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GSAS Newsletter October 1, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Research and Honors

Engineering 'Off-the-Shelf' Blood Vessels

Nina Kristofik (Engineering and Applied Science) has won an American Heart Association graduate fellowship to pursue her research on tissue engineering. Kristofik is working to create better small-diameter (less than 6mm) arterial grafts. Vessels... » read more

Land, Libel, Litigation, and ‘Unwomanly’ Behavior in the Early Republic

Michael Blaakman (History) is writing a dissertation on “land mania” during and after the American Revolution. “Speculation Nation: Land and Mania in the Revolutionary American Republic, 1776-1803” explores the corruption that lay at the... » read more

Studying a 'Complicated Process': Research on Advertising through the Lens of Sociology

Andrew Cohen (Sociology) has been interested in advertisements for a long time. “You get bombarded with ads every day, but did you ever wonder why it was that particular ad, with that particular model, and that particular tag line?” Cohen asks. “... » read more

Alumni Spotlight

Scholar Turns to Murder

Colleen J. Shogan (PhD 2002, Political Science), deputy director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University, has murdered a senator. To be more precise, a fictional character she created... » read more

Misdiagnosed and Misunderstood

For more than half of her life, Annita Perez Sawyer (BA 1971, PhD 1981, Sociology) kept her troubled past a secret from all but a few people. “The genie’s now out of the bottle,” says Sawyer, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Yale,... » read more

Images of America in 1974

Raymond Smith (MA 1966; MPhil 1968, American Studies) has been known among bibliophiles since 1975 as the proprietor of R.W. Smith Bookseller, specializing in rare and out-of-print art books. Recently he produced an art book of his own: In Time We... » read more

From Personal Tragedy to Renewal, with Help from Dante

Joseph Luzzi (PhD 2000, Italian), professor of Comparative Literature at Bard College, is author of In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love (HarperCollins 2015). The book is a reflection on how... » read more