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- Year in review
Skidmore celebrated the high points, reflected on the low, and came together over the ones in between in 2016. Read More.
- Live from New York, it's US-Russia relations
Political science students recently explored America's fraught relationship with Russia in a live interaction with the next generation of Russia's foreign-policy makers. Read More.
- Green and getting greener
The 2017 Princeton Review gives Skidmore a score of 94 out of 100 for its sustainability, and New York State calls it a leader among green campuses. Read More.
- Questioning the queue
"I'm only popular in the fall of even-numbered years," quips Skidmore political scientist Chris Mann on the "This is Skidmore" podcast. Why is his popularity in flux? Because he teaches campaigns and election research--hot topics leading up to November election days. Read More.
- Protecting first responders
The top danger to firefighters is the physical rigor of their work; nearly half of all line-of-duty deaths are due to sudden cardiac events. Skidmore's expert in this field just won a new Homeland Security research grant. Read More.
- Skidmore receives $1.5M grant for firefighter safety research
Denise Smith, professor of health and exercise sciences at Skidmore College, has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to continue her research developing tools that may save firefighters lives. Read More.
- Skidmore scientists
The number of Skidmore science majors has doubled in a decade. Find out why. Read More.
- She Blinded Me with Political Science
Professor Ron Seyb discusses reasons why the Government department at Skidmore College is now the Political Science department. Read More.
- Will Cleveland help the RNC?
Does location matter when choosing a city to host national conventions? Christopher B. Mann, associate professor of political science, says "maybe not." Read More.
- Can Adirondack forests help fight climate change?
Soil organic matter accumulates more and stores more carbon dioxide in some forest types than in others. The research team of Kurt Smemo, Dan Casarella '18, and Jen Cristiano '18 have turned to the Adirondacks to find out why. Read More.
- Area youth in campus biology institute
To bring more youngsters into science and technology, Skidmore hosts its first cell-biology institute for area high-schoolers, thanks to a National Science Foundation grant. Read More.
Building a sustainable-energy system for the college's future Center for Integrated Sciences, Skidmore will drill some 240 geothermal wells and create a control center like the one pictured here. Read More.
- Earth Week focus: Sustainable dining and service
Skidmore celebrates sustainability during a range of Earth Week activities. Read More.
- North Woods video series
A series of short videos about Skidmore's North Woods offers special insight into this campus treasure. Read More.
- Computer Science-Theater major stars in local production of "Sleuth"
Woodrow Proctor '16 (right) and Steve Leifer in a scene from "Sleuth" at Curtain Call Theater Jan. 8 through Feb. 6. Read More.
- "Under the Microscope: Biology as Art"
Artistic images made in the lab will be featured in a new exhibition opening Dec. 10 at the Spring Street Gallery. Read More.
- First-ever science summit upcoming
Oct. 24 program to feature conversations at the forefront of science and society. Read More.
- Zankel stage gets green light
Skidmore's new concert-stage lighting can shine green, but even greener is its much-reduced environmental impact. Read More.
- Science summit announced
Science--from medicine to food, from phones to fuels--is changing everything. At an Oct. 24 summit, Skidmore alumni and other experts will share their insights. Read More.
- NSF supports plant-cell research
Just as mammals evolved from fishy ancestors, land plants evolved from aquatic algae. How did plant cells manage the wet-to-dry transition? An NSF grant is helping a Skidmore scientist answer that question. Read More.
- New tools for environmental problems
Floods, droughts, and pollution are urgent concerns in many developing nations. A World Bank environmental expert has some new approaches to share in the fall ES keynote talk. Read More.
- Partnering for health
Student-faculty research has spawned an alumnus-faculty enterprise. Read More.
- Stewarding the North Woods
North Woods stewards wear many hats--scientist, historian, hiker, organizer--to foster love and respect for the campus forest. Read More.
- Let the game begin
Neuroscientist Hassan Lopez reaps a reward following eight years of effort--publication of his first board game. Read More.
