In the Garden of Research and Learning

It all started because a giant praying mantis crawled up the side of a parked car. That small creature helped spark a big idea because now a new wildflower garden is in full bloom in its first summer in the “backyard” of the Schaap Science Center. While the garden beautifies another corner of an already-beautiful […]

For the Love of Trees

Sophomore Katelyn DeWitt was a literal tree hugger for ten weeks during the summer of 2018. She inventoried and measured the trunk diameters of nearly half of the tree population found on public property in the City of Holland for The Holland Tree Project.

To China with Hope

This past spring, for the first time in Hope’s history, not one but two May Term classes traveled to China. In “China’s Modern Growth,” students examined the nation’s economic policies and business development while touring four major cities as well as Hong Kong. In “China: Land, Wildlife and Culture,” students explored the ecosystems of China’s […]

Birds Against Glass: An Avian Study

Dr. Kathy Winnett-Murray and five former Hope students had an unenviable task: To seek out and document dead bird carcasses found beneath the windows of six buildings on campus. It was all for life-giving research to learn how to save birds’ lives.

Uncommon Class on Common Grounds

Hope students in Dr. Tom Bultman’s new The Science and Culture of Coffee class are getting a thoroughly flavorful education about everything they ever needed or wanted to know about coffee.

The First Great Inoculation Debate

One of only 60 projects selected for this year’s showcase from among several hundred highly competitive applications nationwide, “The First Inoculation Debate: A Quantitative Text Analysis of the Boston Smallpox Epidemic of 1721” by Elizabeth Ensink looks at communication practices between doctors and religious leaders when a smallpox epidemic broke out in Boston.

Breaks Away: Tom Bultman

Sheep in New Zealand have a friend in Dr. Tom Bultman. And Dr. Bultman, professor of biology, was happy to oblige the massive, wooly industry that is valuable in a country where sheep outnumber humans by about 10-to-1.