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Karen Brewer
NPR's All Things Considered Interviews Brewer

Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer was interviewed by National Public Radio’s Senior Host Robert Siegel on Aug. 23 for an All Things Considered segment, “Hamilton College Introduces New Diversity Requirement.” Their conversation centered on the mandate that the requirement be fulfilled within a student’s concentration and how that might be accomplished in subject areas not normally associated with issues of inclusion and difference, identity, culture and social class. Brewer was last year’s chair of the College’s Committee on Academic Policy when the requirement was developed.  More ...

Mary Langworthy '17 and Mary Margaret Allen '17
Fossilized Traces: the Search for a Window into the Past

For Mary Langworthy ’17 and Mary Margaret Allen ’17, the geology trip to Turkana, Kenya, was not only a great research experience, but also a true adventure. Supervised by Assistant Professor of Geosciences Catherine Beck, they visited East African Rift and described sedimentary rock sequences and collected samples that will be used for further analysis back at school.  More ...

From left, Kevin Carey '17, Thomas Soldi '17, Marcos Ferreccio '17 and Alexander Cornwell '17.
Hands-On Work, Preparation for an Engineering Path

Marcos Ferreccio ’17 and Alex Cornwell ’17 spent this summer building and optimizing an electron spin resonance (ESR) magnetometer. The research project was supervised by Professor of Physics Brian Collett and the Litchfield Professor of Astronomy Gordon Jones.  More ...

Martina Brave '17 with Dr. Antonio Di Cristofano at an Albert Einstein SURP poster session.
Martina Brave ’17 Researches Thyroid Cancer

In 2016, the American Cancer Association expects 62,450 new cases of thyroid cancer with approximately 2,000 deaths. Although anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is fairly rare, representing approximately 5% of thyroid cancer, it is also one of the deadliest forms of cancer, with most patients dying within 6 months of diagnosis. Martina Brave’17 got the opportunity this summer to explore the mechanisms behind thyroid cancer, as part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).   More ...

From left: Professor Adam Van Wynsberghe, David Dacres '18, Kalvin Nash '18, Erin Lewis '18, AB Abera '19 and Rich Pastor '73.
Students Present Work at Undergrad Chemistry Conference

Four Hamilton students presented their computational chemistry research during the 15th Annual Molecular Educational Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) conference. The conference was held at Bucknell University July 21-23.  More ...

Emma Anderson '17
Wanted: Obese, Diabetic Mice

Emma Anderson ’17 has always been fascinated by biology. She is planning to pursue a graduate degree in a nutrition-related field, and hopes to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of others through her career. This summer, Anderson was selected for the Summer Student Program at The Jackson Laboratory, a non-profit biomedical research institution located in Bar Harbor, Maine. It’s been a great opportunity for her to explore her interests and learn about the potential career path of a biomedical researcher.  More ...

Joana Mora '18
Better Understanding Cancer

After watching the documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies and having family members battle with cancer, Joana Mora’18 was determined to play a role in cancer research. This summer, under the advisement of Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Mark Sasaki, she studied cancer by looking into whether RNF43, a protein coding gene mutated in many types of cancers, is a transcriptional target of p53, a tumor suppressor gene. Understanding their relationship helps explain how various forms of cancer begin.  More ...

Lindsay LaBarge '17, Maya Montgomery '18
Programming Collaborators

Lyndsay LaBarge ’17 and Maya Montgomery ’18 spent this summer working on the design and implementation of CSPy, a variation of the programming language Python. The research is under the supervision of Associate Professor of Computer Science Alistair Campbell.  More ...

Aida Shadrav '17 (foreground) and Willa Mihalyi-Koch '19 wait for a plasma cleaner to do its work in Professor Farah Dawood's lab.
Chemistry Students Attempt to Improve Spectroscopy Signal

In recent years, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) has become valuable because it allows for the cost effective, rapid detection of small molecules without destroying or altering them. Particularly, in biology and chemistry fields, it allows one to identify biological samples like DNA and proteins, detect trace levels of explosives, and can be used in medical diagnostics.  More ...

Tyler Rhind '18 and his fellow researchers at VA Medical Center in New Haven, Conn.
Better Understanding the Brain

What is consciousness?’ The question has compelled Tyler Rhind ’18 to think about the relationship between the brain, behavior and awareness since taking courses in neuroscience and consciousness last year. While so far little is known about the links between them, Rhind hopes to further the understanding of consciousness through studying the effects of marijuana on short-term memory and how they relate to schizophrenia.  More ...

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