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Colgate students invited to take part in New York Six research conference

August 19, 2014

Colgate University students are invited to participate in the fourth annual New York Six Undergraduate Research Conference that will be held Saturday, September 20, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

The conference is sponsored by the New York Six, a consortium of upstate New York liberal arts institutions that comprises Colgate, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College. Read more


Eli Goberdon ’16 brings to light techniques for lighting the stage and the screen

August 18, 2014
Eli Goberdon '16 and Junghyun Seo '16 worked with Professor Elodie Fourquet on a project to improve lighting in 3D environments.

Eli Goberdon ’16 and Junghyun Seo ’16 have been working with Professor Elodie Fourquet on a project to improve lighting in 3D environments.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Eli Goberdon ’16, a computer science major from Scranton, Pa.

I have a fascination with storytelling, especially storytelling through the use of computers. One way stories are conveyed through computers is 3D graphics software. Read more


Intern’s research contributes to HIV/AIDS awareness in Tanzania

August 13, 2014

Colgate students are participating in internships in a variety of fields and locations this summer. This post is by Paul Sirma ‘15, a mathematical economics major from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania who is interning with Ifakara Health Institute.

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Paul Sirma ’15 interned with the Ifakara Health Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This summer, I interned with Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), an independent, non-profit organization that conducts a wide range of health-related research in Tanzania. I first started to develop an interest in public health during my first year at Colgate in my scientific perspectives class, CORE AIDS, taught by Jun Yoshino.  I was fascinated by how little I knew about the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in my home city, Dar es Salaam.

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An easier route: Katie Williams ’15 researches optimal walking tour

August 11, 2014
Katie Williams '15, a history and geography double major from Washington, D.C., leads a tour for prospective students and their families. Williams conducted research for her Geographic Information Systems course to determine the best campus tour route.

Katie Williams ’15 leads a tour for prospective students and their families. Williams conducted research for her Geographic Information Systems course to determine the best campus tour route. (Photo by Andy Daddio)

Taking a tour is one of the best ways for prospective students to get a feel for campus, to learn about the student experience, and to discover what Colgate has to offer both inside and outside the classroom. It’s also a bit of a hike.

As a tour guide and summer intern with the Office of Admission, Katie Williams ’15, a geography and history double major from Washington, D.C., decided there had to be a better way for tour groups to tackle Colgate’s legendary hillside.

In true Colgate fashion, Williams turned this question into a research project for her Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course with Professor Peter Scull.

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Jane Trask ’16 studies Colgate’s past to inform future knowledge, as part of summer research

August 11, 2014
Jane Trask's summer research project was titled Colgate Envisioned, studying the university's past in order to inform the future.

Jane Trask’s summer research project was titled “Colgate Envisioned,” studying how the university presented its self-image in the past.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Jane Trask ’16, a history major from Springfield, Ill.

This summer, I’m researching Colgate’s self-image through its own published materials from 1832–1908. I’ve spent most of my time in the University Archives examining the course catalogues, yearbooks, viewbooks, photographs, prints, and other documents from this period to explore how Colgate has understood itself as a place and presented this understanding to the public. Read more


Plant power: summer research on traditional medicine

August 4, 2014
Peter Juviler ’15, Mae Staples ’15, and Kelly French ’15,

Peter Juviler ’15, Kelly French ’15, and Mae Staples ’15 in Colgate’s greenhouse, where they’ve been growing plants to study their medicinal properties.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Peter Juviler ’15, Mae Staples ’15, and Kelly French ’15, who are being advised by Frank Frey, associate professor of biology and environmental studies.

For centuries, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people have used plants to treat a variety of physical ailments. We are studying those plants that are native to New York State — specifically their ability to kill certain human-infecting bacteria. Read more


Light years ahead: Katie Karnes ’17 studying quasars as part of summer research

July 28, 2014
(L to R): Joshua Reding '15, Zachary Weaver '17, Luna Zagorac '16, Anneliese Rilinger (Williams) '17, and Katie Karnes '17.

