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Student Success

Building student success: Peer-to-peer learning garners crucial support from science alumni

The Learning Assistant program in the College of Science has reduced the drop-fail-withdrawal rate in several key courses by half and has become a model for other colleges at the university.

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Microbiology

Alumnus and founder of Ravenswood winery supports early professional exposure for students

Before he founded what became world-famous Ravenswood Winery, alumnus Joel Peterson was a pre-med student, ambulance driver, backpack traveler in Europe, research immunologist and clinical laboratory scientist.

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Mathematics

Knowledge is more important than grades says math alumnus and American Express chief technologist

Patrick Franklin’s (BS ’89) mathematics education helped him adapt and thrive in some of the most competitive and iconic work places in America.

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Alumni and Friends

Recognizing outstanding achievement: 2019 Alumni Awards

The College of Science is pleased to announce its outstanding 2019 Alumni Award recipients.

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Alumni and Friends

Alumnus highlights important role of statisticians in clinical trials

Alumnus Ben Lyons (Ph.D. ’97) has taken his passion for biostatistics far, carving out a successful career in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Alumni and Friends

2019 Distinguished Alumni Awardee, a visionary in the winemaking landscape

Zelma Long (’65) is one of America’s best-known winemakers. Considered a pioneer in California wines, she is known for cultivating premium wines with scientific rigor.

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Alumni and Friends

Eminent climate scientist wins 2019 Lifetime Achievement in Science Award

Pioneering climate scientist and alumnus Warren Washington to present the 2019 Distinguished Lecture on October 11, 2019.

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Alumni and Friends

Distinguished Service Award: Embracing a legacy of Chinese scholarship

The Wei Family Foundation will receive College of Science Distinguished Service Award for their extraordinary commitment to the university and institution.

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Alumni and Friends

2019 Young Alumni Awardee makes waves as marine ecologist and ocean storyteller

Biology and chemistry alumna Megan Cook receives 2019 Young Alumni Award, a tribute to her global career build spanning research, marine operations, media communication and ocean education.

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Graduate students

Mathews Fellow in biochemistry plans bioinformatics studies of disease-causing protein mutations

Doctoral student Patrick Morar is the 2019-20 Christopher and Catherine Mathews Graduate Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

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Alumni and Friends

Biochemist blazes trail for women in STEM and creates scholarship

When alumna Karen Nickel (Chemistry, ’61) returned to campus after a long and illustrious career in clinical chemistry, the trip “brought back lots of good memories."

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Students

Scholarship Dessert honors extraordinary students

The College of Science will recognize its outstanding scholarship students and generous donors at its spring Scholarship Dessert on May 23, 2019.