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  • Associate Professor of Sociology Alissa Cordner on Unintended Consequences of Discovery
    Popular Science

    April 11, 2022 In this overview of lab accidents that changed the world, including the invention of Scotchgard, Associate Professor of Sociology and Garrett Fellow Alissa Cordner explains how products with hormone-disrupting PFAS are “pretty much everywhere you look.”

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  • Simple Homes CEO Jeff Hopfenbeck '11 Reimagines Housing Construction
    Colorado Public Radio

    April 5, 2022 At the factory, each piece of wood is printed with assembly instructions and moved to one of three assembly lines, where a team of framers nails together a frame. The process is powered by detailed digital plans and customized computer software, and has drawn new focus during the recent labor crunch and housing shortage.

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  • Whitman's Early Financial Aid Guarantee Provides Transparency, Clarity
    The New York Times

    March 18, 2022 According to The New York Times' "Your Money" columnist, Ron Lieber, Whitman College is "in the vanguard of a movement toward transparency about the price of college and the process for lowering it."

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  • Tommy Lloyd ’98 named Pac-12 Coach of the Year
    pac-12.com

    March 14, 2022 Tommy Lloyd ’98 wins Pac-12 Coach of the Year and the tournament title in his debut season as head coach at the University of Arizona.

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  • Professor Michelle Janning Shares Insights on Cultural Values and Romance
    ELLE Magazine

    February 14, 2022 Janning, a professor of sociology and author of Love Letters: Saving Romance in the Digital Age, explains how couples control the presentation of their love story to others, and how for celebrity couples, relationships and breakups "are happening in a marketplace where their image as people who abide by romantic values is a lot more scrutinized, and therefore probably a lot more controlled because their livelihoods depend on it.”

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  • Professor Eunice Blavascunas Sheds Light on Poland-Belarus Border Region
    National Geographic

    February 14, 2022 The Polish government has begun construction of a massive wall across its eastern border to block migrants traveling through neighboring Belarus. Human rights groups and conservationists warn it will damage fragile ecosystems, including Białowieża Forest, which Blavascunas wrote about in her book Foresters, Borders, and Bark Beetles: The Future of Europe's Last Primeval Forest.

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  • Professor Jim Russo on History and Vaccine Hesitancy
    The Spokesman-Review

    February 6, 2022 In a Spokesman-Review opinion piece, Jim Russo, associate professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB), says dissension over masks and vaccines distract from our common microbial enemy.

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  • From One Great Leader to Another
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    January 16, 2022 Chair of the Whitman College Board of Trustees Joe Davis and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee Danielle Garbe Reser '97 welcome Sarah Bolton and express appreciation for Kathleen Murray ahead of the presidential transition this summer.

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  • Whitman Again Lauded for Early Financial Aid Guarantee
    The New York Times

    January 7, 2022 Ron Lieber once again singled out Whitman for praise in his popular "Your Money" column, citing the school's unique program for "counseling individual families that want an early read on what kind of merit aid their applications might get."

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  • President Murray Spells Out Advantages of Whitman's Early Financial Aid Guarantee
    The Hechinger Report

    November 11, 2021 In an op-ed, President Kathleen Murray explains the benefits of Whitman's Early Financial Aid Guarantee and urges other colleges to adapt similar programs to provide prospective students and families a guaranteed preview of their financial aid package before they apply.

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  • Biology Professor Kate Jackson Mulls Evolution of Snake Fangs
    Scientific American

    November 8, 2021 The world hosts hundreds of wildly different venomous snake species, but somehow even distantly related species independently evolved specialized fangs with venom-carrying grooves—a longtime puzzle spurring new research. "I love seeing modern imaging technology and beautiful micro CT scans applied to a classic question," says Jackson, a trained herpetologist. She added that snakes may have developed venom-delivering teeth via other routes as well.

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  • Associate Professor of English Mary Raschko Directs Reimagined First Year Seminars
    PUPN Magazine

    November 1, 2021 Mary Raschko, associate professor in the department of English, has been integral to the planning and development of the newly re-designed First Year Seminars (FYS) program on campus, in which she is serving as the first Director of the re-vamped curriculum.

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  • Biologist Rachel Eguia '17 Digs into Endemic Future of COVID-19
    NPR

    October 22, 2021 Eguia, a biochemistry, biophysics, and molecular biology (BBMB) major at Whitman and biologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, spoke with Steve Inskeep and Michaeleen Doucleff of NPR's Morning Edition about the likely end game for COVID-19.

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  • In Celebration: Walla Walla Foundry and Owner Mark Anderson '78
    The New York Times

    October 22, 2021 Art created at the Walla Walla Foundry, one of the largest contemporary fine-art foundries in the world, has been exhibited, collected, and installed around the globe, from MoMA and Central Park to the Palace of Versailles. The next exhibition, opening Nov. 4, is dedicated to late founder Mark Anderson '78 and “his relationships with many of the artists he served at the Walla Walla Foundry" and will feature work by Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Nancy Graves, Keiko Hara, Manuel Neri, Lynda Benglis and more drawn from Mark and Patty Anderson’s permanent collection.

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  • Whitman Alumni Mentoring Program Equips Students for Career Success
    Inside Higher Education

    October 22, 2021 The program, run out of the Career and Community Engagement Center, has had three cohorts, running as pilot projects. That work has to date involved 34 mentors and 45 mentees, all of whom are provided a handbook with resources, activity suggestions, a calendar of professional development events and expectations of the roles of participants.

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  • Pottery Teacher Genie Huntemann '97 Shares Joy of Art with Students
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    October 21, 2021 After more than two decades of teaching other subjects, Walla Walla High School pottery teacher Genie Huntemann has found her dream job.

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  • History Professor John Cotts Offers Context for 900-Year-Old Sword Recovered at Sea
    The New York Times

    October 18, 2021 The rare discovery of a sword dating to the Middle Ages in the Mediterranean Sea has experts from around the world weighing in on its provenance. Cotts shed light on the tumultuous time period during which the weapon was lost: the Third Crusade (1189–1192), when Philip II of France, Richard I of England and Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, exhorted by Pope Gregory VIII, tried and failed to retake Jerusalem from Saladin, who ruled an area covering modern Egypt, Syria and Iraq and had captured the city in 1187.

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  • Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg '01 Named to 100 Most Influential African Women
    KBC

    September 1, 2021 The African PR firm Avance Media announced its 2021 honorees in celebration of African women in leadership who inspire the next generation of women around the world. It includes women from 28 countries representing business, academia, diplomacy, philanthropy, entertainment and media. Kamau-Rutenberg directs the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development.

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  • Whitman Students, Local Employers Thrive When Working Together
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    August 22, 2021 As Whitman College students return to campus this week, many have more on their minds than registering for classes or meeting their roommate: They are also on the hunt for jobs. This presents a unique opportunity for local employers who may be feeling the effects of the nationwide labor shortage, and for students eager to earn a paycheck.

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