News from the College of Arts & Sciences

Winterim Bridges the Liberal Arts and Entrepreneurship

From January 11 through January 15, 21 Lewis & Clark students will immerse themselves in the study of entrepreneurship and leadership through Winterim. Winterim is a fast-paced and supportive experience where students collaborate in small groups to research, create, develop, and pitch a venture. This year’s virtual Winterim also features a number of special, open-to-the-community sessions. Details can be found in the story.

International Affairs Major becomes West Linn’s Youngest City Councilor

Rory Bialostosky BA ’22 will become the youngest City Councilor for the city of West Linn, Oregon. He received the most votes in a field of ten candidates, securing one of the two open positions for a four year term. He plans to continue his undergraduate studies while serving on the city council.

Mathematics and Chemistry Double Major Named Rhodes Finalist

Jordan Gonzalez BA ’21 advanced to the final round of interviews for the Rhodes Scholarship, widely regarded as the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The scholarship allows exceptional, leadership-driven students from around the world to pursue higher degrees at the University of Oxford. Gonzalez is the fourth Lewis & Clark student to be named a Rhodes finalist in the last five years.

Cabaret in the Time of Coronavirus

From November 4–7, the Lewis & Clark Theatre Department, along with the Music Department presented the musical Cabaret. Taking place in socially lively 1930s Berlin, this musical is a sharp political commentary told through provocative characters and musical numbers. Battling circumstance and technology, the performance could be seen both in-person and virtually while following health and safety guidelines.

Students Win Big at the Invent Oregon Collegiate Competition

Ramez Attia BA ’21 and Matthew Brown BA ’21 were named the winning team at the annual Invent Oregon Collegiate State Finals, earning $10,000, plus an additional $2,000 as People’s Choice winners. Their invention is a cost-effective and tech-savvy device programmed to stop drunk driving before it happens.

Annual Ray Warren Symposium Addresses Race and Movement

This year’s Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies, which will run from November 11 to 13, focuses on the concept of movement and the systems of power that determine our mobility. For the first time, the symposium will be held entirely online, free and open to all, including those living outside of Portland.

Oregon’s small colleges, universities managing COVID-19 successfully - so far

Lewis & Clark President Wim Wiewel led a group of Oregon private college and university presidents in a column that appeared in The Oregonian on Sunday, Oct. 25. The topic: how schools like Lewis & Clark have managed a return to in-person learning during the time of COVID-19.

Environmental Affairs Symposium Highlights Local and Global Conservation

The 23rd Annual ENVX Symposium, titled Conservation Conversations, will provide a forum to discuss biodiversity conservation on a local and global level. Taking place virtually from October 20–22, all events are free and open to the public.

“Spiderwoman” Sits Down with Big Biology Podcast

Biology professor and spider expert Greta Binford is the featured guest on the latest Big Biology podcast! Listen to the episode to hear Greta answer the question of whether venom use is based on body size, and how venom from Spiderman applies to this question.

Students Present Original Research Alongside Faculty at Annual Rogers Presentations

Each year, undergraduate students across departments have the opportunity to participate in the John S. Rogers Science Research Program, which supports collaborative scientific research with Lewis & Clark faculty. At this year’s virtual presentations, projects ranged from an interactive game on earthquake preparedness to analysis on ideologies surrounding color blindness and racial passing.

National Science Foundation Awards Physics Professor $135,000 Research Grant

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Assistant Professor of Physics Mohamed Anber a $135,000 research grant to support the development of novel mathematical techniques in nuclear physics. This is Anber’s second NSF grant in his four-year tenure at Lewis & Clark.

TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 Talks Series Features Alumna, Disability Rights Advocate

TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 Talks, a video series highlighting influential people, has included alumna and disability-rights advocate Haben Girma BA ’10 in its line-up. Girma, a recipient of Lewis & Clark’s 2016 Outstanding Young Alumna Award, is the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. In her talk, Girma expands upon the article she wrote for TechCrunch, “The Robots Occupying Our Sidewalks.”

Chemistry Professor Awarded $297,000 NSF Grant

Professor of Chemistry Nikolaus Loening was recently awarded a $297,000 research grant by the National Science Foundation to support studies related to the “molecular underpinnings of life.” Loening’s combined grant efforts have aided the college in purchasing a new 600 MHz NMR Spectrometer, built to study a wide range of chemical and biological processes.

The Fight for Farmed Animals

Students in the law school’s new Animal Law Litigation Clinic face off against industry and government to prevent animal suffering and protect the food supply.

Alumnus-Produced Podcast Earns Webby Award

“Stay Tuned With Preet,” a podcast produced by alumnus Sam Ozer-Staton BA ’17, has earned a Webby Award for News and Politics based on public vote. The podcast, hosted by the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, dissects the politically charged legal issues facing the nation each week.

