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Factory floor? What is this place, and in what campus building? Who are the people shown here? Did you ever use this facility at Skidmore? If you know the answer, tell us the story at 518-580-5747,, or Scope c/o Skidmore College. We’ll report answers, and run a new quiz, in the upcoming Scope.


Budding beekeepers? Denton Crocker, professor emeritus, recognizes biology teaching associate Betsy Franz, on the right, “dabbing a tiny dot of paint onto the thorax of a honeybee. The bee so marked can be identified when it returns to the observation hive, and its manner of communicating the distance, direction, and concentration of the sugar-water in the feeding dish can be observed.” This, he adds, is most certainly “not ‘weird science.’ It replicates experiments by Karl von Frisch that won him a Nobel prize.” Indeed students in the “Populations and Adaptations” course designed their own research—for example, testing whether some bees showed preferences for particular sugar solutions, scents, or flower colors.

Christian Lee ’95 remembers classmates Gil Pabon, in the middle, and Anna Poladian, next to him. “This was in the early ’90s, and I think Gil and Anna said it was in Skidmore’s North Woods.” Right on both counts, but what Lee mostly recalls is that “Gil was the absolute friendliest guy in the entire class of ’95. He also had a wonderful singing voice, which he often used while transitting the campus. I’ve thought of him often over the years and hope he is doing well.”