& History Lessons
Prof’s book views Cold War
through Hollywood’s lens
Historical ideas come alive Through the context of film
Bryn Upton often explores historical ideas with his students using the universal language of film, but the History professor takes that approach to a new level with his first book, “Hollywood and the End of the Cold War: Signs of Cinematic Change.”
Superheroes figure prominently in Upton’s book, which is available on Amazon. Their heroic qualities remain consistent, while the villains’ evil attributes reflect real-world fears of the day, he says: “The superhero has to engage in a fight with someone or something we are afraid of.”
During the Cold War, Americans feared a nuclear apocalypse – and film reflected that. In post 9-11 times and with a global audience to attract, films feature bad guys who are terrorists. Upton will discuss these ideas from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in Hill Hall 108. FULL STORY
Reconnect at Family Weekend
Sept. 26 - 28
How Many Chemistry Lab Coats Does Your Gift Provide?
Tasted So Good
First Year Seminar Engages All the Senses
In Food Chemistry, freshmen make popovers, fudge and liquid nitrogen ice cream to validate laws of Physical Chemistry, learn about the Biochemistry of bromelain protease enzymes that makes it difficult to prepare fresh pineapple Jello and taste the brown glaze on teriyaki chicken that is the result of the Maillard reaction. That’s just for starters.
First Year Seminars include a range of innovative courses across all disciplines, from Freakonimics to America’s Game Baseball to What Race Are We Now? Each course, limited to 15 students, is designed to help freshmen sharpen critical-thinking, writing and analytical skills for college-level work.
Athlete of the Week
Drew Scott led the Green Terror to a 34-31 come-from-behind victory at Catholic in Friday night's season opener. MORE »
Why is a Liberal Arts Education More Important Than Ever?
Listen to President Roger Casey.
FIRST JOB: Ebola Vaccine Researcher
Biology Major Works
To Help Save Lives
In the midst of history’s largest and deadliest Ebola virus outbreak, Rebekah James ’13 is on the frontlines of research to prevent future epidemics of the hemorrhagic fever. At the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Md., she runs flow cytometry, ELISAs, and other assays – some of which she first learned in Eaton Hall as an undergraduate – all with the goal to contribute to a vaccine for the virus. Most often, James works with non-deadly irradiated forms of the Ebola virus, although occasionally she dons protective gear to work with live viruses.
“The work we do is extremely rewarding because we are discovering new things about the virus which will eventually help save lives,” she says.
Answers for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Evening symposium Sept. 29 offers resources for adults “sandwiched” between caring for aging parents and children.