Magnet Alumni News: Winter 2020
A production of Peerless by Jiehae Park '98 is playing at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul, MN through Feb. 16th (twincities.com).
Nora Achrati '99 is part of the cast of Silent Sky at Ford's Theatre in DC through Feb. 23rd (Washington Post)
Rachel Carlson '01 directed the All-County choir at the Frederick All-County Music Festival.
In the News:
Aaron Klein '94 wrote in the Los Angeles Times: How credit card companies reward the rich and punish the rest of us
A quote from Gautam Mukunda '97 led off a Tom Friedman column in the New York Times: Trump, Zuckerberg & Pals Are Breaking America
For WUSA9, Tom Hunsicker '00 writes about the Biggest sports moments of the 2010s in the DMV
The American Journalism Project, a non-profit co-founded by Elizabeth Green '02, was featured in David Leonhardt's column in the New York Times: Save Local Journalism!
Valerie Shen '04 was among the Congressional staffers who signed a tribute for Rep. Elijah Cummings in USA Today.
In The Planetary Report, Abigail Fraeman '05 writes: A New Understanding: How Spirit and Opportunity Changed Our View of Mars
Erik Agard '11 is the new editor of the USA Today Crossword Puzzle (AMS). He has also helped to reintroduce the Cryptic Crossword in The New Yorker.
Alexandra Melinchok '16 sponsored a climate change resolution in the University of Maryland SGA (The Diamondback)
Blogs, Podcasts, and Videos:
Michael Moon '91 presented at the SHRM People Analytics Conference: Unravel HR Mysteries and Facilitate Better Strategic Value with Analytics
Rosamond King '92 writes about Paule Marshall's Legacy for the Cite Black Women collective
Helen Fields '93 writes about Airplanes and Bees at The Last Word on Nothing
Wei-Hwa Huang '93 wrote about constructing puzzles for the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt
Vishal Kapur '97 plays with the idea of The Anti-Startup
Jonah Berger '98 joined the Wharton Business Daily to break down the 2020 Super Bowl ads
Sarah Oh '00 is co-hosting a new podcast at the Technology Policy Institute: The Real View
Eric Neyman '15 wrote about his favorite puzzles from the 2020 MIT Mystery Hunt
Anna Barth '17 made a new physics video: The Higgs & the Hierarchy Problem
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Awards and Grants:Samie Jaffrey '89 was awarded an NIH MIRA Grant. (cornell.edu)
Joshua Weitz '93 was named to the Blaise Pascal International Chair of Excellence.
Rahul Satija '02 was awarded an Open Source Software grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Jean Fan '09 was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 for Healthcare. She will be starting as an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University this summer. (@JEFworks)
Maggie Wang '18 won an Academic All-Conference Award as a member of the MIT women's volleyball team.
Charissa Chang '91, The Liver and Insulin Resistance: The Important Convergence of Endocrinology and Hepatology (Contemporary Endocrinology)
David Heetderks '93, Play with Closing Markers: Cadential Multivalence in 1960s Prechoruses and Related Schemas (Music Theory Spectrum)
Meredith TenHoor '94, State-funded militant infrastructure? CERFI’s équipements collectifs in the intellectual history of architecture (The Journal of Architecture)
A.R. Maiuri, et al., and Heather O'Hagan '94, DNA methyltransferase inhibition reduces inflammation-induced colon tumorigenesis (Epigenetics)
A.H. Chang and Patricio Vela '94, Shape-centric modeling for control of traveling wave rectilinear locomotion on snake-like robots (Robotics and Autonomous Systems)
A.A. Hamid and Atish Choudhury '95, Biological and therapeutic advances in the pursuit of effective immunotherapy for prostate cancer (Current Opinion in Urology)
Miranda Mockrin '95, H.K. Fishler, and S.I. Stewart, After the fire: Perceptions of land use planning to reduce wildfire risk in eight communities across the United States (International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction)
Jacob Lurie '96, Full Level Structures on Elliptic Curves (pdf)
Jonah Berger '98, et al., Uniting the Tribes: Using Text for Marketing Insight (Journal of Marketing)
Robyn Sanderson '99, et al., Synthetic Gaia Surveys from the FIRE Cosmological Simulations of Milky Way-mass Galaxies (The Astrophysical Journal)
Alex Winder '99, Nakba Diaries: Unsettling the Scale and Temporality of Historical Writing (AlMuntaqa)
M.R. Adams, et al., and Yegveny Brudno '00, Extracellular-Matrix-Anchored Click Motifs for Specific Tissue Targeting (Molecular Pharmaceutics)
J.E. Rood, et al., and Rahul Satija '02, Toward a Common Coordinate Framework for the Human Body (Cell)
Bingni Wen Brunton '02 and M. Beyeler, Data-driven models in human neuroscience and neuroengineering (Current Opinion in Neurobiology)
Melodi Javid Whitley ‘03, et al., Kaposi sarcoma in a patient with postpolio syndrome (Cutis)
Ning Bao '04, G. Penington, J. Sorce, and A.C. Wall, Beyond toy models: distilling tensor networks in full AdS/CFT (Journal of High Energy Physics)
Wilma Bainbridge '05 and C.I. Baker, Boundaries Extend and Contract in Scene Memory Depending on Image Properties (Current Biology)
Jeremy Goodman '06, Agglomerative Algebras (Journal of Philosophical Logic)
Jordyn Wolfand '07, et al., Will wastewater recycling impact ecology in the Los Angeles River? (AGU Fall Meeting 2019)
Noori Chai '08, et al., Genome-wide synthetic lethal CRISPR screen identifies FIS1 as a genetic interactor of ALS-linked C9ORF72 (Brain Research)
Emily Jones '10, et al., Early Hippocampal Sharp-Wave Ripple Deficits Predict Later Learning and Memory Impairments in an Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model (Cell Reports)
Frederic Koehler '12, Fast Convergence of Belief Propagation to Global Optima: Beyond Correlation Decay (Neural Information Processing Systems Conference 2019)
Samuel Zbarsky '13, Lower Bounds and Fixed Points for the Centered Hardy–Littlewood Maximal Operator (The Journal of Geometric Analysis)
Jared Duker Lichtman '14, Almost primes and the Banks–Martin conjecture (Journal of Number Theory)
Interviews and Testimony:
Lorrie Cranor '89 was interviewed for a CBS news segment in Pittsburgh: Alexa, Are You Spying On Me? How To Prevent Your Smart Devices From Listening To You
Alenda Chang '94 talked about her involvement in a new open access journal at UC Santa Barbara: Where Media Meets Environment
Aaron Klein '94 testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee Task Force on Financial Technology at a hearing asking, "Is Cash Still King? Reviewing the Rise of Mobile Payments."
Rahman Culver '96 was interviewed for Info Flow on December 9th
Jeremy Fisher '97 was interviewed by Forbes Energy Innovation about his research on the economics of coal power plants: Utilities Running Uneconomic Coal Plants Cost Consumers $3.5 Billion From 2015-2017
The microbiology research of Erica Hartmann '05 was featured in Popular Science: Your home’s microbiome, revealed
Grace Cai '19 was interviewed as part of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls.
Robert Pless '90 was honored with the Blair Magnet Distinguished Alumni Award.
Craig Rice '90 was inducted into Blair's Alumni Hall of Fame. (Silver Chips)