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March 27, 2017

Pink Corraline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past According to Research by Professor Branwen Williams

Scripps College assistant professor Branwen Williams’ knowledge about how temperature changes and water chemistry affect sea coral was highlighted in a March 2017 article in Smithsonian.com magazine.

March 7, 2017

Spotlight on Faculty: Jennifer Armstrong, Professor of Biology and Faculty Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

Professor of Biology Jennifer Armstrong has been reappointed as the faculty director of Scripps College’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, having already served one three-year term. Targeted toward college graduates seeking to change their career path to pursue work in medicine, the 13-month premedical program comprises the coursework necessary to apply to medical, dental, or veterinary school. […]

February 28, 2017

Spotlight on Faculty: Rita Roberts, Nathaniel Wright Stephenson Chair in History and Biography

Rita Roberts is a professor of history and Africana studies and the Nathaniel Wright Stephenson Chair in History and Biography at Scripps College. Her courses engage students in the study of the history of the early United States, 16th- through 21st-century African American history, African diaspora, black intellectuals and the politics of race, and the modern Civil Rights Movement, among other topics.

February 14, 2017

Kevin Vennemann Translates Chris Kraus Book for German Audiences

Kevin Vennemann, assistant professor of German, has translated Chris Kraus' hugely influential feminist novel I Love Dick into German, as recently reported by several German newspapers. Vennemann's translation of the popular novel—which has been adapted as a television series by Amazon for release in May 2017—is part of a long-standing creative relationship between Kraus and the Scripps College professor.

January 31, 2017

Minnesota Public Radio Features Ken Gonzales-Day Exhibit That Examines Role of Lynching in American History

  Scripps College Professor of Art Ken Gonzales-Day was profiled in a recently aired interview on Minnesota Public Radio about his photography from his exhibit “Shadowlands,” featured at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, that examines the role of lynchings in U.S. history.  Gonzales-Day’s research on racially motivated violence of the past several decades led […]

December 20, 2016

Spotlight on Faculty: Jenna Monroy, Assistant Professor of Biology

Jenna Monroy earned her BSc degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her PhD at Northern Arizona University. Her research integrates muscle physiology, biomechanics, and neurobiology to study the control of movement. Specifically, her work investigates how muscles function not only as motors but also as springs, brakes, and struts.

November 21, 2016

Spotlight on Faculty: Findley Finseth, Assistant Professor of Genomics

Findley Finseth's research program investigates the evolutionary drivers of biodiversity. By complementing modern genomics studies of natural populations with classic genetics experiments, her work offers novel insight into the maintenance of genetic variation, the processes of adaptation and speciation, and the evolution of the genome itself.

November 14, 2016

Spotlight on Faculty: Gabriela Bacsan Assistant Professor of Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Gabriela Bacsan earned her BA in Spanish and Latin American literatures and political science at UC Berkeley. She completed her MA and PhD in literature, with a specialization in Latin American cultural studies, at UC San Diego. Her fields of interest are Caribbean studies, transnational and intersectional representations and conceptualizations of queerness in Latin America, historical memory studies, critical geographies, and tourism studies.

November 7, 2016

Vote Won’t End Ugly Politics, Says Vanessa Tyson in SF Chronicle Article

The weekend before Election Day, associate professor Vanessa Tyson was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article about what to expect following the nastiness of the presidential campaign between contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Tyson is assistant professor of politics at Scripps College and author of the recently published book, Twists of Fate: Multiracial Coalitions and Minority […]

October 31, 2016

Spotlight on Faculty: Tessie Prakas, Assistant Professor of English

Tessie Prakas’s research focuses on early modern poetry and poetics, and especially on devotional lyric. Her current book project, Poetic Priesthood: Reformed Ministry and Radical Verse in the Seventeenth Century, argues that early modern poetry often served to provide models for religious devotion that were distinct from, and sometimes antithetical to, the established church. Her teaching focuses largely on Shakespeare, 16th- and 17th-century poetry, and on the relationship between music and literature.