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School of Arts & Sciences Newsletter: December 2021
Message From the Dean
This autumn, I am thankful for the dedication, passion and enthusiasm of the faculty, staff and students in the School of Arts & Sciences. Their pursuit of excellence in research, outreach and scholarship defines the spirit of a Clarkson education. Below, you can read about a new faculty research project, our STEM education outreach in the local community and national appointments of some of our professors, as well as how a group of our students stepped onto the national stage. Wishing you and yours a bountiful season.
— Darryl Scriven, Dean of Arts & Sciences, Fellow in The Shipley Center for Innovation
Tapping Young Minds
Clarkson psychology professor Andreas Wilke has received an NSF grant to study statistical thinking in children aged 3 to 10 years and will lead an interorganizational team of researchers with the ultimate goal of improving science education. After all, it’s never too early to help future generations hone their decision-making skills and assess risk.
Jump, Toss and Flex
The game was on for local middle and high school students this fall. They jumped for a research project, helping determine optimal jumping movements; tossed for a virtual cornhole contest, focusing on launch angles and projectile motion; and flexed their design skills to develop a video game — all as part of Clarkson’s Science and Technology Entry Program.
Clarkson Experts Elected
Two of Clarkson’s finest ecological experts have been elected to the Ecological Society of America, a century-old nonpartisan, nonprofit scientific organization. Professor Tom Langen will advise ecology education initiatives on the Education Committee, and Professor Andrew David will add his invasive species expertise as secretary of the Invasion Ecology section.
A Clarkson Coup!
While influencers plan their social media takeovers, one Clarkson lab actually took over an entire conference. Not really — but a record number of Clarkson students did present at the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference this October. Clarkson’s unique undergraduate curriculum gave them the chance to get hands-on with mass spectrometry and present their findings.