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Nitin Name: Nitin Baliga

Name: Pat Ehrman

Favorite Movie: An Inconvenient Truth
Favorite Novel:  Calvell’s Nobel House, Shogun or any of Michner’s novels
Dream Vacation:  2 weeks backpacking on the Olympic Peninsula

Scientist:  Watson-Crick opportunistic synthesis of discrepant data sets

Name: Chris Bare

Place of birth: Wilmington, Delaware

Favorite novel: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Favorite movie: Backaroo Banzai

Dream vacation: Sailing in Greece

If you could be any scientist from history: Either Euclid for the library of Gauss for the extra brain cells.

Marc Name: Marc Facciotti

Place of birth: Switzerland

Favorite album: Oscar Peterson in Russia

Dream vacation:1 month aboard the International Space


If you could be any scientist from history: Francisco Redi because he thought a lot about meat and good scientific method.

Deep Name: Deep Kaur
claudia Claudia Ludwig

Place of Birth: Chicago

Favorite novels: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb

Favorite movie: The Princess Bride

Dream Vacation: Fiji


Name: Jamie Mazon

Place of birth: Detroit "Motor City," Michigan

Favorite novel: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, because it showed how children, albeit psychotic geniuses, could save the world from aliens as well as show a viable means for traveling to the future.

Favorite movie: The Big Lebowski. "The Dude" ultimately became my hero upon seeing this divine comedy. I strive to be as lazy and successful as he is every day of my life.

Dream valu61cation: Barring all financial neccessities for this trip, I would explore space--namely the outer planets. I would spend most of my days leisurely floating around, admiring the sheer magnitude of every heavenly body around me. Then, I would go to my ship, which would hold countless amounts of food (non-dehydrated) and beer. I would of course be accompanied with friends as I wouldn't want to drink alone in space for fear of the alcholic connotations.

If you could be any scientist from history: George Washington Carver because aside from his misnomeric deeds of carring George Washington, he was a great agriculturalist who showed us the benefits of the peanut. Without him, we would not have peanut butter as a delectable sweet for almost any occasion. In addition, he had many other uses for peanuts, like soap and rubbing oil.


Name: Monica V. Orellana

Place of birth: Concepcion, Chile

Favorite Movie: Parenthood with Steve Martin, pretty funny real life situation!

Dream Vacation: I would like to go to Great Barrier Reef in Australia before corals die and disappear from our oceans due to global warming!!! I would also like to go for a Safari in Africa and see the wildebeest and other animals great migration.

Scientist: Marie Curie, she had an endless curiosity and passion for science that gave her 2 Novel Prizes, one prize in chemistry and another one in physics. Although she was unassuming, she was a very accomplished, disciplined and a studios woman and was held in high admiration by scientists throughout the world. She also was a wonderful wife and mother.


Name: Min Pat

Place of birth: Shanghai, China

Favorite novel: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Favorite movie: To Live

Favorite vacations: Europe and Hawaii

Name: Dave Reiss

Name: Amy Schmid

Place of birth: Milwaukee, WI

Favorite Novel: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

Favorite Movie: Harold and Maude

Dream vacation: Backpacking in Glacier National Park

If you could be any scientist from history: Barbara McClintock, because she is a pioneering woman scientist who conducted incredibly creative experiments with transposons in maize, and she stuck by her hypotheses even though nobody believed her (she was, of course, right in the end).

Paul Name: Paul Shannon

Name: Jeannine Sieler

Place of birth: Spokane, WA

Favorite novels: Janet Evanovich's 1-12 murder mystery novels. One for the Money, Two for the Show, etc.

Favorite movie: Love Actually

Dream vacation: An extended stay in Paris, Rance, as I lived there for a year and a variety of reasons have prevented a return trip.

If you could be any scientist from history: Mr. Franklin was a thinker and a problem solver, as well as clever, logical, unassuming, and humble.


Name: Phu Van

Place of birth: Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, the so-called "Pearl of the Orient"

Favorite novel: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Favorite movie: Big Fish

Dream vacation: Uluru in Australia. Supposedly the rock changes color during the day depending on how sunlight hits it.

If you could be any scientist from history: John Snow, the so-called "Father of Epidemiology." He stopped the spread of cholera in London before the germ theory of disease had gained mainstrem recognition.


Name: Kenia Whitehead

Place of birth: Fresno, CA

Favorite novel as a kid: Forgotten Valley, about a group of kids who find a valley where dinosaurs and cavemen still live.

Favorite movies: Shrek, Sound of Music, Blade Runner, and anything with Fred Astaire.

Dream vacation: A small island in the South Pacific with a white beach, clear water, and lots of sugar cane.

If you could be any scientist from history: Anna Maria von Schurman, author of The Learned Maid or Whether a Maid May be a Scholar (1641), a book which pioneered the way for educating women.


Name: Lesley Wilkerson

Name: Lesley Wilkerson

Place of Birth: Chicago, IL

Favorite Movie: Blade Runner                                 

Favorite Novel: The Berlin Stories: The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlinby Christopher Isherwood

Dream Vacation: Pretty much anywhere in Europe or Australia would do.

Scientist: I wouldn’t really want to be a particular scientist, but I wouldn’t mind chatting with Blaise Pascal and Stephen Hawking.


Name: Aimee Desaki

Dream vacation:Anywhere where there's mountains close to a warm water break so I can snowboard and surf close by.  I don't know if that exists, though.
Famous Scientist: I don't think I'd want to be a famous scientist, but I'd like to meet Dr. Stephen Hawking.  He has such an amazing mind, and he communicates it all through a computer.
Favorite novel: "Life of Pi" or "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"
Favorite Movie: Amelie

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