Profiles

STEVE ROLSTON ’80 WANTS TO START A QUANTUM REVOLUTION

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By Gabriel Popkin ’03 In 1965, the same year he won the Nobel Prize, theoretical physicist Richard Feynman told an audience at MIT, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” In other words, not even the world’s top physicists fully grasped the theory they had developed to describe reality at the…

BUILDING A PATH HOME AFTER PRISON

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Eliza Hersh ’98 was 9 years old when her older brother was sentenced to a Nevada prison on a drug conviction and other offenses. His 14 years behind bars were a life-shaping event for Hersh in more ways than one: It helped shape her career arc. “He was someone who was convicted of felonies, but…

KATE GORDON ’94 BRINGS AN “ASTUTE POLICY MIND” TO CLIMATE-CHANGE ECONOMICS

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By Andrew Faught The November 2012 World Bank climate report carried a calamitous message: By the end of the century, unchecked global warming could drive up Earth’s temperature by 39 degrees Fahrenheit, triggering a “cascade of cataclysmic changes” not limited to epidemic heat waves, flooding, and malnutrition. “It essentially said everything will burn,” Kate Gordon…

JODY SPERLING ’92: DANCING IN THE ARCTIC

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By David McKay Wilson When choreographer Jody Sperling ’92 traveled to the Arctic Ocean last spring to find inspiration for her upcoming stage piece, she planned to dance on the planet’s dwindling northern icescape. Near the start of her 43-day journey aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, she wasn’t sure if the weather would cooperate,…

IMPROVISING A LIFE IN MUSIC: TAYLOR HO BYNUM ’98, MA’05

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Musicians of the 21st century face unique challenges. For better or worse, affordable home recording, digital distribution, illegal downloading, and low-paying streaming services have irreversibly changed the business. Recorded music is no longer a significant source of income. The old rules no longer apply, but new ones have not yet been written. It can be…