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David Domozych (biology) and Dick Lindemann (geosciences) won a $234,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to buy a high-tech new system for Skidmore’s microscopy lab. The variable-pressure scanning electron microscope and dispersive spectrometer X-ray analysis equipment will help Domozych and his students examine how certain freshwater algae (like the
Cosmarium detailed at right) can glue themselves into diverse mats of microbes called biofilms. Lindemann will use the system to map the microstructure and geochemistry of fossilized marine organisms, to track their migrations and shed light on ancient oceanic changes.
Other Skidmore scientists are getting their dibs in too—including a community water-resources program that will study sediment flow to the Kayaderosseras Creek and upper Hudson River.

Jordana Dym
(history) has an article on travel writers and Central America, 1921-45, in the Journal of Historical Geography, vol. 30, and another on early-modern mapping of Europe and Asia in Philosophy and Geography, vol. 7, no. 2.

Pat Fehling
(exercise science) presented a paper on bone strength and chronic stroke at the annual meeting of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research in Seattle.

James McLelland
(geosciences) gave a paper on Adirondack geology at the 116th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, in Denver.

Mary Stange
(women’s studies and religion) gave this year’s Moseley Faculty Research Lecture on campus. A hunter, bison rancher, and self-described eco-feminist, she has written and lectured widely on women and guns.

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