Q. What is your favorite book?
I love Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I used to listen to the audiobook when I was younger, and it’s one of the few books I still carry around when I travel.
Q. What has been a favorite research project at Bowdoin?
In my first-year seminar we investigated the ways that the venom from poisonous animals could be used as the basis for new treatment in medical therapy, especially the treatment of severe chronic pain. It was fascinating to see how something so dangerous could, in a new context, become useful and desirable. I remember being really surprised to find out that the major substance in Botox is chemically akin to the toxin that causes botulism.
Q. What is your favorite study space in the library?
A. I like to go to the carrels in the lower-level stacks. It’s a really great place to focus — it gets pretty quiet down there.