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Washington People: Gwen Randolph

Washington People: Gwen Randolph

Gwen Randolph, an immunologist by training, began her career studying immune cells and how they travel around the body. But she has made a career out of breaking down scientific silos and asking questions no one else had thought to ask.
The problem solver

The problem solver

With Square, LaunchCode, Third Degree Glass Factory and more to his name, alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr. is often called a serial entrepreneur. In fact, he has just never met a problem he didn’t want to solve.
Hiding in plain sight

Hiding in plain sight

Early rice growers unwittingly gave barnyard grass a big hand, helping to give root to a rice imitator that is now considered one of the world’s worst agricultural weeds. The new research from biologist Kenneth Olsen in Arts & Sciences was published this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution.
Sports: An American obsession

Sports: An American obsession

Sports fandom — often more than religious, political or regional affiliation — determines how millions of Americans define themselves. In his new book, “We Average Unbeautiful Watchers: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports,” Noah Cohan, lecturer in American Culture Studies in Arts & Sciences, focuses on sports culture as narrative.