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February 2014 Issue
Senior Urja Mittal investigates political donor habits.Blake Cole
Urja Mittal has a lot on her plate. This April, the senior will not only argue her thesis, but present it at two unique academic venues: a Chicago political science honors program seminar; and a Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism conference here at the University.
LPS' Joseph Hallman's classical compositions earn him a Grammy nod.Blake Cole
From nine to five, Joseph Hallman works at Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies, interfacing with faculty and departments on course logistics. Outside the office, however, Hallman has a side gig dreaming up musical landscapes that recently landed him a Grammy nod.
Professor of Economics Jeremy Greenwood investigates the intersection of relationships and economics.Blake Cole
Is it possible that your love life is affecting the national economy? Jeremy Greenwood is working to prove just that. The Professor of Economics has been studying the intersection of relationships and economics for well over a decade.
Doctoral student Meg Andrews studies the slums of Rome.Susan Ahlborn
Ancient Rome’s Subura was not a place you would want be after dark. Juvenal described the area as having mille pericula saevae urbis, the “thousand dangers of a savage city.” It’s not the kind of place you’d expect the emperors of Rome to immortalize with monuments, but Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World doctoral candidate Margaret Andrews thinks that they did—in a way.
By using Lyme disease bacteria to research evolution, Assistant Professor of Biology Dustin Brisson is advancing both science and medicine.Susan Ahlborn
“We do things from the bacteria’s point of view,” says Assistant Professor of Biology Dustin Brisson. “They have their own ecology, evolution, and natural history, and you have to treat them as such, not just as an infectious agent.”
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