- Foray into fungus
Skidmore's student-run organic garden has always supplied produce to the campus dining hall. Now it's mushrooming--literally. Read More.
- "I'll take Potpourri for $200, Alex"
Recent "Jeopardy!" champion Brennan Bushee '15 says thumbs are just as important as brains on the popular game show. He's pictured with host Alex Trebek. Read More.
- A guide to a green Skidmore
The new Skidmore Sustainability Map identifies sustainable developments and their location. Read More.
- Geoscience knowledge inspires artistic endeavor
Showing just how creative thought matters, Margarent Lefton and Devin Sullivan, both Class of 2015, share a tapestry they created in a fiber arts class with Jennifer Cholnoky of the Department of Geosciences. Read More.
- Roohans donate second parcel of Greenfield property
The gift to Skidmore of a 120-acre parcel by Michael and Margaret Roohan has substantially increased the College's holdings of undeveloped property available for teaching and research. Read More.
- Earth celebrations not limited to a single day
Skidmore students don't limit their environmental and sustainability activism to just one day on the calendar. Their engagement can be seen regularly on campus and in the community. Read More.
- Weiss Lecture topic: Semiconductor industry
The semiconductor industry has been a key to this region's economic growth. Weiss Lecturer Unni Pillai of the CNSE will evaluate the role of the semiconductor industry in growth and productivity from 1974 to 2012 Read More.
- Class focus: Autism Awareness and Acceptance
Rachel Mann Rosan's students have again coordinated a robust schedule of events designed to raise awareness about autism, including research updates and details on services in the region. Read More.
- Strock talk focus: Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal
The Panama Canal will soon have competition, as construction has started on the Nicaraguan Interoceanic Canal. Geologist Paul Mann of the University of Houston will share details in his April 9 talk. Read More.
- Guest scholar to assess risks associated with natural events
Colleen Murphy of the University of Illinois researches and writes about risk ethics. Read More.
- Biologist Drake helps answer key question in canine history
Research by biologist Abby Grace Drake has canine experts rethinking the origin and ancestry of man's best friend. Read More.
- Dowd Lecture topic: Capitalism and the quality of life
UPDATED Feb. 1--This lecture has been cancelled. Knox College scholar Tim Kasser will deliver Feb. 2 lecture. Read More.
- Students advance climate-systems research
When it comes to climate-change science, Skidmore students are working with faculty on a broad range of research. Among the projects this year: studying an ancient stalagmite to learn about the effects of volcanic eruptions and storms on the decline of Mexico's Maya civilization, analyzing coal ash from as far away as Calcutta to determine how it behaves in the atmosphere, and calibrating a tool that uses satellite data to determine how carbon sinks deep into the ocean. Read More.
- The year in pictures
Sustainability, the sciences, visual literacy, and documentary studies are a few of the areas in which the college made major strides in 2014. Read More.
- Dam fine idea
Skidmore has entered into an agreement to use power from a dam downstate, producing up to 4.1 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually. Read More.
- Greenspace: Skidmore's environmental strategy embraces every spot on campus, and beyond
Ranks of loaner bikes outside Scribner Library, a large garden with a tool shed on Wiecking Hall lawn, a plug-in kiosk for electric cars in Palamountain parking lot-- Skidmore's campus looks a lot different than it did just a few years ago. Read More.
- Studying Spaceship Earth
When members of the Class of 2014 graduated last spring, they wore academic robes made from recycled plastic bottles--a perfect coda for an education marked by growing opportunities to study sustainability. Read More.
- Living today for what it will mean tomorrow
People and planet, ethics and economics are what define sustainability in the 21st century. Read More.
- A better way to exercise
It's quality, not quantity, that matters most, exercise scientist Paul Arciero has shown in a study that's likely to make you rethink how you spend your time at the gym. Read More.
- ES keynote speaker to focus on meaningful action
Author and sustainability expert Auden Schendler will present Skidmore's Environmental Studies keynote address Tuesday, Sept. 23. The public is welcome. Read More.
