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From Singapore to Michigan, Alumna Fights COVID-19

Kalamazoo College Alumna Natasha Bagdasarian Fights COVID-19_showcase When a listserv between epidemiologists first mentioned a unique syndrome identified in Wuhan, China, Natasha Bagdasarian ’99 sensed trouble. It was December 31, 2019, and an atypical pneumonia outbreak had been linked to a novel coronavirus. At that time, there […]

K Students Need Your Help Analyzing Deer Populations

Zach Brazil Researching Deer Populations_fb If you’re a citizen scientist who would like to help two Kalamazoo College students with their Senior Individualized Projects (SIP), there’s an app for that. Jake Osen and Zach Brazil, both ’21, are tabulating deer in Kalamazoo-area neighborhoods and need […]

Mom Inspires Son’s Medical Ambitions

Emergency Medical Technician Brandon Wright Imagine, as a 14-year-old child, seeing your mother endure breast cancer. How might that affect you? For Brandon Wright ’21, it prompted him to attend his mom’s chemo and radiation treatments. “She went through chemo and radiation for a year,” […]

Plan Bee: Cut Insecticides, Preserve Habitat

World Bee Day Flowers There’s been a buzz in the national news as Asian hornets, also called murder hornets, have appeared for the first time in the northwestern U.S. The two-inch-long invasive insects have frightening stinging power and are significant predators of honeybees. As […]

Student Braves Coronavirus Front Lines

Maddie Odom fighting coronavirus in PPE At least one Kalamazoo College student is serving on the front lines in the world’s fight against COVID-19, comforting those who fear they might have coronavirus. Armed with three years of experience as an emergency medical technician, Maddie Odom ’20 […]

Professor’s Creative Trailer Motivates Biology Students

Santiago Salinas trailer fb   When Assistant Professor of Biology Santiago Salinas learned that Kalamazoo College would be transitioning to distance learning for the spring semester, he knew how he felt. “I was bummed,” said Salinas. Without meeting face-to-face in a classroom or lab, […]

Meet the Hornets Helping Bumblebees Through Citizen Science

Trevor Rigney (from left), Niko Nickson, Amy Cazier and Nicki Bailey comprised Biology Professor Ann Fraser's summer research group last year. What’s black, yellow and fuzzy all over? Bumblebees. And Biology Professor Ann Fraser wants to know what it takes to preserve them in Michigan. To that end, Fraser and her Kalamazoo College lab students are launching the Southwest Michigan Bee […]

K Students Inspire Girls to Explore STEM Through Sisters in Science

Sisters in Science_fb When the world celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Feb. 11, a Kalamazoo College student organization will be doing what it can to inspire local fourth- and fifth-graders. Each Tuesday and Thursday, K’s Sisters in […]

Biology Students: It Takes a Village to Stop Invasive Species

Fiorina Talaba and Fiona Summers mapping invasive species If you’ve ever wondered whether invasive species of plants are a problem in Michigan, four Kalamazoo College biology students have your answer: Yes. Fiorina Talaba ’22 from California, Mathew Holmes-Hackerd ’20 from Massachusetts, Fiona Summers ’20 from Illinois and Kelson […]

National Moth Week Spotlights Winged Insects

National Moth Week blacklighting at Quad If you ever see Kalamazoo College students hanging sheets by clotheslines suspended between trees on the Quad, they’re not doing laundry. They’re rounding up moths for their entomology class collections in a practice called “blacklighting.” The process emits a black […]