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Washington Magazine, August 2012
August 2012, Vol. 82, No. 4


A Re-Directed Life Clark Porter VideoAlumnus Clark Porter, an ex-felon himself, now develops programs to help some of the toughest repeat offenders stay on the path to a new life.

Crossroads in the Desert This August 121 years ago, two Washington University graduates found themselves sweltering in Iran, as they grappled with an immense problem: How to cross Asia by bicycle? The outcome would make them famous.
“A Brave and Resourceful Man”: Frank G. Lenz, Cyclist


Professors Cast Their Votes, for Past Presidents Four Arts & Sciences professors share thoughts on their favorite presidents.

CAREER Award Recognizes Early Excellence Two computer science assistant professors are awarded NSF CAREER awards for integrating promising research and teaching applications.


Graham Chapel Now Chimes ‘Alma Mater’ Undergraduate Michael Byrne advocates for stronger sense of tradition at the university, and he starts with the “Alma Mater.”

Root Causes of Kidney Stones Discovered New research by scientists at the School of Medicine provides evidence to explain why some people are more prone to develop the condition than others.

Ovations Fall Lineup The innovative series offers dance, physical theater and unique musical collaborations for the community.


At Experiment Site, Dragonflies Key to Change A new study at Tyson Research Center of artificial pond systems showed that dragonflies were the liaisons that connected aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems.


Students & Young Alumni Party With a Purpose In June, the Alumni Association joined forces with the university’s Career Center to host networking parties around the country.


Others’ Lives Is Her Business Kathy Evans, MSOT ’82, listens and learns and then weaves others’ stories into exceptional keepsakes.

Improving Disaster Relief Ben Smilowitz, AB ’03, founded the nonprofit Disaster Accountability Project to improve logistics of disaster relief after witnessing pitfalls in the response to Hurricane Katrina.


Artist at the Crossroads Alumna Ebony G. Patterson’s Untitled Species I (2010–11) is showcased in the Caribbean: Crossroads of the World exhibit, a major three-museum exhibit, in New York City.


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