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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.

January 24, 2017

Victoria Nguyen ’15 Publishes Scholarly Paper on New Microscope Design

Scripps College alumna Victoria Nguyen ’15 is first author on a scientific paper, “The Design of a Cost Effective, Multifunctional Fluorescence Microscope,” recently published about a new type of research microscope labs can assemble themselves, saving thousands of dollars. According to Assistant Professor of Chemistry Babak Sanii, who oversaw Nguyen’s undergraduate research in his lab […]

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.

December 7, 2016

Juliet Carnoy ’13 Blogs About Brand Marketing on Huffington Post

Scripps College alumna Juliet Carnoy '13 writes about digital media and brand marketing for Huffington Post from her position as senior marketing manager at San Francisco-based Pixlee, a visual marketing platform that helps brands market and sell with real customer photos and videos.

December 5, 2016

Laspa Center for Leadership We Act Grant: Kristen Liu ’19: Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Silicon Valley Students

Growing up in Los Altos, California, Kristen Liu ’19 was aware of the disparity of wealth in Silicon Valley and its impact on public education. Supported by a Laspa We Act Grant last summer, Liu discovered she could make a difference for kids affected by these issues using her interest in social media. As an intern at the Boys & Girls Clubs of […]

December 5, 2016

Kate Fehlhaber ’09 Honored by Society for Neuroscience

Scripps College alumna Kate Fehlhaber ’09 and her team of fellow graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UCLA won the Society for Neuroscience ‘Next Generation Award 2016‘ at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego. The students, who specialize in various areas of neuroscience, founded the neuroscience education website, Knowing Neurons, which explains complicated ideas […]

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.

October 19, 2016

Professor’s Work With Robomussels Helps Track Climate Change

Associate professor of biology Sarah Gilman has co-authored a paper that was recently published in Nature—Scientific Data about a team of multi-institutional scientists’ use of tiny “robomussels” that serve as a barometer for oceanic climate change.