News Archive

Top news stories provide timely information on emerging ideas and trends, groundbreaking research, and important events as they occur at many of America’s leading liberal arts colleges. Whether you are a journalist, student or prospective student, parent or adviser, researcher or other interested party, these top news stories reveal both the depth and range of educational disciplines and extracurricular activities at America’s best residential liberal arts colleges. They also highlight contributions made by faculty members, within their academic and scientific disciplines, in the larger communities, and on the national stage.


Three Bowdoin Seniors Receive Fulbright Research Grants

Three Bowdoin seniors, Kacey Berry, Jacob Blum and Emma Cutler, have received Fulbright grants to do research next year in foreign countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries, and grantees are selected not only for their strong academic background but also for their […]

Originally posted: June 7, 2013

Bowdoin Seniors Win Fulbright Teaching, Language Study Grants

Setting out for their first year as Bowdoin graduates, Fulbright recipients Samantha Burns, Daniel Ertis, Uchechi Esonu, RaiNesha Miller and Erin St. Peter will travel to far-off places around the world to teach English. Meanwhile, Adam Rasgon will study Arabic in Egypt. Elena Crosley was also awarded a three-year Fulbright Canada Science, Technology, Engineering, and […]

Originally posted: June 7, 2013

Washington & Jefferson College Sophomore One of Five Nationwide to Receive Environmental Scholarship

Washington & Jefferson College sophomore Lauren Horning is fascinated by how human behavior impacts the environment and she is doing her part to ensure those effects are positive. In recognition of her efforts, Horning is one of just five sophomores in the country to earn the 2013 Morris K. Udall Scholarship.

Originally posted: April 16, 2013

Hamilton Reduces Residence Hall Electric Use by 5.8%, Wins Negawatt Challenge

Hamilton was the winner of the three-week NY Negawatt/CCN Competition Challenge among New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium peer schools. The student body, led by Hamilton Environmental Action Group (HEAG) reduced electricity consumption across all Hamilton residence halls by 5.8%, which equates to 27,909 kilowatt hours or approximately $2,500.

Originally posted: April 4, 2013

Reforming entitlement programs

Recently appointed to the National Academy of Social Insurances, Provost Mick Smyer discusses some of the problems with the country’s major entitlement programs, and some potential solutions.

Originally posted: March 19, 2013

Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg ’72 on teenagers, cancer, and the value of the present moment

Some families, particularly those of children with cancer, already are very savvy and know a lot about their child’s disease and treatments. But they’ve already gone through the standard treatments and failed, so when the family comes here, they’re much more anxious. They know that if what we do doesn’t work, they’re going to lose their child.

Originally posted: March 18, 2013

Sean M. Decatur Named Kenyon’s 19th President

Sean M. Decatur, an emerging national leader in higher education, has been selected as the 19th president of Kenyon College. The Kenyon College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Sunday, March 17, to approve the hiring of Decatur after a national search.

Originally posted: March 18, 2013

What to ask – and what not to ask – on the campus tour

In New York Times education blog, The Choice, Dean Martha Merrill ’84 shares tips that help prospective students make the most of campus tours.

Originally posted: March 13, 2013

Grotzinger ’79 Finds Mars ‘Habitable’

Hobart alum John Grotzinger ’79, the mission leader and project scientist in charge of the Mars Science Laboratory, was quoted in media reports throughout the world in the past 24 hours, as he announced Curiosity has found evidence of a habitable environment that could have supported life.

Originally posted: March 13, 2013

National Champs: DePauw Students Win 2013 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

A team of DePauw University students emerged from the Seventeeth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Championship as the national champion.

Originally posted: March 3, 2013

Hornstein: It’s Difficult to Predict Violence

Experts warn that many of the proposed precautions might not limit potential mass-casualty killers. “It’s an understandable response for us to want to know in advance so we can do something,” says Gail Hornstein, a professor of psychology and education at Mount Holyoke College.

Originally posted: January 26, 2013

Augustana seniors will be first to have same-sex ceremony in chapel

When Eric Palmer came to Augustana College four years ago, he wasn’t expecting to fall in love. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to be a pioneer when he requested to use the chapel to declare his devotion to his fiance.

Originally posted: January 14, 2013

Earthrise faculty and students defend Clean Water Act at U.S. Supreme Court

Earthrise Law Center faculty and students gave their time and expertise to defend the Clean Water Act by writing amicus briefs related to two significant environmental cases in the Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 term. On December 3 and 4, 2012, the Court heard argument regarding stormwater pollution and the reach of the federal Clean Water Act.

Originally posted: January 12, 2013

Turns out, luckily for all of us, Professor Aveni was absolutely right

If you are wishing the world would end today because you celebrated too hard at an End of the World party last night, well, you should have been following what Colgate professor Anthony Aveni has been saying all along: The Mayans never actually said the world would end on December 21.

Originally posted: December 21, 2012

What Next for Syria?

More than 40,000 people have died in Syria’s two-year-old conflict. Questioning Authority spoke with Vincent Ferraro, Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics, about the escalation of the Syrian conflict, the emerging role of the United States and the global community, and President Bashar al-Assad’s dwindling options.

Originally posted: December 21, 2012