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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
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Pitzer College Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz Discovers Existence of Prehistoric “Sea Monster”

Claremont, Calif. (December 7, 2012)—Assistant Professor of Biology Lars Schmitz of Pitzer College’s W.M. Keck Science Department and a team of researchers have discovered evidence of the first giant marine predator to stalk the seas in prehistoric times. The predator appeared after the massive extinction event that practically wiped out life on earth some 250 [Read More...]
December 7, 2012
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Pitzer College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Aaron Leconte Publishes in Nature Chemical Biology

Claremont, Calif. (December 7, 2012) — Pitzer College Assistant Professor Aaron Leconte recently published an article in Nature Chemical Biology about research techniques that could revolutionize scientific understanding of a fundamental building block in human cells. “Discovery and biological characterization of geranylated RNA in bacteria” describes research methods that combine mass spectrometry, chemical synthesis and [Read More...]
December 2, 2012
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Claremont Colleges Receive $3.6 Million to Spur Life Science Leaders

Claremont, Calif. (May 25, 2012) — The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded $3.6 million to The Claremont Colleges to support efforts that prepare undergraduates to become leaders in science research and medicine. The five undergraduate colleges (5C)—Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps—submitted a joint proposal to the 2012 HHMI Colleges Initiative [Read More...]
March 25, 2012
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W.M. Keck Science Department Professor Bryan Thines Selected for US Department of Energy Research Program

Claremont, Calif. (March 2, 2012) — Assistant Professor of Biology Bryan Thines is one of 26 scientists selected to participate in the US Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute’s Undergraduate Research Program in Microbial Genome Annotation. The DOE’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) is spearheading an effort to sequence thousands of microbial genomes. Students in [Read More...]
March 2, 2012
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Pitzer College Professor of Biology Branwen Williams Pens Article for Prestigious Journal

Claremont, Calif. (March 2, 2012) — Pitzer College Assistant Professor of Biology Branwen Williams has co-authored “The Geological Record of Ocean Acidification,” an article published in the March 2 edition of Science, a leading peer-reviewed journal of scientific research. “The Geological Record of Ocean Acidification” examines the effects of excess carbon dioxide on the ocean. [Read More...]
March 2, 2012