Spotlights

Bird Pairs Practice Mind-Control to Create Dovetailing Duets

Melissa Coleman, Keck ScienceNew research from Professor of Neuroscience Melissa J. Coleman and a team of scientists explores how the brains of plain-tailed wrens keep the duet-singing birds from missing a beat. They may be talking about birds, but their research has evoked analogies to Simon and Garfunkel.
June 7, 2021
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Professor Donald McFarlane to Explore Indonesian Volcanic Lakes with National Geographic Grant

Tri-color volcanic lakes in IndonesiaClaremont, Calif. (February 12, 2018)—The National Geographic Society has awarded Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Donald McFarlane and a team of researchers a grant to explore three acidic lakes in Indonesia. Using a small, remote-controlled, sonar-equipped boat, the scientists will map uncharted lake beds and measure the scalding, sulfuric waters on the summit of [Read More...]
February 12, 2018
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Pitzer’s 2018 Distinguished Scientist Lecture to Explore the Nature of the Sun and Scientific Inquiry

Ulysses J. SofiaClaremont, Calif. (January 31, 2018)—Ulysses J. Sofia, a noted astrophysicist and the Weinberg Family Dean of the W.M. Keck Science Department of Pitzer, Claremont McKenna and Scripps Colleges, will share solar secrets and explore the influence of money and politics on scientific inquiry at Pitzer’s 4th Annual Distinguished Scientist Lecture on Monday, February 19, at [Read More...]
January 31, 2018
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
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Testing the Waters

Drone boatProfessor Donald McFarlane’s New Research Surveys Volcanic Crater Lakes Claremont, Calif. (July 5, 2017)—Professor Donald McFarlane and a team of researchers are developing a new way to plumb the depths of volcanic crater lakes around the world. Adapting aerial drone technology, they designed and deployed a small sonar-equipped boat to survey Laguna Caliente, a lake [Read More...]
July 5, 2017