Sweet Dates and Dead Oaks: The Dichotomy of Gratitude and Grief

There are blogs, books, podcasts—an entire industry devoted to gratitude. There are gratitude journals, complete with prompts in case you are stumped about how to express it. There are gratitude experts: Dr. Robert Emmons, a psychologist and professor, and Gretchen Rubin, blogger and author of “The Happiness Project.” There’s scientific research touting the many health […]

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Audio Postcards from the Pandemic

As an instructor, after the COVID-crisis disrupted the spring 2020 semester I often found myself wondering what impacts this global pandemic was having on the students I’d come to know in my classroom. To my surprise, an assignment innovation I first introduced in my Principles of Microeconomics course around ten years ago provided a unique […]

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The Mathematics of Ranked Choice Voting

  • Brendan Sullivan
  • October 28, 2020

Introduction: Elections are Group Decisions We have a Presidential election happening very soon and there’s a lot at stake on ballots across the country. Here in Massachusetts, in addition to electing representatives to federal, state, and local offices, we also have an opportunity to change the way we will calculate election winners in the future. […]

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What is a Registrar? What do we do?

Lots! While the Registrar may seem mysterious or just the office where you sign up for classes or request a transcript, a Registrar’s Office does many things for students, their institution, and are connected to pretty much every department on campus! The Registrar’s Office is the “Keeper of the Academic Record.” Our job is to […]

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Lessons in Reading and Resilience

“Life is a succession of lessons,” counseled nineteenth-century writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, “which must be lived to be understood.” The Emmanuel community is being schooled in some difficult lessons as together we navigate the abrupt pivot to a remote campus and fully online teaching. Faculty and students alike mourn for daily routines now completely upended. […]

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The Science Behind COVID-19

This post originally appeared on Dr. Vincent Cannataro’s personal blog. Updated resources and additional links may be available there as COVID-19 progresses. I spent a large chunk of my graduate training researching and modeling novel pathogen spread, and I am currently teaching both a “Current Topics in Biological Research” class and an “Introduction of Evolutionary […]

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