Learning Communities Explore D.C.

Students and faculty participating in the first-year Learning Community Program this fall visited Washington, D.C., for a weekend excursion in which students explored the nation's capital with their peers and faculty advisers. "The idea behind this trip is part of the learning community philosophy, where students make strong connections between their first-year seminar and experiential, hands-on ...  More >>

Grotzinger ’79, S.D. ’13 on Methane on Mars

John Grotzinger '79, S.D.'13, the mission leader and project scientist in charge of the Mars Science Laboratory, was quoted in a recent New York Times article detailing the findings of methane and carbon-based organic molecules on Mars. "Scientists have just two possible explanations for the methane. One is that it is the waste product of certain living microbes," the article notes. Grotzinger sa...  More >>

Doppler-on-Wheels Returns to HWS

The Geoscience Department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for an extensive education and outreach project that aims to give students and the public a richer understanding of atmospheric science, severe weather, and weather radar systems. The Doppler-on-Wheels (DOW) mobile radar system will be operated by HWS students and faculty from...  More >>

What's Up with the Weather?

On Tuesday, students enjoyed temperatures in the mid-60s, leading to lots of relaxing on the Quad. The warm weather was short-lived, however, with snow on Thursday and a cold forecast for the weekend. So, we asked Assistant Professor of Geoscience Nicholas Metz to tell us what's up with the weather: According to Metz, a very strong cold front moving through our region caused today's chilly weathe...  More >>

Students Research Severe Weather

Whether atop New Hampshire's Mount Washington, traveling throughout the Northeast, or in the Weather and Climate lab at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, student-meteorologists were busy this summer conducting research. As part of the Undergraduate Summer Research Program, Geoscience faculty Nick Metz and Neil Laird worked with students -- from HWS and other institutions -- on a number of projec...  More >>

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