Students conducting summer research in Colgate’s Foggy Bottom Observatory (L to R): Joshua Reding ’15, Zachary Weaver ’17, Luna Zagorac ’16, Anneliese Rilinger (Williams ’17), and Katie Karnes ’17. Photo by Matt Johnson ’15

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Katie Karnes ’17, an astrogeophysics major from Cincinnati, Ohio.

It’s 3:45 a.m. on a Thursday and I’m staring at the four monitors in front of me, trying to focus on saving the files correctly. Although sunrise is still hours away, the sky is beginning to lighten and this night of collecting data is coming to an end. This summer I am spending 10 weeks on campus working with Professor Tom Balonek in the physics and astronomy department. Read more


Brett Christensen ’16 dives into studying barnacles as part of summer research

July 21, 2014
This summer, Brett Christensen '16 has been raising barnacles at various life stages for a biomineralization experiment.

This summer, Brett Christensen ’16 has been raising barnacles at various life stages for a biomineralization experiment.

Colgate students are sharing their experiences conducting research with faculty members on campus and in the field. This post is by Brett Christensen ’16, a biophysics and philosophy double major from Marilla, N.Y.

This summer, I’m studying barnacles — impressive little organisms that live in the ocean. As a biophysics and philosophy double major, I found an opportunity in the research lab of Professor Rebecca Metzler in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Read more


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 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


April Bailey ’14 dances with gender issues in her research and performance

March 7, 2014
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Performed by 17 students, Wires accompanied women’s studies and psychology research by April Bailey ’14 (far right). Photos by Ashlee Eve ’14

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


Students blog from Antarctica as they research Totten Glacier

February 28, 2014
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Totten iceberg

“We are truly exploring new territory,” wrote Kara Vadman ’14 and Mikhaila Redovian ’15 after the research vessel they boarded in January headed into uncharted waters near Totten Glacier, Antarctica.  Read more


Examining the history of the Holocaust through art

February 25, 2014
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Figure 4 from the One Day, One Woman, One Child exhibition

Striking images of Holocaust victims overlaid with paint and text stare back at viewers as they encounter the pieces in the exhibition One Day, One Woman, One Child — which will be in the Longyear Museum of Anthropology until this Friday.  Read more


Kelsey Jensen ’14 spends three weeks with Colgate team studying forests in Ethiopia

February 13, 2014
Kelsey Jensen '14 (center), with Josh Hair '14 and Professor Carrie Woods, traveled to Ethiopia during winter break.

Kelsey Jensen ’14 (center), with Josh Hair ’14 and Professor Carrie Woods, traveled to Ethiopia during winter break.

(Editor’s Note: This post is by Kelsey Jensen ’14, a chemistry major from Williston, Vt. See more photos and read about her daily experiences in Ethiopia at her personal blog.)

During winter break I discovered that working on an interdisciplinary research project in a foreign country is one of the most interesting ways to learn about a new culture.

Research that combines natural science, social science, and humanities is rare to find, but Colgate is a university where collaborations like this happen, and I was lucky enough to get involved. Using the Alumni Memorial Scholarship granted to me upon admission, I spent three weeks of my winter break in Ethiopia working with Professors Catherine Cardelus and Carrie Woods from the Department of Biology, Peter Klepeis and Peter Scull from the Department of Geography, and Eliza Kent from the Department of Religion, studying the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Forests.

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Get to know: Arielle Sperling ’14, double major in environmental studies and English

January 16, 2014
Arielle Sperling '14 worked as an intern in Idaho for the Henry’s Fork Foundation.

Arielle Sperling ’14 worked as an intern in Idaho for the Henry’s Fork Foundation.

Before last summer, Arielle Sperling ’14 hadn’t so much as gone fishing, never mind touched a fish. But during her internship in Ashton, Idaho, Sperling found herself hip-deep in trout. The environmental studies major from White Plains, N.Y., was the only Colgate student in a group of researchers who were looking at the habitat selection of adult rainbow trout.

Every year, Colgate sends a student to intern with the Henry’s Fork Foundation through a fellowship program funded by the late Jeffry Timmons ’64 and his wife, Sara. This year’s group was trying to gain a better understanding of where the fish feed and to determine the water variables (depth, temperature, flow rate, and substrates) of those spots.

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