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Vilsack '72 Appears on The Daily Show
On Monday, Dec. 18, Iowa Governor and Hamilton alumnus Tom Vilsack became the first 2008 presidential hopeful to appear on The Daily Show with John Stewart.  Eric Kuhn '09 was the only reporter in the audience. He wrote about the program and a subsequent reporters' conference for the Huffington Post. More ...
Vinny Strully '69 and New England Center for Children Featured on CBS Evening News
Vinny Strully '69, and the New England Center for Children (NECC), where he is executive director, were featured in a segment on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on Dec. 19. The New England Center for Children, in Southborough, Mass., is a private, nonprofit autism education center dedicated to bringing out human potential and creating productive lives for children with autism. The news clip is related to the bill to finance autism research (Combating Autism Act S. 843) that was signed by President George W. Bush. News reporter Sharyn Alfonsi visited NECC to look deeper into the school designed specifically to educate children diagnosed with autism.
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John Werner '92 Honored as One of 10 Outstanding Leaders in Boston
John Werner '92, executive director of Citizen Schools in Boston, was honored as one of the 2006 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) awardees by the Boston Jaycees. Citizen Schools is a leading national education initiative that uniquely mobilizes thousands of adult volunteers to help improve student achievement by teaching skill-building apprenticeships after-school.  TOYL honors 10 individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 for their exceptional professional and personal achievements coupled with their unwavering commitment to the Boston community. Nominations are solicited throughout Greater Boston and recipients are selected by a panel of distinguished independent judges, who are often past recipients of the TOYL award. Since 1952 the Jaycees have annually recognized young leaders representing a broad cross section of the Greater Boston community.  The awards were presented at a black-tie gala in September at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Tripp Jones '88 received the award in 1999.
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Alumni Trustee Candidates
The Alumni Council has nominated three candidates to serve as members of Hamilton's board of trustees. They are George D. Baker, Jr. '74, Torrence D. Moore '92 and Nancy Roob '87. In addition, two petition candidates have been accepted to the ballot -- Peter D. Brown '73 and Ben S. Wu '73. Each alumni trustee to be elected will serve a four-year term beginning on July 1, 2007. More ...
The Making of Josh Simpson's ' 72 Megaplanet to Air on PBS
"Defying Gravity," a PBS documentary about the making of Josh Simpson's '72 Megaplanet will air on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on WGBY - Public Television for Western New England. The show offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's largest glass paperweight. Simpson created the 109-pound megaplanet for an exhibit, "Worlds Within: The Evolution of the Paperweight" at the Corning Museum of Glass, on view through March 18. WGBY is channel 57 in western New England and will rebroadcast the show on Dec. 9 and 10. More ...
Helaman Ferguson '62, Creator of Science Center Sculpture, Featured in Science
Sculptor Helaman Ferguson '62 was profiled in the October issue of Science in an article titled "Carving His Own Unique Niche, in Symbols and Stone." Ferguson, a former mathematics professor at Brigham Young University, crafted the sculpture in front of Hamilton's Science Center. The article notes that after learning stone carving as a teenager, Ferguson wanted to study art as well as math. "He chose Hamilton College, a liberal arts school in upstate New York near where he had spent most of his childhood, where he could do both." The article describes Ferguson's Science Center sculpture: "The work, made of 10-centimeter-thick granite, centers on a pair of massive disks representing the planets Mars and Venus. 'Venus' is exactly 161 centimeters in diameter - the height of the average female Hamilton student, taken from the records of one of the college's psychology professors. 'Mars' is 174 centimeters in diameter - the average male student's height. The disks are inlaid with tiles in a pattern defined by the Poincare and Beltrami-Klein models of plane hyperbolic geometry."  Science subcribers may view the entire article at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/314/5798/412. More ...
Chemistry Students Publish Paper in Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Marco Allodi '08, Jovan Livada '08, and Meghan Dunn '06 recently published a paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A with their faculty research advisors. Allodi was first author, Dunn second, and Livada third. The paper, "Do Hydroxyl Radical-Water Clusters, OH(H2O)n, n=1-5, Exist in the Atmosphere?" explores the effects of hydration on the hydroxyl radical. More ...
Hamilton to Name Building for Dean Tolles and His Wife
Hamilton will name the Annex, the multipurpose facility adjoining the Beinecke Student Activities Village, the Patricia and Winton Tolles Pavilion in honor of the former long-time dean and his wife. The ceremony officially celebrating the rededication will occur at 4:30 p.m., on June 1 during Reunion Weekend. More ...
Corning Museum of Glass Unveils Josh Simpson '72 Megaplanet
The Corning Museum of Glass recently unveiled Josh Simpson’s Megaplanet, the 1000th paperweight in the museum's collection of paperweights. Simpson’s Planet is the focal point of the Museum’s new exhibit, Worlds Within: The Evolution of the Paperweight. The paperweight is 13 inches in diameter, weighs more than 100 pounds, and contains more than 50 different colors of glass. The planet is a clear orb with swirling oceans, continents, spaceships in orbit, and many objects that can be left up to the imagination.

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Jim Erickson '79, Rocky Mountain News Reporter, Wins 2006 Science in Society Award
Jim Erickson ‘79, science reporter for the Rocky Mountain News won a
2006 Science in Society Award (Newspaper category) presented by the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) at that organization's annual meeting in Baltimore on Oct. 29. His award-winning story, "A Change in the Air," published December 13, 2005, described the impact of climate change on the Colorado Rockies. The NASW's Science in Society Awards are considered to be among the highest honors in science journalism, primarily because the winners are chosen by a panel of their peers and the awards are not sponsored by any special interest group. Winners receive $1000 and a certificate. More ...
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