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  • Chemist Sarah Kirk '95 Wins Major Grant to Improve Treatment for Disease That Causes Blindness
    The Salem Reporter

    April 30, 2020 Willamette University Chemistry Professor Sarah Kirk has been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant for her work toward a drug that would stop the progression of eye disease before it leads to blindness.

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  • Computer Science Senior Capstones Solve Real-World Problems
    Campus News

    April 28, 2020 The five capstone teams int he Department of Computer Science presented their senior projects in the first ever virtual computer science conference on April 18, 2020.

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  • Tim Parker Makes Biology Field Trips Accessible for Online Learning
    Campus News

    April 28, 2020 Under normal circumstances, students in Associate Professor Tim Parker’s Natural History and Ecology lab course participate in weekly, five-hour field trips around eastern Washington. Parker didn’t want his students to miss out on the opportunity to learn in the field now that Whitman College has moved to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. So Parker is bringing the field to them, adapting his field trips and using video and photographs to make the trips accessible to his 22 students.

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  • Whitman Education, Medical Field and Heritage Influence Alumna’s YA Novel
    Campus News

    April 27, 2020 Aleksandra Ross ’14 believes that she wouldn’t have written the same book if it weren’t for her Whitman education. Ross’ first young adult novel will be released April 28, 2020. Titled “Don’t Call the Wolf,” the book is fantasy at a faster pace, Ross said, and is heavily influenced by Polish and Slavic folklore.

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  • Senior Lecturer of Chemistry Deberah Simon's Family Supports Rapid Local Testing for COVID-19
    Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

    April 26, 2020 A private donation by the Whitman faculty member and her husband, Dr. Richard Simon, anchored fundraising for the Providence St. Mary Foundation's rollout of the Cepheid GeneXpert platform that, when fully functional, will produce test results in about 45 minutes.

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  • Debate Team Duo Takes First in National Competition
    Campus News

    April 25, 2020 Whitman College debate team partners Ava Liponis ’23 and Susanna Williams ’20 had a lot on their minds as they prepared for the novice finals of the National Parliamentary Debate Association’s national championship tour in March, and it wasn’t just how they were going to craft, propose and defend their arguments. Whitman’s team of debaters competing at nationals had just received the news that the college would move all class instruction online due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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  • French Professor Nicole Simek Discusses Maryse Condé's The Belle Créole
    Los Angeles Review of Books

    April 25, 2020 Simek, Cushing Eells Professor of Philosophy and Literature and Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures (French) and Interdisciplinary Studies, is a scholar of the French Guadeloupean author's work and legacy.

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  • Celebrate Arbor Day with Virtual Tours of Campus Trees
    Campus News

    April 24, 2020 Whitman College holds the designation of Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation. What does it take to maintain our campus trees (and our 1:1 student to tree ratio)? Watch the video to see how arborist Kirk Huffey climbs trees on campus to perform maintenance and pruning. You can also enjoy a virtual tour of Whitman's prickly trees, led by Senior Lecturer of Biology Susanne Altermann.

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  • Sam Geschickter '20 Explores Religion and Finances in Thesis
    Campus News

    April 23, 2020 Sam Geschickter '20 brings his philosophical thinking from his religion studies at Whitman into his internship at a local bank. This thinking lead to a senior thesis project on the philosophy of risk-taking in the economy and business. Geschickter spends hours inside Penrose Library researching this subject.

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  • Gap Year Offers German Studies Major Path for Discovery and Growth
    Campus News

    April 23, 2020 Before starting her first year at Whtiman College, Anneke Sherry '22 spent a year traveling the globe and learning more about herself and the world.

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  • Two Seniors Receive Prestigious Watson Fellowships
    Campus News

    April 22, 2020 Two Whitman College seniors will have the chance to travel the world and pursue knowledge thanks to awards from the Watson Foundation. Evangelos Sarantinos '20, a biology major from Seattle, Washington, and Cameron Conner '20, a rhetoric and politics double-major from Spokane, Washington, are recipients of the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

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  • Schwa A Capella Performance of 'Distance' by Emily King
    Campus News

    April 17, 2020 Whitman College a cappella group Schwa virtually performs a cover of "Distance" by Emily King. Students submitted recordings from Walla Walla, Washington, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington, and Breckenridge, Colorado.

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  • Professor of Chemistry Frank Dunnivant Reflects on 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
    Medium

    April 17, 2020 Detailing what he describes as the three phases of climate policy in the U.S., Dunnivant grapples with how capitalism almost destroyed the planet and how it might save it, plus how to hold powerful climate deniers accountable.

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  • Whitman Sciences Give Precious Supplies to First Responders
    Campus News

    April 16, 2020 Frontline workers in the medical and emergency response industries are getting a boost in access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer thanks to the generosity and expertise of Whitman College faculty, staff and alumni.

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  • President's Scholarship Allows Math Major Sylvie Corwin ’22 to Pursue Art Passion
    Campus News

    April 15, 2020 Whitman offers President’s Scholarships and talent-based scholarships in theatre arts, fine arts, debate and music. For the fine arts award, recipients have to at least minor in the Art Department. Now a sophomore mathematics and English double major, with an art minor, Sylvie Corwin included images of painted mailboxes in her art portfolio, and received a talent-based President’s Scholarship to study at Whitman.

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  • Evan Martin ’16 Finds Opportunity in ‘Riverdale’ Writers Room
    Campus News

    April 14, 2020 Archie and his friends are a long way from where they started as innocent teens in the pages of comic books. And along for the ride is Evan Martin ’16, a film and media studies major, who has served as a writer’s assistant for the “Riverdale” TV show on The CW since December 2017.  

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  • Co-Taught Indigenous Politics Course Brings Tribal Perspective to Pandemic
    Campus News

    April 13, 2020 Before Whitman College announced the move to online teaching in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sams and Thayne had already made the decision to shift the course to an online format out of concern for the safety of students and the CTUIR community.

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  • Interfaith Chaplain Adam Kirtley Bridges Social Distancing With Technology
    Fast Company

    April 11, 2020 Kirtley has been sending out weekly video messages to students during this time to help them feel connected despite the recent shift to distance learning.

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  • Haley King '20 Completes College's First Special Effects Makeup Thesis
    Campus News

    April 10, 2020 Senior theater major Haley King '20 went to her thesis advisor with an idea to do her senior thesis project on special effect make-up. When the production, "Playing with Fire: (After Frankenstein)" came on the table for the 2019/2020 season, King was able to make her idea a reality.

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  • Zidane Galant-LaPorte '21 Views COVID-19 Through Lens of Community Health
    Campus News

    April 10, 2020 Even before COVID-19 hit Washington and forced the closure of Whitman College’s Walla Walla campus in March, Zidane Galant-LaPorte was already talking about the novel coronavirus in her health and illness class, led by Associate Professor and Garrett Fellow Alissa Cordner.

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