Luke Lavin


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Luke recently graduated with honors from Amherst College with a B.A. in physics and anthropology. At Amherst his wide-ranging interests across the physical and social sciences led him to focus on questions related to climate, energy, and nuclear power. His recently completed senior honors thesis analyzing claims on democracy, risk, and scientific knowledge in debates over the contentious continuing operation of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant (VT) won the Amherst Anthropology and Sociology department prize for best thesis. In the past Luke has worked doing research at the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and for science journalist Charles C. Mann. Still, his best job was probably a few summers spent driving a pedicab in his hometown of Washington, D.C. In his free time Luke enjoys running, cycling, reading, traveling, and being an avid fan of the Washington Nationals baseball team.