October 12, 2018
This fall, Sarah Budischak joined the faculty of the W.M. Keck Science Department as an assistant professor of biology. She is an ecologist who studies infectious disease—specifically, how different environmental contexts affect organisms’ responses to parasitic infection. This exploration has brought her into close contact with worms, mice, and free-ranging African buffalo. We spoke with her about the origins of infectious disease, how parasites compete for resources, and a club called the Parasite Ladies.
October 9, 2018
Visit the Claremont Museum of Art (CMA) this fall, and you will encounter a lively menagerie: mermaids glide in crystalline waters, horses gallop across rolling foothills, and cats impishly peer out at passersby. The exhibition Primal Nature: Animalia by Women in Post-War Claremont features fauna of various stripes and feathers represented in a variety of media—from sculptures in bronze, clay, and wood to watercolor paintings to wool fiber needlework—all by Claremont women artists, including several Scripps alumnae.
October 5, 2018
Self-described “friends, classmates, and policy nerds” Maggie Thompson ’20 and Harper Mills ’20, both politics majors, were recently talking about the upcoming midterm elections. The conversation grew lively (as political conversations tend to do), and they both realized how critical it was to get as many Scripps students registered to vote as possible.
October 4, 2018
The room was mostly quiet, but about 20 students, faculty, and staff from The Claremont Colleges were grinning ear to ear as they each held their fists one atop the other, with the top fist circling above the lower. They were following the lead of UCLA Lecturer of American Sign Language (ASL) Benjamin Lewis, who was giving a short ASL lesson (here, teaching the sign for “coffee”) before beginning his presentation, “Understanding the Deaf World.”
September 28, 2018
“I’m trying to think of the word,” says choreographer and long-time lecturer in Dance Suchi Branfman. “I want to say ‘awe-inspiring,’ but even that doesn’t cut it, doesn’t get at the heart of it.” She ruminates for a few more moments, and then it strikes her: “Mind bending! The possibilities they present, the provocative direction they’re taking, it really is mind bending.”
September 24, 2018
Professor Stacey Wood was recently named the Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology, which was designed to support the teaching and research activities of a senior member of the psychology faculty. Wood has taught at Scripps since 1998 and is a dynamic researcher and clinician who focuses on information processing and decision-making among the elderly. As the number of older adults in the U.S. continues to grow, research and advocacy around their health and wellbeing has become critical. The Scripps Office of Marketing and Communications sat down with Professor Wood to talk teaching, avoiding scams, and staying fit.
September 20, 2018
Professor of Art Nancy Macko was recently appointed to the Mary W. Johnson Professorship in Teaching, which was established to honor a member of the faculty who exemplifies, by his or her teaching and involvement in the affairs of the College, commitment to the welfare of students and to Scripps.
September 17, 2018
This fall, Meher McArthur, Scripps’ Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections, is launching the Taste of Art lunchtime series. For five consecutive Wednesdays, beginning September 19, the 15-minute talks around campus will focus on a single work of art from the College’s 10,000-object permanent collection.
September 13, 2018
This fall, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College is exhibiting a monumental installation by John Mason, one of America’s leading sculptors. After World War II, Mason was one of the seminal figures of the California ceramics movement, which upended studio pottery’s traditional focus on utilitarian ware to create sculptural forms.
September 10, 2018
With the rise of digital and social media, information has become more accessible to more of us than ever before. The consequence: we are also more susceptible to deceit and manipulation via these sources of information. But is this a new phenomenon, or are we just now noticing its pervasiveness?