On the cover: Ovarian cancer cells with the capacity to form tumors join together to create spheroids, a grouping that enhances the cells' ability to survive. Image courtesy of Associate Professor Eva Schmelz.Editor's page
Around the Drillfield
Editor's note: Thanks to your feedback in our fall 2014 readership survey, we've made some adjustments to the Around the Drillfield and Class Notes sections. For example, check out "What's In It?" and the Class Notes "Retro" section. Meanwhile, some of the sections that were underperforming in your eyes—such as Book Notes—are no more. Instead, books will appear as regular entries in Class Notes' listings of career accomplishments.
Letters to the Editor
Around the DrillfieldInspiration
Assistant Professor Amy Azano helped organize an autism-friendly music concert—designed for children like her son, William—at the Moss Arts Center in April.
What's in it?Absorbing knowledge
A common diaper illustrates the complex wonders of polymers, says chemistry professor Timothy Long (Ph.D. chemistry '87), a 2015 Virginia Outstanding Scientist.
Rising sophomore Marcus Wanner solved an enigmatic series of cryptographic mindbenders—in 2012, when he was a home-schooled 15-year-old.
MomentWhen in Rome
Among only the second class of women to matriculate at Boston Latin School, 2015 William E. Wine Award winner Trudy Harrington Becker was destined to be a classicist.
Alumnus ProfileThe Defender
Ken Myers (liberal arts and sciences '92) is director of the Department of Defense organization you've likely never heard of: the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
How-to"Come on down!"
So you want to be on a game show? Chosen to play "The Price Is Right," Sandy Bass (marketing management '12, theatre arts and cinema '12) offers a few pointers.
In late April at the Moss Arts Center, Cirque Mechanics put on two performances of "Pedal Punk," a circus on wheels. Inspired by steampunk culture, "Pedal Punk" is set in a post-apocalyptic world of machines powered by the acrobatic strength of the performers.Arts at Virginia Tech