Saturday, June 28, 2008

Weird Science

Chemistry and biology faculty have been transporting years' worth of stuff from their old offices to the new Ken Olsen Science Center. Some pretty interesting objects have turned up. Of this item, Emily Jarvis (chemistry), states: "Many pizzas have lost their lives in this blender in preparation for our infamous bomb calorimetry lab."

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Friday, June 27, 2008

More Summer Fun: JP Morgan Corporate Challenge 5K

Paul Brink, political studies, writes:
"Thursday, June 26, I ran with a Gordon team for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Boston. From left to right: myself, Chuck Blend (biology), Dwight Tshudy (chemistry), and Ming Zheng (biology). Krista Faulks (Public Safety, not pictured) was also part of our team, and Dwight was our fearless leader. We were sponsored by the Gordon bookstore--they give us these team shirts. See more about the race...

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

An Econ Professor's Summer--So Far

Bruce Webb writes:
"This summer I’m getting ready to teach a senior seminar class about the economics of climate change, so I’ve been reading a lot about that. If I were to guess I’d say I’ve gotten together about 30 articles and about a dozen or so books to go through. I’ve read a number of them all the way through and am figuring out how much to use of the rest. Right now for instance I’m trying to figure out how much of The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review I want to use—it’s sort of the unavoidable work on the subject, so you have to deal with it somehow.
I’m also working on an ongoing project, which is thinking about the burden of debt we’re passing on to future generations and what our moral and economic obligations are in that. They’re two very related things—how do you best use your resources to fulfill your obligations to the person beside you and the person who may or may not be alive in 300 years? They’re both about what we do now and how they effect future generations.
My wife and I are also looking forward to what we call our “Week of Culture” in the Berkshires, where we like to go every year. There are a number of plays and theater festivals there that we’ll go to, as well as Tanglewood."

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Friday, June 20, 2008

In the News: Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness Opens

Gordon's new Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness (CBMW)hosted its grand opening celebration Saturday, June 14, 2008. The event was covered in several local news venues--read more here, here and here.
The newly built 6,500 square-foot facility is located at the Brigham Athletic Complex on Gordon's campus and will feature clinical, academic and research expertise for the treatment of neurological, vestibular, and balance and gait disorders.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bob Whittet on the road--and the river

Bob Whittet, associate professor of youth ministries and director of church relations, on his summer so far, and upcoming:
June 1: preached at the morning services at Bethany Church in Greenland, NH. You can listen to the sermon here.
June 6: spoke at a gathering of 125 youth workers from the front range of Colorado at Noah’s Ark Whitewaters Outfitters in Buena Vista, CO. The group rafted together all morning, and then I was the speaker at a luncheon which followed. It served as a major contact point with youth workers who were invited to attend Gordon’s Front Range Symposium in Youth Ministry to be held in Denver on September 25.
June 9-12: was a delegate at the meeting of the General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, held in Flat Rock, NC. I serve as the chairman of the board of directors of Christian Education Ministries.
June 14: was the commencement speaker for Portsmouth Christian High School at a ceremony held at Bethany Church in Greenland, NH. Read more...
June 15: preached at Seacoast Community Church in Portsmouth, NH.
June 22 : will be speaking at the opening meeting of National Association of Congregational Christian Churches to be held in Plymouth, MA. I’ll be addressing the topic of “Rediscovering Youth Ministry.”

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Finding a Voice at Gordon

Abigail Geer '08 writes:

"I’ve always had a nagging desire to start a newspaper, but never had the means or reason to make that happen. This semester my dream came true. My roommate Maggie Terp and I realized that though Gordon is a scholarly community—a group of people that thinks in its spare time—there was no on-campus venue in which dialogue between students and faculty from all over campus could take place on a regular basis. We prayed about it and God, for lack of a better way to say this, threw The Vox Populi our way. I say that he threw it our way because, even though we put in a lot of work to not only get GCSA approval but to publish four issues in eight weeks, it all came together in ways we could never have predicted or made happen. Not only were people excited about writing things for The Vox, they were excited about reading it too, which was confirmation to us that the Lord was using us to bless the campus. The experience had added meaning for Maggie and me as graduating seniors. Not only was my dream coming true, but she and I had the chance to leave something behind as we left Gordon. The name The Vox Populi means “the people’s voice,” or “the voice of the people,” because our goal in forming the publication was to be just that—a place where people’s voices could be heard. It was a blessing to both of us to be able to leave behind us the empowerment of giving people a chance to be heard.

