Researcher Emma Spiro '07, who studies the use of social media in emergencies, is the second Pomona College alumna to be highlighted this month on Pacific Standard magazine's list of "30 Top Thinkers Under 30."
In an article released online today, Spiro, now a professor in Washington State, credits Pomona College Mathematics Professor Ami Radunskaya, who "fostered my interest in applied mathematics and encouraged an atmosphere of support among the female students."
After majoring in mathematics at Pomona, Spiro went on to earn her Ph.D. in sociology at UC Irvine, and today she is an assistant professor at the University of Washington's Information School. In the online piece, Pacific Standard credits her for publishing "award-winning academic papers about how people use Twitter and Facebook during natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and mass protests."
"I am fascinated by people, group behavior, and how the structure of society impacts our lives," Spiro told the magazine. "Every day I discover new challenges and fascinating problems that force me to think creatively about ways to make a difference."
Earlier this month, the magazine highlighted Pomona alumna Kelly Miller on its "list of dazzling minds that will be shaping our society's big ideas for years to come." Miller, a psychology major from Pomona's Class of 2012 who studies stress and relationships, earned a National Science Foundation fellowship.