Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Semester in Budapest

Juniors accepted to prestigious math, computer science programs

Wheaton juniors Lithia Helmreich ’16 and Jacob “Jake” Horowitz ’16 spent their spring semester in Budapest, Hungary, enrolled in two highly competitive programs in computer science and mathematics. [Read more...]

Roosevelt Institute wins awards

WheaTalks, pictured above, is an annual event put on by the Wheaton chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.

WheaTalks, pictured above, is an annual event put on by the Wheaton chapter of the Roosevelt Institute.

It’s almost as if the Wheaton College chapter of the Roosevelt Institute won two grants.

The chapter’s national organization, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, awarded the Wheaton group a Community Building Grant to fund activities that connect the campus and promote its visibility.

The Wheaton group’s award was followed almost immediately by news that the national organization is one of nine nonprofit organizations worldwide to receive the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The $750,000 award provides funding to invest in the network’s long-term sustainability. [Read more...]

Extraterrestrial faults

Analyzing plate tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa

Professor Geoffrey Collins

Professor Geoffrey Collins

A team composed of Wheaton students and a professor has received funding to continue the investigation into whether the surface of one of Jupiter’s moons is being shaped by plate tectonic activity, like Earth.

Physics professor Geoffrey Collins is part of a team that recently won a grant from NASA to revisit old data in light of the new theory. The award provides more than $132,000 to Wheaton for Professor Collins and students to look more closely at the evidence of possible plate tectonic activity on Europa. The grant funding allows Collins to devote more time to the research project and hire student research assistants, and for the Wheaton research team to present their work at conferences.

Planetary geologists Simon Kattenhorn, of the University of Idaho, Moscow, and Louise Prockter, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., pointed out evidence for plate tectonics on Europa last fall in an article published in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Plate tectonics is the scientific theory that Earth’s outer layer is made up of plates or blocks that move, geological activity that leads to the formation of mountains and volcanoes and sets off earthquakes. The new observations on Europa provide the first solid evidence that this geologic process may also occur beyond Earth. [Read more...]

Honoring creativity

Professor wins Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship

Wheaton Professor Kelley GoffAssistant Professor of Art and Art History Kelly Goff has been awarded a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship. He is one of 15 artists who will receive a fellowship of $10,000.

The Massachusetts Cultural Council provides unrestricted grants for artists to promote the further development of their talents. The highly competitive fellowships, which are based on artistic quality and creativity of the work submitted, recognize exceptional work by Massachusetts artists across a range of disciplines. A total of 549 applications were received, including 294 in the category in which Goff’s fellowship was awarded: sculpture/installation/new genres.

“I’m truly honored and proud to receive the award,” said Goff. “My practice is becoming increasingly location-driven and so the funds will likely cover travel and research expenses.”

Goff, who earned his master of fine arts in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, has been a faculty member at Wheaton College since fall 2013. His work has been widely exhibited, including at the Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton; RISD Museum and Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, R.I.; Maxon Mills in Wassaic, N.Y.; and Davidson Contemporary and Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York City. [Read more...]