Kalamazoo College’s faculty and staff are dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong learning, career readiness, intercultural understanding, social responsibility and leadership. Here are their top news stories of 2022 as determined by your clicks.
10. Science Society Honors K Professor with Teaching Award
Regina Stevens-Truss, Kalamazoo College’s Dorothy H. Heyl Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the recipient of the 2023 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education.
The ASBMB is a professional organization of science, one of the largest of its kind in the world.
9. J. Malcolm Smith Named an Aspen Index Senior Impact Fellow
Kalamazoo College Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students J. Malcolm Smith is an Aspen Institute inaugural Aspen Index Impact Fellow. The fellowship brings together more than 90 community stakeholders in a movement to advance the future of youth leadership development.
8. Holocaust Diaries Detail Personal Stories of Jewish Refugees
Newly unearthed diaries dating back at least 80 years are providing a fresh perspective on the Holocaust for Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Assistant Professor of German Studies Kathryn Sederberg.
Sederberg spent a month at the University of London in its Institute of Modern Languages Research. There, with the Miller Fellowship in Exile Studies, she sifted through thousands of passages from Jews who migrated away from Nazi territories in the 1930s and 40s.
7. Study Abroad Scholarships, Staff Spark Opportunities
The number of K students with limited financial means taking advantage of a program that provides study abroad scholarships surged this fall thanks to Center for International Programs staff members including study abroad and international student adviser Asia Bennett.
6. Global Study with K Ties: Humans Alter Evolution
Two biology faculty members, a K student and an Oberlin College student from Kalamazoo helped a study published in the journal Science prove that humans are altering evolution. Professor of Biology Binney Girdler, Associate Professor of Biology Santiago Salinas, Ben Rivera ’18 and Otto Kailing contributed to the Global Urban Evolution Project (GLUE).
5. Repair or Replace? Professor’s Book Addresses Resources
If you’ve ever asked yourself whether to “repair or replace,” a new book co-authored by Luce Professor of Complex Systems Studies Péter Érdi is for you. Érdi and co-author Zsuzsa Szvetelszky have released Repair: When and How to Improve Broken Objects, Ourselves and Our Society.
4. Professors: Economics Could Hold Climate Change Solutions
Two Kalamazoo College faculty members are examining whether national attempts at combined trade and environmental policies might help fight climate change.
3. Three Faculty Members Earn Tenure
Three faculty members in history, sociology and physics have been awarded tenure, honoring their excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to K. The tenure milestone recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the College, and signifies its confidence in the contributions these professors will make throughout their careers.
2. Humanities Grant Boosts Experiential Learning Project
A major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide new learning opportunities for Kalamazoo College students and faculty seeking solutions to societal problems.
Kalamazoo College was pleased to welcome 23 new faculty members to campus beginning in the fall 2022 academic term.