March 2013 News Archive

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Student Spotlight: Alison Curley '16

Hometown: Window Rock, Ariz. 
Major: Organizing Theme (self-designed), titled "Cultural

Commerce: How History and Human Behavior Can Inform the Consumer Relationship (with studies in the departments of Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Psychology and Sociology)
Minor: Russian 

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Mohawk watershed interest, gathering growing

Union recently hosted the annual Mohawk Watershed Symposium at College Park Hall.

This is the fifth year Union has hosted the daylong symposium, which featured dozens of presentations on topics including flooding, water quality, watershed management and water rights.

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Two Union seniors awarded prestigious Watson Fellowships

Joshua Anderson likes things simple. The mechanical engineering major helps run his parents' self-sufficient farm in Maine, spent part of winter break traipsing around Paris with little but his backpack and doesn't own a cellphone.

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Multibillion-dollar map of human brain might not be worth it

Christopher Chabris, associate professor of psychology, authored an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about a proposal to map the human brain.

Chabris, who joined Union in 2007, has appeared on the Today show and National Public Radio (NPR). He has written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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Campus community remembers Sean Murphy, student killed in crash

More than 500 members of the campus community gathered for a heartfelt service in Memorial Chapel Friday night to mourn the loss of Sean Murphy.

A senior majoring in psychology, Murphy was a passenger in a car that crashed in nearby East Greenbush early Wednesday morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Volunteer of the Week: Kiana Miller ’16

Bronx native Kiana Miller ’16, a double sociology and visual arts

major with a psychology minor, is this week’s Kenney Community Center Volunteer of the Week.

A participant in the community service pre-orientation program, Miller also went on the New Orleans mini-term, which focuses a community service project, often involving tasks such as rebuilding homes and restoring wetlands.

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People in the News March 02, 2013

Three works by Licia (Shiqing) He ’14, a double major in studio art and

computer science, are included in “120,” an intercollegiate art competition currently on exhibit at the Lapham Gallery in Glens Falls, N.Y. He’s “Stone Lion,” an intaglio aquatint, won an honorable mention. Her other exhibited works are “Phryne,” a polymer photogravure, and “Emerald,” a watercolor. Sponsored by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, the show runs through March 29.

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Union College faculty successfully compete for grants

Union College was awarded more than $2 million in federal, state and local government and private foundation grants during 2012-13 to support faculty and undergraduate research and curricular-enhancement initiatives.

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Seeing stars: Pair from Union attend astronomy workshop at Arecibo

As a young girl growing up in Puerto Rico, Rachel

Almodovar '15 got a chance to visit the Arecibo Observatory. Home to the largest reflecting telescope in the world, the observatory is a place that easily inspires future astronomers.

"I've always been fascinated by the observatory," said the astronomy major. "When I visited for the first time when I was 12, I told my mother that I hoped to work in a place like that someday."