- Skidmore Community Garden party announced
The Skidmore garden has is nearing the end of its first year at a new location. What better reason for a party? Come see and hear about the growing season, and have a taste of sustainably grown produce. Read More.
- FEMA grant to further new research on firefighter health
Professor Denise Smith to lead largest national study investigating precise medical cause of cardiac death in the fire service. Read More.
- Moss-Racusin helps White House scientists understand STEM gender bias
Assistant Professor Corinne Moss-Racusin shared research with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in July. It was the third time in 18 months that a Skidmore community member attended a high-profile White House meeting. Read More.
- Biologists seek answers to fundamental questions about cells
The mysteries of plant cell walls are being revealed to Skidmore biologists engaged in summer collaborative research. Read More.
- Waste audit yields clues about campus recycling program
Sustainable Skidmore undertakes spring waste audit to learn about what's being discarded and what could be recycled. Read More.
- 16th annual Academic Festival: Excellence matters
Research across disciplines was front and center at the 16th annual Academic Festival, which had as its theme "Excellence matters." Read More.
- "Give+Go" is thrifty and green
Skidmore and community volunteers are again collecting what students would otherwise leave behind as they head home. Instead of going to a landfill, the items go to local charities. Read More.
- Students to brief City Council on hazardous waste collection study
Only about 1 percent of local residents participated in the city's last household hazardous waste collection day. Seniors Faith Nicholas, Jennifer Garvin and Lauren Schilling want to increase that number, and will share their ideas Tuesday night with the Saratoga Springs City Council. Read More.
- Lecture to explore the roots of Arab uprisings
Rami Zurayk of the American University of Beirut says thousands of hungry, jobless rural migrants are reshaping the Arab world. He'll give a talk, "Bread, Freedom, and Social Justice" at 7 p.m. April 7 in Davis Auditorium. Read More.
- Big-cat expert to discuss wildlife preservation April 2
Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, the "Indiana Jones of Wildlife Ecology," comes to Skidmore courtesy of the Biology Senior Capstone series. Students are supporting his conservation work with an upcoming 5K run. Read More.
- Exercise Science students to lead campus-wide observance of National Public Health Week
E-photo contest, public health festival to emphasize that public health matters. Read More.
- Dowd Lecture topic: Causes, consequences of soul and afterlife
Rutgers Professor Dan Ogilvie will talk about how beliefs affect survival. Read More.
- Veteran environmental activist Rod Coronado to lecture
Noted for his work in environmental and animal rights, Coronado to promote citizen action to save the wolf in his March 3 Skidmore talk. Read More.
- SU scholar's Feb. 24 topic: Community geography
On Feb. 24 Jonnell Robinson will talk about how maps can be a powerful way to convey information about place. Read More.
- Moss-Racusin leads effort to address "persistent" bias in academia
Assistant Professor of Psychology Corinne Moss-Racusin is lead author of new "Science" magazine paper that recommends science diversity interventions. (Above Moss-Racusin, left, with Aneta Molenda '14 and Charlotte Cramer '15. Eric Jenks photo) Read More.
- Strock talk topic: New discoveries from the Red Planet
Mount Holyoke Professor Darby Dyar will give an insider's look at the Mars rover Curiosity, reflect on the accomplishments achieved thus far, and look forward to a new year on Mars. Read More.
- Woodland carpentry
Students, faculty, and staff recently celebrated the completion of a new 250-foot-long boardwalk on a popular trail in Skidmore's North Woods. Read More.
- College commits to eradicating 2 invasive plant species
Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) and burning bush (Euonymus alatus) will be removed from landscaped beds around campus. Read More.
- Creative Minds: One first-year seminar
Professor Denise Evert helps students learn what drives creativity and how creativity is viewed across cultures. Read More.
- Waste not, want not: Student Composting and Dining Services collaborate
Students get experience in food prep from the experts in a session that stresses safety and low waste. Read More.
