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Biology Students Wrestle with Thorny Issues for Genomics Project

Students enrolled in Genomics (BIO428W) this spring, a Core Capstone offered through the Biology Department, confronted some of the complex ethical, legal, and social issues in the discipline as they worked on projects to create educational media productions.

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Linked Inquiry: Politics and Art


Art has always played a role in politics, and over the years, it has become an essential medium to express opinions about democracy. This academic year, students in associate professor Cari Freno’s sculpture class and associate professor Annie Karreth’s “How Democracies Die” politics class came together to create a public art installation on the Ursinus College campus.

Together, the students created inflatable lawn ornaments that convey messages about some of the most pressing political topics today.

“Resistance means taking up space, whether that means occupying a physical space and getting as many people there as possible, or in this case, a piece of art that literally takes up space and forces you to confront an issue,” Karreth said.

“No one’s demanding that you like stop and look at it, but maybe you’ll spend a couple of seconds thinking about what the meaning behind the image is,” Freno added. “It’s a different way of understanding the world.”

Karreth’s “How Democracies Die” course was part of the Democratic Erosion Consortium, a partnership of researchers, students, policymakers, and practitioners committed to marshaling evidence and learning to address the growing crisis of democratic erosion worldwide.

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Sycamore Stories

A 43-Year Legacy of Lunchtime Layups

While it may be impossible to confirm if Ursinus’s lunchtime basketball game for faculty and staff is the longest-running pick-up game on a college campus, surely it must be the liveliest.

Self-taught Academic Coach Helps 123K Followers Learn to Study

As a student in high school, Dora Zeibekis ’24 struggled with biology. At Ursinus, she excels as a biology (and Spanish) major. If you think she likely has good advice to share on improving one’s study habits, you’re in good company: She has 123,000 followers on Instagram who agree. Known as @coffeestudi, Zeibekis offers study tips and academic coaching.

From the Magazine

The New View

How an Ursinus lab is threading machine learning and the human element.

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Lean on Me

To conclude our three-part series on the college’s commitment, under the international Okanagan Charter, to the well-being of people, places, and planet, we are doing a deeper dive into how students serve as supporters, educators, and role models.

Lean on Me

Pitch Perfect

In this exclusive interview, the Olympic coach and trailblazer reflects on a legendary career as a true pioneer in women’s athletics. Vonnie Gros ’57 built a hall of fame legacy—and did it her own way.
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Events on the Ursinus campus and beyond.

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Ursinus in the news

‘Pink slime’ sites masquerade as real news. There are 65 in Pennsylvania alone.

Associate Professor of Media and Communication Tony Nadler is quoted in this front page Philadelphia Inquirer story about propagandistic local news sites known as “pink slime. Read it here.

Fishing Gear Risking Extinction of Endangered Whale

In a Newsweek  article, Assistant Professor of Statistics Leslie New is quoted regarding her research about critically endangered whale species and their frequent entanglement in fishing gear. Read it here

The global impacts of Sweden joining NATO

Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations Johannes Karreth was a guest on a KYW podcast and discussed the implications of Sweden, a historically neutral country, joining NATO. Listen here

Athletic News

  • May 25, 2024 at 7:51pm

    Dunham Finishes Runner-Up in Triple Jump at NCAA Championships

  • May 24, 2024 at 5:25pm

    Tabor Competes in 400 Meters at NCAA Outdoor Championships

  • May 23, 2024 at 7:13pm

    Dunham Crowned National Champion in the Long Jump

  • May 23, 2024 at 6:31pm

    McKeen, 4x400 Relay Earn Second Team All-American Honors

  • May 22, 2024 at 8:35am

    Track & Field Earns Trio of Regional Awards from USTFCCCA

  • May 20, 2024 at 8:41am

    Men’s Track & Field Sees 12 Athletes Combine for 19 All-Region Honors

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Life After Ursinus

Episode 5: Taking a Leap of Faith

For the first time ever, Ursinus goes global - all the way to Doha, Qatar where 2009 alumnus Andrew Clark shares his experience in digital marketing in the Middle East. Now based in Baltimore, Andrew discusses how taking a leap of faith paid off.

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