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CONTENTS CONTENTS


FEATURES: RESEARCH FEATURES: RESEARCH


12 INSIDE THE WET LAB Students gain and create new insights into crucial


18 18


Maya chemistry Maya chemistry


12 INSIDE THE WET LAB Students gain and create new insights into crucial


22 PROBLEM-SOLVERS Skidmore alumni are experimenting and propounding,


its makers, patrons, and audiences? its makers, patrons, and audiences?


22 PROBLEM-SOLVERS Skidmore alumni are experimenting and propounding,


advancing the front lines of knowledge, in fields from medicine to philosophy


26 26


quality control quality control


26 ASSESSING ALUMNI A retrospective survey project is returning actionable data


advancing the front lines of knowledge, in fields from medicine to philosophy


26 ASSESSING ALUMNI A retrospective survey project is returning actionable data


on student learning and development on student learning and development


DEPARTMENTS CAMPUS SCENE 7 ALUMNI NEWS 28 WHO, WHAT, WHEN 36 CLASS NOTES 37 SARATOGA SIDEBAR 68


28 28


Big Top celebration Big Top celebration


ON THE COVER: Skidmore’s bio and chem labs are testing, and even re-engineering, new truths about the very basis of life. See page 12. (Photo by Gary Gold)


ON THE COVER: Skidmore’s bio and chem labs are testing, and even re-engineering, new truths about the very basis of life. See page 12. (Photo by Gary Gold)


DEPARTMENTS CAMPUS SCENE 7 ALUMNI NEWS 28 WHO, WHAT, WHEN 36 CLASS NOTES 37 SARATOGA SIDEBAR 68


ESSAYS, LETTERS 2


11 11


postseason playoffs postseason playoffs


18 CHEMISTRY OF CULTURE What can elemental analysis of ancient art reveal about


proteins, fluid dynamics, bacterial life—and themselves proteins, fluid dynamics, bacterial life—and themselves


18 CHEMISTRY OF CULTURE What can elemental analysis of ancient art reveal about

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