Bridges to a Brighter Future Furman University will present a program for students and families who want a better understanding of the selective college admission and scholarship process Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m., in the Kroc Center located at 424 Westfield Street in downtown Greenville.
Free and open to the public, “Admission Unveiled: Understanding Selective College Admission & Scholarship Programs,” features guest speaker Mr. Kevin C. Hudson, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Education Access Granted. He will be joined by panelists with expertise in the Gates Millennium Scholarship, summer programs, and school resources.
In addition to Bridges to a Brighter Future Furman University, other sponsors of the program include Urban League of the Upstate, Greenville County Schools, and the Kroc Center.
In “Admission Unveiled,” Hudson and panelists will address topics such as:
- Being competitive for selective college admission and scholarships.
- Participating in summer enrichment programs.
- Presenting talents and passions during the application process.
- Understanding the importance of academic performance and extracurricular involvement.
For more information about the program, contact Danielle Staggers, Assistant Director, Bridges to a Brighter Future Furman University, at email@example.com, or (864) 294-3176.
About Kevin C. Hudson
Kevin C. Hudson is committed to making college and career access and success a possibility for all students and conducts workshops throughout the United States and internationally. He most recently worked for District of Columbia Public Schools managing an effort that supported a college-going culture at all schools that prepares students for successful college matriculation and graduation. In addition to his previous role as Director of College Admission & Advising at a non-profit boarding school placement organization, he previously worked as an Admission Officer at Princeton University and as a Career Counselor on the Wharton Undergraduate Team in the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) Career Services Office.
A first-generation college student, Mr. Hudson earned a bachelor’s in sociology with certificates in African American Studies and American Studies from Princeton University. He earned his M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania. Hudson presently serves as Co-chair of the Greater Washington, DC NACAC National Fair; on the College Board SAT Advisory Committee, Executive Board of the UPENN GSE Education Alumni Association, the New Jersey Scholars Program Board of Trustees (Lawrenceville School); and as a Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) reader. He is an active member of the Association of Black Admission and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools.
Dr. Matt Olson
The Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos, with guest clinician/composer Don Owens, will present their fall concert Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman University campus.
Part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program, the concert is open to the public. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Tickets are available at the door.
The concert will be conducted by Furman music professor Dr. Matt Olson, and will feature music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Wayne Shorter, Woody Herman, and Don Owens.
Don Owens is an internationally recognized clinician/conductor. Owens began his tenure at Northwestern University in 1979 where he is Coordinator Emeritus of the Jazz Studies and Pedagogy Program, and Director Emeritus, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the National High School Music Institute. Before coming to Northwestern, he taught 12 years at Evanston (Illinois) Township High School where his duties included directing band, brass ensembles, and jazz band, as well as teaching classes in music theory, popular music, free improvisation, and composition.
Owens received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from North Texas State University, where he also studied composition and jazz. He holds a Master of Musical Arts degree is from the University of Illinois. He studied composition with Morgan Powell, Merrill Ellis, Samuel Adler, and Salvatore Martirano. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, Owens is regularly commissioned for new works. More information about Owens may be found at www.donowensmusic.net.
For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at FurmanMusic@furman.edu.
Mike Wilson, a 1988 Furman University graduate who earned six varsity letters as a member of the football and track teams, has been named Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement at the university.
A native of Iva who resides with his family in the Wren community of Anderson County, Wilson attended Furman on a football scholarship and graduated in 1988 with a B.A. degree in political science. He also holds an MBA from Winthrop University, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Anderson School District One.
“I have had the chance to work with a great organization with a solid impact on our region, but this opportunity offers the ability to make an impact on the world through the strength of our Furman alumni,” Wilson said. “One can’t turn that kind of chance down.”
Wilson joins Furman from Duke Energy, where he began his career in 1989. He has held several positions at Duke Energy’s corporate office working in regulatory affairs, planning and marketing. His career at Duke Energy culminated with his work as District Manager of Government and Community Relations for Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
“We completed an intensive search to consider how this position can impact Furman’s strategic direction,” said Mike Gatchell, Furman’s Vice President for Development. “Energizing the alumni and parent base is a crucial piece of the puzzle as we seek to amplify the lifelong value of a Furman education.”
