Yeah, But Can She Drive?

This showed up in the New York Post Online today:

A 15-year-old Long Island student has become the youngest person ever to receive a Ph.D. fellowship from the Pentagon. Alia Sabur turned down a NASA fellowship in favor of a $150,000 Department of Defense fellowship, and picked a sophisticated project for the Pentagon.

She’s working on a method of trapping atoms inside hollow light beams, evidently, which (theoretically, at least) might lead to Star Trek-style transporters. (So I guess a driver’s license isn’t all that important. :wink:) Oh, and in her spare time she’s evidently become an accomplished concert clarinetist, even playing at a gig with Smash Mouth!(?!) 😕