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The Grant O. Gale Observatory is located at the extreme north end of the campus. It is reached by a road located just to the west of the tennis courts on 10th Avenue.
The facility includes refurbished teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and several study areas. The addition connects two of the wings with a courtyard in between. The building houses the departments of biology...

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"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in...

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We are living in a Golden Age for astronomy, and Grinnell College offers its students a range of opportunities to experience the excitement of direct involvement in astronomical observation and investigation. The unusually sophisticated instrumentation at Grinnell's observatory...
The Grinnell Science Project is committed to developing the talents of all students interested in science and mathematics, especially those from groups underrepresented in the sciences -- students of color, first-generation college students, and women in physics, mathematics and...
Course Information Major requirements and course descriptions are available from the College Catalog. Search for current course offerings at the Office of the Registrar.  
Student Summer Research Projects Research Opportunities at Grinnell Current MAPs (Summer 2013) Science Summer Research Application Form Prof. Chris FrenchTitle: Noncommutative, Imprimitive Association schemes of Rank 6 Description: Association schemes are one generalization of...

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Tayler Chicoine ’14 often can be found on an environmental mission, testing the waters of Little Bear Creek in Grinnell, Iowa. Like many Grinnell students, Chicoine has taken full advantage of Grinnell College’s exceptional array of internships, Mentored Advanced Projects, and...
Sixteen Grinnell students — fourteen women and two men — joined two computer science professors, Janet Davis and Sam Rebelsky, as well as more than 4,750 other attendees from 53 countries at the 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). Programs like the trip to...
In celebration of Pi Day, professor Marc Chamberland offered a humorous take on everything you need to know about this irrational number.
"When you get something right in lab, it's like making a birdie or getting a one-putt," says Stephanie Spahr '14. She joins her mentor, chemistry professor Stephen Sieck, to share stories about "failed" experiments, organic chemistry, and finding success in the top programs in...
Two Grinnell students recently won awards for research presentations at the Iowa Physiological Society (IPS) annual meeting in Des Moines. IPS provides networking opportunities for physiologists in applied research and teaching. “The IPS experience gives the students an...
Asst. Prof. Jeff Blanchard and his collaborator Prof. Jared Tanner (Oxford) recently launched www.gaga4cs.org as the platform for the first release of their compressed sensing software. The software, GAGA: GPU Accelerated Greedy Algorithms for Compressed Sensing, solves large...
The 14 students in physics Professor Charles Cunningham’s Bridges, Towers, and Skyscrapers course had the opportunity to experience the mind-broadening effects of world travel over spring break. This 100-level physics class is one of several courses that incorporates travel into...
Comet ISON has the potential to be spectacular — if it survives its Thanksgiving encounter with the sun. After Dec. 3, starwatchers can call the re-activated Grinnell College Observatory hotline, 641-269-4770, to learn about viewing sessions.  The hotline will be updated once...
The Computer Science majors of the class of 2013 are: Toluwaloju Elizabeth Alabi (with honors; Joseph F. Wall Scholarship) Zachary Simkin Butler (with honors) David William Cowden Akshay Arun Gulati Sarah Christen Henney Katherine Leigh Ingersoll (with honors) Alexander James...
In the 61 years after it was first summited, Mount Everest has called tens of thousands of climbers to its icy trails. They focus on death-defying physical and mental achievements, but they face a more mundane summons on the mountain: nature’s call. Every climbing season, up to...
Sunspot scientist came close to flying on orbital mission Las Cruses BulletinLas Cruses, Nm., United StatesJuly 22, 2011 The scientist who looked up at the Sun from atop the Sacramento Mountains hoped to get an even closer look, as a payload specialist, during the STS-51F Space...
Professors Jeff Blanchard, Joe Mileti, and Jen Paulhus spent some, or all, of spring break working on research outside of the United States. Jeff Blanchard visited a collaborator in Edinburgh for a week of intensive writing for an ongoing project. The trip to Scotland paid off...
Two courses of students and faculty participated in international field trips during winter break 2013. Kathy Jacobson and Peter Jacobson, associate professors of biology, traveled with students from their Namib Desert Ecology course. Students in Korea's Economic Development...
On Sunday, May 19, 2013, the Grinnell Computer Science Department hosted its first annual Pledge of the Computing Professional, a rite of passage ceremony that provides graduating seniors with an opportunity to reflect on their ethical and social responsibilities. Grinnell...
Before classes begin, the Grinnell Science Project (GSP) brings together selected students who are interested in science and creates a community that helps them feel comfortable with college life both inside and outside the classroom. “GSP was a huge blessing. For one thing, the...
The Grinnell College Putnam team placed 46th out of 546 teams from across the U.S. and Canada. The annual exam took place in December with 16 Grinnell students among the 4296 students who took the exam. Grinnell College had four students score at least a 20: Klevi Xhaxho: 28...
Professor Christopher French cowrote an article, "Hankel Transforms of Linear Combinations of Catalan Numbers" with math majors Michael Dougherty, Benjamin Saderholm, and Wenyang Qian, all math majors in the class of 2012. The article appeared on April 20 in the Journal of...
Ingrid Daubechies, the James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, gave the Convocation on May 1, 2013.  Daubechies focuses on the mathematical aspects of time-frequency analysis, in particular wavelets, as well as applications. Her research was the breakthrough...
Over winter break, several members of the department attended the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, the largest annual gathering of mathematicians and statisticians in the world. Chris Hellmann ('16) and Brennan Langenbach ('16) presented a poster entitled "Symplectic...
8–10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, Conard Environmental Research AreaRain date: Sat., Sept. 7. Call 641-269-4384 for rain-call information. Experience the allure and beauty of the prairie after the sun sets as you explore the College’s Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA)....
  Open House: 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 Grant O. Gale Observatory A globular cluster and the Ring Nebula will be the featured celestial objects at the Observatory open house Nov. 2. Robert Cadmus, Breid-McFarland Professor of Science, professor of physics, and director of the...
  Professors Shuman, Blanchard, Chamberland, T. Moore, and E. Moore take advantage of spring recess to attend workshops, do research, and give lectures. Click on headline to open this news item and read details. Shuman Spends Spring Break at Oberwolfach Karen Shuman spent March...
Fall Inductees: Elizabeth Steuber '14 Zoe Cronin '14 Mai Ha Vu '13 Seth Howard '14 Claire Tseng '14 Spring Inductees: Kenzie Doyle '15 Michelle Kim '14 Claire Lowe '14 Jeremy Bulman '15 Liesl Schnabel '15 Jade Denson '15 Daniela Jaime Garcia '15 Max Herzberg '14 Cassidy White '...
2012 Merlot Classics Award - Stat2Labs The Sloan ConsortiumNewburyport, Ma., United StatesAugust 3, 2012 Dr. Kuiper's creative and engaging games and labs exemplify reform efforts in Statistics Education, and she is highly deserving of a MERLOT Classics Award. Editor Notes: ...
Grinnellians bring their interests into the classroom, using assignments to study the things they are most interested in. But when they can’t otherwise fit a topic into their curriculum, they turn to guided reading (200-level) and independent study (300-level) coursework to...
  Although he only made his debut in mathematical art this past January, Marc Chamberland, professor of mathematics and statistics, has already had pieces accepted to two juried exhibitions: His works Inner Square and Borromean Five were shown at the Joint Mathematics Meeting (...
Professor Marc Chamberland, math, offers advice on a subject near and dear to many students' hearts — getting a fair share of the pizza.
  Grinnellians are helping Grinnellians get enough sleep.   This summer four computer science majors worked on project designed specifically for Grinnellians that will help students track their sleep and encourage good sleep habits. Janet Davis, associate professor of computer...
Two Grinnell College students will have an opportunity to pursue longstanding interests while studying abroad, thanks to scholarships from the Gilman Foundation. Jordan Meyers '15  Meyers, a third year from McMinnville, Ore., is spending summer and fall at Beijing Foreign...
In fall 2014, students enrolling in the newly redesigned course Computer Science 322: Team Software Development for Community Organizations will help test a new approach to alumni participation in the curriculum. Janet Davis, associate professor of computer science, has...
At this Friday's session of Women in Computing / CS Table, we'll discuss efforts to recruit and hire technical women. We will consider a variety of resources related to this issue. First, two popular press articles on Etsy's efforts to build its staff of women technologists: “...

