Science & Mathematics Feature News

Laurie Patton Hosts New Podcast 'Midd Moment'

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:56am

In the very first episode of the new podcast Midd Moment , Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben, possibly the best-known name in the fight against climate change, sets the pace. In a wide-ranging 25-minute conversation, President Laurie Patton, who hosts the podcast, engages the author and activist on topics from building social movements to the Green New Deal and many things in between. At one point in the conversation, McKibben reflects on his decades-long career as an author and journalist, to which he eventually added the credential of movement builder. "What it took me a long time to realize was that winning ...

Sophie Charron '22 Wins Ward Prize for First-Year Writing

Wed, 10/02/2019 - 10:34am

An essay titled "I'm Not Sure How to Title This Sort of Pain," by Sophie Charron '22 won this year's Paul W. Ward '25 Memorial Prize for excellence in first-year writing. Shawna Shapiro, director of the writing and rhetoric program, presented the $500 award to Charron at a ceremony in Twilight Hall during Fall Family Weekend. Charron wrote the reflection about her experiences with cerebral palsy for a class titled "Writing to Heal" in the spring of 2019 with Senior Lecturer in Writing Mary Ellen Bertolini. "Sophie is a remarkable writer, thoughtful and analytical, whose writing is precise, exact, lucid, and graceful," said ...

Student Joins Effort to Unlock Genome of the African Diaspora

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 5:36pm

Neuroscience major Megan Job's moment of bliss this past summer came while standing with lab coat on, goggles on, gloves on, contemplating taking a drill to a human skull belonging to the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory based at Howard University. This is a key step in the Cobb's ongoing project to unlock the genome of the African diaspora. First came some serious training from the Washington, D.C., chief medical examiner. "He was like, 'Listen guys, this is not funny. If you mess this up, there goes somebody's whole genome sequence. So take notes and make sure you do this right.' Then he taught us a strategy on how to pop the petrous ...

Geography Professor and Students Study Conservation Challenges at Ugandan National Park

Tue, 09/24/2019 - 4:48pm

Geographer Jessica L'Roe brought the rows of a spreadsheet to life for five Middlebury undergraduates this summer. The assistant professor, who teaches a course called Land and Livelihoods, took the students on an 11-day trip to Uganda, where they helped L'Roe continue a long-term research project at Kibale National Park. The students had studied the remote yet rapidly changing area in class and, for the first part of the summer, had immersed themselves in data collected during L'Roe's previous visits to the park. In August, the abstract became real as they touched down in Uganda. Just reaching the remote park required 36 ...

Major NSF Grant Will Fund Research on Marine Protected Areas

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 10:08am

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Mez Baker-Mdard has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation's Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems program. The $600,000 grant will support her project, titled Socio-Ecological Feedbacks of Marine Protected Areas: Dynamics of Small-Scale Fishing Communities and Inshore Marine Ecosystems , which she will conduct in partnership with co-principal investigators Easton White from the University of Vermont and Elizabeth Fairchild from the University of New Hampshire, as well as colleagues at the Marine Sciences and Fisheries Institute in Madagascar. The ...

Middlebury Welcomes 46 New Faculty

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 10:46am

Middlebury College welcomes 46 new faculty members this fall, including eight in tenure-track positions. The new teachers and researchers arrived on campus for a two-day orientation on August 26. As a group, they represent 28 academic disciplines. The following will join Middlebury this fall as tenure-track faculty members: Cihan Artun , assistant professor of economics, comes to Middlebury from the University of Arizona, where he served as assistant professor of economics. Artun earned his PhD, MPhil, and MA in economics from Yale and his BA in economics and BS in mathematics from Boazii University. His research interests ...

Middlebury Receives Grant for New Perennials Project

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:28am

Middlebury College has received a $415,000 grant from the Rockefeller Family Fund for the first year of a multiyear effort aimed at dramatically changing the way people think about large-scale food production and its ecological and social impacts. The New Perennials Project, led by Middlebury Scholar in Residence Bill Vitek, features a new interdisciplinary course, guest speakers, engagement with community partners throughout the Champlain Valley, crop testing at the College farm, an annual conference, and engagement with departments and programs across campus. "The Franklin Environmental Center is thrilled to host Bill ...

