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Speaker on New Drug Discovery Methods

By Toby Aicher

March 23, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences, Showcase

Rockefeller University Professor of Chemical Biology Sean Brady gave a talk last Friday, March 18 titled “Watch Your Step: There’s New Chemistry Everywhere.” Brady uses a genetic sequencing approach to search for new antimicrobial...

Students Participate in Porter Internships

By Toby Aicher

February 17, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

The College has a large pre-medical program: this year, more than 50 Middlebury students applied to medical school. One of the College’s best opportunities for pre-medical students is the Porter internship. Run by Dr. Hannah...

New Electric Car Charging Station

By Toby Aicher

January 27, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

The College installed a charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) in the parking lot behind Proctor Dining Hall this Nov. The station is a level two charging station that can service two cars at once and charge an EV battery...

Speaker on Public Distrust of Science

By Toby Aicher

January 20, 2016

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Distrust of scientific experts is widespread in the United States. It fuels the anti-vaccine, climate change denial and creationist movements, to name only a few of its most noticeable consequences. Why is there pervasive distrust, ...

Speaker Proposes New Cholera Therapy

By Toby Aicher

December 9, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Dartmouth Professor of Biochemistry Jon Lull spoke last Friday, Dec. 4 about his research using fatty acids to treat cholera and other gastrointestinal bacterial diseases, which, combined, kill 100,000 people every year. Cholera...

Science and Society: Funding the National Institute of Health

By Toby Aicher

April 29, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Despite the polarization of politics, Republicans and Democrats continue to unite on at least one issue: National Institute of Health, or NIH, funding. I was pleasantly surprised by Newt Gingrich’s Op-Ed, “Double the NIH Budget”...

Science Spotlight: Women in Stem

By Toby Aicher

April 8, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Young river birches line McCardell Bicentennial Hall’s Walk of Science, which leads up to one of the building’s second floor entrances. Of the ten famous scientists whose names are engraved into the path’s black tiles, conspicuously,...

Science Spotlight: Stem Cell Lecture

By Toby Aicher

March 4, 2015

Filed under Arts & Sciences

This year’s class of ’88 lecture series speaker Hugh Taylor addressed the question, “Will Stem Cells Stop the Biologic Clock?” The Yale School of Medicine physician-scientist and editor-in-chief of the Reproductive Sciences...

Science Spotlight: Computer Science and Social Justice

By Toby Aicher

November 19, 2014

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Lawyers are expensive, and many Americans can’t afford quality legal representation.  Last Friday, Nov. 14, Vermont Law School Professors Oliver Goodenough and Jeannette Eicks gave a lecture called “Computer Science and Social...