Aug. 15, 2017
Working under the auspices of Vassar’s Undergraduate Research Summer Institute, George Whiteside ’18 and Dylan Horowitz ‘19 adapted an impulsivity test so that it can be administered not only on smart phones but also on smart watches and voice-activated virtual assistant devices such as Google Assistant.
Jul. 31, 2017
Under the auspices of Vassar’s Ford Scholars program, Gabriela Mandeville ’19 and Hispanic Studies Prof. Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert traveled to St. Lucia and Dominica to talk to forest rangers, government officials, and others responsible for protecting the Amazon parrots that have made a comeback from the brink of extinction.
Jul. 14, 2017
Take a brief video tour of Eastern California geological formations starting at Zabriskie Point and ending at Rainbow Basin. The video, with awesome drone footage, was taken during a spring break study trip with students in Jeff Walker’s Volcanoes and Civilization class and Kirsten Menking’s Geomorphology class.
Apr. 12, 2017
With diplomatic relations reestablished between Cuba and the United States, the pace of change in Cuba is accelerating. This year’s annual International Studies travel course explored the areas where the impact of that change is most profoundly felt—the environment, the economy, and the tourist sector—and asked how this new phase in Cuba’s revolution fits into the larger trajectory of post-1959 Cuban history.
Dec. 15, 2016
One of Vassar’s few college-wide academic requirements is the Freshman Writing Seminar. First-year students choose from about 50 courses in disciplines ranging from Africana studies to women’s studies. So what do students read and write in a Freshman Writing Seminar offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics? Quite a lot, actually.
Nov. 16, 2016
On March 14, Director of Urban Studies and Associate Professor of English Tyrone Simpson boarded a train with 10 of his Vassar students. Technically speaking, it was spring break, but instead of making a beeline to sunny beach destinations, students in URBS 303 Advanced Debates in Urban Studies were heading west for nine days in chilly Detroit.