Middlebury Economist Uncovers Why Employment Rates of Men with No College Experience Have Been on the Decline

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 3:12pm

In 1950, a man without any college experience was as likely to be employed as his college-educated counterpart. Not so today. In 1950, 91 percent of men with just a high school diploma or less had a job. By 2016 that number had plummeted to 78 percent (rebounding from a low of 74 percent at the depths of the Great Recession). By contrast, for men with at least one year of college the percentage employed has more or less held steady. Middlebury economist Erin Wolcott wants to know why. Some economists, she explained, argue that so-called "low-skilled" men are choosing to drop out of the economy to live on welfare payments or play ...

Middlebury College and Project Partners Celebrate Groundbreaking for Facility That Turns Manure and Food Waste into Renewable Energy

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 1:22pm

Representatives from Middlebury College, Vanguard Renewables, Vermont Gas, Goodrich Farm, and the State of Vermont gathered on August 20 at the farm in Salisbury, Vt., to mark the official groundbreaking for an anaerobic digester. The facility will combine cow manure and food waste to create Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). The project is a milestone toward the College's goal of using 100 percent renewable energy sources, and Middlebury will be the primary consumer of the RNG produced at the dairy farm. During the event, speakers from each organization discussed the facility, which will be the largest anaerobic digester east of the ...

Biology Professor Examines Toxic Blooms on Lake Champlain and Other Vermont Waters [Slideshow]

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 10:34am

Biology professor Erin Eggleston is driving her crew of research assistants north on Route 7 toward a water-sampling site on Lake Champlain when she suddenly slows the vehicle, veers right, and says, "Red-tailed hawk." And there it is, perched on a power line alongside the road-a large raptor, patiently surveying the surrounding fields for prey. As a molecular microbial ecologist, Eggleston more typically trains her eye on far smaller organisms. Yet her roots in observing the natural world-creatures large and very, very small-run deep. "The classic Eggleston family scenario is all of us in the car, driving on the Alaskan ...

Geology Research Scholar Receives NSF Grant

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:26am
Alexander Handwerger, research scholar in geology, and colleagues from North Carolina State University and Northwestern University have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation's PREEVENTS program (Prediction of and Resilience against Extreme Events) for a project titled "Defining precursors of ground failure: a multiscale framework for early landslide prediction through geomechanics and remote sensing." The four-year project has a goal of identifying landslide precursors in order to improve our ability to forecast landslides and mitigate hazards. Middlebury's budget provides funding for research time, involvement of at least four undergraduate students, and travel.

Four Faculty Members Receive Whiting Fellowships

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 10:14am

Will Amidon Bert Johnson Marta Manrique-Gmez Brett Millier The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs has announced that four Middlebury faculty members were recently awarded fellowships from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. Will Amidon , associate professor of geology, has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship for a project titled "Small Islands, Big Classroom." The grant will support a one-month field excursion in New Zealand to visit examples of active tectonic processes such as faults, volcanoes, coastal terraces, and tsunami deposits. The ultimate goal of his ...

Slideshow: Undergraduate Researchers Share Their Work at Summer Symposium

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 4:55pm

On a warm July afternoon, dozens of student researchers and faculty mentors filled the Great Hall at Bicentennial Hall, chatting with visitors and explaining some of the complex ideas presented on their large posters. The annual Summer Research Symposium gathered all the students who have been toiling with their faculty mentors since late spring for a chance to share their work with the wider community. This summer, approximately 130 students stayed in Middlebury to work with faculty on research. They averaged 37 hours per week, together logging more than 47,000 hours over the course of the summer. Their assignments varied depending ...

Gladstone Winner Brandon Baird Plans Travel Course to Guatemala for Mayan Languages Revitalization

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 4:38pm

Brandon Baird, assistant professor of Luso-Hispanic studies, will take students to Guatemala next January to work on a project titled "Using the sciences with the humanities: Language revitalization in Guatemala," with a particular focus on Mayan languages. Baird is the winner of Middlebury's Gladstone Award Honoring Excellence in Teaching, a prize designed to support faculty projects that enhance their teaching within the classroom or collaborative student/faculty work outside the classroom. Baird and his students will spend 7-10 days in the Maya municipality of Nahual, Guatemala, where they will collaborate with locals in a Mayan ...

