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When the Stars Align

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 9:56am
An art history major and an observatory manager team up to create an exhibit for the ages.

Professor Jeff Munroe to Lead 5-Year National Science Foundation Project

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 5:08pm

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a major five-year grant to a research team led by Jeff Munroe, the Philip Battell Stewart and Sarah Frances Cowles Stewart Professor of Geology. Six scientists representing five different institutions will study how mineral dust from deserts in the southwestern U.S. is transported through the atmosphere to locations hundreds of miles away and the impacts of the exported dust on a variety of environmental and health issues. The team will focus their work on the small particles of weathered rock and soil that are picked up in one place by the wind, transported through the ...

Grant Will Support Multi-Year Climate Action Project

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 9:13am

A generous grant from the Erol Foundation will support a new initiative at Middlebury College aimed at providing educational opportunities related to climate and sustainability. The Climate Action Capacity Project ( CACP ) will, among other things, provide paid fellowships for Middlebury undergraduates from various backgrounds and disciplines the opportunity to engage in collaborative thinking and skill development on how to confront the climate crisis in meaningful ways. "The Climate Action Fellowship program will offer students from across campus a chance to develop their ideas and creativity around climate with excellent support and ...

The Art of Discovery

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:53am
How a middle school documentary about climate change, as well as four other short films, tells a story larger than any of the individual parts.

In the Blink of an Eye

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 10:51am
Gone in less than a minute-the middle of June 2019 to the middle of June 2020, as viewed from the rooftop of the Mittelman Observatory.

Phi Beta Kappa Elects 71 Students

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 5:23pm

The Middlebury chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the country's oldest honor society for the liberal arts, founded in 1776, has elected 71 students to its membership. Professor of Physics Susan Watson, who serves as secretary of the Middlebury chapter, said a formal induction ceremony will take place when students return at some point in the coming year for an in-person commencement. The Phi Beta Kappa prize, given to the graduating senior(s) "whose scholarly or artistic accomplishment and breadth, and contribution to the intellectual life of the community, best exemplify the society's regard for intellectual excellence," was awarded this ...

Students Assist with Mayan Language Revitalization Project

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 2:42pm

"Saqarik!" (sah-kah-REEK!) "Good morning!" So began presentations to grade schoolers in Nahual, Guatemala, given by four Middlebury students as part of a Mayan language revitalization project this past January. The project was led by Associate Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies Brandon Baird. "The school kids would always laugh when they heard us speak in K'iche'," said senior James Finn. "A lot of the kids and just people in general see Americans and expect them to speak English, so when they heard us speaking in Spanish they were surprised. And then when they heard us speaking, you know, K'iche', it was like, 'Whoa, what's ...

Middlebury Sophomore Ming Harris-Weidner Wins Boren Scholarship

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:54am

Ming Harris-Weidner '22 has been named a Boren Scholar for summer 2020. A chemistry major from Missoula, Montana, Harris-Weidner is one of 217 undergraduate students to receive this year's David L. Boren Scholarship, which is presented by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the national Security Education Program. Boren scholarships are designed to help students gain international and language education in areas of the world considered critical to U.S. interests. In light of COVID-related travel restrictions, Harris-Weidner deferred her program dates to summer 2021. At that time, she will attend the ...

Middlebury Junior Receives Udall Scholarship

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 1:56pm

For the second year in a row, a Middlebury student has been selected to receive a Udall Foundation scholarship. Jacob Freedman, a junior from Worcester, Massachusetts, has been named a 2020 Udall Scholar in recognition of his passion for place-based environmental advocacy and for his work helping people to connect with nature around them, no matter where they live. As a Udall Scholar , Freedman will receive a $7,000 scholarship grant and will participate in a weeklong orientation in Tucson, Arizona, in August, where scholars will meet one another and program alumni; learn more about the Udall legacy of public service; and ...

College Celebrates Faculty and Staff Articles and Creative Works

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 11:36am

With the campus closed and social distancing in full force, Middlebury had to forgo its annual celebration of undergraduate faculty and staff articles and creative works this spring. The festive reception usually fills a good portion of the Great Hall with displays of faculty work-journal articles, book chapters, and videos. But despite the inability to gather in person, Dean of Faculty Development Jim Ralph wanted to honor the 61 Middlebury faculty and staff members whose combined efforts produced 141 different articles and creative pieces. The vast range of work, compiled in a digital catalog, covers the natural and ...

Middlebury to Host Virtual Panel as Part of National Climate Teach-In

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:37pm

On Tuesday, April 7, Middlebury will be Vermont's lead college for a nationwide, virtual teach-in focused on local solutions to climate change. " Solve Climate By 2030 ," a project based at Bard College, will feature simultaneous, university-led webinars in almost all 50 states plus DC, Puerto Rico and five international sites. For the Vermont webinar , Middlebury's Franklin Environmental Center will bring together statewide experts for a virtual panel, during which they will identify three ambitious but feasible reforms that could accelerate progress on transitioning toward a more sustainable and just state economy. "As the world ...

'Waging Winning Campaigns' Course Teaches Students Skills as Activists and Organizers

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 2:40pm

Fifteen years ago a J-term class lit a spark that ignited a global movement. A group of students in Professor Jon Isham's 2005 class Building the New Climate Movement started what became known as the Sunday Night Group. As graduation approached, seven Sunday Night friends brainstormed how to best mobilize a social movement around climate change. They planned to move together to Montana to battle against new coal plant construction (while skiing and drinking microbrews on the side), but instead rallied with mentor Bill McKibben to hold a climate march from Ripton to Burlington, Vermont. The march led to the 2007 ...

