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May 15, 2020

Empowering the Rising Generation of STEM Leaders

Erin Fry Sosne ’05 is the deputy director of advocacy and policy at PATH, a global health nonprofit. A bioethics major who went on to earn a Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, she had originally planned on a research career. “But during my post-grad fellowship as […]

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Science. Technology, and Society

Over 2,000 years ago, when Aristotle began to explore the nature of scientific inquiry, he was setting the stage for the modern field of the philosophy of science—the philosophical inquiry into science’s foundations, methods, assumptions, and merit.  But by the end of the 20th century, the increased complexity of scientific and technological development—from the microchip […]

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Science with Soul

As the world becomes increasingly globalized and virus transmission occurs more easily across continents, medical research scientists are focusing on treatments that provide positive health outcomes for the greatest number of people. In true liberal arts tradition, three Scripps chemists—a professor, a student, and an alumna—are using their research to make medications safer, advocate for […]

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October 30, 2019

Detecting Art History’s Mysteries

In the field of art conservation, history is seldom static. “Opinions, authenticity, and judgments about works of art and other historical objects are always in flux,” says Mary MacNaughton ’70, professor of art history and Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. “Art conservation brings together hard evidence, intuition, judgment, and insight gained […]

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When Seeing is not Believing

Douglas Goodwin has always been fascinated with how time, context, and perspective impacts our perception of reality. His first encounter with this phenomenon occurred when he returned to his hometown of Caldwell, New Jersey (featured in the opening credits of The Sopranos) after a 10-year hiatus. He had grown a foot between the ages of […]

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Reporting the Truth in the Age of Fake News

Earlier this year, the New Yorker published an article titled “Does Journalism Have a Future?” It’s an important question but an old one—the same thing I was asking myself in August 2007, at the end of my stint with the San Mateo Daily Journal. A month earlier, I’d covered the festivities surrounding the Major League […]

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October 28, 2019

Truth at the CORE

In 1965, U.S. diplomat to Taiwan George H. Kerr published Formosa Betrayed, a detailed account of the 2/28 Incident. After Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, the Kuomintang-led government of the Republic of China was given control of the island of Taiwan. Government seizure of private property and economic mismanagement led to […]

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September 23, 2019

Body Language: Martha Gonzalez’s Art of Empowerment

On February 5, choreographer Liz Lerman’s Work-in-Progress: Wicked Bodies premiered in Scripps’ Balch Hall. Inspired by the histories and mythologies of witches all over the world, the multimedia performance featured Lerman and a core group of dancer-collaborators as well as students and faculty from the College’s Department of Dance. They were joined by Martha Gonzalez, Scripps associate […]

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Career Changer: The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program and its Students have Been Transforming Lives for 25 Years

A teacher at a Chicago charter school, she found herself unexpectedly pregnant just as her husband was leaving military service, and the only insurance plan she could afford limited her access to quality prenatal care. Once Han gave birth, the hospital discharged her just 48 hours after a cesarean section, and with no guidance about caring […]

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Peer Health Educators Promote Holistic Wellbeing on Campus

That’s why it was no surprise when some unconventional guests arrived on campus on a recent Friday in April: one Shih Tzu, a spaniel mix, and a Bouvier de Flanders. These were no ordinary dogs—they were professionals, members of an elite group of therapy dogs from Pet Partners invited to Scripps to help students de-stress as […]

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Tiernan Turns 10: Celebrating a Decade of the Sally Tiernan Field House

This past fall, the Sally Tiernan Field House (TFH) celebrated its 10th year. At first glance, TFH may seem like just a physical fitness center, but a closer look reveals a mission focused on building a holistically healthy Scripps community.

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July 23, 2019

Celestial Bodies: Fledged, an artist’s book by Lauren Koenig ’20, is a star in the making

Look up at the sky, and there’s a chance you’ll be able to spot Ursa Major, Andromeda, or even Cassiopeia—certainly the Big Dipper. However, you may have a harder time identifying the Aquila constellation. That’s because, as dual English and history major Lauren Koenig ’20 explains, most of our knowledge of constellations comes from Greek mythology. […]

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April 8, 2019

The Science of Virtue

From a neurological standpoint, humans understand speech through the brain’s “semantic network” – areas across the cerebral cortex that are engaged when we are exposed to language. At the level of linguistics—the study of language and its structures—language’s meaning arises from the complex interplay of semantics (meaning), phonetics (sounds), and syntax (structure). The rest of […]

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Ahead of the Curve

Scripps alumnae are applying information science in a variety of fields. Though the reasons to come to Scripps are as diverse as Scripps students themselves, they are often rooted in beliefs about the transformational power of a liberal arts education. Scripps students are less concerned about specific vocational goals and more interested in the kinds […]

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Data Driven

In 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C., convened a committee of experts from government, industry, and academia to examine undergraduate enrollment trends. Two years later, it issued a 200-page study on the current state of computational science (CS) in higher education that warned, “The leaders of the institutions of […]

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Misinformed

Illustrations by Brooke Irish In our digital age, information is more accessible to more people than ever before. Yet one of the central concerns of public life is our susceptibility to the influence of bad information, whether in the form of fake news articles, doctored images, or manipulated video. Associate Professor of Philosophy Yuval Avnur […]

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Focus on the Faculty

Over the past few decades, the United States has become increasingly racially and ethnically diverse. However, within the discipline of psychology, studies of the lives of people of color in the U.S.—especially young women—have been much too narrow, according to Professor of Psychology Sheila Walker. “The field of psychology tends to essentialize and pathologize the […]

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November 9, 2018

SAGE Wisdom

Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE) is a unique academic opportunity for Scripps College students to extend the critical inquiries begun on campus to a semester of learning in one of more than 40 countries. Studying and living in a new environment helps to develop the global competence and innovative leadership required of today’s college graduates […]

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October 29, 2018

Parallel Unions

In 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a move known as “Brexit.” Since its inception over half a century ago, the EU had come to stand as the paradigm of democratic cooperation, promoting ideals such as open borders, cosmopolitanism, and humanitarianism. The U.K.’s sudden planned departure from the EU […]

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London Bridge

When Valerie Whitacre ’08 visits the Arts Club in London, founded in 1863 as a haven for those with professional or amateur relationships with the arts, literature, and sciences (by a group that included Charles Dickens), she contemplates the serendipitous mix of hard work, circumstance, and good fortune that brought her there. The business development […]

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