News from the College of Arts & Sciences

Scholar, Dancer Prepares for Yale Law After Winning College’s Highest Honor

Paige Underwood BA ’22, a political science and mathematics double major, received this spring’s Rena J. Ratte Award, the undergraduate college’s highest honor. Named for an esteemed professor, the award recognizes a senior whose abilities and commitment have combined to produce work of the highest distinction.

Speech and Debate Squad Excels in National and Regional Competition

With three members earning national titles in the last year, Lewis & Clark’s speech and debate squad is proving that its foundation in the liberal arts—along with the varied backgrounds and interests of its members—translates into success.

From Stumptown to Portlandia: Students Explore Portland’s History

Reiko Hillyer, associate professor of history, teaches a course about Portland’s multifaceted history, which encourages students to develop a deeper sense of place.

Drew Blauth BA ’23 Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Blauth is one of 417 students selected from a pool of more than 5,000 nationwide for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the preeminent award for undergraduates in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

Longtime Physics Professor Named Teacher of the Year

Michael Broide, associate professor of physics, is the 2022 Teacher of the Year. The award caps off a 30-year career of instilling a love of physics in Lewis & Clark students. 

NEH Grant to Support Bilingual Materials for Narrative Medicine

Lewis & Clark, in collaboration with the University of Iowa, will create a digital database of course materials and other resources for developing and teaching courses in narrative medicine and health humanities in English and in Spanish. The effort will be funded by a three-year $149,999 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Festival of Scholars and Artists Celebrates Student Achievement

Lewis & Clark’s full-day celebration of student scholarship and creativity returned to its in-person format on April 8.

Senior Speaker: Shalini Hanstad BA ’22

Shalini Hanstad BA ’22 will address graduates at the College of Arts and Sciences commencement on May 7.

Bringing Empathy to Health Care Through Narrative Scribe Training

L&C’s Center for Community and Global Health offers Narrative Scribe Training, which emphasizes the importance of listening and storytelling to health care teams.

Tiny House Emerges From Big Vision

L&C’s student-led Tiny House Club is building a sustainable dwelling for a Portland-area nonprofit.

Climate Action Plan Extends L&C’s “Green” Leadership

Lewis & Clark is updating its Climate Action Plan, with the goal of reducing the college’s carbon footprint to near zero by 2040.

International Affairs Symposium Tackles “The Blame Game”

Lewis & Clark’s International Affairs Symposium, which turns 60 this year, is the oldest student-run symposium in the country. This year’s event, which runs from April 4 to April 6, is titled The Blame Game: Reimagining Fault and Responsibility on the Global Stage.

Painting the Landscapes and Cityscapes of California

Using humor and unexpected imagery, Jake Longstreth BA ’99 paints the natural and architectural world of Southern California.

Professor of Russian Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Assistant Professor of Russian Maria Hristova has received the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award. The grant will allow her to pursue research and develop courses on post-Soviet environmental studies.

Portland Art Museum Acquires Art Professor’s Sculpture

A sculpture—titled Burned Beast—by Jess Perlitz, associate professor of art and studio head of sculpture, is now part of the Portland Art Museum’s collection.