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Released: 13-Feb-2019 10:20 AM EST
New Book from Sociologist Daniel Laurison Explores the ‘Class Ceiling’
Swarthmore College

In his new book, The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged, Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel Laurison '99 investigates the ambiguities of meritocracy in white-collar workers’ salaries in the United Kingdom.

Released: 13-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Microbiologist Amy Cheng Vollmer on Similarities Between Bacteria and Teenagers
Swarthmore College

Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor of Biology Amy Cheng Vollmer was recently a guest on Key Conversations, a podcast from the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society that features dialogues with PBK Visiting Scholars.

Released: 8-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Political Scientist Carol Nackenoff on Fraught Consequences of Kavanaugh Confirmation
Swarthmore College

On Saturday afternoon, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 50-48 vote in the Senate, almost strictly along party lines. Marked by allegations of sexual assault and sustained partisan acrimony

Released: 2-Oct-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Economist Philip Jefferson Says to Dismantle Poverty, First Understand its Abounding Causes
Swarthmore College

Centennial Professor of Economics Philip Jefferson offers a systematic examination of the layers and roots of poverty and argues for the need to understand poverty.

Released: 15-Aug-2018 1:20 PM EDT
Physicist Tristan Smith to Explore Dark Universe with NASA Grant
Swarthmore College

Assistant Professor of Physics Tristan Smith has received a NASA grant to support his work in developing new ways to identify and measure the physics of the dark universe.

Released: 19-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Swarthmore College's Enhanced Campus Navigation System for Blind Among Most Sophisticated at U.S. Schools
Swarthmore College

Swarthmore has enhanced its campus navigation system for the blind, among the most sophisticated at colleges and universities in the country.

Released: 23-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Art Historian Brian Goldstein Shines Light on Overlooked Architect
Swarthmore College

A new grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago will help Assistant Professor of Art History Brian Goldstein continue his research on architecture through the lens of social and racial justice, and more specifically into the life and work of African-American architect and civil rights activist J. Max Bond, Jr.

Released: 3-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Decoding Extinction
Swarthmore College

A new National Science Foundation grant awarded to Professor of Statistics Steve Wang will help him, his students, and a recent alumna decode why the Earth may be entering a modern extinction.

Released: 20-Mar-2018 9:30 AM EDT
Philosopher Krista Thomason Examines the Reality of Shame in New Book
Swarthmore College

Moral philosophers are in agreement that shame is a natural and valuable emotion that occurs most often when someone does not live up to their ideals or standards.

Released: 14-Feb-2018 1:05 PM EST
Students Help Organize Event to Support Persons with Disabilities
Swarthmore College

During the first week of spring semester, a group of Swarthmore students used putt-putt golf and animal fun to help raise close to $11,000 for local persons with disabilities.

Released: 7-Dec-2017 4:20 PM EST
Watch: MAD Magazine Donation Honors Alum's Love of Laughs
Swarthmore College

As a part-time librarian while at Swarthmore, David Peele ’50 saw volumes of dusty old books — and mischievous opportunity.

Released: 1-Sep-2017 11:35 AM EDT
Political Scientist Rick Valelly '75 on Honoring Reconstruction
Swarthmore College

Given the sheer number of Confederate memorials, there is bound to be another shocking flashpoint of the kind that rocked Charlottesville and the nation. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee have vanished from Baltimore and New Orleans. Chief Justice Roger Taney, who authored the truly infamous part of the Dred Scott decision, is gone from Annapolis. So many have come down—or are up for possible removal—that The New York Times posted an interactive map to chart them all.

Released: 11-Jul-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Everything Old (English) Is New Again
Swarthmore College

When Craig Williamson made the decision to tackle something no one else had ever done before—translate every known Old English poem into modern alliterative, strong-stress verse—he faced two fears. The first was that someone else would beat him to it.

