Category: "Research"

Harvey Mudd Chemistry Professor Participating in Nationwide Atmospheric Measurement Network

Lelia Hawkins

Researchers at a site in Joshua Tree National Park will measure airborne particulate matter as part of a $12 million, multi-state project. Harvey Mudd College Associate Professor of Chemistry Lelia Hawkins and her student researchers will be responsible for the new instrumental additions at this site, one of 12 such locations nationwide. Part of the […]

NSF Supports Physics Research in Quantum Gravity

Vatche Sahakian

Recent research in string theory has spawned a new idea that gravity—which is tightly linked to our perception of space and time—might be an illusion, an approximate framework that is not fundamental. “Instead,” says Harvey Mudd College Professor of Physics Vatche Sahakian, “the way information intertwines in quantum mechanics might underly what we end up […]

Harvey Mudd Alumni Enhance Caltech’s Schmidt Academy

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Through a strategic partnership, Harvey Mudd alumni are poised to join the next generation of science-savvy software engineers who will set new standards in scientific software. Along with former HMC computer science professor and department chair Ran Libeskind Hadas (now at Claremont McKenna College), Katherine Breeden, HMC assistant professor of computer science and a Caltech […]

Researchers Study Therapeutic Strategies for “Natural Killer Cells”

Lisette de Pillis, Norman F. Sprague Jr. Professor of Life Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College

White blood cells known as “natural killer cells”—named for their ability to attack disease without requiring activation by the immune system—could play a vital role in battling cancer, according to new research by Lisette de Pillis, Norman F. Sprague Professor of Life Sciences at Harvey Mudd College. The so-called NK cells might be effective in […]

Sponsored Research is Focus of New HMC Office

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In order to provide direct support to departments and faculty through corporate partnerships (Clinic) and government grants, Harvey Mudd College has created the Office of Sponsored Research and Projects. Colleen Coxe, former senior director of corporate relations, will lead the new office as assistant vice president for sponsored research and projects. She will work closely […]

Three HMC Math Faculty Receive NSF Grants

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Awards from the National Science Foundation were granted to three members of the faculty in the Department of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. The grants will allow them to further research ranging from studying networks using mathematical models to determining best practices for in-class group work monitoring in K-12 education. Heather Zinn-Brooks’ project, “Advances in […]

Biologists Explore How Human Networks Can Be Made Ant-like

Image showing red wood ant nests (the mounds) with lines drawn in to represent pathways between the nests and to trees, where these ants harvest food from colonies of aphids living in the trees.

Ant behavior has been a source of inspiration since at least the time of Aesop, and 2,500 years later, it appears these insects still have a certain kind of wisdom to impart—perhaps to engineers building subways. “Each individual ant doesn’t know much about the world beyond her own antennae,” says Harvey Mudd College biology professor […]

Danae Schulz Receives NSF Early Career Grant

Danae Schulz

Danae Schulz, an assistant professor of biology at Harvey Mudd College, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation for her research “Characterizing molecular mechanisms that drive life cycle transitions in the African trypanosome.” The nearly $630,000 award covering a five-year period enables Schulz to pursue research questions […]

Four Harvey Mudd Students Receive 2021 Goldwater Scholarships

The most prestigious national award for undergraduate STEM researchers, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, has been awarded to four Harvey Mudd College students: Tonatiuh Gonzalez ’22, Jacob Kelber ’23, Hanna Porter ’22 and Anna Soper ’22. The 409 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,256 natural science, engineering […]

Harvey Mudd CS Students Publish and Present Work

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The Harvey Mudd College Department of Computer Science celebrates students’ paper acceptances and presentations at peer-reviewed archival conferences this spring. Each Harvey Mudd CS faculty member has an active research program that involves undergraduates. A substantial portion of this research is funded by the National Science Foundation. The department has several active NSF grants, and […]