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Urban Squash

Vassar alums in metropolitan areas from coast to coast are involved in burgeoning urban squash programs that help youngsters achieve in academics as well as squash.

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Posted 04/25/2017

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Fun and Games in Barcelona

Vassar’s rugby teams spent Spring Break in Barcelona for what Coach Tony Brown describes as equal parts team bonding and “just plain fun.” It was the teams’ 15th such overseas trip in the last 35 years.

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Posted 04/20/2017

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Cuba in Transition

With diplomatic relations reestablished between Cuba and the United States, the pace of change in Cuba is accelerating. This year’s annual International Studies travel course explored the areas where the impact of that change is most profoundly felt—the environment, the economy, and the tourist sector—and asked how this new phase in Cuba’s revolution fits into the larger trajectory of post-1959 Cuban history.

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Posted 04/20/2017

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Farm to Fork

Two new hoop houses at the Vassar Farm extend the growing season and enhance the amount of fresh veggies available to Bon Appetit Management Company, the college’s new dining service vendor.

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Posted 04/04/2017

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A Day in the Life: Calvin Lamothe ’17, VSA President

Through the Vassar Student Association (VSA), students wield an unusual amount of power in shaping their own experiences at Vassar as well as policies that will influence the future direction of the college. Meet Calvin Lamothe ’17, President of the Vassar Student Association.

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Posted 03/17/2017

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(Re)defining Women of Color

Vassar hosted the fourth annual Women of Color Conference, sponsored by the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS), in early March, bringing participants from 13 colleges and universities to campus for three days of reflection, networking, and workshops on the theme of (Re)defining Women of Color: Raising our Voices, Sharing our Stories.

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Posted 03/13/2017

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How Accurately Do We Judge Others’ Intentions?

Andrew Willett ’17 worked with Dr. Warren Mansell, a leading Perceptual Control Theory researcher at Manchester University, on a study that showed how inept we are at gauging other people’s intentions.

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Posted 02/27/2017

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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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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

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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