We're moving!

We're moving our new stories to Denison.edu, the college's super-sweet mothership. Over time, we'll be moving some of our best past stories from TheDEN over there too. In the meantime, we've made available an archive of all stories here. This archive will be available for a few months before this site is permanently shut down. See you at Denison.edu! - June 2016

Blog Archives

Reptile find

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For many scientists, the idea of discovering a new species is a distant dream, but for Grant Adams ‘11, it’s been an unexpected reality. Adams has always been interested in biology. Before coming to Denison, he enjoyed the outdoors as

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17
Photo Credits: Grant Adams '11

Lessons of Ebola

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The Ebola headlines have fallen away from the front pages, replaced now by Donald Trump and ISIS — although the deadly virus is moving at a much slower pace than it was a year ago, it still hasn’t been completely

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Photo Credits: Charles Hoffman '18

Listening closely

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They’re the unmistakable soundtrack to the last days of summer and, believe it or not, the bugs you hear buzzing have something to say. Just ask Laurel Symes ’07, who has made a career out of studying insect sounds, specifically

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Growing the data

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Most Denison scholars plan their summer research around what can be accomplished within the length of 8 to 10 weeks of the summer. Not many begin a project that will reach into future decades, as Aedin Brennan ’16 and Connor

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Written By: Jillian Koval '16

Even sparrows in the prairies do it

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The way she tells the story, it wasn’t a decision. One of junior Sarah Winnicki’s  first words was robin; the first Christmas present she requested was binoculars; she joined the state-wide conservation group Ohio Young Birders Club in middle school,

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Tiny troublemakers

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Even the smallest creatures can cause mayhem. Take the eastern mosquitofish, for example. No bigger than a finger (the guppy-like animal averages between 1.5 and 2.5 inches long), this invasive species is wreaking havoc on native creatures, even right here

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

These are the good ol’ days

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In about 24 hours, members of the Class of 2014 will become Denison’s newest alumni. As we get closer to Commencement tomorrow (May 17), more and more parents can be seen wandering campus, likely remembering the day four years ago

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Genetic information

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What does a career in genetics really look like? Ronneberg Lecture Series guest speaker Kristy Crooks, a clinical geneticist, shared stories and cases from her own experience with interested students, outlining possibilities for them to consider in the field of

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Written By: Hung Tran ’15
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim'16

The frog scientist

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Harvard University: the elite of the elite, a standard ingrained in the American education system, or, to young Tyrone Hayes, a college referenced in his favorite television program, Green Acres. “I first heard about Harvard because Oliver Douglas, the main

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16 and Rose Schrott ’14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim'16

The end of the Knobel era

The End of the Knobel Era

Springtime at Denison is a time for farewells, as students finish required papers and take final exams, while seniors prepare for Commencement and life after college. This spring, Denisonians also are saying goodbye to the college’s 19th president, Dale T.

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Video Credits: Hung Tran ’15 and Kurt Hickman

Art magnified

Rachel Laughlin '14 used images of bacteria cultures in her Advanced Photogray course.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” When you’re a kid, you can answer this question differently each day. As you get older, the question becomes more and more difficult, especially when you find yourself at a

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Written By: Megan Worden ’15

The odd couple

The Odd Couple

“First, rinse your mouth.” That was the starting procedure earlier this month for a lab about extracting and analyzing DNA from samples—provided by the students themselves—in an interdepartmental class, Biology/Computer Science 309: Computational Biology. The class, taught by Jeff Thompson,

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Cell intel

Cell Intel

The college recently announced that four members of the faculty have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor. This is the last in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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Extraordinary medicine

Extraordinary Medicine

[media id=114 width=600 height=474] When most people hear the word “virus,” they think runny nose, fever, and maybe an upset stomach. But Barry Byrne ’78 is flipping the script by taking the tiny pathogens and making them work for us,

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The human family tree

Family Ties

Inquiring minds of all ages gathered in the Burton D. Morgan Center lecture hall this week to watch The Human Family Tree, a documentary film that traces the genetic heritage of Homo sapiens — all seven billion of us. Nestor

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Photo Credits: Becky Hale, National Geographic

Monkeying with molecular motors

Monkeying With Molecular Motors

Riina Tehver is into motors – but not the kind that go vroom-vroom. She’s a biophysicist who’s looking at some of the protein motors that work inside organic cells to transport necessary organelles and chemicals to different parts of the

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How to catch an iguana

How to Catch An Iguana

Few people can put “iguana-catcher” on their resume, but six Denison students became experts early this summer during a research trip to the Bahamas. There, they participated in the longest-running known study of iguanas under the tutelage of Geoff Smith,

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The singing surgeon

The Singing Surgeon

It was an unusual thing for a doctor to do, but one day this spring, Paul Bryson ’00 took to the field at a Cleveland Indians home game and belted out the national anthem. “I was nervous,” he says, “but

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Creepy crawly cakes

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Just for fun, Holly Menninger ’00, the seriously successful entomologist at Cornell, recently did a stint on Food Network Challenge: Monster Bug Cakes, helping to judge the cakes’ overall appeal and, of course, their creepy-crawly accuracy. The FN website describes

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Diving into DNA research

Diving Into DNA Research

Here in the dead of winter, the notion of catching a few rays sounds pretty darn good, but some rays are more dangerous than others, as Anna Boudoures ’12 (St. Louis, Mo.) and John Snee ’11 (Washington, Pa.) have witnessed

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Making a splash

Making a Splash

Biology majors Jennifer Clemmer ’11 and Eliza Miller ’11 aren’t afraid to make a splash. As part of the Summer Scholar Program, they explored neighboring ponds to discover the relationship between the invasive mosquitofish and native bluegill. With the help

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Water of life

Mark Magnus ’11, Eric Stachura ’11, Lin Mu ’11

This summer a trio of Denison students spent a month living with families in rural China. They hosted clean-water workshops, gave books about the subject to the local library, and donated special water buckets and disinfectants to the residents and

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Real-life sci-fi

Real-Life Sci-Fi

Last night, as part of the Spectrum Series’ ongoing exploration of “Technology and Community,” science writer Rebecca Skloot presented to the Denison community a chilling scenario, one that seemed straight out of an H.G. Wells or Michael Crichton novel. Without

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Blinding with science

Summer Scholars Science Symposium

Over the summer, Matt Matteri ’11, a geosciences major, spent three weeks in Utah observing and documenting rock structures in the Northern Confusion Range. He then returned to campus to create a geologic map of the area—the first of its

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