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Alumni News Round-Up: Week of December 9, 2017

December 11, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Here’s our round-up of alumni news from the week of December 9, 2017:

  • Finale Doshi-Velez (’01) was part of a research team that used machine learning to create an algorithm to predict an antidepressant’s effectiveness based on depression subtypes. When implemented in clinical settings, the new tool was found to be more accurate than existing methods.
  • The RTD wrote about the new service for vision-impaired theatergoers developed by Virginia Voice in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre, for which both Catie Huennekens (’01) and Alex Wiles (’08) work as trained, volunteer “describers.”
  • Tejas Muthusamy (’21) is one of the RTD’s 2017 Person of the Year honorees. Tejas competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for four straight years.
  • You can listen to “Night Shift,” the first track from Lucy Dacus (’13)‘s upcoming album HISTORIAN. HISTORIAN will be out March 2 from Matador Records.
  • Congratulations to Sam Ulmschneider (’02) and the MLWGS We the People team on their first place showing at the Central Virginia Regional competition!
  • Comedian Sara Schaefer (’96) wrote for and appears in THE FAKE NEWS WITH TED NELMS, which premieres December 13th on Comedy Central.
  • Studio Two Three Executive Director Ashley Hawkins (’03) delivered the December 2017 VCU Arts commencement address.
  • Richmond Magazine featured the space transformed by Campfire & Co., a branding and interiors company co-founded by Lauren Stewart (’03), into “The Woodlot,” a new home for their growing businesses in The Fan.
  • ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han (’98) is one of Seventeen‘s 27 of the Best YA Books of 2017.
  • ICYMI: We profiled Fizzah Shaikh (’16).
  • ICYMI: We profiled Rebecca Otis (’96).

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