Context is an electronic newsletter, posted periodically, to showcase a variety of interesting stories from Bentley students and faculty about the importance and role of Arts and Sciences in their lives and in society more broadly. We look forward to your comments and feedback; please e-mail me with story ideas at deverett@bentley.edu. – Dan Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences

Winter 2010-2011

Greetings! I have been at Bentley University now for about seven months – more than enough time to recognize and appreciate its collaborative spirit and special strengths.
 

Winter 2010-2011

With the Red Sox failing to make the playoffs in 2010, Major League Baseball was not a big topic of conversation at Bentley this fall. Sports talk has hardly gone away, however, as hopes turn to the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics.

The discussions hold more than a passing interest for Rick Cleary, professor and chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department.  His studies take place at the academic boundary of mathematics and sports.

Winter 2010-2011

Amid mounting evidence of the threats of climate change, discussion of the topic is broadening to include social components. Among them: gender.

“Most environmental things – including climate change – happen in the physical realm, but are actually rooted in social issues,” says Joni Seager, professor and chair of the Global Studies Department. “Once you start talking about social arrangements, there is always a gendered dimension.”

Winter 2010-2011

Entrepreneurial venture informs teaching 

In the fight against malaria, bed nets would seem the perfect weapon, protecting sleeping people from mosquitoes that bite indoors and only at night. But challenges have emerged on many fronts.

Mosquitoes from resistant strains can pass with impunity through the myriad holes in bed nets that inevitably develop in small houses with small children. In addition, mosquitoes have taken their biting outdoors, feeding near dawn and dusk when people are up and about.

Winter 2010-2011

Honors students help bridge a digital divide

Broadband access to the Internet is increasingly seen as critical for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness, and enhanced quality of life. Yet the United States lags behind many advanced countries in the adoption and quality of broadband.

Winter 2010-2011

Collaborating with colleagues around the world is business as usual in many academic departments at Bentley. Mathematical Sciences faculty are among those with well-stamped passports. Here is a partial list of recent activities.

Winter 2010-2011

The excerpts below are from an account written by a Bentley student reservist, after a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The author prefers to remain anonymous.

Coming back home, I knew I had to change my direction in life, and I decided to start by enrolling in our Global Studies program. I want to put myself in a position where I can try to bring a little stability to the world. . . .

Winter 2010-2011

As a geologist and paleoclimatologist, I have spent most of my academic career studying glacial deposits and lake sediments to interpret natural causes of climate change. Understanding these natural causes on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales is a prerequisite for assessing the effects of human activity on climate.