"Ooh, what a feeling, // When I'm hanging from the ceiling!"
Recently, there's been a change in our lab. Everyone now spends a portion of their day
hanging from the ceiling. Have we gone insane with suffering? Have we become bats? No!
Instead, we have Ben Plotkin-Swing, and his contribution of the lab hangboard, to thank.
Ben came to our lab after an undergrad at Swarthmore college, a school very prominent
in physics department-based T-shirts. In fact, along with more impressive factoids like
leading the nation in students continuing on to graduate school, Swarthmore also paves
the way in physics T-shirts, scoring 1st in the recent US News and World Report rankings
with 7.3 Physics department T-shirts per physics student. These T-shirts have been a hit
in our lab, and though we still can't agree on the nature of the duckrabbit, the
Operator of Necessity is now used in our calculations routinely.
Ben has been working on injection locking of blue diodes, on a Fabry-Perot cavity, and
on helping out with the interferometer project setup. Constantly poring over the optical
table, his back turned to the rest of the lab. Is it so that we can read the punchlines
"I think I see something."