C.P. Snow Lecture Series

2007 C.P. Snow Scholar

The 2007 C. P. Snow scholar award went to Shea O’Neill ‘07, a history major with an environmental studies minor. O’Neill interned with the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, D.C., where he worked in their education department. While there, he helped develop a variety of tools for communicating to schoolchildren the fundamentals of energy science with the goal of helping them develop conservation values. His supervisor at ASE wrote, “Through his fabulous personality, Shea contributed passion and creativity to the team.” O’Neill also integrated science and humanities in his scholarly work. His adviser, assistant professor Michael Smith (history), describes the project O’Neill undertook in a fall semester history seminar: “Taking up the challenge thrown down by historian Edmund Russell to integrate evolutionary principles into history, Shea examined the coevolution of rats and humans. Very few undergraduates are sophisticated enough to read an academic article and use it as the starting point for new research in a field. Shea not only did this but also researched and wrote an elegant, provoca-tive paper that has won the history department’s writing award. The project demonstrated that Shea is an interdisciplinary thinker of the first order.”