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February 2015 Issue
Assistant Professor of Biology Timothy Linksvayer discusses the complex behaviors of social insects.Loraine Terrell and Manda McElrath
What can ants teach us about the genetics of social behavior? It’s a question Assistant Professor of Biology Timothy Linksvayer has been investigating in the lab he shares with both his students and his army of specimens. Linksvayer is especially interested in the interplay of social interactions with genetic architecture and trait evolution in social insects such as ants and honey bees.
M.Phil. candidate Chris Mustazza is investigating—and making accessible—a lost archive of poets reading their work.Susan Ahlborn
What if a poem has to be performed to be truly understood? College of Liberal and Professional Studies master’s student Chris Mustazza has rediscovered and is digitizing an archive of poets including Gertrude Stein, James Weldon Johnson, Harriet Monroe, and Vachel Lindsay reading their work, for anyone on the web to hear.
Associate Professor of History of Art Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw looks at color and context.Susan Ahlborn
This January, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art drew 10,000 visitors in just its first few weeks.
Professor of Political Science Marie Gottschalk discusses mass incarceration in the U.S.Blake Cole
America has a prison problem. One out of every 100 adults in the U.S. is behind bars, whether it’s a state or federal prison or a local jail. Even more striking, one out of every 23 is under some form of state supervision. And even if you don’t know anyone on the inside, you are part of the prison culture, says Marie Gottschalk.
Deqa Farah, C’15, discusses the Somali diaspora.Blake Cole
When College senior Deqa Farah completed her international relations research methods course, designed to help majors formulate thesis ideas, she decided on a topic that hit close to home.
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