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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Tathagat Avatar Tulsi

August 31st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Tathagat Avatar Tulsi

Hails from: Bangalore, India (via Bihar and Patna)

Occupation: Physicist

Known for: Efficiency. Long recognized as a child prodigy (he completed high school by age 9, received a Bachelors degree at 10, and completed his Masters at 12), Tulsi–now just 21 years old–has just completed the six-year Physics doctorate program at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore to become one of the world’s youngest scientists. He is now potentially the youngest PhD in India. This basically means that he has successfully lived the collective wet dream of Jen’s and my fathers, making us seem all the more disappointing for pursuing careers in the liberal arts at an average American pace (Thanks, buddy!).

Worse Better still, Tulsi adds to the honorableness of his record achievements by humbly crediting his parents, saying, “I feel very lucky that I got proper environment in terms of my family members, particularly my father. He did his best to encourage my talent.”

Golly, we’d have to hate the kid if he wasn’t so freakin’ awesome. And accomplished. And adorable. And brilliant.

The one thing we’ve got on him is an updated site, however–his could some new finesse. But with his track record, we’d hate to see how quickly he’ll trump us on that one!

[ANI: Indian Prodigy Boy Completes PhD in Physics at the Age of 21]
[Times of India: Youngest PhD and Shortest Thesis]

Thanks, Dave!

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May 18th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Judy Chu

Name: Judy Chu

Hails from: Los Angeles

Occupation: U.S. Congressional candidate, 32nd District

Known for: Running for Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’s vacated Congressional seat in the 32nd District (which includes East L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley); holding an undergraduate math degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; working in local and state politics for the last 24 years; earning the endorsements of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (for what it’s worth), the California Democratic Party, and organized labor; having a name that is really fun to say over and over again.

Voters in the 32nd Congressional District…Tuesday, May 19, is the special election. Reprzent, people and make your vote count! For voting information, click here.


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