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Colgate seniors present research to leading scholars in Japan

April 16, 2014
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Jessica Huang ’14 and Michael Manansala ’14 presented their research at Kobe University in Japan and also had time for some independent travel.

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


Psychology professor Douglas Johnson receives 2014 Balmuth teaching award

April 10, 2014
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Douglas Johnson, associate professor of psychology, is the recipient of the 2014 Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching and Student Engagement. (Photo by Alice Virden-Speer)

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.

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Sunday’s performance by Empire Brass will feature composition by Professor Zhou Tian

April 4, 2014
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Han Gan’s Night-Shining White painting depicts a Chinese legend that inspired Professor Zhou Tian’s latest composition. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY

Empire Brass, an internationally known quintet, will perform Professor Zhou Tian’s newest composition this Sunday, April 6, at 3:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

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Atomic Bomb class participates in Twitter play

April 2, 2014

advent of the atomic bombFrom building a bomb to acting as historical figures involved in the Manhattan Project through a “Twitter play,” students in the Advent of the Atomic Bomb class have been embracing science and technology — and connecting with alumni along the way. Read more


Colgate’s Picker Interdisciplinary Science Institute funds two more research projects

March 24, 2014
Colgate professor Jonathan Levine and his collaborators are designing a novel mass spectrometer to try to better determine the ages of rocks on Mars.

Colgate professor Jonathan Levine and his collaborators are designing a novel mass spectrometer to try to better determine the ages of rocks on Mars.

Two interdisciplinary science research projects featuring collaborations among faculty from Colgate and from around the world have been awarded funding by 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.

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Major grants, Picker Research Fellowships help to support discovery at Colgate

March 12, 2014
Engda Hagos, assistant professor of biology, works with students in his lab.

Engda Hagos, assistant professor of biology, works with students in his lab.

Major grants and Picker Research Fellowship awards for 2014-15 are funding dozens of faculty research projects both on and off campus, with subjects ranging from Middle English punctuation to Russian climate science to the creation of an experimental documentary.

For biology professor Endga Hagos, his major grant funding will help continue research into the workings of the cancer-suppression gene Kruppel-like factor 4, a known tumor suppressor that plays a major role in the prevention of colon cancer.

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Provost Douglas Hicks, CIO Kevin Lynch answer questions about ColgateX

March 6, 2014
Douglas Hicks, provost and dean of faculty, and Kevin Lynch, chief information officer, see great potential in the ColgateX platform. (Photo by Erica Hasenjager)

Douglas Hicks (left), provost and dean of faculty, and Kevin Lynch, chief information officer, see great potential in the ColgateX platform. (Photo by Erica Hasenjager)

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


President Jeffrey Herbst interviews Afghanistan’s Nargis Nehan

March 4, 2014

In the lead-up to next month’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.

Watch a clip above, then visit our YouTube channel for the full interview. 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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Q&A with Vijay Ramachandran, associate professor of computer science

February 27, 2014

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Vijay Ramachandran
, associate professor of computer science, simplifies his complicated work in an intriguing way. Read more


Professor Susan Thomson reflects on 20th anniversary of Rwanda genocide

February 21, 2014

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.

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Voodoo Lily blooms (and smells rotten) in the Colgate greenhouse

February 13, 2014

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).

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Colgate professor Barbara Hoopes steps out of genetics lab and into Westminster competition

February 10, 2014
Barbara Hoopes's dog Tommy takes part in the agility competition at Westminster. (Photo courtesy of Associated Press)

Barbara Hoopes’s dog Tommy takes part in the master agility competition at Westminster. (Photo courtesy of Associated Press)

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.

Hoopes and her dog were mentioned in an Associated Press story that was picked up by media outlets across the nation, including The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, and The Dallas Morning News.

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Professor Knecht to deluge viewers at arts center in Brooklyn

February 4, 2014
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A still from Professor John Knecht’s animated short film Deluge

This Sunday, February 9, Professor John Knecht will be screening his animated short film Deluge and other works at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn. Knecht is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of art and art history and film and media studies. Read more


Colgate professor Albert Ammerman helps uncover oldest Roman temple

January 31, 2014
Archaeologists work at the site of the oldest Roman temple.

Archaeologists work at the site of the oldest Roman temple.

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.

Read more about the excavation of the waterlogged Sant’Omobono site here. A story on NPR also touted Ammerman’s work.

Ammerman is a research professor in the Department of the Classics and has taught at Colgate. Last fall, he led the university’s Venice Study Group for the third time.

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