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October 29, 2018

Fletcher Jones Foundation Awards $1 Million for Endowed Scholar in Computation

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded $1 million to Scripps College for the establishment of The Fletcher Jones Scholar in Computation. The grant is matched 1:1 by former Scripps Trustee and alumna, Betsy Weinberg Smith, through the Sidney J. Weinberg, Jr. Foundation for a combined $2 million endowed fund.

October 23, 2018

Spotlight on Alumnae: Summer Thyme ’06 Fishes for Genetic Clues to Schizophrenia

Zebrafish are fast growing: They hatch three days after fertilization and reach maturity in two to three months. They’re also vertebrates, like mammals, and have similar genes and cell types as well as highly complex social and learning behaviors.

October 22, 2018

Imagining Possibilities: Science Profile on Nicole Grimwood ’16

Nicole Grimwood ’16 imagines possibilities. From creating remote control mood lighting in her residence hall room to researching modulation schemes for wireless communication, Grimwood has leveraged her liberal arts education at Scripps to launch her into a world of creative innovation and invention.

October 12, 2018

Spotlight on Faculty: Sarah Budischak, Assistant Professor of Biology

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.

September 24, 2018

Spotlight on Faculty: Stacey Wood, Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology

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 13, 2018

Leveraging the Power of a Liberal Arts Education

Sarah Young ’08 believes in the power of a liberal arts education for women.

September 10, 2018

Humanities Institute: “Ignorance in the Age of Information” Events Series Will Examine Misinformation in the Digital Age

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?

September 5, 2018

In the Media: Stacey Wood Explains Tactics Used by Fraudsters, Psychology Today

Molly Mason Jones Professor of Psychology Stacey Wood was featured in a blog post in Psychology Today. Wood, whose research focuses on mass-market scams, especially those aimed at older adults, deconstructs common tactics used by scammers, such as affinity, personalization, and calls to authority.

August 29, 2018

Research and Internships: Morgan Stewart ’19 Fishing for Answers

Morgan Stewart ’19 describes the past three months as her “summer with fish.” Stewart spent the summer working as a research assistant at the Friday Harbor Labs in Washington State’s San Juan Islands under Professor of Biology Adam Summers, who is widely known for his project “Scan All Fish.”

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.