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Ivy Akumu '15
Ivy Akumu ’15 Seeks to Demystify African Religion in Emerson Project

When Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was released, it generated both curiosity and criticism for its portrayal of Christianity. For Ivy Akumu ’15, it sparked an interest in the history of Christianity and, by extension, of other religions. Her growing fascination led to an Emerson Foundation-funded research project this summer, titled “Demystifying African Religion.”  Through this project, she aims to deconstruct misconceptions about traditional African religions, partially through drawing parallels between them and Christianity.  More ...

Shea Nagle '16, Ben Ligas '14, Scott Pillette '14, Sally Bourdon '15, Nicole LaBarge '15.
Levitt Research Group Examines Elevated Blood Lead Levels

Hamilton’s open curriculum encourages students to explore interdisciplinary studies, combining multiple subjects in an original and constructive manner.  When one group of students became aware of an issue plaguing the local community, they knew that by using their unique research interests they could tackle the issue comprehensively.  These Levitt Group Research Grant recipients will pursue their passion for aiding others while contributing to a larger body of scientific knowledge.  More ...

From left: Hannah Lyons '14, Kelly Jenkins '14, Andraya Cole '14, David Borczuk '14, Claire Barton '14, Megan Blair '16.
Biology Group Studies Blood Sugar for Links to Obesity

Obesity and diabetes are serious issues that public health officials are focusing on.  A bulk of the scientific literature blames sedentary lifestyles for the increase in obesity.  However, the developing trend of people becoming categorized as obese is increasingly steep and Hamilton student researchers believe there are more biological and chemical components to the issues.  More ...

Kina Viola '14
Kina Viola '14 Combines Math and Creative Writing in Emerson Project

The ideal of a liberal arts education involves taking courses over a wide and varied curriculum, especially when that means taking some risks. Kina Viola ’14, a creative writing major, is embodying that ideal by pursuing a research project that combines writing and math, a subject she’s always been interested in despite a proclaimed lack of familiarity.  More ...

Hamilton Authors Publish in SAA Archaeological Record

An article written by several members of the Hamilton community was published in the May issue of The SAA Archaeological Record, the magazine of the Society for American Archaeology.  More ...

Sarah Mandel '15, Carrie Cabush '15, (Alex Cates '15 pictured on monitor), Summer Bottini '14, Mahima Karki '14
Tracking Movements to Find Answers

Picking up a spoon to stir your morning coffee seems uncomplicated enough, right? We simply see the object and move our hand until it is close enough to grab it. But how much harder does it become if the object gets smaller or farther away from us? Or what happens when we start using our non-dominant hand? Perhaps most of us could make an educated guess at how much harder it would make the task, but Paul Fitts took it one step further beyond just estimating.  More ...

Nate Goebel '15
Goebel ’15 Delves Into Chekhov in Emerson Project

Last fall, Nate Goebel ’15 realized that he wasn’t satisfied with the way he read plays and decided to improve his reading of what happens between the lines of dialogue. In an Emerson Foundation Grant project titled “Apocalypse at Dinner: A Creative-Minded Study of Anton Chekhov’s Craft,” Goebel will immerse himself in the plays and short stories of Anton Chekhov and will ultimately adapt one of the author's stories into a short play, developing a first-hand knowledge of playwriting.  More ...

 Jamie McLean '15 and Madison Beres '15 enjoying an introductory dive through Thetford Reef.
Domack, 18 Hamilton Students Head Down Under for Geology Field Course

Eugene Domack, the Joel W. Johnson Family Professor of Environmental Studies, and 18 Hamilton College students left June 7 for a three-week field course to Australia and Tasmania. Three flights and 30 hours later the group landed in Cairns, a city located on the coast of Northeast Australia.

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Catherine Oglevee '15 and Laura Rivera '16
Students Examine Luminescence of Rare Earth Sol-gel Metals

The world of technology is changing at a rapid pace and new materials need to be utilized to make further advancements.  Rare earth metals are in a strong position to be more widely used for various applications, ranging from small electronic devices to large television screens. Laura Rivera ’16 and Catherine Oglevee ’15 are working with terbium and europium, two rare earth metals, this summer to understand their fluorescent properties.  More ...

Neil Edwards '14
Levitt Researcher Examines Relationship Between China and Tanzania

There’s no shortage of media coverage when it comes to China’s booming economic sector.  Reforms dating back to the 1970s have launched China’s economy on a trajectory that was unfathomable 40 years ago.  Now that the country has established industrial and financial infrastructures, it is looking for ways to sustain its economic growth.  Neil Edwards ’14 is examining the developing investment of China in Tanzania to see if it fosters a mutually beneficial relationship between the countries.  More ...

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