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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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Happy numbers

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Here’s a burning question to start your new year: What happens when you take the sum of the square of each of the digits in the number 19, and then continue iterating? Mathematics Professor May Mei proposed this question to

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Summer research digs deep

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    It’s something you’ve heard a lot about once you’ve been at Denison for a semester or two: how different life is during the summer; how nice it is to share campus with only a fraction of the student

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Written By: Antrim Ross '16

And so it begins

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The first days of any semester are filled with book-buying, unpacking, studying class schedules, and general merriment. They’re also filled with the sight of students running toward each other, arms outstretched, catching up with friends who have spent the summer

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Mystery in the Sierra Nevada

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  There’s an ancient mystery hidden in the wild Sierra Nevada Mountains, buried layers-deep below the earth, yet to be uncovered and brought to the surface. It’s not the plot of an old spaghetti Western; it’s the recent experience of

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Written By: Jillian Koval '16

Looking into the hearts of stars

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Will we ever know if there is life in other solar systems? Two J. Reid and Polly Anderson summer research scholars have been looking at a key indicator that could point to an answer. Nathan Myers ’17 and Noah Rogers

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Written By: Jillian Koval '16, Noah Rogers '17, Nathan Myers '17

Brand awareness

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With perfectly styled mop of hair, fashion sense similar to Mick Jagger, and a plethora of male jewelry, British comedian Russell Brand gives off a distinct first impression and, according to Kate Ramsdell ’15, he knows it. “When he first

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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

The yin and yang of Yik Yak

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Many of the largest tech successes boil down to simple ideas: an exclusive online community, a way to share images, a place to publicize your review of a restaurant. As more people use these interfaces, their elementary foundations become social

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Harnessing the summer sun

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The future is looking bright thanks to Kareha Agesa ’17, who has been working diligently to harness the immense power of the sun this summer. Well, it’s not exactly that simple, but Agesa has been collaborating with a team of

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Written By: Jillian Koval '16

Connecting to France, in English

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With a semester on The Hill separating her from a term abroad in Aix-en-Provence in France, Isabel Randolph ’16 wanted to create a summer research project that captured her experiences wandering the rural roads of southern France and the streets

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Written By: Golzar Meamar '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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Heidi Chronicles keeps the faith

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“R-E-S-P-E-C-T: find out what it means to me . . . ” The soulful voice of R&B queen Aretha Franklin blares through the theatre as five women, several in bellbottoms, dance on stage, high-fiving and singing along. Some may view this

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim '16

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

Physics of dance

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Gemma Aldana ’16 loves to dance. Open to all styles, she doesn’t discriminate. She can shake her hips and wave her arms with the best of them, but her favorite moves require a little more poise. “My mom thought that

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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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Tying the knot

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Summer research looks different for all people and departments across campus. Some students take field trips down the Hill to nurse a cup of coffee at River Road Coffeehouse while digging into some heavy reading; others work 9-to-5 in labs;

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

Fact vs. fiction

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When it comes to solving national and international problems, researchers often must ask: Is this something that can actually be fixed? Because, let’s face it, we would all love to live in a world where nobody gets sick, hurricanes never

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Written By: Rose Schrott ’14

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

A detailed history

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Ellen Reid ’15 was initially struck with the inspiration for her summer research when she saw John Everett Millais’ painting “A Huguenot,” which portrays a young couple about to part ways during the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre. “It was just

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

Yes, another story about the Royal Baby …

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The throngs of well-wishers have headed home. The PR department in Buckingham Palace is getting a little break. And the famous golden easel has been put away. Now the realities of motherhood are setting in for the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16
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What’s in a number?

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If you’ve walked past Olin Science Hall this summer, you’ve probably noticed the big sign in the window that boasts “# of specimens counted,” followed by an ever-climbing number. Al Weik ’14, a geosciences major from Lebanon, Pa., says that

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’14

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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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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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.” How are you approaching the topic? My project started when I noticed a similarity

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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.” How are you approaching the topic? My project

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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

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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” What’s the story behind the idea? I was drawn to it when I read

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‘I Want to Look American!’

I Want To Look American

Q & A with Summer Scholar Taiyangzhi “Rebecca” Zhou ’13: What’s the title of your research? “‘I Want to Look American!’ Analysis of American Fashion Industry and its Future in China.” What’s the story behind the idea? I’ve always enjoyed fashion

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No lab coat required!

No Lab Coat Required

Since the Summer Scholars Program began in 1993, hundreds of students have devoted their summers not to sunnin’ and funnin,’ but to weeks and weeks of independent research on campus. And the majority of that research, even two decades after

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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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Making refugees feel at home

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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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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

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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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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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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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