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Daniel Gillen in profile working with computers and accessibility aids
Friday, February 15, 2019

Physics & Astronomy

All physics and astronomy majors have the opportunity to perform meaningful and potentially publishable research, working closely with our faculty in fields such as quantum computing, observational cosmology, nonlinear physics and fluid dynamics, extragalactic astronomy, biophysics, and nanoscience.

A team of Haverford alumni and professors recently published in the journal The Physics Teacher on methods and resources to help make STEM classrooms more accessible.  Daniel Gillen '17, one of the co-authors, is pictured here in the Physics 211 lab at work on a torsional oscillator, aided by sonification equipment. Photo by Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy (and another co-author) Kevin Setter.

Students visiting Lower Merion High School
Monday, February 11, 2019

COOL CLASSES: “Education Reform in America: Politics and Policy”

“Education Reform in America: Politics and Policy”

Taught by Zachary Oberfield, this political science course is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the politics of school choice and the efficacy of recent American education reforms, like charter schools and school vouchers.

Our Cool Classes blog series highlights interesting, unusual, and unique courses that enrich the Haverford College experience.

Students in Oberfield's class take field trips to local schools, including Lower Merion High School. See what other courses the Department of Political Science is offering this semester. Photo: Holden Blanco '17.

Alexandra Morrison takes samples in Alaska
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Environmental Studies

Building on years of student interest stoked by a decade of classes in the discipline and the introduction of a  Tri-Co minor in 2011, an innovative new Bi-Co environmental studies major launched this year, combining insights from biology, anthropology, literature, and more.

Chemistry major and environmental studies minor Alexandra Morrison '18 in the field in Alaska, analyzing a large oil residue sample that was released into the coastal environment in Prince William Sound following the 1964 earthquake. Photo: Helen White.

Philadelphia skyline
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Academic Partnerships

Through the Tri-College Consortium, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore students take classes at all three schools and frequently collaborate on extracurricular activities.

The new Tri-Co Philly Program is a semester-long, non-residential program that provides students both curricular and co-curricular activities in nearby Philadelphia.

The urban setting of Philadelphia provides a sense of place to enhance the classroom experience, helping students learn firsthand how the material in the courses is informed by the environment around them.

A student stands in front of a classroom
Monday, January 14, 2019

COOL CLASSES: “Introduction to Latin Literature: Friends and Enemies of Rome”

“Introduction to Latin Literature: Friends and Enemies of Rome”

Taught by Associate Professor of Classics Bret Mulligan, this classics course investigates who the Romans were by studying how they described friendship and their friends, and those enemies who resisted, betrayed, and bedeviled them.

Our Cool Classes blog series highlights interesting, unusual, and unique courses that enrich the Haverford College experience.

Students in Mulligan's class take on the role of Roman senators during a historical simulation. See what other courses the Department of Classics is offering this semester. 

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera speaks to a group of students
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

COOL CLASSES: “Caribe Queer: Sexualities and Narratives from the Hispanic Caribbean”

"Caribe Queer: Sexualities and Narratives from the Hispanic Caribbean"

Taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Lina Martinez Hernandez, this course explores different narrative and artistic productions regarding alternative sexualities in the Hispanic Caribbean, starting with the Cuban Revolution and continuing into the present.

Our Cool Classes blog series highlights interesting, unusual, and unique courses that enrich the Haverford College experience.

A class visit by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera (center, yellow sweater). Photo: Holden Blanco '17. See what other courses the Department of Spanish is offering this semester.

Suzanne Amador Kane and Daniel Van Beveren pose with one of their robotic feathers from their experiment.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Physics & Astronomy

All physics and astronomy majors have the opportunity to perform meaningful and potentially publishable research, working closely with our faculty in fields such as quantum computing, observational cosmology, nonlinear physics and fluid dynamics, extragalactic astronomy, biophysics, and nanoscience.

Professor of Physics Suzanne Amador Kane and physics major Daniel Van Beveren ’20 co-authored a paper in PLOS ONE describing findings about the biomechanics of peafowl crests during social displays that was recently covered by The Atlantic. Photo: Patrick Montero

Philadelphia skyline
Friday, December 14, 2018

Academic Partnerships

Through the Tri-College Consortium, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore students take classes at all three schools and frequently collaborate on extracurricular activities.

The new Tri-Co Philly Program is a semester-long, non-residential program that provides students both curricular and co-curricular activities in nearby Philadelphia.

The urban setting of Philadelphia provides a sense of place to enhance the classroom experience, helping students learn firsthand how the material in the courses is informed by the environment around them.

Suzanne Amador Kane and Daniel Van Beveren pose with one of their robotic feathers from their experiment.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Physics & Astronomy

All physics and astronomy majors have the opportunity to perform meaningful and potentially publishable research, working closely with our faculty in fields such as quantum computing, observational cosmology, nonlinear physics and fluid dynamics, extragalactic astronomy, biophysics, and nanoscience.

Professor of Physics Suzanne Amador Kane and physics major Daniel Van Beveren ’20 co-authored a paper in PLOS ONE describing findings about the biomechanics of peafowl crests during social displays. Photo: Patrick Montero

Students discuss a topic around a large table
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

COOL CLASSES: “Introduction to Science and Technology Studies: Fridges, fMRIs, and ‘Finstas’ in Social Context”

“Introduction to Science and Technology Studies: Fridges, fMRIs, and ‘Finstas’ in Social Context”

This sociology class taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Shelly Ronen introduces students to the social forces that shape the production of scientific knowledge and technological devices.

Our Cool Classes blog series highlights interesting, unusual, and unique courses that enrich the Haverford College experience.

See what other courses the Department of Sociology is offering this semester. Photo: Cole Sansom '19

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