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Taking on Trumpism

Alex Brockman and Olivia Gilbert
February 16
Filed under FEATURE

In the weeks since the inauguration of President Trump, a lot has happened. With so much change, grappling with the events unfolding under the Trump administration is challenging. From the disciplines of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, three professors use their expertise to explore th...

Robot Penguin Rover

Robot Penguin Rover

Jessica Parker
November 11
Filed under BLOGS, Darwin's Finches

In the latest Zoological news, baby penguin robots are conducting research on unsuspecting king, and emperor penguins. King penguins look very similar to their larger cousins the emperor penguins. King penguins also don't live in the midst of Antarctica like the emperors, but live in the sub-antarctic...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Science with The Pioneer

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Science with The Pioneer

Aleida Fernandez
September 11
Filed under Events, Front Page Slideshow, NEWS, News Highlight, News Show

According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, science is cool again. The astrophysicist and director of New York City's Hayden Planetarium is optimistic that popular interest in the subject is on the rise. This last spring, Tyson's show, "Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey," aired on FOX to stellar reviews and with...

Real World Advice From Neil deGrasse Tyson

Real World Advice From Neil deGrasse Tyson

Aleida Fernandez
September 10
Filed under Events, NEWS

Lecturer Neil deGrasse Tyson has said that he knew he wanted to be an astrophysicist since he was nine. According to Tyson, the universe called to him on a trip to the New York planetarium and there was no way he could ignore it. In an interview with The Pioneer, Tyson was asked what advice he would give to Whitman students who, perhaps, hadn't heard their ca...

Education Must Accompany Global Vaccination Distribution

Anuradha Lingappa
May 1
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

I don't like to think of vaccines as controversial. I went to an alternative school where many parents chose not to vaccinate their kids. I never understood it. Not vaccinating against at least the classics, such as mumps, measles and rubella or polio, seems both foolish and selfish. It's like trying...

Snackspose

Snackspose

Melina Hughes
November 14
Filed under Humor

For years we have been told that snacking is bad for you, that it is important to only eat three square meals a day and that snack foods and junk foods are terribly unhealthy. But new research is being done by snack scientists, or "snackentists" as they prefer, at prestigious universities all over the country. I am inve...

Rising in Number: Faculty Adjust to Swell in Number of Biology Majors

Rising in Number: Faculty Adjust to Swell in Number of Biology Majors

Hannah Bartman
October 31
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

The graduating class of 2014 has 97 Biology majors, the highest number of graduates in one discipline ever to graduate from Whitman College. The current surge has left the life science department scrambling for ways to accommodate these students, both in providing enough faculty for classes and providi...

A Different Kind of Internship

Tristan Gavin
August 29
Filed under Circuit, FEATURE

When I told my friends what my summer plan was, many of them expressed to me how challenging it sounded. This came from friends doing chemistry and biology research I could not even begin to describe to you and friends with highly competitive internships in the business field. The job I told them about...

Whitman Basketball Player “Really Scared” After Hearing About Supernovas in Astronomy Class

Matt Raymond
January 31
Filed under Humor

Every basketball player knows a thing or two about "off days"––those days when, for some reason, the shots just can't find the bottom of the net.  Some attribute their atypically poor performances to nervousness before a big game, while others are affected by injury, fatigue or personal problems...

Growing your Favorite Burger

philipcheng
April 28
Filed under BLOGS

Why do you like your favorite food? Most people would say they like their favorite food because they like its taste. But most people don't realize that they not only take comfort in familiar flavors but also in the idea that their food comes from a familiar source. For example, The Guardian had a surv...

New biology, chemistry professors help meet course demand, expand elective offerings

New biology, chemistry professors help meet course demand, expand elective offerings

Allison Bolgiano
April 19
Filed under NEWS

The chemistry and biology departments have each added one new tenure track professor for the 2012-2013 academic year to diversify upper level offerings and to help meet the high demand for introductory courses. The addition of the new professors comes with changes in class sizes in the chemistr...

Open source research techniques can revolutionize medicine

nathanord
January 26
Filed under Columnists, OPINION

What happens when Facebook meets medicine? And I'm not talking about poking your doctor when you want an appointment. What happens if all of a sudden, instead of pharmaceutical companies hiding their recipes behind closed doors and keeping their active compounds a closely guarded secret, they were...

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