Category: "Research"

Chemistry Professor Receives Summer Research Grant

February 16, 2017

Associate Professor of Chemistry David Vosburg

Associate Professor of Chemistry David Vosburg has been awarded an $8,000 research grant by Organic Syntheses Inc. that provides funding for him and a student co-worker to do research in the area of synthetic organic chemistry. Members of the Organic Syntheses Advisory Board awarded the grants to faculty from principally undergraduate institutions for research that […]

Sky is No Limit for Quantum Researchers

February 7, 2017

Physics Professor Jason Gallicchio

Researchers from Harvey Mudd are part of a group of scientists who recently completed experiments on entangled photons that produced results consistent with quantum mechanics. Assistant Professor of Physics Jason Gallicchio, who devised an idea to use starlight to improve tests of quantum mechanics, and Calvin Leung ’17 are co-authors, along with their colleagues, on […]

Faculty Approved for Tenure

February 3, 2017

Vivien Hamilton and students

Three Harvey Mudd College faculty members were approved for tenure, effective July 1, at the meeting of the board of trustees this week. Vivien Hamilton, assistant professor of history of science has been approved for promotion to associate professor with continuous tenure. Hamilton previously worked as a lecturer at the Institute for the History and […]

Importance of Undergrad Research Affirmed With Latest NSF Grant

January 17, 2017

Harvey Mudd College undergraduate research with Kerry Karuksis and Jerry Van Hecke, chemistry

Considered a powerful form of engaged learning, undergraduate research is getting a boost from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the delight of a dedicated team of academics seeking to promote highly effective undergraduate research environments. Kerry Karukstis, chair of the Harvey Mudd College Department of Chemistry, along with colleagues Mitchell R. Malachowski, professor of […]

NSF Funds Computer Science Research Opportunities

January 15, 2017

Julie Medero

Computer science Professors Zach Dodds and Julie Medero received a National Science Foundation grant for the continuation of the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in computer science. The funding will support 10 undergraduate researchers (five from Harvey Mudd and five from other schools) to undertake a variety of research projects in the Computer Science Department. For some undergraduates in STEM […]

Team Studies Monetary Impacts of Germany’s Environmental Health Burden

January 10, 2017

Tanja Srebotnjak, Harvey Mudd College

A consortium consisting of the German environmental think tank Ecologic Institute, consulting firm BiPro GmBH and Harvey Mudd College Professor Tanja Srebotnjak submitted a successful bid to the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) to study approaches for the monetary valuation of Germany’s environmental burden of disease. The 28-months-long, € 221,000 project will examine different economic […]

Computing Research Association Recognizes Two Harvey Mudd Students

December 16, 2016

Computing Research Association logo

Harvey Mudd College computer science and mathematics major Jane Wu ’18 has received a Computing Research Association (CRA) 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award for Non-PhD-granting institutions. Alex Ozdemir ’17 is a finalist. The prestigious program recognizes undergraduates at North American universities who demonstrate outstanding potential in an area of computing research. Harvey Mudd College is the […]

New Technique Helps Identify Parasite “Switchers”

December 15, 2016

Trypanosoma brucei parasite

The Trypanosoma brucei parasite is well known in sub-Saharan Africa for causing a disease in humans called sleeping sickness. The disease is fatal if untreated, current drug therapies are very toxic and there is no vaccine. The parasite owes its success to its ability to evade the human immune system through a process called variant […]

Algorithms and Avocados

December 2, 2016

Professor Ran Libeskind-Hadas

The connection between fighting a threat to one of California’s favorite fruits and recently published research by a Harvey Mudd College computer science professor and his colleagues isn’t immediately evident. On the way to connect one dot with the other, there’s a story about the mutualistic pairing of a beetle and a fungus, extensive biological […]

High-resolution Nanoscope Provides New View of Whole Cells

September 21, 2016

Whitney Duim, Harvey Mudd College chemistry

A new, ultra-resolution nanoscope is giving biological researchers the power to see deep within whole cells. Until recently, the challenge with optical microscopy has been to obtain complete, high resolution, images of cells and tissues because resolution rapidly deteriorates due to the thickness of the structures. With a microscope that now allows three-dimensional imaging of […]