January 2018 News Archive

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Union staffer cast in Grammy Carpool Karaoke skit

If you were one of the nearly 20 million viewers who tuned in to the Grammys Sunday night, you might have noticed a familiar face from campus.

Jermaine Wells was one of the background actors in a Carpool Karaoke skit featuring host James Corden and singers Sting and Shaggy.

In the prerecorded skit, the three board a New York train for a subway edition of Corden’s popular segment from his Late Late Show.

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To Russia, with VR

Kristin Bidoshi first got the idea of teaching Russian through virtual reality two years ago, when visa problems thwarted a trip with students. “Wouldn’t it be cool if they could have a virtual experience — the second best thing to actually going there — and get to experience the Kremlin, Red Square and Siberia?” said Bidoshi, an associate professor of Russian and director of Russian and East European Studies.

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Theater department mounts "Antigonick"

The Department of Theatre and Dance will perform "Antigonick" Feb. 1-4 as its second show in the “Season of Discontent.”

“Antigonick” is poet Anne Carson’s modern remake of Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Sophocles’ tale of one woman’s refusal to bend to power on a matter of principle resonates in times of oppression.

Rehearsal photo as students prep for "Antigonick."

Rehearsal photo as students prep for "Antigonick."
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Union receives prestigious Beckman Scholars Award to support research

Union is one of a dozen colleges and universities selected to receive a 2018 Beckman Scholars Program Award.

This is the first time the College has been awarded a grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that supports basic scientific research, primarily in chemistry and life sciences.

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People in the news

The Ion-Beam Analysis Group recently published a paper, “Undergraduate Research and Training in Ion-Beam Analysis of Environmental Materials,” in Physics Procedia.

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Theater department mounts "Antigonick"

The Department of Theatre and Dance will perform "Antigonick" Feb. 1-4 as its second show in the “Season of Discontent.”

“Antigonick” is poet Anne Carson’s modern remake of Sophocles’ “Antigone.” Sophocles’ tale of one woman’s refusal to bend to power on a matter of principle resonates in times of oppression.

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A decade of Presidential Green Grants has helped change the world

Ten years ago, the College awarded its first Presidential Green Grants, an initiative aimed at supporting environmentally sustainable projects at Union.

As President Stephen C. Ainlay told the 10 inaugural winners, the grants would help find the mechanisms by which they could improve the world.

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A decade of Presidential Green Grants has helped change the world

Ten years ago, the College awarded its first Presidential Green Grants, an initiative aimed at supporting environmentally sustainable projects at Union.

As President Stephen C. Ainlay told the 10 inaugural winners, the grants would help find the mechanisms by which they could improve the world.

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Schaffer Library exhibits ancient Iranian bronzes

Iranian artifact

Among the nearly 3,000 art and artifacts in the Union College Permanent Collection are roughly 100 ancient cast bronze objects presumably from ancient Iran that were donated to Union in 1969 by Professor Emeritus of Biology Carl George and his wife, the late Gail George, who taught dance at Union. The Georges, who traveled widely, acquired their pieces in the 1960s in Tehran.

The collection is on display at the Schaffer Library Lally Reading Room until March 25. 

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Inquiring minds at Union's Mandeville Gallery

The Union College Permanent Collection has a treasure trove of more than 300 historic scientific instruments, including 19th century prisms, a sextant, a sea octant that dates to the College’s founding in 1795, a refractometer and assorted mathematical models.