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Drawing on his passion for higher ed and a background in journalism, Scott has penned feature articles for several higher ed institutions, including American International College and WPI. His talent with this work lies in understanding the need to adequately pump the institution’s tires — while still crafting a piece that would appeal to any reader.

Copwriting: Scott Whitney

Animal Instinct, Denice O'Connell '98

As American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” By that metric alone, Denice O’Connell possesses nothing less than a first-rate intellect.

O’Connell, a veterinarian dedicated to supporting animal welfare, oversees animal testing for a global pharmaceutical company.

She is a committed advocate for every animal in her care—she is equally committed to the potential cures and discoveries that studying these animals may unlock. But by her own admission, bridging the worlds of veterinary medicine and medical research is not always a comfortable space to occupy. “How do you spend all these years studying to save the lives of animals, and then utilize animals to answer scientific questions?” she acknowledges. “That’s the question I’m asked most of all.”