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Helping Kids Think Like Scientists


Poised in front of an audience in Wright Lecture Hall, Assistant Professor Robert Owen sprinkles sand on a vibrating plate. But instead of presenting to his usual audience of college students, 51 children fill the seats.

New Instruments Bolster Science Research Capabilities

Feb. 17, 2017

This January, through a combination of charitable gifts and funds from the college, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry acquired two new instruments that will greatly enhance teaching and research in many areas of chemistry and biochemistry, including environmental and forensic analysis, biochemical and peptide/protein studies, and synthesis of new bioorganic and organic compounds.

President’s Desk

Happy Valentine's Day to Residents of Kendal

Feb. 14, 2017

On this Valentine’s Day, I’m thinking of all the wonderful people in the Oberlin community. In particular, I want to recognize the older members of our community who add so much energy and wisdom. Also, as second semester kicks into higher gear, I want to extend my annual offer to meet with any graduating senior to brainstorm job opportunities, careers, and/or graduate schools.

Marvin Krislov Named Pace University President

Feb. 14, 2017

Marvin Krislov, the president of Oberlin College, announced today that he has agreed to become president of Pace University in New York City, on August 1, 2017. Mr. Krislov, who has served as Oberlin’s 14th president since 2007, had previously announced he would be leaving Oberlin at the end of the current academic year.


MLK Jr. Day of Service

Dec. 16, 2016

Join us to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , on Monday,  January 16, 2017, through service in the Oberlin community. Please call the Office of Community and Government Relations at (440) 775-6200 for more information. 

Overnight Vehicle Parking Reminders for Winter

Oct. 26, 2016

The Oberlin Police Department has requested that we remind our college community there is no overnight parking on city streets from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., between November 1 through April 1. City enforcement of this parking restriction may result in progressive fines and the potential of having vehicles towed from the street.

College community members who have current parking permits should utilize appropriate college parking lots during these hours. Please be mindful of college parking lot areas designated at Snow Emergency Parking spaces when the college's Snow Emergency Parking Plan in put into effect.

Call for Nominations: Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue

Sept. 22, 2016

The Office of the Ombudsperson is currently seeking nominations for approximately 17 students and 10 faculty and staff to participate in training for mediation, facilitation, and negotiation skills for the Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue (YBCD).

The YBCD is a multipartial independent entity within Oberlin College, which strives to promote change through conflict transformation, mediation, community building, educational workshops and facilitated dialogue. Our program is based on a social justice model and therefore it is the responsibility of our group to uphold the belief in social change. In the past, you have helped us by nominating able students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Individuals who were selected through the nomination process have done excellent work mediating disputes as well as facilitated dialogue and promoting educational programs. With a new name and new leadership, YBCD seeks to continue the legacy of Yeworkwha Belachew and OCDC  by reducing the burden of conflict on campus and in the Oberlin community at large. 

We seek your help in identifying a diverse group of first-, second- and third-year students as well as faculty and staff to become responsible mediators and facilitators. Please help us by nominating individuals from the campus community. You may also nominate yourself if you are interested. 

Please submit nominations via e-mail by September 30. It is our hope to complete selections by November 18, in order to organize training sessions, which will take place during winter term (January 17-22, 2017). Should you have questions, please send them by e-mail to  Kimberly.Jackson.Davidson@oberlin.edu.

Be Alert to Bike Theft!

June 30, 2016

The City of Oberlin and Oberlin College both have experienced an unusual number of bike thefts daily over the past 10 days. Be alert and protect your bike.

  • Choose the best lock and cable you can.
  • Cable through both wheels and frame. Secure it to an immovable bike rack.
  • Choose a location where people may see someone tampering with bikes and report them.
  • Keep a record of your bike and serial number. Oberlin and Oberlin College will register your bike for free so it can be returned if found.
  • You may store your bike in your room, as long as you don’t block exits.
  • Report anyone looking over bikes, carrying bolt cutters—they look like hedge clippers—or taking bikes immediately to Safety and Security at 440-775-8444. Note the description and direction of travel of the people involved.

Faculty/Staff Notes

Gina Perez Authors Op-ed


Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, has written an op-ed "In defense of Ohio's sanctuary cities." The article was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Crystal Biruk Gives Lecture


Crystal Biruk, assistant professor of anthropology, delivered an invited lecture on her forthcoming book Cooking Data: Culture and Politics in an African Research World at Oxford College of Emory University on February 16, 2017.

Anuradha Dingwaney Needham Receives Fellowship

four days ago

Anuradha Dingwaney Needham, the Donald R. Longman professor of English and cinema studies, has received a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship to conduct research in India on a collaborative project with well-known feminist scholar Rajeswari Sunder Rajan. Together, they are working on a monograph provisionally entitled Sighting/Citing/Siting Women in Postcolonial Indian Cinema: Feminist Readings. This project examines two periods, 1945-1965 and 1970-1990, in Indian cinema that witnessed a slew of women-centered films (i.e., films centering women as protagonists and/or engaging with issues related to women’s status and roles in society). The fellowship will enable Needham to examine archival materials at the Indian National Film Archives and meet with her collaborator and Indian film scholars. 

Marco Wilkinson Presents

five days ago

Marco Wilkinson, managing editor of Oberlin College Press and instructor this spring of RHET 209 Art of the Lyric Essay: Experiments in Creative Nonfiction, presented at the AWP Conference as part of the panel, "Essaying on the Edge: Teaching Alternative Forms of Nonfiction," reported on by Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies.




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