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Madeline Vargas Appointed Dean of the Faculty

The professor of biology brings a wealth of experience to her new role

Madeline Vargas, professor in the Department of Biology, has been appointed dean of the faculty effective June 1, 2021.

Holy Cross Says Farewell to Six Retiring Professors

The cohort leaves a long legacy, teaching on Mount St. James for a combined 203 years

At the finish of the 2020-2021 academic year, Holy Cross saw six professors conclude their careers on Mount St. James, after decades of educating generations of Crusaders.

Ten Holy Cross Faculty Members Receive Grants for COVID-Related Research

The grants will fund research in a wide range of areas, from the impact of COVID-19 on college students’ mental health to pandemic responses in the ancient Roman and Chinese empires

Holy Cross’ Committee on Faculty Scholarship, along with the Office of Sponsored Research, has awarded more than $26,000 in research grants to 10 faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines for nine projects designed to explore issues related to …

New Holy Cross Course Examines the Science and Politics of Pandemics

The course covers integrated approaches to solving big problems—like a global pandemic

Nearly 30 students gathered on a March Zoom call to learn about the biological workings and political impact of a global pandemic, in today’s class, the HIV/AIDS virus. It’s nearly a year to the day since Gov. Charlie Baker locked …

Can We Breathe Easy After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine? Holy Cross Biology Professor and Virologist Weighs In

The Wall Street Journal

As the first people to get vaccinated are approaching the four-month post-inoculation mark, there are still some unknowns with respect to just how long we can breathe easy after getting the vaccine. And also, should we be concerned about the …

New Student Health Ambassadors Group Provides Peer-to-Peer Resources

Students step up to serve their community through the College's Student Wellness Education Office

A playlist of pop and dance songs, from Nick Jonas to Britney Spears, reverberated through the speaker on a table outside “The Jo,” as the Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center is known. It was the second week of March, …

How Does the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Compare to the Others? Holy Cross Biology Professor Explains

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recently approved a vaccine from Johnson & Johnson for emergency use against the COVID-19 virus. But how does this option differ from the other vaccines currently on the market? In an interview with …

Holy Cross Welcomes Twelve Tenure-Track Faculty Members

The new faculty members represent nine academic disciplines

At the start of the 2020-21 academic year, Holy Cross welcomed new tenure-track faculty members, joining the following departments: biology, classics, English, mathematics and computer science, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology, Spanish, and world languages, literatures and cultures. The scholars …

Holy Cross Mediation Team Takes Home Top Prize Once Again in International Competition

The team attributes their history of success on the competition circuit to their liberal arts education

The Holy Cross mediation team took first prize at the major collegiate tournament of the fall 2020 semester, the Brenau Invitational Mediation Tournament—the latest in a years-long string of successful showings on the national and international mediation competition circuit. At …

31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Nu acceptance is granted to less than four percent of the class

Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …

Student STEM Research Aims to Discover More About Breast Cancer Tumors

The students' work with "disease on a chip" models positions them for real-world impact

When biology major Anh Phan ’21 was a sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross, she was looking for “a way to apply my knowledge to real-life science,” and Professor Robert Bellin’s breast cancer research lab proved to be …

Holy Cross Student Summer: Billy Fitzpatrick ’20

A narrative history project gives the recent Holy Cross graduate a front-row seat to the crucial relationship between city and community leaders

Billy Fitzpatrick ’20 Summer Plans: Research Associate Hometown: Westfield, New Jersey Major: Economics Summer Plans Two prominent nonprofit organizations in Worcester — United Way (Central Massachusetts) and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation — organized in mid-March to form a coalition …

Six Holy Cross Students Awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Recipients to teach or conduct research in Germany, the Czech Republic, India and Malaysia

Six members of the Class of 2020 have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach or conduct research abroad during the 2020-21 academic year. This year’s recipients are headed to Germany, the Czech Republic, India and Malaysia. The Fulbright Program, sponsored …

Holy Cross Students Find Ways to Continue Supporting Worcester Community Organizations During the Pandemic

The community created by CBL and SPUD perseveres through COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has brought disruption and loss, but it has also sparked in many Holy Cross students the desire to help and inspired new ways to continue making a difference. Community-service programs, in particular, such as Community-Based Learning (CBL) …

Holy Cross Student Summer: Charlie Millard ’22

An opportunity as a Holy Cross summer research associate leads to promising discoveries for a budding scientist

Charlie Millard ’22 Summer Plans: Research Associate Hometown: Southport, CT Major: Biology Summer Plans In the “Sheehy Lab,” we research a cellular innate system of defense against HIV infection, specifically the role of a human protein called APOBEC3G in decreasing …

Holy Cross Says Farewell to Seven Retiring Professors

The cohort leaves a lasting legacy in generations of students

They’ve taught generations of Holy Cross students in class­rooms, laboratories, arts ven­ues and even locales abroad. Now, these esteemed faculty members are retiring: Robert Bertin, Distinguished Professor of Science; Thomas Cecil, Dis­tinguished Professor of Science; Barbara Craig, associate professor of …

Holy Cross 2020 Graduates Find Success in Entering the Workforce

Eight Recent Holy Cross Graduates Explain How Their Undergraduate Experiences Prepared Them for Life After College

As recent Class of 2020 graduates from the across the country make their way into “the real world,” we caught up with eight of the newest Holy Cross alumni to hear their reflections on where they’re going and how their …

Holy Cross Funds Remote Student Research Opportunities

The summer research program provides Holy Cross students with professional-level research opportunities as undergraduates

As the coronavirus pandemic began to sweep the nation this past spring, it became clear that Holy Cross’ Weiss Summer Research program would not be possible in its traditional approach; in a typical summer, students in the Weiss program spend …

Holy Cross Student Entrepreneurs Doing Their Part to Fight Coronavirus Pandemic

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Holy Cross students and siblings Mary Anne ’22 and Paul Wiley ’20, together with their cousin Luke Knox ’22 and their younger brother Mathew, are designing, producing and donating face shields to local healthcare workers on the front lines of …

Can Blood From COVID-19 Survivors Treat the Ill? Holy Cross Biology Professor Explains

The Conversation

As more and more people are diagnosed with COVID-19, researchers worldwide are racing to find ways to stop the virus from spreading and to cure it. One effort includes collecting blood plasma from people who have recovered from the disease …