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Let’s Think a Little Harder About GMOs

Will Henriques

February 12, 2014

Filed under Arts & Sciences

The Olympic conversation at lunch the other day turned to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Someone mentioned that Russia is attempting to ban GMOs outright (check out the Feb. 3 article on the Russian news site RT under...

Science and Society

Will Henriques

January 19, 2014

Filed under Arts & Sciences

When I told a friend that I would be taking Studio Art over J-term at dinner in November, she laughed and warned me that the final projects would be a challenge. I snorted with derision. Studio Art wasn’t a science class; so...

Science and Society

Will Henriques

December 4, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

“Human beings in a mob / What’s a mob to a king? / What’s a king to a god? / What’s a god to a non-believer who don’t believe in anything?” The haunting Frank Ocean hook in “No Church in the Wild” from Watch the Throne p...

Science and Society

Will Henriques

November 13, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

This summer I had the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary research team trying to build an automated biosensor to detect aromatic hydrocarbons in the water supply. As a rising sophomore, I had never done research before,...

Science and Society: Scientific Literacy in America

Will Henriques

October 30, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

How scientifically literate are you? That could depend on your politics, according to a recent analysis conducted by the Yale Law School and Psychology Professor Dan M. Kahan ’86. John Bohannon published an article in...

Science and Society

Will Henriques

October 9, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

“Are Our Political Beliefs Encoded in Our DNA?” Surrounded by news of the government shutdown, Iranian negotiations and Obamacare, this was the headline that caught my eye as I scanned the New York Times headlines.  I think it was the jarring association of...

Exploring the Role of the NSA in Scientific Research

Will Henriques

September 25, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

On Sept. 7, Joe Kloc wrote on The Daily Dot about the New York Times’ coverage of recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) access to online banking records. “If in fact the agency did crack the encr...

Science Spotlight: Increasing Interest in Science

Will Henriques

September 18, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

With school back in session, the student tides across campus have returned. The hushed conversations and echoing footsteps in the Tormondsen Great Hall of McCardell Bicentennial Hall rapidly build into a crescendo of babbling...

Science Spotlight: Summer Research

Will Henriques

May 9, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

Soon the campus will empty. Dorm rooms will be stripped down and cleared out, cars will be packed, Commencement caps will fly in the air and the academic year will be done. The custodial staff will busy themselves scrubbing the...

Science Spotlight: Liberal Arts Lags in Science

Will Henriques

May 2, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

I was browsing the Sites Dot Middlebury blog, “Core and Change in the Liberal Arts,” — an online hub for this conversation on campus — and I noticed that there has been no conversation about science requirements on ca...

Science Spotlight: CS Majors Vie in Coding Contest

Will Henriques

April 25, 2013

Filed under Arts & Sciences

On Friday, April 12, Paul Donnelly ’15, Matei Epure ’16 and Chris Matteri ’13 travelled to Siena College in Loudonville, New York, to compete in the 18th annual Conference of the Northeast Region of the Consortium for Computing Sci...

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