Middlebury College Statement

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:07am
Statement from Middlebury College We can confirm that the Middlebury College Republicans, a registered student organization, has invited Charles Murray to speak on campus on March 31 at 4:30 pm to discuss his upcoming book, Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class. The event host (Middlebury College Republicans) and their advisor, former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, are working with Middlebury's Event Policy Committee. Many of the event details and logistics are still being discussed. Each year Middlebury hosts nearly 300 speakers who come to campus from across the country and around the world, invited either directly by the institution, by its faculty, or by its registered student organizations. Speakers discuss a variety ...

Students Turn Local Lens on Public Health Issues

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 4:59pm

"You can't focus on health if you're afraid of being evicted," said Pam Berenbaum, director of Middlebury's global health program and professor of the practice of global health. The connections between health and living conditions-housing, transportation, clean water, social stress, income, and so on-are being recognized as "more and more important, as more people are slipping through the cracks." "Take readmissions after surgery," Berenbaum continued. "People come in, they have the surgery. That's great. Then they get sent home where there aren't enough supports, they don't have adequate nutrition, their house is really ...

Conference Expands Opportunities for Women of Color Organizers

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 2:57pm

Middlebury's Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House recently hosted the inaugural Malikah Organizing Institute: Gender Justice for Women of Color. The three-day event was held at the Kirk Center. "It's a capacity-building weekend for women of color organizers," said Malikah founder Rana Abdelhamid '15. "We're interested in building safety and power for all women." The daughter of Egyptian immigrants, Abdelhamid founded Malikah as a teenager after being attacked in her Queens neighborhood by a man who tried to rip off her hijab. Rather than being intimidated, she took action. Within six months she led a self-defense class for ...

Student Joins Oratory Now and Goes on to Become a Professional Coach

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 2:01pm
Kate Hilscher '20.5, a sociology and anthropology major and linguistics minor from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, discusses how, on a whim, she joined Oratory Now , Middlebury's student public-speaking organization, and went on to become a paid public speaking professional. What is your background with Oratory Now? I joined Oratory Now in the spring of 2018 on a bit of a whim. After enjoying a workshop in one of my classes, I asked the coach, Paige Guarino '18, how she got involved. Paige immediately signed me up for the next semesters' training. Now, after two full semesters with O-Now (plus one semester abroad), and one summer internship creating Oratory Now Business Edition, I'm spending my third semester as a head coach, training coordinator, ...

Senior's Coding Work Will Enhance Popular Animation Software

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 11:29am

Hans Goudey '19.5 Animators around the world will have a new tool at their disposal thanks to Middlebury computer science major Hans Goudey '19.5. The senior Feb from Newburyport, Mass., spent the summer developing 3D modeling tools for the 3D animation toolset, Blender. Goudey's bevel tool will be included in the upcoming release of Blender, an open-source animation software used by thousands of people worldwide. Earlier this year, Goudey landed a Google Summer of Code Fellowship, which allowed him to pursue his work under the mentorship of a Google software engineer. He was working to create a better bevel ...

Steve Trombulak Wins Academic Leadership Award

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 1:11pm

Professor Emeritus of Biology and Environmental Studies Steve Trombulak with fellow Hartzog Award winners (l to r) Dr. Jennifer Thomsen, David Vela, Dr. Carolyn Ward, and Chris Lehnertz. CLEMSON - Steve Trombulak, Middlebury professor emeritus of biology and environmental studies, has received the Benton H. Box Award from the Clemson University Institute for Parks in recognition of his academic and instructional leadership in the environmental field. The institute presents the annual awards program, which is named for George ...

Geology Professor Explores Shipwrecks of Seneca Lake

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 12:29pm

The College's research vessel the David Folger is usually on Lake Champlain and serves as a floating classroom, where Tom Manley, assistant professor of geology, or other faculty and students hold class or do research. In the Q&A below, Manley discusses why he journeyed on the Folger to Seneca Lake , one of New York's Finger Lakes, and what contributions the Folger is making to the region. By surveying the lake, Manley is helping to accomplish two goals: the creation of an inventory of submerged cultural resources and the systematic mapping of the underwater topography of Seneca Lake. What brought you and the Folger to Seneca ...

Physics Majors Present Research at Astronomy Conference

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 10:33am

Four Middlebury students, along with undergraduates from seven other colleges and universities, presented findings from their research at the 2019 Symposium of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium (KNAC). Hosted by Vassar College on October 4 and 5, the symposium was attended by more than 120 participants. Middlebury's Assistant Professor of Physics Eilat Glikman, Professor Emeritus of Physics Frank Winkler, and telescope and scientific computing specialist Jonathan Kemp attended the symposium alongside Middlebury students. "The symposium is a stimulating environment for all students of astronomy," said Kemp. "Some of the ...

Art Meets Science on the Concert Hall Stage

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 2:34pm

"One of the things I love about art," says Professor Mike Dash, "is the way in which the artist can play with our expectations to reveal ways in which our brain creates our experience of the world in ways that are not inherently natural to think about." Dash, an assistant professor of psychology who teaches a course on sensation and perception, had been helping his students understand how external stimuli shape the way we understand the world when he got a call from Middlebury's Performing Arts Series director Allison Coyne Carroll. Carroll invited Dash's class to join the world-renowned Heath Quartet on stage at Robison Hall for a private ...

Author Carolyn Finney Joins Middlebury as Scholar in Residence

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 2:33pm

The author Carolyn Finney has begun a two-year appointment as scholar in residence, the Office of Environmental Affairs announced. Finney, who wrote Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors , is also an artist, a cultural geographer, and an active voice in the climate justice movement. Sierra described Black Faces, White Spaces as a "must-read for those who hope to make the parks matter to diverse populations." Finney's creative and academic work address representation, equity, and inclusion in the current environmental moment. "As an academic and an activist, a ...

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 the ...

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 ...


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