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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.


Announcing the Class of 2017 Banner Design Competition!

Feb. 10, 2017

The Office of Alumni Relations invites design ideas for the Class of 2017 Banner. Any member of the Class of 2017 is eligible to submit a design. Creativity is encouraged!

The tradition of Class Banners dates back to the late 1800s and is a wonderful way to represent the spirit of your class. The banner is unveiled at the annual meeting of the Alumni Association, which this year takes place on May 19, 2017 during the Champagne Dinner for Alumni and Graduating Seniors.

The banner will then be displayed in the Big Top Tent in Wilder Bowl during Commencement/Reunion Weekend, and – best of all – on the front of Finney Chapel during Illumination. Imagine your banner hanging overhead as Oberlin Steel performs on the steps of Finney and a huge crowd dances! Finally, the banner represents the Class of 2017 at all future Oberlin reunion weekends.

Ground rules:

• Your sketch idea needs to incorporate the word “Oberlin” and include “2017” or ’17. • Your design must be possible to replicate as a 6’ x 9’ felt banner, with a 4” margin at the top to facilitate hanging. • The design can hang either vertically or horizontally. • Feel free to submit several entries. • When submitting your design, be sure to include your name, e-mail address, and phone number.

How to submit:

Email a PDF or JPG of your design to Jessica Stewart in the Alumni Office at jstewart@oberlin.edu. Or drop it off at the Alumni Office at the Ward Alumni Center, 65 E College St, Suite 4 (behind Slow Train, in the building to the east) by Friday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.

The winning design will be selected by the Senior Class Officers and Gift Committee Members. The winner (and recruited friends) will be expected to make the actual banner. The Office of Alumni Relations will pay for labor and all materials necessary to make the banner. In case of questions, please contact the Alumni Office jstewart@oberlin.edu.

Good luck!

**Calling All Oberlin Student Translators!**

Feb. 9, 2017

We are now soliciting submissions for the 2017 Annual Oberlin College Student Translation Symposium For over a decade the translation symposium has been the intellectual and creative high point of the Oberlin academic year. It is a fast-paced, multilingual event that introduces and celebrates literary works from over a dozen languages. Email your submission to: jdeppman@oberlin.edu and poconnor@oberlin.edu by 4:30 pm, Sunday March 26

Submissions should include: A brief original-language text (poetry or prose) with reference to source. Your original translation into English.

Symposium Details: Each participant will have five minutes to do three things: read the original; read the translation; comment on the translation process. Students will be notified on March 29. The Symposium is at 5:00 pm on Wed., April 5, Craig Auditorium

Students selected as participants will be invited to lunch on April 6 with keynote lecturer, Gail Ramshaw.

Happy Translating!

The 2017 symposium is sponsored by Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, and the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures.


Feb. 2, 2017

For all students who are interested in studying away for the fall 2017 or spring 2018 semester, or 2017-18 academic year, application help sessions are held weekly, through March 15, on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in Peters Hall 212.

For questions, please contact the Study Away Office at 440.775.6499 or drop by the Study Away Library, Peters 205.


Jan. 27, 2017

POLT 204/CRN19007 Research Methods and Public Policy Research Methods and Public Policy is designed to acquaint students with the research process through which scientific knowledge about the political world is gained. This will necessarily include research design (e.g., experimental and non-experimental designs), hypothesis formulation, measurement of concepts, and various methods for collecting and analyzing data (e.g., sampling, survey research, cross-tabulation, and computer calculations using SPSS). The primary objectives of this course are to make students sophisticated consumers who are able to evaluate the scholarly merits of empirical political work and turn students into skilled researchers who are able to apply these techniques in their own work. Enrollment limit: 30
MWF 9:00-9:50 AJLC 201 JOHN LIU, Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics/ Policy Analysis Post-Doctoral Fellow, spring 2017. Professor Liu received his Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans. His research and teaching interests are in American and international studies with a focus on public policy and research methods. If you have questions regarding the course, please e-mail Professor Liu.

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. 




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