Once again feeling deprived of surf and sun, I organized another trip to my hometown, Laguna Beach, a la my previous post,Home to the Beach, for last Sunday. We spent the afternoon checking out some tide pools
And found lots of starfish! Although this one is unfortunately a bit out of frame. The surf was also great for boogie boarding.
John Lucero:3D paintings that glow in the dark and glow pretty colors under blacklight. The coolness is self-explanatory.
Gavin Heath: Just click on the link. The epicness of this guy’s glass blowing cannot be described in words.
The cool thing about Sawdust artists is that they also know the science behind their art. I once told an artist that I was a chemistry major and he jumped at the opportunity to tell me all about the chemistry of the glazes on his pottery. The glassblowers, who also perform their art at the festival, will often overhear conversations outside of the glassblowing booth and provide explanations of the physics behind their work.
Not sure which artist this was, but when we were trying to figure out how the oven worked he started throwing out facts about the set up while he continued working on that vase, like a boss.
While wandering through the festival, I stopped by Doug Miller’s booth. He’s an artist I’ve known for as long as I can remember who’s signature pieces are postcard-sized paintings. I found one of the street where I live and when I jokingly remarked to him that he missed the stop sign, he snatched it away from so that he could paint it in. I ended up buying the painting, which you can see above another Douge Miller painting of the beach by my house and alongside a vase, feather earings, a boxed butterfly, and a scrap-metal candlestick made by other Sawdust artists on a shelf in my room.
And so my little art collection from has grown once more.
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.