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June 15, 2017

Scripps College Alumna Tracy Layden ’13 Authors SeniorHomes.com Blog Post as Director of Marketing for Alert1

Scripps College alumna Tracy Layden ’13 recently authored a SeniorHomes.com blog post on travel tips for senior citizens as part of her work at Alert1, a company that provides medical emergency response systems to help the elderly stay safe and independent in their homes.

April 27, 2017

Scripps Students March for Science

On Saturday, April 22, over 50,000 people gathered to celebrate Earth Day at the Los Angeles March for Science. Among the thousands that gathered in downtown L.A.’s Pershing Square were a group of 12 students and faculty representing the W.M. Keck Science Department, who marched in support of continued federal funding for science as well as in celebration of the crucial role science plays in the advancement of our society.

April 21, 2017

Spotlight on Alumnae: Claire Sands Baker ’93, Improving Subsistence Farming in Kenya, One Toothpick at a Time

To mitigate Africa’s greatest threat to food security, Striga hermonthica, an invasive plant commonly known as witchweed, Claire Sands Baker ’93 is starting at the root of the problem.

April 7, 2017

Ulysses J. Sofia Appointed W.M. Keck Science Department Dean

Dr. Ulysses J. (UJ) Sofia has been named as dean of the W. M. Keck Science Department, the integrated sciences department for Claremont MeKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, effective July 1. As dean, he will hold the title of Weinberg Family Dean of the Keck Science Department.

April 6, 2017

Announcing the New Dean of the W.M. Keck Science Department

On behalf of the Presidents of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ulysses J. (UJ) Sofia as the new dean of the Keck Science Department. His appointment will begin July 1, 2017 and he will hold the title of Weinberg Family Dean of the Keck Science Department.

March 27, 2017

Pink Coralline 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. […]

March 2, 2017

Spotlight on Alumnae: Alexandra “Sasha” Leibholz ’16 Looks Within Genomes for Secrets of Evolution

As a young Scripps College student interested in philosophy, Alexandra “Sasha” Leibholz '16 had no idea her academic quest would ultimately lead her to explore life’s mysteries through a completely different academic lens—that of epigenetics. Her interest in science was piqued in an introductory chemistry class as a first-year student, but it was her junior-year genetics class taught by Patrick Ferree, assistant professor of biology, that ignited her passion for molecular biology.

February 13, 2017

Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani to Deliver Scripps College’s 2017 Commencement Address

Girls Who Code founder and CEO Reshma Saujani will deliver the address at Scripps College’s 87th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

February 8, 2017

Tori Sepand ’15 Featured in SF Gate Article About Amazon Alexa’s Celebration of Black History Month

Early adopters who have installed Amazon's "Alexa" in their homes to work with their voice-enabled electronic devices can ask the virtual personal assistant to play music, get news and local information, control smart home products--and in the month of February, get ready answers about Black History Month. The Amazon Echo product is now equipped with the ability to educate users on the accomplishments of Black men and women in America, a new "skill" according to Scripps College alumna Tori Sepand '15.