Fourth year earns national mathematics award

By Dianna Douglas
Photo by Robert Kozloff

During her first year in the College, Maggie Cornelius got stuck on some advanced calculus. She mentioned her trouble with Epsilon-Delta proofs to Sarah Peluse, a friend on the women’s cross-country team, little knowing that she was about to get help from one of the best young mathematicians of her generation.

 Math can be really fun. Solving an especially interesting problem is its own reward.” 
—Sarah Peluse

Leading the Way

By Carmen Marti

When Katie Burkhart, a fourth-year student in the College, attended a leadership program last winter quarter, she was surprised at the approach. She and her classmates spent the evening playing improvisation games.

“That was such an unexpected thing for a leadership program,” Burkhart said. “But it was about non-traditional paths and how to have an entrepreneurial leadership attitude. I really liked that part of the program.”

Student chronicles Iraq's intellectual crisis

By Dianna Douglas
Photo by Robert Kozloff

Iraq was widely considered the intellectual center of the Middle East in the 1970s, full of world-class universities, professors, and poets, and street markets of books. But due to the strife of recent decades, says second-year Matthew Schweitzer, the country’s intellectual foundation is “almost completely destroyed.”

Before, “people came to Iraq’s universities from across the region,” Schweitzer says. Those modern scholars were continuing an ancient tradition of intellectual and literary culture.

Environmental research inspires new Rhodes Scholar

By Dianna Douglas
Photo by Robert Kozloff

Samuel Greene is not the kind of scientist who’s afraid to get his hands dirty.

In his quest to devise studies on the environment and climate change, the fourth-year chemistry student has tracked methane emissions from lakes in Alaska, sought catalysts for converting biomass to biofuel, and developed statistical methods for analyzing radioactive materials.

Graduate students take on policy challenges in Gary

By Mark Sorkin
Photo by Robert Kozloff

The car inches forward a few feet and stops when the next house comes into view. There’s a padlock on the front door, tufts of grass sprouting from the gutters, paint peeling from the siding, and a large hole in the window frame on the second floor.

“This one looks abandoned to me,” says Robert Vanneste, AB’12, a first-year student in the Harris School of Public Policy.


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