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  • Biochemist Charles Denby '05 brews hops-free beer
    The New York Times

    March 20, 2018 A biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology major at Whitman, Denby earned his doctorate in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. His idea to brew beer without hops stemmed from his research on creating a sustainable fuel source from terpenes, plant molecules that can mimic the taste of hops. Hops are a resource-intensive crop, requiring large amounts of water and sunlight to grow.

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  • Whitman math professor honored for advocacy
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    March 16, 2018 Professor of Mathematics Albert Schueller serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Walla Walla and Columbia counties. CASA volunteers work with children ages 12 and younger who have been removed from their homes due to safety or health concerns and make recommendations to the court based on their observations.

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  • Andrew Schwartz '18 pens letter to the editor on Heidegger
    The New Yorker

    March 12, 2018 The philosophy major argues that German thinker Martin Heidegger's ideas remain provocative despite his political affiliations. "If you want to understand what is going on when someone gives you bad vibes, or why that couch just doesn’t work in that corner, Heidegger might be able to help," he writes.

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  • DREAMer Alejandro Fuentes Mena '13 commended on senate floor
    C-SPAN

    March 7, 2018 U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.) shared the pscyhology major and Teach for America member's story as part of his ongoing advocacy on behalf of DACA recipients.

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  • Emily Wigley '82 lobbies for fewer restrictions on food trucks
    Seattle Weekly

    March 7, 2018 An art history major, she owns and operates the Orca Eats food truck on Vashon Island, and serves on the advisory board for the Washington Food Truck Association. The law Wigley helped pass allows food to be prepped, stored and cooked right in the food trucks rather than only in brick-and-mortar kitchens.

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  • President Emeritus Tom Cronin on his new book
    C-SPAN

    February 22, 2018 Tom Cronin, president of Whitman from 1993 to 2005, discusses his new book, Imagining a Great Republic: Political Novels and the Idea of America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), and the paradox of politics and power.

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  • Whitman again named Fulbright top producer
    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    February 18, 2018 Whitman is included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright students recently announced by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country's largest foreign exchange fellowship program.

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  • Lee Mills '09 to feature in League of American Orchestras national conductor preview
    Broadway World

    February 15, 2018 The music major is one of six highly skilled conductors selected to participate in the League of American Orchestras 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview next month at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The two-day showcase is one of the most prestigious pathways for new talent.

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  • Tom Johnston '85 tends Olympic slopes in PyeongChang
    The Salt Lake Tribune

    February 12, 2018 An English major at Whitman, Wyoming rancher Tom Johnston '85 is an expert on skiing racecourses, including the tracks for the Winter Olympics' downhill and Super G competitions. Tasked with building and maintaining the snow surface for the world's most elite athletes, he has made seven trips to South Korea over the past two years to inspect and shape the terrain.

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  • Brenda Rufener '95 publishes debut novel
    The Greensboro News & Record

    February 11, 2018 Technical writer turned novelist Brenda Rufener '95, an English major at Whitman, tells the tale of a homeless high schooler named Linden in Where I Live (HarperTeen 2018). Rufener lives in North Carolina with her family and is an advocate for homeless youth.

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  • Tehani Louis-Perkins '18 featured on Roadtrip Nation
    PBS

    February 5, 2018 The biology-environmental studies major joined two other students from her home state of Hawaii on a journey across the islands, interviewing leaders from all walks of life in search of wisdom and guidance. The four-part series aired in January.

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  • Mackenzie Gerringer '12 reports on world's deepest-dwelling fish
    The Chicago Tribune

    February 1, 2018 The biology major and University of Washington postdoctoral researcher was part of an international scientific expedition with Carl E. Peterson Endowed Chair of Sciences Paul Yancey that identified a new species of hadal snailfish in the Mariana Trench in 2014.

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  • Jim Fuller '08 on taking the pulse of planets and stars
    Caltech

    January 24, 2018 Physics-astronomy major Jim Fuller '08 is a new faculty member at Caltech. As assistant professor of theoretical astrophysics, he studies vibrating cosmic spheres, such as stars with "heartbeats," and the gas giant Saturn, whose pulsations propagate through its rings.

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  • Journalist and author John Markoff '71 cited on automation
    The Financial Times

    January 20, 2018 Tech expert John Markoff '71 says in his 2015 book "Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots" that fears of automation have been a cyclical phenomenon for more than 70 years, as have the excessive, near-religious promises for the transformative powers of new technologies.

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  • Attorney Ian Warner '07 shines in public policy sphere
    The Seattle Medium

    January 17, 2018 Politics major and lawyer Ian Warner '07 is using his liberal arts skills to influence Seattle public policy on issues such as homelessness and police reform that could have implications for years to come.

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  • Whitman student interviewed about Men Making Meals
    NPR

    January 17, 2018 Sociology major Katy Woodall '18 coordinates a program that pairs college students with elderly men in need of cooking lessons. Studies show older men who don't cook for themselves are at a higher risk of social, psychological and physical challenges.

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  • Ashifi Gogo '05 explores rise of CEO activism
    World Economic Forum

    January 16, 2018 Ashifi Gogo '05, CEO of Sproxil, asks: "Can social entrepreneurs' experience help guide mainstream CEOs to achieve more positive outcomes for their cause?"

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  • John Cunnison '95 named vice president, chief investment officer at Baker Boyer Bank
    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    January 16, 2018 Cunnsion joined Baker Boyer Bank in 2006 and has held roles with its business banking and investment management and trust services. A politics major at Whitman, he also has a degree from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He previously served as a senior consultant in Ernst & Young's customs and international trade practice.

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  • Whitman graduate reshapes Alaska politics
    Politico

    January 12, 2018 Political consultant John-Henry Heckendorn '12, who started his career with a House campaign in Alaska, founded the Ship Creek Group and now runs strategy for Governor Bill Walker, an independent who won after the Democratic candidate agreed to run as his lieutenant governor.

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  • Whitman tennis team tours Cambodia
    The Phnom Penh Post

    January 11, 2018 Last year, Phalkun Mam '07, a member of the Kingdom of Cambodia's Davis Cup squad since 2013 and head of junior development, received a message from his former coach, Jeff Northam: "I have a crazy idea that I need your help with." The college's roster of 20 tennis players have now embarked on a trip to Cambodia to strengthen their game while soaking up cultural experiences from a historical perspective.

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