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The August 21 Eclipse: Five Questions for Astronomy Prof. Colette Salyk

On August 21, North America will be the site of an eclipse of the Sun, the first in our hemisphere since 1979. Assistant Professor of Astronomy Colette Salyk answers a few questions about the eclipse and how to prepare for it.

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Posted 08/11/2017

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Combining Scholarship and Activism: Looking to the Future of the REAL SKILLS Network

Under the auspices of the Ford Scholars Program, two Vassar students spent the summer working with Associate Prof. of Anthropology Candice Lowe Swift on an assessment of one of Poughkeepsie’s most beloved nonprofits.

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Posted 08/11/2017

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Ford Scholars Program: New Imaging Techniques for Iconic Buildings

Under the auspices of the Ford Scholars Program, Karly Andreassen ’20 assisted Associate Prof. of Art Andrew Tallon in updating and enhancing his 360° images of cathedrals in Europe and exploring the use of 360° video to document the decay at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame.

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Posted 08/10/2017

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URSI: A Tale of Two Tails

Assistant Profs. Of Biology Justin Touchon and Megan Gall and their URSI fellows are exploring how tadpoles from the same family differentiate and how adult frogs choose a mate.

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Posted 08/04/2017

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URSI: Tales in the Trash - Digging at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Estate

Working under the direction of Associate Prof. of Anthropology April Beisaw, six Vassar students are helping the National Park Service gain a fuller understanding of what happened on FDR’s land while he and his family lived there.

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Posted 08/04/2017

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Ford Scholars Program: Parrots of the Caribbean

Under the auspices of Vassar’s Ford Scholars program, Gabriela Mandeville ’19 and Hispanic Studies Prof. Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert traveled to St. Lucia and Dominica to talk to forest rangers, government officials, and others responsible for protecting the Amazon parrots that have made a comeback from the brink of extinction.

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Posted 08/04/2017

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Ford Scholars Program: Black Judges and the U.S. Judiciary

Assistant Political Science Prof. Taneisha Means and Ford Scholar Kaitlin Prado ’19 aim to survey black judges across the U.S. to assess their experiences in and perspectives on the judicial system.

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Posted 08/04/2017

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Ford Scholars Program: Going Off the Rails - The Effect of Railroad Abandonments on Rural Economies

By the end of the 20th century, more than 100,000 miles of railroad track had been abandoned. What happened to communities where the railroads disappeared?

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Posted 08/04/2017

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From Zabriskie Point to Rainbow Basin - Earth Science and Geography Study Trip

Take a brief video tour of Eastern California geological formations starting at Zabriskie Point and ending at Rainbow Basin. The video, with awesome drone footage, was taken during a spring break study trip with students in Jeff Walker’s “Volcanoes and Civilization” class and Kirsten Menking’s “Geomorphology” class.

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Posted 08/04/2017

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Theater 24-7: A Day with a Powerhouse Apprentice

Classes in acting, voice, and movement, workshops and tech sessions, rehearsals and performances—for apprentices in the Powerhouse Theater Training Program, it’s nonstop during their 39-day theater intensive on the Vassar campus. Follow apprentice Rachel Altemose ’19 for a day to get a taste of the acting life.

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Posted 07/19/2017

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Julia Baker ‘16: Scientific Program Analyst at National Institutes of Health

As a scientific program analyst at the National Human Genome Research Institute, Julia Baker ’16 gained insight into how the funding review process contributes to scientific advances.

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Posted 06/19/2017

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One Year Out: Yasmine Abbey ’16, Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute

Yasmine Abbey ’16 is a member of a team of researchers at the National Cancer Institute who are testing the effectiveness of various antibodies in combating certain kinds of cancer.

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Posted 06/09/2017

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Embodying American Rituals: A Senior Project by Grace Gregory

For her senior project in American Studies, Grace Gregory ’17 chronicled six uniquely American experiences over a 14-week span, starting with a baseball game at Dodger Stadium.

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Posted 06/09/2017

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One Year Out: Hot Times in the Old Town, Nick Vargish ’16 Goes to Washington

An international studies and Arabic major from Tacoma, WA, Nick Vargish ’16 finds himself, one year out of Vassar, in the midst of the political fray as a staff assistant in the office of Congressman Denny Heck, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Posted 06/09/2017

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Vassar’s 153rd Commencement

Vassar’s campus was a flurry of activity for the 153rd Commencement ceremony, pre-Commencement programs, and academic celebrations that took place Memorial Day weekend.

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Posted 06/06/2017

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Conversations Unbound: Connecting Arabic-Speaking Refugees with Language Learners

Elise Shea ’18 had a great idea: connect Arabic-speaking refugees with Arabic language learners via Skype. The pilot project launched last fall under the auspices of the Mid-Hudson Refugee Solidarity Alliance. Winning a ,000 Genius Award from OZY magazine will help Shea to take the project to the next level.

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Posted 05/23/2017

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