HMC Alumni News Briefs
 September 2012
Joseph Platt celebration
IN THIS ISSUE
AABoG News
Joe Platt: A Celebration of a Life Well Lived
Online Mentorship Program Launched
HMC Moves Up in U.S. News National Ranking
Beauty and Creativity of Science Explored
Experience the Solar Eclipse in Australia
Plan Ahead for Alumni Weekend
NSF Grant Funds Collaborative Project
Research Uncovers Possible Adaptive Spring
Guide Created for Science-Faith Documentary
Celebrating Summer Research
Hilleke '13 Selected as Astronaut Scholar
Scholarships and Prizes Awarded at Convocation
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Alumni Award Nominations

 

Alumni are encouraged to submit nominations for
2013 awards.

 

Outstanding Alumni Award

For significant contributions
to humanity or society.

 

Order of the Wart

For alumni and friends who have made important contributions to the
HMC community.

 

Lifetime Recognition Award

For alumni and friends who have provided outstanding dedication to HMC over
many years.


Please contact us.

 

Joe Platt:
A Celebration of a Life Well Lived
Joseph B. Platt
Please join us as we remember
 
JOSEPH B. PLATT
Founding President and Senior Professor of Physics

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Saturday, Sept. 29
Galileo Hall
2 p.m.

R.S.V.P. ONLINE    
HMC upcoming events

  

WHALE WATCHING, BBQ & MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM

Sept. 22, Monterey Bay, Calif., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

NELSON SERIES 

Sept. 25, HMC campus

Margaret Wertheim

7:30 p.m.

 

JOE PLATT CELEBRATION 

Sept. 29, HMC campus,

2 p.m.

 

172nd MEETING, ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Sept. 29, HMC, 10 a.m.

 

ALUMNI BARBECUE WITH SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

Sept. 29, HMC, 5 p.m.

 

MT. BALDY HIKE

Sept. 30, depart from HMC campus, 9 a.m. 

 

FALL CAREER FAIR

Oct. 12, HMC, Noon-3 p.m.

 

AUSTRALIA ECLIPSE TRIP

Nov. 6-15

 

WEEKEND WITH PRESIDENTS OF THE CLAREMONT COLLEGES 

Nov. 16-18, Hong Kong

ALUMNI WEEKEND 
May 2-5, 2013
 
EVENT INQUIRIES 
HMC web links
Summer 2012
HMC Bulletin, summer 2012
President Maria Klawe with first years
TOP NEWS
Online Mentorship Program Launched
President Klawe, astronaut Mae Jemison to serve as lead mentors

WitsOn logo Harvey Mudd College and Piazza, a free online gathering place, have launched WitsOn (Women in Technology Sharing Online), the first online community mentorship program to support students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math. Thirty-six colleges and universities have signed on to be part of the month-long program (Oct. 1-Nov. 9). Five hundred women from 60 different companies and universities will serve as mentors, and 10,000 undergraduates from STEM fields have registered. 

   

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Female students, especially, are being encouraged to sign up for WitsOn. Shown above are Madeline Hartley '16, President Maria Klawe, Natasha Allen '16, Nithya Menon '16 and Ashka Shah '16. 
HMC Moves Up in U.S. News National Ranking
Rankings provide insight into how others see us

The fall rankings have been published, and HMC remains among the top tier of liberal arts institutions.

U.S. News & World Report

Harvey Mudd College ranked No. 12 among the nation's liberal arts colleges in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings. The College rose from last year's No. 18 slot to sharing the No. 12 position this year with Davidson College (North Carolina). READ MORE 

 

Unigo

HMC made the "Top 10 Wired Campuses" list. The online resource for college information rated college campuses that use technology effectively.

Beauty and Creativity of Science Explored
Nelson Series to feature acclaimed artists and educators

Margaret Wertheim
Margaret Wertheim
The Dr. Bruce J. Nelson '74 Distinguished Speaker Series will celebrate contemporary art that explores the aesthetic, creative, cultural and political dimensions of science and technology. The free lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Galileo Hall.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, Margaret Wertheim, acclaimed science writer, will speak on the topic "Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: An Unlikely Yarn about Global Warming
Roger Malina
Roger Malina
and the World's Biggest Art+Science Project."

Thursday, Oct. 18, Roger Malina, astronomer and leading international thinker on the intersections of art and science, will discuss "Beyond Creativity: Collaboration between the Arts and Sciences Today." 

  

Experience the Solar Eclipse in Australia
Rainforests and crocodiles part of 10-day adventure

You could be among the 23 members of the HMC community who are excitedly anticipating their visit to Australia in November. Professor of Physics Greg Lyzenga '75 will lead this 10-day adventure, which includes stays in Sydney and Cairns, as well as excursions to experience snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, aboriginal culture in a tribal rainforest, crocodiles in the wild at Daintree National Park and (weather permitting) a total solar eclipse viewed from the Australian outback.

HMC is seeking a single traveler to fill the final space available on this trip! If interested, please view the trip details online and email us before Sept. 30.
 
Plan Ahead for Alumni Weekend, May 3-5, 2013
Volunteers sought for class reunion committees

Celebrate the 50th Reunion Class of 1963, reunion classes ending in "3" and "8," and the 50th anniversary of the Clinic Program. Details will follow shortly. We are currently seeking volunteers for the class reunion committees. If you are a member of one of the "3" or "8" classes and wish to help plan your reunion, please email us!

FACULTY NEWS
NSF Grant Funds Collaborative Project
Inorganic chemistry curriculum and faculty development supported

The Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC), a group co-founded by chemistry Professor Adam Johnson, has received a $437,962 grant from The National Science Foundation. The four-year grant will fund a multi-institutional, collaborative project that will introduce inorganic chemistry faculty to the latest research and guide them through the development of new teaching materials.

Research Uncovers Possible Adaptive Spring
Cucumber tendrils the focus of biophysics project

Sharon Gerbode, HMC physics
Sharon Gerbode
Imagine a spring that relaxes or tightens its hold depending on how far it is stretched. Such an adaptive device might be possible according to breakthrough biophysics research conducted by Harvey Mudd College's Assistant Professor of Physics Sharon Gerbode during her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.
 
Guide Created for Science-Faith Documentary
Documentary seeks to reopen dialogue between science and faith

David Vosburg
David Vosburg
Associate Professor of Chemistry David Vosburg has published an online study guide for the film, "From the Dust: Conversations in Creation," which explores mankind's origin in light of theology, biological evolution and humanity's search for its place in the universe.

 

STUDENT NEWS
Celebrating Summer Research
Event showcases research projects on and off campus

About 150 students shared their scientific findings Sept. 11 during the Celebration of Summer Research on campus. Projects ranged from theoretical work to research that may benefit human health and energy production. 

 

Hilleke '13 Selected as Astronaut Scholar
Chemistry major receives $10,000 award

Katerina Hilleke
Katerina Hilleke '13
Chemistry major Katerina Hilleke '13 of Charleston, S.C. has been selected as a 2012-13 Astronaut Scholar by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization providing scholarships for college students pursuing science and technology careers.

 

Scholarships and Prizes Awarded at Convocation
Excellence celebrated at fall event

Several all-college awards were presented during Convocation on Sept. 4. Students were honored for excellence in writing, academics and community service. 

 

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and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields
with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.

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  3. Unsurpassed Excellence and Diversity at All Levels
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