This past week has been incredibly busy. We are trying to put together our paper to be done by the beginning of this week and I produced my final plots the diHiggs study. Well, I at least got to the end of the part that I needed to work on. I will most likely be making more plots or remaking those I have at some point. But all of that is fine when you have written macros to do everything for you. Now I just need to prepare for my presentation in the main auditorium on Tuesday, not to mention finish my other two projects.
This weekend was quite fun. Saturday was the Zurich Street Parade which is the largest techno party in Europe. People from all over swarm the city and there are like eight stationary stages plus another four mobile stages which drive around the entire city playing techno. Everyone dresses up in quite exotic costumes, many of which are probably not decent for this blog. But it is Europe and everyone comes to have a good time. It’s really nice because it is just the right level of crazy and fun but nothing ever gets dangerous. People of all ages take part and have a blast.
It was even better that my roommate from Tech, Marec, was able to come. He is doing research in London and flew into Zurich on Saturday and has been spending the weekend with us in Geneva. We spent Saturday in Zurich walking the city and taking part in the party. We headed back to Geneva in the early evening to make it in time for the fireworks for the Fête de Genève. It was an extraordinary show where the equivalent of a US finale was performed at least eight times synchronized with music. It was quite impressive and even better that the light and sound ricocheted off all of the buildings so even as we walked back to the tram line we could see everything.
Today I worked at CERN to prepare for my presentation and Marec went into the city to buy chocolate. He has been trying to survive with British food and I must say that it is sad to see a fellow Frenchman in that state. But he was succesful in findng plenty of chocolate, even with most stores closed on Sundays.
Sunday night we went to another barbecue at Professor Newman’s chalet and it was awesome as usual. It didn’t rain this time but the night sky was incredibly clear above us so we could see plenty of stars. It was nice to sit there and talk with the Newmans as well as their guests from all over the world. We had a bit of a scare since the blinds on the patio are automated and somewhat touchy so they started going off and would have locked us out of the house if Mrs. Newman hadn’t heard them, rushed over and crawled under into the house before they closed. She was succesful though and saved it. It was a good evening and it was nice to catch up with the lab group and Marec.
It was nice to see a friendly face this weekend and have Marec here. It makes me realize that we now only have three weeks left. It’s crazy and means that it is crunch time to get stuff done before leaving CERN but also means I will soon be meeting up with another one of my friends from Tech to spend a week chilling in Barcelona. Good times ahead!
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.