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Message From the Director
As we approach the end of the fall semester, I am amazed by the efforts of our faculty, staff and students that have enabled us to offer safe, in-person learning. So, in this edition of the Honors e-newsletter, we are highlighting not only Honors news, but stories from the larger University community that illustrate how we have carried on in spite of it all. I hope you enjoy reading them.
— John Moosbrugger, Professor/Associate Dean for Academic Programs/Interim Director of Honors
Although his in-person conference plans were foiled this year, Honors student Aaron Kummer ’22 still got his moment to shine. He presented his paper, “On the Use of Cambered Plate Airfoils for Small Wind Turbines,” at the digital international conference TORQUE2020.
Empty Shelves Explained
By now, we’re all familiar with empty shelves at stores where toilet paper was once in stock. In a lecture presented by the Reh School of Business, Farzad Mahmoodi will discuss how export bans, trucking bottlenecks, sick workers and other factors have shaken supply chains, and offer suggestions to help weather the storm.
When it came time to reopen campus for the start of a new semester, Clarkson was ready. Engineers quickly overhauled the campus to make it safe for in-person learning, and IT experts employed new technology to “de-densify” classrooms and create new classroom spaces. All of these efforts have paid off as we safely near the semester’s end.
Global Water Crisis
Farhana Sultana, associate professor of geography and the environment in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, presented a lecture on one of the most fundamental necessities for life: water. She discussed the current global water crisis and how it relates to sustainability and equity.