Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

About Elizabeth Meyer

Elizabeth Meyer is a student in the Class of 2014.

Uncovering stories

Students’ research shedding light on art collection

“Cataloguing Curiosity” students dive into researching the Providence Athenaeum’s art collection.

“Cataloguing Curiosity” students dive into researching the Providence Athenaeum’s art collection.

Behind any collection of objects, there are stories to uncover. How were these pieces created? Where have they traveled? What do they mean together?

These are some of the questions that the students in Professor of Art Tripp Evans’s “Cataloguing Curiosity” course considered this spring as they sat together in the art room of the Providence Athenaeum, amid tightly packed bookshelves, stone busts and oil portraits.

They were helping to bring to light the stories of the athenaeum’s collection through scholarly research that will be shared with the public. Once a hybrid between a library and an art museum, the Providence Athenaeum is a member-supported institution founded in 1836. It has deep roots in local history and a diverse collection of art that complements its extensive literary holdings.

While much of its art is on public display, athenaeum staff lack the time for the extensive research needed to make the whole collection accessible to visitors and scholars. [Read more...]

Joshua Kelly ’17 takes charge in hometown politics

Joshua Kelly ’17In his first days at college, Joshua Kelly ’17 reached out to a high school friend. What began as a Facebook conversation about their freshman orientations turned into a plan to co-found a Green Party branch in their hometown of Waterford, Conn.

“We started talking about my friend’s decision to study government, and we quickly both discovered that neither one of us strongly identified with the two major political parties,” Kelly explains. When they began researching, the Green Party emerged as their favorite option, with its focus on social justice, environmental stewardship and grass-roots campaigning.

“I suggested that we find out what it would take to start a Green Party chapter in our hometown,” says Kelly.

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Love of labor

Three alums begin careers as OB-GYNs together at hospital

Elizabeth McKay Drumm ’08

Elizabeth McKay Drumm ’08

It’s six o’clock on a winter night at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Elizabeth McKay Drumm ’08, dressed in a white lab coat with a stethoscope slung around her neck, steps into the main lobby. The first-year OB-GYN resident, who will be at the teaching hospital until about 7 a.m. the next day, has no idea whether her overnight shift will be quiet or full of electronic pages from the emergency room.

Around the same time, the daytime shift is ending for Tara Slivinski Chute ’06 and Briana Jackson Huguenel ’08. The two senior OB-GYN residents both have had long but very differently colored days. Chute, in her fourth year as a resident, has had a tough one; she had to diagnose a miscarriage that morning. Huguenel, in her third year, has had one of the best; she delivered a pair of twins that afternoon. The babies were born early, and the second arrived feet first, but Huguenel delivered them safely despite the unexpected challenge. [Read more...]

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Diving in

Ashley Jennings ’07 spends years deep in shark research

Ashley Jennings '07

Ashley Jennings '07

What would it be like to be a shark?

Maybe you’re picturing rows of ragged sawteeth and remembering the last time your stomach growled at you. Or perhaps you’re imagining the feeling of cool water on a strong, streamlined body, and wondering what it would be like to have a superhuman sense of smell.

Most people really wouldn’t even know where to begin imagining. But this question lights up Ashley Jennings’s face. “I think about that pretty much every day,” she says.

Jennings, who graduated from Wheaton College in 2007, explored this question in her research at Boston University, where last year she completed a master’s degree in marine/sensory biology. Working with Jelle Atema, a professor of biology at Boston University and adjunct scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Jennings spent three summers at WHOI studying smooth dogfish, small sharks that can be found along the coast of Massachusetts, for her master’s thesis. While urban legend tells us that a shark can smell a drop of blood in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, Jennings hopes that her research on sharks’ sense of smell will help to dispel that myth, as well as our overblown fear of these animals. [Read more...]