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STEM and the liberal arts

Gavin Victor, Columnist May 13, 2020

In “This Is Water,” David Foster Wallace writes, “there are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning,...

Photos by Dana Kendrick

Whitman professors adapt to online learning

Grace Jackson, Staff Reporter April 10, 2020

The faculty and staff of Whitman College spent spring break preparing for the transition to online learning forced by the global outbreak of COVID-19. One of the core features of Whitman and other liberal...

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

Greenhouse opens house

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...

Whitman unveils new Environmental Studies–Hypocrisy major to accommodate vegan, H&M-wearing students

Annelise Ellingboe, Hamburglar's Cousin February 5, 2018

Thursday, 9 a.m.  PST Whitman College has officially unveiled its new major, Environmental Studies-Hypocrisy, in order to accommodate a growing population of ES students who wish to discuss environmental...

Illustration by Claire Revere

Taking on Trumpism

Alex Brockman and Olivia Gilbert February 16, 2017

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...

Robot Penguin Rover

Robot Penguin Rover

Jessica Parker November 11, 2014

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...

©2013 AMNH, Photo by Roderick Mickens

Neil deGrasse Tyson Talks Science with The Pioneer

Aleida Fernandez September 11, 2014

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...

©2013 AMNH, Photo by Roderick Mickens

Real World Advice From Neil deGrasse Tyson

Aleida Fernandez September 10, 2014

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...

Education Must Accompany Global Vaccination Distribution

Anuradha Lingappa May 1, 2014

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,...

Snackspose

Snackspose

Melina Hughes November 14, 2013

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...

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...

A Different Kind of Internship

Tristan Gavin August 29, 2013

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...

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