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Linfield d i g e s t biology lab in Graf Hall, which will learning opportunities in biology, chemistry, system that will support the scholarship supplement existing biology lab space in math and physics. As part of this year’s and research of science faculty and Murdock Hall. early immersion program, students students. The system will enable high- Thanks to a generous donation conducted research on campus and also resolution imaging and data analysis, by Steve ’74 and Ann Pickering, the spent two days at the Oregon coast studying and will strengthen Linfield’s molecular Pickering Fitness Center opened in the microbial ecology with biology Professor and cell biology facilities. In the past five Athletics Center this fall, expanding Jeremy Weisz. For photos of orientation go years, the school’s biology department fitness workout space. Branching off to linfield.edu/photogallery. has experienced significant growth, and from the Hal Smith Weight Room, the This year’s freshmen class is 443 currently spans multiple subdisciplines, Pickering Fitness Center provides ample strong. Thirty-three percent are American from ecology studies to cancer research. space for cardiovascular equipment, students of color, 16 percent are legacy The equipment will also give a boost to such as stationary bicycles and elliptical students and 17 percent are first-generation Linfield’s faculty-student collaborative machines, stretch cords and mats. It adds college students. Just under 50 percent research program. 1,600 square feet of exercise space for are from Oregon, with an additional 33 Linfield students across the intercollegiate student-athletes as well percent from Washington and California, scientific disciplines conduct research as general recreation users, including 8 percent from Hawaii and the remaining in partnership with faculty, generate students, faculty, staff and alumni. 11 percent from 11 states and five publishable data and present their On the Portland Campus, the Wildcat countries. On the Portland Campus, 22 findings at national conferences. Many Den and outside garden have been percent are male, 148 students are working co-author papers with professors that are renovated, creating comfortable spaces on their second degree and they range in published in peer-reviewed journals. for students to study and relax. age from 19 to 54. The NSF grant was awarded to biology Conference and event planning Professors Anne Kruchten, Catherine hosted 4,520 guests over the summer NSF funds microscope Reinke and Jeremy Weisz. months. During the International “We want to provide outstanding Pinot Noir Celebration, guests from 13 countries and 38 states visited campus. The National Science Foundation research facilities to help prepare our (NSF) recently awarded almost a quarter students for future research or medical of a million dollars to science programs at careers,” Kruchten said. “About 40 Science, service Linfield College. $223,182 will allow past five years have gone on to graduate in the our biology graduates ofpercent ofThe grant draw new students purchase a state-of-the-art microscope trend is increasing.” the professional programs, and orschool to Biology ofLinfield’s Department More than 40 first-year students started their Linfield careers early through two special pre-orientation programs this summer. First C.L.A.S. is a leadership and community service immersion program. iFocus gave students the opportunity to work with Linfield College faculty and student researchers to learn about science across the traditional science disciplines of biology, chemistry, math and physics. First C.L.A.S. students volunteered for a variety of nonprofits throughout the week, learning about important campus and community resources, gaining valuable leadership skills and discovering what McMinnville and Linfield have to offer. They painted the bike co-op at Linfield, worked with Habitat for Humanity and helped in a local community garden. iFocus introduced new students A group of first-year science students study microbial ecology in Newport as part of iFocus, an interdisciplinary to Linfield professors and experiential program held prior to orientation. Fall 2012 l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 5


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