Laurel Waycott (B.A. '05) is a Ph.D. candidate in the history of science and medicine at Yale University. Her dissertation explores the way biological thinking shaped conceptions of decoration, ornament and pattern at the turn of the twentieth century. After Santa Cruz, Laurel earned an M.A. in the history of decorative arts and design at the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Before seeking her Ph.D., she worked as an art historian with the Art Loss Register and in exhibition planning at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.