Summer Neuroscience Research Brings Students New Techniques and Deeper Knowledge

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 5:04pm

Working under a microscope, summer research assistant Jessica Guo '21 demonstrates a critical skill in biology and neuroscience professor Glen Ernstrom's lab. Worm picking. Ernstrom's research uses the microscopic Caenorhabditis elegans, a roundworm in the same family as hookworms and pinworms. There's the scoop: using a small palette knife to move a group of worms to a new locale. There's the swish: when you apply a sticky substance to the pick to lift off several animals. Hardest, said Guo, is moving one worm at a time (as when creating plates of male-only or of same-aged creatures). "You're looking under the microscope and ...

Student Video, News Stories Explain Controversial Gene-Editing Technology (Video)

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 2:54pm

Have you heard the term CRISPR? Maybe you have but aren't sure why it's significant. This spring Middlebury's Lindsay Repka, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, saw an opportunity for her students to help educate others about CRISPR, a gene-editing technology that is still fairly new but has the potential to have a major impact on humans and the earth's ecosystem. Sharing what they had learned in the Addison Independent , Repka's students wrote news stories published in the online and print editions. They also produced a video and audio interviews that the paper posted to its website. "It's really important that the ...

SGA Presents 2019 Faculty and Staff Appreciation Awards

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 2:36pm

Associate Professor of Physics Anne Goodsell The Student Government Asscoci ation (SGA) honored three faculty members and two staff members for their service to students at an awards reception in May in the Crossroads Caf. Nia Robinson '19, the president of the SGA, spoke about each of the recipients and made the presentations on behalf of the student body. The SGA, in partnership with the dean of the faculty, selected Associate Professor of Physics Anne Goodsell as the recipient of the 2019 Marjorie Lamberti Faculty Appreciation Award, which honors a faculty member who ...

College Welcomes 19 Faculty and Staff Members to 25-Year Club

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 3:07pm

The newest members of the 25-Year Club. Front row (l-r): Carol Grant, Linda Quesnel, Cindy Wemette, Mary Ellen Bertolini, Vickie Backus, Brad Nadeau, President Laurie Patton. Second row (l-r): Eric Leno, Thomas Moran, Jeff Cason, Amy Briggs, Michele McHugh. Back row (l-r): Dzavid Mahmuljin, Dean Mandigo, Wayne Hall, Matt Longman. Not pictured: Stewart Lane, Mari Price, Marjorie Robbins, Mark Williams President Laurie Patton welcomed 19 new faculty and staff members to Middlebury's 25-Year Club at a reception on ...

Eilat Glikman Receives NASA-Funded Research Grant

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 2:53pm

Eilat Glikman Eilat Glikman (Physics) has been awarded a grant from the NASA-funded Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in support of research that involves observations from NASA's orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory. This work is a collaborative project involving astrophysicists at the Astronomical Observatory of Rome (INAF/OA - Roma). This project, titled X-Raying A Rare Hyperluminous Ultramassive Black-Hole at Cosmic Dawn, will investigate the X-ray properties of an extremely luminous quasar at high redshift (i.e., the very early universe) with an ...

Grant Will Help Establish Vermont Math Teachers Circle Based at Middlebury

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 2:40pm

Priscilla Bremser Professor of Mathematics Priscilla Bremser has received a grant from the Math Teachers' Circle Network in support of establishing a Vermont Math Teachers Circle, based at Middlebury. The funds will be used for a three-day workshop for local teachers in August. By enriching teachers' own experience of mathematics, the Math Teachers' Circle program hopes to affect their classroom teaching so that it includes more problem solving, a key component in student learning and engagement in mathematics. The workshop will kick off the ...

Bread Loaf Conferences for Translators and Environmental Writers Offer Lectures and Readings

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 1:42pm

The Middlebury Bread Loaf Translators' Conference and Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference will each offer free lectures and readings to the public when they are in session May 31-June 6. Both conferences are modeled on the Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the oldest writers' conference in the country. The Translators' Conference, now in its fifth year, is the first such forum to highlight the important role that literary translators of poetry and prose play in the United States and beyond. The sixth annual Environmental Writers' Conference is designed for those who want to bring more depth of knowledge and understanding ...

