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<br /> <br /> VOLUME LXXV, NUMBER 4, WINTER 2012<br /> 2 www.caltech.edu<br /> Stay connected to campus, wherever you are.<br /> 3 From the President<br /> 4 Random Walk<br /> $PVOUJOH(SBJOT…-PPQZ1MBTNB…$VSJPVT"CPVU.BST…"OE.PSF<br /> 14 Crossing Boundaries<br /> 16 The Ties that Find<br /> 18 Beyond Rocks: John Eiler<br /> BY MARCUS Y. WOO<br /> 20 The Molecular Geomicrobiologist:<br /> Dianne Newman<br /> BY KATIE NEITH<br /> 22 How to Become a Snowflake Physicist:<br /> Ken Libbrecht<br /> BY KIMM FESENMAIER<br /> 24 Hunting for Surprises: Rob Phillips<br /> BY KIMM FESENMAIER<br /> 26 Searching for Memories: Shuki Bruck<br /> BY MARCUS Y. WOO<br /> 28 The Path to Scientific Freedom:<br /> Alexander Varshavsky<br /> BY KATIE NEITH<br /> 30 Alumni Impact<br /> BY KATHARINE GAMMON<br /> 32 Endnotes<br /> We asked alumni . . .<br /> <br /> STAY CONNECTED NO MATTER WHERE YOU <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=1"> </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=2"> VOLUME LXXV, NUMBER 4, WINTER 2012 2 www.calte</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=3"> </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=4"> STAY CONNECTED NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE WATCH, LIS</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=5"> FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear alumni and friends of</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=6"> Random Beneath the Surface: NASA's solar-powere</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=7"> alk THINGS THAT CAUGHT OUR EYE . . . </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=8"> KEEPING UPwith “Touchdown confirmed. We're safe on</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=9"> CURIOSITY landing site, where three different t</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 10" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=10"> A Better Pollen Counter Pollen is more than a sea</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 11" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=11"> SEEING STARS WITH ROBOTS On a typical night, pock</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 12" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=12"> GETTING PHYSICAL WITH THE It's hard to predict a </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 13" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=13"> SUN arching through the chamber, was that the pla</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 14" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=14"> 18 January 2013 tedxcaltech.caltech.edu</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 15" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=15"> With financial services coming in 101 flav</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 16" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=16"> CROSSING BOUNDARIES Science is a journey: You st</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 17" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=17"> physical and psychological, boundaries that lie b</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 18" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=18"> THE TIES THAT FIND BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY & CHEMIC</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 19" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=19"> Beckman Institute Biological Imaging Center Biolo</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 20" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=20"> BEYOND ROCKS By Marcus Y. Woo As relics of a l</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 21" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=21"> he says, the field has advanced enough that instru</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 22" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=22"> THE MOLECULAR GEOMICROBI O By Katie Neith “I </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=23"> BIOLOGI ST activities are crucial in shaping the</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=24"> HOW TO BECOME A SNOWFLAK E By Kimm Fesenmaier </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 25" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=25"> PHYSICIST at different temperatures. “It just bl</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 26" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=26"> HUNTING FOR SURPRISES By Kimm Fesenmaier In 2001</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 27" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=27"> of Biology, and has recently coauthored a second </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 28" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=28"> SEARCHING FOR MEMORIES By Marcus Y. Woo We're </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 29" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=29"> however, the computer can access the data in any </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 30" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=30"> THE PATH TO SCIENTIFIC FRE E By Katie Neith “</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 31" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=31"> DOM required to enter Sweden. From the dock, he </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 32" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=32"> ALUMNI IMPACT Whether processing radar sign</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 33" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=33"> ch alumni are making an impact around the globe. </a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 34" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=34"> WE ASKED ALUMS TO TELL US WHAT INTELLECTUAL OR LI</a> <a title="E&amp;S Winter 2012 v75 page 35" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/dc6285ef?page=35"> SUMMER 2012 ENGINEERING & SCIENCE 41</a>