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Onwaniqua Heard '15
Onwaniqua Heard ’15 Heads Back to the Classroom

Onwaniqua Heard ’15 is going to find herself back in the classroom more quickly than most recent graduates: this time, however, she’ll be the teacher, not the student. Heard will be entering the Greenwich Country Day School’s Co-Teacher Program this fall, a program that “gives co-teachers a chance to work with children of different ages and to broaden their professional experience.”  More ...

Nine Faculty Members Named to Endowed Chairs

Dean of Faculty Patrick D. Reynolds announced the appointment of nine Hamilton faculty members to endowed chairs. All were effective July 1.  More ...

From left, Samantha Mengual, Zoe Tessler and Daniel O'Shea check garlic mustard samples in the lab.
Students Investigate Invasive Exotic Species

In today’s environmentally conscious academic climate, there has been a significant amount of attention paid to the destruction caused by industry to the planet. However, this summer Hamilton students Samantha Mengual ’16, Zoe Tessler ’16 and Daniel O’Shea ’17 are researching a less frequently considered potential cause of decreasing biodiversity: invasive exotic species. Their research is under the advisement of Associate Professor of Biology William Pfitsch, and is focusing on the Alliaria petiolata plant, more commonly known as garlic mustard.  More ...

Hannah Staab '17 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Hannah Staab ’17 Explores Lab Research Through Albert Einstein Internship

Hannah Staab ’17 is applying her academic focus in biology to an internship with Dr. Kamran Khodakhah’s lab at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, this summer. The AE College of Medicine is one of the premier research-intensive medical schools in the nation and is a longtime national leader in biomedical research.  More ...

Marian Ackerman bands a crow as Jessica Sofen looks on.
Counting Crows

If prompted to identify animals that display high levels of intelligence, many people would probably name well-known exotic species, such as dolphins or chimps. However, one common species that many of us interact with every day may be among the most intelligent species on earth - crows. From tool-building and abstract thinking to complex social behavior, crows display intelligence to a degree that has been of great interest to scientists in recent years.  More ...

Jonah Boucher '17 works on a custom built remote operated vehicle at Bristol Pool.
Jonah Boucher ’17 Explores Meromictic Green Lake Chemistry

Jonah Boucher ’17 is undertaking research this summer with a team of students under  Associate Professor of Biology Michael McCormick analyzing various chemical and microbiological properties of Green Lake in Onondaga County, N.Y. Green Lake is notable for its meromictic properties, meaning that it is separated into two major layers of water, one well-oxygenated and one anoxic, that do not mix, even after the passage of long periods of time.  More ...

Science Show and Tell

Hamilton College welcomed 3rd grade students from Oneida’s Seneca Street Elementary School to the Taylor Science Center on June 3 for a number of educational presentations on psychology, biology, physics and chemistry.  More ...

Ernest Williams
Williams Publishes Articles on Monarchs

Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology emeritus and lecturer in biology, recently published two articles about monarch butterflies. “Microclimatic Protection of Overwintering Monarchs Provided by Mexico’s High-Elevation Oyamel Fir Forests: A Review” appears as a book chapter, and “Enhancing Monarch Butterfly Reproduction by Mowing Fields of Common Milkweed” was published in The American Midland Naturalist.  More ...

Professors Max Majireck, Courtney Gibbons, Shelley Haley and Susan Mason.
Faculty Members Receive Teaching Awards at Class & Charter Day

Hamilton College’s highest awards for teaching were presented to four faculty members during the annual Class & Charter Day ceremony on May 11. Professor of Classics Shelley Haley was awarded the Samuel & Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching; Assistant Professor of Mathematics Courtney Gibbons was honored with the John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award; and Max Majireck, assistant professor of chemistry, received the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, Education Studies Program Director Susan Mason received Student Assembly’s Sidney Wertimer Award.  More ...

Andrea Townsend
Townsend Co-Authors Article in PeerJ

An article co-authored by Assistant Professor of Biology Andrea Townsend titled “Patterns of evolution of MHC class II genes of crows (Corvus) suggest trans-species polymorphism” appears in the April issue of PeerJ.  More ...

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