Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
Cloutier took two trips during Albion’s recent break between semesters. The first was a weeklong December journey to Honduras with a group from Global Medical Brigades where she worked in a temporary clinic that saw more than 450 patients in three days. Her second weeklong experience was closer to home as she got an intensive look at revitalization efforts in Detroit along with 19 other Albion students in the Sleight Leadership Program.
Heimler, '12, Links Academics to Avocation for Knitting Book Project
"I was a casual knitter until high school," recalled Libby Heimler, '12. "Then my family moved from California to Michigan and I really needed knitted stuff, because it was cold." The religious studies and psychology major recently completed a directed study, writing about the craft of knitting, which she hopes will fnd a publisher next year.
Albion College chemistry students working in Professor Kevin Metz’s lab have learned that patience is important through Lyndsey Reynolds’ breakthrough, which led to her winning a best poster award at the Midwestern Undergraduate Symposium on Research in Chemistry at Michigan State University.
A biochemistry and biology major from Waterford, Reynolds worked in the lab on Wednesday and Friday in fall 2010. The break in the schedule allowed enough time for small particles of palladium to soak into a plastic membrane, a feat previous students failed to accomplish when waiting a day for the palladium to adhere to the plastic.
According to Wikipedia, “A large number of carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions in organic chemistry are formed by catalysis with palladium compounds.” In the pharmaceutical and agrichemical industries, where materials are catalyzed by palladium in large vessels, the palladium will adhere to the walls.
Successfully plating palladium on a plastic membrane allowed Reynolds to move on to an organic chemistry study with Metz and Professor Cliff Harris in which they sought to make cleaner reactions with palladium. Funded by the College’s Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA), Reynolds returned to campus in July and August of this year to begin testing a flow-through method of pushing reactants through the palladium-soaked membrane at faster and slower rates and at different temperatures.
Albion Mourns Passing of Former Anthropology Professor
Elizabeth Brumfiel, who served as professor of anthropology at Albion College from 1977-2003, passed away Jan. 1.
Brumfiel, who was named the John S. Ludington Endowed Professor at Albion in 1996, was well known for conducting an archaeological project at the site of Xaltocan in Mexico. A professor at Northwestern University following Albion, she served as an editor on a number of books, including, most recently, Gender, Households, and Society (2010); Specialization, Exchange, and Complex Societies (2008), and The Aztec World (2008). For the latter book, Brumfiel was the lead curator for a similarly named exhibit at The Field Museum in Chicago.