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Earth Institute director challenges graduates to be "generation to end poverty"

Monday, May. 24, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College Commencement speaker and Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs charged the college’s 380 graduates with being the “generation that can end poverty on this planet . . . with the ideals of social purpose, community, skill and scientific knowledge you have learned here.”

Honorary degrees to Commencement speaker Jeffrey Sachs, Sam Tanenhaus '77, Lonabelle Kaplan Spencer '47

Friday, May. 14, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA—Director of The Earth Institute Jeffrey Sachs will be available for media interviews Mon., May 24, from 8:30-9 a.m., prior to Grinnell College commencement exercises. Media who wish to interview Sachs should contact Cindy Deppe, media relations, deppec[at]grinnell[dot]edu,641-269-4834 for details.

Sachs will address the Grinnell Class of 2010 during outdoor commencement ceremonies, which begin at 10 a.m. on Central Campus. If inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in Darby Gymnasium on 10th Ave.

NIH grant to support nicotine receptor research

Friday, Apr. 23, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA—Research by Grinnell College Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Levandoski and biological chemistry students may hold the key—a molecular “key”—to a protein “lock” leading to potential discoveries behind cellular “doors.”

A three-year $373,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support the ongoing Grinnell research that studies a family of proteins in the brain which respond to nicotine and may also be involved in neurological disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Grinnell Singers in concert in Omaha May 2

Monday, Apr. 19, 2010 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell Singers, a 50-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will perform Rachmaninov’s “Vespers” at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha, on Sun., May 2, at 8 p.m.

The Grinnell Singers, known for their innovative and adventurous choral programming, are directed by Grinnell Professor of Music John Rommereim. The ensemble, which has premiered more than 20 choral works in the past five years, performed in Portland and Seattle area churches in March as part of a spring break tour.

Adult Community Exploration Series offering free summer courses

Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2010 11:30 am | Contact: To register, send email to calendar@grinnell.edu; for questions, call 641-269-3178.

GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will offer the Adult Community Exploration Series (ACES) throughout the summer with courses taught by faculty in political science, English, and chemistry. The courses are free, and registration is requested to assist instructors in preparing for class needs. All ACES classes will be held on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Room of the college's Old Glove Factory, located at 733 Broad Street in Grinnell, unless otherwise noted.