Magnet Alumni News: Winter 2021
Awards and Recognition:
Lorrie Cranor '89 was elected to the 2020 Class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (cmu.edu)
Last summer, many alumni mentored Blair senior research projects, and two of those students were recognized as Science Talent Search Scholars. If you are interested in mentoring a student research project this summer, please contact Ms. Bosse (Angelique_P_Bosse@mcpsmd.org)
Nick Stone '04, astrophysics faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, mentored Chris Tong's project, Signatures of Second Generation Exoplanet Formation.
Mike Winer '15, a physics graduate student at the University of Maryland, mentored Yash Anand's project, Developing a Toy Model for Quantum Chaos Theory: Entanglement Entropy of Bipartite System Under Random Real Hamiltonians.
Shira Robinson '90, Supremacy Unleashed: the Ongoing Erosion of Palestinian Citizenship in Israel (Routledge Handbook of Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa)
Charissa Chang '91, et al., The Liver and Insulin Resistance: The Important Convergence of Endocrinology and Hepatology (Insulin Resistance)
Jeffrey Hostetler '92, et al., Reconstructing population dynamics of a threatened marine mammal using multiple data sets (Scientific Reports)
R. Landy et al., and Hormuzd Katki '92, Using Prediction-Models to Reduce Persistent Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Draft 2020 USPSTF Lung-Cancer Screening Guidelines (Journal of the National Cancer Institute)
C. Cammarota, T. Finegan, et al., and Dan Bergstralh '93, An Axon-Pathfinding Mechanism Preserves Epithelial Tissue Integrity (Current Biology)
Joshua Weitz '93, et al., Awareness-driven behavior changes can shift the shape of epidemics away from peaks and toward plateaus, shoulders, and oscillations (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
P. Dhigra, et al., and Minjoo Larry Lee '94, InP quantum dots for dislocation-tolerant, visible light emitters on Si (Applied Physics Letters)
B.A. McGregor, et al., incl. Atish Choudhury '95, Results of a multicenter, phase 2 study of nivolumab and ipilimumab for patients with advanced rare genitourinary malignancies (Cancer)
J. Plowman and Amir Caspi '96, A Fast, Simple, Robust Algorithm for Coronal Temperature Reconstruction (The Astrophysical Journal)
P. Yang, et al., and David Hu '97, Intestines of non-uniform stiffness mold the corners of wombat feces (Soft matter)
Luke Bergmann '98 and N. Lally, For geographical imagination systems (Annals of the American Association of Geographers)
O. Grujic, et al., and Jason Ernst '98, Identification and characterization of constrained non-exonic bases lacking predictive epigenomic and transcription factor binding annotations (Nature Communications)
M. Abdallah, D. Ni, and Amanda Simson '98, Evaluation of biochars derived from food waste for synthesis gas production via pyrolysis and CO2 gasification (Biomass and Bioenergy)
Jean Lee '99, et al., Migration, externalities, and the diffusion of COVID-19 in South Asia (Journal of Public Economics)
S. Boumi and Adan Vela '99, Improving Graduation Rate Estimates Using Regularly Updating Multi-Level Absorbing Markov Chains (Education Science)
Aleta Quinn '01, Transparency and secrecy in citizen science: Lessons from herping (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science)
S.A. Hurvitz, Jennifer Caswell-Jin '02, et al., Pathologic and molecular responses to neoadjuvant trastuzumab and/or lapatinib from a phase II randomized trial in HER2-positive breast cancer (TRIO-US B07) (Nature Communications)
S.M. Hirsh, Bingni Wen Brunton '02, and J.N. Kutz, Data-driven spatiotemporal modal decomposition for time frequency analysis (Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis)
Michael Sidorov '03, et al., Visual Sequences Drive Experience-Dependent Plasticity in Mouse Anterior Cingulate Cortex (Cell Reports)
Melis Anahtar '04, et al., Clinical assessment and validation of a rapid and sensitive SARS-CoV-2 test using reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification without the need for RNA extraction (Open Forum Infectious Diseases)
Ning Bao '04, et al., More of the bulk from extremal area variations (Classical and Quantum Gravity)
Wilma Bainbridge '05, et al., Distinct Representational Structure and Localization for Visual Encoding and Recall during Visual Imagery (Cerebral Cortex)
Abigail Fraeman '05, et al., Evidence for a Diagenetic Origin of Vera Rubin Ridge, Gale Crater, Mars: Summary and Synthesis of Curiosity's Exploration Campaign (JGR Planets)
R.A. Blaustein, et al., and Erica Hartmann '05, Toothbrush microbiomes feature a meeting ground for human oral and environmental microbiota (Microbiome)
Greg Howard '06, The Migration Accelerator: Labor Mobility, Housing, and Demand (American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics)
C.D. Bell, Jordyn Wolfand '07, and T.S. Hogue, Regionalization of Default Parameters for Urban Stormwater Quality Models (Journal of the American Water Resources Association)
E. L.-W. Majumder, Elizabeth Billings '13, et al., Cognitive analysis of metabolomics data for systems biology (Nature Protocols)
Clare Singer '14, et al., Top-of-atmosphere albedo bias from neglecting three-dimensional radiative transfer through clouds (Earth and Space Open Archive)
Science and Tech News:
Lorrie Cranor '89 was interviewed in c|net about creating strong passwords.
The COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool developed by Joshua Weitz' 93 was featured in the Washington Post: Covid risk and tracking tools: How to use them safely
In Science News for Students, David Hu '97 explained how giant pumpkins get so big.
The Chan Zuckerberg Science Initiative interviewed Rahul Satija '02 about his Seurat Software Toolkit: Pointing the Way in Single-Cell Analysis
Quinn Shen '11 shared computer vision research that he completed with the help of high school students, including two Blair seniors (LinkedIn)
Political Advocacy and Commentary:
Josh Fischman '90 discussed the conservative shift of the Supreme Court in the New York Times: As Trump Leaves the White House, His Imprint on the Judiciary Deepens
Aaron Klein '94 shared his top 5 financial regulatory priorities for the Biden administration.
Gautam Mukunda '97 is hosting a new podcast: Nasdaq's World Reimagined
Sarah Oh '00 is senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. She recently wrote in The Hill about municipal broadband.
Elizabeth Green '02 was interviewed about the future of local news by former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang (YouTube)
Eric Hysen '07 co-led The Refugee Admissions Project, a joint project of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and the National Conference on Citizenship.
Sherman Leung '12 wrote about racial disparities in bone marrow donation.
Michelle McGhee '14 wrote an interactive visual essay about representation in Crossword Puzzles: Who's in the Crossword?
Alice Park '17 helped to create an extremely detailed map of the 2020 election for The New York Times.
Sophia Weng '20 joined the executive board of the Harvard Political Review.
Entertainment and Sports:
Cynthia Addai-Robinson '98 has joined the cast of Amazon's forthcoming Lord of the Rings series (Hollywood Reporter)
Neil Dalal '14 covers the Washington Wizards for Hoop District. In December he wrote about the end of the John Wall era. (The Sports Daily)
Ryan Handel '18 is the sports editor for the Brown Daily Herald. In November he reported that the Ivy League cancels winter sports due to COVID-19.
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