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Breaking Bad: symmetric soap films choose chaos

I submitted the above image for the National Science Foundations (NSF) VIZZIES competition (2015). Watch the video below and read the description to learn something interesting about the Marangoni effect in surfactant bubbles. Abstract: The images depict the thin film dynamics of a surfactant-­laden film (Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine, a pulmonary surfactant). This film is captured by elevating a […]

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Guest Blog Post: The lucky prospective’s dilemma: Every grad school is good! by Gigi Lin

I met Gigi last year, when she visited Stanford as a prospective student during visiting weekend. Gigi chose Stanford among the many schools she had gotten admitted to. And she shares her perspective (and dilemma) of choosing the right graduate school.  ————————- People choose graduate studies for different reasons. For some, it is the prerequisite […]

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TAing at Stanford. Done.

Today was the last day for the graduate fluid dynamics course that I was TAing this quarter. This was my second time TAing, but I think I enjoyed it much more this time. I haven’t blogged in a while because we had a class of 40 students, and between recitation class, preparing homeworks, grading and […]

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Email etiquette I’ve learnt as a graduate student.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve experimented with email reply etiquette and I’ve realized the following: 1. The best time to reply to an email is – as soon as I can. 2. There are some professors who I’ll send an email to and receive a reply in less than 24 hours. The best are […]

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