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Greenhouse opens house

The greenhouse open house, which occurred on Feb. 7, was curated by biology students and professors with the intent to display the educational importance of the greenhouse. Photos by Amara Garibyan

Abby Malzewski, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2020

On Friday, Feb. 7, the greenhouse located off the Hall of Science building opened its doors to the public, giving visitors the opportunity to take tours of the plant-filled space.  Two students working for the facility, seniors Aubrey May and Chantalle Vincent, explained different plant types, answered questio...

From Biology to History: Arch Releases First Book on Whaling in Japan

Assistant Professor of History Jakobina Arch released her first book this April on whaling in Early Modern Japan.

Ben Kunz, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2018

Assistant Professor of History Jakobina Arch studies environmental and Japanese history. Wire reporter Ben Kunz sat down with Professor Arch to discuss her first book, released this month, “Bringing Whales Ashore, Oceans and the Environment of Early Modern Japan.” Whitman Wire: What originally led ...

Interdisciplinary Silk Roads course to offers China Trip

Sarah Cornett, Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2015

The Silk Roads, a collaboration between professors from the Biology and History departments, integrates knowledge from the two fields while providing students an opportunity to visit historic landmarks.

Vivisection questions taboos

Illustration by Coopper-Ellis

Anuradha Lingappa

October 23, 2014

A few weeks ago, I did an experiment in biology lab that involved cutting open the body cavity of a live frog and dripping adrenaline onto its still-beating heart. The results, a dramatically increased heartbeat, were incredible to watch firsthand. However, dissecting a living animal instead of a dead o...

Women in Science Panel Captivates Crowd

Women in Science Panel Captivates Crowd

Dylan Tull

November 7, 2013

A panel of five female science professors gathered for the Women in Science panel on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in order to shed light on the adversities that women face in the field of science. Led by Associate Professor of Geology Kirsten Nicolaysen, the panelists discussed their own personal experiences in their re...

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, 2013

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...

Localizing the Shutdown

Localizing the Shutdown

Dylan Tull

October 10, 2013

The tense, drawn-out government shutdown has entered into its 10th day, the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling looms ever closer and tensions have only increased between President Obama and the GOP. American citizens have been relegated to useless bystanders, turning the entire crisis into a frustratin...

Senior Jordan Benjamin takes on snakes in Benin

Jordan (left) handling a green mamba held by Royjan Taylor at Bio-Ken research centre at Watamu.  Photo contributed by Steve Spawls.

Maegan Nelson

September 20, 2012

Senior Jordan Benjamin knew exactly what he wanted to be when he was growing up. "I always knew that I wanted to be a herpetologist, but it took me a while to figure out exactly what that was going to mean," said Benjamin. He found his calling treating venomous snakebites in Africa. It was, however,...

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

Illustration: Ariel Carter-Rodriguez

Allison Bolgiano

April 19, 2012

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...

Whitman student assists in discovery of ‘supergiant’ amphipod

Contributed Photo

Emily Lin-Jones

February 23, 2012

When researchers on the Karahoa fished up a previously undiscovered "supergiant" amphipod off the coast of New Zealand last fall, senior Mackenzie Gerringer was on board to witness the momentous occasion. The trip was a part of a research project being undertaken by an international group of scientists...

‘The Grey’ sacrifices wolves on altar of blockbuster profits


February 23, 2012

It's a scenario right out of one of the worst nightmares of humanity. Recent blockbuster "The Grey" depicts an oil drilling team and a depressive wolf hunter (Liam Neeson), stranded in Alaska after a plane crash, who are stalked by a malicious pack of wolves. The pack intends to kill and eat every last...

Biology major changes increase flexibility

Illustration: Emily Johnson

Rachel Alexander

February 16, 2012

Starting next fall, biology majors at Whitman will have a more flexible set of requirements to meet in order to receive their degrees. The changes have been made in response to rising enrollment rates at Whitman, which have saturated required biology classes and made it difficult for students to register f...

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