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Top stories from the college in 2007

December 20, 2008


1. Faculty, student contributions to scientific community earn top honors

Undergraduate research resulted in the significant discovery of a Swiffer-like adaptation in two unrelated spiders and publication in one of the world’s most influential journals.

Greta Binford, assistant professor of biology, was profiled in the New Yorker and interviewed locally about her work with venomous spiders.

Professor of Biology Kellar Autumn’s gecko research was featured in publications from around the world: The Oregonian, New Scientist, Nature, and Discover.

Professors received grants for their work in emerging fields like nanotechnology and sensor networks, and for their exciting collaborations between math and computer science and biochemistry and biophysics.

Students received national honors for their academic leadership in science and commitment to shaping the future of science and technology.

2. Lewis & Clark enriches Portland, nation with significant artistic, literary works

Professor John Callahan and his former student Adam Bradley are playing a vital role in the work of the late Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man.

The Eric and Ronna Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art pushed boundaries with several significant exhibitions this year, including Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq, William Kentridge’s examination of apartheid and its aftermath, and a two-part exhibition of Darren Waterston’s reflections on the intersection of physical and metaphysical worlds.

Lewis & Clark’s campus honored those killed in the Iraq war with the Iraq Body Count Memorial, a display of 115,000 flags to memorialize the wartime deaths of Iraqis and U.S. soldiers, brought to campus by the group Students for a Democratic Society.

Faculty members received numerous honors and awards this year: Governor Ted Kulongoski honored Professor Gil Seeley for his contributions to music in Oregon, Paul Merchant’s poetry of affinity garnered an Oregon Book Award nomination, and Professor Nora Beck was named Master Teacher of musicology.

3. Lewis & Clark Pioneers excelled in athletics and academics

The men’s basketball team became Northwest Conference co-champions for the 2006-07 season and was the unanimous #1 choice in the pre-season NWC coaches poll for the 2007-08 season. Senior Amanda Phillips earned All-American honors at the cross-country championship. Renaissance students junior Tamma Carleton and senior Charlie Morgan discussed how they balance school and sports.

4. Lewis & Clark helps launch national social movement on climate change

In 2007, Lewis & Clark became the home of Focus the Nation, an unprecedented educational initiative on global warming solutions led by Professor of Economics Eban Goodstein. Read all the news related to Focus the Nation at Lewis & Clark, listen to a podcast of Goodstein’s address to the class of 2011 at Opening Convocation, or learn more about David Norse, a Lewis & Clark student leader of the Focus the Nation movement.

5. Lewis & Clark celebrates 25 years of student-driven grant making

Since 1982, the unique program, which distributes student fees to undergraduate students through a formal grant process, has distributed over 850 grants to undergraduate students, totaling over $900,000.

6. Lewis & Clark honored for contributions to global volunteerism

Lewis & Clark College tied for ninth in the nation among small colleges and universities with the most Peace Corps Volunteers in 2007. Since 1961, 312 Lewis & Clark alumni have served in the organization’s ranks.

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Emily Miller
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