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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, boys, how's the water?’ And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them...

In Defense of the Board of Trustees

Marra Clay, Publisher

May 4, 2017

The Board of Trustees made a mistake. They grew the faculty too much, too quickly over the last few years, and now are needing to make cuts, which they are doing by not renewing certain tenure track positions of retiring professors. There is no way for this process to go smoothly because no matter which positions are not renewed there are ...

Op-Ed: Open Letter To Whitman Board of Trustees

Matt Reynolds, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Art History and Visual Culture Studies

April 10, 2017

An Open Letter to the Whitman College Board of Trustees: In a famous scene from the 1984 film Amadeus, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart confronts his patron, the Emperor Joseph II, who has just seen a preview of the 1786 opera Le Nozze de Figaro. “A good effort,” the Emperor says to the eager...

Struggles in STEM

Infographic by Peter Eberle.

Georgia Lyon and Contributed reporting by Marra Clay

October 27, 2016

Whitman grapples with underrepresentation in sciences, math

Former Astronaut, Alumna Returns to Whitman College

Photo by Anna Dawson

Marra Clay, Publisher

April 7, 2016

Dorothy "Dottie" Metcalf-Lindenberger '97, a first-generation educator astronaut, returned to Whitman to speak about Science, Technology, Engineer and Math (STEM) education

STEM pressure shouldn’t decide women’s futures

STEM pressure shouldn't decide women's futures

Hillary Smith

September 25, 2014

Illustration by Emma Rust. First, I want to say that science fascinates me. It and the other fields in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) are crucial to society's development and maintenance. A recent report by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) found that nearly...

Whitman Science Department Needs Diversity

Whitman Science Department Needs Diversity

Anuradha Lingappa

February 13, 2014

At first glance, the Hall of Science, with its fancy chemistry equipment, lecture halls with built-in computer desks and display cases of taxidermy animals, might seem like it has something for everyone. However, there is one thing that the Whitman College science department is seriously lacking: racial...

‘Booth babes’ trivialize women’s role in technology

Illustration: Alex Bailey

Blair Hanley Frank

February 16, 2012

Booth babes have to go. It pains me to be saying this in the year 2012, but it's time for the technology and public relations industries to collectively grow up and realize that hiring models to walk around an expo hall with scannable QR codes plastered to the back of their Lycra hot pants is not okay. This industry deserve...

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