Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Developing scholarly tools

Lexomics researchResearch team wins grant from the NEH

A Wheaton-based research team plans to make computer text analysis more accessible to humanities scholars and students with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Lexomics researchThe college’s Lexomics Research Group recently received a $60,000 Digital Humanities Start Up Grant to make the interface for its Lexos software package easier to learn. They also will embed video and text guides that explain how, when and why to use the program’s various analytical tools. [Read more...]

Life beyond Earth

Professors win NASA research grant

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Two Wheaton College professors and their students are joining a $50 million, five-year effort to study the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. [Read more...]

Supporting international students

UWC DavisThe college has received a $150,000 award from the Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program to provide scholarship support for talented students from around the globe.

The grant will provide scholarships to students who are admitted to Wheaton from one of the 12 United World College schools, which are located in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Central America.

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Exploring new terrain

Ganymede-QProfessor leads mapping of Jovian moon

Geology professor Geoffrey Collins led a team of researchers, including Wheaton students, in producing the first global geologic map of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon and the largest satellite in our solar system.

The map, published by the U.S. Geological Survey, is the first complete global map of an outer-planet moon. It will provide critical data to scientists planning future studies and exploration of our solar system, including follow-up missions to Ganymede and other satellites of Jupiter.

The work is particularly significant because the moon offers a good model for understanding icy worlds that appear to be common in our solar system and beyond.

“On icy worlds such as Ganymede, liquid water probably exists below the surface and may be in contact with nutrients from rocky materials,” said Collins, who led the mapping team. “That’s one of the reasons we’re so interested in understanding how icy worlds work, so we can understand the possibility of life beneath the surface and how we should go about looking for it.”

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