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Chief Diversity Officer honored as a 2014 African American Women Achiever

Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Jeanne J Arnold has been chosen to be honored as an African American Women Achiever by the Kappa Community Development Corporation.


Thirteen distinguished African-American women will be honored at the 11th Annual African American Women Achievers celebration on Sunday, Nov., 2, at 4 p.m., at Auletto's Catering in Almonesson. 

The Kappa Community Development Corporation, in partnership with Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., recognizes African American women whose business and community leadership make them local, regional and national pillars of the community. 

"Each year we salute phenomenal women who have made major contributions in their communities," said Richard A. Williams, president of the Kappa Community Development Corporation. 

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Professor Kerney quoted in News Scientist on Clams and Algae's light harvesting research

Professor Ryan Kerney was quoted in the News Scientist article on clams and algae and how they have evolved to harvest light in a new and unique way. 

From News Scientist:

In many species of giant clam, photosynthetic algae live in the clam's fleshy mantle, which is exposed to the sea and sunlight through the flaps of its shell (pictured). In exchange for their home, the algae secrete glycerol, which feeds the clam.

The association is one of many in which animals work symbiotically with plants and algae to harvest the power of the sun.

Kerney says that the research also solves the puzzle of why many clams are iridescent – it's down to the green or yellow light that is reflected because it's of no use to the algae. "Animals such as starlings or butterflies generally use iridescence for display or camouflage, but giant clams do neither, instead optimising the absorption of light to suit tiny stacks of algal cells."

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Alumnus Richard Loren writes a book on his experiences with Rock Legends

Alumnus Richard Loren '65 has been working with various musical artists since he graduated Gettysburg College in the late 1960s. His upcoming book, High Notes: A Rock Memoir, Working with Rock Legends Jefferson Airplane Through the Doors to the Grateful Dead, is part history, part travelogue and part coming-of-age for Loren. 

from Infectious Magazine:

Beginning with the time spent with the famously flamboyant and witty pianist Liberace (lib-er-ah-chee), Richard Loren’s memoir spans the globe through his work alongside multiple big name bands and roughly two decades worth of memories. From New York City to California, even periods of time in Europe and Canada, Loren’s escapades not only illustrate what it meant to be an agent and manager in a time when “rock music was a movement,” but it reminded us that despite our romanticism of the music industry, it is not always the fun and games we believe it to be. Amidst it all, I find it awe-inspiring what Loren did in those twenty years, including the commonplace rite of passage that is questioning career choices (like many of us have struggled through), quitting the business completely after a drug induced epiphany and spending a year in Europe, eventually creating his own management/promotions startup back in the States with fellow professionals, to starting all over again with questioning his path. Fortunately he proved how nothing is truly set in stone, even when it comes to careers.


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Student Aghayan dealt with media education in Armenia

Mariam Aghayan, a Gettysburg College student, spent time in 2014 volunteering in Armenia for Project for Peace. 

From The Armenian Weekly:

Many other young Armenians are involved in similar initiatives year-round. To take just one example, in 2014 alone Birthright Armenia has 150 diasporan volunteers working in every imaginable sector of the country. Some are even moving to Armenia, with 1 out of every 14 alumni reported to have repatriated.

Another young Armenian, Mariam Aghayan from Gettysburg College, was also in Armenia with a 2014 Project for Peace dealing with media education.

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Alums Interviewed in Chemical and Engineering News

Two Gettysburg alums were recently interviewed in an article for Chemical and Engineering News about what pharmaceutical firms are looking for in the educational training of new hires. Lauren Celano, BMB ‘00, Co-founder and CEO of Propel Careers, a life science career development firm and William Shakespeare, Chem ‘85, vice president of drug discovery at Ariad Pharmaceuticals, both provided insight into the current job market and the skills that new graduates should seek to acquire during their undergraduate education.

From C&EN:

The inhospitable employment climate has spared few sectors in the chemical sciences, but those who aspire to work in the pharma and biotech industries continue to face a particular challenge in landing a job.

In the wake of massive layoffs in the U.S., “much of the chemistry work in the pharmaceutical industry has been outsourced overseas,” observes Lauren Celano, founder and chief executive officer of Propel Careers, a Boston-based life sciences search and career development firm. “It’s especially tough for chemists just leaving school to find work. It is certainly very different from the way it was 10 years ago,” when many more graduates had an offer in hand.

Outside of chemistry, what other kinds of courses should students take to be equipped to work at your company?

Shakespeare: We see too many candidates who are unfamiliar with basic biology or biochemistry core concepts that I think are essential for a career in drug discovery. Especially at the Ph.D. level, you have to have a fundamental understanding of what a cell is, how it functions, and what it means when we talk about things like signal transduction. It is important for students to take at least one course that teaches these basic concepts.

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Alum quoted in TIME about the power of sleep

Mary Carskadon ’69, one of the foremost researchers in the country focused on sleep, was quoted in a Sept. 11 Time Magazine article, “The Power of Sleep.” Carskadon also delivered the annual Psychology Symposium lecture during Homecoming Weekend on campus.

From TIME:

The consequences of deprived sleep, says Dr. Mary Carskadon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, are “scary, really scary.”


All this isn’t actually so alarming, since there’s a simple fix that can stop this nerve die-off and slow the brain’s accelerated ride toward aging. What’s needed, says Carskadon, is a rebranding of sleep that strips away any hint of its being on the sidelines of our health.

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Philosophy Prof write Huffington Post piece on ISIS

Kerry Walters, William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy and Peace and Justice Studies, wrote a Sept. 4 Huffington Post piece on ISIS.

From HuffPo:

I'm haunted these days by a scene from Matthew's Gospel. Herod, learning that an infant has been born in Bethlehem who will become "King of the Jews," orders the slaughter of the town's male children two years old and under. Matthew captures the deed's mind-numbing horror by imagining that Rachel, one of the traditional Hebrew matriarchs, "weeps and laments and refuses to be comforted, because her children are no more."

How, I ask myself, would Jesus's followers have acted could they've been in Bethlehem on that frenzied day? Would they have remained silent? Would they have shielded the infants with their own bodies, buying the victims a few more seconds of life? Or would they have picked up any makeshift weapon they could find to protect the innocents from cruel death?

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