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April Qian

April Qian, Senior Arts and Academics Editor

April Qian '20 is the senior arts and academics editor.

She has previously written for the arts and academics and local sections and has served as an editor for the arts and academics section.

Qian (pronounced “Tsien,” FYI) is majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.

This past summer, she worked on a project relating to testosterone's effect on development of new brain cells in adults in a neuroendocrinology lab on campus, where she had a very close working relationship with 32 rats and a million more mice.

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Rocket ’14 moves to “Love Town” in a Tesla

Rocket ’14 moves to “Love Town” in a Tesla

November 14, 2019
Working with co-owner Marshall Hodge, Rocket documents his new life in a Tesla, an effort towards showing a more authentic way of life in pursuit of love, through his YouTube channel, "Love Town."

Newsroom influencers: CrossFit

September 26, 2019

Here at Arts & Academics, we spend our time in the newsroom covering the cultural happenings on campus. But what about the latest phenomena in the online world? These topics often enter...

Class of '55 gathers every year for Alumni College weekend.

Grads kick it old school during Alumni College weekend

September 12, 2019
Late in the summer, 139 alumni arrived at Breadloaf for the 44th annual Alumni College weekend.
Professor of Physics Anne Goodsell, Amanda Kirkeby ’20, David Cohen ’20 and Sasha Clerick ’19 reconvened at the laser cooling lab after presenting at the Student Spring Symposium.

A Peek Into the ‘Coolest Atoms in Vermont’

April 25, 2019
Goodsell’s study of the laser-cooling of atoms began as an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College and continued into her graduate and post-doctoral research at Harvard. 
Russian Professor Tom Beyer has been at Middlebury since 1975 and will be taking an early retirement in 2020.

Faculty Retirement Program: ‘The End Comes as a Choice’

January 24, 2019
23 faculty members have signed agreements to participate in the Faculty Retirement Incentive Program (FRIP).
Construction is underway on the building that will house the growing computer science department.

160 Strong: the Rise of Computer Science at Middlebury

November 29, 2018
Surging interest in Computer Science has caused the department to grow rapidly, and prompted the institution to begin remaking the campus to accommodate it.
The Lives of Live-Streamers

The Lives of Live-Streamers

November 15, 2018
The character of Big Li is known for his dramatic displays of emotion during live-streaming sessions.
The largest carillon bell in Mead Chapel weighs 2300 pounds.

“A Burgeoning Cry”: Middlebury’s Carillon

September 13, 2018
The hills are alive with the sound of the carillon.
With a wild array of song, dance, humor and drama, “Enron” critiques American business practices and failures.

Song, Dance, Raptors and “Enron”

May 9, 2018

On December 2, 2001, Houston-based energy company Enron, whose shares once peaked at $90.75, declared bankruptcy. Ironically, the collapse of Enron Corporation, hailed by Fortune as “America’s Most...

“Oceanomania: Souvenirs from Mysterious Seas—Musée Oceanographic de Monaco, 2011” by Mark Dion.

Printmaking: Challenges, Discoveries, Art

April 18, 2018

As the semester draws to a close, so do the three temporary exhibits at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. One of these three, titled “Ten Years: The Cameron Print Project,” chronicles a decade...

Forester Jim Esden uses a tool to entice the insects from a tree.

‘They’re Everywhere’: The Emerald Ash Borer Strikes Vermont

April 11, 2018

MIDDLEBURY — Two months ago, both the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Foods and Markets reported a sighting of Emerald Ash Borers in northern...

Small Scale Sugarmakers in Vermont Hone in on a Local Touch

Small Scale Sugarmakers in Vermont Hone in on a Local Touch

April 4, 2018

BURLINGTON— A quick walk through the co-op will shed light on the abundant uses of maple sap, which includes but is not limited to maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream, face cream with maple-sap extract...

The various mazes the Root Lab used to study octopus behavior and preferences.

A Strange Beauty: Understanding the Octopus

March 14, 2018

Professor Tom Root in the biology department spoke on Friday, March 2, to pods of students and professors from a plethora of scientific disciplines, including biology, neuroscience and psychology, about...

Local Festival Series Empowers Women in Film

February 14, 2018

MIDDLEBURY — On Sunday, Dec. 3, members of the local community and the college gathered at the Town Hall Theater for the inaugural film of the 2017/18 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) Winter...

“Sum of All Parts” was created by Annie Ulrich ’13 and funded by CAPP.

Perspectives on Student-Led Public Art on Campus

November 15, 2017

When Annie Ulrich ’13 describes Atwater Dining Hall, she describes a space that carries a magical dimension mirroring the fantastically bright world of the movie “La La Land.” Ulrich created “Sum...

Play Examines Workplace Dynamics

November 1, 2017

Seldom would a character release the four-letter expletive “f–ck” five consecutive times on stage without drawing a stunned silence from the audience. Such is the language of the play “Glengarry...

Cheryl Mitchell

1 in 8700: Cheryl Mitchell

November 1, 2017

What do the Addison County Parent/Child Center, Addison County Farm Worker Coalition, Addison County Dental Care and Alliance for Civic Engagement at Middlebury College have in common? Here is the answer:...

The event took place over Fall Family Weekend in Robison Concert Hall.

Cocoon Storytellers Share Pain and Love

October 18, 2017

Amid the reunions, career talks and campus tree tours of Fall Family Weekend, a storytelling event called Cocoon brought capacity levels of parents, students and community members to Robison Concert Hall...

Professor Emory Fanning celebrated his 50th year at the college with a lively and moving organ performance.

Organ Concert Brings Joy to Audiences

October 11, 2017

Professor Emeritus of Music Emory Fanning celebrated his 50 years at Middlebury on Sunday, Oct. 1 with the sparkling musical tones of an organ recital. The program began with Concerto No. 1 in G Major...

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