Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Academics Newshttp://www.hws.edu/dailyupdate/ Daily Updates from Hobart and William Smith Collegesen-usSun, 07 Feb 2016 20:56:48 GMTSun, 07 Feb 2016 20:56:48 GMTExploring Winter Weather Trendshttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19326Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25223.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> As unusual weather patterns strike the nation this winter, Macy Howarth '16 is investigating changes and trends in wind chill temperature. Howarth's Honors thesis, "Climatology of Wind Chill Temperatures across North America," condenses 30 years of data from more than 160 weather stations into a comprehensive analysis. "Climate variability and change is a ver...Jamaican Dancehall on Fridayhttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19316Fri, 29 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25197.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Master drummer and dance instructor Ezra Barnett will offer a master class for students and HWS community members in the Barn at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 29. Barnett, who will host other events next week as well, will lead participants in an introductory-level Jamaican Dancehall workshop. "This is a lively, colorful kind of dance style that speaks to Jamaican v...Dean Interviewed ahead of New Book Publicationhttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19305Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25168.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> In her new book, "Crowds and Party" (forthcoming Feb. 9 from Verso Books), Jodi Dean, who holds the Donald R. Harter '39 Professorhip of the Humanities and Social Sciences, argues for a vision of leftist politics with a renewed focus on the political party as a vehicle for lasting change. Building on the work of her previous book, "The Communist Horizon," whi...Row Kicks Off Spring Trias Lineuphttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19313Thu, 28 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25186.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Writer and novelist Jess Row will kick off the spring 2016 Trias Residency Reading Series for Poetry and Creative Writing. He will join the Colleges for a weeklong residency beginning on Monday, Feb. 15, when Row will read from a selection of his work at 7:30 p.m. in Hirshson Ballroom. Row is the author of two collections of short stories, including: "The Tra...Methylmercury Research Beginshttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19289Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25126.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Hobart and William Smith Colleges recently purchased a Brooks-Rand MERX-M methylmercury analyzer, an instrument that measures the concentrations of methylmercury in organisms collected from lakes and streams. The analyzer will be instrumental in furthering research for the Finger Lakes Institute's Mercury Project, a New York State Energy Research and Developm...Shafer Published in Teaching Media Quarterlyhttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19297Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25140.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> A course module written by Assistant Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer was recently published in the winter 2015 volume of Teaching Media Quarterly. Shafer's article, "Progressive's Flo: Convergence Brand," outlines a course module that investigates branding through a case study of Flo, the Progressive Insurance mascot. Teaching Media Quarterly is an...Hatch in "End of the Rainbow"http://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19281Thu, 14 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25098.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> "End of the Rainbow," featuring Assistant Professor of Theatre Chris Hatch, opens this month at the Kavinoky Theatre, a professional theatre on the campus of D'Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y. Written by Peter Quilter and directed by Lisa Ludwig, "End of the Rainbow" is set in London in 1968, as Judy Garland prepares for a five-week run at a nightclub, accom...Ost on Poland and Power in The Nationhttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19280Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25095.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> In his Jan. 8 article in the The Nation, "Regime Change in Poland, Carried Out From Within," Professor of Political Science David Ost examines Poland's ruling reigning political party, the Law and Justice party (PiS), and its abandonment of "the institutions of liberal democracy in the raw pursuit of power." Ost argues that in the few months since the party ...Geoscience in the Bahamashttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19269Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25065.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Two years after a winter field study in the Bahamas, the HWS Geoscience Department is returning to the island of San Salvador for GEO 299: "Carbonates Ancient and Modern-The Bahamas," where students are developing hands-on experience in science and communication by exploring modern and ancient carbonate environments. During the last trip, led by HWS Professor...Chang '14 Receives Perfect Markshttp://hws.edu/dailyupdate/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=19270Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT<img src="http://hws.edu/dailyUpdate/Resources/Res25068.jpg" alt="" hspace="1" vspace="1" /> Jiaqi "Talia" Chang '14 recently earned a perfect score on the N2 level of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), an exam held worldwide to evaluate and certify proficiency in Japanese of non-native speakers. The N2 level of the JLPT - which has five levels in total - is the required level of certification necessary for applying for most jobs that req...