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Oakland, CA, United States

Mills College is an independent liberal arts and science college in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mills began as a seminary school known as the Young Ladies' Seminary, founded in 1852 and located in Benicia, California. It moved to its current Oakland location in 1871, and Mills became the first women's college west of the Rockies. Currently, Mills is an Undergraduate Women's College, with graduate programs for women and men. The college offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and 33 minors, and over 25 graduate degrees, certificates, and credentials. The college is the also home to the Mills College School of Education and the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business.The college's mission statement is:Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society.Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity.Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women’s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills fifth overall among colleges and universities in the Western U.S. and one of the top colleges and universities in the Western U.S. in "Great Schools, Great Prices," which evaluated the quality of institutions' academics against the cost of attendance. The Princeton Review ranks Mills as one of the Best 378 Colleges and one of the top "green" colleges in the U.S. Washington Monthly ranks Mills as one of the top 10 master's universities in the U.S. Wikipedia.

Marine biological productivity has been invoked as a possible climate driver during the early Paleogene through its potential influence on atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations. However, the relationship of export productivity (the flux of organic carbon (C) from the surface ocean to the deep ocean) to organic C burial flux (the flux of organic C from the deep ocean that is buried in marine sediments) is not well understood. We examine the various components involved with atmosphere-to-ocean C transfer by reconstructing early Paleogene carbonate and silica production (using carbonate and silica mass accumulation rates (MARs)); export productivity (using biogenic barium (bio-Ba) MARs); organic C burial flux (using reactive phosphorus (P) MARs); redox conditions (using uranium and manganese contents); and the fraction of organic C buried relative to export productivity (using reactive P to bio-Ba ratios). Our investigations concentrate on Paleocene/Eocene sections of Sites 689/690 from Maud Rise and Site 738 from Kerguelen Plateau. In both regions, export productivity, organic C burial flux, and the fraction of organic C buried relative to export productivity decreased from the Paleocene/early Eocene to the middle Eocene. A shift is indicated from an early Paleogene two-gyre circulation in which nutrients were not efficiently recycled to the surface via upwelling in these regions, to a circulation more like the present day with efficient recycling of nutrients to the surface ocean. Export productivity was enhanced for Kerguelen Plateau relative to Maud Rise throughout the early Paleogene, possibly due to internal waves generated by the plateau regardless of gyre circulation. Copyright © 2010 by the American Geophysical Union. Source

Johnson M.C.,Mills College
Development Policy Review

Donors increasingly value the work of statistics, project assessment and related offices in developing countries, but can they ensure these offices are able to do their work? This article assesses donors' efforts to do so in Senegal's ministries of finance, health and agriculture in the mid-2000s. It contends that donors' impact is greatest if they generate political incentives for governments to create 'pockets of effectiveness' in these areas. The health and agriculture case studies indicate that direct donor involvement, particularly if incompatible with domestic political forces, produces disappointing results, while the finance case studies suggest donors can induce political support for the work of specific offices if donor incentives coincide with domestic political imperatives. © The Authors 2015. Development Policy Review © 2015 Overseas Development Institute. Source

Chung C.,Mills College
GeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry

Many studies have documented that we remember less negative information as we grow older. The present study examined the effects of view of life and selection bias on this positivity effect using an emotional picture memory task. Young adults were tested in the laboratory, and older adults were either tested in the laboratory or at home. Results confirmed a positivity effect in old age. Selection bias and view of life did not significantly influence older adults' emotional memory as predicted. Metamemory, however, was affected by selection bias: Older adults tested in the laboratory had higher self-rated memory scores than those who tested at home. © 2010 Hogrefe Publishing. Source

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 2.33M | Year: 2013

The Oakland Urban Teacher Residency program (OUTR) is a partnership among Mills Colleges Division of Natural Science and Mathematics and its School of Education, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), the Lawrence Hall of Science, and KQED Public Media for Northern California. The project is recruiting, preparing, mentoring and sustaining a cadre of 20 STEM teachers based on a medical residency model in which new Teaching Fellows are mentored by experienced master teachers---a model which complements the instructional rounds model that OUSD has implemented in each of their secondary schools. A key component of OUTR is engaging the Teaching Fellows, the Fellows mentors, and the programs partners in a research project to study this teacher residency model in order to determine how the skills and knowledge of STEM pre-service teachers develop over time within connected, coherent learning communities.

OUTR partners and participants produce research that adds to the knowledge base about effective STEM residency models of teacher preparation and retention in high-needs urban school districts. In addition, the project supports cadres of new teachers to enter and remain for at least four years in OUSD after their initial preparation year, providing strong content knowledge, effective pedagogies that are designed for teaching Oakland students, and knowledge of observing, monitoring and increasing student learning. Thus, the project increases the number, diversity, and mastery of secondary STEM teachers in OUSD, while improving student learning, and faculty learning about learning, for others similarly situated.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 92.75K | Year: 2012

The protein purification system that is requested with this proposal is an essential piece of equipment for research characterizing and bioengineering light sensitive proteins from cyanobacteria. It is necessary to separate proteins from the E.coli expression system that are used for bioengineering proteins. The focus of The Spiller Lab is to engineer a small, bright red fluorescent protein tag for in vivo microscopy. Undergraduate, post baccalaureate and glide-year students at Mills College are engaged in the laboratory work.

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