Released: 11-Jul-2017 8:50 AM EDT
Urban Land Institute Honors College Inn, Restaurant Project
Swarthmore College

This month, the Philadelphia chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) honored Swarthmore for its Town Center West project.

Released: 25-May-2017 9:20 AM EDT
More Than 40 Years After First Arriving at Swarthmore, Charles "Kip" Davis '75 to Graduate
Swarthmore College

Charles “Kip” Davis, who left Swarthmore in 1975 just shy of a degree, has had a mantra throughout the past year. “If not now, when?”

Released: 18-Apr-2017 10:30 AM EDT
Why Swarthmore Supports Putting a Price on Carbon Pollution
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Swarthmore College is leading the effort among colleges and universities to support carbon pricing as a matter of policy.

Released: 11-Apr-2017 11:20 AM EDT
Miriam Pierson '18 and Nathaniel Urban '18 Win National Debate Tournament
Swarthmore College

When Miriam Pierson ’18 and Nathaniel Urban ’18 heard their topic — the filibustering of Supreme Court nominees — for the finals of the Stanford Debate Tournament, they smiled. Some of their friends burst out laughing.

Released: 27-Feb-2017 11:05 AM EST
Swarthmore Among Top Producers of Fulbright Winners
Swarthmore College

Swarthmore is once again among top producers of Fulbright winners in the U.S. this year, with three graduating seniors and an alumna receiving the honor last year through the College and another alumnus receiving the grant independently as an at-large candidate.

Released: 6-Feb-2017 8:30 AM EST
Swarthmore College Names 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients
Swarthmore College

President Valerie Smith will award honorary degrees to film producer and journalist David Gelber ’63, philanthropist John Goldman '71, and actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith at the 145th commencement on May 21, 2017. In addition, approximately 350 undergraduates will receive degrees at the ceremony in Scott Amphitheater.

Released: 27-Jan-2017 10:05 AM EST
Listen: Linguist K. David Harrison on Preserving Endangered Languages
Swarthmore College

Professor of Linguistics K. David Harrison identifies the cause of endangered languages as globalization.

Released: 25-Jan-2017 8:05 AM EST
Swarthmore Economists Discover That Coupons for Produce Can Boost Healthy Food Purchases
Swarthmore College

In the experiment, economists Erin Todd Bronchetti, Ellen Magenheim, David Huffman, and more than 30 students found that providing coupons for produce at a Chester (Pa.) grocery store led shoppers to spend more total dollars on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Released: 12-Dec-2016 11:50 AM EST
Eight Faculty Projects Receive Digital Humanities Curricular Grants
Swarthmore College

In an effort to bolster the use of digital tools and platforms in the humanities, nine faculty members working on eight projects will be supported by Digital Humanities Curricular Development Grants from the Provost's Office. The recipients of these grants, awarded for the first time earlier this fall, represent philosophy, linguistics, peace and conflict studies, sociology and anthropology, English literature, modern languages, and film and media studies.

Released: 28-Oct-2016 10:30 AM EDT
Interactive U.S. Map Developed by Swarthmore College Students Puts Changes in State Voting Laws Into Context
Swarthmore College

The interactive map allows users to view changes to various state election voting laws over the past decade from a national perspective.

Released: 12-Oct-2016 8:05 AM EDT
Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Mourns the Passing of Former President Frederick C. Neidhardt
Swarthmore College

Neidhardt served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for nearly two decades and was the first non-Waksman family member to be entrusted with the leadership of the Foundation.

Released: 6-Oct-2016 9:30 AM EDT
White House Honors Mary Schmidt Campbell '69 and A'Dorian Murray-Thomas '16
Swarthmore College

On Friday, the White House honored 11 people from across the country as “Champions of Change for College Opportunity”— individuals who have conducted meaningful work in their communities to make higher education more accessible. Among the honorees are Mary Schmidt Campbell ’69 and A’Dorian Murray-Thomas ’16.