Wilson is a former member of the board of directors for the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce, Innovate Anderson, Senior Solutions, Anderson Area YMCA, United Way of Anderson County, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Tri-County Tech Foundation, and the Paladin Club.
He currently serves on the board of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Governor’s School of the Arts Foundation, Artisphere, Metropolitan Arts Council, Chapman Cultural Center, and the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce. He is a past-president of the Anderson Rotary Club and a current member of the Spartanburg Rotary Club.
Wilson and his wife, Jill, a 1990 Furman graduate, have three children: Sarah, Owen, and Eli.
For more information, contact Furman’s Alumni Association office at (864) 294-3489.
Newly appointed Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement
After an hour spent with Mike Wilson, newly appointed executive director of alumni and parent engagement, one can quickly identify the common threads that unite all who have experienced Furman.
He might begin by telling you about his classic love story with fellow alumna Jill Owens Wilson ’90, a Furman legacy of two alumni parents and a Paladin brother. On their first date, the pair walked around the lake and strolled past the Bell Tower. And, his proposal story is one of Furman legend.
Shortly after graduation, Wilson proposed at a home football game versus the Citadel in front of one of the largest crowds in school history. “As soon as the PA announcer directed everyone’s attention to the scoreboard for an important announcement with my message to Jill, all of the Citadel fans started chanting ‘Say no!’” he laughs.
Thankfully, she ignored the visitor’s side of Paladin Stadium that day and Furman clenched a victory over a time-tested rival.
Or, he might share how a football scholarship led to a glittering track career, including a record for the 4×400 meter relay that remains unbroken. “My coach, Dick Sheridan, gathered several of us together in a room and introduced us to Gene Mullin, the track coach. He promised us we could avoid two weeks of spring practice if we ran track, so we all signed up.” Wilson missed the football national championship season of 1988 by one year, but he jokes he taught them all they knew.
As a first generation college student, the self-proclaimed ‘country boy’ came to Furman as valedictorian of his high school class at Crescent High in Iva, S.C. He had a passion for history and quickly came to understand the rigor for which Furman remains famous.
“My first test was in Western Civilization with Dr. (John) Block ’63. I thought I did pretty well but I was shocked to receive a C-. Dr. Block was my advisor at the time and said it was not just about knowing the answers but knowing how to answer that mattered. He told me Furman was going to teach me how to think, deduce, infer, and project.”
This lesson was a seminal moment for Wilson in valuing the way Furman educates. “We create independent thinkers. Whenever I hear people share what they look for in any industry when hiring employees, they describe the Furman product – an individual with a demand for excellence who is well-rounded, a critical thinker, and a true leader.”
Furman also shaped Wilson’s passion for the arts. “I grew up in the country, but Furman exposed me to the ways art can transform. I developed appreciation for its ability to stimulate the economy, to provide well-roundedness, and to strengthen a community.”
Through his local community involvement, which is vast, Wilson’s art-focused leadership includes memberships on the board of the Governor’s School of the Arts Foundation, Artisphere, and the Metropolitan Arts Council. Still an avid sportsman, Wilson recently returned from a shrimping and alligator hunting trip with three fellow Furman alumni and football players.
After graduating, Wilson began a 25-year career at Duke Energy. He held many different positions, ranging from regulatory affairs to planning and marketing, but ultimately became the government and community relations district manager for Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
While the professional shift to higher education might be new, Wilson garnered experience in educational leadership as an elected member of the board of trustees for Anderson School District One. “The jump from corporate culture to higher education is a natural transition. Our alumni and parents are our ‘customers’ and it is our job to engage with them to see what they want – what is working well and how we can improve,” he said.
