The natural sciences have been a critical part of Whittier College’s liberal arts curriculum since its earliest days. Presented in an interdisciplinary landscape, the quest to explore, discover, and challenge from multiple angles has been de facto in the classroom—whether in a chemistry lab, arts class, or business seminar. As a result, Whittier alumni are trained for adventure and never willing to settle for the “easy answer.” For example, 1934 graduate Howard House challenged the assumption that degenerative diseases of the ear were incontravertable; in turn, he helped develop early hearing aid technology that today remains on the cutting edge via his legacy, the House Ear Institute.
Through the last 125 years, from geological tracking of earthquakes to the development of eco-friendly pesticides, from determining the origins of schizophrenia to the development of interventional neuro-radiology, Whittier graduates have a history of blazing new trails that have changed—and continue to change—lives for the better.
In 1966 Jim Galloway left Whittier College with a dual degree in biology and chemistry. In the ensuing years, he has been called both a “pioneer and an exceptional leader” on global biogeochemical issues focusing on documenting and understanding the massive changes that are occurring in the global nitrogen cycle both through his own research as well as fostering a major international effort.
Most recently, Galloway and his colleagues at the University of Virginia, University of Maryland, and the Netherlands have created a web-based calculator that measures an individual’s impact on the nitrogen cycle according to factors such as diet and transportation choices. The calculator, launched in February 2011, is a project of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI), a global network of scientists who share research and data on the nitrogen dilemma. Galloway was the founding chair of INI.
In 2008 Galloway was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was awarded the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. In 2011, he was selected as the Distinguished Guest Lecturer to the Environmental Chemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry in London. He has served as a Trustee for the Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Inc. St. Georges, Bermuda since 1983 and as President of the Trustees from 1988-1995. He was appointed to the executive committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Sciences Advisory Board (2003-2006).
Galloway has published over 200 articles, book chapters, reviews and reports with over a half dozen of them in Science and Nature magazines. He has over 53 first authored peer-reviewed publications and 28 book chapters. In 2006 he was noted by the Institute of Scientific Information as author of the third most cited paper in the field of ecology published within a two year period.