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Professor Mary Moran facilitates anthropological conference on Ebola

November 25, 2014
Colgate University Professor Mary Moran

Mary Moran, the 2014 AAUP Professor of the Year, recently helped organize an anthropology conference on Ebola in Washington. She’s pictured here speaking last year at an event for Colgate’s Model African Union — another arena in which Moran lends her expertise. Photo by DeCarlo Brown

In light of the Ebola outbreak that spiked last summer, Professor Mary Moran and more than 20 other anthropologists recently met with policy makers in Washington, D.C., to advise organizations assisting with containment efforts. Read more


Professor DeWitt Godfrey’s giant sculpture Odin fuses arts and sciences

November 21, 2014
A Colgate alum stands on scafolding during the construction of Professor DeWitt Godfrey's newest sculpture, Odin.

Chase Jackson ’13 stands atop scaffolding during the installation of DeWitt Godfrey’s Odin. (Photo by DeWitt Godfrey)

A confluence of art, engineering, and mathematics led to the creation of Colgate Professor DeWitt Godfrey’s latest sculpture, Odin, a giant steel structure now nestled in the courtyard between Olin Hall and the Robert H.N. Ho Science Center.

The sculpture shares a name with the ruler of Norse gods for a reason. Godfrey’s Odin weighs in at 13 tons, was cut from 38,000 pounds of steel, is 40-feet in diameter, and is composed of 240 unique conic sections, called frustums, held together at 2,500 individual points.

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Professor Nancy Ries curates essays about Ukraine-Russia war for Cultural Anthropology

November 10, 2014
Soldier and Child, Soldier and Child at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Kiev. (Photo by André Simonyi)

Soldier and Child, Soldier and Child at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, Kiev. (Photo by André Simonyi)

Nancy Ries, professor of anthropology and peace and conflict studies, recently curated a collection of short essays in a series titled “Ukraine and Russia: The Agency of War” for Cultural Anthropology, the top journal in the field.

The journal’s editors-in-chief invited Ries to edit this collection of essays that appeared in the journal’s “Hot Spots” forum.

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Music professor Zhou Tian makes appearance on APM’s Performance Today

November 5, 2014
Assistant Professor of Music Zhou Tian stands by piano

Assistant Professor of Music Zhou Tian

Music professor Zhou Tian’s work “Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs” will air on American Public Media’s Performance Today during the month of November.

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Professor Jeff Bary among group of international astronomers published in Nature magazine

November 5, 2014
This is an artist’s impression of the triple star system GG Tau A

An artist’s impression of GG Tau A.    (Photo courtesy of L. Calcada from EDO)

An international collaboration of astronomers that includes Jeff Bary, Colgate associate professor of physics and astronomy, has published an article about the discovery of a “planet-forming lifeline” in a nearby triple-star system in the journal Nature.

Using the recently commissioned Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) located in the Atacama desert in Chile, the group, led by Anne Dutrey of the Observatoire de Bordeaux in France, found direct evidence of material passing from a large outer disk of material inward toward a smaller, inner disk surrounding the singleton star in the system. Read more


Professor Ahmet Ay and students merge biology, math, and computer science in published papers

November 4, 2014
Colgate Professor Ahmet Ay

Professor Ahmet Ay worked with students on two different academic papers published in the journal Development. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

When Jack Holland ‘13, Adriana Sperlea ‘14, and Sebastian Sangervasi ’14 first began studying zebrafish with Assistant Professor of Biology and Mathematics Ahmet Ay, they probably never thought they’d end up published in one of the country’s most well-known biology journals.

But that’s exactly what happened.

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Halloween treat: Professor writes about how zombies would impact economy

October 31, 2014

Colgate Assistant Professor of Economics Michael O’Hara has contributed a ghoulish chapter to Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science, a recently published book that takes an academic approach to some of the favorite horror traditions of film land.

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Professor R.M Douglas’s book about expulsion of Germans wins international accolade

October 30, 2014

Earlier this month, Professor of History R.M. Douglas flew to Germany to accept a prestigious honor for his book Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War.

Awarded by the German Cultural Forum for Eastern Europe, the Georg Dehio Book Prize is funded by the German government and honors exemplary scholarly or literary work that addresses the themes of shared culture and history of the German people and their Eastern neighbors.
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Colgate’s experimentation with drones highlighted in Chronicle, Huffington Post

October 29, 2014
The Class of 2018, taken from the drone

A photo of the Class of 2018, taken from a drone.