Middlebury Grants Tenure to Two Faculty Members

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 10:52am

The Middlebury Board of Trustees on May 11, 2019, accepted the recommendation of President Laurie L. Patton and the College Board of Overseers in promoting Keegan Callanan (political science) and Daniel Silva (Luso-Hispanic studies) to the rank of associate professor without limit of tenure. The promotions from assistant professor to associate professor will take effect July 1, 2019. Keegan Callanan Keegan Callanan , a graduate of Bowdoin College with both an MA and PhD from Duke University, teaches courses in the history of political philosophy and contemporary political theory. In recommending him for tenure, Vice President for ...

Kellogg Fellows Pursue Research Projects in the Humanities

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 4:59pm

Eight Middlebury College juniors and seniors devoted to research in the humanities have been named as recipients of Kellogg Fellowships for the 2019-20 summer and academic year. Kellogg fellows receive up to $5,000 to support their travel and research expenses for the ensuing 12 months. Unique to Middlebury College, the Kellogg Fellowship program was established in 2014 in honor of Michael Kellogg, the husband of Lucy Pugh '79 and father of Baird Kellogg '10 and Camille Kellogg '17. "The students who have received this fellowship find it to be a tremendous gift of time, space, and financial resources to pursue aspects of their research ...

Inaugural Global Citizen's Award Will Honor One of the Boys Rescued from a Thai Cave in 2018

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 3:38pm

President Laurie Patton has announced the creation of the Global Citizen's Award, which will be presented for the first time at Middlebury's Commencement on May 26. The inaugural recipient of the award will be Adul Samon, one of 12 boys who, along with their soccer coach, were rescued from a Thai cave last year. In June 2018, Adul (pronounced a-DOON) and his teammates and coach became trapped in the Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand, where they'd gone exploring. Rapidly rising waters due to heavy rain created dangerous conditions for rescue teams working to get the boys out. Their two-week ordeal came to an end when ...

Perkins Award Honors Molly Costanza-Robinson

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:23pm

Middlebury College has awarded the 2019 Perkins Award for Excellence in Teaching to Molly Costanza-Robinson, a professor of chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental studies who has been a member of the faculty since 2005. According to one of the students who nominated her for the Perkins Award, Costanza-Robinson "cares deeply about her students, her subject matter, and about forming close-knit communities in both the chemistry and environmental studies departments." She is credited as one of the faculty members at Middlebury who helps "bridge the gap" between the natural sciences and the program in environmental studies. The College ...

Middlebury Sophomore Named a Udall Scholar

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 11:02am

Middlebury sophomore Oscar Psychas of Gainsville, Fla., has been selected as a 2019 Udall Scholar in recognition of his efforts to inspire and empower others to celebrate and protect their natural environment. Psychas is the cofounder of The Wild Middlebury Project , a student-led organization that collaborates with conservation groups and K-12 students in Vermont to study and safeguard the natural surroundings. With about 25 active members, the organization has mentored high school students conducting conservation projects, established a salamander habitat monitoring station, and has piloted outdoor learning experiences. As ...

Two Middlebury Juniors Named Goldwater Scholars

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 3:42pm

Two Middlebury students have been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides scholarships up to $7,500 to support undergraduates pursuing careers in math, natural sciences, and engineering. Stephanie Jordan '20 , a junior computer science major from Florence, Mass., is particularly interested in machine learning and its potential applications to addressing environmental crises, including climate change. She plans to pursue a PhD in computer science and eventually teach undergraduates and graduate students at the university level. Jordan has already gained ...

New Student Organization Forges Connections with Nature

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 2:25pm

Every meeting of the student organization WildMidd opens with "nature notes," as each attendee shares a recent observation of the natural world: woodcocks mating near Otter Creek; a squished porcupine on the side of the road; a squirrel on a Dumpster; eerie sounds of ice melting across Lake Dunmore; a cardinal; the full moon seen while crossing campus at night; a skunk waddling through a nearby field. It's a deliberately fun and inclusive way to start the meeting, and it offers a powerful testament to the wild around us. "Exploring place-based environmentalism is largely the reason this club was founded," said member and key organizer ...

