2012 Honorable Mentions

Kapil Gururangan Pharmaceutical Companies and Patient Care – The Mixed Effects Model
Ethan Prizant National Paths and Prophecies: Wu Guanzhong, History, and the Global in early 1980s China

Kapil Gururangan
Pharmaceutical Companies and Patient Care – The Mixed Effects Model
Undergraduate Program Business Administration 107
Prof. Alan Ross

Gururangan’s project broadens the data applied to a critical question – how do pharmaceutical companies influence healthcare at the level of patient health and access to health services? In answering this question, he explored article databases from a variety of disciplines and print resources located in the Gardner Stacks, and the libraries at Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health and used them to compare the positive and negative outcomes produced by treatment innovation and lobbying capability. Prof. Ross stated that “his ability to research and synthesize information across different disciplines, using starkly different methodologies and various types of data makes his paper stand out amongst his peers.”

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Ethan Prizant

Divergent Prophecies for the Nation: Wu Guanzhong, History, and the Global in early 1980s China
Asian Studies 195A&B
Prof. Patricia Berger

Wu Guanzhong may be one of the best known artists to emerge after China’s Cultural Revolution, but scholarship on the artist and his works in English is limited. Prizant’s examination of Wu’s intentions and how his work has been interpreted and received in China and worldwide was accomplished through dogged and persistent searching through Chinese and English library catalogs, print bibliographies, and online databases. This resulted in a sophisticated analysis of Wu’s work that Prof. Berger described as “graduate level work,” one that includes “the most comprehensive bibliography on Wu Guanzhong that [she has] seen.”

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