A Tip of the Hat

Sarah Williams ’15

  • … to three Scripps College students who earned spots on the SCIAC All-Academic Team in swimming and diving for the spring 2012 semester: senior Kelly Chang and juniors Laura Jeddeloh and Dana Shaker.
  • …to professors Scot Gould, Emily Wiley, and Kersey Black of the W.M. Keck Science Department, who were invited to give a presentation on the Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS) at the Project Kaleidoscope conference at Pomona College. Gould also gave invited talks on AISS at the winter meeting of the Association of American Physics Teachers and at Colgate University.
  • …to Tony Crowley, the Hartley Burr Alexander Professor of Humanities, whose recently published book, Scouse: A Social and Cultural History, presents a groundbreaking and iconoclastic account that challenges many of the forms of received wisdom about language in Liverpool.
  • …to Nancy Macko, professor of art and director of the Scripps Digital Art Program, for her participation in the exhibition “When I’m Sixty-Four,” from September 10-November 21, 2012, at Chaffey College’s Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition explores the lives of the nation’s “plus 50” population through the artists’ exploration of “the realities of the lives of our elderly, often through extremely private investigations into their own aging or the lives of their loved ones.”
  • …to Kitty Maryatt ’66, director of the Scripps College Press and assistant professor of art, who has been selected by The Center for Book Arts in New York to showcase her work and that of students in her book-making class in its Featured Artists Series. The center is dedicated to preserving the traditional artistic practices of book-making, as well as exploring and encouraging contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object.
  • …to the many enterprising and talented students who worked with Career Planning & Resources to gain significant internships and research opportunities this summer. We note a few:
    • Yasmine Acheampong ’14 received an Esterly Award to research the growth of Ghana’s democracy during the last 10 years.
    • Lisa Beem ’14, who is majoring in environmental analysis, spent six weeks in South America alongside biologists and engineers in Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment to help preserve the growth of healthy forests and to protect clean drinking water.
    • Monica Dreitcer ’13 studied family planning practices at a Palestinian refugee camp on an internship grant.
    • Anne Dreshfield ’13 was invited for a second summer by Livefyre in San Francisco to be a community manager and strategy intern.
    • Savannah Fitz ’13 was a fellow on President Obama’s re-election campaign, communicating with women voters in New Hampshire.
    • Amanda Hiatt ’13 interned with trustee Leslie Lassiter ’77 at J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management in Los Angeles.
    • Szeyin Lee ’14 evaluated current startups at Golden Seeds and helped develop and program mobile apps; trustee Barbara Talbott brought the internship to Scripps’ attention.
    • Monkgogi “MK” Otlhogile ’14 researched in Los Angeles why low-income families may not be as involved in reduce/reuse/recycle efforts as higher-income families.
    • Briana Smith ’14 was a web development intern at Google.
  • …to six new tenure-track faculty who join the College this academic year:
    • Piya Chatterjee, the Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, is a feminist scholar and activist who is interested in colonialism, postcolonial feminist issues, and transnational social justice work. Her first book, A Time for Tea, describes women plantation workers’ lives in India through a grassroots ethnographic study. She has also been involved in grassroots organizing with rural women in India. Her PhD is in historical anthropology from the University of Chicago.
    • Seo Young Park, assistant professor of anthropology, has conducted ethnographic research in East Asian urban cities, exploring how transnational networks of garment manufacturing and distribution shape urban landscapes and the temporalities of metropolitan life. Her PhD is in anthropology from UC Irvine.
  • New tenure-track faculty members include four in the W. M. Keck Science Department:
    • Aaron Leconte, assistant professor of chemistry, received his PhD in chemical biology from The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, where he developed DNA systems with expanded genetic alphabets. He recently completed a National Institute of Health National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.
    • Babak Sanii, assistant professor of physical chemistry, conducted his postdoctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, studying the self-assembly of biomimetic nano-materials. His PhD is in applied sciences from UC Davis. Dr. Sanii will join Keck Science in January.
    • Colin Robins, assistant professor of physical geography, received his PhD in geoscience from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he also completed a postdoctoral project to identify habitat criteria for the Las Vegas buckwheat, a rare and potentially threatened plant species endemic to the Mojave Desert. His current research spans a variety of topics in soil science, physical geography, environmental science, and geology.
    • Lars Schmitz, assistant professor of biology, received his PhD in geology from UC Davis, where he recently completed his postdoctoral research in the department of evolution and ecology. His research interests include paleontology and evolutionary biology.
  • …to Sarah Williams ’15 (above), selected to be an Olympic torchbearer leading up to the London Olympic Games this summer for her volunteer efforts; Williams founded Creative Kindness, an organization that produces fleece blankets for foster children.
  • …to the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts grant. The Williamson Gallery is recommended for a $10,000 grant to treat a Chinese textile altar panel of a dragon that dates back to the late sixteenth century.


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