January 2013 News Archive

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A plan, a campus, a legacy

Originally published in the Union College Magazine, Winter 2013

A fortunate meeting

David Parish, if not realistic about his chances of building an empire in the hardscrabble frontier of northern New York, was honorable enough to ensure that a struggling young designer had work.

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Can fungi replace plastics?

Originally published in the Union College Magazine, Winter 2013

Fungi, with the exception of shiitake and certain other mushrooms, tend to be something we're disgusted by (think moldy bread or dank-smell­ing mildew). But they really deserve more respect, because some fungi have fantastic capabilities.

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Could less O2 mean smaller bugs?

Originally published in the Union College Magazine, Winter 2013

As a kid, Scott Kirkton never played with bugs (his mother did his insect collection in elementary school). But times change - Kirkton now plays with grasshoppers a lot. A recent study he conducted, in part at Argonne National Laboratory, offers insight into the relationship between respiratory function and molting.

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A supercomputer makes the difference

Originally published in the Union College Magazine, Winter 2013

The IBM intelligent cluster, gifted to Union by the company in 2011, is advancing research on campus in notable ways.

The first paper published using the machine, by Janet Anderson in the journal Biophysical Chemistry, analyzed the way protein G rotates in aqueous solution, by predicting properties measured in nuclear magnetic resonance experiments from molecular dynamics simulations.

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Reading William Blake in a new way

Originally published in the Union College Magazine, Winter 2013

It’s uncommon for a literary theory to have material applications. But that didn’t stop Andrew Burkett and company from putting literary critic Saree Makdisi’s idea into practice, creating the Blake Browser.

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'Popcorn' part of a safer concrete

Originally published in the Union College Magazine, Winter 2013

That annoying foam “popcorn” that’s a staple of the shipping business could save lives.

Ashraf Ghaly, professor of engineer­ing, is using it in a new product he calls Popcrete.

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Crafting President Obama's message

Originally published in the Union College Magazine, Winter 2013

As national deputy communications director for Obama for America, Rachel Racusen ’04 had a hand in making the top news story of fall 2012 as big as it was.

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Alumna tells stories in her own unique way

Originally published in the Union College Magazine, Winter 2013

It’s different and a little offbeat, but somehow universal too, speaking to an experience everyone has had—or could have had—in one way or another.

She is trying to learn his language.

She makes T sounds.

They are awkward on her tongue. She makes T sounds.

They are awkward.

She approaches his language from a

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Burns Atrium showcases prints

Printmaking is currently on view in two exhibits in the Burns Arts Atrium, Visual Arts

Building.

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Women's Commission Winter Speaker Seminar Feb. 6

Mary O’Keeffe will give a talk Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 12:55 p.m. in

Messa House as part of the Women's Commission Winter Speaker Seminar.

Her talk, "Finding the Joy Within You and Sharing it With Those Around You: Creating Mathematical Problem Solving Communities," is free and open to the campus community. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Feb. 1 to Sheri Lullo (lullos@union.edu)