You have probably seen her around the Science Complex – headphones on her ears, running sneakers dangling from her backpack and a big smile on her face. Friends joke that Elizabeth “Biz” Egan lives in the Mathematics Department, and based on the amount of time she spends there, it’s not far from the truth.
Dr. Aigli Papantonopoulou, known to her students as “Dr. P.,” is a professor of mathematics at the College. She attended Barnard College for her undergraduate studies, and then attained her Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley in algebraic geometry. Algebraic geometry is Dr. P’s passion.
Charles Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos Islands inspired the masterpiece of scientific thinking known as the theory of evolution by natural selection. Every biology student learns about it in the classroom but few have the opportunity to follow in Darwin’s footsteps and explore the islands firsthand. Yet come May, a group of students enrolled in The Natural History of the Galapagos Islandsand Ecuador will be doing just that.