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Introducing the Grand Challenges Initiative An innovative educational program launching fall 2017 at Schmid College

October 27, 2016 by Andrew Lyon | News

When I reflect upon being a scientist, three words come to mind: fascination, frustration, and exhilaration. A scientist’s fascination comes from the wonder of trying to understand and decipher the vast complexity of the world around us. Frustration creeps in as we discover how challenging that complexity is, and how unsophisticated some of our scientific

Alumni Focus: Dor Shoshan ’15 From Chapman to Medical School

August 21, 2015 by | Alumni

Alumnus Dor Shoshan and his family have much to celebrate. Dor graduated with honors in May from Chapman University’s Biological Sciences program. He received both the Outstanding Senior Award in Biological Science as well as the Ronald M. Huntington Award for Outstanding Scholarship representing the graduating senior with the most distinguished record of academic scholarship.

Dean’s Diversion: Communicating Science

August 9, 2015 by | Dean

Science communication is something we do a great deal of here in Schmid College.  Whenever we publish a blog post, help write a press release, or give a public lecture, I am reminded of an excellent PNAS paper entitled “Bringing values and deliberation to science communication” by Thomas Dietz from Michigan State. The basic premise

Dean’s Diversion: The Importance of Being Self-Critical

July 12, 2015 by | Dean

As scientists and humans, we are all going to make errors in our work – hopefully those errors arise from honest mistakes and not bias. In experimental science, we are accustomed to performing research using the principles of the scientific method. We form a hypothesis, conduct an experiment, collect data, analyze and interpret the data,

Dean’s Diversion: Avoiding Pathological Science

June 28, 2015 by | Dean

A particularly good read (whether you are a scientist or not) is Irving Langmuir’s classic Pathological Science lecture from 1953 (download the PDF).  For most physical scientists, I imagine that the talk is well known.  There are extensive websites on the subject, as well as the obligatory Wikipedia page, so there is no need to

Dean’s Diversion: Summer Reading List

June 14, 2015 by | Dean

Towards the end of this past spring semester, I walked into my office to find the dreaded red “you have voice mail” light blazing on my phone.  As I listened to the message, I was happy to hear the voice of President Doti, who is known to use the medium to broadcast his musings to

E-cigarettes, Youth and Retailer Proximity to Schools

May 28, 2015 by | Research

This year I participated as the student leader for Dr. Georgiana Bostean ’s Social Determinants of Health research lab. Over two semesters, we studied the new phenomenon of electronic cigarette use and the potential risks it poses to youth. The research team applied our knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to studying the density

Science Journalist, Author Gary Taubes to Deliver Schmid College Commencement Address

May 15, 2015 by | Events

Watch Gary Taubes’ Schmid College Commencement address (beginning at the 16-minute mark). As our graduating students depart Schmid College, they depart as scientists.  Regardless of their career paths, science communication is one of the vital roles they can play in society. It is because of the importance of science communication that Schmid College has chosen to invite science