As Wilson begins his career at Furman next month, the question for many is how he can elevate, energize, and mobilize the Furman alumni network. “We have a fabulous product and tremendous alumni spread across the world. But these days there is so much competing for our attention and it is more important than ever to tell our story and show our value,” he said. “We have to raise our hand and talk about who we are with class. We can’t expect others will hear how great we are if we don’t tell them.”
Also important to Wilson is helping connect successful Furman alumni with recent graduates. “We owe it to them to help navigate the minefields of the working world. We can mentor and help propel a young person so they may advance their career and life goals.”
Wilson will begin this new journey on November 3 and looks forward to connecting to all alumni and parents in the days to come. “I have had the chance to work with a great organization with a solid impact on our region, but this opportunity offers the ability to make an impact on the world through the strength of our Furman alumni. One can’t turn that kind of chance down.”
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2014 Fall High Noon Schedule
Dr. Danielle Vinson
The 2014 midterm elections are less than a month away. The conventional wisdom says the Democrats are in serious trouble since the Republicans will likely remain in control of the House of Representatives and the Democrats could well lose control of the Senate.
Furman political science professor Danielle Vinson will discuss what is expected to transpire during next month’s elections and what it all means for the political future of America when she speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.
Her lecture—““How Big Will the GOP Victory Be?”—begins at noon.
Vinson’s talk is the fifth of eight consecutive lectures presented by Furman professors during the fall. All lectures are free and begin at noon on Wednesdays.
The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area.
A complete schedule of lectures is available on Furman’s website.
For more information, contact Furman’s Marketing and Public Relations office at 864-294-2185 or e-mail Marie Newman-Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the biggest home rugby game in years, Furman will host UNC-Wilmington 1 p.m., Saturday at John Roberts Field.
Both teams boast an undefeated conference record. Furman is 6-0 while UNC-Wilmington is 4-1, with its only blemishing coming at the hands of the Division I South Carolina, the 2013 Southeastern Conference Champions, 22-19.
The winner of the game will be crowned champion of the Southern Rugby Conference’s (SRC) Palmetto Division, which also includes Coastal Carolina, Lander, Citadel and the College of Charleston.
Furman and UNC-Wilmington joined the SRC, a Division II conference, as founding members. But programs took different paths. UNC-W was a standing Division II team while Furman, which had won three Divisional III national championships and finished runner up twice, moved up a division to join SRC.
Since then, UNC-Wilmington has dominated conference play compiling a 22-0 record and has capture all three of the SRC championships. Last year, the Seahawks went onto nationals and finished among the top 10 in the country. For the Paladins, it has been a methodical climb. In 2012, the team finished fifth.Last year, Furman was third.
“From an enrollment perspective, we are the smallest school in the conference,” said Furman Coach John Roberts. “Our rugby scholarship program, which was launched in 2012, has helped us move the needle. Currently, seven guys on our roster receive some rugby aid, and we have been able to bring in three to four quality players each year with the help of this program.”
Jim Wiseman, who stepped down as head coach for UNC-W earlier this year but still has close ties to the program, expects Saturday’s contest to be fierce.
“We have felt for years that Furman was going to close the gap on us,” he said.” While they lack the enrollment numbers the support they get from their alumni and school, plus the commitment of their players and coaching staff, has made them a formidable opponent in our conference.”
The team’s toughest common opponent this season has been Coastal Carolina. The Seahawks narrowly slipped by the Chanticleers Sept. 19 with a 17-10 win. The Paladins scored in the final minute to beat the Chanticleers 25-24 the week before.
Roberts said UNC-W has traditionally played a very physical, control oriented forward-style game. The Paladins like to spread the ball, kick and embrace open play.
“The team that stamps their style on this game will win it,” says Roberts. “We have had this date circled on our calendar for some time. They have been the team to beat. We have been inching toward them, though. And I know our boys want to hand them their first conference loss this Saturday.”
The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new sidewalk that connects the Furman campus to The Vinings at Duncan Chapel apartment complex Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in front of Timmons Arena.
In addition to the ribbon-cutting, the celebration includes food, music, a prize raffle and a community parade led by Furman’s Paladin Regiment Marching Band.
