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Levitt Fellow Diana Mastrocola '06 Studying Local Non-profit Girls, Inc.
When Diana Mastrocola '06 (Reading, Mass.) opted to spend her summer conducting research as a Levitt Fellow, she simultaneously expanded her commitment to the Utica community. As a volunteer at Girls Inc. throughout the academic year, a program for girls ages 6-16 in Utica, Mastrocola wanted to know more about this national non-profit organization and particularly the demographic makeup of the Utica chapter. More ...
10 Students in the Class of 2009 Participate in Summer Science Research
Speaking with this years participants in the STEP/Dreyfus program about their work, one would never guess that only five weeks ago none of them had had any college-level research experience. In fact, they had no experience with college life at all—these 10 students are members of the Hamilton class of 2009 and will matriculate as Hamilton students in the fall. The STEP/Dreyfus program provides funding for about 10 first-year students to spend five weeks in their pre-freshman summer working directly with Hamilton faculty doing summer research in biochemistry, chemistry, chemical physics, neuroscience and physics. The Hamilton program is one of only a handful of programs across the nation that allow pre-freshmen to engage in science research before formally matriculating in the institution.

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Brendan O'Brien Studying Ethnicity and Democracy in the Ukraine
Many people will associate the November 2004 Ukrainian presidential election with images of the face of poisoned candidate Victor Yushcenko, which were flashed all over the news. Brendan O’Brien ’07 (Stoneham, Mass.) will remember this election for a different reason. As a Levitt Fellow he is focusing on the election this summer. O’Brien is spending 10 weeks surrounded by academic journals and articles about the ethnic Ukraine, and how this has related to government and democracy in the past 15 years, and he is compiling his research into a report titled “Ethnicity and Democracy in the Ukraine.”

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NSF Awards $100,000 Grant to MERCURY Consortium
Winslow Professor of Chemistry George Shields was the principal investigator and Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Karl Kirschner and System Administrator and Research Support Specialist Steve Young were key personnel on a $100,000 grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant, titled “Acquisition of a linux cluster for the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry (MERCURY)" has been funded by the NSF’s Division of Chemistry through the Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI). The research efforts of the entire consortium of eight liberal arts colleges were essential for the success of the NSF-MRI grant. The Linux Cluster will be built, maintained, and operated at Hamilton, and all MERCURY members will use it for computational research in atmospheric chemistry, materials science and physical chemistry, and biochemistry.
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Jonathan Overpeck '79 Publishes Findings on Arctic Ice Melt
Hamilton alumnus Jonathan Overpeck ’79, geosciences professor at the University of Arizona and chairman of the National Science Foundation’s Arctic System Science Committee, has published findings confirming that the rate of ice melting in the Arctic is increasing at an unprecedented rate due to the effects of global warming. The report was issued by the Arctic System Science Committee and published on August 23 in Eos, the weekly newspaper of the American Geophysical Union. Overpeck’s findings were released just a few weeks after the journal Nature released Hamilton geoscience professor Eugene Domack’s study conclusively confirming that the recent collapse of a major Antarctic ice shelf was due to the effects of global warming.

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Shields Presents Lecture at Syracuse University on Atmospheric Chemistry
Winslow Professor of Chemistry George Shields presented a seminar for Syracuse University's Department of Chemistry on September 20.  His lecture, titled "Water Clusters in the Atmosphere: An Overview of Computational Chemistry Research at Hamilton College," featured the atmospheric chemistry work of Tim Evans '05, Frank Pickard '05, and Goldwater Scholars Meghan Dunn '06 and Mary Beth Day '07.  His talk also encompassed the collaboration between his group and his colleague Ted Dibble at the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry. This work involves Marco Allodi '08 and Kristin Alongi '08, both of whom worked in the Shields lab over the summer and are continuing their research this fall. Dan Tomb '08, Ngoda Manongi '08, Pragyan Praghan '08, David Hamilton '09, and Jared Pienkos '09 also contributed to atmospheric chemistry research this past summer. Research progress in computational chemistry has been enhanced by the ongoing contributions of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Karl Kirschner.  Shields briefly reviewed the biochemical research of Sarah Taylor '03, Damien Ellens '03, Lorena Hernandez '03, Abby Markeson '04, Sarah Felder '07, Katrina Lexa '05, and Karilyn Larkin '06. More ...
Kantrowitz Co-Authors Paper
Professor of Mathematics Robert Kantrowitz co-authored a
paper, "Optimization for products of concave functions," with Michael
M. Neumann of Mississippi State University, which appears in the
latest issue of Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo.  In the
paper, Kantrowitz extends several classical optimization results for
concave functions on convex sets to the much larger class of products
of finitely many concave functions.

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Kantrowitz Co-Authors Paper
Professor of Mathematics Robert Kantrowitz co-authored a
paper, "Optimization for products of concave functions," with Michael
M. Neumann of Mississippi State University, which appears in the
latest issue of Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo.  In the
paper, Kantrowitz extends several classical optimization results for
concave functions on convex sets to the much larger class of products
of finitely many concave functions.
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Alumni Council has Productive Fallcoming Meetings
The Fall Alumni Council meetings were held September 30 – October 1 and over 60 Council members returned to the Hill.  The Alumni Council meetings coincided with Fallcoming, the Celebration of Science and the dedication of the new state-of-art Science building.   It was an incredible weekend with a rich array of activities, from productive Council meetings to stimulating lectures and exciting sporting events – including a football win over Wesleyan! The Alumni Council session kicked off on Friday afternoon with the annual Comstock Scholarship luncheon.  This gathering enables Alumni Council members to interact with current scholarship students.  The Alumni Council Committees met on Friday afternoon. A brief summary is noted below.  Please watch for more details from the Committee Chairs in the coming days.   Led by Chair Mark Rice ’73, the Regional Affairs Committee had a great meeting with 80% of the Regional Presidents and GOLD chairs attending or participating in their Committee meeting by phone. They reported on recent Excelsior campaign receptions and also discussed upcoming Alumni College events and new Alumni College ideas.  Although clearly focused on building the Alumni College programs, they also will be thinking about collaboration with the Career Center and MARC and continuing support of traditional social, sports and arts events as well.  A current schedule of Regional events is posted on the HOLAC.   Class Leadership Committee was led by Tom Griggs ’84, president of his class, who filled in for Chair Ana Sierra Leonard K’75 who was unable to attend.  He brought humor to the meeting as well as his leadership. The Class Presidents and Agents discussed the following ideas: an all Kirkland Reunion set on a four-year cycle; a bicentennial year celebration in 2012; and the continuing of the Half-Century Alumni Reunion.  Melissa Joyce-Rosen ‘86, president of the Alumni Association, used the Class Leadership forum to present Tom with a College Key Award for his outstanding service to his class.  Through Tom’s leadership, the Class of 1984 had the most Reunion 2005 attendees of any class present.    Led by Chair Imad Qasim ’79, the Multicultural Alumni Relations Committee (MARC), the executive committee of the MARC had a very productive gathering.  They discussed different ways to improve communications between multicultural alumni and students.  Various events are under consideration both on the Hill and in the alumni regions.  A representative of the Admissions Office, Assistant Dean of Admission/Director, Diversity Recruitment Nicole Robertson, attended the meeting and explored how the multicultural alumni can help with recruiting.  Finally, Dr. Bernecea Johnson, the new associate dean of students for diversity and accessibility, briefed the committee on her role at the college and discussed how alumni can help her with her work. Members of the committee volunteered to pursue the various initiatives discussed. On Saturday, MARC also hosted a networking reception with current students that was attended by more than 50 students and Alumni Council members.   The Nominations Committee had a very long and productive meeting.  Chair Julie Ross ’84 led the committee through a review of the Alumni Trustee election process; considered and recommended for nomination three candidates for the Alumni Trustee positions that begin on July 1, 2006; considered and nominated a candidate for President of the Alumni Association for the term beginning July 1, 2006; considered and nominated co-recipients for the 2006 Bell Ringer award; considered and nominated a recipient for the 2006 Distinguished Service Award; and voted to give Key Awards to four individuals for their exceptional service to the College in the 2004-2005 calendar year.   At the Celebration of Science dinner on Friday night, the Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Charter Trustee Steve Anthony ‘59. The Volunteer of the Year award is presented annually to a member of the Hamilton family who has provided a substantial, lasting contribution in a volunteer capacity.  Steve chairs the Board of Trustee Committee on Buildings, Grounds and Equipment and was involved in all phases of the new Science Building.   The weekend was incredible, from start to finish.  Thanks to everyone who joined us.  Mark your calendar for the Spring Alumni Council meetings that are scheduled for April 7 – 8, 2006. More ...
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