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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

Solving the skyscraper

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It’s an early April Friday afternoon in Physics 201. Our professor, Dr. Riina Tehver, walks into the classroom, glances over her students, and says “Glad to see that nobody is dead!” The comment receives tired but genuine laughter, and it’s

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Written By: Patrick Banner '18

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

Crossing paths

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We’re all social beings, and during the course of most days we find ourselves drawn to certain places where we know or sense we might find other people. Ecological psychologist Harry Heft sees something more critical than sociability in this

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Hope and health

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Alana Murray ‘16 distinctly remembers the eye-opening experience when her third grade Girl Scout troop volunteered at a soup kitchen. “What do these people do when the kitchen is closed?” she asked her dad, who replied honestly, “I guess they

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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

Summer subjects

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As June-O groups and summer athletic camps have been filtering in and out of residence halls, more than 100 student researchers remain in their labs, library nooks, and respective academic buildings, working diligently through the summer on their independent projects

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Written By: Golzar Meamar '16

Most distinguished

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As Laurel Kennedy, vice president for student development, presented a Distinguished Leadership Award to Lauren Adejumo ’15 last week, she cited Adejumo’s campus contributions in the form of work for the admissions office, as president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority,

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That was then … this is now

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There wasn’t much technology at Denison except for typewriters. Fraternities dominated campus social life. Women’s lives were restricted — they had 10 p.m. curfews and weren’t allowed to wear pants to class. Men had more privileges, but they also had

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Imagining the other

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In a true liberal arts pairing, science joined fine arts this past semester for an imaginative exercise in description and interpretation. Physics Professor Steve Doty’s “Life, Death, and Aliens” partnered with Ron Abram’s “Introduction to Drawing” class, and the end

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Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

Honoring veterans

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During this Veterans Day week, students, staff, and faculty took several opportunities to pay tribute to our country’s heroes. Tuesday morning, Campus Safety Administrative Assistant Mary Lindsey and physical plant plumber, Veteran Mike Eltringham, hosted the annual Campus Safety breakfast

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United, not divided

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Locked arm in arm, a small sea of students and faculty marched for solidarity through central campus yesterday afternoon. Braving the light rain during Thursday’s common hour, many wielded colorful umbrellas, matching their personalized signs. “United, not divided” was the

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Back to Burma

Temples of Bagan, Burma, Myanmar, Asia.

As admissions tours move from Beth Eden to their first stop, Swasey Chapel, student guides begin their story: “Denison was founded in 1831 by Baptist ministers. While we are no longer affiliated with the church, we still use our chapel

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Start Them Up

Project Startup

A group of Denison students and a few faculty members toured Newark not long ago to have a look at one of the communities right next door, and all the pockets of social entrepreneurship that have sprung up there in

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Summer living

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It began over tacos, as many good things in life do. Current roommates Gemma Aldana ’17, Karen Osborne ’16, Rachel Morrison ’16, and Tori Newman ’15 (pictured above) first joined forces in The Roost thanks to Bon Appétit’s “late night”

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Hawkeye and Hot Lips and Klinger … oh my!

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Ideas for research projects come in all shapes and forms. It could be a class, conversation, or for summer scholar Emily Smith ’15, watching a TV Land rerun. Smith, who is researching the TV series M*A*S*H (1972-1983), first discovered the

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14

Stolen memories

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While working on my story on the fight against Alzheimer’s disease for Denison Magazine, which has been making its way to mailboxes across the country in the last week, I came to feel fortunate that my knowledge of dementia was

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Written By: David Zivan ’88
Photo Credits: ShutterStock (2)

Ideas worth spreading

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On Saturday (March 1), the Denison community will gather for its first TEDxDenisonU event, an independent TED Talk experience hosted by President Adam Weinberg and sponsored by the Spectrum Series and the Denison University Entrepreneurship Program. The popularity of TED

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Video Credits: Hung Tran ’15

Denison in the Blogosphere (1/17/14)

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We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the Interwebs, and, periodically, we share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. In today’s links, we’ve got an alumna with an eye for fashion, another who plans to blend

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16

Dodo revolution

Dodo Revolution

Ron Sandler ’95 hadn’t set foot on Denison’s campus for 17 years when he came back to talk to the philosophy department about woolly mammoths — and the pros and cons of bringing them back to life. Now an environmental

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Bright idea

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Scholars and educators across the country have noted that large universities focus so many of their resources on graduate students that it’s hard for undergraduates to get research experience. At Denison, however, programs like the Young Scholar Awards and Anderson

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Posse pride

Abdi Ali ’13 is one of four Posse Scholars highlighted in a recent article from the Boston Posse Quarterly.

