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Freshman is Youngest Harvard Ig Nobel Award Recipient

Howard Freshman Jillian Clarke is
Youngest Harvard Ig Nobel Award Recipient

The Annals of Improbable Research at Harvard University will award freshman Jillian Clarke with a 2004 Ig Nobel Award, which honors achievements that first make people laugh and then makes them think. Clarke, the youngest recipient of the award, researched “If You Drop It: Should You Eat It? Weigh in on The 5-Second Rule.” Her research tested the informal rule: “If food falls on the floor for less than five seconds, is it safe to pick it up and eat it?”

Clarke, finance major from Chicago, Il., will lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Saturday, Oct. 2, on the background and findings of her research.

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