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eCounts and Recounts

By Michael Agresta

Like so many Americans, Robert Brownstone ’82 developed an interest in election security and voters’ rights in the aftermath of the flawed 2000 presidential election. Brownstone, however, came to the issue as a specialist in law and IT. Fenwick & West LLP, where he’s practiced for more than 12 years, is a dominant law firm [...]

A Passion for Politics

By Carol Brévart-Demm

As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, Anne Kolker ’08, an international climate change negotiator with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Change, developed an early and lasting passion for politics and public service. When the time came, she sought a college where she believed she’d find herself among like-minded peers. She wasn’t [...]

Monitoring Misinformation

By H.J. Hormel

With the general election just around the corner, political scientist and blogger Brendan Nyhan ’00 is trying to address media misinformation by helping journalists do a more accurate job of reporting.

The presidential-campaign season is a particularly important time for journalists to have the tools and understanding to provide their own reality checks, says the assistant [...]

Re-election is her Ambition

By Carrie Compton

Desiree Peterkin Bell ’00 has a critical delivery to make—whether or not she’s able to pull it off may ultimately affect the entire nation, perhaps the world. She has until Nov. 6 to help deliver the battleground state of Pennsylvania into the hands of President Barack Obama.
In June, Peterkin Bell was named Pennsylvania’s senior adviser [...]

Of ’Pacas and Robots

By David Treadwell

She loves raising alpacas. He loves teaching computer science. She’s expanded her herd of alpacas. He’s expanded the number of computer science majors at Colby College. She calls herself a technological Luddite. He admits that scooping alpaca poop is not his favorite chore.
Time out: How did Jill McElderry-Maxwell ’92, a biological anthropology major who always [...]

The Digital Archaeologist

By H.J. Hormel

If archaeologist Adam Rabinowitz ’95 were a superhero, he might be known as “The Destroyer.”
“Archaeology is inherently destructive. … You can’t re-dig a site … You took things that were associated, and now they are not associated,” he says. To maintain the context of finds, Rabinowitz and others are exploring new ways of using and [...]

Up for a Good Fight

By Robert Strauss

Jesse Handler ’09 was always a controlled, tough athlete—always seeking the next level.
So when it came to senior year and his time playing competitive lacrosse—which he had done from an early age—was coming to an end, he looked for the next step.
“I saw mixed martial arts on TV, and it looked like it would be [...]

Cori the Explorer

By Christopher Maier

Last spring, Corinna “Cori” Lathan ’88 found herself breathing in the crisp 15-degree air of northwest Greenland. She had just arrived at Thule Air Force Base, a U.S. Army outpost about 950 miles from the North Pole, where she’d be spending a day testing the prototype of a new neurobehavioral assessment software she and her [...]

Thinking Outside the Cell

By David Treadwell

Fifteen years ago, Julie Zimmerman ’68 was running a small publishing company, Biddle Publishing, and a self-publishing co-op, Audenreed Press, when she got a collect call from a prisoner on death row named A.J. Banister. He had appeared in Dead End, a book that Zimmerman’s firm had published on the death penalty, and he wanted [...]

Artist Without Borders

By Elizabeth Vogdes

When Nathan Florence ’94 arrived at Swarthmore from Utah, he planned to take premed courses. Yet he loved painting and wondered if pursuing art could be a realistic goal. As he pondered which path to take, he received some transformative advice from Stanford University psychologist Anne Jones Fernald ’65. She told him if he “put [...]