Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Winter 2017 (January 30, 2017)

News in Brief

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January 6, 2017

In November, the Logan Museum of Anthropology received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to rehouse images from its photographic collection in cold storage. The museum curates more than 29,000 color slides, black-and-white and color photographs, lantern slides, and negatives dating from the 1890s to the present.

The five member U.S. Physics Team placed fifth in the world at the 47th International Physics Olympiad, July 10-18 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Beloit Physics Professor Paul Stanley and David Fallest of North Carolina State University oversaw the team of high school students. The competition included theory questions on mechanics, non-linear circuits, and subatomic particle detection, as well as two experimental questions.

Seventeen Beloit students journeyed to North Dakota over fall break to deliver supplies and lend support to Dakota Sioux tribe members and others protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Students raised more than $1,700 on a GoFundMe page to purchase medical and other supplies. The campus community kicked in an additional $450 for winter coats and other necessities.

The Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has elected Brock Spencer, professor emeritus of chemistry, as a fellow. Each year, the council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.”

Beloit’s Development and Alumni Relations Office received a 2016 Circle of Excellence Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Beloit was one of five private liberal arts institutions nationally—in a category based on endowment size—to show overall improvement in raising funds.

Beloit College appeared on a number of noteworthy lists this fall. U.S. News & World Report placed Beloit in the No. 10 spot on its list of “Most Innovative Schools.” The Sierra Club ranked Beloit No. 147 out of 205 schools on the organization’s “Cool Schools” list, which recognizes sustainability efforts. Beloit was also included on Money Magazine’s Best Colleges, Affordable Private Colleges, and Best Private Colleges for Merit Aid lists.

The Geological Society of America has inducted Susan K. Swanson, professor of geology and Weeks Chair in Physical and Human Geography, as a fellow, an honor that goes to the best in the profession of geology. Swanson was recognized for “outstanding applied research related to elucidating geologic and hydrologic controls on springs and their associated ecosystems,” as well as her contributions to the training of geoscientists and to professional societies.

A record turnout of more than 500 family members, friends, and alumni visited campus for Beloiter Days, Sept. 23-25. The weather was great, the energy on campus was positively buzzing, and the weekend was packed with events.

For the second consecutive year, Beloit earned a spot on the Sustainable Campus Index, a list published annually by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The college was recognized as a top performer in the grounds category for the way it maintains the Newark Road Prairie and Chamberlin Springs acreage. Both sites are used as research spaces for students and faculty.

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