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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
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Professors and Pitzer Alumnus Publish First Research of its Kind on Reptiles that Chemically Lure Prey

Claremont, Calif. (March 30, 2016)—A team of professors and a Pitzer College alumnus have conducted groundbreaking research that shows reptiles are not just hunting prey, but luring them by actively using chemical compounds. This interdisciplinary research team—consisting of Pitzer College Interim President and Professor of Chemistry Thomas Poon, Pitzer alumnus Matthew Ward ’11, Interim Dean [Read More…]

March 30, 2016
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Pitzer Student Antonio Godoy ’18 Presents Atmospheric Chemistry Research at National Scientific Meeting

Claremont, Calif. (March 11, 2016)—Pitzer College student Antonio Godoy ’18 will present recent research findings on the atmospheric impact of a form of carbon sequestration at the American Chemical Society Spring 2016 National Meeting, held in San Diego from March 13-17. For more than a year, Godoy has been working with Professor of Chemistry and [Read More…]

March 11, 2016
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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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Professor Colin Robins’ Research Reveals How Humans Impact Rare Plant Habitat

Habitat Map

Claremont, 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 Robins

Claremont, 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 Armstrong

Claremont, 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 Paleoanthropology

Claremont, 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
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W.M. Keck Science Professor Anna Wenzel Wins National Science Foundation Grant

Claremont, Calif. (February 23, 2012) — Assistant Professor of Chemistry Anna Wenzel has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation for her independent research project, “RUI: The Development and Application of Gold(I) Catalysts for Asymmetric Organic Transformations.” Wenzel teaches chemistry at Pitzer College’s W.M. Keck Science Department. The research project responds to a [Read More…]

February 23, 2012