President Barack Obama’s brief visit to Jamaica this week included time to chat with three excited students in the Colgate Jamaica Study Group.
Sohee Ryuk ’15 is one of just 50 students awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for a year of independent, purposeful exploration and travel outside of the United States on a self-designed topic of their choosing. Ryuk receives $28,000 for the 12-month fellowship beginning in July, 2015.
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In her eight years with Google, Debra LoCastro ’05 has risen from sales associate to university programs lead. She manages the student outreach team, helping students learn about career opportunities at Google.
She recently visited Colgate for a series of workshops and networking sessions with students. She took a moment to share her ideas on how the tech world, and companies like Google, find value in liberal arts degrees, like those offered at Colgate. Read more
It takes humans about 27 milliseconds (or less) — approximately one-tenth of the time it takes to blink your eyes — to comprehend the meaning, or “gist,” of a scene. Read more
Some students adjust to college easily and naturally, while others struggle and even falter. A new online non-credit “course,” comprised of 13 short videos made by Colgate faculty, is designed to minimize the mystery about what it takes to succeed. The series also includes many student-produced video responses featuring current students and alumni. Read more
Margaretta Burdick ‘14, of Bedford, N.Y., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Turkey, where she will serve as an English teaching assistant in a university setting.
A double major in political Science and psychology, Burdick first experienced Turkish culture during a brief trip to Istanbul while she was on Colgate’s Geneva Study Group, where she also did a major research paper on Turkey’s possible accession to the European Union.
Over spring break, Jessica Huang ’14 and Michael Manansala ’14 put the capstone on a research project that they’ve been working on for much of their Colgate careers. Traveling to Kansai, Japan, the seniors presented their research titled “Does observing or producing different types of hand gestures help second-language auditory learning of Japanese short and long vowels?” Read more
Douglas Johnson, associate professor of psychology, has received the 2014 Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching and Student Engagement. Faculty, staff, students, university trustees, and friends joined the celebration, which took place March 27 at the Colgate Inn.
Established through a gift from Mark Siegel ’73, the Balmuth Award recognizes a faculty member whose teaching is “distinctively successful and transformative.” It is named in honor of the legendary Jerry Balmuth, Harry Emerson Fosdick Professor of philosophy and religion emeritus.
In the last movement of her dance performance titled Wires, April Bailey ’14 (pictured in pink) breaks free from the group and moves independently — just as she’s demonstrated academically. Read more
Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Casey Sherman ‘14, of Vancouver, who is a psychology major.
Each day you see hundreds of different stimuli. You pay attention to certain environmental features, but not to others; some things change, and others stay constant. At the end of the day, you’re left with an array of memories. You’ll forget some details from the day, but other memories remain with you for future use.
My thesis research, supervised by Professor Douglas Johnson, is intended to explore several questions about memory. How does attention to experiences affect your memory of them? Are changes or consistency in the environment more readily remembered? Are changes in the environment processed differently depending how much attention you pay to them?
Several faculty members recently were awarded a major National Science Foundation (NSF) grant that will allow for interdisciplinary cooperation between the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program and provide students access to equipment usually not found in undergraduate research facilities.
Professors Bruce Hansen, Arnold Ho, Spencer Kelly, Carrie Keating, and Doug Johnson jointly applied for the grant through the NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program to obtain a state-of-the-art electroencephalography (EEG) system for use by faculty and students studying psychology and neuroscience.
The EEG system, which consists of electrodes that are placed on a person’s scalp, records brain waves. The system will integrate existing lines of behavioral research with neuroscience research measuring neuroelectric brain activation.
Hansen, associate professor of psychology, spearheaded the grant proposal.
“Having a shared EEG system will provide a common tool connecting a diverse range of department members and will facilitate both intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary work among researchers at Colgate that may not otherwise collaborate,” Hansen said.
For an article titled “The Evolution of Hand Gestures: Why Do Some Die Out and Others Endure?”, The Atlantic magazine contacted Spencer Kelly, associate professor of psychology, for his expertise on hand gestures.
The article examined two kinds of hand gestures. The first are “co-speech gestures”, unconscious ways we move our hands as we talk. Professor Kelly talked about the use of these kinds of hand gestures in Scientific American Magazine
“Emblematic gestures”, the second kind of hand gestures, are culturally codified motions we use to supplement or substitute speech—the peace sign, the thumbs-up, the raised middle finger, etc.
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
Thanks to newly awarded Watson Fellowships, two Colgate seniors will travel the globe next year to conduct research ranging from political accountability in countries like Egypt and Russia, to bias toward Gypsy populations in Europe.
The prestigious Watson Fellowship is a one-year $25,000 grant for independent study and travel outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors. Colgate University is one of 40 institutions of higher education participating in the Watson Fellowship program.
Srikar Gullapalli ’13, a math major from Bangalore, India, and Rebekah Ward ’13, a psychology and peace and conflict studies double major from Montreal, Canada, are two of just 40 announced Watson Fellowships for 2013-2014. Read more
Psychology professor Carrie Keating studies charisma, physical leadership qualities, and the facial features that suggest power as well as compassion. Last night, she watched the first of four presidential campaign debates for clues to how the candidates are being perceived by voters in the home stretch. Read more
At Colgate University, faculty teach all classes. The advantage of that for students becomes clear when it comes to research. Faculty in all departments and programs closely engage students in research projects – sometimes as early as sophomore year.
This summer, more than 100 undergraduates returned to Colgate to work one-on-one with faculty mentors on scholarly projects in all disciplines.
After Big Bird was bullied on a recent episode of Sesame Street because the other birds said that his feet were too big and he was too yellow to join their club, Jamie Ostrov ’99 was there to offer the muppets advice.
Professor Julia Martinez is looking forward to July 4, but it’s not necessarily because of the barbecues or fireworks. Actually, it’s what happens at those events that piques Martinez’s interest, because of their effect on her research. Martinez, assistant professor of psychology, studies drinking, specifically in the college-age group. Read more
This summer, student researchers working in psychology professor Deb Kreiss’ lab are getting a first-hand experience treating their own obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients — lab rats. Read more
This weekend, Marvee Gay Espiritu ’12 will return to campus to share her perspective on student life with incoming first-years enrolled in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) summer program. That perspective includes her opportunity to conduct intensive neuroscience research and developing a special mentorship with Jun Yoshino, associate professor of psychology. Espiritu herself had participated in the OUS program, and that experience is how she met Yoshino in the first place. Read more
When a businessman in the village of Hamilton had a question about how best to gauge employees’ abilities, he turned to a Colgate faculty member for advice.
That request has turned into an interesting collaborative project involving a student, a professor, and an innkeeper.
Kevin M. Carlsmith, a highly regarded Colgate professor and researcher who battled cancer for the past three years, died Nov. 19 in his boyhood home in California surrounded by members of his family. He was 44.
Interested in learning a new language?
If so, you may want to choose a teacher who talks with their hands.
A study conducted by Colgate University Associate Professor of Psychology Spencer Kelly and two Colgate undergraduate researchers, Tara McDevitt ’06 and Megan Esch ’07, reveals that people understand and remember foreign words better when a gesture is associated with them.