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My name is Meredith Bennett. I am the current Editor-in-Chief of The D.U. Quark. I am a senior Environmental Science major. I am also interested in research relating to ecology and conservation biology. My favorite thing about The D.U. Quark is the journal’s commitment to engaging Duquesne University students and the wider community with science being done at Duquesne and in the world. My hobbies include playing the piano, hiking, and camping.

My name is Annie Panageas. I am a 4th year Forensic Science and Law major. At The Quark, I am the Secretary as well as a Staff Writer and a Peer Reviewer. One of the things that I love about The Quark is how much there is to learn from others through their writing or their insights in peer review. I love hiking, reading, hanging out with friends, and anything fall and spooky this time of year!

Hello, I’m Alex Plyler! I’m a 4th year Forensic Science major, and the Staff Section Editor of The Quark. My favorite part of being involved in The Quark is being able to get valuable experience reading and editing scientific articles. I also love that I get to learn about some awesome scientific topics I wouldn’t normally see in class at the same time!

My name is Lauren Dangel, and I am the Section Editor for The D.U. Quark. I oversee the peer review process. I am a third-year Forensic Science and Law major.  I love that The D.U. Quark provides me an opportunity to see articles outside of my major. I also love interacting with the peer reviewers. I hope to pursue a career in forensic pathology after attending and graduating medical school.

Hello, my name is Jacob Cavender, and I am a junior Computer Science and Math major. I was an Interviewer and Writer my freshman year and Layout Editor my sophomore and junior years. I enjoy the learning community that The Quark has and the friendly members that are always willing to help. I also enjoy swimming, coding, and streaming on Twitch.

Hello, my name is Claire Neiberg! I am a junior English major and Political Science minor planning to pursue Family Law. I have been the journal’s Promotions Officer since the spring of my freshman year, and it is my second year as an intern. My favorite aspect of The D.U. Quark is creating graphics for the social media pages as well as getting to pursue work outside my area of study alongside a great group of people. I also compete on the Mock Trial Team and love sewing, poetry, and Classic Rock.

Our faculty advisor is Dr. Kristin Klucevsek, and she can be contacted by e-mail at

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