College Presents Student Leadership Awards

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 1:08pm

Seventeen Middlebury College undergraduates, the members of four student organizations, and eight faculty and staff members were honored at the 2019 Student Leadership Awards Ceremony held on April 9 in Atwater Dining Hall. Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Baishakhi Taylor welcomed the gathering of Middlebury students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to the ninth annual event. Middlebury College has a long tradition of honoring undergraduates for their contributions to the campus, the local community, and the world through "innovative programs and initiatives, volunteerism, commitment to diversity and ...

Spring Symposium Celebrates Students' Work in Arts, Sciences, Humanities

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 12:54pm

McCardell Bicentennial Hall was teeming with activity on Friday, April 12, as the Middlebury College academic community took a day off from classes to celebrate the research efforts and creative achievements of its students. The Spring Student Symposium, now in its 13th year, is a daylong celebration of undergraduate work in the arts, humanities, and sciences. One Friday every spring, the students take center stage to share their research, creativity, and intellectual explorations with the entire community. In Bicentennial Hall, a throng of students crowded around senior Jenna Marotta and her poster titled "The Effect of Social Media on ...

Rich Wolfson Receives Grant from Sloan Foundation

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:01am

Rich Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics Rich Wolfson, Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics, was awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a book project titled Nuclear Choices for the 21st Century: A Citizen's Guide. This book, co-authored with Dr. Ference Dalnock-Veress of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, is an update of Wolfson's 1993 book with a similar title. The goal of the project is an authoritative, unbiased, reader-friendly book for the general public that will engage its ...

Students Will Present their Academic Research and Creativity at Spring Symposium, April 12

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 4:44pm

More than 240 Middlebury College undergraduates will share their original academic and creative works at the annual Spring Student Symposium on Friday, April 12, in McCardell Bicentennial Hall and Johnson Memorial Building. The symposium, which started in 2004 with about 60 presentations, has evolved into a multidisciplinary daylong celebration of undergraduate achievements in the arts, humanities, and sciences. No classes are held on the day of the symposium to encourage all members of the college community to take part in the event. "Now in its 13th year, the Spring Student Symposium has become an annual tradition of sharing ...

Bill McKibben Talk Marks the 30th Anniversary of "The End of Nature"

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 11:27am

In the 30 years since Bill McKibben published The End of Nature , the first book for a general audience on the topic of climate change, the author and environmental activist has aged in what McKibben called the expected ways-a process that's bittersweet, perhaps, but normal, hoped for, McKibben said, speaking in Wilson Hall on April 4. In that same span of years, the planet transformed in radical ways: The Arctic lost half its sea ice in those three decades. We must look back tens of millions of years, McKibben said, to the last big asteroid strike, to see change at the pace and scale we're now experiencing. "It's ...

Classroom Becomes Renaissance Florence as Students Explore New Approach to Art History

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 4:36pm

It's 7:56 on a wintry March morning, as students pour into Professor Katy Smith Abbott's class on Italian Renaissance art, grab a donut, sit down, and open their backpacks. "Florentines!" says senior Juan Andrade-Vera, aka Battista d'Antonio, a member of 15th-century Florence's powerful wool guild and current foreman of the city's star construction project, the building of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore-a project begun over 120 years earlier. "Florentines! The final hours of the competition are upon us and it will soon be time to crown a victor!" As d'Antonio outlines the agenda for the day, the class comes to life. ...

Middlebury Increases Its Academic Computing Power

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 3:50pm

A group of faculty members across a range of academic disciplines has received more than $150,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation to install a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster at Middlebury College. The cluster, which has been delivered and is now being configured, is capable of analyzing large datasets and performing computational modeling in a fraction of the time that it would take any other computer, or group of computers, currently in place at Middlebury. As soon as it is fully operational, the cluster will enable faculty and students across the disciplines to perform cutting-edge research on ...

