Students who have spent the summer on campus are wrapping up their research projects this week. The eight students conducting genomic research with Professor of Biology Malcolm Campbell and Professor of Mathematics Laurie Heyer recorded their collaboration with those faculty members by adding their hand prints and signatures to a wall in that lab. Since the tradition began in summer 2008, about 50 students have marked their contributions in similar fashion.
Students Trek Pacific Crest Trail, Research Place Attachment
Davidson students Noelle Smith ‘16 and Micah Brown ‘16 have gone off the grid to do some scholarly research this summer.
The duo laced up their hiking boots and hit the Pacific Crest Trail in southern California on May 20. They headed north into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, intending to backpack more than 700 miles of the Canada-to-Mexico route in about eight weeks.
Alumnus Focus: Rising Electronic Music Artist “Phuse” Stirs Buzz
As a former DJ who’s played music for large crowds, Jarel Hill ‘12 doesn’t normally get stage fright. When he saw the giant stage prepared for his live performance at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, however, the butterflies finally found him.
Source: SoundCloud / PHUSE
Student Focus: Watt Shines Light on Davidson Experience
One of the gifts Grace Watt ‘15 possesses is the ability to explain complex physics clearly, in everyday terms.
"LEDs work as light sources because when electrons change energy levels, the amount of energy they release corresponds to a visible wavelength," she explained.
Watt is studying LEDs, light-emitting diodes, as a summer research assistant in the laboratory of Professor of Physics Tim Gfroerer.
Today marks Davidson’s entrance into the Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10), a 14-institution collegiate athletic conference that covers eight states and the District of Columbia for a total population of 75.3 million people.
Like Davidson, the schools in the A-10 share a commitment to academic excellence and boast an exceptional group of Division I scholar athletes who compete at the highest level-on the field and in the classroom.
In addition to Davidson, members of the Atlantic 10 Conference for the 2014-15 academic year are the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Louis University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Get to know the member institutions here.
Nineteen of Davidson’s 21 sports will compete in the A-10, with the exception of football and wrestling. Football will remain in the Pioneer Football League which hosts non-scholarship programs, while wrestling will continue its affiliation with the Southern Conference.
About 30 Davidson College students volunteer at the local free clinic, which provides an innovative, holistic model for healthcare. They get to interact with patients and work with role models in different healthcare fields.
The clinic, in the Ada Jenkins Center, opens its doors weekly to patients who live in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell counties and do not have health insurance. In many cases, patients are facing challenges that extend beyond their physical health, and clinic staff and volunteers work hard to address all of the patients’ wellness needs.
Senior studio art majors learn the ropes of being a contemporary artist by completing their final semester with their own solo exhibitions in Davidson’s Smith Gallery.
$900,000 Gift to Athletic Center Builds Momentum
Woody Morcott ‘60 of Hobe Sound, Fla., has provided a remarkable boost to the Vance Athletic Center Challenge currently underway at Davidson College. His gift of $900,000, when matched by the challenge, adds $1.8 million to the project’s funding, making the current fundraising total just over $9 million. Learn more about the center.
High Achieving Students Find Davidson through QuestBridge
Davidson’s first class of QuestBridge scholars has successfully completed its first year of college. QuestBridge is an organization that connects exceptionally talented low-income high school students to the nation’s best colleges and scholarship opportunities. Davidson is now one of 35 QuestBridge partners, in company including Yale University, Williams College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"The partnership is based on a mutual admiration," said Kortni Campbell, senior assistant dean of admission. "Their mission fits perfectly with what we’ve been doing, in terms of the Davidson Trust and President Quillen’s vision of providing opportunity and access for students who may not have even heard of us."