- Skidmore team earns patent for use of antioxidant compound
T.H. Reynolds and Jonathan Brestoff Parker have received a patent of use to explore the anti-obesity applications of MnTBAP, an antioxidant compound. Read More.
- Johnson to unravel 'tangled story of reading" in HF talk
The ability to read is a miracle, says Rebecca Johnson of the Psychology Department. She'll explain at this year's Honors Forum lecture, at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Read More.
- New program to prepare executives to launch clean-tech start-ups
The New York Executive Clean Energy Leadership Institute (NY EXCEL), is expected to lead to business creation and job growth in upstate New York. Read More.
- Making electronics fun
Alumna Leah Buechley '97 says, "Anything you can do with paper and pen, you can do with electronics." She will discuss her invention, the LilyPad Arduino construction kit, in a Nov. 21 public talk. Read More.
- Trustees Approve 'Creating Our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore'
Their vote launches a two-year "nucleus phase." Among top priorities: a new Center for Integrated Sciences, financial aid, and an expansion of opportunities for internships and collaborative research. Read More.
- Gillespie to explore interdisciplinary intersections in Oct. 28 talk
A weeklong residency kicks off with a talk on embracing a career in art and science. Hayley Gillespie will draw on her experience as an ecologist and artist to share insight on interdisciplinary intersections. Read More.
- Skidmore Unplugged promotes sustainabilility
Annual event encourages energy conservation. Read More.
- Chris Wilson to give ES keynote, welcome Sept. 17
What makes a neighborhood cool, and why? Cultural landscape scholar Chris Wilson of the University of New Mexico will share details when he delivers the fall Environmental Studies keynote address Sept. 17. Read More.
- How to sweeten your coffee
A comparison of artificial sweeteners to sugar was one of more than 60 topics on which students presented at last week's final session of the Student Faculty Summer Research Program. Read More.
- A merger of art and science
Design and computer programming used to look like totally separate disciplines. No longer, as a new approach to teaching interaction design shows. Read More.
- Wide horizons
A photographic traverse of the entirety of Norway from north to south is one of 20 projects challenging recipients of $4000 SEE-Beyond grants this summer. Read More.
- Goliath vs. bantam
From corn breeds to calories to recipes, today's food issues have a lot to do with size and competition. Read More.
- Biochemist Sheppard wins federal grant
A major National Science Foundation grant for Kelly Sheppard reflects his approach--focusing on basic science but also on education and outreach. Read More.
- Research colloquium to focus on sources of memory confusion
Two leading psychologists will share research into the sources of memory confusions in our everyday lives in an April 10 presentation on campus. Read More.
- Bowdoin Scholar to discuss meaning of achievement gap
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science contiunes its seminar series with Bowdoin College Professor Thomas Pietraho, who visits Skidmore March 28. Read More.
- The future of interactivity
Four of Skidmore's most accomplished interaction designers will speak on campus April 9. Their focus: What will computer software enable us to do next? Read More.
- Bowdoin scholar to share math secrets
The "Bank Teller Problem" and its solution will be revealed March 7 when Bowdoin College Professor Jennifer Taback lectures during the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Seminar Series. Read More.
- New York Six symposium set for April 1 at Union
Service learning, community engagement, sustainability, and the Upstate economy will be the four areas of focus at a free one-day Upstate New York Symposium to be hosted by the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium at Union College on Monday, April 1. Read More.
- Buffalo geologist to give Strock Lecture
Melting of the ice sheet has important implications for global climate change, according to University at Buffalo Geologist Jason P. Briner, who will give the 2013 Lester W. Strock Lecture in Geosciences on Feb. 22. Read More.
- White House honor
Sallie (Penny) Chisholm '69 receives the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama for her revolutionary work in oceanography. Read More.
- Sustainability expands
Beyond recycling and renewable energy, Skidmore's sustainability efforts have become part of the curriculum. For some students, lessons on sustainability were taught at a barnyard. Read More.
