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Spotlight on Alumnae Series

December 7, 2018

Spotlight on Alumnae: Vivianne Mbaku ’09 Strives to End Homelessness (with a Little Help from Her Friends)

For Vivianne Mbaku ’09, one of the best parts of graduating from Scripps is the tightknit alumnae community she became part of after commencement. That includes working alongside two other Scripps graduates, Jin Lee ’06 and Melanie Biles ’18, at Inner City Law Center (ICLC), a nonprofit law firm where she is an attorney.

November 1, 2018

Spotlight on Alumnae: Recent Grads Create a Handheld Lab to Study Aging

Since 1900, the percentage of Americans age 65 and over has more than tripled (from 4.1% in 1900 to 15.2% in 2016), with a total population projected to reach 98 million in 2060. As the population ages, the incidence of age-related health conditions also increases, and the need to identify and treat aging-related health conditions and biomarkers is ever more critical.

October 23, 2018

Spotlight on Alumnae: Summer Thyme ’06 Fishes for Genetic Clues to Schizophrenia

Zebrafish are fast growing: They hatch three days after fertilization and reach maturity in two to three months. They’re also vertebrates, like mammals, and have similar genes and cell types as well as highly complex social and learning behaviors.

June 19, 2018

Spotlight on Alumnae: Rachel Odessey ’17, Awarded National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Rachel Odessey ’17, a first-year PhD student in the electrical and computer engineering group in the School of Engineering at Brown University, has won a three-year National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship. Odessey earned her bachelor of arts in physics at Scripps.

February 20, 2018

Spotlight on Alumnae: Carin Weinrich ’88: Immigration Attorney Helps Scripps Students and Families Know Their Rights

When A. Carin Weinrich ’88 reminisces about her time at Scripps College, her favorite spot on campus comes to mind: Browning Hall’s third-floor balcony. From that vantage point, she could take in the scenic views and enjoy a brief respite from busy campus life.

December 19, 2017

Spotlight on Alumnae: Maril Davis ’94: An Award-Winning Producer Talks about Her Career in Television

After majoring in theatre at Scripps College, Maril Davis ’94 briefly attended acting school before deciding to pursue her love of television by working behind the scenes. Now, she’s an executive producer of Starz’s award-winning historical drama Outlander, a series she pushed to create.

December 7, 2017

Suzanne Muchnic ’62 Receives Critical Praise, and Book Award, for LACMA So Far

A recent Los Angeles Public Library book review lauds the work of author and Scripps College alumna Suzanne Ely Muchnic ’62 for her meticulous research and compelling writing on LACMA So Far: Portrait of a Museum in the Making, a fascinating history of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

June 22, 2017

Spotlight on Alumnae: Kayla Lemus ’16 Serves as Immigrant Justice Corps Representative

Scripps College alumna Kayla Lemus ’16, is one of 10 elite college graduates chosen to serve as a fellow advocating for vulnerable immigrants in the country’s first such program wholly dedicated to meeting immigrants’ need for high-quality legal assistance. She will be located at Brooklyn Public Library as a representative of the Immigrant Justice Corps, which places the young professionals in top legal services agencies and community based organizations to help serve high-immigrant populations.

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 20, 2017

Franca Barricelli ’85 Named Dean of Arts and Sciences at Fitchburg State University

Scripps College alumna Franca Barricelli '85 has been named dean of Arts and Sciences at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts, effective Sept. 1, as reported in the Sentinel & Enterprise newspaper.