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November 18, 2021

Scripps’ Literary Atmosphere Inspires Alum Authors

After years surrounded by such a wealth of literary influences, it’s no surprise that many Scripps alums have become authors in their own right—one look at the College’s ManuScripps list highlights the publishing power of the Scripps community.

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October 8, 2021

Scripps Alums Combine Business with Art to Craft Their Dream Careers

From the time Marielle Epstein ’18 first set foot on the Scripps campus, she knew what she wanted to study: fashion history. But figuring out how to craft a career out of a seemingly niche interest was a tougher question.

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June 16, 2021

Summer Thyme ’06 Named Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

Summer Thyme ’06, an assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named to the 2021 Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences, which funds human health and disease research by early-career investigators.

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March 8, 2021

Spotlight on Alumnae: Young Alumnae Start “Adulthood Pending” Podcast

Inspired by their struggles to both define and navigate adulthood, three Scripps College alumnae, Okamura, Annalise Ko ’19, and Kimi Kaneshina ’20, launched the Adulthood Pending Podcast for college students, recent graduates, or anyone else who is also figuring out that being an adult is not as simple as it is made out to be.

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February 5, 2021

The Alum Behind the COVID-19 Vaccine: Dr. Rachel Presti

Last July, Dr. Rachel Presti ’94 made the news when she became a principal investigator on large-scale phase-3 vaccine trials that enrolled thousands of participants from around the world to determine whether newly developed vaccines could prevent COVID-19.

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January 21, 2021

Madison Blumer ’15 Coauthors Paper on Sex Chromosome Turnover in Geckos for Genes

Madison Blumer ’15 coauthored a paper on sex chromosome turnover in bent-toed geckos in a special issue of Genes, which focused on the evolution of chromosomes in vertebrates. Although squamate lizards, or scaled reptiles, have diverse sex chromosome systems, the turnover rate in bent-toed geckos is even more frequent than in other lizards of the order Squamata.

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January 13, 2021

Alison Saar ’78’s Sculpture Featured in Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s New Online Exhibition

Alison Saar ’78’s sculpture Inheritance (2009) will be featured in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art’s upcoming virtual exhibition, which highlights selections from the museum’s permanent contemporary art collection.

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December 17, 2020

Students, Young Alums Add Their Books to Scripps’ Strong Literary Tradition

Nikita Chinamanthur ’20 didn’t plan to write a novel. When she set out to tackle her first book-length project last September, she intended to write a nonfiction exploration of Hindi cinema. However, Chinamanthur soon found herself drawn to a very different kind of story.

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October 22, 2020

Visiting Lecturer Jessica Christian ’07 Connects the United States’ Past to Its Present

For Visiting Lecturer of History Jessica Christian ’07, the past is always present. Although she’s teaching an introduction to US history course, the subjects she’s covering—which include disease, colonization, environmentalism, and politics—feel both modern and familiar in a year marked by a global pandemic, protests for racial justice, and an unprecedented presidential election season.

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October 5, 2020

Summer Thyme ’06 Awarded Mallinckrodt Grant for Study of Zebrafish Neurodevelopment

Summer Thyme ’06, an assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was awarded a prestigious Mallinckrodt Grant to study the neurological development of zebrafish. Because zebrafish share 70 percent of their genes with humans, Thyme hopes that her research will identify the genes that may play a part in human neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia.

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