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Kopicki '12 Pursues Medical Degree

Currently in her fourth year of medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Rachel Kopicki '12 has returned to Geneva to complete her rural medicine training. Since January, Kopicki has been working at various Finger Lakes Health facilities in the area, dealing with everything from emergency surgeries to sick-calls at the county prison. Pursuing family medicine, Kopicki is working through ...  More >>

Autism and Animal Behavior

An ardent advocate for the humane treatment of animals and one of the most widely-recognized professionals with autism in the country, world-renowned animal behavior expert Temple Grandin will deliver a lecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Thursday, Sept. 17. In 2010, Grandin was acknowledged in the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world, in the "Heroes" category. Sh...  More >>

Diamondback Moth Project

Tony Shelton, professor of entomology at Cornell University, and Neil Morrison, scientist at Oxitec Ltd, will share the results of their groundbreaking Diamondback Moth (DBM) Project research in a talk titled, "Safe Sex for Insects: New Technologies for Pest Control," on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in Albright Auditorium. The DBM project is a scientific evaluation of a way to manage local pest...  More >>

Gatch '16 Interns for Mercury Project

An avid fisher and water-enthusiast, Alex Gatch '16 is spending his summer working as a Finger Lakes Mercury Project lab-technician intern for the Finger Lakes Institute (FLI). Through the position, he conducts scientific analysis of mercury levels in local fish as part of the mercury project launched earlier this year. Lisa Cleckner, Ph.D. and director of the FLI, is the principal investigator o...  More >>

Williams '13 Joins Harvard Doctoral Program

Augusta Williams '13 has been accepted to Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, which has been ranked as one of the top public health schools in the country. Through her program with the Environmental Health Department, Williams will pursue a Doctor of Science degree, studying how weather patterns and global climate change impact human health. "The work that Harvard has been doi...  More >>

Lamanna '97 Reviews "Jurassic World"

With the release of "Jurassic World" -- the latest in the "Jurassic Park" sci-fi adventure series --Matt Lamanna '97, assistant curator of vertebrate paleontology at one of the top five dinosaur collections of the world, was recently interviewed by Trib Total Media and Live Science about the scientific accuracy of the new box-office hit. "I think it's an entertaining movie," said Lamanna, whose r...  More >>

10 Future Health Professionals

After completing the HWS Health Professions Advisory Program (HPAP), which offers an accredited pre-health curriculum recognized by competitive graduate and professional programs, 10 members of the recently graduated Classes of 2015 will attend medical, dental or veterinary schools this coming fall. "Being a smaller liberal arts school, the student-faculty ratio allows for a more personalized exp...  More >>

Faculty Promotions

During the spring meeting of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Trustees, the Board, upon recommendation of President Mark D. Gearan, has approved the promotion of three faculty members to the rank of Full Professor, as well as granted Emeritus/Emerita status to four other faculty members. Effective July 1, 2015, Nan Crystal Arens and Neil Laird, both associate professors of geoscience, and Ma...  More >>

Straub Awarded NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor of Biology Shannon Straub a grant to study the evolution of milkweed plants in North America and to develop new workflows for collecting and analyzing genome-scale data to understand the evolutionary history of the species. As Straub explains, "milkweed species diversified over a short evolutionary time span" and, as a result, "recon...  More >>

Students Join Horos Medical Imaging Project

Professor of Biology James Ryan and his spring semester neurobiology class were recently featured on the website of the Horos Project, a collaborative effort to fully develop and advance a free, open source medical image viewer. The class, BIOL 340, "Neurobiology," is using the Horos technology with a set of anonymized MRI images of a brain tumor. Ryan has written a custom tutorial for the studen...  More >>