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August 22, 2018

Research and Internships: Summer Ant-ics: Professor Ethan Van Arnam and Students Research Antibiotics from Ants

For many Southern California residents, the rising thermostat marks the beginning of a months-long battle to keep summer ants at bay. For Ethan Van Arnam, assistant professor of chemistry in the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, summer is the perfect time for hunting them.

July 31, 2018

Associate Professor of Chemistry Aaron Leconte Awarded NSF Grant

Associate Professor of Chemistry Aaron Leconte received a five-year, $400,000 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

May 2, 2018

Capstone Day: Mandeep Sandhu Brings a Religious Perspective to STEM

Growing up in Granada Hills, California, Mandeep Sandhu ’18 was “the kid digging in the garden identifying insects or creating mini science projects in the kitchen,” as she recalls. While her interest in science grew out of a desire to “better understand the physical world,” Sandhu was also drawn to learning about spiritual aspects of existence.

December 6, 2017

Spotlight on Faculty: Ethan Van Arnam, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

This fall, five new tenure-track faculty members joined Scripps College, including Ethan Van Arnam, who is an assistant professor of chemistry at the W. M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. Van Arnam grew up in southeastern Connecticut and received his BA in chemistry from Bowdoin College in 2007. He completed his PhD in chemistry at Caltech in 2013, where he studied chemical interactions between drugs and their protein targets.

November 6, 2017

Lars Schmitz Discusses Early Mammals Who “Came Out of The Dark” with the Demise of Dinosaurs

Assistant Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz comments on the evolutionary behavior of early mammals in a recent article in Science magazine.

October 3, 2017

Scripps Magazine: The State of the Art Major

Students in Professor T. Kim-Trang Tran’s video art class find creative inspiration and expression in an unexpected source: drones. They learn how artists are using the technology and how to make drone videos themselves. But Tran pushes students to go well beyond capturing footage.

September 25, 2017

Spotlight on Students: Kelly Peng ’18, President of Scripps Associated Students

I recently sat down with Kelly Peng ’18, president of Scripps Associated Students (SAS), to find out more about her as well as what issues and initiatives she’ll be focusing on during her tenure. Peng, who is a dual major in biology and Asian American studies from Battle Creek, Michigan, brings extensive experience in Scripps student government to her current position—over the past three years, she’s served on the SAS Senate, as the Class of 2018’s sophomore class president, and as SAS executive vice president.

September 1, 2017

Research and Internships: Nia-Renee Cooper ’18: This Neuroscience Major Is Remaking Recess

This summer, Nia-Renee Cooper ’18  interned at the UCLA Lab School, an innovative school for children ages 4–12 that is part of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A neuroscience major, Cooper’s interest is not in children’s education per se, but in neurological processes, diseases, and disorders.

August 18, 2017

Research and Internships: Siria Medina ’18: Researching Neurobiology in Copenhagen

Biology major Siria Medina ’18 wanted to spend the summer abroad in the hopes that it would help her pursue a Fulbright Fellowship during her senior year. After sending email inquiries to several European laboratories, Medina landed an internship at one of her top choices: Rigshospitalet’s Neurobiology Research Unit in Copenhagen, Denmark.

July 19, 2017

Awards and Honors: Associate Professor of Chemistry Anna Wenzel: Two Grants for Molecular Chemistry Research Put Students to Work at W.M. Keck Science Department

Having gone weeks without receiving an email from Rick Danheiser, MIT chemistry professor and editor-in-chief of the academic journal Organic Syntheses, Scripps Associate Professor of Chemistry Anna Wenzel thought she hadn’t won the grant she had applied for in early 2016. It wasn’t until Danheiser wrote to Wenzel he hadn’t heard from her that she realized she had won.