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November 2014 Issue
Wing So, C'16, examines social media’s impact on war.Blake Cole and Manda McElrath
Undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences reinforce the idea that students at any level can tackle complex issues with a fresh perspective. Recently, students at the College's annual Family Weekend were given the opportunity to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, where they presented on the topics they are most passionate about.
Professor of Political Science Adolph Reed, Jr. examines liberal politics.Blake Cole
Have American liberals lost their way? Adolph Reed, Jr. thinks so. It hasn’t happened overnight. It’s been a gradual decline, beginning in the period between 1935 and 1945—what Reed calls the golden age of the left. During this time, Democrats rallied around President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s labor and medical care initiatives.
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Cullen Blake searches for earth-like planets.Maureen Haggerty
Cullen Blake was smitten by the sky when his third-grade class studied stars and planets. “It piqued my curiosity,” he recalls, adding that his intellectual trajectory was influenced by the 1995 discovery of an exoplanet, the first planet known to orbit a star outside our solar system.
Associate Professor of Classical Studies Emily Wilson looks at Seneca’s compromises.Susan Ahlborn
What would you think of a man who amassed a huge personal fortune as he tutored and advised a disastrous dictator—all the while saying that virtue was the only thing that mattered? Call him a hypocrite and dismiss him? Associate Professor of Classical Studies Emily Wilson asks us to think again.
Graduate student Brandon Hedrick is using statistics to show how dinosaurs looked, moved, and evolved.Susan Ahlborn
Brandon Hedrick always wanted to be a paleontologist. “That’s kind of the norm in my field—you figure out when you’re three or four that you’re interested in dinosaurs,” says the doctoral candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences. At Penn, he’s been able to link that first love with his interests in math and biology to give a better picture of how dinosaurs looked and walked.
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