Spotlight November 2023 cover

November 2023

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November 2023

Don't stop me now

Bumps, bruises, blocks and an occasional tumble are just par for the course for Anashe Bandari. The roller derby competitor enjoys the full contact sport at breakneck speeds on eight wheels.

Meet Anashe

Anashe Bandari ready to rolle derby

As the wood turns: LLNL’s Fisher finds creative outlet in woodworking

As a child growing up in Livermore, John Fisher would accompany his father, Dennis, to the garage, where the woodworking tools were kept. Amid the sawdust, drills and tins of wood varnish, the younger Fisher absorbed knowledge of the craft that sparked an interest in woodworking that would remain steady over the years.

Meet John

John Fisher at a lathe

The zen of the gem

Every stone is a new challenge for Tayyab Suratwala. For him, within each one is a breathtaking gem waiting to emerge and dazzle – if the right sequence of cuts, angled perfectly, is applied with optical design, precision and artistry. The hobby has become an exercise in patience, waiting for the perfect gem to emerge.

Meet Tayyab

Tayyab inspecting gems

Thriving in the wilderness

For Melissa Sale, the outdoors have always been part of her life. She recalls the carefree and adventurous spirit of her upbringing, when she spent countless hours exploring the outdoors. That background has turned into a love for backcountry hiking.

Meet Benjy

Melissa hiking in the mountains

We are the robotics

Robots vs. lasers sounds like a good time for any kid who loves sci-fi and technology. For Paul Armstrong, it’s his reality. By day, he heads up an experimental team working on advanced laser applications; in his spare time, he guides ambitious high schoolers on a collision course with a worldwide robotics tournament.

Meet Paul

Paul at a robotics workshop

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