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A labyrinth will offer the HWS community a new site for spiritual restoration. As envisioned by the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Office of Spiritual Engagement, a labyrinth on campus will bring visitors into closer contact with nature and with their own spirituality, whatever form it takes. Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens, who is

Tracking tornados in the field as an HWS undergrad prepared Patrick McMillan ’21 for his graduate studies in meteorology at Ohio University. “I would be that kid watching the Weather Channel looking at hurricane tracks and blizzards,” says Patrick McMillan ’21. It was his coursework and research experience at Hobart and William Smith, however, that

Research conducted on the microclimates in Watkins Glen gorge by Chad Hecht ’14 and Professor of Geoscience Neil Laird was recently published in the scientific journal Physical Geography. The July 2021 issue of Physical Geography features “Influence of cold fronts on microscale atmospheric conditions within the complex terrain of Watkins Glen Gorge, New York” by

Peggy Wagner ’21 Lands Post at Liberty Mutual Insurance Economics major and mathematics minor Peggy Wagner ’21 accepted a position with Liberty Mutual Insurance. As an associate in the analyst development program, Wagner will use quantitative evidence to help guide her work. She previously held an internship with the company. Wagner believes her participation in

A graduate student in atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ian Beckley ’20 was recognized with the Schwerdtfeger Award for academic achievement. Ian Beckley ’20 is the 2021 recipient of the Schwerdtfeger Award, given to a graduate student in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences who has performed

As a recipient of the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship, Alex Dwyer ’23 will spend 10 weeks working with researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The family of geoscience major Jacob Kotcher ’20 gives back to the department through summer research and equipment funding. Jacob Kotcher ’20 dabbled in several disciplines during his first semesters on campus — trying out classes in environmental studies and writing and rhetoric — but it was when he took “Earth Systems Science” with Professor

HWS welcomed the first cohort of STEM Scholars this month, celebrating the launch of the new program supporting racially and ethnically underrepresented scholars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In March, 15 HWS students were inducted to the new STEM Scholars program, which is designed “to elevate and recognize the importance and value of historically

A grant of more than $115K has been awarded to the HWS Innovative Classrooms Initiative from the New York State Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grant Program. The HWS Innovative Classrooms Initiative, designed to explore the impact that technologies and furnishings within classroom spaces have on student learning and engagement, has received funding of more

“Geoscience is all about integration,” Finkelstein explains. In “Oceanography,” he challenged students to integrate a range of scientific disciplines “to understand how oceans work over the scale of hours, days, and seasons to decades, centuries and millions of years.”