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This winter, Bennington College and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will offer six students fully-paid, health-related internship opportunities as part of the inaugural Population Health Fellowship. Population health transforms the healthcare model— in thinking about healthcare from seeing patients only when they are sick, to partnering with people to address their social, environmental, and economic issues before they become sick. 

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At the start of Fall term, Bennington College students celebrated with Student Works, an annual showcase of projects done across disciplines—from poetry and play readings, to musical performances, genetics research, oral histories, and more.

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Activist Sophie Nevin '18 helped organize the town of Bennington's first annual Pride celebration.

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Similar to how many artists describe their work as a calling, Dr. Robert Davis, MD, MPH ’79 always felt drawn to a career in public health.

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Faculty members David Bond, Janet Foley, and Tim Schroeder, who together run a National Science Foundation-funded research project on PFOA, have conducted a regional soil study that suggests airborne PFOA contamination that is more extensive than originally thought. 

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At Bennington, scientific education includes hands-on research, faculty mentorship, and ample opportunity to explore questions both within a chosen discipline and beyond.

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Faculty members Dr. Katie Montovan and Dr. Betsy Sherman have undertaken coral reef biology research. The pair recently published the paper "Modeling Alternative Stable States in Caribbean Coral Reefs" in the journal Natural Resource Modeling.

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Over spring break at the Village School of North Bennington (VSNB), Bennington students transformed the gymnasium into a hands-on science museum.

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Kendra Ouellette '19 is currently participating in the Sea Education Association (SEA) Semester program in Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, which has set sail for a five-week voyage from Nassau, Bahamas to New York City.

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When Bennington alumni mentor current students during Field Work Term (FWT), the time is invaluable to both. Alumni get to connect with the next generation of Bennington students, gaining new perspectives on their current projects. Students, in turn, get the opportunity to ask questions and form connections within the broader Bennington network.

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The ASCO Post featured an article on Barrie Cassileth '59, who they hailed as a "pioneer in oncology."

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Bennington College was awarded an "Energy Leadership Award"  in the institutions division from Efficiency Vermont as part of the 6th Annual Best Practices Exchange, and staff member Holly Andersen received the Energy Champion Award. 

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Daniel Levitis '99 co-wrote a paper on the connection between meiosis and failed pregnancy that was published in The Royal Society. His research was also the subject of a Phys.org article.

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Adnan Iftekhar ’97 was selected as a Google Innovator for 2017. Candidates for the program are chosen based on their “professional experience, their passion for teaching and learning, their innovative use of technology in school settings, and their potential impact on other educators.” Learn more about his and his cohort’s work and read about the experience on his blog.

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Comparative Studies in Society and History, a leading history and anthropology journal, has published an article by David Bond called “Oil in the Caribbean: Refineries, Mangroves, and the Negative Ecologies of Crude Oil."

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The inaugural Taconic Mountain Student Water Conference: PFOA took place in CAPA on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. Co-organized by David Bond (Bennington) and Ken Facin (Hoosick Falls Central School Distrct), Friday's events were geared towards educating local high students, while Saturday's were open to the public. The second day of the conference provided an opportunity for residents of both the Bennington area and Hoosick Falls to receive updated information and the results from recent tests. Robert Bilott, who spearheaded efforts to expose PFOA contamination of drinking water supplies, gave the keynote speech. 

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Carlos Mendez-Dorantes ’15 was one of 60 students nationwide to be awarded a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. 

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A Simulation Model of Plants in a Heterogeneous World

Thesis by Mieke Vrijmoet '16

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Mint Use as Measurement for the Current Status of Mapuche Medicine in Northwestern Patagonia

Thesis by Tessalyn Morrison '16

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An interview with Naima Starkloff '15

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Bennington College biology faculty member Betsy Sherman took 14 students to the Cayman Islands for Field Work Term, in conjunction with her class Field Course in Coral Reef Biology. Students became certified scuba divers and gained first-hand experience studying coral reef fish biodiversity, collecting valuable data to be used for research studies and governmental policy.

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How one astronomy student has used Field Work Term to amass more experience
than most graduate students.

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David Bond, associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, spoke with Vermont Public Radio about a course being taught at Bennington College about PFOA. 

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Faculty member Janet Foley recently spoke with NPR about about PFOA. She, David Bond, and Tim Schroeder are teaching a course beginning next week.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Bennington College nearly $90,000 for a Rapid Response grant to support a new course and conduct original research on the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination recently discovered in Hoosick Falls, NY, and North Bennington, VT.

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Asad Malik ’19 began his Field Work Term in Libya and finished it in Silicon Valley, all in pursuit of his goal to effect social change through technology.

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The Bennington College team won the Best Student Team at the Vermont Hackathon Hack the Climate, run by HackVT. Rohail Altaf '17, Asad Malik '19, and Sarah Shames '17 created an app called Grow, which allows people within two miles to create a community cyber food market.

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Asad Malik ’19, a freshman at Bennington College, is co-creator of a new app that hopes to create a global “connected mind” when users share their thoughts and ideas.

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Fulbright scholar Ben Underwood ’13 spoke with GoKunming, southwest China’s largest English-language website, about his current project to develop a large-scale biogas plant in Kunming. Biogas is produced through anaerobic digestion technology, which converts organic waste into fuel. His entire inverview with GoKunming has been republished (with permission) below. Photo credit: Chiara Ferraris.
 

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Computer programmer Max Nanis '12 was at the center of a New Yorker Tech article about a cast of "digital rock stars" who are in such high demand that a talent agency was formed to represent them.