In a Huffington Post story titled “10 Uses of Drones in Higher Education,” marketer Vala Afshar highlights Colgate University’s innovative use of a drone to capture the activity and spirit of the 2013 move-in day, when first-year students arrive on campus.

Here’s the video from that day, captured by a GoPro camera attached to a drone:

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Two faculty perspectives on ebola

October 3, 2014

Two recent talks by Colgate professors give some context to the ebola outbreak response from two angles, one by a virologist examining the nature of epidemics, and the other from a perspective of government response, specifically in Liberia.

Mary Moran

Mary Moran

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National Science Foundation grants foster faculty research

September 12, 2014
Professor Michael Loranty was among several Colgate professors in Siberia photo by Logan Burner I've also included a photo of thawing permafrost (which is relevant to the proposal), the person under the bug jacket is me and the photo was taken in Siberia by Logan Berner. studies permafrost

Geography professor Michael Loranty studies permafrost in Siberia. Loranty was one of several Colgate professors who recently received an NSF grant. Photo by Logan Berner

Professors researching a wide array of subjects — from privacy software to fieldwork in the Galapagos — recently received National Science Foundation grant awards totaling $1,328,055. Read more


New faculty scholars enrich campus culture

September 10, 2014

Colgate campus
As the fall semester kicks into gear with this first full week of classes, the first-year students are not the only new faces in Colgate classrooms. Douglas Hicks, provost and dean of the faculty, recently introduced the campus to new faculty scholars whose “dynamism and enthusiasm” will help to enrich the Colgate experience for students and faculty colleagues alike.

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Professor Michael Johnston, Bertram Levine ’63 co-write Washington Post op-ed about corruption

September 9, 2014
Michael Johnston collaborating with Srikar Gullapalli

Michael Johnston is seen collaborating with Srikar Gullapalli ’13.

Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana professor of political science, has been collaborating with Bertram Levine ’63, now a political science professor at Rutgers, for decades. The two scholars recently co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post called “Making campaign contributions anonymous.

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Founders’ Day convocation address by Professor Ray Douglas

August 29, 2014

(Note: This is the Founders’ Day convocation address delivered by Ray Douglas, professor of history, on August 27 in Memorial Chapel.)

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Professor Bruce Hansen looks at the ability to process a scene

August 29, 2014
Bruce Hansen, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience

Bruce Hansen, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience

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


Professors team up to show Colgate first years The ’Gate Way

August 15, 2014

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


Professors lead “Atheism and Other Theisms” workshop for local teachers

August 7, 2014
Professor Patrick Riley leads a humanities worksop in the Case-Geyer Library for local high school teachers. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Professor Patrick Riley leads an arts and humanities workshop for local high school teachers. Photo by Andrew Daddio

Fill a room with teachers, hand them philosophical texts and pose centuries-old questions about the nature of spirituality and religion, and the conversation is bound to get interesting. Read more


Chemistry professor Anthony Chianese gets NSF grant for solar energy research

July 25, 2014
Melissa Barnard '15 and Tia Cervarich '16 work in the lab of Professor Anthony Chianese.

Melissa Barnard ’15 and Tia Cervarich ’16 work in the lab of Professor Anthony Chianese.

Colgate chemistry professor Anthony Chianese recently received a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his research into how to convert solar energy into a liquid transportable form like methanol or ethanol.

Chianese and his student researchers are attempting to develop catalysts for chemical reactions that use the sun’s energy to convert low-energy chemical compounds into high-energy compounds that can be used as fuels, regardless of the sun’s strength and presence on a given day.

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Cancer research leads to publication and honors for Colgate students

June 28, 2014
Changchang Liu '15, works with biology Professor Engda Hagos on cancer research during a 2014 summer internship.

Changchang Liu ’15, works with biology professor Engda Hagos on cancer research during her summer internship. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Two Colgate students and their professor have been published in The Journal of Molecular Carcinogenesis for new research into the regulatory processes that maintains genomic stability, which is impaired in cancer cells. This could one day lead to new treatments.