Two Middlebury Seniors Receive Watson Fellowships

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 2:37pm

Two Middlebury seniors, Charlotte Massey of Leavenworth, Wash., and Fiona Sullivan of Denver, Colo., have been named Thomas J. Watson Fellows. The Watson Fellowship provides a year of self-directed international discovery for graduating college seniors in any discipline. Sullivan and Massey are part of the 51st class of Watson Fellows, which includes 41 students from six countries and 18 states. As a whole, the fellows will travel to 76 countries exploring topics ranging from artificial intelligence to music subcultures; from food insecurity to island innovation; from neonatal to end-of-life care. Charlotte Massey '19 ...

College Celebrates Faculty and Staff Articles and Creative Works

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:03am

The campus community gathered for a reception on Tuesday, March 19, celebrating published articles and creative works produced by faculty and staff over the past year. The annual exhibit in Tormondsen Great Hall featured the work of 62 faculty and staff members. A lot of the work academics do is hard to capture, noted Amy Morsman, professor of history and interim dean for faculty development and research. "What we do as teachers, the interactions we have with students, the intellectual and emotional growth we foster in them is often hard to measure. It happens in their heads and hearts and sometimes it's not even realized ...

Professor's Research Warns of Potential Mercury Release in Upper St. Lawrence River

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:53am

Erin Eggleston, Middlebury College assistant professor of biology, and colleagues at Clarkson University believe a new water management plan at a power dam straddling the U.S.-Canadian border may create a serious health risk for people and wildlife living downstream. For the past 60 years, the water flow in the Upper St. Lawrence River has been held static by the Moses-Saunders dam between Cornwall, Ontario, and Massena, N.Y. "Plan 2014" was approved by the International Joint Commission-the binational organization that oversees U.S.-Canadian boundary waters-in 2016 and implemented in 2017. The plan's goal was to improve ...

President Patton Asserts All Campuses Should Tackle Climate Change

Mon, 03/11/2019 - 11:15am

In an opinion piece in Inside Higher Ed , Middlebury President Laurie Patton said that all colleges and universities should pursue climate change goals, since higher education has two advantages that other sectors of society may not-a broader agreement on climate change issues than the general public and governance structures that can focus on local solutions. Patton discusses how students, faculty, staff, and trustees were able to come together to create Energy2028, Middlebury's new energy plan, announced last month, that includes a commitment to reaching 100 percent renewable energy sources. Consensus and the willingness to keep ...

'Innovation Trek' Brings Students inside Silicon Valley Giants and Start-Ups

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 4:08pm

Middlebury Trek attendees viewed a molecule design simulation and gene modeling programs during a tour led by Jack Terrett '11 (right), a scientist in the Discovery Chemistry group at Genentech. After a weeklong "innovation trek" to the San Francisco Bay Area last month, 10 Middlebury undergraduates returned to campus for the start of spring semester with a better understanding of ...

Middlebury Joins "Call to Action for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions"

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 9:12am

President Laurie Patton has joined with fellow higher education leaders from across the country to endorse the "Call to Action: Guiding Principles for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions." The joint declaration, announced at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe, Arizona, is in response to recent scientific reports that strongly advise unprecedented action in the next decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The call provides eight guiding principles for higher education institutions to accelerate climate leadership with socially inclusive initiatives and ...

Oracle Finance Training for Faculty

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 1:03pm
Middlebury College is going live with Oracle Finance on Monday, March 4, and in preparation for the change a series of training sessions have been scheduled for faculty members. One-hour sessions about Expense Reporting and P-card Processing have been scheduled for faculty members, especially department chairs and professors in endowed chairs, on Feb. 22 from 3 to 4 p.m., Feb. 22 from 4 to 5 p.m., March 1 from 3 to 4 p.m., and March 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. All the sessions will be in Axinn 103. In addition, one-hour sessions about Expense Reporting and P-card Processing have been scheduled for faculty members, especially faculty grant principal investigators and all other faculty members, on Feb. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m., Feb. 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 ...

