My friend Rob Sand (b. Decorah, Iowa), one of the first people I met in college & also one of very few fellow Brunonians to return to the Midwest (currently in year 2 at University of Iowa Law), has just had his undergraduate thesis written up by Harvard Law scholar Larry Lessig. It's some solidly interesting research into the effects that public financing of campaigns has on political participation. Read it here.
Rob is a super-solid guy (bloke would be apropos if I were more of a Brit), so it's great to see his work garnering some serious respect. Not only is he an academic, but here's a shot of him onstage with our friends Elvis Perkins in Dearland.