ukrainian Crisis: A Key Challenge to the European Security Order.” Read more

Colgate faculty members share knowledge of Ukraine, Russia in timely panel discussion

March 4, 2014

As events in Ukraine unfold at a rapid pace, Colgate faculty members with expertise in the region are bringing the latest issues to the forefront in the classroom and special panel discussions.

The video above is from a session held February 26 titled Conflagration in Ukraine.

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Summer internship blog series: Students become advocates at the United Nations

August 23, 2013
(Left to right) Elise Van Gelder ’15, Sam Linnerooth ’14, and Charity Whyte ’16 at the United Nations in New York City.

(Left to right) Elise Van Gelder ’15, Sam Linnerooth ’14, and Charity Whyte ’16 at the United Nations in New York City.

Colgate students, interning this summer at companies such as NBCUniversal, Hukkster, Nike, and Facebook, are sharing their experiences. This post is written by Charity Whyte ’16, with contributions from fellow interns Sam Linnerooth ’14 and Elise Van Gelder ’15 — they spent their summer at the United Nations.

Elise and I spent the summer in New York City, interning at the United Nations (UN). We worked for the Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Ageing to the UN under the coordination of Gray Panthers. This intergenerational education and advocacy organization, chaired by Jack Kupferman ’77, is dedicated to achieving social and economic justice and peace for all people.

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13 undergraduate summer research projects at Colgate

July 13, 2013
Research happens all year-round at Colgate. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Research happens all year-round at Colgate. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

In celebrating the Year of ‘13, we are posting a story or list that pertains to our lucky number on the 13th of each month. This month, we’ve compiled a list of summer research projects. There are more than 100 students on campus conducting research, including some who just finished their first year at Colgate, so this is only a small sampling of the academic work happening right now on campus. (See a complete list.)

1) Faith Benson ‘14, international relations major, is working with Bruce Rutherford, associate professor of political science.
Project: The Effect on Gender Roles in Human Trafficking in the Middle East

2) Joshua Hair ‘14, geography, is working with Peter Scull, associate professor of geography.
Project: Church Forests in Ethiopia: A Land Cover Change Analysis Using Historical Aerial Photography

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Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers Global Leaders lecture

May 20, 2013
Hillary Clinton

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former secretary of state and U.S. senator from New York

Update: Click here for details on the speech.

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York, will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. She will address the university community on Friday, October 25, in Sanford Field House. For more information, visit colgate.edu/globalleaders.

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Israeli ambassador Ido Aharoni talks about politics and innovation at Colgate

April 17, 2013

Ambassador Ido Aharoni, consul general of Israel, visited campus recently to talk about his Middle East politics as well as his nation’s leadership in business innovation. At Colgate, both subjects always draw a crowd. Read more

Former Mexico President Felipe Calderón delivers Global Leaders lecture

April 13, 2013
Felipe Calderón

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón (right) answers a question from Colgate President Jeffrey Herbst at the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Colgate keeps finding memorable and educational ways to mark the 13th.

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Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón to deliver next Global Leaders lecture

February 22, 2013
Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico

Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón will deliver the next lecture in the Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate on Saturday, April 13. His public remarks will begin at 5 p.m. in Colgate Memorial Chapel and serve as a capstone for Spring Family Weekend, which begins on April 12.

Calderón served as the 56th president of Mexico, holding office from 2006 until 2012. Today, he is the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Colgate first-year asks Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer about Mideast peace

October 25, 2012

When Jake Lightman ’16 attended a lunchtime talk with Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to both Israel and Egypt, he wanted to know why the Middle East peace process has stalled, and why the Arabs seem to suffer the blame.

“So I asked him,” Lightman said without a touch of irony.

Such a thing is de rigeur at Colgate. During Lightman’s first semester alone more than a dozen internationally known authors, historians, and diplomats have held small-group gatherings with students and addressed their questions directly. Next month, Salman Rushdie will speak with the English department’s International Living Writers class about his life and his new memoir Joseph Anton. Rushdie, the author of 16 books, lived in hiding for a decade after Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini sentenced him to death.

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Professor Jacob Mundy on militia politics in Libya

September 13, 2012

Prof. Jacob Mundy in Zintan, Libya

Jacob Mundy, assistant professor of peace and conflict studies at Colgate, called the Sept. 11 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi and the resulting death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens a “rude wake-up call to the coalition of states that was too-quick to say ‘mission accomplished’ following their humanitarian intervention last year.” Read more

Colgate helped prepare spy for the Cold War

March 30, 2012
Justin Jackson ’78

Justin Jackson ’78

Every day for 26 years, Justin Jackson ’78 may have been “someone else” — but he was still a Colgate alumnus.

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Fellowship applicants lauded for intellectual curiosity

May 6, 2011

Students who applied for nationally competitive fellowships this past academic year were recognized for their intellectual curiosity and global engagement at a recent celebration in the Ho Science Center.

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Colgate among top Fulbright producers

December 1, 2010

Every year, 600 colleges and universities submit applications for Fulbright fellowships. When the Chronicle of Higher Education published the program’s list of top producers this fall, Colgate tied for eighth place among bachelor’s institutions.

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President Bill Clinton offers wide-ranging address

October 29, 2010

video iconPresident Bill Clinton addressed a crowd of 5,000 students and their families, faculty and staff, and community members in Sanford Field House Friday night as part of The Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate.

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President Bill Clinton to deliver next Global Leaders lecture

May 24, 2010

Clinton_BillJPG.jpg(Due to an overwhelming response, all tickets for the lecture have been reserved. Should tickets become available, they will be distributed the day of the lecture at will call, located at the entrance to Sanford Field House.)

President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will visit campus in October for the next edition of The Kerschner Family Series Global Leaders at Colgate.

President Clinton is scheduled to give a public talk at 7 p.m. Friday, October 29, in Sanford Field House. More details about the lecture, including ticket information, will be released at a later date.

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Kasparov scolds Putin government in campus talk

April 12, 2010

video iconFormer world chess champion Garry Kasparov, in what he said was his first speech at an American university, lambasted Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and spelled out his opposition coalition’s efforts to create a “true democracy” in Russia.

Kasparov spoke Friday in Memorial Chapel and took part in a panel discussion the next day called Chess Champion of the World vs. the Machine: The Inside Story.

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