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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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NSF Awards Professor Patrick Ferree $830,000 CAREER Grant for Genome Research

Claremont, Calif. (February 2, 2015)—Assistant Professor of Biology Patrick Ferree received an $830,000 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Development Program to research genome conflict. Ferree teaches in the W.M. Keck Science Department of Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College. The grant, “Paternal genome elimination by a selfish B chromosome [Read More...]
February 2, 2015
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New Research Finds Theories about Evolution of Nocturnal Life May Be Off by 100 Million Years

Claremont, Calif. (September 3, 2014)— New research by Pitzer College Assistant Professor Lars Schmitz reveals ancient animals may have become active at night 100 million years earlier than previously thought. In “Nocturnality in Synapsids Predates the Origin of Mammals by Over 100 Million Years” in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Schmitz and co-author Kenneth [Read More...]
September 3, 2014
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Professor Colin Robins’ Research Reveals How Humans Impact Rare Plant Habitat

Habitat MapClaremont, Calif. (July 16, 2014)—In a new journal article, Pitzer College Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Colin Robins shows how subtle differences in similar-seeming habitats profoundly affect plant life. Based on more than three years of research, Robins’ paper “Establishing soil and surficial geologic habitat criteria for presumed gypsophiles — The example of Eriogonum corymbosum [Read More...]
July 16, 2014
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Pitzer Professor Publishes New Research on Soil Dating Techniques

Colin RobinsClaremont, Calif. (February 4, 2014) — Pitzer College Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Colin Robins co-authored a paper about experimental soil dating techniques that could help scientists better understand climate change and how soils record temperature over time. “Testing the applicability of vacuum-encapsulated 40Ar/39Ar geochronology to pedogenic palygorskite and sepiolite” appears in the April 2014 [Read More...]
February 4, 2014
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Biology Professor Jennifer Armstrong Receives $450,000 NSF Grant

Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer ArmstrongClaremont, Calif. (December 13, 2013)— Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer Armstrong received a $450,000 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research chromosome structure and gene expression. Armstrong teaches at the W.M. Keck Science Department of Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College. The grant, “RUI: Chromatin Dynamics and Transcription in Drosophila [Read More...]
December 13, 2013
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Pitzer Professor and Students Study Paleontological Treasures in China

Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and PaleoanthropologyClaremont, Calif. (August 16, 2013)—Pitzer College Assistant Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz and students Patrick Niedermeyer ’15 and Chloe Shih ’15 will spend a week studying the fossils of prehistoric creatures in collections at Peking University and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, China. “These museums have some of the most complete [Read More...]
August 16, 2013
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Pitzer College Assistant Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz Wins NSF Grant to Host International Exploratory Research Conference

Claremont, Calif. (December 7, 2012) — Pitzer College Assistant Professor Lars Schmitz has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to organize a “catalysis meeting”—an international gathering of world-renowned, multidisciplinary scientists who come together to focus on a major question in evolutionary biology. Schmitz teaches biology at Pitzer’s W.M. Keck Science Department. The NSF [Read More...]
December 7, 2012