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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

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Cool physics

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Last week, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist came to the Hill. William Phillips, head of the Laser Cooling and Trapping Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), was hosted by the Physics and Astronomy department last week for

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Written By: Patrick Banner '18

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)

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

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

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

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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Solar sizzle

Solar Sizzle

A true believer in the amazing potential of solar power, Joe Reczek, assistant professor of chemistry, is tireless when it comes to devising ways to demonstrate how we can harness the energy of the sun. His newest outreach project, funded

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Ebaugh’s golden

We Got The Gold

Denison was just recognized with the gold rating for the renovation and expansion of Ebaugh Laboratories, a project that was completed last year. In 2008, Denison made a major commitment to the environment: All new campus construction from that point

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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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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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Getting a handle on molecular ‘baskets’

Getting A Handle On Molecular Baskets

  Tell someone you’re learning how to build baskets in college, and most folks would think of that mythological class Basketweaving 101 — a catch phrase for an easy “A.” No such thing here. In Jordan Fantini’s chemistry research lab,

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Good science, clean water

Good Science, Clean Water

The Newark Advocate recently reported that Licking County middle- and high-school students can explore ways to purify water and help people in developing countries by participating in a science challenge this winter, and one might even win a six-week, paid

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An open book

An Open Book

Librarians have been curating information from the earliest days of cuneiform-covered clay tablets of Mesopotamia (technically, they were wireless, too) to the amazing digital tablets of today. At this week’s provost-sponsored Tuesday Faculty Lunch, Moriana Garcia, Denison’s natural sciences librarian,

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A Titanic scientist

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Oceanographer and underwater archaeologist Robert Ballard took a tour around campus today, spending time with students over lunch in the Welsh Hills Room and taking part in two classes: Associate Professor Laura Romano’s Introduction to the Science of Biology and

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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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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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The Great East Coast Earthquake of 2011

The Great East Coast Earthquake Of 2011

Now that Irene has lost her punch and moved north of the border, we can turn at least some of our attention back to the somewhat anomalous earthquake that hit the eastern United States on August 23. Centered near Mineral,

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When volcanoes are overblown

Erik Klemetti, assistant professor of geosciences

Here’s what happened: Late last year, a scientific journal published a paper on a magma surge at Yellowstone. Sounds scary, right? Sure, volcanoes are scary. There was a lot of sophisticated monitoring going on, and the hard science didn’t indicate

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Written By: Natalie Olivo '13

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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Arts and sciences with The Works

The Works

Some might say this is a match made in heaven. No, not Prince William and Kate Middleton—it’s Denison and The Works that can’t get enough of each other. The Works is a unique museum, just down the road in the

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Video Credits: The Works

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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Poker face

Poker Face

Shelie Miller (Chemistry 2000) had an ace in the hole when she interviewed for a faculty spot earlier this year at the University of Michigan. But she couldn’t lay all her cards on the table—not until the White House made

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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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This is your brain on caffeine

This Is Your Brain On Caffeine

On Saturday, Nov. 6, several science professors and the student-officers of NERD (Neuroscience Education & Research at Denison) hosted 41 Columbus area high school students in Burton Morgan Center for a day of hands-on “brain” science. The high schoolers were

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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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The Diva of Disclosure

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Human memory expert Elizabeth Loftus, once called the “Diva of Disclosure” by Psychology Today, came to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to talk with students in several classrooms and also during a lunch with psychology majors. The larger campus community

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Blinding with science

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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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Denison in the Blogosphere (8/30/10)

Kat Lenhart '09 and Tiny Fey, backstage at the Emmys. Photo from KatLenhart.com.

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we’ll share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. In this afternoon’s fix of Denisonia, one alum cracks a mathematical conundrum, while another keeps last night’s

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

While students were away working summer internships and jobs, traveling near and far, and, we hope, catching a little R & R, Denison’s campus was undergoing more than the normal amount of summertime changes. Here’s a quick look at some

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