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Biology Professor & Ruth Kraft Strohschein Distinguished Chair, Dr. Kristen Page will be presenting three lectures for the Ken & Jean Hansen Lectureship, Marion E. Wade Center

Creation’s Call: Stewardship Lessons from Middle-earth and Narnia 
Kristen Page

Dr. Kristen Page, the Ruth Kraft Strohschein Distinguished Chair & Professor of Biology, will be presenting three lectures using the fictional landscapes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis as a means to aid us in developing a greater real-life appreciation for God’s creation. Significantly, such an exploration can nurture within us a deeper desire to care for our physical world. The 2020-2021 Hansen Lectureship series title is Creation’s Call: Stewardship Lessons from Middle-earth and Narnia. Due to COVID-19, the Hansen lectures will be given virtually at 7pm Central until Wheaton College deems it is safe to hold public events on campus. 
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Biology Professor Dr. Jovanka Tepavcevic shares how her course “Good in the Great Plagues” became extremely prescient this past spring. 

Dr. Tepavcevic in lab teaches Five years ago when Wheaton College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jovanka Tepavcevic proposed a new course called "Good in the Great Plagues," she didn’t know that in 2020 she’d be teaching it during one. Read more here.


Taylor Burton, Biology Major '20, awarded Russell Mixter Award

Taylor Burton, Biology Major and Class of 2020 was awarded the Russell Mixter Award this year. Because of COVID-19, students were sent home during the spring semester which is when our awards are given! Now that the restrictions are gradually lifting, Dr. Ray Lewis presented the Russell Mixter Award to Taylor Burton this summer. Taylor Burton Russell Mixter Awardee 2020

The Russell Mixter Award is given to a junior or senior Biology major with a GPA of 3.5 or above who exhibits the qualities of exemplary character, Christian witness, and academic promise to which faculty, students and other campus personnel should attest. Funds for the Russell Mixter Award was provided by a Wheaton graduate to honor Dr. Russell Mixter, Professor of Zoology at Wheaton from 1928-1979. As Chair of Biology, Dr. Mixter played a significant role in the development of biology at Wheaton College and in the Black Hills. He also was a voice for understanding creation and evolution among the larger community of Christians in science and was a respected member of the Wheaton College community. You can see a picture of him on the mural outside the Stupe, peering through the jaws of a shark. He died in January 2007 at the age of 100 years. The recipients of the Mixter Prize can be seen on the plaque outside the seminar room in the Biology department

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Wheaton College Biology alumnus Caleb Luk ’17 is on the front lines of fighting the pandemic in Chicagoland.

Caleb Luk ’17 is an emergency room technician in the Chicagoland area. In recent weeks, he has seen hundreds of coronavirus patients from the suburbs, the city, and from nursing homes. Click here for full story.