Denison has been partnering with the Posse Foundation since 2000 when it welcomed its first class of Scholars from Chicago. Now, as the college enters its ninth year with Posse Boston, a Posse Boston Quarterly article took a look at

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Photo Credits: Hung Tran ’15

Sweet charity & medieval guilt

Sweet Charity & Medieval Guilt

Adam Davis is a historian whose research causes him to straddle centuries on a daily basis. Now, the associate professor has received a yearlong fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to dig deeper into the 12th and 13th

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Summer Scholars—all year long

Summer Scholars—All Year Long

It feels a bit like a lab experiment, from a mouse perspective. In Curtis Veggie, the partitions rise maze-like, almost to the ceiling. The aisles are crowded with milling students and faculty. You turn, and turn, the passages winding around,

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Be kind to one another

Be Kind To One Another

No one likes a bully. So why is there an apparent rise of bullying in segments of our society? In her recently submitted senior research project, Colleen Russo ’12, a cum laude psychology major from Iowa City, explored a relationship

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Faith in chemistry

Faith In Chemistry

Faith Simunyu ’13, a biochemistry major, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the UNCF Merck Science Initiative and will receive $25,000 toward her college costs. Additionally, she will be a paid intern for 10 to 12 weeks at a

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Workaholics Anonymous

Workaholics Anonymous

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is the 17th century proverb describing the downside of constantly keeping one’s nose to the figurative grindstone. Laura Russell, assistant professor of communication, agrees with that wisdom, and she knows what

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The thoughtful generalist

The Thoughtful Generalist

You already know this: librarians are sort of superheroes. They’re information experts. They’re teachers, researchers, finders, keepers, creators, digitizers, organizers, troubleshooters and info literacy specialists. They know tons, and what they don’t know, they know how to find out. Ours

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The myths of motherhood

The Myths Of Motherhood

New mothers are taught a lot before they even leave the hospital. But when it comes to preparing for their babies emotionally, moms are often on their own. Erin Henshaw, assistant professor of psychology, and her team of student researchers

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Written By: Natalie Olivo ’13

What’s keeping you busy?

What's Keeping You Busy?

‘Tis the season of exams, projects, papers, and presentations. With less than two weeks left in the semester, the library has more traffic—as does the line at Jazzman’s. It’s crunch time on the Hill. And while they’re feeling that end-of-semester

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Written By: Emily Hopcian ’12
Photo Credits: Emily Hopcian ’12

Interpreting the past, preparing for the future

Interpreting the Past, Preparing for the Future

Let’s be honest, historical research can be a pretty daunting task. Scholars often have to deal with missing or incomplete primary sources, such as personal papers or letters. If they’re lucky, these documents have survived, leaving “fortunate” historians to slog—page

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Art work

Art Work

Earlier this fall, we shared photos from the Summer Scholars’ presentations in the sciences and humanities. And now, ta-da, here’s a glimpse of the October presentation of the in-depth work that students did in the fine arts over the summer. Funded

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This toy is no toy—it’s made to play

This Toy Is No Toy—It's Made To Play

Denison’s HyeKyung Lee is an accomplished pianist, composer and assistant professor of music. She has performed all over the world, with residencies on several continents, and her talents and interests range far and wide. But today, during the provost’s Tuesday

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More than just gossip

More Than Just Gossip

Q & A with Summer Scholar Alyssa Howard-Tripp ’13: What’s the title of your research? “Spoken Stories, Muted Messengers: Reassessing Celebrity Gossip and the Feminine Voice.” [custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]How are you approaching the topic? My project started when I noticed

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Wired for blogging

Wired for Blogging

Wired Science Blogs, a daily online publication from the folks at Wired, has a new science star onboard. Erik Klemetti, assistant professor of geosciences, has relaunched his wildly popular “Eruptions” blog on the Wired platform. Since the blog’s initial launch

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Designing history

Designing History

When Kaitlyn Grissom ’12 began her research, she didn’t realize how many titles she’d rack up by the end of the summer. Call her an architect, historian, artist, or carpenter; she used all of these skills while designing an exhibit

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Radio is dead?

'Radio is dead!'

Q & A with Summer Scholar Katie Woods ’13: What’s the title of your research? “‘Radio Is Dead!’ An Investigation of Historical and Contemporary Audio Drama in the United States and Britain.” [custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]How are you approaching the topic?

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A fall harvest of summer research

A Fall Harvest of Summer Research

Each fall, the campus is treated to three special events that highlight the work of Summer Scholars at Denison. Scores of students stay on campus for a minimum of 10 weeks each summer and work in close collaboration with faculty

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Finding community amid conflict

Finding Community In Northern Ireland

Q & A with Summer Scholar Meg Gaertner ’12: How are you approaching the topic? I’m studying the identity politics of international conflicts and the role that grassroots, bottom-up peace-building—like community-building, reconciliation efforts, and especially sustained dialogues—have in building sustainable

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Getting lost in lost books

Jordan Kurker-Mraz '14, advised by Tim Hofmeister, Classics

Q & A with Summer Scholar Jordan Kurker-Mraz ’14: What’s the title of your research? “The Classics Postmodern Age and Culture: Questions of Relevance and Regard” [custom-field name=”aside” cssclass=”right-aside”]What’s the story behind the idea? I was drawn to it when

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Oh, the places we’ve been!

