Amanda Morris

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For Andrew Koltonow, a Northwestern graduate student in materials science, it was just another typical day in the lab. He and another student were preparing slides with samples of various materials to further their research into improving solar cells. Koltonow loaded a slide into the microscope and looked through the lens. What he saw transformed his day from average to astounding. On the slide glowed a golden starburst surrounded by brilliant colors. It was so breathtaking that Koltonow photographed the image.

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In the 1940’s, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman shattered the stereotype of the bookworm scientist. He frequently traded his chalkboard for bongo drums and would scribble equations on napkins while at his favorite exotic dance club. However, his unorthodox lifestyle could not overshadow the brilliant mind that participated in monumental historical events, including the Manhattan Project and government investigation panel of the Challenger disaster.