The Furman campus has direct access to the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, and the new trail to The Vinings at Duncan Chapel provides another access point for pedestrians and cyclists who enjoy the trail.
Flemming was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities this year
Councilwoman, educator and activist Lillian Brock Flemming will deliver the L.D. Johnson lecture, “What Really Matters?” Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman University campus. A reception follows her address.
Flemming’s talk is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains. The event is part of a series of programs commemorating 50 Years of Desegregation at Furman. It is also part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program.
The L.D. Johnson Lecture Series was established to honor the life and work of the late L.D. Johnson, Chaplain at Furman from 1967 to 1981. Each year, the lecture series invites a Furman graduate and a Furman faculty member or administrator to answer the question, “What Really Matters?”
Among the first African Americans to be admitted to Furman, Flemming graduated in 1971, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In September this year, Furman awarded Flemming with an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities. She is a Professional Employment Recruiter for Greenville County School District where she taught high school mathematics for 23 years. Flemming is married to Rev. J.M. Flemming, and is a proud mother of ten outstanding young men and women.
Elected to City Council in 1981, Flemming served as President of the Municipal Association of South Carolina (2003-2004), becoming the first City of Greenville Councilmember to be named President. She has also served as municipal representative to several National League of Cities Conventions, Past Trustee of Furman University Board of Trustees, Past President of the Greenville County Education Association, and served on the Board of Directors of SC Technology & Aviation Center (1988-2013).
Flemming is currently City liaison to the Board of Directors for the Greenville Transit Authority and chairs the Boards of Directors of Brockwood Senior Housing and the Southernside Community Center.
Flemming is associated with a number of service organizations including board positions for Advance South Carolina and SHARE (Human Services Agency for the Poor); and memberships in Southernside Neighborhoods in Action, Phillis Wheatley Postfellows, National Education Association, Greenville Democratic Women, and West End Lions Club (charter member). She has served on the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors, and Year of Altruism Steering Committee among others. She is also a member of Mountain View Baptist Church.
Flemming has received dozens of awards and honors including: 2013 Furman University Alumni Service Award; in 2008, one of the 21 Jewels of African American History by Beyond Differences; 2008 YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Community Service; 2007 Women Making History Award recipient of the Greenville Cultural Exchange; Furman’s Baptist Heritage Award; Greenville County’s Human Relations Cooper White Humanitarian Award; W.F. Gibson NAACP’s Leadership Award; Old Ninety Six Girl Scout’s Regional Woman of Distinction Award, and several local and national education awards.
For more information, contact Susan Bennett in the Office of the Chaplains at (864) 294-2133, or email@example.com.
William Shelley ’14 wasn’t looking for just any internship last summer, which worked out well because Brad Crone wasn’t look for just any intern.
“It’s a working internship. It’s not running the Xerox and going to get coffee. It’s a real, live experience where you’re working with real, live projects with real, live campaigns,” Crone, founder of the Raleigh, N.C.-based Campaign Connections, said. “The hand grenades have pins in them. Usually my internships are with State and with Carolina and with Duke because they’re all local, but William came up and really did a very good job.”
Located in a plain brick office building behind a Harris Teeter just outside the beltway, northwest of downtown, Campaign Connections doesn’t make a big deal of itself. That’s because the political consulting agency is in the business of making a big deal out of its clients, which include a slew of corporations and non-federal political candidates in North Carolina. “When people ask me what I do, I tell ’em we solve problems,” Crone says.
That is exactly what Shelley, a history major set to graduate in December, was asked to do—without causing any new ones himself.
“The pressure was different from any sort of academic pressure that I’ve had, and it was a good thing, I believe,” Shelley said. “In the office you couldn’t really have a day go by where you slacked off, whereas in class—while obviously it’s not encouraged—if you don’t prepare for a particular day of class you’re not going to get chewed out by your professor necessarily whereas if you show up for work unprepared your boss is going to let you know.”
Especially this one. Crone is a burly man whose words flow in a soft eastern North Carolina drawl, but his approach is direct.
