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October 22, 2020

Visiting Lecturer Jessica Christian ’07 Connects the United States’ Past to Its Present

For Visiting Lecturer of History Jessica Christian ’07, the past is always present. Although she’s teaching an introduction to US history course, the subjects she’s covering—which include disease, colonization, environmentalism, and politics—feel both modern and familiar in a year marked by a global pandemic, protests for racial justice, and an unprecedented presidential election season.

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October 5, 2020

Summer Thyme ’06 Awarded Mallinckrodt Grant for Study of Zebrafish Neurodevelopment

Summer Thyme ’06, an assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was awarded a prestigious Mallinckrodt Grant to study the neurological development of zebrafish. Because zebrafish share 70 percent of their genes with humans, Thyme hopes that her research will identify the genes that may play a part in human neurodevelopmental disorders such as schizophrenia.

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September 21, 2020

Maddy Ruvolo ’14 Discusses Transportation, Urban Planning, and New Mobility Services with the Disability Visibility Project

Maddy Ruvolo ’14 discussed public transportation, urban planning issues, and new mobility services, such as rideshare apps, scooters, and bike share systems, with the Disability Visibility Project. As part of her capstone project for her master’s program, Ruvolo, who is a disabled transportation planner, surveyed disabled residents of San Francisco about their experiences with new mobility technologies and services.

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September 9, 2020

Clare Cannon ’08 Explores the Pandemic’s Effect on Psychological Health

Clare Cannon ’08, assistant professor of community and regional development at the University of California, Davis, is studying the pandemic’s effects on psychological health, stress, and resilience. Cannon hopes to use her research, which focuses on the pandemic’s exacerbation of social and environmental inequality, as well as intimate partner violence, to determine how people can receive better support during the coronavirus crisis.

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September 2, 2020

Neneki Lee ’99 to Discuss Labor Organization with the National Black Worker Center

Neneki Lee ’99 will take part in an online discussion about labor organization and progressive policies on Tuesday, September 8, at 4:00 p.m. EST, in partnership with Next100 and the National Black Worker Center.

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July 2, 2020

Laine Goudy ’18 Explores CRISPR Technology to Tackle the Coronavirus

We know a few things for sure about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19: It had likely been hiding in animals for decades prior to the current human pandemic, the course of the disease and the prognosis vary widely among individuals, and it’s incredibly difficult to destroy.

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June 9, 2020

Katherine Lawrence ’05 Focuses on Women and Families during Pandemic

Katherine Lawrence ’05 is a lawyer at North Shore Law in Vancouver, British Columbia, focusing on estate and family law. Amid shelter-in-place orders that span the North American continent, she shares how in her practice of family law, specifically issues of domestic violence within family law, she has adapted to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

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May 29, 2020

Fighting COVID-19 from Within: Cameron Statton ’16 Studies the Body’s Immune Response to the Coronavirus

As the coronavirus continues to spread in many US states, scientists the world over are feverishly searching for new ways to test, track, and treat patients with COVID-19. Cameron Statton ’16 is among those at the vanguard of these developing technologies, serving as the program manager for the Antigen Map Project within Microsoft Health NExT.

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May 22, 2020

Camille Frazier ’09 Wins Clarkson University’s Outstanding New Teacher Award

Camille Frazier ’09 received the 2020 Outstanding New Teacher Award from Clarkson University, where she joined the faculty as an assistant professor of anthropology in 2018. The award recognizes excellence in curricular development, student engagement, and classroom creativity within a faculty member’s first four years at the university.

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April 24, 2020

Medical Student Amira Athanasios ’15 Focuses on Health of Body and Mind Amid COVID-19

The preservation of physical health has been at the forefront of news coverage and public health organization advisories. However, these discussions can often overlook a vital component of wellness: a concern for mental health, especially among healthcare workers.

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