Released: 17-Aug-2016 8:05 AM EDT
Journalist Edmund Soon-Weng Yong Awarded 2016 Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences
Swarthmore College

Yong was selected for his excellence in science writing, which includes his popular blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science, his work with national publications such as The Atlantic and National Geographic, and his first book, I Contain Multitudes, which focuses on microbiology.

Released: 8-Aug-2016 3:05 PM EDT
New Study Confirms Adage that with Age Comes Wisdom
Swarthmore College

A new study led by Professor of Psychology Frank Durgin, which appears in the journal I-Perception, finds that older adults are better at interpreting the correct slope of a hill than young adults, which he believes is because of greater life experience.

Released: 23-Jun-2016 3:05 PM EDT
Educational Psychologist K. Ann Renninger Describes the Power of Interest in New Book
Swarthmore College

Do you ever wonder why you are interested in one subject but not in another? Is it your sense that people are just born interested in one thing or another?

Released: 15-Jun-2016 12:05 PM EDT
Largest Crowdsource Astronomy Network Helps Confirm Discovery of “Tatooine” Planet
Swarthmore College

Lehigh University Assistant Professor of Physics Joshua Pepper is using crowdsourcing to gather observations worldwide—and the information is being used to verify the discovery of new planets, including Kepler-1647 b.

Released: 7-Dec-2015 10:05 AM EST
Swarthmore Well-Represented at Paris Climate Talks
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Swarthmore College is well-represented at what many are calling the most significant climate meeting in history. Five students and two faculty members are part of an interdisciplinary delegation attending the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, which began Nov. 30 and concludes on Dec. 11.

Released: 9-Jun-2015 8:05 AM EDT
Why Has America Stopped Winning Wars? Swarthmore Expert Explains in New Book
Swarthmore College

In his new book, Swarthmore College Political Scientist Dominic Tierney explains why the United States is struggling on the battlefield, how Washington can resolve a failing war, and how America can start winning again.

Released: 27-Apr-2015 8:15 AM EDT
How a Swarthmore Biologist Used eBay and 3D Printing to Enhance His Laboratory
Swarthmore College

In need of a microscope to heat shock and image transgenic plants but with a limited budget, Associate Professor of Biology Nick Kaplinsky turned to eBay, finding the hardware he needed to build his custom RootScope for under $10,000.

Released: 7-Apr-2015 8:15 AM EDT
Does a Person's Sense of Smell Reveal a Weight Bias?
Swarthmore College

Researchers discovered that visual cues associated with overweight or obese people can influence one’s sense of smell, and that the perceiver’s body mass index matters, too.

Released: 26-Mar-2015 8:25 AM EDT
Sense of Smell May Reveal Weight Bias
Swarthmore College

A new study suggests that a person’s sense of smell may reveal a weight bias, one that is likely more pervasive than previously believed.

Released: 21-Feb-2015 12:30 PM EST
Swarthmore Names Valerie Smith as New President
Swarthmore College

Valerie Smith, a distinguished scholar of African American literature and culture and current Dean of the College at Princeton University, was named the 15th president of Swarthmore College on Saturday, Feb., 21, following unanimous agreement by its Board of Managers.

Released: 23-Oct-2014 9:00 AM EDT
What Motivates College Students to Get the Flu Shot? Sometimes, It's as Little as $10
Swarthmore College

The preliminary findings from a new study conducted by a team of Swarthmore College researchers indicates that a combination of financial incentives – even as little as $10 – and an endorsement from close friends might by the best way to increase flu vaccinations among college students.

Released: 25-Sep-2014 12:15 PM EDT
Dinosaur Family Tree Gives Fresh Insight Into Rapid Rise of Birds
Swarthmore College

The study shows that the familiar anatomical features of birds – such as feathers, wings and wishbones – all first evolved piecemeal in their dinosaur ancestors over tens of millions of years. However, once a fully functioning bird body shape was complete, an evolutionary explosion began, causing a rapid increase in the rate at which birds evolved. This led eventually to the thousands of avian species that we know today.

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