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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Students arriving at Swarthmore for the first time are in the middle of one of the annual challenges to newcomers here: figuring out just what their high school education means now that they’ve come to college. Many students arrive having taken AP or IB exams in high school — tests offered to advanced high school […]

The Minds of Others

The Minds of Others

After the tragic Boston Marathon bombings last week, the Internet was abuzz with tweeters, bloggers, and posters filling cyberspace with information. Like many recent world events, the social media response to the bombings became a part of their story. Links to news articles, charity websites, and up-to-date informational websites spread like wildfire through all sorts […]

Furthering Science in the Developing World

Furthering Science in the Developing World

The past few decades have shown tremendous growth in scientists in all scientific disciplines, and has spread through some of the world’s developing nations as well. Countries such as Brazil, China, Mexico and Malaysia have made great strides towards making science and technology, especially biotech, a part of their economies. Yet, most developing countries have […]

De-Extinction a Possible Frontier for Scientific Development

De-Extinction a Possible Frontier for Scientific Development

Let’s imagine for a moment we had the technology to recreate a species once considered extinct. Imagine that we could use the genetic information from those organisms’ DNA to create new individuals that have not roamed the earths for generations. Consider what it would mean if extinction weren’t permanent, and humankind could revive any species […]

Swarthmore Hosts Summit On Fossil Fuel Divestment

Swarthmore Hosts Summit On Fossil Fuel Divestment

This weekend, Swarthmore will play host to a nationwide conference of students from colleges and universities from over 18 states interested in discussing tactics of an emerging movement to divest college endowments from extractive industries, namely coal, oil and gas. There are many perspectives to consider the decision to divest — perspectives that our students, […]