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  • Collection: Graduate Contestants 2015

Close Friends Think Alike

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Social networking has become an important part of people's life. The type of information each person receives everyday highly depends on what their friends shared. When people are asked to express their opinions on some issues, it is very likely that…

Shaggy mane mushroom near Matawai, New Zealand

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My dissertation research project is a systematic study of the fungal class Geoglossomycetes. These fungi are found worldwide and are especially diverse and understudied in New Zealand. In 2013 I received a Dissertation Travel Grant from the Graduate…

Infinite Chain

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This image depicts an infinite PdPt bimetallic chain discovered in my research. This infinite chain structure is based on a new motif with alternatively connected
Pd4(CO)4(OAc)4 paddlewheel molecules and Pt(acac)2 square-planar molecules. In this…

Forgotten Homes

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This image depicts a present reality in rural China: traditional houses are being abandoned and eventually demolished, and vernacular villages are disappearing at the rate of 80 to 100 every day. This phenomenon is largely the result of a nationwide…

Interstaller in PDMS Membrane

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Soft matter accounts for roughly 70% of our bodies and permeates the dynamic world around us. Soft materials have an inherent ability to sustain large elastic strains while sharing diffusivity and reactivity mechanism with solutions. These…

Practical Beauty

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I traveled to Laos in November 2014 to assist in a human origins excavation at a relatively new cave site in Northern Laos. My research interests focus on how early modern humans exploited natural resources as well as how they were physically…

From the New World: A Sugar Planet Created by Ultrasound

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When a material is under mechanical impact, the mechanical energy can be spatially and temporally concentrated in certain microstructures inside the material to produce intense thermal hot spots. For more than a century, people have speculated that…

Gatling Photon Gun

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Just like how classical computers depend on hard-drive for storing data, quantum memories are essential elements for future quantum information processors. In the Kwiats laboratory, we aim to build a highly efficiency quantum memory system for…

Sound Conversations in Print: A Cultural History of the Player Piano and Radio Through the Lens of American Print Media

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The images comprising this collage are taken from player piano and radio advertising and related commercial ephemera from the early twentieth century. I originally discovered the juxtaposed missing pages notice inserted in an issue of Ladies Home…

Conjoined Twin Chiropteran

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Bats are the only mammals to have evolved the ability of powered flight. As such, the manner in which their forelimbs develop to become wings is a key aspect of understanding their evolutionary history. I am broadly interested in studying the…