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January 2015 Issue
Graduate student Beatrice Markiewicz is using novel techniques to disassemble the amyloid proteins responsible for diseases like Alzheimer’s.Dave Levitan
Alzheimer’s disease and other serious neurodegenerative disorders have been the subject of a tremendous research effort in recent decades. Much of the work, however, has gone into understanding the formation of the signature amyloid deposits—proteins that fold the wrong way.
Professor of Physics and Astronomy Philip Nelson discusses the ins and outs of authoring a science textbook.Blake Cole
When Philip Nelson couldn't find a textbook that suited the needs of his biophysics class, he didn't take any shortcuts—he wrote one. "I didn’t feel that there was a book that really spoke to physics students about why this subject might be interesting to them,” he says. “There was a gap there.” Physical Models of Living Systems was the result.
John DiIulio Jr. discusses his new book on American bureaucracy and the disappearance of the federal worker.Blake Cole
The term “bureaucracy” has become synonymous with an overadherence to rules and structure—red tape. But, over time, John DiIulio Jr. says, America’s aversion to a well-trained, governmental workforce has come back to bite it.
Presidential Term Professor Heather Williams thought long and hard about her short introduction to slavery.Susan Ahlborn
Heather William’s small new book was a big assignment. The Presidential Term Professor of Africana Studies’ 130-page American Slavery: A Very Short Introduction is part of a series from Oxford University Press that offers succinct starters on topics from accounting to witchcraft. It was a new kind of project for Williams, who had written two previous books.
Rutendo Chigora, C’15, talks about her plans and her social venture in Zimbabwe.Susan Ahlborn
Rutendo Chigora, a College senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, has been named one of the nation’s two recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship. She is the 22nd Penn undergraduate to be named a Rhodes Scholar since the fellowship began in 1904. The scholarships fund two or three years of study at Oxford University in England.
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