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David H. Xiang

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Professor Katherine Merseth
Faculty

Katherine Merseth

"I would say the big issue in education today is both equity and excellence," says Katherine Merseth. " I’m working to see if we can raise both excellence and equity. That is my life’s work."

Sleeping woman
Conversations

Hey Professor: Light Sleep

​Sleep. We spend almost a third of our lives doing it. It’s incredibly important, yet there is still so much we don’t understand.

Chicken in Distress
J Term

J-Term Postcard: The Headless Chicken

The headless chicken ran in circles, its wings flapping in seeming distress, its bloody neck stub gyrating up and down. The children began to pour buckets of water over the chicken for no reason I could discern.

Martini
Levity

Drinky Drink: Election Night

Here at FM, we’ve decided to prepare some drink recipes to calm your nerves and make buying those plane tickets a little easier.​

Ghosts
Introspection

The Word: Haunt

A large silhouette, at least six feet tall, looms over us. It’s clutching a dagger in one hand. Heavy chains are draped over its shoulder.

Octobot
Conversations

Octobot

The Octobot is the world's first robot that has no rigid components.

Octobot
Research

Assembling the Octobot

This is the world’s first completely untethered, 100 percent soft robot.

Museums

Ignorance, Bliss, and Dinosaur Badges

Standing in the museum tonight, watching a baby chicken pecking its way out of its shell and into life, all the old mystery and excitement comes rushing back.