Archives for January, 2013

The Superbowl of Birding, Really

Greg Keller Instead of a helmet, Greg Keller, associate professor of conservation biology, grabbed his binoculars to compete in the tenth annual "Superbowl of Birding" on January 26, 2013, at the Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, MA. Held in Pennsylvania and Delaware in years past, this year's birdwatching competition took place during New England's arctic season and invited participates Read full article »

The Benefits of E. coli, and Other Collaborative Efforts

No one does science alone. In fact, Justin Topp, associate professor of biology, is proof, having watched many opportunities present themselves as a result of his involvement in the formation of the North Shore Biotechnology Consortium. Topp believes the Consortium will benefit both faculty and staff in the sciences across the North Shore.  Here's a glimpse of the partnerships and projects Read full article »

Oscar Season: Talking About the Movies Everyone’s Talking About

Rini Cobbey, one of Gordon's resident film critics By Rini Cobbey, associate professor of communication arts With the Golden Globes over, 2013’s “award show season” is official, culminating in the Oscars on February 24. Entertainment awards matter. The Academy Awards matter in particular, despite the often awkward show itself, because they reflect what our mass entertainers present as “excellent entertainment,” in all the Read full article »

The Case for Economic Growth and Winter Discussions

Even during the winter break, professors were interacting with colleagues in their field. Many from the English and Language and Linguistics departments attended the Modern Language Association conference in Boston. Stephen Smith But some, like Stephen Smith, professor of economics and business, flew across country to San Diego, CA.  Smith, along with Bruce Webb, retired professor of economics and business and Read full article »

The Massacre of Innocents: A History Professor Reflects on the Newtown Tragedy

Tal Howard, director of the Center for Faith and Inquiry (Editor's note: This essay also appeared January 7, 2013, on the Patheos web site, as well as January 5, 2013, in the print and online editions of the Salem News.)  By Tal Howard, professor of history The senseless tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, prior to Christmas continues to haunt me. We have had Read full article »