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Every summer, Assistant Professor of Biology Margaret Metz travels to eastern Ecuador, where she gathers data about trees in the Amazon. The days are steamy and often tedious as Metz and her team of undergraduates carefully search for seedlings, which they’ll track from year to year…

Letter from President Wiewel

In response to a message we sent last week from Executive Council about the murder of George Floyd, I received many replies from students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Some were appreciative, others were critical. I heard stories of racism and microaggressions experienced on our own campus and in the wider world. And I heard calls to do better: exhortations to an institution committed to the global good.

Recent Alumnus Awarded Fulbright Grant in Uganda

Cole Harris BA ’20 is Lewis & Clark’s most recent alum to receive a Fulbright award following his undergraduate degree. Next year, Harris will travel to Kampala, Uganda, to conduct original research on the effects of Pentecostalism on community development.

Lewis & Clark Awarded $750,000 Mellon Foundation Grant

Lewis & Clark has been awarded a $750,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant for the interdisciplinary project “Healing Social Suffering Through Narrative,” which will address circumstances such as inequitable access to higher education and physical and mental illness in the Portland area using a liberal arts lens. The project will extend over four years, beginning this fall, engaging students and faculty in a series of community-wide partnerships.

Historic Vietnamese Portland Podcast Now Available Online

Portland has one of the highest per-capita Vietnamese populations in the country, yet Lewis & Clark is the first academic institution to develop an archive documenting their history. Two Lewis & Clark students organized scores of interviews from the Portland Vietnamese population into a five-episode podcast series about coming to America, finding a home in Portland, education, making a living, and social activism.

Faculty Approve Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation Minor

The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences voted unanimously on March 3 to approve the creation of a minor in entrepreneurial leadership and innovation. The strong support for the new program underscores the fact that the liberal arts and entrepreneurship share a common interdisciplinary approach rooted in understanding people, systems, and methods of creating positive change.

Lewis & Clark Named Top Producer of Peace Corps Volunteers

In new rankings released by the Peace Corps, Lewis & Clark is in the top 10 on the list of volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 12 alumni currently serving around the world, Lewis & Clark ranks seventh among small schools in the past year.

Special Collections Acquires First Italian Illuminated Manuscript in the Portland Area

Watzek Library’s Special Collections and Archives has recently added another rare book, an Italian book of hours, to its growing collection of archival materials. The book, valued at more than $45,000, was acquired thanks to a highly competitive grant from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation. Starting next spring, students will have the opportunity to examine the text in depth in Professor Karen Gross’s manuscript analysis course.

Alumni-Founded Podcast Production Company Adds Another L&C Alumnus

Annie Fassler BA ’11 and Jonah Geil-Neufeld BA ’11 met at Lewis & Clark and began working together with the emerging medium of podcasting right after graduation. In 2017 they founded Puddle Creative LLC, and this past fall they hired Sam Peers Nitzberg BA ’19.

Hoffman Gallery Examines “Making a Better Painting”

The exhibit will provide context for the presentations, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops at the Making a Better Painting: Thinking Through Practice Symposium, held on March 6 and 7. The symposium’s keynote speaker is Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, a painter and writer living and working in New York. Zuckerman-Hartung teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Alumna Awarded EPA Award for Environmental Educators

Anne McHugh BA ’10 has been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2019 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for her work as a science teacher at Portland’s Franklin High School. One of only 11 winners nationally of the highly competitive award and the only winner selected from the Pacific Northwest region, her teaching spans from arachnid biodiversity to aquaponics systems, allowing students to collaborate in innovative research with NASA.

PDX Hillel Takes Top Honors

Recently, Hillel International presented awards to individuals and campuses for creating innovative experiences and meaningful connections for students to develop stronger ties to their Jewish identities. The Greater Portland Hillel—which serves Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, and Reed College—received Hillel International’s highest honor, the Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus Award.

Students bring ancient artisans to life through archaeology and chemistry

A pair of 600-year-old religious paintings that hang in the Church of St. James in Alcúdia, Spain, have seen their share of history. Even centuries after their creation, the paintings, which depict events in the life of Mary, are striking. With the help of determined Lewis & Clark researchers—and some 21st-century technology—their secrets are being coaxed into view. The new issue of The Chronicle takes a look at how faculty and students are researching at the nexus of art and science.

International Affairs Professor Studies Ethical Consumerism in the Portland Cannabis Market

Associate Professor of International Affairs Elizabeth Bennett studies how the political/ethical consumerism movement can promote environmentally and socially responsible products. For the last three years, she has applied her research to the nascent Portland cannabis market. Bennett describes the ways in which consumer activism and sustainable supply chains have emerged in the context of the American and Canadian cannabis markets.

Physics Alumni Cofound a 3D Printing Startup

After building a 3D printer for a class during his senior year, John Kray BA ’17 enlisted the help of Zach Rose BA ’18 to build and sell innovative desktop 3D printers. Their most recent model is so easy to use that Lewis & Clark purchased one for the physics lab.