Today we made applesauce oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! I had a jar of applesauce that I needed to finish by next week, so we substituted applesauce for all of the oil in the recipe. For some reason, the recipe had lots of oil but not very much butter, and it’s a lot easier to substitute applesauce for oil than for butter. Applesauce apparently makes the cookies softer and chewier, which I thought would be good since the last cookies I made were super super crunchy even on the inside. Since I’m living off campus next year (only around 5-10 minutes away by walking) and won’t be on a food/board plan, I have to practice cooking over the summer. Also, next year, cookies will be a good way to convince people to come over and visit me off campus!
The applesauce probably did make the cookies softer, which was nice. When the cookies first came out
of the oven, we thought they were too soft since they fell apart when we
tried to take them off the foil. But after letting them cool for a few
minutes, they held together well and tasted very good.
I forgot to halve the recipe, so ended up with 3-4 dozen bite-size
cookies. It’s easy to get rid of cookies, though. Often when people bake
too many cookies or other sweets, they leave some of them out in the
kitchen labeled “free”. I saved some of them for later and left the rest
for free, and they were gone within a few hours. Since we also decided to have a NERF war tonight, I brought a dozen cookies to the NERF game to
give to people. On the topic of NERF games, we’re still trying to schedule a game during the fall term with our club advisor and possibly some other faculty, which would make for a very interesting game!
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.