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  • Whitman professors receive distinguished faculty awards
    Campus News

    May 17, 2018 The college honored several faculty members for excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship and mentoring at an annual end of the year reception.

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  • Whitman professor Kevin Pogue on how volcanoes affect Italy's wine
    Forbes

    May 16, 2018 Pogue, a professor of geology with a special interest in volcanic lava that has cooled to form basalt, explained that in some of the country's most celebrated wine regions, the rocks are 50 million years old and related to tectonic conditions that no longer exist. "They're essentially eroded so there's no chance of them erupting," he said. However, Italy's wines are still shaped by its geologic history, as the meeting of the African and Eurasian plates impacts the entire Mediterranean area.

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  • Watson Fellow inspired by Adopt-a-Grandparent
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    May 13, 2018 Devin Reese '18, a biology and film and media studies major from San Francisco, is one of two Whitties to win the coveted Watson Fellowship this year (the other is race and ethnic studies major Zuhra Amini '18 from Seatac, Washington). His project centers on aging, a process he familiarized himself with during visits to Odd Fellows retirement home through Whitman's Adopt-a-Grandparent program. He plans to study how the elderly are cared for in societies around the world.

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  • New Whitman College residence hall named for Seattle Mariners' Chair John Stanton '77
    Campus News

    May 9, 2018 The Whitman College Board of Trustees voted to name its newly constructed sophomore residence hall in honor of alumnus and cellular industry pioneer, John W. Stanton '77. The building will open in the fall of 2018.

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  • Whitman College has hired a new Director of Debate
    Campus News

    May 4, 2018 Whitman College has hired a new Director of Debate. Lauran Schaefer, who has coached award-winning debate teams at both Texas Tech and William Jewel College, will head the reinstated program starting with the 2018-19 academic year.

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  • Sociologist Paula England '71 elected to National Academy of Sciences
    NYU

    May 1, 2018 A sociology and anthropology major at Whitman who is now a distinguished professor in New York University's sociology department, England earned the honor in recognition of her achievements in original research in her field. She focuses on gender inequality in the labor market, the family and sexuality. She joins the ranks of former NAS members such as Albert Einstein, Barbara McClintock, Margaret Mead, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell.

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  • Music professor honored for 37 years at Whitman
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    April 25, 2018 Catharine Gould Chism Chair of Music Susan Pickett retires this month after nearly four decades at Whitman. To recognize her many contributions to the college and community, Lecturer of Music Amy Dodds, along with fellow faculty members and friends, have organized a tribute concert featuring many of Pickett's former students and works by Marion Bauer and John David Earnest, among others.

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  • Remembering congressman and broadcaster Al Swift '57
    The Washington Post

    April 22, 2018 An eight-term Democratic congressman who represented Washington's 2nd Congressional District for 16 years, Swift sponsored what became the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, known as the "motor voter" bill for requiring that states allow citizens to register to vote while applying for a driver's license. He was an expert on telecommunications, energy and environmental policy, and earlier in his career won a regional Emmy for his work in television.

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  • Whitman hosts 2018 Hosokawa lecture, awards
    Campus News

    April 19, 2018 The lecture was sponsored by the Hosokawa Journalism Endowment, established in 2000 in honor of Robert R. Hosokawa '40. As part of the event, the Hosokawa Family Foundation also funds a journalism contest for the staff of Whitman's student newspaper.

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  • Adam Michel '12 appears on Heritage Foundation panel
    C-SPAN

    April 17, 2018 A politics major at Whitman, the policy analyst earned his masters in economics from George Mason University, where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. He focuses on tax policy and the federal budget with an emphasis on the economics of taxation and international tax competition. The panel consisted of scholars and attorneys debating the implications of a South Dakota law imposing sales tax on out-of-state internet businesses with no physical presence in the state. The Supreme Court heard oral argument on the constitutionality of the law in South Dakota v. Wayfair.

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  • Walla Walla named No. 1 Small City Road Trip Destination
    Travelocity

    April 15, 2018 A college town known for its charming main street, rolling wheat fields and famous sweet onions, Walla Walla topped the list of 10 Best Small City Road Trip Destinations. The community was also recently crowned friendliest small town in America by Rand McNally and USA Today.

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  • Reza Darvish '21 extols virtues of outdoor leadership
    The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    April 15, 2018 The pre-engineering major from Miami recently returned from a weeklong hiking trip in the Utah Canyonlands, where Whitman students learned wilderness skills, environmental ethics, risk management and more with the help of their instructor. He now hopes to secure an internship with AmeriCorps Conservation or the Bureau of Land Management.

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  • Whitman receives Tree Campus USA recognition
    Campus News

    April 10, 2018 The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

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  • Whitman geology professor presents at volcanic wines conference
    Seattle PI

    April 9, 2018 Professor of Geology Kevin Pogue, a terroir expert, was part of the first annual International Volcanic Wines Conference on March 27 in New York City. Guests sampled wines from more than 50 wineries from 16 different volcanic wine regions.

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  • Walla Walla in the national spotlight
    Vogue

    April 6, 2018 Whitman's southeastern Washington home has been making a big name for itself, growing from a small wheat farming community at the foot of the Blue Mountains to a world class travel destination.

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  • Whitman to host Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson
    Campus News

    April 4, 2018 Ferguson, who seized the national spotlight last year by filing a lawsuit in federal court against the Trump administration's first travel ban, will visit Whitman on Friday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m.

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  • Whitman anthropologist on preserving Poland's primeval forest
    Reuters

    March 25, 2018 Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies Eunice Blavascunas weighs in on large-scale logging operations in Białowieża, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest remaining part of an ancient forest that once stretched across much of Europe. Blavascunas has studied conservation politics in new nature preserves in Poland for more than 15 years.

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  • Whitman admission director advises applicants
    The Seattle Times

    March 23, 2018 According to Adam Miller, Whitman's director of admission, "We want to see applicants demonstrate academic challenge, but also have rich and fulfilling lives outside of the classroom. Applicants should pursue things that grab their interest and attention. We call that 'passion.'"

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  • Netflix acquires film by director Annie Howell '90
    Tampa Bay Newswire

    March 22, 2018 An English major, she attended New York University's film program, the Screenwriters Colony and IFP's Emerging Narrative, and teaches in the graduate film program at the City College of New York. She recently sold the rights to "Little Boxes" (2016). Her new film is "Claire in Motion."

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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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