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Stargazing at Mittelman Observatory – Summer 2019

Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this summer. These Observatory events are scheduled for Wednesday evenings, June 26, July 3, July 24, July 31, and August 7, from 9:00 PM until 10:30 PM, weather permitting.

Jupiter and Saturn will be in the evening sky on many of these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.

Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. As these are minimal language events, they are also appropriate for Language Schools students. These events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 7 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.

Middlebury Summer Research Luncheon with CCI

A note from our colleagues in the Undergraduate Research Office.

Professor Erik Bleich, director of the Media Portrayals of Minorities Project, meets with student researchers Julien Souffrant ’19 and Emily Stabler ’19. See full story here.

You have trained with your faculty mentor, done a lab safety session, completed the RCR module and signed up for some data workshops. You have some shiny new skills. 

Next, come have lunch with Undergraduate Research and advisors from the Center for Career and Internships on Thursday, 6/27 at noon in MBH 216. Mary Lothrop will lead a discussion on translating those skills and your summer experience into resume points and interview answers to get future opportunities.

Sign up by Monday, 6/24 to have lunch available.

On-Campus Activities Schedule

Upcoming

Research Luncheon: Graduate School Panel, 7/11 from 12-1 pm in MBH 216 – Come have lunch and hear newer faculty discuss the graduate school experience. Sign Up by 7/8 to have lunch available.

Summer Research Symposium, 7/25 at 2 pm in McCardell Bicentennial Great Hall 

Chemistry & Biochemistry Senior Thesis Presentations and Undergraduate Award Presentations

Chemistry and Biochemistry majors will present their senior thesis presentations on Friday, May 10 at 12:30 in BiHall 216. Lunch will be served. Undergraduate Awards will also be presented.

Titles are as follows:

  • Emily Lewkowicz ’19: “The Characterization of GpdQ Enzyme Immobilized on Magnetite Nanoparticles”
  • John Natalone ’19: “Lights, Camera, Reaction! Developing a Photoredox Crosslinking Method for Target Identification”
  • Khan Kim ’19: “Catch Fe if You Can: Kinetic Characterization of a Putative Desferrioxamine B Biosynthetic Pathway”

World of Chemistry Lecture: “How and Why Science is Important to Art”

Professor Henry DePhillips, Vernon K. Krieble Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Trinity College, will give a lecture on “How and Why Science is Important to Art” in Sunderland Dana Auditorium to the CHEM 0101: World of Chemistry class taught by Professor Sunhee Choi, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm in Dana Auditorium.

Here’s How Google Knows in Less Than 5 Minutes if Someone Is a Great Leader


After years of study, Google uses a few simple questions to identify the company’s best leaders.

We tell students to look for an internship/job where they will find a good mentor and leader. That is sometimes hard to quantify, so we thought Google’s leadership questions may be a good place to start! You can tweak these questions to ask during your interview.

Since leadership is more art than science, how can you objectively determine if someone is a great leader? Google has spent considerable time and effort trying to answer this very question. It makes sense that one of the most analytical companies in the world puts some of its analytical horsepower into determining how great teams are built and led. Over time, the company identified the key behaviors of its best team managers.

Read the full Inc. article by Jeff Haden here.