Oh, The Places We Went!

Dr. Seuss’ book Green Eggs and Ham follows a character named Sam-I-am and his efforts to convince the unnamed protagonist to try an old meal with a new twist. This spring I tasted my metaphorical green eggs and ham: a course on children’s

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Written By: Allison Kranek '11

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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A match made in the heavens

A Match Made In The Heavens

Let’s say you have a rock in the solar system. And it’s not any boring, settled-into-a-routine kind of rock — but a young, vivacious rock. The universe is at its metaphorical feet. This rock has been hanging out with its

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Written By: Olivia Combe
Photo Credits: Michelle Murphy

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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Shhhhh… people are trying to study

Shhhhh… People Are Trying To Study

It’s hard to find an open table at the library (or anywhere else on campus) these days as students hunker down for some serious study time. Today marks the beginning of finals week, which runs through Tuesday. Good luck, all.

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Creating better chemistry

Creating Good Chemistry

Could an organic chem lab use a little tweaking? Why not make it better for students? (Here, the word “lab” doesn’t mean the room with beakers and Bunsen burners; it means the act of carrying out a specific experiment in

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Sculpting the ‘Unseen’

Sculpting The Unseen

When Xiaoshi “Vivian” Qin ’12 (Guangzhou, China) began her studio art project, she set out to explore her spirituality. The project, titled Unseen, took a topic that is sometimes difficult to describe and channeled it through sculpture. Inspired by artists

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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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A few thoughts on Wikipedia

Library Director Scottie Cochrane

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales speaks tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Swasey Chapel, as part of this year’s Spectrum Series theme, “Technology and Community.” It’s a perfect time to check in with Library Director Scottie Cochrane—who operates at the center of

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Written By: Library Director Scottie Cochrane

iTunes U: Learning on demand

Learning on Demand

At least for now, with finals looming, students aren’t going out looking for extra learning opportunities. Soon enough, though, those intellectually restless history majors will be looking to get their astrophysics on whenever they can—that’s liberal arts for you. At

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Making refugees feel at home

Helping Refugees In Ohio

Erik Singh, a senior from Pemberville, Ohio, likes to help people to settle in. He became involved in the plight of the Somali population in central Ohio two years ago when he joined the Denison chapter of the Roosevelt Institute,

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Decoding history

Decoding History

People have all sorts of interests—some watch football, some enjoy the outdoors, others like to crochet. For Associate Professor of English Fred Porcheddu ’87, it’s medieval texts that strike his fancy. So, imagine his delight when he learned of a

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The brush strokes of reconciliation

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Early this year, Erin Saul ’11 traveled across the Atlantic to work at a peace and reconciliation center in Northern Ireland. Much of her time was spent working with the people of Ireland, but in the quiet moments, she found

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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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Jazz, man

Jazz, Man

Harry Brisson’s fall semester is well underway, but he might still be thinking about the summer. He spent a lot of it on campus, in Burton Hall, with his saxophone, computer and keyboard, drenched in jazz. It was a magical

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Where ‘more’ isn’t always better

Rachel Mattingly '11 discusses her research at the recent summer scholars poster presentation.

At first glance, Buddhism and economic development might not be words that automatically go together, but as you speak with Rachel Mattingly ’11, the fog slowly clears. Mattingly, who is from Avon, Ind., began researching the Buddhist perspective on human

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The big picture

The Big Picture

Joanna Grabski is still catching her breath after a very busy six months in Dakar, Senegal. Grabski’s trip, funded by the Fulbright-Hays program, revolved around the Dakar art scene. In that city of five million people, the associate professor of

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Amber, aliens & the American diaspora

Amber, Aliens, and the American Diaspora

Curtis Veggie, on the West Quad, is typically the place for special banquets. But on this particular September day, the menu was philosophy and political science, anthropology and art, economics and English, as scores of 2010 Summer Scholars served up

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Need a good book?

Need a Good Book?

Think of Goodreads as a social library (or bookstore). It’s a social networking site where book lovers can go, see what their friends are reading, post reviews, and make lists of books to read in the future. You can now

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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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DU + MathFest = Awards

Mathfest

Not too long ago, 10 Denison students headed to Pittsburgh for MathFest 2010, a national conference for numbers junkies. They walked away with five awards for their presentations. That’s a 50 percent success rate, at least according to our calculations. The

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