Colgate University has joined the online learning platform edX as a contributing member, through a unique partnership with our liberal arts neighbor, Hamilton College. Colgate’s Douglas Hicks, provost and dean of faculty, and Kevin Lynch, chief information officer, discuss how this collaboration places Colgate at the forefront of utilizing online technologies to enhance our residential liberal arts mission. Read more
In the lead-up to this week’s national elections in Afghanistan, democracy advocate and former Afghan government official Nargis Nehan visited campus last month to deliver two Project Afghanistan lectures. Before addressing students, Nehan sat down with President Jeffrey Herbst to discuss the current state of Afghan politics, drug policy, the country’s position as a buffer between rival powers, America’s post-conflict role in Afghan redevelopment, and more.
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.
Twenty years ago, Susan Thomson, now a Colgate professor, was in Rwanda during the genocide that still shapes the narrative of that country. Her book — “Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Postgenocide Rwanda” (University of Wisconsin Press) — examines grassroots resistance to the postgenocide policies established by Rwandan government officials.
She discussed her book and her experiences in Rwanda during the height of the violence at one of several events organized by the Peace and Conflict Studies and the Africana and Latin American Studies programs.
Associate Professor of Biology Barbara Hoopes, who is recognized for her recent studies of how genetic variation affects different breeds of dogs, found herself in a different kind of spotlight this weekend as she took her love of dogs to a new setting — the Westminster Kennel Club’s first-ever master agility competition.
According to The New Republic, when a team uncovers the oldest known temple in the Roman world, it’s a Big Deal (caps intended). For Colgate archaeologist Albert Ammerman to be part of the discovery is a Really Big Deal.
Douglas Hicks, Colgate provost and dean of the faculty, announced Monday that the university’s Board of Trustees approved several tenure appointments and promotions for faculty members.
Colgate professor Peter Balakian’s essay about the villa where Nazi SS leaders made the plan to annihilate the Jews of Europe was published this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
The essay comes as events are scheduled around the world in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is January 27. That day recognizes the date that Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz death camp in Poland in 1945.
Editor’s Note: This post is by Colgate professor of physics and astronomy Jeff Bary, a West Virginia native who still has family there. He recently organized a campus series about central Appalachia and has extensive knowledge of the region. He is available for media inquiries at 315-228-7693 or email@example.com.
Sixteen percent. That is the percentage of the West Virginia population that went without usable water for five days when thousands of gallons of a chemical used to clean coal for different uses leaked into the Elk River in the state capital of Charleston.
Three hundred thousand residents and countless businesses across nine counties were under a “do not use” order that was partially lifted Monday. The leak’s immediate impact on the lives and communities of many central Appalachian people, and the unknown and potentially detrimental long-term health effects it poses, have garnered the attention of major news outlets.
Robert L. Hathaway, who taught at Colgate for 30 years and was a significant contributor to the campus community, died Thursday, December 19.
The Harrington and Shirley Drake Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures emeritus had books, articles and reviews published in Mexico, Spain, and England as well as in the United States.
The Colgate community made history on Friday, December 13, answering a Colgate Day challenge that raised more than $5.1 million in gifts and matching funds from 5,683 supporters.
“To our knowledge, this is the largest dollar amount and number of gifts collected in a single day by a liberal arts college,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement Murray Decock ’80.
An astronomer is born. When I was nine, a friend gave me a book about astronomy titled What’s Up There? by Dinah Moche, which I read countless times. My dad, a middle-school science teacher, encouraged me to pursue the subject. He organized a series of events celebrating Halley’s Comet’s last visit in 1986. I was hooked. Read more
Mandela memorial address by Jonathan Hyslop, professor of sociology and Africana and Latin American studiesDecember 13, 2013
(Note: Jonathan Hyslop, professor of sociology and Africana and Latin American studies, delivered these remarks December 12 at a celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela.)
I would like, on behalf of ALST, the program in Africana and Latin American studies, and its director, Professor Brian Moore, to welcome you to this gathering.
We are here today to celebrate the life of Nelson Rolihlhla Mandela. He was known to South Africans by his clan name Madiba.
This Friday, December 13, the Colgate community will put an exclamation point on the Year of ’13 with a Colgate Day celebration that reaches into hearts and homes around the world.
The day begins at 6 a.m. Eastern time, when WRCU-FM kicks off a full schedule of special programming. Listeners visiting wrcufm.com or tuning to 90.1 FM in Hamilton will be treated to shows hosted by alumni, faculty, staff, and students.
In November, Chemistry World, a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Europe’s largest organization for advancing the chemical sciences, published a story on a project that showed actinides, a series of metallic chemical elements, can form phi bonds.
“A greater understanding of the bonds involving these elements can lead to the reduction of waste that results from nuclear energy production. While this result on its own does not do this, it is part of a greater effort with this as the ultimate goal.”
DeWitt Godfrey, associate professor of art and art history at Colgate, was elected president of the College Art Association’s Board of Directors for a two-year term, beginning May 2014. The CAA is a highly regarded organization, and Godfrey’s colleagues stressed its importance.
“The decisions the CAA governance makes have an impact on thousands of people in the field, on the shape and direction of the academic disciplines, and sometimes even on national arts policy,” said Elizabeth Marlowe, assistant professor of art and art history at Colgate. Read more
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.
The Kallgren Fund, an endowed fund created to support faculty members at Colgate, has provided funding for four research projects involving faculty members from a wide range of disciplines.
The university’s Faculty Development Council, working with the Kallgren Committee, is administering this pilot program to fund faculty travel. After receiving additional support from President Jeffrey Herbst’s office, the four projects were approved.
The projects are:
R.M. (Ray) Douglas, professor of history at Colgate, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 George Louis Beer Prize for his book Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War (Yale Univ. Press, 2012).
The Beer Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) in recognition of outstanding historical writing in European international history since 1895. The prize will be awarded during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in January.
In a 15-minute segment that aired Sunday, Loe discusses the history and the effects of Viagra. She is the author of The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America, and has been a frequent contributor to media discussions about the subject.
“Steven has been serving in an interim capacity in these roles since July 1, and I am grateful to him for his willingness to take on this good work in a more permanent way,” said Hicks.