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IAN GARRICK-BETHELL ’02 TAKES A MOON SHOT

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Ian Garrick-Bethell ’02 wants to get you pumped about the moon. One way he might do this is to send a small piece of you up there. Garrick-Bethell, a professor of planetary sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and colleagues are inviting members of the public to submit a single hair, along with…

MUSICAL SCORED BY TRASK ’89 BECOMES A BROADWAY HIT

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A revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a rock musical with a score by Stephen Trask ’89 and a book by John Cameron Mitchell, opened at the historic Belasco Theatre on Broadway to rave reviews this past April. In June, the show received four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in…

COLLECTING HISTORY: KEVIN STRAIT ’97

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Kevin Strait ’97 collects things: old hats, small tools, rusted shackles, dog-eared photographs, Chuck Berry’s Cadillac, the P-Funk Mothership …  those sorts of things. Their common thread is that they will all be part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), due to open in 2016 on the National Mall…

WEAR THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE: ALOK APPADURAI ’00

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By Todd Stone ’05.  Alok Appadurai ’00 recently said that for most everything he has done professionally, he’s been able to take out his business card, look anybody in the eye, and say: “This is the work I do and I’m proud of it.” Appadurai can say this with extra confidence these days, because he…

A SITE FOR HAPPINESS NATALY KOGAN ’98

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In Nataly Kogan’s native Russia, there’s a saying: “To write is like to pee. You should only do it if you can’t hold it anymore.” She gives the same advice to young people who ask her about starting a business. Kogan ’98 speaks from experience. She says that, outside of immigrating to the U.S. and…

RIDING HIGH WITH RYE: SIVAN COTEL ’05

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Down a steep drop on an unimproved road in rural Vermont lies a picturesque 500-acre farm where Sivan Cotel ’05 is toiling with a small group of business partners to build a brand for a beverage most associated with the Roaring Twenties—rye whiskey. Although speakeasies are long gone, rye whiskey is enjoying a comeback in…

JOSH LERNER ’00: PAINTING DEMOCRACY’S VIBRANT CANVAS

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  Every four years, Americans participate in one of the great rituals of democracy: the presidential election.  But to Josh Lerner ’00, democracy is a vastly more vibrant canvas, with opportunities for citizens to exercise their voices on questions ranging from, yes, who represents them in the White House to whether a neighborhood should repair…

FINESSING FOOD ALLERGIES: AMANDA SNYDER ’00

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  By Nancy Fontaine It’s the end of a busy day. You rush into the kitchen with a bag of groceries after having spent many long and frustrating minutes examining food labels because the kids have allergies. They start fighting in the next room because they’re hungry and tired, as are you. The kitchen is…

Sarah Hann ’95 and Harlan Weaver ’99: “Animal Studies Fellowship Draws Alumni to Campus”

Sarah Hann ’95, a veterinarian with a specialty in acupuncture who is concerned with current agricultural practices, and Harlan Weaver ’99, a newly minted Ph.D. in the history of consciousness and the companion of two “pit bulls,” were two fellows in the Human-Animal Studies Fellowship Program this summer. They were back on campus for the…