I got a fun email from one of my former students, Abigail Fraeman, this morning. She said: "Every week the Washington Post runs a contest called the Style Invitational which usually asks entrants to come up with some sort of witty word play in response to a specific prompt. This week's contest was to make a diorama out of food depicting an event of the 21st century in a humorous manner. The winners were announced this morning and my entry, the MallowMars Rover, took third place!:D"
I think the last time you heard from Abby in this space was when she was reviewing Buzz Aldrin's "performance" in Dancing with the Stars, so I think I had better make it clear that Abby is as capable of being serious as she is of being silly. Two weeks I stumbled across her excellent poster presentation at the American Geophysical Union meeting, where she told me all about her work with Ray Arvidson at Washington University in St. Louis on the new CRISM technique of oversampling in order to achieve higher resolution data on the surface of Mars. Her poster may be downloaded in PDF format here. Good work, Abby, in both poster and chocolate media!