Press Releases

Pitzer Alumnus Alfredo Valencia ’14 Wins HHMI Gilliam Fellowship for Exceptional Graduate Students

Alfredo (Freddy) Valencia '14 working in the labClaremont, Calif. (August 22, 2017)—The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected Pitzer College alumnus Alfredo “Freddy” Valencia ’14 as one of its 39 new Gilliam fellows. HHMI awards Gilliam Fellowships to “exceptional doctoral students who have the potential to be leaders in their fields and the desire to advance diversity and inclusion in the [Read More...]
August 22, 2017
Spotlights

Moonshadow Moonshadow

Stock image of a total solar eclipseKeck Dean and Astrophysicist Ulysses J. Sofia Illuminates the Solar Eclipse In anticipation of the first total eclipse of the sun visible from North America in nearly 40 years, we asked our own resident astrophysicist, Keck Science Department Dean Ulysses J. Sofia, for a couple of reflections on the moment when the moon passes between [Read More...]
August 17, 2017
Press Releases

Dr. Ulysses J. Sofia Named Keck Science Dean

Claremont, Calif. (April 6, 2017)—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 W.M. Keck Science Department.  His appointment will begin July 1, 2017, and he will hold the title of Weinberg Family [Read More...]
April 6, 2017
Press Releases

Expanded Eyesight, Not Limbs, Led Fish Onto Land 385 Millions Years Ago According to New Research by Professor Lars Schmitz

Assistant Professor of Biology Lars SchmitzClaremont, Calif. (March 7, 2017) — New research by Assistant Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz suggests that enlarged eyes and expanded visual range in our ancient aquatic ancestors happened before their evolutionary leap from water to land, about 385 million years ago, and was a critical factor in how our brains developed. Schmitz and Professor [Read More...]
March 7, 2017
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Drone Research Documents Reforestation at Pitzer’s Firestone Center in Costa Rica

Claremont, Calif. (February 8, 2017)—Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Donald McFarlane has released data from a collaborative research project that used aerial drones to measure rates of reforestation at Pitzer College’s Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica. The data, published in the article “UAV data for multi-temporal Landsat analysis of historic reforestation: a [Read More...]
February 8, 2017
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Pitzer Professor Awarded Prestigious Fellowship to Help Shape Asian-Pacific Environmental Policies with US State Department

Claremont, Calif. (March 10, 2016)—Pitzer College Professor Kathleen Purvis-Roberts has been awarded a 2016-17 Jefferson Science Fellowship (JSF), a program run by the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine. One of only 12 academic scientists, engineers and physicians from US institutions of higher learning to be selected this year, Purvis-Roberts will work at the [Read More...]
March 10, 2016
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Chemistry Professor Aaron Leconte Earns Cottrell Scholar Award

Claremont, Calif. (February 29, 2016)—Assistant Professor of Chemistry Aaron Leconte has received a three-year, $100,000 Cottrell Scholar award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The Cottrell Scholar program recognizes top early-career academic scientists and supports both research and teaching. Leconte is one of 24 Cottrell Scholars from across the country selected in 2016. He teaches [Read More...]
February 29, 2016
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National Geographic Highlights Professor Don McFarlane’s Borneo Bat Cave Expedition

Claremont, Calif. (April 17, 2015)— In a new video posted by National Geographic, Professor of Environmental Science and bat ecologist Donald McFarlane takes viewers deep into prime bat habitat in Borneo’s Gomantong Caves. McFarlane teaches at the W.M. Keck Science Department of Pitzer, Claremont McKenna and Scripps Colleges. McFarlane narrates the short video, explaining his [Read More...]
April 17, 2015