Like a dry sponge in despair for moisture, I have taken a plethora of opportunities to gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding about the Universe from the hundreds of astronomers that currently call the CfA home. My quest for knowledge has recently drawn me to an intelligent, outgoing individual named Lauren Woolsey. This is actually the third or fourth time that I have chatted with Lauren about her successful—albeit young—career and research experiences. I find it interesting that in a building/organization of hundreds of notorious and highly respected astronomers, I have conversed with her (one graduate student among many tenured professors) this many times within my two short stays here in Cambridge. (This has happened with a couple other graduate students as well.) In hindsight, I think this is primarily due to how interesting of a person and researcher I find her to be, as well as how well she can hold a conversation. Maintaining an interesting conversation (about anything) is something that MANY scientists are INCAPABLE of doing!! However, there is a strong tendency for scientists at the CfA to go against this trend.
|Figure 1: Over the course of years, the differential rotation of the Sun causes the magnetic field lines to intertwine chaotically. (Animation Credit: http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov)|
|Figure 2: Layers of the Sun. The corona is the outermost layer. (Picture Credit: |