“William came in in the middle of June, and I think I scared him to death the first day be showed up for work because I was having a meltdown. We were having a client presentation, and my two full-time staff people had not gotten prepared so he walked into a whirlwind. But he did alright,” Crone said. “I’m a tough guy to work for. I tell everybody that, because I expect to hold people to the same standard I set.”
Shelley was tasked first with learning how to do proper research before sharing that research with clients. He wrote press releases and gave presentations, and the quality of work was expected to match that required of any of Crone’s employees—which is exactly what Shelley wanted.
“One of the main things (I learned) is how to operate in a professional setting and a professional environment. I had an internship a couple of years ago, but it was sort of part-time and it was mostly research-oriented,” he said. “This really got me accustomed to the 9-to-5 way of life . . . and being surrounded by people who put pressure on you to do what you need to get done.”
Shelley, a native of Concord, N.C., comes from a family involved in politics and found his way to Campaign Connections by way of his cousin, Ken Goodman, a Democrat who represents District 66 in North Carolina’s House of Representatives. Goodman has known Crone, a self-described “pro-business, centrist Democrat,” for years.
Most of Campaign Connections’ political clients are Democrats, who face a tough row to hoe in North Carolina this year, while corporate clients include the likes of the Healthcare Leadership Council and Energy Citizens, a group with a decidedly non-liberal agenda.
“It was really interesting doing the research and everything necessary to consult. It gave me an understanding of the entire process of managing a campaign and working with a client,” Shelley said. “There are instances in which you may not be completely supportive of some things that you’re actually supporting. (Energy Citizens is) a pro-fracking group, and that’s such a huge issue in North Carolina and has had so much backlash going on right now, especially from environmentalists. I still don’t really know how I stand regarding fracking, but in that case we had a client that was pro-fracking and we were out there supporting our client despite vocal protests from those opposed to the issue.”
Crone’s career started in old-school newspaper journalism, and he’s watched the ways of dispersing information change nearly as much as the political climate. He has adapted to both, though not happily in the case of the latter.
“I continue to say if we’re going to be successful as a nation we have got to stop screaming at each other, and you can’t pollute the political process and then have a policy process that is clean and free,” he said. “I’ve not seen historically the country as divided since the late 1890s. We truly are a very polarized democracy.”
One thing he has refused to adapt to is what he feels are mistakes some schools are making in educating students.
“They don’t necessarily do a very good job of taking ownership of a project. They want to delegate out responsibility so that nobody is liable in the event that it screws up. That’s a product of our educational system not getting them prepared to enter back into the work world, and the work world is having to move over more and more to group-oriented task management as a result,” he said. “The problem is that in this business, if you leave it for someone else to do it won’t get done.”
Crone simply won’t abide that approach, and Shelley didn’t force his hand.
“You don’t last if you can’t do it . . . I know in two weeks whether or not you’re going to be able to make the cut. He’ll do very well whether or not he goes into the business world or whether he goes to law school,” Crone said. “From that perspective he’s gotten a good foundation at Furman and will be able to move on.”
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Amy Williams is looking for little green men . . . on Mars.
Well, not exactly. She’s actually searching for something much smaller on the Red Planet—bacteria.
At the University of California-Davis, Williams ’07 (Earth and Environmental Sciences) was part of the Mars rover Curiosity science team tasked to solve the biggest mystery of Mars—could it support life? As a geobiologist, Williams studies how microbial life interacts with the geologic record. In other words, she studies how life is preserved in fossils and how to detect bacterial fossils in the ancient rock record.
Now, with ink scarcely dry on her Ph.D., Williams will continue her work as a post doc at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. There she’ll continue working on the rover team with Curiosity’s SAM instrument, or Sample Analysis at Mars, whose purpose is to evaluate the past and present habitability of Mars by exploring the chemistry of its surface.
