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  • Ibram Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” Selected for 2020 Common Read
    Campus News

    July 30, 2020 Like much of the nation, Whitman College students, staff, faculty and alumni are joining together this summer to dig deeply into issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of that conversation, in mid-July President Kathy Murray announced Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” as the summer 2020 common read.

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  • Beckman Scholars Keep STEM Community Connected
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    July 29, 2020 The Whitman College campus may be largely closed, but dozens of students are still spending their summer engaged in meaningful research, though it may not look like they expected. Keeping that group connected and working to build a community among student researchers are the college’s three Beckman Scholars — new graduate Alexandra Moore ’20 and rising seniors Silas Miller and Hunter Hansen.

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  • First Year Seminar Program Opens New Possibilities
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    July 28, 2020 What is childhood? What is the process of othering? How do we differentiate between humans and animals? How do humans experience time? How do we conceive of community and solitude outside of the boundaries of the ordinary? This fall, new students will engage these questions and more while they sharpen their critical thinking, writing and reading comprehension skills in Whitman College’s new First Year Seminars program.

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  • Into the Woods: Senior Clara Hoffman Studies the Impact of Predators in the Pacific Northwest
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    July 21, 2020 On a late spring day, Clara Hoffman is creeping through the woods, as quietly as possible. She and her fellow researchers are using radio signals to triangulate the location of a cow elk in the area. Somewhere near her, a calf is hidden in the woods. Their mission is simple: Find the calf, blindfold it to keep it calm, fit it with its own radio collar, take measurements, and then clear out.

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  • Emily Brucia ’11 Launches Telehealth Service When Americans Need it Most
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    July 17, 2020 In April 2020, Emily Brucia '11 launched Elemental Telehealth — a health tech company focused on connecting people with psychologists in private practice who provide holistic, evidence-based care. The business was always designed to exist in the telehealth space, but launching it during a global pandemic was never her intention.

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  • Christian Moreno ’21 Pursues Dream Puerto Rican Internship from Walla Walla
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    July 16, 2020 This summer, Christian Moreno '21 is an intern for Haser Inc, a nonprofit group that works to strengthen other nonprofits in Puerto Rico by offering administrative support, strategic planning and proposal development and fiscal sponsorship. Moreno is helping create business plans for organizations that focus on sustainable education, agroecology and community well-being.

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  • Online COVID Course Introduces Incoming Students to Whitman Academics
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    July 9, 2020 When prospective students visit Whitman College, they often get the chance to meet with faculty, sit-in on classes, and get an up-close view of the academic excellence for which the college is known. But this spring, the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered in-person classes, and forced the Admission Office to suspend its Spring Visitors Day and Admitted Students Day on-campus events.

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  • Infectious Disease Class Takes on New Relevance in COVID-19 World
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    July 6, 2020 Born in a new millennium, the students in Associate Professor Jim Russo’s infectious disease course have never known a time that HIV/AIDS wasn’t treatable. But Russo was a graduate student in the 1980s as the virus was first discovered

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  • Grant Funds Creation of Course to Take On ‘Grand Challenges’ Through Civic Engagement
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    July 1, 2020 Kaitlyn Patia brings her passion for community engaged learning to Whitman College, thanks to the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership Program in the Humanities, a grant program run by nonprofit higher education consortium Project Pericles. It’s the first time a Whitman faculty member has received the $4,000 grant, which supports the development of a course dedicated to tackling the “grand challenges” of climate change, education access, immigration, mass incarceration, race and inequality or voter engagement.

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  • Library Archives Collect Stories from the COVID-19 Era
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    June 24, 2020 As COVID-19 reshapes life around the globe, the Whitman College and Northwest Archives at Penrose Library wants to document how those changes have affected our greater community.

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  • Seeing Double: Music Student Creates Self-Duet for Final Performance
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    June 17, 2020 Liam Dubay gained several new skills this spring. He learned to play the five-string Baroque cello, an instrument which Whitman College purchased last year. He also figured out how to splice together video so he could create a unique self-duet performance for his final project of the semester.

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  • Assistant Professor Xiaobo Yuan Bridges Anthropology and Religion at Whitman
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    June 16, 2020 Xiaobo Yuan first worked as an anthropologist as an undergraduate student while studying at Johns Hopkins University. Yuan received a research grant to do field work in coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She was investigating how faith-based organizations, specifically Christian organizations, intervened in the aftermath of the hurricane.

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  • Faculty Turn to Student Consultants to Improve Classes
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    June 15, 2020 This spring, Suzanne Morrissey was one of a handful of faculty participating in the faculty-student consultant program, organized and offered through Whitman College’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Now entering its second year, the program connects faculty members with a student who will spend the semester evaluating a chosen course and giving direct feedback.

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  • Whitties Talk About Life on the Front Lines of COVID-19
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    June 12, 2020 When nurse practitioner Carolyn Korfiatis ’05 gets to work at her small rural hospital in Mammoth Lake, California, she goes through “the car wash.”

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  • Undergraduate Conference Showcases Student Research Online
    Campus News

    June 12, 2020 Typically the Undergraduate Conference is a day of in-person presentations and poster sessions, where classes are canceled and the Whitman community interacts with student research. But when the college moved to online learning this spring in response to COVID-19, Keith Raether knew the conference format needed to change, too.

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  • Faculty Kathryn Frank Brings Passion for Inclusivity and Representation to Study of Comics
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    June 11, 2020 Comics aren’t just something Kathryn Frank enjoys reading in her free time. The newest faculty member in Whitman College’s Department of Film and Media Studies is a comics and new media forms specialist.

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  • Neuroscientist Nancy Day '05 Brings Research on Language Development in Birds to Psychology Department
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    June 11, 2020 Inside Maxey Hall’s newly constructed Avian Communication Lab, Assistant Professor Nancy Day ’05 is fitting songbirds with tiny headphones.

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  • Art Seniors Draw Inspiration from COVID-19 for Thesis Projects
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    June 1, 2020 Whitman College art major Peter Leyden didn't have a studio to return to after spring break so he found a new space, and optimistic outlook to these unexpected changes, while he worked to complete his senior thesis.

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  • Do Try This at Home: Simple Science Experiments for Kids from Whitman College
    Campus News

    May 27, 2020 Each spring, Whitman College’s Science Outreach program visits more than 40 classrooms around the Walla Walla Valley, bringing science education to hundreds of students. Science Outreach isn’t able to bring its hands-on lessons to schools this spring, but coordinator Heidi Chapin is trying to do one better: She’s bringing them straight into the home.

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  • Whitman Class of 2020 Celebrates With Unique Commencement Ceremony
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    May 24, 2020 Members of the Class of 2020 shared messages of gratitude and excitement — and took a moment to be a little bit silly — during Whitman College’s 134th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 24, 2020. 

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