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December 19, 2017 –

What can frogs tell us about the effects of environmental toxins on the human body? A Keene State faculty member and her student researchers are working to find out.

The African clawed frog, also known as Xenopus laevis, shares a couple of important features with humans: both are vertebrates, and…

September 26, 2017 –

Katie Featherston, Biology Lab and Greenhouse Specialist at Keene State, is working with several students to transform the courtyard in the Putnam Science Center into a permaculture garden, revitalizing the space for use by the campus community.

Representing a variety of disciplines, these students are replacing the original flora with…

August 30, 2017 –

What’s it like to serve in the Peace Corps in Liberia? Andy Penfield ’15 is finding out first-hand – and sharing his experiences through a blog, Andy’s Peace Corps Adventure .

The mathematics and physics major from Westford, Massachusetts, underwent 11 weeks of training over the summer, including learning “Liberian…

August 29, 2017 –

Each fall, Keene State invites representatives from several businesses to campus for the Career Speaker Series . This creates an opportunity for students to gain good perspective on the job market and learn about different career opportunities, and for the businesses to attract new talent. Especially if you’re trying to…

July 28, 2017 –

Professor of Computer Science Dr. Elvis Foster has recently launched a Software Engineering Research Initiative (SERI), involving several Keene State computer science students on four projects this summer. The projects involve the design, construction, testing, and refinement of software systems for issues ranging from electoral management to facilitating more effective…

July 21, 2017 –

Keene State’s Environmental Studies program has had a long and rewarding relationship with the Harris Center for Conservation Education (HCCE) in nearby Hancock, NH. Through an ongoing partnership, Environmental Studies students are hired as interns for eight weeks in the summer to help the HCCE with various conservation projects. The…

July 5, 2017 –

Current senior Olivia Miller, who’s minoring in dance and majoring in anthropology and sociology, recently returned from a semester in Ghana, where she immersed herself in traditional Ghanaian dance. At the request of recently retired KSC Artist in Residence Marcia Murdock , Miller wrote a paper on her experience as…

June 28, 2017 –

Cronin , a digitally driven, results-focused marketing agency based in Glastonbury, CT, has promoted Charlene (Fein) Durham ’93 from senior brand supervisor to brand director, engagement & influence. She earned a BA in sociology at Keene State and a master’s in humanities at Wesleyan University. She joined Cronin in 2008…

June 19, 2017 –

Dr. Cynthia Hays is working with three summer undergraduate researchers on a project to document genetic diversity in an ecologically important species of marine plant called Zostera marina, otherwise known as eelgrass.

Rachel Graves ’19, Sarah Larsen ’19 and Meghan Hoffmann ’19, are working together with Dr. Hays to collect…

June 19, 2017 –

Nicholas DeJesus, a sophomore from New Ipswich, N.H., is working with Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Brian Anderson this summer on research regarding the synthesis and characterization of novel thiosemicarbazones, and binding these molecules to metals including palladium, nickel, and iron to study their structural properties, and possible reactivity. Thiosemicarbazones…

June 19, 2017 –

Professor of Chemistry Dr. Paul Baures is working with several undergraduate researchers on two separate projects this summer as part of a number of studies being conducted in the Chemistry Department.

Through the Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) program, summer research students are receiving on-campus housing support in…

June 19, 2017 –

Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jason Pellettieri and several undergraduate students are researching the regenerative characteristics of planarian flatworms this summer. The goal is to break ground on understanding the biological workings behind stem cells and regeneration.

“Some animals naturally exhibit this capacity and therefore provide ideal experimental subjects for…

June 19, 2017 –

Professor of Biology Dr. Susan Whittemore has a full lab of undergraduate researchers this summer conducting a study on the effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, also called PAHs, on the developing embryos and larvae of the frog Xenopus laevis.

Shannon Upham ’20 is one of Dr. Whittemore’s undergraduate researchers who…

June 15, 2017 –

“Experience, travel – these are as education in themselves,” claimed Euripides, way back around 400 BC. And his sentiment is certainly reflected today in the experiences that such Keene State professors as Jo Beth Mullens and Christopher Cusack create for their students. Last semester, they took a group of 17…

May 22, 2017 –

Making sense of internet behavior can be one of the most ambitious undertakings of the digital age, and Keene State Political Science major Rachel Norton ’17 succeeded in the undertaking. Her research gave her an opportunity to take her findings to the Midwest Political Science Association Conference this spring.


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