-Abigail Geer, 08'

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Friday, June 6, 2008

One professor's summer plans

Graeme Bird, English Department, writes:
"As faculty we experience at the end of each semester a sudden change in schedule – and sometimes the adjustment is hard to deal with! No more teaching, no more grading, no more watching the clock and trying to be on time for the next class or meeting. However, lest it be thought that we all head straight for the beach, here is a sample of one professor’s summer plans.I will keep working with the Core Committee, as we continue to gather and approve course proposals suitable for the new Core; as a total change from that, I will also be helping rehearse a group of singers from the New Life Fine Arts organization, in preparation for a performance in June of part of the original Christian musical historical play “Song on the Wind,” which deals with the earliest interactions between native Americans and English settlers. Other projects I will be working on include: preparations for the recently approved new Linguistics major, encouraging more students to consider the Classics minor, checking the proofs for a chapter in a book dealing with a celebrated medieval manuscript of Homer’s Iliad, preparing a series of lectures to be given to Harvard alumni on a boat cruise to Turkey and the Greek islands, and teaching a group of Third World students – actually most of them leaders in government, business, and human rights organizations – some of the intricacies of elementary mathematics and electronic spreadsheets. Oh, and my family and I will take a short vacation, traveling to Williamsburg and surrounding parts, both for relaxation and in order to explore some of the early history of this country. We may even get to the beach for a couple of days."!

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Javier Throws the Opening Pitch at Fenway

Javier Serrano, a recent Gordon grad, threw the opening pitch at Wednesday night's Red Sox game. He was also featured in a recent Boston Globe article.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

A Whale of a Time

Gordon's Marine Biology Institute (MBI), offered every even-numbered year, was offered as a May Term class this spring. Four students took part this year, spending six to eight hours a day exploring New England waters learning about their chemistry, animals, plants, and molecular biology. Several members of the science faculty participated as guest lecturers. One of the highlights of their three weeks together was their whale watching trip. Curtis Pope, a junior taking the course for core science credit, remarked, "I can't believe we got credit to go whale watching!" Pictured here are two of the students from this year's MBI watching the waters for sings of whales. Learn more about the Marine Biology Institute.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

A Symbol of Connectedness

One arm of the Women's Prayer Group at Gordon is its prayer shawl ministry. Jan Carlberg, Paula Cerulli, Gaynelle Weiss and Donna Loy have all been involved in knitting shawls and distributing them to Gordon-community members faced with life-threatening illnesses.
Kaye Cook, professor of psychology, writes: "Prayer shawl ministries are literally ministries of warmth (from the shawls), community, and prayer. Individuals covenant to knit a shawl while praying continuously. They may pray individually or in groups. The prayer shawls of which I am aware have been knitted in community, prayed over, blessed by the church, and committed to service. They are given to an individual who is particularly in need of prayer and loving care. The knitters are usually women, but not always, and the shawls are usually given to women. It’s a wonderful symbol of connectedness in the Kingdom."

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Talk of the Muse

What inspires us? Why do we create the things we do? How does the creative process affect our work?
These are the questions behind "Talk of the Muse," a series of conversations between communication arts assistant professor Jo Kadlecek and her guests. In this interview Jo talks to Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath and Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity.
Tune in to iTunes U to hear Jo talk with a variety of creative types (professors, students, staff and campus guests) about how the Muse strikes them in their lives, careers and stories.

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