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absorption. This has important consequences for their impact on the global heat balance. In the future, students will also be able to travel with me to other locations to collect and measure atmospheric particles, perhaps even on research ships.


TO HAVE COME TO CLAREMONT PARTLY FOR THE LOS ANGELES POLLUTION.


” Q. What is your favorite activity outside of work?


A. Gardening. I love spending a cool Saturday morning prun- ing, weeding and otherwise communing with nature. I also enjoy taking my dogs, Mabel and Bochy, to the dog park.


ARRIVING SOON


Joining the faculty this spring Elizabeth Glater, assistant professor of biology. Ph.D. (neuroscience), Harvard University; postdoctoral research fellow, Rockefeller University


Sharon Gerbode, assistant professor of physics. Ph.D. (physics), Cornell University; postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University


Joining the faculty in fall 2012 Chris Clark, associate professor of engineering. Ph.D. (aeronautics and astronautics), Stanford University; assistant professor of computer science, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


Faculty members weigh in on the bad and the good of science on screen.


Pass/Fail: The beeping computer. TV show/movie: Anything with a computer.


Situation: The hero types on the keyboard, asking the computer to retrieve crucial information about the bad guys.


Error: While the computer is working, it makes beeping noises and the screen quickly flashes images of things that are supposedly being searched.


Why it is wrong: Beeping and flashing images take computer power. That power is better spent on doing the actual search. When you type a search into Google, it doesn’t beep while it’s looking things up because that would be wasteful.


Geoff Kuenning, professor of computer science and director, Computer Science Clinic


“MOST PEOPLE THINK I’M KIDDING WHEN I CLAIM


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