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PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, left, gives the commencement address. Patrick Reynolds, right, presents an award at commencement.
PayPal Co-Founder and Fast-Talking Dean Attract National Media

With a well-known commencement speaker who holds controversial views, Hamilton may have anticipated a bit more national media attention to the event than in past years. What was not expected was additional focus on the dean of faculty.  More ...

New members of <em>Sigma Xi</em>, the scientific research society.
Sigma Xi Initiates New Members

The Hamilton College Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, initiated 13 members of the Class of 2016 to associate membership before the annual dinner in the Taylor Science Center Atrium on May 20. Family members in attendance enjoyed a program of observations by mentors about the students, their research and student plans to continue in research.  More ...

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Lilly Pieper ’18 Awarded American Microscopical Society Student Fellowship

Lilly Pieper ’18 has been awarded a 2016 American Microscopical Society Student Fellowship to support her research with Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Simon Coppard’s research group on the “Evolution and expression of venom genes in sea urchin pedicellariae.”  More ...

Simon Coppard
Coppard Publishes Research in Zootaxa

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Simon Coppard recently published an article titled “A new genus of mellitid sand dollar (Echinoidea: Mellitidae) from the eastern Pacific coast of the Americas” in the journal Zootaxa.  More ...

Jason Townsend
Townsend Co-Authors Article on Pest Control by Birds

“Field-scale habitat complexity enhances avian conservation and avian-mediated pest-control services in an intensive agricultural crop,” an article co-authored by Supervisor of Introductory Laboratories Jason Townsend, was recently published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment.  More ...

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was the most recent guest in the Sacerdote Great Names Series.
Three Renowned Scientists Present on Campus

In the weeks following spring break, there is usually an abundance of speakers on campus. This year was no exception with almost 100 speakers presenting in the last 30 days on myriad topics. Three well-known scientists were among them: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Robert Ballard and Michael Mann.  More ...

Ernest Williams
Williams Travels Across Region to Discuss Monarchs

Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology emeritus and lecturer in biology, discussed threats to the monarch butterfly population in lectures in Ithaca, Fayetteville and Canastota, N.Y.  More ...

Oceanographer Robert Ballard
Titanic Discoverer Robert Ballard to Discuss Ocean Exploration

Oceanographer Robert Ballard, best-known for his work in underwater archaeology and historic discoveries including the Titanic, will give a lecture on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel. The lecture, titled “Ocean Exploration: Past, Present and Future,” is free and open to the public and will be sign-interpreted. Ballard discussed his upcoming Hamilton lecture on Northeast Public Radio WAMC on March 28.  More ...

Second graders make their own slime in chemistry.
Time for Slime

Hamilton College students are currently on spring break but that didn’t prevent science faculty from mesmerizing some other willing students with awe-inspiring demonstrations this week.  More ...

NY Times Publishes Williams' Letter on Monarch's Challenges

The New York Times published a letter to the editor written by Ernest Williams, the William R. Kenan Professor of Biology Emeritus, titled Challenges Facing the Monarch Butterfly on March 7. In response to a Feb. 28 article titled Monarch Butterfly Migration Rebounds Easing Some Fears, Williams pointed out that, “...this year’s measurement remains less than a quarter of what it was 20 years ago.”  More ...

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