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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 ...
Tom Vilsack '72 Announces Candidacy for President in 2008
Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, a 1972 graduate of Hamilton College, announced on November 9 his intention to seek the Democratic party nomination for president in 2008. Vilsack is the first Democrat to formally announce his candidacy. More ...
Josh Simpson '72 Featured in Associated Press Article About His Infinity Project
Josh Simpson ’72 was recently featured in an Associated Press article about his personal never-ending mission called the “Infinity Project.” Simpson, who blows glass in his own studio in western Massachusetts, places planet-like glass orbs with the infinity symbol, a sideways number eight, all over the world.

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Bill Purcell '76 Selected as one of America's "Public Officials of the Year"

Bill Purcell ’76, mayor of Nashville, Tenn., will be honored as one of nine “public officials of the year” from across the country, a prestigious award for effective leadership, by Governing magazine. David Ewing, senior vice president for government relations and community improvement at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, nominated Purcell for the award based on the mayor’s work on education, public safety and economic development. Purcell, formerly a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, took office in 1999 and is credited with “…Nashville’s emergence as one of the top business locales in the country” in the November issue of Governing magazine.  More ...

Two Hamilton Alumni Among 'America's Best Leaders'
Two Hamilton alumni are included on a short list of individuals recognized as the nation’s foremost leaders. Now in its second year, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Leaders” edition (Oct. 30, 2006) recognizes the achievements of A.G. Lafley ’69, CEO, Procter & Gamble, and Robert Moses ’56, founder of The Algebra Project.

Conducted in collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, honorees were selected by a committee of government, community and private sector leaders. Chosen were men and women who, among other things, inspired a shared vision, challenged established processes and achieved measurable results in their respective fields.

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