Vassar Stories

A Semester at Sea

Clare McClellan ’18, an environmental studies major from Portland, OR, spent the fall semester of her junior year aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamons sailing from Samoa to New Zealand to study climate change in the South Pacific.

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Posted 02/10/2017

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One Year Out: Nature and Nurture…for Robots

Now living on opposite coasts, Aaron Hill ’16 and Jake Brawer ’16 recently had a nice surprise—news that a paper they coauthored based on their research at Vassar has been published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI, a top-ranking open-access journal.

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Posted 02/10/2017

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A New Way of Doing Philosophy

In his podcast series Hi-Phi Nation, Vassar Associate Professor of Philosophy Barry Lam uses storytelling and contemporary ethical dilemmas to bring philosophy to a wide audience.

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Posted 02/03/2017

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ars PARADOXICA

If you’re a sci fi aficionado, or even if you aren’t, you might want to check out ars Paradoxica, now in its second year and one of the best sci fi podcasts in the country, according to Popular Science. Julian Mundy, a Vassar class of 2013 film major, is one of the writers.

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Posted 01/30/2017

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Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12: Betting on Blockchain

Olaf Carlson-Wee ’12 recently established his own hedge fund and brought in million from investors who are betting the future will bring success to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that use encryption techniques to verify and transfer funds, while operating independent of a central bank. The founder of Polychain Capital, Carlson-Wee believes the cryptocurrencies and the blockchain—the technology that enables them to work—will be a continuously growing part of people’s lives.

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Posted 01/27/2017

Helping Sophomores Build Career Connections

Sophomore Career Connections brought 206 students and 56 alumnae/i and parent mentors to campus the week before second semester classes began. The event introduced students to the wide variety of career options available to liberal arts graduates, with the help of alumnae/i and parents who work in an array of industries.

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Posted 01/27/2017

Kaleidoscope: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity at Vassar

Every year, the Office of International Services and the Vassar International Students Association cohost one of the most vibrant events of the fall semester--Kaleidoscope. A celebration of Vassar’s cultural diversity, Kaleidoscope features international cuisine, a dessert contest, a flag ceremony, and a talent show.

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Posted 01/20/2017

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Help for Haiti

Nine weeks after a killer storm slammed into Haiti, more than 80 Vassar students shared a traditional Caribbean Christmas dinner in the Villard Room to aid the hurricane relief effort. Members of the Vassar Haiti Project, the Caribbean Students Alliance, and Jewett House hosted the event, which featured jerk turkey, honey-baked ham, and a Caribbean Christmas fruitcake.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Numbers, Shape, Chance, and Change - A Freshman Writing Seminar

One of Vassar’s few college-wide academic requirements is the Freshman Writing Seminar. First-year students choose from about 50 courses in disciplines ranging from Africana studies to women’s studies. So what do students read and write in a Freshman Writing Seminar offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics? Quite a lot, actually.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Challah for Hunger - Fighting Poverty One Loaf at a Time

Start with some flour, sugar, salt, eggs, yeast, vegetable oil and water. Add cheese or chives, garlic or cinnamon, apples or raspberries, or maybe some marshmallows or chocolate chips. Stir in a healthy serving of social consciousness, and what have you got? Vassar’s chapter of Challah for Hunger, a nationwide student group that’s been baking to fight poverty for more than a decade.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Making the Connections - Science for the 21st Century

Vassar's new science facility, the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, supports collaborations between the sciences by bringing the college’s various science departments and programs into closer physical proximity with shared access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Vassar’s All-Americans

All-American status is bestowed on a tiny fraction of college athletes, and this year three All-Americans are from Vassar: Julia Cunningham ’17, Matthew Knigge ’18 and Taylor Vann ’16.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Vassar’s Curiosities - In a Cabinet

A stuffed loon, an invitation to the 1879 Vassar Commencement, some carved African masks, a wallaby skeleton, and a softball trophy. These items, and many more eclectic pieces from the college’s past and present, are what you get when you bring renowned visual artist Mark Dion to the college and have him lead an American and Environmental Studies class on a campus-wide treasure hunt.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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A Movable Concert - The Sound of Space

Over an hour-and-a-half period, the Choir and an audience of nearly 100 people moved to six venues on campus, exploring the acoustics of each space.

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Posted 12/21/2016

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Transitions: A Program for First Generation, Low Income, and Undocumented Students

Transitions, a program for first generation, low income, and/or undocumented students at Vassar, begins with a six-day pre-orientation experience and continues throughout the students’ Vassar careers with an ongoing peer mentoring program.

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Posted 12/20/2016

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One Year Out: Yasmeen Silva ’15, Community Organizer

After a year of training with Change Corps, Yasmeen Silva ’15 is a community organizer for Fight for $15, working for a hike in the minimum wage.

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Posted 12/08/2016

Students and Refugees Collaborate on Learning

Vassar language students are practicing their Arabic skills with the help of refugee tutors in Europe and the Middle East. The pilot project, started this month, is part of a larger effort by the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance to aid students learning the language and refugees hoping to resettle in the U.S.

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Posted 12/06/2016

URSI: Meet “Landro” and “Tadro,” Evolving Robots

Part of an ongoing robotics project funded through a million grant from the National Science Foundation, two student-faculty teams are experimenting with “Landro” and “Tadro,” autonomous, evolving robots.

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Posted 08/08/2016

Getting a Jump on Research

Even before his first day of classes as a Vassar freshman, Corey DeLay ’20 is doing real research under the guidance of bio prof Kelli Duncan, studying the neurochemistry and anatomy of finches that have undergone traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Posted 08/08/2016

URSI: The Psychological Science behind Social Networks

Why do people become friends with one another, and when it comes to personality traits, do birds of a feather really flock together? This Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) project aims to find out.

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Posted 07/27/2016

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