Hello everyone! How many of y'all have Twitter? A few of us Perry Lab people do, and we mainly use them for work - following and communicating with other scientists, learning about exciting recently published papers, etc. If you have a Twitter, I highly recommend following @PSU_Anthro and @PennStateBio because both of these accounts will retweet posts from members of each department. Then you can more easily find tweets from some magnificent people like Tina Lasisi ----------------------------->
Pennsylvania State University - Physics Ph.D. Graduate Student [4th year]
We’re building a new atomic clock using cadmium atoms. Basically my job requires building these stable laser systems at many different frequencies. We have a ton of different colored lasers in our experiment: green, blue, ultraviolet, infrared. We use these lasers to control cadmium atoms, make them super cold, levitate them, move them around, and measure their frequency to make an atomic clock.
Do you have any pets?
The Moo [left] and the Miggy [right].
Who do you vent to when things are going wrong?
Alexis, and my parents.
What language do you want to learn?
Any. I only know English.
What are your top three favorite/coolest organisms?
In no particular order: giant squid, cats, pufferfish.
What are some of your hobbies?
Rock climbing [see below] and video games.
If you could travel anywhere,
where would you go?
I’d like to go to Lac Manicouagan in Quebec, Baffin Island, Himalayas by Mount Everest, Patagonia, Antarctica, Great Barrier Reef. There’s a ton of places I want to go.
What sorts of music do you listen to?
Everything but the worst pop music.
That physics is useful, and was used to make almost everything we use on a day-to-day basis.
College, maybe junior year or so. It was just after doing two summer projects with two of my professors at Colgate. One was a computational project and the other was a low-temperature experiment.
Strengths: Persistence and focus.
Weaknesses: I wish I could have more self-confidence, better listening skills, and troubleshoot problems more effectively.
How do you attempt to maintain a work-life balance?
It's hard. I try to make my time at home count, we'll do things like cooking or watching movies, thing that we like to do together.
What do you like/dislike about your research?
Like: Actually learning exactly how all these parts of a complex experiment really work in detail. I also really enjoy getting to make things, and the physics that we’re doing is cool.
Dislike: The day-to-day frustration you have to deal with in research. And my seeming inability to figure out how to work efficiently.
Like: Getting the opportunity to study something cool and learn a lot.
Dislike: Low pay. It also bothers me that I have no idea when I’ll be “done” – I don’t know how long everything will take, I don’t know all of the details of the project. The lack of a hard date is both good and bad, but I don’t really like the uncertainty.
I don't necessarily know what is involved, but freshwater ecology.
5: Keep looking under logs and searching through streams.
15: Get a job.
This question scares me. I want to live somewhere cool and build cool stuff. It would also be nice to have the opportunity to teach physics at some point.