Middlebury Students Share Their Cultures, Expertise, with Local Youth

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 1:01pm

On a Friday in February, energy and curiosity filled Bicentennial Hall's Great Hall at Middlebury College as about 120 local fifth and sixth graders buzzed around tables set up on one side of the room. Representing different countries, 15 Middlebury College students offered activities related to their native cultures or where they had studied abroad. The event, the Global Expo, was part of a daylong Youth Citizen Summit that the fifth- and sixth-grade teachers in Salisbury, Middlebury, Cornwall, and Ripton had organized as part of their schools' conversion to an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum. Once the transition is ...

Students Grapple with Health Policy at Local and Statewide Levels

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 5:44pm

"Students want to know that their work matters," says Professor of Economics Jessica Holmes. "That somebody's listening, that somebody values what they're doing. And they want to grapple with problems that people are really trying to solve. So, to the extent that I can bring that into my classes-it's better for outside partners and better for students." This January, Holmes rolled out a brand-new opportunity for her students to engage in meaningful work. A specialist in the economics of healthcare, Holmes won the 2018 Gladstone Award Honoring Excellence in Teaching and used the $10,000 grant to pilot a new winter term course ...

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nadia Murad to Speak at Middlebury

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 3:17pm

Author and activist Nadia Murad, a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize and survivor of the Yazidi genocide in northern Iraq by ISIS fighters, will speak at Middlebury on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall in McCullough Student Center. Her talk is titled "Pursuing Peace and Justice: a Conversation with Nadia Murad." Location and admission information: Wilson Hall : Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Admission is limited to members of the Middlebury College community and will require a Middlebury College ID. Mead Chapel: The event will be live streamed. Admission with a Middlebury ID will begin at 6:15 p.m. Starting ...

Senior Work Results in State Grant to Develop Tri-town Bike Loop

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 4:36pm

Bikers enjoy some of the bucolic Addison County scenery during the annual Kelly Brush Ride in September 2018. Photo: Kelly Brush Foundation A vision of a safe biking loop connecting several Addison County towns has come a step closer to reality thanks, in part, to the work of Middlebury students in an Environmental Studies Senior Seminar. Based on the students' 2018 research, the Vermont Department of Housing and ...

Biology Field Course Explores the Health of Coral Reefs in the Bahamas

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 4:28pm

They've traded scuba tanks for sweaters as the reality of Vermont winter settles back in, but for 10 students and three faculty members on a J-term research trip, the Bahamas offered a brief respite from the snow and ice. The group was part of a winter term course called Advanced Field Biology, which focused on coral reef conservation and genetics in the waters surrounding the Abaco Islands. Led by biology professors Jeremy Ward, Steve Trombulak, and Erin Eggleston, with collaboration from Dr. Craig Dahlgren of the Perry Institute for Marine Science, the class spent the first week of winter term in a Middlebury ...

A Student's Animation Sheds New Light on a Professor's Biology Research

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 10:08am

Biology Professor Grace Spatafora just happened to be standing next to animation studio producer Daniel Houghton when she saw a student animation detailing molecular processes in the Lyme disease-causing bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. Spatafora, who studies the bacteria that cause tooth decay, said she turned to Houghton and said, "This is tremendous. I would really love to have something like this for my own teaching and research." Houghton knew that finding the right student collaborator for Spatafora's project could take some time (the creator of the Borrelia animation was graduating). The collaborator would need to have a ...

Middlebury Grants Tenure to Filmmaker

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 2:38pm

The Middlebury Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of President Laurie L. Patton and the College Board of Overseers on January 26, 2019, in promoting Ioana Uricaru to the rank of associate professor without limit of tenure. Uricaru, who joined the Department of Film and Media Culture in 2012, is the director of several award-winning films. Her Tales from the Golden Age was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009; her short film Stopover was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; and her most recent film, Lemonade , was an official selection of the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and ...

Middlebury Announces Energy2028 Plan to Address Threat of Climate Change

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 8:47am

Recognizing the profound threat of climate change, Middlebury College today announced a 10-year commitment that will put the institution on a path toward a complete shift to renewable energy to power and heat its central campus. The plan also sets ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption, phase out direct fossil fuel investments in the endowment, and, significantly, to create new educational programs and opportunities that will help to empower future generations of environmental leaders. The Middlebury Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the plan in a vote at its winter meeting on Saturday, January 26. The move is a ...

 

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