In an extraordinary show of engineering acrobatics, the roving, analytical chemistry lab about the size of a Mini Cooper known as Curiosity was launched in November 2011 via an Atlas V rocket. About eight months later, the capsule-shrouded rover entered Mars’s atmosphere, and following a series of well-orchestrated stages, it parachuted, then with the help of rocket engine blasts and sky crane, it finally soft-landed on Mars August 6, 2012.
After six-wheeling it to the base of Mars’s Mt. Sharp, Curiosity with its SAM instrument has busied itself drilling, pulverizing, heating, sorting, and even tasting and smelling all manner of rocks and minerals it collects at the mountain that rises five kilometers from the valley floor of Mars’s expansive Gale Crater.
SAM, a microwave-sized collection of instruments onboard Curiosity, can detect organic carbon, which is the stuff of life, says Williams. “SAM is a series of mass spectrometers which can pick apart the compounds in a rock sample,” she says. As a member of the SAM instrument team, Williams basically tells SAM to measure the mass spectrum of a rock sample in order to tease out the individual components. “That’s pretty cool—instructing a rover on another planet to do something that complex.”
It’s one thing to parse the bits into their separate compounds, but what then? That’s where Williams’s data interpretation skills come into play. Borrowing a quote from Carl Sagan, Williams says, ‘extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.’ She says, “On Mars we have a bunch of puzzle pieces and we have no idea how they fit together.” Using Mother Earth as a model, Williams and other scientists can make assumptions about the composition of rocks on Mars based on patterns that make up the geologic profile on Earth. In short, Williams looks at morphologic and chemical clues left by bacteria in the fossil record here on Earth to point to similarities on the surface of our planetary neighbor.
Highly social creatures, bacteria like to hang out in colonies, which makes it much easier to identify them morphologically in rocks. Williams compares the process to the algae bloom in Furman Lake. Once algae propagates, it’s easy to see. The macroscopic features she investigates happen to be encased in rock and minerals. “So far, I haven’t found evidence of life on Mars, but it’s important to understand what it looks like so we can keep looking for it,” she says.
Marking the trailhead to Williams’s geobiology trek was her Furman experience. “My time in EES was incredible. Doing a research project as an undergrad at Furman gave me a lot of insight into what would be expected of me in graduate school,” she says. One class in particular, biogeochemistry, taught by EES professor Dr. Brannon Andersen, set the stage for what Williams would later focus on for her PhD.
When Williams began working with the SAM instrument and looking at organic carbon, she realized that a professor, a class, a lab, or a research project can take you to surprising places later in life. “When I took O-Chem (organic chemistry) my sophomore year at Furman, I never would have guessed that I’d be working as an organic geochemist for a career. It’s really exciting—you never know where you’re going to end up when you take a broad range of classes at Furman. You might eventually apply things you never expected to . . . I never imagined I’d be working on a mission to Mars, but here I am.”
Her involvement with the River Basin Research Initiative at Furman as an undergraduate not only piqued her interest in aqueous geochemistry, it also allowed her to fast-track her master’s in biogeochemistry, a degree she earned in two years—one that takes most candidates three.
Part of Williams’s graduate studies at UC-Davis took her to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (a division of Caltech) where she literally lived on Mars time (about 24 hours, 40 minutes per day) for several weeks. As images were downlinked to Earth, Williams says, “It was amazing. It was like waking up on Mars . . . because every Martian morning, you’re seeing things that no one’s ever seen before.”
For Williams, viewing uber hi-res images from Mars is close enough. When asked about her interest in space travel, Williams laughs and says, “You know, I was never really good with roller coasters . . . I figure going into space would be similar to that.”
With the rover, scientists expect to gain a better grasp on the weather conditions and radiation environment on Mars. Says Williams, “In some ways, the work the rover is doing is prepping us for manned missions to Mars in the future.” So for now, she is happy to study the rocks, searching for evidence of life. In a TEDxUCDavis talk she presented last year, “Exploring the Final Frontier,” Williams sums up by saying, “I want to know if those little green bugs are hiding in the rocks. Finding life on Mars would revolutionize our understanding of ourselves, our planet, and our place in the universe.”