Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Ambassador of change

Rose Jackson ’06 tackles global issues as policy advisor

Rose Jackson ’06 answers questions in an interview with “Voice of America.”

Rose Jackson ’06 answers questions in an interview with “Voice of America.”

Rose Jackson ’06 can start the day discussing sanctions in Burma, move on to a meeting about the most recent Chinese hacking attempt, later discuss civilian protection in Iraq and Syria, and at the end of the day strategize on how to prevent Burundi from slipping into genocide.

For her, it’s all in a day’s work.

In her 10 years-plus since graduating from Wheaton, Jackson has thrived in the complicated and intense field of international relations.

The alumna, who majored in international relations as an undergrad, earned her master’s degree in international relations and conflict as a rotary scholar in Kenya. More recently, she worked at the U.S. State Department and in Congress, and is a security fellow at the Truman National Security Project and a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In April 2016, Jackson joined Open Society Foundations as its senior policy advisor for its Secure Partnerships Initiative. [Read more...]

Pop-Up science

Students share research with wider community

Ben Cutler ’17

Ben Cutler ’17, a physics major, is investigating the ice-water boundary of Europa (a moon of Jupiter) to better understand the dynamics of its ocean.

How do you regrow a heart, design limb prosthetics or calculate mercury levels in vernal pools?

Wheaton students explained how to do all these things and more at Pop-Up Labs, an event held in the Mars Center for Science and Technology on Nov. 11, 2016, during Fall Visiting Day when hundreds of prospective students, parents and high school counselors were on campus.

“Communicating [scientific information] to the general public is important, and that is what Pop-Up Labs is all about,” said Professor of Biology Betsey Dyer, who organized the event. “Being able to put complicated subjects into plain language and to demonstrate something interesting and relevant in the lab are good skills to have.”

Here are the students who participated: [Read more...]

Standing tall

Claudine Humure ’17 designs prosthetic socket

Claudine Humure ’17

Claudine Humure ’17, a biology major, is designing an above-the-knee prosthetic socket that is cost effective and adjusts to comfortably distribute load across an amputee’s residual limb regardless of its shape and size.

Senior Claudine Humure has endured much during her short life: She lost both parents during the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s and survived cancer at age 13. This same cancer required her to undergo an amputation of her right leg.

A bright, warm student with a resilient spirit, Humure aspires to help others with disabilities. Her goal: opening a clinic specializing in affordable prosthetic limbs in her home country of Rwanda.

Already, she is well on her way.

In partnership with Assistant Professor of Biology Laura Ekstrom—and with some help from the 3-D printers in the WHALE Lab—Humure has designed an above-the-knee prosthetic socket that she hopes will someday improve the lives of people with physical disabilities. [Read more...]

Experiential learning on campus

Classroom startup creates diabetes app

Students monitoring progress

Students monitoring progress

At 4 years old, Kate Boylan ’04—Wheaton’s digital initiatives librarian—received a life-altering diagnosis: Type 1 diabetes.

Since then, she has increasingly relied on technology to help manage her blood sugar level. She currently uses an insulin pump, and for the past three years has worn a continuous glucose monitoring system that provides real-time glucose data, enabling her to manage her condition every hour of every day.

Boylan’s experience inspired the creation of a new course, “Startup v1.0–Medical Devices, Mobile Apps and Machine Learning.” In this course, 20 students—primarily seniors and computer science majors—functioned like a startup company, with the goal of developing an app to help patients with diabetes.

When Boylan offered to provide months of glucose data to Professor of Computer Science Mark LeBlanc, he knew he had the basis for an exciting class that would blend computer science and personalized health.

Unlike a traditional class, LeBlanc’s course simulated the real-world environment of a business.

“We expect students when they graduate to be totally ready for the workplace. This is a time to practice for the real world,” LeBlanc said. [Read more...]