Frank Frey, assistant professor of biology, whose
research on red maple leaves made headlines last fall
[Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]
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- The discovery of two ancient campsites in Cyprus by Albert
Ammerman (senior research associate, classics) and three other
archaeologists was covered by Reuters, the New York Times,
Oregonian, Cyprus Mail,
MSNBC, and numerous other outlets worldwide.
The sites could be the earliest evidence of seafaring in the East
- Peter Balakian (English), author of The Burning
Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, was consulted for a
Scripps Howard News Service article debunking myths about World War II.
- A study by evolutionary ecologist and plant biologist
Frank Frey (biology) and undergraduate assistant Maggie Eldridge '05,
which Frey said may have implications for cancer research, made headlines this
fall, from the Philadelphia Inquirer and
Toronto Star to
KCBD-TV in Lubbock, Texas, ABC News.com, and more. The researchers
discovered that red maple leaves, when dropped in the fall, release chemicals
that may prevent nearby saplings or other vegetation from taking root.
- sculptures of DeWitt Godfrey (art and art history)
have been featured in international exhibitions for more than two decades, and
have received resounding critical acclaim. Recently, Godfrey's work has
appeared in several regional museums, generating buzz on both the regional and
national art circuits, including the Buffalo News, Globe and Mail(Toronto), Boston Globe, and ARTnews.
- Research by Ron Hoham (biology)
on snow microbes -- the tiny life forms often found in upstate New York snow
during the spring thaw -- was featured in four segments of National Public
Radio's Pulse of the Planet and a story on National Geographic Channel
- In a Cosmopolitan piece about how a woman's makeup and
hairstyle can influence how others view her, Carrie Keating (psychology)
commented on how two typical "looks" are perceived.
- A Washington Post story highlighted the discovery of a
previously unseen community of bacteria and clams on the Antarctic Ocean floor
by a team of researchers including Amy Leventer (geology). It also ran
in other publications nationwide, including the Philadelphia Inquirer
and Seattle Times.
- Meika Loe (sociology and anthropology/women's studies)
discussed the implications of the Viagra phenomenon in an article in New
Zealand's Rangitikei Mail
- A study of lawyers conducted by Cheryl Long
(economics) and a Rice University colleague, published in the Journal of Law
and Economics, was featured in a Forbes.com story.
- Beth Parks (physics and astronomy), who teaches a
course called Energy and the Home, was consulted for two articles (1,
2) on home
heating and energy efficiency for the Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.). The
stories also ran in outlets such as the Chicago Tribune and
Greenwich (Conn.) Times, and the website of Los Angeles-based
television station KTLA.
- Omid Safi (philosophy and religion) commented on
Islamic tradition and the breadth of an antiterror edict in an article that was
distributed nationally via the Associated Press's religion wire.
- An Associated Press story, "Colleges try to contend with
hovering parents," discussed the residential education plan's emphasis on
self-governance and the university's approach to dealing with overinvolved
parents. The story -- which quoted President Rebecca S. Chopp, Dean of the
College Adam Weinberg, Dean of Students Jim Terhune, and Director of Counseling
and Psychological Services Mark Thompson -- ran in numerous outlets across the
country, including USA Today, MSNBC, CNN, and the Boston
Globe, Gainesville Sun (Fla.), Contra Costa Times (Calif.),
and Chicago Tribune, among others. "Colgate is making educating students
a higher priority than customer service," the piece reads. "The liberal arts
college . . . has concluded that helicopter parenting has gotten out of hand,
undermining the out-of-the-classroom lessons on problem-solving, seeking help
and compromise that should be part of a college education."
- In a Philadelphia Inquirer article, "Letting go,"
Thompson explained Colgate's policy: "We are not looking to cut parents out,
but a vital part of living in a residence hall is to learn about interpersonal
relationships in and out of the classroom."
- Weinberg authored "An alternative to the campus as Club Med,"
an in-depth essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education's Review
section. He outlined Colgate's residential philosophies and initiatives, and
placed the university's leadership position in the context of trends at other
liberal arts colleges.
- The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World article "Grounding
`helicopter parents'" reported that "Colgate used to send students' parents a
list of administrators' phone numbers. Not anymore. This year, parents received
a statement about Colgate's philosophy of self-reliance."
- "Uneasy relations" in the Baltimore Sun
mentioned Colgate's policy of letting roommates attempt to work out grievances
with each other before having a staff member intervene.
Students pal around in Curtis Hall. In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article about parental
involvement, counseling center director Mark Thompson commented that
"a vital part of living in a residence hall is to learn about interpersonal relationships."
[Photo by Jimmy Maritz '05]
- Colgate's policy of waiving the application fee for students
filing online was mentioned in a trend article in the Wall Street
- The university's career-oriented winter and summer break
programs were spotlighted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette piece exploring
employment options for liberal arts college graduates.
- Stephen A. Lake, a 55-year-old casino worker from Las Vegas
who is attempting to travel to 500 colleges, spoke with the Chronicle of
Higher Education about his belief that Colgate's campus is the most
beautiful he's visited.
- Proud dad Peter King wrote of Colgate's beautiful campus in a
SportsIllustrated.com piece. He went on to describe his Family Weekend
experiences visiting his daughter Mary Beth '08.
- A full-page Entrepreneur magazine article featured
Chili Willy's Underground, the Mexican eatery in Hamilton founded by seniors
Matt Brown, Preston Burnes, and Chris Nordsiek after they won the Colgate
business plan competition.
- A New York Times story discussed the student
volunteers — who number more than a dozen — with the Hamilton fire
- NPR's Here and Now interviewed dean Adam Weinberg
about Facebook, an online directory that allows students to discover each other
through mutual friendships and interests.
- With a strong and growing collection of more than 10,000
objects, the Picker Art Gallery plays a significant role in Colgate's teaching
mission and the reputation of its arts programs. The gallery has experienced a
revitalization of sorts after the hiring of director Elizabeth E. (Lizzie)
Barker, a former assistant curator with the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the
subsequent reinstallation of a permanent collection; and the rediscovery of a
trove of rare drawings done by displaced Nyoongar Aboriginal children of the
Carrolup settlement in Australia. The story of the drawings was told in
articles here and abroad, from the New York Times, The Australian,
The West Australian, Albany Great Southern Weekender (Australia),
Juxtapoz magazine, and The Bulletin (Australia).
Jenkins is associate director of media relations at Colgate.