Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

Young, Scrappy, and Hungry

If the Rhodes Scholarship is the gold standard of graduate awards, the Knight-Hennessy is the Bitcoin. Nike co-founder Phil Knight started the program with a $400 million gift in 2016, making it the largest fully endowed scholarship program. In March, Hayley Raquer ’16 was named one of 49 scholars. As an immunologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Raquer studies the body on a subcellular level, examining how the immune system fights bacteria and viruses, with a focus on primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID). Patients with PID have variants or mutations in their genomes that cause their immune system to fail. Raquer started her research career at SCU, working with Leilani Miller, associate professor in the Department of Biology. She is the only immunologist in this year’s class, but was excited to join the community of learners: “Maybe I’m young and naïve, but I really do think that we can solve a lot of the world’s problems if we put our minds to it.”

Spin Masters

In searching for patterns that would differentiate one species of webspinners from the next, Professor Janice Edgerly-Rooks wondered: What if you put their steps to music? Would you be able to hear the differences?

A Strong Red

Santa Clara’s signature red has been around since the late 1800s. Before it was made official, though, we were almost the blue Broncos.

Unspooling Stories

Art historian Andrea Pappas explores the sneaky feminism woven into colonial embroideries.

The Pope, AI, and Us

Santa Clara’s Markkula Center joins the Vatican in contemplating—what else?—the ethics of AI and other disruptive tech.