Cynthia Peng Staffwriter

Class of 2011


  • My (pseudo-)Snuggie ownership: A personal journey in fashion

    My mother got my family a set of Snuggies for Christmas.

    Forum | February 1, 2010
  • Looking at a different kind of science fiction: Portrait of a call girl as a scientific researcher

    Belle de Jour is your typical high-class London call girl: blonde, sophisticated, and... in possession of a Ph.D.? The blonde bombshell and great literary mystery recently revealed herself to be Dr. Brooke Magnanti, developmental neurotoxologist, cancer epidemiologist, and apparent literary figure. We now know the real Belle de Jour, the pseudonym that spawned the book *Secret Diary of a London Ca...

    Forum | November 23, 2009
  • No taxation without extravagant benefits

    I recently informed two of my friends, who have been holed up living under a rock studying for Experimental Bio-Organic Molecular Chemistry or something, that they were planning to tax us college students for being college students. I asked them what they thought.

    Forum | November 2, 2009
  • Online Dating, Scientific Mating

    I try not to use my knowledge for evil purposes. With that being said, is probably the best unethical idea I’ve had, ever. Not that there have been many. is a dating website where one is matched via the most important component of compatibility: the brain. Ignoring the fact that I have morals, and the fact that I know little about brain imaging, absolutely nothing about...

    Forum | October 5, 2009
  • Leadership personalities: Leaders are like plants

    Leaders have been likened to many things. Most have been poetic: The Bible says leaders are like those who move boundary stones, and some music nerd on the Internet says leaders are like maestros — something about reaching beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.

    Forum | September 28, 2009