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Grinnell College has received a $1 million science education “capstone award” from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), one of the nation’s largest private funders of biomedical research and education. The four-year HHMI grant recognizes Grinnell for “sustained excellence...

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This open area in the southwest corner of the Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, otherwise known as the elbow, frequently serves as the location for poster sessions.

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The mission of our programs is to prepare students to ask and answer scientific questions that noboday has even though of yet. Our graduates need to be able to learn new scientific information from primary sources, formulate and ask smart scientific questions, interpret the...
Meet your BC SEPC The Biological Chemistry Student Educational Policy Committee members are: Chris Kaiser-Nyman '13 Paula Nesbeth '13 Xingjie "Stephen" Zhang '13
  The Science Teaching and Learning Group (STaLG) is an open discussion group that has been meeting regularly for a number of years. Our goal is to provide a place where science faculty from all disciplines, as well as others involved science education at Grinnell, can come...

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The Capture-Recapture activity you recently completed is part of a National Science Foundation project to develop educational material that deepens the statistical knowledge of undergraduates. Please help us better understand how to create the most effective materials possible...
This is a common application for the Science Division, submit only one application. Application Timeline: Applications due -- 5th week in spring semester -- Friday, February 21, 2014.Notification of offers -- To be announced.Accept/decline offers -- To be announced. Start/end...
Due Date(s):  February 21, 2014 Application Contact Person: Mary Lyons Application Contact Information:lyonsmar[at]grinnell[dot]edu 641-269-3052Noyce Science Center - 1232 Science Summer Research Application Form - 2014 Instructions: Complete the online application form by...
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