Scientific Collaboration

With the school year starting back up again, The Chronicle of Higher Education sent me out to Emmanuel College to showcase some of their scientific research and collaborations.

Up until 10 years ago, Emmanuel was a women’s college with declining enrollment. But after opening their doors for co-ed enrollment, they’ve been growing with an increasing emphasis in science. A big part of that is the college’s partnership with pharmaceutical giant Merck, which opened a facility on campus across the driveway from Emmanuel’s science building.

Here are some of the folks I met when I was taking a look at Emmanuel.

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College professor Joe Kurtz, who conducts his research on immunology in the new Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on campus, stands for a portrait on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College professor Joe Kurtz, who conducts his research on immunology in the new Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on campus, stands for a portrait on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Joyce De Leo poses for a portrait on campus as the pharmaceutical company Merck's new looms behind her Aug. 16, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Joyce De Leo poses for a portrait on campus as the pharmaceutical company Merck's new looms behind her Aug. 16, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Mike Craig, a rising senior at Emmanuel College, prepares stacks mouse brains to be sliced in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Mike Craig, a rising senior at Emmanuel College, prepares mouse brains to be sliced in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Harry Powell, a rising junior at Emmanuel College, prepares lab samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Harry Powell, a rising junior at Emmanuel College, prepares lab samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Matt DeFazio, a rising sophomore at Emmanuel College, prepares light-sensitive samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Matt DeFazio, a rising sophomore at Emmanuel College, prepares light-sensitive samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)


8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College's Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center is flanked by pharmaceutical company Merck's on-campus facility on Aug. 16, 2011. Merck has partnered with the college, holding a long-term lease to the complex adjacent to the school's own science building. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College's Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center is flanked by pharmaceutical company Merck's on-campus facility on Aug. 16, 2011. Merck has partnered with the college, holding a long-term lease to the complex adjacent to the school's own science building. (Kelvin Ma)

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