Changchang Liu ’15, Stephen La Rosa ‘13 and Assistant Professor of Biology Engda Hagos received a grant from the Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute at Colgate. Liu is the first author on the published paper, which Hagos says is huge for a student.

“In this field, it takes at least two or three, sometimes four, years to publish one paper. It’s not easy,” Hagos said.

For her published research, Liu was also one of 10 students nationwide to be awarded a Meritorious Honor at the ninth annual Undergraduate Students Caucus and Poster Competition of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Liu cited making new findings as the most exciting part of her research. “Doing the research and making this discovery is kind of like discovering a secret, like a treasure, that only you know, literally, because you just discovered it.”

In addition to Liu’s earlier research, she is now on campus for her third summer in a row working with Hagos. Under the mentorship of Hagos, Liu and two other students, Margaret Wolsey ’17 and Matt Szuchnicki ’15, are studying autophagy, a process by which a cell eats itself so that it can recycle its nutrients. This process has been implicated in many human diseases including cancer.

“He’s very patient and he really cares how you feel about your project,” Liu said about Hagos. “He makes sure you understand what you’re doing and the concepts behind what you are studying, which really helps me grow as a researcher. The close interaction is what made many of the ideas and the entire project possible.”

Liu will go straight from her research in the lab at Colgate to the world-renowned campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. As part of the Colgate NIH Study Group, Liu will take classes and study cancer cell multi-drug resistance in an NIH laboratory.

Hagos remarked, “She’s doing something important. She is one step ahead.”


Colgate Writers’ Conference fosters inspiration and camaraderie

June 26, 2014
Photo by Andrew Daddio

Faculty and participants engaged in lively discussion during daily workshops. Photo by Andrew Daddio

For Katie Rice ’13, last week’s 19th Annual Colgate Writers’ Conference served as a chance to escape noisy New York City and focus on her writing in the summer serenity of Hamilton.

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Professor Susan Thomson co-writes New York Times op-ed about Rwanda

June 17, 2014
Susan Thomson studies and writes about Rwanda at Colgate

Susan Thomson studies and writes about Rwanda as part of her research at Colgate.

Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies Susan Thomson held numerous events this past semester that examined the genocide in Rwanda that happened 20 years ago.

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Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute provides second round of funding to researchers

June 6, 2014
Sacred forest around Ethiopian church.

Researchers are investigating whether and how cultural and religious stewardship of sacred forests reduces negative impacts on these compromised ecosystems.

A second year of funding provided by the Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute at Colgate will allow faculty researchers to further their exploration of the cultural and religious stewardship of sacred forest ecosystems in Ethiopia.

Damhnait McHugh, director of the institute, announced the award to Colgate professors Catherine Cardelús (biology), Eliza Kent (religion), Peter Klepeis (geography), Peter Scull (geography), and Carrie Woods (biology). They are collaborating with Izabela Orlowska and Alemayehu Wassie Eshete, both of Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.

The $90,000 research award will allow the researchers to continue their assessment of Ethiopian forests maintained as sacred sites around Christian Orthodox Tewahido churches.

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Colgate professors create video about benefits of liberal arts education

June 5, 2014

Colgate professors Spencer Kelly and Yukari Hirata have produced the first in what will be a new series of videos designed to communicate the broad societal benefits of a liberal arts education, as well as the particular ways Colgate students learn and grow.

This first episode of the Looking Through the Liberal Arts series addresses “How Learning a Language Transforms You.” Read more


Colgate’s Roger Rowlett named to lead Council on Undergraduate Research

June 4, 2014

Colgate professors are not only beloved by students and alumni of Colgate, they often are chosen to lead their professional organizations. That honor has most recently come to chemistry professor Roger Rowlett, who has been elected to serve as president of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for 2015–2016.

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Professor Chad Sparber releases more research on H-1B visa program

May 30, 2014

As debate over immigration policy continues in the nation’s capital and across the country, research by Colgate professor Chad Sparber and two colleagues continues to add to the dialogue.

In 2013, Sparber began research showing that an increase in H-1B visas — a program for U.S. companies to bring in skilled immigrants — did not harm U.S. workers or the U.S. economy.

In fact, the research found that “inflows of foreign H-1B workers may explain between 30% and 50% of the aggregate productivity growth… that took place in the US between 1990 and 2010.”
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