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Square Knots, Surfaces, and the
Shape of the Universe

As a professor of mathematics, William Singer, Ph.D., knows that the mere mention of his work in algebraic topology could make someone take a nervous step backward and sheepishly confess to having never been good with numbers. That kind of math anxiety, though, comes from a fundamental misconception about mathematics, Singer says.


New Quaranta Chair Seeks Justice for
Society’s Most Vulnerable Children

William Meezan, Ph.D., grew up in the University Heights section of the Bronx. His parents were socialists during an era when the political movement experienced a negative Cold War tinge.
M “I was brought up with an extraordinary sense of people’s responsibility for each other and what a just world could look like,” said Meezan, who will be installed as the Mary Ann Quaranta Chair for Social Justice for Children in April at the Graduate School of Social Service.


Accounting Professor Seeks Clues in Market Data

Where some people see data, John J. Shon, Ph.D., sees patterns.
M“For most of my projects, I just open up academic journals, flip through them and find something interesting,” he said. “And I keep reading and then think ‘I could do something about this.’”




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