- Skidmore welcomes two new sustainability professionals
Grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation funds two-year appointments to help with sustainability initiatives. Read More.
- Professor emeritus to give talk on Urban Forestry Project
Tom Denny will discuss the past, present, and future of the city's "green infrastructure." Read More.
- Get ready to scream
Skidmore's basketball players will seize the spotlight this Saturday for the Big Green Scream -- the annual, festive start to the spring-semester athletic schedule. Skidmore hosts Union starting at 2 p.m. Read More.
- Highest honor
Sallie (Penny) Chisholm '69 will receive the National Medal of Science for her revolutionary work in oceanography, especially the role played by photosynthetic microorganisms in sustaining ocean ecosystems. Read More.
- Student Tutors available during study days and finals
Student Tutors available during study days and finals Read More.
- Career Opportunities for Math and Computer Science students!
Career Opportunities for Math and Computer Science students! Read More.
- Global food security to be topic of ES guest speaker
Who owns what you eat: Why the use and control of biological diversity matters to global food security" will be the topic of guest speaker Susan Bragdon when she lectures at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Skidmore. Read More.
- Are humans storytelling animals?
Author Jonathan Gottschall will discuss "The Storytelling Animal" on Wednesday, Nov. 14, on campus. Free and open to the public, his talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Read More.
- Grant expands active learning in computer science
An interactive teaching method that has proven its worth in college physics and is entering other fields will be developed in computer science, thanks to a two-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Read More.
- Skidmore honored for campus sustainability innovation
Skidmore wins a national award for geothermal heating and cooling. The college uses an elaborate system of pipes to tap constant temperatures deep in the earth. Read More.
- High-tech new lab
Skidmore has a new, high-tech laboratory for getting at the chemical subtleties behind climate change, paleontology, toxicology, and much more. Read More.
- Skidmore honored for campus sustainability innovation
Skidmore wins a national award for geothermal heating and cooling. The college uses an elaborate system of pipes to tap constant temperatures deep in the earth. Read More.
- NYU scholar to discuss stereotype threat
Joshua Aronson, associate professor of applied psychology at New York University, will discuss "Stereotype Threat and Its Implications for Colleges and College Students" in a talk scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. Free and open to the public, the discussion will take place in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. A reception will follow. Read More.
- Environmental scholar to discuss field study in Bhutan
Robin Sears, vice president for academic affairs at the School for Field Studies (SFS), will discuss "Optimize your gross happiness: Study abroad! Environmental field studies in Bhutan and other exciting places" on Wednesday, Oct. 24 Read More.
- Thank You!
More than 10,000 alumni, parents, and friends made a gift to Skidmore this past giving year (June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012). Each of these individuals helped to Make Creative Thought Happen for Skidmore's students and faculty! Read More.
- Skidmore employees pursue healthy, greener options
Several groups of Skidmore employees have made their mark this week in community initiatives that promote healthy competition and greener commuting options. Read More.
- Denton W. Crocker
Denton Winslow Crocker, noted zoologist and professor emeritus of biology, died Feb. 19, 2012, of complications from cancer. Read More.
- Ruth Fleishman
Ruth Fleishman, longtime lab coordinator in Skidmore's Biology Department, died Feb. 14, 2012, in Troy, following a long illness. She was 80. Read More.
- How safe is the fish we eat?
David Carpenter, director of the University at Albany Institute for Health and the Environment, will visit Skidmore to discuss the fish we eat in a talk scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29. Read More.
- Lois Rose (Sevigny) Hollenbeck
Lois Rose (Sevigny) Hollenbeck, a Skidmore graduate and assistant professor emerita of biology, died April 29, 2010, in Valatie, N.Y. Read More.
- Anne Ross Fairbanks
Anne Ross Fairbanks died June 18, 2009, in Troy, N.Y. A former Olympic athlete, Presidential Point of Light, teacher, scholar, and Skidmore aquatics coach, she was 85 years old. Read More.