Assistant professor of mathematical sciences and computer science Deanna Needell first saw the image of Lena in a computer science class in college. The photo, cropped from a Playboy magazine, shows a young female model with bare shoulders looking seductively at the camera.
“I was literally the only female in this classroom with 30 men,” says Needell. “They open their textbooks and there’s Lena, and all the men start giggling. You just feel like ‘Oh, my gosh, this woman is being materialized (in a textbook)…’ “
Miles Lifson '13 says he "didn't know what to expect" at the time he punched a few buttons and submitted an online entry for the Council on Undergraduate Research's annual Poster on the Hill event. And yet, of 800 or so submissions, his finished within the top 10 percent. Pretty sweet, to be sure.
Here the CMC double-major (would you expect less from someone who knows about radioactive isotopes?) tells us how it went down: