By Erin Matheson ‘18

Science Columnist

As Scripps students, we all get the emails that remind us of the many events such as “Scripps Presents”, “Chemistry Speaker Series”, and “Neuroscience Speaker Series”. Many of us keep scrolling through their weekly Scripps listserve emails and do not stop to read the description. This is where Scripps students go wrong. I, too, find myself busy and cannot attend speaker events, but whenever I do go, I find the speaker incredibly empowering, informative, thought-provoking, and interesting.

The speakers that the Scripps brings in are highly qualified and interesting. There are always highlights like Angela Davis and Nancy Pelosi, but the lesser known are great as well. Afterall, there is a reason that community members frequent the events. Lots of time and energy is put into scheduling and planning the talks. Oftentimes, there are opportunities to have a conversation with the expert. This is the perfect opportunity for learning more and possibly networking in their field.

The benefits of attending a small liberal arts college allow me to major in a science field and are immersed in other, multi-disciplinary studies. Not only are there good humanities speakers, but there are world-renowned scientists. Recently, I attended a Chemistry Speaker Series (held every Tuesday at 11:00 am in Burns Lecture Hall or Pomona North Seaver Building). I had the privilege of listening to Dr. David Tirrell of CalTech. I learned not only about his research but about his life story. The science captivated me and inspired my intellectual curiosity and his story gave me hope for my future career. Afterwards, I had lunch with one of my Advanced Lab classes and we were able to debrief the science and discuss its implications. It was a great way to spend lunch and I highly encourage all--especially science majors--to seize these opportunities. Not only do you get to learn about cutting-edge research, you learn about the field and people behind the publications.

This is my call to you, as your fellow Scripps student, to make time for the speaker events on campus. Science or not, all can help in your future career and improve your day.

Next in the series:

“Less is (Sometimes) More: Loading and Losing Ions from a Radio-Frequency Trap”

Dr. James Wells, Keck Science Department

Feb. 3 11AM-12PM, Burns Lecture Hall, Keck