Biology prof. Ryan Kerney's algae research gained media attention from various science-focused outlets, including Gizmodo, Mental Floss, Science Alert, Eurek Alert!, Futurism, and the American Museum of Natural History.
In a scientific first, researchers have discovered a bizarre inter-species relationship in which salamanders and algae cozy up together to share cells. Scientists aren’t entirely sure why these two very different organisms have adopted such an intimate arrangement, but the discovery could represent a completely new form of symbiotic relationship.
As a collaborative research team from the American Museum of Natural History and Gettysburg College revealed, the green alga Oophila amblystomatis makes its home inside of cells located across the body of the spotted salamander Ambystoma maculatum. The salamander doesn’t appear to be negatively affected by its microbial roommates, and in fact the amphibian may even be benefiting from this arrangement. The normally photosynthetic green algae, on the other hand, are completely stressed out, forced rely on an alternative means of energy production.
Kaylyn Sawyer was featured in an article published by Women's Healthsource magazine after recovering from post-concussion syndrome.
From Women's Healthsource:
Kaylyn Sawyer had tried to take things one step at a time, but the symptoms were scary, and it felt like her life had veered off track. She had suffered a concussion in February 2015 after a slip and fall. Later that year, she sustained two more concussions after hitting her head on a fireplace mantel and then, a few weeks later, experiencing another fall. After these incidents, Sawyer’s symptoms were severe. She had headaches and dizziness. Noise and light bothered her, but the worst part was her vision. Eye muscle spasms made Sawyer see double—images that were also blurry and in constant motion. The Gettysburg College junior could navigate her environment, but she couldn’t see details in objects and faces, and she couldn't read.
History prof. Abou Bamba's latest book, African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Pardox of Modernization in Ivory Coast, was included in a roundup of recommended summer reading about African politics that was published by the Washington Post.
From the Washington Post:
It’s Memorial Day weekend and at TMC, that can only mean one thing: It’s time to announce our selections for the Fourth Annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular! As usual, we’ll be featuring book reviews, guest posts and author Q&As on some of the best books published on African politics in 2016 and 2017.
For the purpose of this series, we define “politics” broadly, and look to feature books that shed light on important issues in African politics, from how communities understand female genital cutting to the latest research on Boko Haram and other Islamic extremists in the Sahel to fascinating new biographies of current and former leaders across the continent to lighter reads by journalists with long experience covering the continent.
We hope you’ll join us in reading some or all of these books, and asking questions in the comments section below or on Twitter using the hashtag #APSRS17. Here’s a link to a list of all 16 books on Amazon.com.
Two speakers who were invited to speak on campus were featured in an article published by the Evening Sun. The speakers were Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer and Luther College professor Todd Green.
From the Evening Sun:
A global religious discussion will be front and center at Gettysburg College next week.
Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch and author of books on jihad and Islamic terrorism, will host a presentation entitled "The Political Ramifications of Islamic Fundamentalism" at 7 p.m., May 3.
The event is not open to the public. Local law enforcement agencies plan to monitor for outside disruption or protests.
Spencer's speech will come in conjunction with a lecture called "Professional Islamophobia" from Todd Green, an associate professor at Luther College, slated for April 30 at 7 p.m.
PennLive published a list of regional Commencement speakers.
BET Honoree Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole receives the BET Honor for the Education Award at the BET Honors 2015 at Warner Theater on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Washington.
From the LA Times:
Fareed Zakaria GPS North Korea’s nuclear ambitions; bombing targets in Syria; using the “MOAB” on ISIS; national security: Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice. NAFTA; U.S. and Canada trade: Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign. Trump’s first 100 days: Matthew Kroenig; Tim Naftali; Timothy Snyder; Shirley Anne Warshaw. (N) 7 and 10 a.m. CNN.
Director of the Civil War Institute Pete Carmichael was quoted in the Evening Sun regarding comments President Trump made about the Civil War.
From the Evening Sun:
President Donald Trump created quite a stir on Monday with comments about a former president's role in the Civil War.
Not Abraham Lincoln — but Andrew Jackson, who died almost 20 years before the bloody battle.
"I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War," Trump said in an interview with the Washington Examiner. "He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, 'There's no reason for this.'"
Trump continued: "People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"
Trump's remarks revealed a "staggering ignorance about history," said Peter Carmichael, a professor of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College.